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COVER STORY 26 Cruising for Fun & Profit COMMENTARY 10 Feedback: Letters 16 Cult Following: Dolphins New Logo 18 Jack King: Endless Political Drama 20 Urbania: Bashing Boomers OUR SPONSORS 22 BizBuzz: October 2013 COMMUNITY NEWS 44 Home-invasion robberies rattle 44 Toxic dirt at Biscayne Landing 45 Miamis District 5 election NEIGHBORHOOD CORRESPONDENTS 56 Jay Beskin: The Pettiness of Aventura 58 Jen Karetnick: Publix, I Love You 60 Mark Sell: FIU on the Bay Offers Fun 62 Ken Jett: Is It Okay to Steal Coconuts? 64 Adam Schachner: An Arboreal Battle ART & CULTURE 66 Anne Tschida on Hemispheric Music Mix 68 Melissa Wallens Galleries + Museums 71 Events Calendar: Hear the Idan Raichel Project POLICE REPORTS 72 Derek McCanns Biscayne Crime Beat PARK PATROL 74 Jim W. Harper: Arch Creek East Preserve COLUMNISTS 76 All Things Animal: Doggie Zombies 78 Picture Story: Cubans Transformed Miami 79 Your Garden: Spooky Fungi for Halloween 80 Kids and the City: Retro Models for Women 81 Going Green: Miami Shoress Green Day 82 Vino: Wines That Treat, Not Trick 83 Dish: Bloom Is Gone, but Lippi Is Here DINING GUIDE 84 Restaurant Listings: 290 Biscayne Corridor Restaurants rf ntb nf rfrb ntbfbbn t f tttttt nt ttPersonalized and prompt care provided by boardcertied pediatric physicians for minor injuries and illnesses. Walk-in, appointment not required. Monday-Friday: 3 p.m. 10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. 10 p.m. X-ray Monday-Friday: 1 p.m. 10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. 10 p.m.bff Physical, occupational, speech-language, and feeding and swallowing therapies. Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m.fbff Gastroenterology Ophthalmology ntbfb nft 3915 Biscayne Boulevard 786-624-6000 2013-14GASTROENTEROLOGY & GI SURGERYHOSPITALSCHILDRENSBE ST PUBLISHER & EDITOR r CONTRIBUTORS fntrnSenior Writer nrnr bArts Editor r tnrt t t rr r n nn rnrn BUSINESS MANAGER rrr rrrr ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES r r r rr ART DIRECTOR rn r ADVERTISING DESIGN rrr CIRCULATION rrr PRINTING rCONTENTSPO Box 370566, Miami, FL 33137 www.biscaynetimes.com rfnftbfrfft nbb F OR A DVERTISING INFORMATION CALL 305-756-6200 16 56 76Serving communities along the Biscayne Corridor: Arch Creek East, Aventura, Bay Point, Bayside, Biscayne Park, Belle Meade, Buena Vista, Coventry, Design District, Downtown, Eastern Shores, Edgewater, El Portal, Enchanted Lake, Hibiscus Island, Highland Lakes, Keystone Point, Miami Shores, Morningside, North Greynolds, North Bay Island, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Oak Forest, Oakland Grove, Palm Grove, Palm Island, Sans Souci, Shorecrest, Sky Lake, Sparling Lake, Star Island, Wynwood, and Venetian Islands


District 5 Candidate Forum: Be There!For all Biscayne Times readers in Miamis Upper Eastside who are now part of city commission District 5, a candidate forum will take place 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Octo ber 8, at Legion Park. Sponsored by the Belle Meade Homeowners Association, the event will feature refreshments, bites, and (we hope) lots of good questions for candidates Jacqui Colyer, Richard Dunn, Jr., Keon Hardemon, and Robert Malone. BT editor Jim Mullin will moderate. For more information, contact Jo Wilder at jwilder@live.com.Lets Get Right to the PointRegarding Terence Cantarellas train story (Life in the Rail World, September 2013): What a great article! Ivo Santamaria BrickellLove Trains, Dont Want to be RailroadedIt was a great pleasure to read Life in the Rail World by Terence Cantarella in your September issue. We have gone up to Tampa by Amtrak quite a few times over the years, splurging on a sleeper car so we could stretch out and have a private bathroom. Even with that splurge for two, the price was unbeatable. Unlike Cantarellas experience, ours were of bustling platforms and cordial passengers. In the dining car, the service was professional and cheerful, and the menu a menu! I enjoyed learning the history of the various rail lines in Florida, and didnt know that Amtrak came into existence as a congressional deal to keep the nations servatives are still after nearly a halfcentury trying to put it out of business. Most important, though, was Cantarellas depiction of the possible future of All Aboard Florida, and the involvement of a hedge fund that is somehow involved with another state rail line that apparently controls the FEC rail corridor. We all know that hedge funds build up this one looks like it will be unloaded in such a politically clever way that the state read, us taxpayers will have no choice but to assume responsibility for it. I hope readers and the public will pay attention as this business deal moves along. Railroads have a mystique about them. But we dont want to be distracted and wind up getting railroaded. Lynda Steinberg MiamiNot Too Late to Fix Our ParkPoor CityCongratulations to Jim W. Harper on his sur prise marriage as revealed in his Going Green column (I do, We Can, September 2013). Yes, I see his connection between sealevel rise and gay marriage. Anything is possible when brain power and decency win over ignorance and prejudice. As I recall, I have not met Jim and I had no idea he is gay, as I am. Does this mean that all gays love green space and parks? Actually, I have as many gay friends as straight friends who are scared of being outdoors and alone in nature. In a city and county like ours, that at titude will not improve if kids dont have a least a neighborhood park to be exposed to. Current Miami leaders have failed miserably to create more parks in our park-poor city. By design, we are failing to build a con stituency for parks. As a community we are poorer for our lack of natural experiences, which only perpetuates the lack of parks. At the Manatee Bend Park opening last month (Editors note: See page 45), Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said parks are the one place where people from all groups in a diverse city like Miami can mingle and meet. Otherwise we live in our separate realities. It is tragic he has not spoken out more for more parks on the city commission, beside those in his District 2. Other commissioners should be ashamed that they have not followed the citys parks master plan or the comprehensive plan. To put sea-level rise in perspective: Anyone taking out a 30-year mortgage along areas served by the BT assuming they stay in the area, perhaps retire here, may not be able to sell their homes once paid off for what they paid because in 30 years, we will be at the point where banks may not Thirty years will pass quickly. Steve Hagen Belle MeadeCheered by Crime As Long As Its Not in HollywoodDerek McCanns monthly version of the crime beat (Police Reports: Biscayne Crime Beat) is the best. It never fails to cheer me when I think that humanity is Commentary: LETTERS Continued on page 12


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Commentary: CULT FOLLOWING By Gaspar Gonzlez BT ContributorAs a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan, watching the Dolphins play their season-opening game against the Cleveland Browns was tough. Really tough. I know they won, 23-10. I know second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill looked like hes coming along. But what exactly was that on the side of their helmets? It was a dolphin, although not the same dolphin the team has worn, with dolphin, as we all know, wore a helmet with an M on it. And it appeared to be jumping out of the water, through an orange sunburst. It was campy. It was pop. It was quintessentially Miami. (The tured here was my personal favorite.) The new dolphin more resembles an actual dolphin. It wears no helmet. Its sleeker and, to some, more elegant. To me, its fairly generic, like something Lasik in Weston. The new logo, along with a decidedly minimalist redo of the uniform, was unveiled in April, but since I dont bother to watch preseason games, it wasnt until early September that I saw impression: Theres a line between sporting a clean look and no look at all. The Dolphins may have crossed it. Some fans no doubt love the new aesthetic. But football fans also like stats, so consider this one: The Dolphins are now alter their logo after having won a Super Bowl. The other two are the New York Jets and the New York Giants. Except that the Jets, after two decades of something that resembled airline letterhead (We Fly To Last Place), went back to And the Giants latest logo, an NY introduced in 2000, is almost identical really new at all. That makes the Dolphins the only Super Bowl-winning franchise whose current logo has absolutely no relevance to its championship history. Why is that? Probably because, in almost every other National Football League city, tradition counts for something. The Green Bay Packers didnt their iconic G. The Kansas City Chiefs so long ago that Don Shula hadnt yet been named the Dolphins head coach but just try and take away their trademark arrowhead. Even the Browns, whose last championship came in prewith their solid orange helmets. You know what teams typically seek a makeover? Bad teams. Desperate teams. Teams with no history to speak of, like the New England Patriots who, before adopting the Flying Elvis logo blown out by the Chicago Bears in the Buccaneers, who traded their orangeand-red swashbuckler for a pewterpeople would forget that few teams had ever been so wretched for so long. (Yes, its true that both those teams have gone on to win Super Bowls the Patriots, three of them since switching logos, but that had less to do with their newfound sartorial splendor than, say, having a really good defense, or Tom Brady at quarterback.) Thats not the case with the Dolphins, who, even without a Super Bowl trip in almost 30 years, remain one of the NFLs three straight Super Bowls, the only team to boast an undefeated season, a team whose alumni include the winningest coach of all time, more than half-a-dozen hall-of-famers, and one of the three or four greatest quarter backs in history. (No, not Jay Fiedler.) Anywhere else but Miami, people fans, the teams owners would appreciate that. Here, we call it living in the past, by which we mean remembering what happened before breakfast today. We like to keep moving, mix things up. Thats why we remake the skyline every couple of years. In the case of the new logo, the switch is also undoubtedly about trying to move more merchandise. Gotta get something with the new dolphin on it. Ultimately, though, what sells T-shirts and caps is win ning football. Of the top-10 bestselling teams on NFLshop.com during the 2102 season, six were playoff teams, with the top two being Super Bowl combatants Baltimore and San Francisco. The other four were the Giants, Bears, Dallas Cowboys, and Pittsburgh Steelers, all decidedly oldschool when it comes to their logos. Whats a fan to do? I hope the Dolphins win more than the six or seven games the experts expect them to win this year and sure, why not? sell enough gear to make the team bosses happy. In the meantime, Ill be checking out the clearance racks. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Goodbye, Old FinTurning their back on tradition, the Dolphins unveil a sleek new logo


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Commentary: MIAMIS KING By Jack King BT ContributorThis years City of Miami mayoral race looked to be pretty interesting, a contest between Mayor Toms Regalado and Commissioner Francis Suarez. Suarez started off with a bang, rais ing large sums of money and plastering posters everywhere, with emphasis on the black neighborhoods. Regalado did almost nothing. He just waited to see what would come of the early maneuvering. Then a funny thing happened on the way to election day: Suarezs campaign workers got caught setting up an illegal absentee-ballot scheme. Weeks later, after another staffers obnoxious online rants went viral, he dropped out, leaving Regalado an easy road to re-election. Memo to Suarez: If youre going to cheat with absentee ballots, hire some boleteros from Hialeah. Theyre profes sional stuffers, and they do it well. Plus if they get caught, theyll take the rap for you as long as you pay in advance. As a young reporter at the Palm Beach Post I began paying attention to Miami politics when the citys mayor, Robert King High, was running for governor. He impressed me as an upstanding guy who was truly interested in his constituents. Years later I found out that, while he was campaigning across the state, he had a Herald reporter writing daily articles about him, suggesting that he was actually in Miami, working on city business. Then, while out of town, he died of a massive heart attack. Miamis commis sion, looking for a mayoral replacement, selected Commissioner Steve Clark. To to a young state legislator, born in Puerto Rico. His name was Maurice Ferre. Clark served as mayor for three years and then moved on to the county commission. Miami was no longer the center of the universe in Dade County. Ferre also moved on, mostly to symbolic national appointments, which were just right for him. A perpetual bon vivant, he was always the hit of the cocktail party. He also never worked an honest day in his life. He was a board director on more than a dozen family corporations. And, when Maule Industries. He was so good at it that he took Maule, one of the largest construc tion-supply companies in the world, into bankruptcy during one the biggest build ing booms in the Western Hemisphere. In 2000 he decided to run for Miami mayor. By this time hed already held form, he was chastised for leaving most of it blank. When asked why he had no income listed, he replied that he did deals and got paid out of the country. To this day Maule creditors are still looking for their money. Ferre also took one of his cronies from Maule to city hall. His name? Cesar Odio. After years as city manager, Odio spent a little time in the big house. In his defense, he was only doing what his bosses told him to do the biggest boss of all being Jorge Mas Canosa, president of the Cuban American National Foundation. On one of the FBI audio tapes that sent him to jail, Odio is heard complaining that hes the only person at city hall who doesnt have a Rolex, and why is it that no one has offered him one? Kennedy. He was popular and was a good leader. However, in classic Miami fashion, he ran afoul of developers who wanted his services. He was indicted for bribery and None other than Maurice Ferre. Talk about putting the fox in the henhouse. Kennedy went to trial because he was not guilty, and he was found not guilty. He became a political consultant. Harvard named Xavier Suarez ran a brilliant campaign, beating Raul Masvidal and Maurice Ferre. He was a very good mayor and for eight years ran city hall without theatrical stupidities. In those days, the mayor was also a voting member of the city commission. Suarez and the commissioners were elected Grove, within a short distance of each other. Alas, Suarez was too good to be true. He vote, but then was removed by the courts when all absentee ballots were ruled invalid a result of massive fraud. That gave the election to Joe Carollo a year after the fact. High drama is an essential part of electing a Miami mayor. So even though it looks like smooth sailing for Regalado, dont bet on it. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Cue the ClownsTheres no such thing as a boring Miami mayoral election


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Commentary: URBANIA By Christian Cipriani BT ContributorO ton Post article that was yet another indictment of the entitled yuppies of Generation Y. The media have continuously crisis, as droves of kids pour out of four-year universities saddled with unimaginable debt and unmarketable job skills. The article says that those of us born be fering from unhappiness because life hasnt measured up to our overblown expectations and deluded sense of self-worth. Were all supposedly part of this soft, coddled lump that was told to follow our hearts, pursue per come true because were special. That got me to thinking. I remember my parents telling me I was smart, that I had the potential to do whatever I wanted. But Im pretty sure their parents encouraged ambition, or else they wouldnt have gone to college and discovered ways to earn more resources in less time and with less labor. One generation works with its hands so the next can work with its mind, and the next can work with its heart. Sell insurance instead of swinging a hammer? Sounds great. Study law instead of baking bread? Sign me up. And a decade or two later, the conversation evolves: Learn Study people rather than money. The only thing Gen Y has done wrong is follow the natural evolution of society, but the United States is so historically averse to pursuits of the heart that some thing recoils in our Puritan subconscious. The Baby Boomer generation is possessed of two fundamental delu was directly responsible for Americas their parents did in the postwar years laid the foundation for Americas growth and transition from a manufacturing to a service economy. house was about two years income. prosperous than their wildest expectations for reasons totally unrelated to how closely they kept their noses to the grindstone. There were countless unmet market demands, many industries remained localized and had yet to fall under the control of international conglomerates, new technologies were changing the world, and homes the largest investment most people ever make appreciated as a matter of fact, not fortune. In fact, America did so well from the went from a happy surprise to the new normal. We were raised in that new normal. America didnt grow so much because the average American was out prospered because America was doing so well. Value increased at all levels. The second Baby Boomer delusion is that theyre not responsible for taking that prosperity and driving it into a wall of shortsighted greed. Theyre entirely responsible. Everything currently wrong with this country economically, politi cally, and culturally is on the shoulders of those in charge, and Boomers still high-ranking politicians, and senior polimeltdown. I doubt interns were involved. Our morally confused media land scape? None of my friends run the net works or publish magazines. How about the easy credit that helps people fund a lifestyle marketed to them relentlessly and insidiously? Im pretty sure all of those businesses are controlled by guys in their In a nation where wages have failed to keep pace with the actual cost of life, next two it spawned and cultivated oddly worthless, its no wonder that my peers seem demotivated. Not without hope or ready to quit, but honest about reality. Reality is that average skills barely prosper in this economy. You will never an unskilled job. America is now made up vices, healthcare, technology, and other scienceand math-based pursuits. These jobs arent for average minds. Theyre for minds that have three things: and (3) a high level of technical education. This is the new normal. My generation is not blind and entitled. Our eyes are open, and our expectations for a life of reasonable prosperity have been damaged. For most, homeownership, paying off student debt, and rising above the middle will be lifelong fantasies. Gen Y simply recognizes that America is not for the hungry its for the bloodthirsty. So please, Boomers, give the rest of us a break. Your parents left you a perfectly healthy nation, and you gave it the plague. All we did was catch it. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Baby Boomers and the Land of Missed OpportunityGrandparents, parents, and Generation Y


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22 Our Sponsors: O CTOBER 2013By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorOctober: It isnt just for zombies anymore. Dont get us wrong. We do hope youll be shambling slowly through Zombie Crawl at the Shops at Midtown Miami gruesome regalia. (Details at www.south And though high season is still months away, businesses in Biscayne Times terri tory seem to be in high gear already, not crawling, judging from the near-record number of BizBuzz submissions this month. Lets get to em. SAVE Dade a leading organization protecting LGBT people against discrimi tion Center. The $100 admission includes open bar, hors doeuvres, music by DJ Tracy Young, surprise performances, and a costume contest. VIP tickets ($150) include all the above plus a pre-ball cocktail recep tion honoring young community leaders. Info and tix: www.savedadehalloween.org. Sadly, those of us who are a bit too fond of overindulging in Halloween treats cant hide inside a costume all year. But we can get rid of the extra poundage, and be rewarded in other ways than food, by signing up for the Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge at Orange Theory Fitness Biggest losers in the six-week program win $1000 in cash plus prizes and a bod that looks great in anything (or nothing). At Daily Offering Yoga classes balance minds as well as bodies. On Mondays, October 7-28, Meditation 101s four-class series establishes the building blocks for those interested in starting the practice. Mondays in November (11/4-11/25), Yoga 101 is recommended both for beginners and students wanting a refresher course on the fundamentals of safe yoga practice. Not to neglect readers whose minds lean more toward an unbalanced too much is not enough philosophy: In Munich, where Oktoberfest originated more than two centu ries ago, the celebration ended on October 3. Miami can do better. At The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill featuring the eaterys own homemade bratwursts and varying German beers, plus You can look forward to a late Oktober fest celebration, too, at Chef Rolfs Tunas Seafood Restaurant add considerably to the festivities, owner Mi chael Chiodo has just completed installation of a new tap system in the recently renovated are now ten additional brewskis offered, plus six more at the outdoor patio bar. If youd like some solids to accompany the suds, the September 30 end of Miami Spice brought October is both National Italian Heri tage Month and National Pasta Month, and the proud Italian-Americans at Laurenzos Italian Market shop, is celebrating by reviving an historical Italian-American sweet street-food treat: the Charlotte Russe. Its simple essentially just a layer of sponge cake topped with scads of real whipped cream (in a signature cardboard cylinder whose bottom pushes up as you eat) but irresistible. Trust us, or ask your great grandma: You want one. Theres a double discount for BT readers this month at Siam Rice the Thai/sushi restaurants owner Kanittha Wanjean. Continuing is the all-day-long deal on Thailands superb Singha beer which actually, unlike most Asian brews, is crafted after the style of German and this month takes $5 off checks of $30 or more, excluding lunch specials, for those bringing in this months ad. Join us in welcoming Diner 22 (40 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-0177), a new advertiser and a new addition to downtowns bur geoning restaurant scene. The retro-mod spot serves up all the nostalgic diner clas sics, including an all-day breakfast featur Celebrate the goodness of greenness Miami Shores Green Day Put together by the Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce, the street fair/marketplace will close off NE 2nd Avenue from 3:00-8:00 p.m., allow ing revelers to enjoy music, organic food/ drink, demonstrations, and booths from eco-friendly local businesses, including numerous BT advertisers. Recycling gets a fun and artful new in terpretation from new advertiser RAVA De signs (www.facebook.com/RaVa.Designs. LLC), whose proprietor, Raquel Vallejo creates one-of-a-kind contemporary studio jewelry from old costume jewelry. If you have a box of outdated or broken treasures you hang onto for sentimental reasons but never wear, bring it to the Green Day event for a complimentary consultation with Continued on page 24BizBuzzSales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible


24 Our Sponsors: O CTOBER 2013Raquel on revamping and restyling your retired pieces into something unique. While youre at Green Day, stop by and say hi to Elizabeth Yelin, owner of new advertiser Roadrunner Packing & Shipping USPS agent. Though Roadrunner is barely a month old, Elizabeth is no newbie to packing and shipping. Having managed an import/export business for many years, cost-effective method to mail anything anywhere. The shop also sells all manner of packing accessories you might need. Is there any more classic street fair food than sausages? No way, especially the from Proper Sausages and Danielle Kaufmann continue adding artisanal and local sausage supplements to their stock. New this month: house-crafted mustards and pickles to pair with their sausages, and fresh organic produce from nearby Little River Market Garden. Celebrating at Green Day the grand opening of new advertiser Bike Nerds Thomas Korray and Diego Pinzon have arranged for 20-year veteran Miami Shores bike safety and maintenance sessions, ten 7:00 p.m. The shop itself is full-service, sell ing both new and pre-owned, top-quality bikes, plus helmets, locks, and other acces sories. The nerds also specialize in tune-ups and bike restoration, and custom-building. Green Day will also enable folks to familiarize themselves with the growing va riety of health/lifestyle-improvement options offered locally, like new advertiser and new business Vida Nutrition exercise can have a hard time losing weight, so owner Dina Garcia, a licensed dietician/ nutritionist, invites Green Day visitors to stop by for a free consultation, including body fat analysis, that could start you on the road to big changes. Dinas services range from working out a personal nutrition plan to giving your pantry a celebrity-style detox. For those interested in alternative medicine, Kim Krause of Miami Shores Holistic Health Physician and Doctor of Oriental Medicine, will be speaking in Green Days health offer free personal consultations, through tongue and pulse evaluation, to anyone who stops by her table. Speaking of medical matters, Leung Healthcare dental practice, has a schedule of Octo ber special events that, though not Green Day-related, practically constitute a fair in themselves. Learn how to manage your diabetes and improve your quality of life Diana Bell at three Leung locations: October from October 4-25, Leung will be having open enrollment for medical and dental cov A correction: In last months BizBuzz item about Happily Ever Elder 0712), a personal-assistant business with a full range of services geared toward the elderly, we got the name of owner Stepha nie Nathanson wrong. Were especially sorry because its a very personal business. Stephanie herself provides all services, with respect and understanding that comes from experience caring for her own mater nal grandmother. Our apologies. Up in Fort Lauderdale, Scan Design its once-a-year warehouse sale this month: up to 70% off sofas, dining and bedroom sets, accessories, much more. Note: The sale is at Scans Broward warehouse only, not its North Miami Beach showroom. Even farther north in Pompano Beach, Mei Kitchens porary kitchen and bath cabinet technology and design, is celebrating its 10th anniver sary with a liquidation sale of up to 50% off. And exciting news for Miamians who prefer shopping locally: Mei just signed a Blvd., which will showcase the companys home furnishings line. No date yet for the opening except soon. If thats not soon enough, preview Meis unique installations at www.meikitchens.com. For a home stunning enough to house the most gorgeous of furniture, contact Kimberly OMahony ing advertiser who is a third-generation Realtor raised in South Florida. With EWM, shes an Upper Eastside pioneer, BizBuzzContinued from page 22 Recherchons agents immobiliers francophones expriments Now recruiting experienced RealtorsVisit our new Morningside storefront at 5781 Biscayne Boulevard Icon Brickell 1bedroom with park and bay views $510,000Peaceful sixth oor one bedroom overlooking quiet tree lined park with fabulous south views to the bay and Key Biscayne Bridge. Offering all possible amenities with an amazing pool deck, fabulous spa and gym and steps from the Brickell nancial community. William Harbour 786 247 1185 Skylark South Beach furnished rentalsSpacious & unique fully furnished 2-story apartments located in the heart of South Beach. The building offers an amazing roof top deck with incredible views of South Beach and the ocean. 2bedroom 1153 sq ft $3100/month 1bedroom 438 sq ft $1400/monthWilliam Harbour 786 247 1185 Miami Beach waterfront home $960,000Waterfront paradise in private gated island. 4be/3ba modern style home with terrazzo oors, impact windows and all new kitchen, baths and roof. 60ft on the water, large yard with room for pool. All this for under a million!William Harbour 786 247 1185 Crimson Tower in Edgewater 1be/1ba $369,000New Construction. The Crimson is a spectacular addition to the waterfront on Biscayne Bay. Eighteen stories surrounded by water, boardwalks and lush tropical landscaping. The breathtaking amenity area at The Crimson "The C Club" features a landscaped promenade sundeck, large swimming pool, hot tub.Jocelyne Abramoff 786 778 9938 Morningside 3be/2ba home $735,0002 story home on 2700 sf with large 2 car garage. Impact windows and doors, private tropical pool exotic landscaping. Morningside is a gated community offering a wonderful park, boat ramp, tennis courts and much more. Contact us today to nd your new home in Morningside.William Harbour 786 247 1185 SOLD Shenandoah Multifamily building $649,00010-unit multifamily building in great Shenandoah neighborhood, close to Calle Ocho and the Roads. Great location close to shops and highways yet in low density area surrounded with historic single family homes. 100% occupancy, 8% cap rate, great upside potential!Marie-Charlotte Piro 305 495 6539 SOLD Continued on page 25


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Incat Tasmania, an Australian shipbuilding company, has launched 25 large vessels capable of surpassing speeds of 45 knots, or 51 miles per hour. One of those ships, the recently completed Francisco has been proclaimed the fastest ship in the world. Named after Pope Francis, the 325-foot long, 5000-ton Francisco can achieve speeds of up to 58 knots, or 67 mph, and is capable of carrying 1000 people. Incat intends to deliver the Fran cisco to the Western Hemisphere, where it will ply an aquatic route between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay. Until that time, and maybe even after, Resorts World Bimini will continue to claim that the Bimini Superfast which has been shuttling hundreds of people between Miami and Bimini for the past three months, is the fastest cruise ship serving the Americas. Built in Germany in 2001, the Bimini Superfast can achieve maximum speeds of 31 knots, or 36 mph, according to FleetMon.com. That might seem slow compared to the Francisco until you consider that the Bimini Superfast is more than six times heavier and twice as long. Besides, the Bimini Superfast is being marketed as a cruise ship, not a speedy ferry. As such, the Superfast which claims a maximum capacity of 1600 people, is also carrying four bars, two restaurants, machines and table games. Oivind Mathisen, editor of Cruise Industry News isnt sure if Bimini Superfast is the fastest cruise ship in the Western Hemisphere right now, but he does admit that, for a 33,000-ton, 670-foot-long vessel, the Bimini Superfast is pretty fast. Most cruise ships are built for a top speed of 20 to 22 knots [23 to 25 mph], Mathisen says. Usually cruise ships travel at 12 to 18 knots [14 to 21 mph]. The slower they go, the less fuel they use, And its called Bimini Superfast That means something, right? I think Superfast is some kind of brand, Mathisen says. Indeed it is. For most of its existence, the Bimini Superfast was named Superfast VI and, as part of the Superfast Italy and Greece. The change in name and mission occurred earlier this year, when the Greek company Attica Holdings sold Superfast VI to Resorts World Biminis parent corporation, the Malaysian-based Genting Group, for $73 million. Heres where things get really superfast. Within three months of purchasing the vessel, Genting completed its modiMiami to pay $11 million to improve Continued on page 28 By Erik BojnanskyPhotos by Silvia RosCruising for Fun & ProtTo Bimini and back: Not perfect, not terrible, and maybe not what it appears to be


28 and $7 million per year in rent. During that same time frame, according to Bahamian media, Genting completed its acquisition of the 750master plan to the Bahamian governand completed the construction of a 10,000-square-foot casino with 153 slot machines and 15 table games. The original plan: Start launching two trips a day from Miami to Bimini by June 28. But Genting was moving a little too fast. The United States Coast Guard deemed the ship unsafe. Among the problems: The back-up emergency power system didnt operate correctly, the crew failed tests on how to respond and there werent enough sprinkler heads. It took a month for those prob lems to be corrected. Finally, on July 20, the Bimini Super fast undertook its maiden voyage from Miami to Bimini. In celebration, the ship was promoted on billboards, in e-mail blasts, online advertisements, and radio commercials all over South Florida. Looming in the background is Genting Groups intentions for Miami. Two years ago the $45 billion corporation, which owns 50 percent of Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Lines and operates casinos all over the world, announced they bought the Miami Herald build ing, which they planned to replace with Resorts World Miami, a $3 billion resort that would include a casino large enough to accommodate 8500 slot machines. During its $500 million buying spree, Genting assembled 30 acres of property in the Omni-Edgewater area that including the old Omni Mall, the Boulevard Shops, a 527-room Hilton Hotel, and several large parking lots. But an intensive lobbying campaign to allow casinos in Miami failed in the state capitol. So in March 2012, Genting declared that it would concentrate on building condos, hotels, retail space, and an 800-foot, publically accessible bayfront promenade where the Miami Herald building currently stands. Demolition crews are already ripping apart the 700,000-square-foot Herald building. As for the Omni Mall, which Genting originally intended to transform into a casino, the company will turn that into with some 30,000 square feet being used by Genting itself. A pedestrian bridge connecting Omni Mall to a Metromover station is already advertising Resorts World Bimini and the Bimini Superfast Not that Genting has given up. Genting and other casino interests are preparing to lobby state legislators hard next year. I think youll see them [casino lobbyists] back perhaps even stronger than in 2012, David Hart, executive vice president of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and a casino critic, told The Florida Current last month. With so many fast-moving parts, it may not be surprising that problems would arise. For example, online reviews on websites like Yelp suggest that the Bimini Superfast still has a lot of kinks to work out. The three hour wait makes IT NOT WORTH YOUR TIME, shouted a review by Juan A. from Miami on August 21. [It takes] almost 2 hours of your day just getting to and from the ship, declared Jim M. from Hollywood on August 31. So why did Genting rush to start the Miami-Bimini ferry service? Is there some kind of connection between Gentings plans for Bimini and its aspirations for Miami? And is it really better in the Bahamas with Genting as a corporate citizen? Bimini Superfast .A variety of ticket choices are offered on the Bimini Superfast website. Day trips from Miami to Bimini and back are $69 on weekdays and $99 on weekends. One-way trips are $59 from Miami to Bimini and $79 from Bimini to Miami. Children under 12 years get a ticket discount of $10. CruisingContinued from page 27 Bimini SuperFast Continued on page 30


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30 Luggage can be checked for $25. Parking at Terminal H can range from $7 to $20. Thats a pretty good deal, remarks Jim Weakley, executive editor of Florida Sportsman Air travel to Bimini often runs to the hundreds of dollars. Traveling by private boat can cost $40 or $50 one-way in fuel costs alone, Weakley points out. Until recently there were evening trips in which passengers left Miami for Bimini at 7:00 p.m. returned around 6:00 a.m. The nighttime passengers never disembarked, says Heather Krasnow, a publicist for the Genting Group. Instead the Bimini Superfast remained anchored just off the Bimini coast. These night cruises were transformed into cruise-to-nowhere trips in which, for $20 per person on Friday and Saturday nights, guests are invited to party until dawn three miles off the coast of Florida, where prohibitive American gambling and drinking laws arent enforced. Staterooms are available at prices ranging from $40 to $200 for a day trip and from $60 to $250 for a night cruise. Promotional rates are sometimes offered, too. I tried to snag one of the free tickets for a day trip, but by the time I all gone. When my girlfriend dropped me off at Terminal H, my mind was foggy. Im not a morning person, yet the ticket It was now 8:25 a.m. You better hurry! yelled a uniformed security guard at the terminal. So I raced up an escalator with my I also had a printout of my ticket and my U.S. passport. Day-tripping American citizens must either have a U.S. passport and a valid government I.D. If you stay overnight, you must have a passport. Non-U.S. citi zens need a passport, an alien registration The ships entranceway was a drab of dozen seniors were already hanging out in the lounge, ready to pounce on the slots once they were activated. A friendly hostess from the Philippines greeted me and pointed out where a complimentary breakfast was being served. The free buffet happened to be on Level 10, the top deck of the ship, known as Club Bimini. A DJ was already playing dance music. Two middle-age women danced to the beat. A group of already at the Aqua Bar, sipping drinks. Instead of the buffet, I opted for CruisingContinued from page 28 Continued on page 32 MIAMIS #1 CLEANSING AND YOGA CENTER! 6901 Biscayne Blvd Miami FL 33138JOIN US $5 CLASS FOR NEW STUDENTS FREE YOGA IN THE PARK TRAININGSPARAYOGA INTENSIVE Yogarupa Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga and master teacher, will lead a series of dynamic classes that will expand your knowledge of Tantra and yoga. Register Online at www.parayoga.com/events/2013/168 YOGA ANATOMY WORKSHOPS MEDITATION 101 MEDITATION AYURVEDA YOGA 101 dailyofferingyoga.com


32 I gathered a tasty plate of eggs, hash browns, sausage, bacon, and mixed rice, plus a cup of orange juice and a cup of coffee. Price: $5. A brief conversation the cashier revealed that 90 percent of crew members were Filipinos. The owner, he likes our work, he said with evident pride. By 9:15, we were on our way. Being a Wednesday, there werent many people aboard. I learned from a U.S. Customs agent that we were carry ing about 250 passengers, which gave me hope that Id actually have some time ashore to explore Gentings newly acquired resort. The frustrated online reviewers who journeyed on weekends complained that it took so long to pack to shore that they had barely two hours on Bimini. The passengers were a mixed crowd of tourists and South Florida residents representing just about every ethnicity and nationality. Many took to the slots as soon as we crossed the three-mile limit. Unlike in Las Vegas, complimentary liquor was not offered in the slot machine room. If you wanted a drink, you paid from $5 to $15 for a cocktail. Drinking, lounging on deck chairs, dancing, or playing music trivia games with the hyperactive American enseemed to be the preferred methods of entertainment. Many were here because they managed to score free tickets. Others paid $69 to celebrate the birthday of a companion, visit friends at Bimini, or on a whim. was using the Bimini trip as a means to renew his visa to the United States, so he decided to tag along. One grandmo therly lady, lounging with her family on the deck, drink in hand, said this was her third SuperFast voyage. I love it! she chirped. The slot machines were, by design no The casino area with baccarat, roulette, blackjack, craps games, and sports-book have to walk through a maze of cabin Level 8 at the ships stern. Genting atten dants were at attention, televisions were broadcasting sporting events, a panoram ic view of the ocean presented itself, and maybe ten people were gambling.North Bimini is the largest of several islands that constitute the District of Bimini, home to 1600 full-time residents, who depend on and a growing number of part-timers. North Bimini is narrow, seven miles long and at many places just 700 feet wide. Its also the Bahamian island closest to Florida, about 54 miles from Miami. Many a famous American has visited Bimini. Ernest Hemingway lived there CruisingContinued from page 30 Continued on page 34


34 attracted him, and a 500-pound marlin caught there supposedly inspired his Old Man and the Sea Martin Luther King, Jr., reportedly wrote his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech there in 1964. President Richard Nixon visited a few times. In 1984, Colorado Sen. Gary Hart sailed to Bimini from Aventuras Turnberry Isle Resort aboard the Monkey Business His companion: aspiring Miami actress Donna Rice. The ensuing scandal ended Harts presidential run. What was it that attracted them to Bimini? Fine weather, blue water, a laidrestaurants and bars and thats about it. You dont have a lot of things to do over there if you dont have a boat, says Jos Vigil, owner of Miami Boat Charter, who divides his time between Miamis Upper Eastside and Bimini. After a few days, it gets kind of boring. Today Bimini is changing rapidly. A growth spurt began in the late 1990s, when Gerardo Capo, a Miami-based businessman whose family owns the El Dorado furniture chain, developed Bimini Bay Resort, a community of 480 luxury villas. Last year the Genting Group became Capos partner. Then on March 18 of this year, ten days after Genting bought the Bimini Superfast Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie announced that Genting had taken over the operation of Bimini Bay itself and was investing $150 million in Bimini to build a 350-room hotel and to expand the airport on North Bimini. Gentings plans might also include the construction of a 1000-foot dock for the Bimini Superfast as well as the creation of a golf course. Or they might not. Biminites and environmentalists complain that the Bahamian government wont release Gentings plans or the projects environmental studies. Fred Smith, an attorney representing the Bimini Blue Coalition, an organization of Bimini residents and business owners, has threatened to seek a judicial review to stop overdevelopment. Everything that Bimini stands for is being destroyed, he was told The Tribune a Bahamian newspaper, on September 22. Some Biminites say they have reason to worry. Bahamian media reports and jobs they were promised are instead being taken by people living in Nassau and Freeport. Instead of using Bimini residents to build Bimini Bay, Capo hired cheap labor from Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Some independent business owners are feeling shut out because Genting does not make it easy for Bimini Super fast passengers to shop locally. The ship loads people onto its ferries and herds CruisingContinued from page 32 Continued on page 36


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36 them directly to its resort and casino. Meanwhile, the islands infrastructure is being overwhelmed by Gentings visitors, according to Smith. During busy days at the resort, Smith told The Tribune water pressure is nonexistent in nearby towns, supplies are scarce, and sanitation is deplorable. Then theres the disruption to the environment. Capo added 50 acres to North Bimini by dredging 2.5 million cubic yards out of a lagoon, digging a channel that was 150 feet wide and 20 feet deep, says Samuel Gruber, director of the Bimini Biological Field Station and a professor at the University of Mi amis Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He cracked the aquifer and allowed sea water to penetrate the water table, Gruber says. So the people no longer have free access to fresh water. They have to buy it from a big desalinization plant that Capo built. with his company, RAV Bahamas, could Besides drinkable water, says Gruber, Capos dredging decimated the mangroves of Mosquito Point, where more than 100 species of marine life dwelled. The effects dis rupted the food chain, sickened juve nile lemon sharks, and killed off scores Gruber says marine life eventually adapted to the new environment, but hes not sure that will be the case if Genting builds a golf course that will require large amounts of fertilizer, which will pollute the water. They do that, Gruber says, and thats the end. Lloyd Edgecomb, general counsel for the Bimini district, cautions that Genting still hasnt formally applied to build either a cruise ship dock or a golf course. Some people are jumping the gun, he says. No permits have been pulled and no agreements have been signed off on. However, when the prime minister, his cabinet, and Genting do make a decision regarding the project, there wont be much anyone can do about it, Edgecomb says. Under Bahamian law, its the prime minister and his cabinet in Nassau who by foreign interests. You can kick and scream until Christ comes, Edgecomb says, and it wont mean anything. Genting did not reply to writ ten questions by deadline, although publicist Aaron Gordon says Genting Dana Leibovitz, president of Resorts World Bimini, told the Associated Press last month that the golf course is still being considered, but only if its environmentally sound. CruisingContinued from page 34 Continued on page 38 Medical Services LEUNG HEALTHCARE LEUNG HEALTHCARE $10 FLU SHOTSTogether We Enhance Your Quality of LifeWe accept HUMANA GOLD PLUS, CARE PLUS, MEDICARE, AND OTHER MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS Florence Foucauld, MD Gilbert Leung, MD Maria Mustelier, MD Nasiruddin Nazarally, MD Gabriel Nelson, MD Nadine Cantave, MSN, ARNP-BC Marites Montes, MSN, ARNP We offer Humana One dental coverage PPO or HMO from$12.99 per monthFREE Humana $200 Jessica Hayate, DMD Daniele Koch, DDS Steven Rindley, DDS Rafael D. Simbaco, DDS Alberto Suarez, DDSHMO and PPO insurance plus private pay for qualified patients 305-944-9388 305-899-1406 954-921-5553 Maria Mustelier, M.D. Steven Rindley, DDS Marites Montes, MSN, ARNP Gilbert Leung, M.D. Daniele Koch, DDS COME IN AND MEET SOME OF OUR FRIENDLY STAFF


38 Were not here to ruin what Bimini is, Leibovitz said. Were not here to ruin the water, were not here to ruin the pristine mangroves, the quaintness of the island. We want to integrate. We want to be part of the island, and we want to continue for that to be the main draw to the island.At 11:50 a.m. the ship stopped moving, about a mile off the coast of Bimini. Thats when the herding began. The way out was through the casino, where where we waited and waited as passengers were slowly funneled into a narrow corridor leading to the exit. Once at the exit, the Filipino crew passed us on to a Bahamian crew on a red-andwhite boat. A woman ordered us down into the boats lower level. Do we have to go downstairs? a passenger asked. Yes, she replied sternly, for your own safety. So we went downstairs, sweated, and waited. A Genting employee walked around with a tray of towels soaked in ice water. Alone on this voyage, I was quickly adopted by a group of chatty women from New Jersey. Debbie, a hair dresser, drinks and winning a few hundred dollars at the slots, but the heat was trying her patience. I told her the weather service forecast 96 degrees today, with a heat index of 106. Who are you? she griped. The Grim Reaper? Finally the boat began moving, slowly. By the time we made it past Bahamian customs and were seated on an electric tram, it was 1:30 p.m. We had to be back at the pier by 3:30. one side of the road was a closed restaurant and an elaborate pool with a gazebo bar that was open for business. On the other side was the casino, which was so unimposing I almost missed it. Oh, its bigger on the inside, said a young employee, adding that Genting planned to build a larger casino at its future hotel. The hardcore slots players from the Bimini Superfast into the casino. I played a game of video poker just long enough to get a potent rum-and-Coke. Unlike the Bimini Super fast drinks are gratis for those gambling in the casino. A rum-and-Coke at the bar was $8. After losing $3 at video poker, and a $1 tip for the waitress, my drink cost $4. Now I wanted to see the beach. An other tram navigated the winding street, driving past construction workers laying the foundation for Gentings Marina CruisingContinued from page 36 Continued on page 40


40 Hotel, and past a series of white wooden houses, some of which were being leased by Genting to Bimini Superfast passengers wishing to stay overnight: $159 per person. When I saw the beach, I patted myself on the back for wearing swim trucks under my kakis. The calm water felt fan tastic. Most of my shipmates were content to lounge in the water with drinks in hand. Some rented jet skis or rode oversize In all, we had about a half-hour at the beach before it was time to head back. Bahamian customs agents didnt bother to search us as we departed. That honor was reserved for Genting. When we returned to the Bimini Superfast we were guided down into the hot cargo hold. During the ships Super fast VI days, this area carried up to 140 cars across the Mediterranean. Now it housed a screening operation where passengers were quickly and politely checked for drugs and other contraband. There was even a security guard with a German shepherd. Also on hand were Gentings attentive Filipino workers, ready to assist heat-stroked travelers with water and chairs. Air circulation was provided by several humming fans. Our time in the Superfast s hold lasted maybe 15 minutes. Then it was back to the top levels for music, food, drinks, and gambling. Under Bahamian law, its illegal for a Bahamian citizen or a work-permit holder to gamble at a casino. A proposal to legalize Internet cafs, known as web shops, that acted as illicit casinos for locals was rejected by voters in January, thanks to an aggressive campaign by Bahamian churches. In spite of the victory for the anti-gaming side, some Bahamians are grumbling about the current casino law, believing it makes them second-class citi zens in their own country, according to media reports. But John Kindt, a profes sor of business at the University of Illinois the local gaming ban actually protects the Bahamian economy from casinos. Several nations around the world with casinos either forbid their residents from entering or, in the case of Singapore, where Genting operates a casino called Resorts World Sentosa, require a hefty admission price, Kindt explains. Measures like that are in place to prevent citizens from losing all their money at casinos. They know that slot machines can kill the local economy, Kindt says. Its all about suckers coming in from the outside. Kindt contends that the real goal of casino operators like Genting is to get people addicted to slot machines, what he calls the crack cocaine of gambling. Kindt also believes that the ultimate objective of the Bimini Superfast is not just to ferry Miami residents and tourists to Resorts World Bimini, but to pave the way for a casino at a future Resorts World Miami. The real trick is a downtown Miami casino, Kindt says. They will do whatever strategy it takes to get that. Genting has been more successful expanding elsewhere in the United States. four gaming operations in the Northeast. In August 2010, Genting built a casino at the Aqueduct racetrack in New York City, now known as Resorts World New York. Gentings most recent gaming endeavor might be its most dramatic. In March, the same month it was solidifying its presence in Bimini, company executives took over the Echelon Las Vegas project from Boyd Gaming and declared their intent to invest up to $7 billion to build Resorts World Las Vegas, a 3500-room, Asian-themed resort. They seem to have an insatiable appetite for penetrating the U.S. market, CruisingContinued from page 38 The terminal at Port Miami is nice, but by the time you disembark, you Continued on page 42


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42 says Alex Calderone, senior vice president of the Fine Point Group, a Las Vegas-based gaming consultancy. The speed with which Genting launched the Bimini Superfast may be aiding that penetration. Among the vessels features is a reception desk where passengers are offered Genting Rewards Cards, which offer incentives based on how long someone gambles. In exchange, customers allow Genting to track their gaming preferences and also provides the company with home addresses and e-mails. The head start in growing a database, Calderone says. They can tap into that big database and use it to entice customers to come and gamble at their properties. Once Resorts World Miami is able to open a casino, that database will allow Genting immediately to tap into South Floridas lucrative gambling market. If not, the database collected by the Bimini Superfast will enable Genting to tap into it anyway. Southern Florida in particular is a densely populated region where the historical records have shown us that Flo ridians gamble, as do tourists who come to Florida, Calderone says. Gentings way of carving out a piece of the pie for itself is to be able to offer people to take a day trip on a high-speed boat to an exotic location. Last year Dana Leibovitz of Resorts World Bimini told the Miami Herald that Bimini had little if anything to do with Miami. This is a totally separate project, he said, and has nothing to do with Florida and what were doing there. It was 6:00 p.m. by the time Bimini Superfast docked at Port Miami. The slot machines shut down. Soon the casino bar would be closed as well. Yet it would be more than an hour before passengers were allowed to disembark. Part of the problem: There were available to process 250 passengers. This isnt worth it, sighed one woman. I liked the cruise. I liked Bimini. But I didnt get to spend much time there. And all this waiting all the time. It just isnt worth the $69. after 7:30. I bumped into some of the hardcore slots players. Even though they rarely ventured beyond the casinos, they said they had a great time. They didnt have to pay for tickets. This trip was a gift from their Broward church congregation, a reward for their volunteer work. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com CruisingContinued from page 40 Is the Bimini SuperFast a corporate Trojan Horse, ready to invade Miami?


44 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORTwo Villages Facing a Common Threat: Home InvasionsMiami Shores and El Portal battle crime and communication complicationsBy Christian Cipriani BT ContributorWith handguns drawn, two hooded men approached Alejandro Ortiz in front of his house on NE 101st Street in Miami Shores. They smashed the cell phone he was using, led him inside, and took several hundred dollars in belongings from him and his wife, Alysia. Five days later, something similar hap pened to Jos and Ileana Forment as they sat in their car outside their Shores home on NE 95th Street their six-year-old disabled daughter in the back seat, unable to speak. Just 24 hours later, police believe the same intruders showed up outside the home of Alejandro and Diana Amador, on NE 89th Street in El Portal. This time they werent in a hurry. After ordering the couple to lie face-down on their bed alongside their six-year-old daughter, they asked for credit cards and PIN numbers. One of the assailants helped himself to bottled water and chocolate. It would be hours, the couple says, before the men left. By October 4, El Portal police had a suspect in custody 20-year-old John Eric Beaubrun of Miami Gardens. He was charged with criminal use of a persons identity and for theft, but not armed robbery. Hes just the guy they caught using the stolen cards. Eugene Morales, chief of the El Portal police department, says theyre working with Miami Shores police and against Beaubrun, and to get more information about his accomplices. Miami Shores police chief Kevin Lystad calls the arrest the tip of the iceberg. Investigators will not divulge details, but up to seven other suspects may still be at large. Beaubruns listed address is a $150,000 house in Miami Gardens on a large lot not much smaller or less valuable than the Amadors house in El Portal. In fact, if the people who carried out these robberies are at all like Beaubrun, they wont have long rap sheets and werent desperate for cash.BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith Continued on page 48 By Mark Sell BT ContributorIn the ongoing environmental mess over Biscayne Landing and the old Munisport toxic dump on which it sits, former North Miami Mayors Joe Celestin and Frank Wolland are the men of the hour Celestin for blowing the whistle and Wolland for spreading the word. As a result, all hell broke lose at the North Miami City Council meeting October 24, in this ongoing saga concerning the delivery by developers Oleta Partners of 194,000 cubic yards of contaminated dirt. It was brought to Biscayne Landing earlier this year from the massive Brickell CitiCentre construction project over the objections of site manager Celestin. The city council has unanimously voted to hire an independent scientist to monitor Biscayne Landing for toxins, to be paid by the developer. This will surely not be the end of it. The news could not have come at a worse time: County environmental inspectors from the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER, until recently known as DERM) have been fanning out across Miami, checking for contaminated soil in parks in the wake of toxic discoveries at Blanche Park and Merrie Christmas Park in Coconut Grove. The issue is also awkward because in August the council approved a spine road for the site, unaware of environmental concerns. Big money is on the line for both the developers and the city. The massive project calls for more than 4000 apartments or condos, more than 800,000 square feet of retail, and a town center for its 10,000 to 15,000 residents. Mayor Lucie Tondreau, Vice Mayor Scott Galvin, and Councilwoman Carol Keys were noticeably unhappy at the North Miami City Council Blindsided by OletaContaminated ll can remain at Biscayne Landing for now Continued on page 50


By Erik Bojnansky BT Senior WriterA quartet of candidates is running for District 5 commissioner in the City of Miami. In alphabetical order, they are: istrator with the Childrens Trust, former regional director of the Department of Children and Families, and a recommunity. Community Baptist Church who touts his previous experience as a Miami commis sioner and boasts of support from at least ing commission chairman Marc Sarnoff. defender who is part of Liberty Citys support of outgoing District 5 Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, a very ist for the public school system and the president of the Hadley Park Homeowners Association. His independent streak has earned him the support of some Upper Eastside activists. Youll be able to meet them all on October 8 at 7:00 p.m. during a candidates forum at Legion Memorial Park, 6447 NE 7th Ave. The event will be hosted by the Belle Meade Homeowners Association and moderated by BT editor and publisher Jim Mullin. And, on November 5, if youre a registered voter residing in Shorecrest, Palm Grove, Belle Meade, or Bayside, youll have a chance to cast your vote for one of the candidates. Those neighborhoods comprise much of Miamis Upper Eastside, a multiethnic and largely middle-class area straddling Biscayne Boulevard from NE 36th Street to the city limits at NE 87th Street. The entire Upper Eastside was once part of District 2, represented by Commissioner Marc Sarnoff. That changed a few months ago, when federally mandated redistricting resulted in all neighborhoods north of NE 61st Street being transferred to District 5, which also encompasses the impoverished and largely black communities of Overtown, Liberty City, and Little Haiti. According to the countys elecetions department, District 5 now has 42,000 registered voters, just 5700 of whom live in the Upper Eastside. However, Upper Eastside neighborhoods have had higher voter turnout in past city elections than those in the original District 5. Chris Norwood, a political consultant and District 5 resident who is not involved in any of the four candidates campaigns, says high turnout means greater leverage for the Upper Eastside. will dictate, in a big way, who will be the Upper Eastside voters will likely support the same candidate, Norwood preDistrict 2 will vote as a bloc, whether consciously or unconsciously. Theyll overwhelmingly back one candidate over In that case, its almost certain that no one candidate will receive more than 50 percent of the vote on November 5, Nor wood says, which means the election will be settled in a run-off on November 19. If there is a run-off election, Upper Eastsiders will once again go to the polls at a higher rate than the rest of District 5, Norwood adds. Theyll also vote as a Many Upper Eastside residents were displeased with the redistricting process earlier this year. They believe that city Sarnoff, ignored their pleas to keep the Upper Eastside together either in District 2 or District 5. Jack Spirk, a Shorecrest resident for Commissioner Spence-Jones didnt want to include all of the Upper Eastside in New District, New Voters, New InuenceFour candidates are campaigning for Miamis District 5 commission seat, and Upper Eastside voters could pick the winner Continued on page 46 Manatee Bend Park: Open for Business on the Little River just west of Biscayne Boulevard, has a fascinating history and a bright future. To read more, and to see photos from the event, go to Community News at www.biscaynetimes.com.


46 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORsays Spirk, a former Sarnoff supporter. All four candidates are running on platforms that emphasize jobs, economic development, and public safety particularly in Overtown and Liberty City, where crime and poverty are widespread. Not surprisingly, they also vow to represent the interests of Upper Eastside residents at city hall. Keon Hardemon, age 30, is the youngest of the quartet and is seen, along with the Rev. Richard Dunn, as a frontrunner by most city hall observers. to help Miami become a real world-class fully ran against county Commissioner Audrey Edmonson last year. If elected, Hardemon says, public safety will be among his highest priorities. (His mother is a Miami police ofment in District 5 while protecting the historic integrity of Overtown, Buena Vista, and the Upper Eastside. Hardemon says his background as have the experience and the skills to Hardemons strongest supporters are his family members. His aunt and uncle, Billy and Barbara Hardemon, have been knack for bringing out the black vote. While Keon Hardemon was in school or away in college, his family members were being hired as political aides and lobbyists. Two of his uncles were arrested. In 1996, Billy Hardemon, then an aide to county commissioner James Burke, was arrested on charges of accepting bribes, misusing campaign funds, and money laundering. Although Burke was convicted on similar charges, Billy Hardemon was found not guilty. Following a Miami-Dade Inspector Generals investigation, lobbyist Allen Hardemon pled guilty to charges of fraud and grand theft involving phony county contracts. In August 2007, he was sentenced to seven months in jail, four years of probation, and ordered to pay $24,000 in restitution. Keon Hardemon says he loves his family members, but their controversies have little to do with him or his candidaAlso in Hardemons corner is SpenceJones, whose election and re-election has been credited in large part to the efforts campaigning for him every day raisCornelius Shiver, Spence-Joness chief of dates, Keon is the best person to further her social and economic objectives for Rev. Richard Dunn, age 52, says hes he was a commissioner from January 2010, when he was appointed to the city com mission to replace Spence-Jones, to August 2011, when Spence-Jones was reinstated. he started summer youth job programs that were later ended by Spence-Jones, passed a teen curfew, battled Police Chief Miguel Exposito on police shootings in District 5, balanced the budget Once you have public safety, the jobs Dunn says he has far more experience other opponents as a result of serving on city boards since 1980, working as a legis lative aide for city commissioners Art Teele and Victor De Yurre, and his own time as a commissioner. He was elected once, during a special election in Novem time being in 1996 following the arrest, and later conviction, of Commissioner Richard Dawkins for accepting bribes. His long involvement in civic affairs, Dunn says, is the reason Commissioners Willy Gort and Marc Sarnoff are District 5Continued from page 45 Continued on page 52 rfntbbbrfntrf ntbtbfbtbr fnntnnbnnfn nnbn bnbntnttffbnfntft nnfbnnb btbnbt ftbb nnbbnfn nnnn tbt bbbtbb t bb tntbbt tbbb fr BROKER ASSOCIATESpecializing in Urban Lifestyles & Relocation Robbie Bell NE 87 ST NE 79 ST NE 71 ST NE 61 ST NE 54 STNW 19 AVENW 6 AVE N MIAMI AVENW 1 AVENW 29 ST NW 22 ST NW 20 ST Venetian Cswy Flagler StSW 22 Ave NW 27 Ave NW 37 Ave SW 42 AveJulia Tuttle CswyBiscayne BlvdBrickell AveS Dixie Hwy5 2 Map by Marcy Mock




48 Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDOR council meeting. Scrutiny will increase and heads may roll, and the matter will come up again at the October 8 meeting. True to form, Galvin provided the quote of the evening, tearing into Oleta Partners (for overriding Celestin and trucking in the materials); RER/DERM (for approving the haul February 5 and March 11, before rescinding it on May 31); and particularly city manager Stephen Johnson (for not telling the council months earlier). The time to have had this discus sion is not tonight, after youve been caught with your hand in the cookie jar.... All these months, youve all known youve been endangering the Galvin commended Celestin for his early stand against delivery of the materials, and Wolland for relaying details of the October 12 RER/DERM Environmental Quality Control Board meeting, at which Oleta Partners sought a varinow despite the violation of Chapter 24 of the Miami-Dade County Environfree of contaminants, and restricts the release of polluted material into water. They argued that Biscayne Landing has a remediation program on-site and the county has not found any contaminants to be at unsafe levels, despite excessive levels of aluminum. Herb Tillman, executive vice president of Oleta Partners, was present at the RER board meeting and was represented Traurigs environmental practice group. Celestin and Johnson were there as well, but the City of North Miami had no lawyer present. Wolland, who was representing a client on a separate matter, was surprised to see Biscayne Landing on the agenda. With no lawyer at hand and the unmistakable scent of potential litigation in the air (might Oleta Partners sue the county for the $1.5 million cost of removing the fill and the estimated $6 million cost of finding a place that would accept it because it had initially approved the delivery?), Johnson, representing the city, deferred to both Oleta Partners and to RER/DERM, and said the issue called for more independent scientific study and clearer protocols. land, who preceded Celestin as mayor them a couple months. They bragged that they have millions. Let them Wolland called Mayor Tondreau, who was not pleased. Had Wolland not told her, she said in an interview before the would have been swept under the rug At the council meeting, Tondreau cited concerns about public health and ease, that there is no immediate danger In agreeing to assume the costs of a the dickens out of this material, and So just what is in that contaminated lawyer and activist Maureen Harwitz, a lead, arsenic, aluminum, and silicate slag, which RER/DERM measured at 8.6 Only one ingredient aluminum rose to a level the county deemed unacceptable. Wilbur Mayorga, chief of the RER/DERMs Environmental Monitoring and Restoration Division, concluded that the aluminum levels were not sufalso leading the monitoring of the City of Miamis parks. Under questioning from the council, Celestin said that he would recommend the costs and complications. That showed courage; his $250,000 yearly contract as Biscayne Landing site manager is split Biscayne Landing Continued from page 44 Continued on page 54




Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDOROne of the victims, Alejandro Ortiz, says they seemed more like young amateur gangsters carrying out crimes of opportunity. They drove around, saw someone distracted and vulnerable, took what they could, and got out. Whatever their motive, these criminals have put both villages on high alert and desperate for answers. People are also asking for more consistent and detailed communication from civic leaders. Miami Shores residents can sign up and e-mail when an incident occurs. El Portal doesnt use Nixle, a free service for schools and public safety agencies, but residents can join Nextdoor.com, a social media site for neighborhoods. Both platforms were used in the wake of the thefts, but its unclear how many people they reached. There were a few articles tucked into the middle pages of the Miami Herald s North information meetings. Retired Herald crime reporter and long-time Miami Shores resident Arnold Markowitz doesnt believe communication was adequate in the wake of these crimes. He wants better systems and procedures in place that disseminate more details. What the Shores did post, he says, was too vague, like an August 30 mesyet continue to use caution and take 4 arrest announcement that said simply: It offered no details. Markowitz calls this either reluc tance or indifference to providing detailed, actionable information. He also thinks the news media are neglect ful in their coverage of Miami Shores incidents this year. Several residents at public meetings voiced the need for more wide-reaching, high-tech communications. El Portal isnt on Facebook, and the Miami Shores Facebook page just links to information posted on the village website. Neither village hall nor their police departments have Twitter accounts. Several weeks after he and his wife dro Ortiz is sitting at Metro Bistro restaurant, speaking about what happened in the house he and Alysia have shared in Miami Shores for the past three years. Home InvasionsContinued from page 44 Continued on page 53


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Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORsupporting his candidacy. (Both comDunn.) Sarnoff says, adding that Dunn has for Dunn, Sarnoff says hes knocking on doors with him in the Upper EastDunn has some baggage. Back in 1991, he resigned as assistant pastor of Drake Memorial Baptist Church after his own grandfather asserted that he used church funds to pay for personal bills, accord ing to the Miami Herald (Dunn told the Herald the money was paid back.) This past August, Miami New Times reported that Dunns wife, Daphne, has and their Liberty City home is under the threat of foreclosure. Dunn insists he has never been accused of any wrongdoing in relation serve without any embarrassments, without any questions of my integrity, for 19 Some Upper Eastside activists who harbor doubts about Hardemon or Dunn and their ties to Spence-Jones and Sarnoff, respectively, are supporting 45-year-old Robert Malone. president of the Shorecrest Homeowners Association and the BT s Upper Eastside current regime at city hall and he doesnt have any of the strikes against him that Armed with a doctorate in educa tion, Malone, of Hadley Park in Liberty City, works as a substitute teacher and as interventionist for at-risk youth for Miami-Dade Public Schools. Hes been campaigning since April, which has given him time to attend neighbor hood association meetings throughout District 5. Malone, who previously ran for city commissioner and state representative. Malone says he wants to improve the water and sewer infrastructure of District 5, audit the Community Resystem meant to assist residents with city services, and encourage development in blighted neighborhoods. Besides running against three op ponents, Malone is also running against Sarnoff. This past August Sarnoff asked the candidate tells the BT Malone ar rived with two members of his cam paign staff. There, according to Malone, Sarnoff explained that he was support for Sarnoffs proposals. Christmas and he replied, Two yes Thats why Im supporting Dunn. Hes Hector Roos, Malones campaign manager, who was present at the meeting, claims that Sarnoff explained he District 5Continued from page 46 Continued on page 54 A Personal Assistant Service For the Senior CommunityQUESTIONS? CALL US TODAY at 786-348-0712www.happilyeverelder.com on & More!


Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORAfter living all over the world, the young Puerto Rican wine importer and his Oklahoma-born wife returned to South Florida looking for a neighborhood with true character. They were drawn immediately to the quaint Americana of Miami Shores. Three days after we moved in, the mailwoman introduced herself, Ortiz recalls. It really is that kind of place. He speaks well of the village police. They call him every few days with updates on his case. They know his name. He can get the chief on the phone. Try doing that in Miami or unincorporated Dade, he notes. People want information, but its an ongoing inveswait for the case to be built. That takes time. TV shows have created unrealistic expectations of police work. But as others have echoed publicly, Ortiz agrees that Miami Shores could do a better job communicating with residents on common digital platforms. He also sees a more controversial dimension to the conversation. Every media report about this seemed uncomfortable talking about race, he says. For Ortiz, its not just race we tiptoe around, but also economic status. In Miami Shores, a community Ortiz describes as woefully segregated, he sees the need for broader and more frank conversations. Rather than play the victim, he sees this as a teachable moment whose lesson is getting lost. To predominately white Miami Shores, the idea of young, hooded black men coming to rob their village has many in a palpable state of fear. Ortiz does not share this fear. I dont own guns, he says, but all of my neighbors do and more than one gun. Had his assailants targeted a well-armed neighbor, things may have ended much differently. While law enforcement tries to get Beaubrun to deliver the actual perpetrators, more incidents are coming to light, especially in El Portal. A woman who asked only to be idenblocks from the police station. Recently on duty took more than an hour to arrive, according to Marisa. You would think living in a small community like El Portal that youd get personal attention, she says, but it hasnt been the case. Unlike the support Alejandro Ortiz receives from Miami Shores, Marisa says the police never called her to follow up. In the incidents clumsy aftermath, neighbors began talking about how many burglaries were really happening, so Marisa showed up at the police station to request public records. She was peppered with questions. They asked for a lot of personal infor mation where I work, where I live, she recalls. They even tried to charge more than the statute allows for records requests. Her discoveries were unsettling: El Portal had a long hot summer, with at more than one per week. She speculates that police, for their own reasons, have kept these burglaries quiet. quietly put their house on the market. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Home InvasionsContinued from page 50


Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDORevenly between the city and Oleta Part ners. The contract has been for a threeyear term, subject to annual review. In correspondence and testimony, into a lake, thus placing it within 17 feet of the Biscayne Bay Aquifer, South Floridas main source of fresh water. He also was worried about aluminum and silicate in the air. Oleta Partners accommodated him earlier this year by bulldozing the The issue goes beyond North Miami. Highland Village in North Miami Beach is within 100 feet of the sites south side, with 1500 lowto middle-income residents. In the 1980s and 1990s, residents had complained of health problems and petitioned, unsuccessfully, for the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a health study. While the site is lage remains a concern. At this point, Oleta Partners, led by developer Michael Swerdlow, has plenty of pull. Its team includes top environmental and land-use lawyer Clifford Schulman; the former director of the Miami-Dade solid waste department; the former director of the Miami-Dade Department of Planning and Zoning; and longtime veterans of RER/DERM, among others. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com r ffr nt frbb fbbnf rnt rrr bb rf rfntb rfntn nn nn r n f Biscayne Landing Continued from page 48 District 5Continued from page 52 BUYING OR SELLING A HOME?MiMo Title Services, owned by attorney Barbara B. Gimenez, is a full service title company. We guarantee fast, dependable, professional service, before, during, and after your real estate transaction. MENTION THIS AD FOR SPECIAL SETTLEMENT FEE: $495*MiMo Title Services, LLC*RESTRICTIONS APPLY. VALID THROUGH 10/31/13. needed Dunns vote to phase out affordable housing in District 5 and replace it with market-rate residential projects. A few days later, Malone says, one of his staffers collected three $500 campaign checks from Sarnoff, along with a message that there was more where that came from. The next morning Malone personally returned the checks to SarSarnoff tells the BT in reference to the campaign checks, not wishing to elaborate further. Sarnoff acknowledges that hes often joked about wanting two votes for Christmas in order to advance his legislation (the Miami City Commission has that Dunn was one of those holiday gifts. Sarnoff also says that Malone misinterpreted his statements about affordable housing. The commissioner explains he pointed out that the entire City of Miami has 66 percent of Miami-Dade Countys affordable housing projects, about 488 acres in all. Since most affordable housing isnt taxed, the city loses out on some $3 milthat he never suggested replacing afford able housing with market-rate projects. So why ask for the meeting at all? what Malone was all about, just as he had done in a meeting with Hardemon. Unlike Hardemon, a candidate Sarnoff cause he couldnt evoke a vision for his Continued on page 55


Community News: BISCAYNE CORRIDOR { GREEN DAY } Miami Shores Street Fair Sponsored byNORTH SHORE Medical Center MIAMI SHORES COMMUNITY ALLIANCEOver 30 years of enhancing Village Life The Rotary Club of Miami ShoresSERVICE ABOVE SELF Miami Shores Holistic Health only get so much time with a person, and if, during that time, he cant state a Sarnoff has yet to meet with Jacqui Colyer, whose rsum includes highlevel administrative positions at the Childrens Trust, the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Lockheed Martins workforce division, and Miami-Dade Countys Housing Department. Colyer, an Oakland Grove resident who wouldnt disclose her age to the BT elected, Colyer vows to conduct a comColyer promises to collaborate with force housing on District 5s many empty lots, bring youth programs to District 5s parks, and place police in Miamis high crime areas. She also wants to rid the Upper Eastside of prostitution once future, all about hope, all about real acBut Colyers skeptics point out that she left DCF following the brutal murder of ten-year-old Nubia Barahona in 2011 by her adoptive father. Two employees of DCF, which had received warnings that Barahona and her brother were in case. Five other employees, including Colyer, received reprimands, although DCF secretary David Wilkins noted at oversight of hundreds of kids and we of what I think about every day. Now, through my work at the Childrens Trust, Seth Gordon, a publicist and former advisor to Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, says victory in the District 5 race will go to the candidate whose negative cam paign tactics are most effective, who can generate rumors, circulate damaging tive commercials. As for actual votes, brokers of absentee ballots will play a role, too. Cynical? Perhaps, says Gordon, but Going negative can be pricey, so the ability to raise money is critical. As of the BT s press deadline, Dunn had a campaign chest of $20,865 while Malone reported raising only $100. Hardemon (who entered the race in July) and Colyer (whose candi dacy launched in August) reported no cash being raised. The next batch of campaign Gordon believes Hardemon will have a decent campaign account thanks to Spence-Joness support. Dunns fundwith Sarnoff, Gort, and Mayor Toms Regalado (who, Gordon says, is a friend of Dunn). Yet Gordon doubts that endorsements from politicians or community leaders will be a factor in the District 5 election. get his supporters to support a candidate hes for. But we dont have that kind of transferable political clout here. Politicians in Miami come and go so fast that Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Traditional Taekwon-Do Instruction NOW ACCEPTINGNEW STUDENTSAges 5-Adults, All levels of Experience. Free uniform and private introductory class with enrollment.786-493-409 5 9617 Park Drive Miami Shores, FL 33138786-493-4095Visit us online at www.chitkd.orgITF affiliated school with over 20 years instructional experience.


56 Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTUR AAventura, City of PettinessNo slight too small to redraft the pastBy Jay Beskin BT ContributorAnthony Lewis passed away several months ago. He was one of Americas foremost writers on the First Amendment. This is what he had to say about the right to free speech: Ours is the most outspoken society on earth. Americans are freer to think what we will and say what we think than any other people, and freer today than in the past. We can bare the secrets of government and the secrets of the bedroom. We can denounce our rulers, and each other, with little fear of the consequences. There is almost no chance that a court will stop us from publishing what we wish: in print, on the air, or on the Web. Hateful and shocking expression, political or artistic, is almost all free to enter the marketplace of ideas. Expression is almost all free to enter the marketplace of ideas everywhere that is, except in Aventura. A number of years ago, then Commis sioner Arthur Berger suggested that the city create an archive of documents and photos chronicling the history of Aventura. City manager Eric Soroka wasnt keen on the idea because it would divert personnel from addressing more pressing manage ment issues, and Bergers idea was never adopted by the city commission. Unlike governments in surrounding municipalities, ours has never had much interest in creating the sense of commu nal pride that can be bolstered by shared history. After all, Aventura was only the second community in Miami-Dade County whose residents revolted against county oppression and took control of their destiny. That fact alone should impart civic pride in all of us. Numerous unincorpo rated areas followed our example. So in December 2008, when Soroka and Mayor Susan Gottlieb decided to commission a book on Aventuras history, it seemed quite possible that our government was coming around. They chose Seth Bramson to write the book. Bramson, who teaches Florida history at Florida International University and Barry University, is known for his well-regarded histories of the Florida East Coast Railway and of South Florida cities, such as Miami Beach, Hallandale Beach, and the Curtiss-Bright cities of Hialeah, Miami Springs, and Opa-locka. He received recognition from the leaders of the City of Miami for chronicling that city. On behalf of Aventura, Soroka and Gottlieb committed to underwrite the publication of 500 books. After Bramson submitted his draft to Soroka and Gottlieb, they invited him to what he thought would be a routine meeting to discuss it. At that meeting, BT photo by Silvia Ros


according to Bramson, Soroka and Gottlieb blindsided him. They had essentially rewritten his book, deleting chapters and pictures, and eviscerating the substance of his work. Never before had leaders of a city proits contents. Soroka and Gottlieb conditioned Bramson refused, and the city withdrew its commitment. Subsequently, Bramson obtained an identical underwriting commit ment for the book from the Lebowitz family of Pittsburgh, members of which were among the original partners in Turnberry. No member of the Lebowitz family sought editorial changes to the manuscript. That book was ready to go to press when a major event occurred. city-owned charter school (Aventura City of Excellence School, or ACES), Katherine Murphy, had sued the city and Soroka for wrongful termination and harassment. On November 2, 2012, a Miami-Dade jury found for Murphy and awarded her $155,737,000, one of the largest judgments ever rendered against Bramson believed it was important that the book take notice of this episode and added a chapter detailing the events. He was scrupulous in his accounting of the lawsuit, citing original and secondary sources, and noting that the trial judge in the case had quickly overturned wrote that Murphy had appealed the would be pending at the time of publication. He made no editorial comments about the merits of the case. Bramson is an engaging man whose work has brought him friendships throughout South Florida. So he thought little of disclosing the new chapter to Elaine Adler, president of the Aventura doyenne of all things communal and charitable in our city. Adler, ever protective of Soroka, beseeched Bramson not to publish the new chapter. And then the proverbial stuff hit the fan. This past August our city attorney that the City has not authorized Mr. Bramson to write a history of the city or to use photos, papers, or other property of the city in the proposed book. genuous. Since when does the subject of a book have to authorize its publication? If that were the case, the publication of raphies, would essentially cease. Under what statute or theory does a city have exclusive ownership of photos and papers in its possession? What happened to the public records laws under which anyone has the right to review and copy municipal papers and records? Despite the ludicrousness of the letter, it had the desired chilling effect. a lawsuit, bailed. The City of Excellence, many of whose residents descend from the People of the Book, may have no book. While Opa-locka, Hialeah, Surfside, El Portal, North Miami, and most other municipalities in Miami-Dade have a his torical chronicle, Aventura may have none. Some months ago I wrote a column about the Murphy lawsuit. To say that it manager, would be an understatement. They would lie to keep our residents in the dark about this episode. Shortly after the column appeared, the Aventura Cultural Arts Center abruptly ended its advertising relationship with Biscayne Times which was providing ads at cost. When our publisher asked arts center management for an explanation, they were evasive. But we all know why. We are no longer the City of Excellence. We have become the City of Pettiness. Apparently in our city, the reputation of a manager trumps the First Amendment. The role of the city attorney has morphed into representation of the manager, not the city itself. Or just maybe the manager has become the city. lisher for his book. Even if one has little interest in the history of Aventura, we should all buy the book because we have an interest in upholding the right to free speech. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com


58 Neighborhood Correspondents: MIA M I SHORE SOpen Letter to the Miami Shores PublixIm back, Im sorry, I cant live without youBy Jen Karetnick BT ContributorDear Publix: Youre probably surprised to hear from me. I confess this letter has been harder to write than I thought. But the truth is, I made a mistake. I didnt believe in you. I lacked faith. And so, without further preamble or procrastination, here it is: Im sorry. late this spring on Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami, I was blinded by its attractive physique. In those shiny glass doors, who subsists on organic produce grown under the light of a harvest moon during monsoon season. I envisioned a healthier version of me, fed into renal wellness by organic, naturally raised, free-range dairy and protein also known as tofu that looks like cheese, tofu that looks like meat, and tofu that looks like tofu. I was willful, spending a teachers paycheck on free crackers and cookies. You know, the ones that have a texture like the insides of a childs desk. Instead, my savings dwindled. I dealt with two more kidney infections. And somehow, I managed to gain weight. After Whole Foods debuted, I became obsessed with erasing the dark circles under my eyes with specialty serums, tightening this ever-loosening skin into which Im sewn with celebrity-endorsed solutions. I truly desired to replace miss ing electrolytes, sucked out by the hot and humid environment, with coconut water; cook with coconut oil; snack on fresh co conut. More than I ever had before, I was determined to recycle, reclaim, and reuse. Instead, I was used. As a receptacle for seductive advertising, and face creams that smell like rotting gardens. As a gullible taste-tester of everything coconut, which I admit I dont really like. And I no longer had a stockpile of those handy plastic bags to scoop up the inevitable doggie accidents and cat hairballs, which this summer became Photo by Penny Fletcher, The Observer News ENROLL NOW


our usual dcor. Dont blame the animals. Whole Foods, it seems, was the reason we couldnt have nice things. Publix, I know you thought I was a hypocrite. After all, youve seen me buy enough ice cream, coffee, and wine to host the mother of all hurricane parties except you knew it was all for me. Youve watched me since the days I spent roam ing your aisles with babies, their wailing mouths stuffed with free, day-old cookies obtained at the bakery counter. Youve even approved tacitly, by way of sale prices of my enhancing these favorite food groups with more and more cases, as time went on, of Diet Coke. Sometimes you didnt see me at all, and thats when you knew I was binge ing on Asian food at Oishi Thai (where the original Chef Bee has returned) or at Moshi Moshi (remodeled and rediscov ered, it seems, by the entire Upper East side). I felt your disapproval, but your raw ingredients just didnt tempt me enough to cook every night. Not even when you installed a booth hawking recipes. But the real problem was that I started to change, to grow both emotionally and, to my dismay, physically. I started to have different needs, which required a different kind of relationship. One that would nourish me in ways I hadnt suspected I needed. One that would sustain me through midlife, and beyond, when I could no longer rely on a liquid diet to get through. Id told you what I needed before (you cant deny that Im a communicator), but it didnt seem like you were listening. Id pledged to a new lifestyle, and you hadnt. Or so I thought. I left for greener, more sustainable pastures, ones that didnt legitimize fertilizer and practice chemical warfare on bees. Shortly thereafter, I started noticing some changes in you. Rather than ignore the new neighbor up the road on Biscayne, you responded by making some positive overtures. Or time that a Publix waits before a remodel. (Remember when the olive bar was inWhatever the reason, your pharmacy was rebuilt. Then the natural foods aisle disappeared, with items being reorganized and placed on shelves in the general population for greater exposure. The produce and deli departments were given more accessible layouts, with added salad and soup bars. Overall you presented a kinder, gentler you, with more organic and natural products available in nearly every department. That was right about the time my bank account came down, like the bees, with CCD: Colony Collapse Disorder. So, my darling supermarket, Im no longer in denial. I still appreciate the foods, but I come clean about adoring white sugar, caffeine, and alcohol as well. I can no longer suppress my horror about a ten-dollar box of strawberry mochi, and plead guilty about my inordinate fondness for coupons and BOGO deals. In fact, its obvious my family and I cant live without them, and you. Sure, things arent completely rosy. Shopping still isnt exactly the pleasure you purport it to be. The other night I spent 30 minutes at the deli counter while an em got around to serving me the meat shed sliced like the face of a man she despised. But its better with you as my partner, where buying two boxes of granola bars for the price of one will always give me a delicious little thrill. I can even clip coupons digitally on your website and use them by entering my phone number at checkout before swiping my bank card. And I have enough plastic bags in storage again to keep up with a whole kennel of barely housebroken dogs. Add in a supercharging station for our electric car and a pleasant area for eating on-site la your former rival, and Ill pledge to never leave you again. Unless, of course, I have to wait another the case, then I cant make any promises. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com So, my darling supermarket, Im no longer in denial. I come clean about adoring white sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.


60 Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMIAmbling Down NE 151st StreetCheap (and free) treats abound at FIUs Biscayne Bay campusBy Mark Sell BT ContributorDrivers whooshing along Biscayne Boulevard generally dont turn east on NE 151st Street unless they must. Thats a pity because that mile-plus drive to the end of the road yields a garden of delights you might not know about. If you make the trek by bicycle or on foot, so much the better. For me its a beloved jogging and walking route. Where the road stops, confused drivers often roll down their windows and ask for directions to Oleta State Park or the beach. But the painted Florida International University Panther paw marks blue going in, gold going out, tell you through the school colors that youre in or near FIU Panther territory. Now, the state park and beach are great places to catch your breath, but on Saturday and Sunday mornings, I always worth a stop. You dont need to bring money some of the best parts are free but lets start with the money part. For $50 you can get an FIU library pass for a year at the Glenn Hubert Library 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. weekdays, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 11:00 p.m. Sundays (great hours for student procrastinators). Then select from the feast and check out a book or two for a month. For $7 via credit card or money order (they dont take cash), you can get a day 160 Wolfe University Center (WUC), with a dazzling collection of weights and con traptions of all kinds. Then you can refresh yourself with laps in the Olympic-size pool and separate diving well. The pool is open from noon to 7:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday; and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Get into BT photo by Mark Sell


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62 Neighborhood Correspondents: BELLE MEADEA Fire-eater Catches Some HeatDont take my coconuts again, please?By Ken Jett BT ContributorLets pretend you own a large lot, property so big that youve only fenced a portion of it, or maybe setback requires fencing to be ten feet from property lines. Is the property outside the fence yours? Do you by default lose it to local drifters? Police, city workers, drug users and dealers, dog walkers, prostitutes, Santera drug-addled homeless, and most recently a coconut thief all seem to perceive this private property as public space. While those on drugs may not know where they are, others know its not their property. Even if they believe its public space, their activities are nevertheless immoral, illegal, and egregious. On a day like any other, something large was atop one of my trees. Having just read Jen Karetnicks column on area monkeys (Assault on the Shores), I was giddy with excitement but immediately knew mine was no monkey. Palm fronds and coconuts were being chopped to the ground. It was a coconut bandit, rare in these parts, but not shocking. I decided to capture him on video. Learning of my call to Miami Police Departments non-emergency number (305-579-6111), he threw his machete to the ground, descended the tree, and waited was stealing from our trees, he was doing the same around the neighborhood, and I thought it time to stop the cycle. I wanted to understand why he chose to offend when, had he approached me for permission, I might have said yes. I wanted a glimpse into his moral reasoning. He offered pleas of contrition in search of a moral pass hopes that sorry would result in absolution. When those failed, he donned the veil of ignorance, saying he was unaware it was our yard. This made me laugh. While not as annoying as the no hablo ingls defense used by the neighbors building a radiator ingles when cops arrived), using this self-reported stupidity was laughable. Visit our contemporary Lighting Showroom 305.423.0017 Photo courtesy of Donavan Lamont


Miamians, I blame us! Either were too nice to hold others morally respon sible or we lack moral intelligence. Or worse, were morally apathetic. Offenders are acculturating us to relax our collective moral responsibility. Were being played! Lets deliberate: Miamians arent too nice. Ive lived elsewhere and know thats not the case. While apathy abounds, it isnt the answer either because many care about our magic city. Maybe we believe that when offenders are members of another cultural group, those people dont mor ally value things the way we do. Dont be duped! Steven Pinkers The Moral Instinct found similar values exist around the globe. Across cultures, morals community, authority, and purity. With others in mind, people think its bad to harm people, likewise good to help them. They believe people who do good things deserve reward; cheaters deserve punish ment. They value group membership and loyalty. They defer to legitimate authority. They uphold purity and abhor hedonism. than expected after my mini lesson in private-property boundaries. Property lines and fences arent the same things. Rather than attend to faulty reasoning proffered by an offender, the question isnt whether he knew it was our yard, but whether he knew it isnt his. They found it as funny as I did that hed locked up his tricycle so that it wouldnt be stolen while he stole coconuts, and they offered to charge Lamont. Explaining that my intention was for an authority to explain his offenses, I assured them a warning was enough. Still unsure of his situation, Lamont said he would have asked permission had he known where to approach. His veil of ignorance animal is intriguing and frustrating. Each excuse was confronted with logic. Lamont knew it wasnt his yard and he knew what he was doing. He knew the moral distinctions between right and wrong. He hoped he wouldnt be caught. His moral manipulation had failed miserably. His reactions, when attempts at exploitation were rendered impotent, made as witnesses, I explained that moral and social expectations that exist and extend to all, underscoring if he were found thieving from me again, he would be taking a ride to the pokey. name. If they had, they wouldve found that his name is Donovan Lamont and that he has had his share of run-ins with the law mostly misdemeanors, mainly related to possession of marijuana. Had I known his history, I wouldve thought a third time before allowing him inside my fence to retrieve a mother lode of coconuts from trees in our yard. But I did. Donovan Lamont, a.k.a. Prince Dragon, mentored me in coconutology and shared fantastical stories of his experiences. This 51-year-old Jamaican came to Miami in the 1980s while working for the cruise lines. Starting as a bellboy and branching into performance, he worked for Royal Carib bean and Norwegian Cruise Lines. He moved to New York, where he married, gained citizenship, and returned to Miami, minus the wife. He is whos been with his agency for 20 years. Past work he proudly shared includes: performing in Sades 1992 Kiss of Life video; limboing in a 1994 Saturday Night Live skit, an ad with Manute Bol for Majestic Caribbean Cruise Line vacations; appearing on Up All Night with Gilbert Gottfried ; performing in an Orange Bowl Parade and two Super Bowls; and recently dancing for Daddy Yankees performance of Limbo at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards. described Prince Dragon as quite the character. He works all over South Florida the Disney parks system, SeaWorld, NGALA, various trade shows, and private events. If theres a next time that he wanders into my neighborhood, he knows the social and moral contract to which hell be held. I encourage all of you to hold others morally and socially accountable. Be safe and call the police when you think something is wrong. Miamians, stop being so nice, so ignorant, or so apathetic. Build a community where its not acceptable for others to harm neighbors in any way, the least of which may be the theft of coconuts. To book Prince Dragon, contact IBA Music (407-897-3522), or if you have coconuts, he may show up on his own. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com


64 Neighborhood Correspondents: BRICKELL / DOWNTOWNA Tree Falls in BrickellProtests over tree removal? What tree removal?By Adam Schachner BT ContributorBrickell Avenue has been noisy lately, between the chainsaws and protests. A transformation of the landscape got under way last month as a number of trees lining the avenues center medians from SW 15th Road to SW 25th Road were being cut down. The increased exposure brought more to light than just the street views. We learned about the shortcomings in communication between the city and some of its residents. tions that residents said were poorly placed caught many of them off guard and left them unprepared to make a timely response. (Its worth noting that many other residents knew about the landscaping project and supported it.) Their irate reactions included protests and petitions, illustrating an ongoing strain in the relationships between public services and private citizens. In the fall of 2012, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and Mark Spanioli, the citys capital improvements director, introduced plans to redo Brickell Avenues tree cover along the medians. Their concern was that many of the trees posed liability risks owing to conditions ranging from weak trunks, disease, damage and storm trauma, old age, and poor health caused by overcrowding, all requiring prompt removal. This past July, In early August, signs were posted on the medians, detailing the plan to remove the trees and begin street and sidewalk renovations. A few weeks later, in ac cordance with municipal regulations, the city posted notices on each tree slated for removal. These were the size of standard slips and left for public perusal. people whod been unaware of the city plan. They argued that the postings were inaccessible; in order to read them, one that pedestrians are prohibited from using. The plan did come with the blessing and support of the Brickell Homeowners Association (BHA). The association distributed a letter in response to the protests, noting that the project had been in the works for two years. The associations spring/summer newsletter noted that board members were sad but not surprised to learn that many of the trees in the Brickell median will have to be replaced due to disease and damage, and that the project would most likely start in August, Commissioner Sarnoff reported to the BHA Board. BT photo by Adam Schachner COMPLETE BUSINESS SERVICES 12555 Biscayne Blvd. North Miami, FL 33181-2597 Tel: 305-895-6974 | Fax: 305-891-2045 Email: ppspost@earthlink.net T.M.Est. 1980


The project is part of BHAs legislative agenda, a process that vice president Gail Feldman referred to as a cogent plan designed to beautify and make safe the Brickell throughway. The renewal project is not destructive, but responsible, she told BT The buildup to the tree culling was meticulous, involving examinations from expert arborists. Why, then, were the residents drafting petitions and picketing? Miriam Merino was a principal organizer of the protests, which began in mid-September and included demonstrations during rush hour and on weekends. Signs on the doomed trees proclaimed Save Us! and They Want to Kill 75 Trees!!! The protests worked, she said, even as trees were being cut down; she collected hundreds of signatures from passers-by and supportive observers. The BHA organizes as a watchdog, Merino says, but they gave the green light without notifying everybody. There are 50,000 people living in Brickell. (The BHA full membership includes condominiums of some 25,000 residents, as well as associate business memberships.) In her estimation, a sizable portion of Brickells residents had no clue the trees were slated to fall. Her petition urged the city to halt the tree cutting until the city commission discussed its plan properly with residents; claimed and added, Many trees are perfectly healthy. Many only need proper pruning, feeding, or treatment. In a recent Herald story, Merino did acknowledge that many trees on the median need to be replaced because theyre sick or damaged. She told the paper that most residents simply want the median back the way it was. The citys postings, she maintains, included verbiage that was misleading on signs that were unnoticeable and unread able by anyone not standing on the median or facing it from Brickells east side. What about the west residents? she asks. concedes that she received an invitation to meet with the projects leaders, including Spanioli, but turned it down because she was unwilling to be the sole voice for Brickells residents and would just be told the same thing Ive seen on paper. (On September 10, Spanioli posted an online response to her petition, and wrote that the changes not only included a new irrigation system and sidewalk expansion, but the replacement of those 75 weakened trees with some 240 others whose minimum height would be 20 feet, or two stories, and more than 1000 shrubs and ground coverings.) By the protests second day, Commis sioner Sarnoffs senior staffer, Will Plasen cia, appeared on the scene to offer the citys perspective. He distributed statements, proj ect records, and bottles of water, and was intent on answering residents questions. Of the appeals and protests received before work on the tree-cutting began, the department contacted each group, he said. I can tell you, to a T, all of them, once they saw the scope, walked away okay with it. Your commissioner made it a point to oversee that Brickell gets what it deserves. Plasencia noted that we could be doing this better, in response to residents com plaints, particularly about the inconvenient signage. This is my baby, too, he said. weeks of protests. Commissioner Sarnoff and Spanioli met with frustrated residents at a September 17 meeting at the Brickell Place condo tower (it should Prior to the meeting, calls to action were posted on trees, doors, and social media pages, encouraging residents to attend. A Facebook group, Brickell Unites to Save the Trees, was launched to promote attendance. After voicing their concerns, the irate residents got what they asked for: a halt to the project. The 40 trees that had been cut will be replaced with fully grown trees. According to Spanioli, the project is on hold and under review. The renewal projects opponents made a lot of noise and have been celebrating their victory. But they prevented the installation of 165 new trees and a multitude of shrubs. As victories go, this one seems bittersweet. The tree-removal issue illustrates the need for clear dialogue between city and community. In these relationships, all parties have a right to be heard, and a responsibility to be attentive. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com


66 Culture: THE ARTSThree Cultures, Many SoundsThe Spanish Cultural Center showcases Latin musics global roots By Anne Tschida BT Arts EditorW


Caribbean, South and Central America, and Mexico, from the popular and familiar to the more regional and obscure. Music critic and jazz musician Fernando Gonzlez, who is organizing some of the listening sessions taking place as part of the exhibit, explains during a tour of the space that styles differ widely, even within the same country. He points out that the tango of the cosmopolitan port city of Buenos Aires sounds nothing like the music that developed out of the hinterland of the pampas. The northern Mexican mariachi music, with its polka roots and almost big-band sound, is a world away from the percussion-based, Afro-rhythmic Ca for ritual and religious expression; some for street-life fun; some became blended and interchangeable. And the blending of styles and cultures has not stopped. Who created salsa, and where (hint: maybe now integral to contemporary Latin and You can start your own age of discovery of the incredible fusion of music made in the New World when entering A Tres Bandas. There are several threads to this extrating on the how, where, and extent of the intermixing. No one can get around the traumatic beginnings. Spanish conquest involved subjugation and death of the native populations, and the introduction of Africans was solely through slavery. But different areas experienced different outcomes. The Caribbean and coastal areas of by African traditions. The Catholicism imported from the Spaniards (and in the case of Brazil, the Portuguese, and in Haiti, the French) became melded in an intriguing way with the religions of West Africa. Many of the saints could double with a spirit or god from the Yorb religion of Nigeria, for instance. And music honoring cases resulted in the origins of the rumba and the samba. Western instruments and native dance moves were added into the mix, resulting in the Colombian cumbia. Another Colombian musical variation, the vallenato, has three main ingredients in its makeup: a small African drum, the caja; the guacharaca stick instruments than that. Of course, there are the Cuban favorites as well, the bolero and son, and merengue out of Dominican Republic. Elsewhere in the New World, the mixing was different. While African slaves were imported everywhere across lations in Mexico, Central America, and and often the Spanish guitar played a And on and on. The last part of the exhibit is dedicated to all this music and more, accompanied by videos. Move from one station to the next, don the headphones, and watch clips from the past and the pres erything, rolled into what became some of the most popular Latin music ever. Son, This last hallway of music dramatically reveals that while much of this exhibit is about history, the Latin sound has never, ences. And in return, global has gone Latin. A Tres Bandas runs through Oct. 27 at the CCEMiami, 1490 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; free; go to www.ccemiami.org for accompanying events. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com


68 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS 4141 NE 2nd Ave., Ste 107, Miami 305-576-1355 www.adamargallery.com Ongoing: Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Sultan, Rene Rietmeyer, Djawid Borower, Brad Howe, Tolla Inbar, Zammy Migdal, Gretchen Minnhaar, Niso Maman, and Luis Efe Velez Through October 5: Summer Sensations Part II: Jeff Pullen, New Work by Jeff Pullen 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-286-7355 www.albertolinerogallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information 2630 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-438-0220 www.alejandravonhartz.net Call gallery for exhibition information 2242 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-576-1150 Through November 17: A Place Away by Luis Paredes 348 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-4661 www.artnouveaumiami.com October 3 through November 4: Photography by Roberto Lombada 2441 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9410 www.ascasogallery.com/site Call gallery for exhibition information 561 NW 32nd St., Miami 305-576-2828 Through October 2: Oneiric: Beyond Consciousness with Bakehouse Art Complex and La Petite juried artists Behind the Scenes with various artists October 11 through 28: Welcome to the Hard Times: Landscape photographs of East Texas by Vaughn Wascovich The World in Images with Lauren Swartzbaugh, Irina D. Lawton, Ralph Ventura, Sarah Henderson, and Harvey Zip-kin 122 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse Through October 26: Wordweary by Tao Rey 2248 NW 1st Pl., Miami 786-999-9735 www.blacksquaregallery.com Through November 2: Unraveling Puzzle by Jos Cobo 12425 NE 13th Ave. #5, North Miami 305-978-4856 www.bridgeredstudios.com Through November 10: and Tin Ly 130 NW 24th St., Miami 786-409-3585 www.briskygallery.com Through October 12: Bodies. Forms. Motions. Waves with Claudio Castillo, Jeff Dekal, Sri Prabha, Maruisz Navartil, Maria Lankina, Ray Mantella, Tatiana Blanco, Eric Cloutier, Reinier Gamboa, Alissa Christine, David Olivera, and Werner Lehmann 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami 305-303-6254 www.buttergallery.com Ongoing: HOX by Douglas Hoekzema Sym City by Yuri Tuma 158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores 305-490-6906 www.cjazzart.com By appointment: carol@cjazzart.com Palimpsest with Dona Altemus, Yanira Collado, Purvis Young, Gary Moore, Rick Ulysse, Salvatore la Rosa, Regina Agu, Lou Anne Colodny, Leslie Hewitt, and Gean Moreno, curated by William Cordova 2234 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-8110 www.davidcastillogallery.com Through October 5: Prismavolt by TM Sisters October 12 through November 16: All Inclusive! by Melvin Martinez 2043 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-1804 Through October 31: Chlorophyll Bluess by Molly Zuckerman-Hartung 100 NE 11th St., Miami DWNTWN ArtHouse 305-607-5527 www.dimensionsvariable.net Through October 20: Pyramid Solitaire: Importing/Exporting Attitudes with Daniel Bjornsson, Ragnar Helgi Olafsson, Ingibjorg Sigurjonsdottir, Anna Hrund Masdottir, Asdis Sif Gunnarsdottir and Magnus Sigurgarson 2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 786-486-7248 www.dinamitranigallery.com Through October 25: New Work by Peggy Levison Nolan 187 NW 27th St., Miami 305-573-9994 Through October 30: Taxonomy of a Landscape by Jos Luis Landet New Monuments by Pablo Jansana 46 NW 36th St., Miami 754-422-5942 Through October 4: Heros Last Stand by Giancarlo Ciavaldini October 7 through 31: Hispanic Heritage with Jaime Eduardo Guiza, Eumelia Castro, Susana Falconi, Wiston Quinto, and Giancarlo Ciavaldini 151 NW 24th St., Miami Uomo che sale la scala a pioli (Man climbing the ladder)


Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS 305-576-1278 www.emersondorsch.com Through October 12: Belle Captive by Victoria Fu Lookout Parade by Matt Rich October 16 through November 16: Catherine Czacki and April Street FREDRIC SNITZER GALLERY 2247 NW 1st Pl., Miami 305-448-8976 www.snitzer.com Through October 12: Landscape with Leon Benn, Srijon Chowdhury, Marten Elder, Iva Gueorguieva, Michael John Kelly, Alexander Kroll, Owen Kydd, and Samantha Thomas, curated by Justin Gilanyi GALLERY 212 MIAMI CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 2407 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 516-532-3040 www.gallery212miami.com October 12 through November 23: Fall Group Exhibition with Michael Perez, Matt Stock, Carol Reeves, Robin Noel Hiers, Enrique Mochado, Charlotte Harber, Artie Sandstone, Cema Mendes, David Haradin, Aaron Hill, Fred Love, Alicia Erminy, and Sean Murdock GALLERY DIET 174 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-571-2288 www.gallerydiet.com Through November 2: Why Is Reality a Word by Allan Graham (Toadhouse), curated by Phong Bui HAROLD GOLEN GALLERY 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-989-3359 www.haroldgolengallery.com Call gallery for exhibition information IDEOBOX ARTSPACE 2417 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-9878 www.ideobox.com October 9 through November 22: Se que te mueres por mi by Aldo Chaparro JUAN RUIZ GALLERY 301 NW 28th St., Miami 786-310-7490 www.juanruizgallery.com Through November 16: Fractures by Victor Vazquez KABE CONTEMPORARY 123 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-573-8142 www.kabecontemporary.com Through October 31: Recent Works by Karmelo Bermejo KAVACHNINA CONTEMPORARY 46 NW 36th St., Miami 305-448-2060 www.kavachnina.com Call gallery for exhibition information KELLEY ROY GALLERY 50 NE 29th St., Miami 305-447-3888 www.kelleyroygallery.com October 10 through November 16: The Pull of Tide by Mira Lehr KIWI GALLERY 48 NW 29th St., Miami 305-200-3047, www.kiwiartsgroup.com Ongoing: William John Kennedys Fine Art Photography Collection of Early Pop Artists KIWI ARTS GROUP PROJECT SPACE 117 NE 1st Ave., Ground Floor, Miami 305-213-1495 www.kiwiartsgroup.com Call gallery for exhibition information LOCUST PROJECTS 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-576-8570 www.locustprojects.org Through October 12: Grids World with Alexandra Hopf, Marcos Valella, Siebren Versteeg, Gabriel Vormstein, and Odalis Valdivieso MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN Freedom Tower 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami 305-237-7700 www.mdcmoad.org Through November 2: Traveling Forms by Leandro Vazquez Through November 17: A Painter and Her Audience by Antonia Eiriz Elaborate Webs/Striking Exploits by Anne Austin Pearce and Sara Stites MICHAEL JON GALLERY 122 NE 11th St., Miami 305-521-8520 www.michaeljongallery.com Through October 26: Awkward Chairs vs Future Kings Feet by Carlos Reyes NEW WORLD GALLERY New World School of the Arts 25 NE 2nd St., Miami 305-237-3597 Call gallery for exhibition information NINA TORRES FINE ART 1800 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami Call gallery for exhibition information NNAMDI CONTEMPORARY GALLERY 177 NW 23rd St., Miami 786-332-4736 www.nnamdicontemporary.com October 12 through November 7: The Other City by Juan Logan NOW CONTEMPORARY ART 175 NW 25th St., Miami 305-571-8181 www.nowcontemporaryart.com Through October 31: Doppelnature by Shawn Smith 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-571-9036 www.oascaniogallery.com Through October 30: Contemporary Artists with various artists ONCE ARTS GALLERY 170-C NW 24th St., Miami 786-333-8404 www.onceartsgallery.com Ongoing: Pablo Gentile, Jaime Montana, Jaime Apraez, and Patricia Chaparro PAN AMERICAN ART PROJECTS 2450 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-573-2400, www.panamericanart.com Through November 22: Vanitas by Jos Toirac and Meira Marrero 72 NW 25 St., Miami 305-576-1645, www.pshprojects.com October 10 through November 15: Breaking News by David Palacios MADA New Media Festival: Raul Marroquin and Friends with various artists PRIMARY PROJECTS 151 NE 7th St., Miami 954-296-1675 www.primaryprojectspace.com Call gallery for exhibition information ROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY 2349 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-397-8530 www.robertfontainegallery.com Through October 4: Chronology: A Timeline, Select Fine Art Works, Post War to Today with various artists SPINELLO PROJECTS 2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami 786-271-4223 www.spinelloprojects.com Call gallery for exhibition information SWAMPSPACE GALLERY 150 NE 42nd St., Miami http://swampspace.blogspot.com/ swampstyle@gmail.com Call gallery for exhibition information UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI GALLERY 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Ste 4, Miami 305-284-3161 www.as.miami.edu/art October 8 through 25: Clang Boom Steam with various artists, curated by Milly Cardoso UNIX FINE ART GALLERY 2219 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-496-0621 Ongoing: Alexis Torres October 10 through November 19: American Le-Trina by Williams Carmona WALTMAN ORTEGA FINE ART 2233 NW 2nd Ave., Miami 305-576-5335 www.waltmanortega.com Through October 15: For Real: America Through the Eyes of European Artists with Alain Bertrand, Ronald Dupont, and Fernando Kindelan October 10 through November 6: Light! with Rune Guneriussen, NOART, and Alain Le Boucher WYNWOOD WALLS NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th streets 305-573-0658 www.thewynwoodwalls.com Ongoing: Wynwood Walls with Retna, How & Nosm, Roa, b., The Date Farmers, Saner, Sego, Liqen, Neuzz, Faile, Vhils, Interesni Kazki, Kenny Scharf, Nunca, Shepard Fairey, Aiko, Ryan McGinness, Stelios Faitakis, and avaf B1B2


70 Culture: GALLERIES + MUSEUMS 2534 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-438-3737 www.zadokgallery.com Through November 2: Collapse of Promise by Ghost of a Dream Through January 4: Songs of Freedom by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach 305-674-8278 www.artcentersf.org October 5 through November 3: On Location: Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art with Robert Huff, Kuhl & Leyton, Jorge Pantoja, David Rohn, and Roberto Visani October 5 through November 17: Correspondences by Marina Font and Amalia Caputo 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 305-673-7530 www.bassmuseum.org Through October 13: Mat Collishaw Through November 3: Rufus Corporation by Eve Sussman 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-455-3380, www.cifo.org Through October 27: Deferred Archive: 2013 Grants and Commissions Program Exhibition with various artists 3841 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Dacra 305-531-8700, www.dacra.com Ongoing: Richard Tuttle, Marlene Dumas, John Baldessari, Elizabeth Peyton, and Kai Althoff, curated by Tiffany Chestler 23 NE 41st St., Miami 305-576-6112, www.delacruzcollection.org Ongoing: Works from the Collection of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz with various artists Ongoing: Carlos Alfonzo 10975 SW 17th St., Miami Through October 13: Faculty Show with Pip Brant, and Michael Namkung Through December 31: Deep Blue by Javier Velasco Through January 5: Crisis and Commerce: Worlds Fairs of the 1930s with various artists October 16 through December 8: Eternal Cuba: The Darlene M. and Jorge M. Perez Collection at FIU with various artists October 16 through January 5: From Africa to the Americas with various artists October 16 through February 2: Tracing Antilles by Humberto Castro 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables 305-284-3535, www.lowemuseum.org Through October 13: Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States with various artists Through February 9: Terrestrial Paradises: Imagery from The Voyages of Captain James Cook with various artists Through April 27: The Art of Panama with various artists 770 NE 125th St., North Miami 305-893-6211, www.mocanomi.org Through November 3: Love of Technology with Luis Fernando Benedit, Ian Cheng, Jason Galbut, Lena Henke, Morag Keil, Oliver Laric, Ben Schumacher and John Keenen, Josh Smith, Jack Strange, Anicka Yi, Andrea Zittel, Calla Henkel, and Max Pitegoff 591 NW 27th St., Miami 305-576-1051, www.margulieswarehouse.com October 23 through April 26: The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse with various artists 95 NW 29th St., Miami 305-573-6090 http://rfc.museum Call gallery for exhibition information Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection 170 NW 23rd St., Miami 305-438-9908 www.worldclassboxing.org Call gallery for exhibition information Compiled by Melissa Wallen Send listings, jpeg images, and events information to art@biscaynetimes.com Untitled (crying) Saint Martha Yamaha2013-2014 Concert SeriesPaul Posnak, Founding Artistic Director Not-Your-Grandmothers Concerts! OUR TENTH SEASON featuring Great Musicians who Compose Arrange Commission Innovate plus Premiere, 2nd Martha/Mary CompositionFive Innovative Programs Grounded in the Classics! SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2013 AT 7:30PM Soprano SANDRA LOPEZ and pianist PAUL POSNAK feature Posnak's new arrangements of the canciones and zarzuelas of Ernesto Lecuona Siboney, Malaguena, Siempre en mi Corazon from their new CD. Hear them at sandralopezsoprano.com and paulposnak.com. Sponsored by Dade County Cultural Affairs and The Children's Trust SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2013 AT 7:30PM Valencias SPANISH BRASS will enthrall with Retaule de Nadal, a not-your-usual-holiday concert of regional Christmas songs and international holiday classics, in their inimitable great-performances-can-be-fun style. Hear them at SpanishBrass.com. Sponsored by The Symphonettes. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014 AT 3PM Englands VIDA GUITAR QUARTET are known for their vitalityand exquisite tonal and dynamic control as they perform guitar classics and works from Gershwin to de Falla to Scottish and Yiddish dances, all with finesse, humor and great style. Hear them at vidagq.com. SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014 AT 3PM Duo Duo's from Germany and South Korea. DUO YOO and KIM were winners at the 2013 Dranoff Int'l 2 Piano Competition. HANS-PETER and VOLKER STENZL won the 2nd Dranoff Competition and have illustrious international careers. Together they will feature classics, jazz, and musical surprises, including our commissioned Martha and Mary Meditation. Hear them at YooandKim.com and stenzl-pianoduo.net. SATURDAY, MARCH 29 AT 7:30PM & SUNDAY, MARCH 30 AT 3PM Flautist/Composer NESTOR TORRES, Composer/Conductor TANIA LEN, Composer/Pianist MIGUEL DEL AGUILA, Pianist/Arranger PAUL POSNAK -in a CARIBBEAN CELEBRATION that includes the premiere of our 2nd Martha and Mary Meditation, by Nestor Torres. Choose your date there are TWO performances!! Hear them at NestorTorres.com, tanialeon.com, Miguel del Aguila.com. Sponsored by peermusic.Friend us on Facebook! Saint Martha Concerts TO PURCHASE TICKETS Visit saintmartha.tix.com or call 1-800-595-4849 or purchase at church office or at door. For more info. 305-458-0111 and 305-751-0005. All programs are subject to change without notice.Saint Martha in the Shores 9301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores


Culture: EVENTS CALENDARHomestead, Where Books AboundThe big book fair doesnt start until November, but in the meantime, a quirky little one will take place in Homestead on Saturday, October 5 from 4:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Called Homestead Centennial Book Fair its being organized around the publication of Miami Shores historian Seth Bramsons Homestead, Florida: From Railroad Boom to Sonic Boom about the 100-year history of the area. The fair will include a number of other authors who have penned books on such topics as the snake invasion and the lives of swamp people. There will be a writers workshop, live music, and a food truck, all at Losner Park on Krome Avenue. Its free! For details go to www. cityofhomestead.com.Funny in the GroveSo CocoWalk might have provoked vember 1990, for its kitschy stores and over-the-top design, but in fact Coconut Grove has a proud history of raising eyebrows and being nutty. In the late 1960s, it was Miamis Haight-Ashbury, and cannabis clouds. Now you can learn a lot more with the inaugural Coconut Grove Comedy History Walk from HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St., Miami) on Sunday, October 6 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Stroll along with professorcomedian Freddy Strebbins through these unique, leafy Miami streets; $20 members, $30 non-members; www. historymiami.org.Teeny Tuxedos and Diminutive DressesWhy should adults be the only ones to enjoy the ritual of dressing up and going to a glam ball? In fact, we might be too jaded anyhow. So bring on the Imagination Ball in the elegant Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 6 Interac tive painter and performance artist David Garibaldi and his CMYKs will perform for those under-age ballroom dancers, and will be joined by a DJ later in the afternoon. And of course there will be arts activities, a kids rock band, and treats, courtesy of Barton G. Its all part of the Arsht Families series; www.arshtcenter.org.Real Time Nuevo Latin TunesIt may be a clich, but it happens to be true: Miami is a Latin American capital. And an evening like OLA Music Fest is one reason why. Part of the MDC Live Arts season, it will be a packed night of the latest sounds in Latin music, starting at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11 From electropico and funk to cumbia and dancehall, the likes of Miamis Mr. Pauer and Elastic Bond, Perus Dengue Dengue Dengue!, and Puerto Ricos Los Chinchillos del Caribe will lay the new down at Grand Central (697 N. Miami Ave., Miami); tickets cost $25, $10 for MDC students; www.mdclivearts.org.Dazzling Light on Old Childrens TalesYou and the little ones may know The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare, but have you seen them produced by the Lightwire Theater, which uses electroluminescent puppetry? Hard to pass up these timeless fairy tales, called magical, for two shows at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, at the Aventura Cultural and Arts Center (3385 NE 188th St., Aventura); tickets cost $15; www.aventuracenter.org.A Jewish Foodie History of FloridaWho knew that a Jewish presence in the Florida food industry has been prominent for more than 200 years? The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (301 Washing ton Ave., Miami Beach) came up with the extensive and entertaining exhibit Gastronomic Look at Florida Jews & Food opening on Tuesday, October 15 The exhibit includes a look at the King of Citrus; the massive, Jewish-owned groves and dairy farms; Sheldons Drugstore, where Isaac Bashevis Singer heard that hed he won the Nobel Prize; and other farmers, grocers, distributors, and restau rateurs, including such contemporary star chefs as Michael Schwartz and Michelle Bernstein. Visit www.jewishmuseum.com.Tech Forward to the FutureThe title of this public forum, South Beach to Silicon Beach almost sounds like a joke, but developing South Floridas high-tech sector is no laughing matter. The event takes place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, at the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park (1951 NW 7th Ave., Miami), in conjunction with the MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida. The panel, which is preceded by a networking session, features leaders from academia, and is a testament to their belief that as our areas population and institutions grow, so will high-tech opportunities. Tickets cost $30. Compiled by BT arts editor Anne Tschida. Please send information and images to calendar@biscaynetimes.com.Culture: EVENTS CALENDAR French Jazz Fest Jumps the PondIn its second year, The Miami Nice Jazz Festival is the U.S. version of the successful festival that takes place in Nice, France. The event starts Wednes day, October 23 and runs through November 10 at various locations across Miami-Dade. Soulful singer Gregory Porter takes the stage on opening night, Stanley Clarke and the Harlem String Quartet will play on another, while a Tribute to Chet Baker features Brazilian jazz vocalist Elaine Elias. A highlight: French singer Jil Aigrot and her homage to Edith Piaf on Saturday, October 26, at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center (174 E. Flagler St., Miami) at 8:00 p.m.; MiamiNice JazzFestival.com. Lets Get CreepyAh, a good old Zombie Crawl coming back for a second year a little ahead of Halloween on Saturday, October 19 Miamians like nothing more than to express our party spirit in costume! The zombie invasion begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Fountain Plaza in the Shops at Midtown (between N. Miami Avenue and Midtown Boulevard, Miami). For $33.33 you can taste the wine, beer, and appetizer offerings of the participating restaurants and other businesses. Crawl all around Midtown with a wristband that gets you lots of zombie specials but you A Multi-Culti Musical MissionThe Idan Raichel Project is hard to put a label on hes a one-man explosion from Israel who surrounds himself with some of the best world music artists anywhere from African musical masters to Middle Eastern instrumentalists and Caribbean percussionists. His collaboration with Malis Vieux Farka Tour, The Tel Aviv Session was considered one of the best recordings of 2012 by many critics. He brings his multicultural project to the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) on Thursday, October 17 at 8:30 p.m.; tickets range from $35$75 at www.arshtcenter.org.


72 Columnists: POLICE REPORTSBiscayne Crime BeatCompiled by Derek McCannJust Like a Bad Script1600 Block of N. Bayshore Drive There are many instances of people inviting potential lovers home, only to have their stuff stolen. In this caper, a German tourist invited a female of the night to his hotel room for a good old romping time. This female was kind enough to create a special cold medicine concoction for the victim. Dont know what is worse, having a romantic interlude with a sneezing beau or actually letting a stranger of the night serve you a mystery drink. The tourist passed out after taking the cold medicine, and video cameras caught a male accomplice escorting the female out with the victims property. Welcome to Miami, our tourist friend. You made Crime Beat.Putting Out Fires at Home 60 Block of NE 62nd Street Even our Bravest are susceptible to low-life theft whether an inside job or this location contribute to a grocery fund, one evening, to the tune of $400. We hope it was another unseemly Miami scumbag who got into the area; if not, if you see that cash before the hose-down.No Leads in Stealth Theft1000 Block of NE 83rd Street Bartenders work for tips, and once the patrons start drinking, the tips tend to come in waves. At Sushi Siam, known for its delicious food and pleasant atmosphere, the bartender was assisting someone when she took her eyes off the tip box. Now this beats the aforemenwas taken. Thats a lot of tips! No one saw anything, and in a restaurant of raw moving; perhaps the thief needed to pay for those expensive box meals.Walking in Miami Can Still Be DangerousNE 83rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard We havent gotten to the point where one can walk freely without fear of provocation. This poor chap went to a Quickstop at Biscayne and 78th Street, a five-block walk from his home. On the way back, he realized he was being followed. He was then threatened with a rock and tackled; the thug took $200 and an iPhone. Victim is unsure if he can identify him. Notice to Miami denizens: Please be aware of your surroundings, as this is not an isolated incident.The Torture of Tracking Devices1600 Block of Biscayne Boulevard Man was doing a presentation at the Hilton Hotel when his laptop came up missing. My goodness, even at business presentations, one could still be a victim.


The good news, we think, is that his laptop has a tracking device and showed up somewhere between Hallandale and Miramar that helps. To make matters worse, the account name had been changed to Kourtney. So time to of North Dade and Broward. No arrests have been made thus far, but we do know someone is using a stolen computer. Good for that tracking device.Next Time, Go to Tires Plus!600 Block of NE 87th Street For goodness sake, we know its hard want to be robbed? We also mean this lit the alternator went out when he was approached by a man who offered him a good deal on a used one. They agreed and when the thug-chanic came by with a used alternator, the two argued The thug-chanic installed the alternator, money back, and it was at this time when attacking the poor victim. They also took his wallet. He ran inside his home and called police as they vandalized the vehicle. Let this be a motto: If you trust someone to install an alternator whom pump gas in your car.A Bad Name for Cat Owners1300 Block of NE 128th Street Usually cat owners are a passive lot, but not this dude. A neighbors dog had The enraged cat owner banged on the dog owners door and demanded to be let in. The owner thought it was the police and let him in, not realizing the feline lover had a baseball bat. Seeing the enraged man with a bat, she fainted and rescue had to be called. When rescue arrived, the enraged cat owner kept interfering with the medical procedures and was asked to leave; he threatened the stance (seriously), then threatened to break their car windows. Police arrived quickly and arrested the nut. Hopefully, assuming he is still alive.Drama at 8:00 a.m.7900 Block of N. Bayshore Court coffee when they arrive at work. At this construction site, a man who was not an employee demanded entrance. He had a pit-bull. Answer: No. No hardhat, not even a construction worker. Makes sense, right? Not to this psycho. He took out a BB gun and shot pellets around the site, puncturing windows in the trailer.Picking and Choosing 12500 Block of NE 13th Avenue angry person, for whatever reason, felt slighted, so he knocked down the door of a womans acquaintance. He then smashed two televisions, including a steal the wireless computer router. Most would have smashed the router and but we gather hes a computer nerd with feckless social skills. Hes a little guy too, only weighing 145 pounds. So much going on here, and at press time, no immediate arrest.The North Miami Safe House13500 Block of NE 23rd Place With Grand Theft Auto 5 on store shelves, our own criminal slime wish to act the part. At a vacant apartment, mystery men have been entering via a glass door. For whatever reason, the apartment cant be secured and the thugs have participated in urinating and leaving behind soft drinks. They had the nerve to leave the dishwasher on at one point. What in the world were they washing? This apartment still has not been rented, and we hope the owner either gives these so much) or secures the glass door. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com


74 Columnists: PARK PATROLA Bike Riders ParadiseNorth Miamis 13 acres of wildness lie hidden in plain sightBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorBaring skin and wriggling in a pine tree, the raven-haired model/singer was lip-syncing in Spanish to a pop song while cameramen swarmed around her. The song was forgettable, but she was not. She was serving it from that tree the one hanging over the canal with the nostalgia-laden rope swing. Although she swayed, she did not swing. That scene from last year was one of the more entertaining Ive seen over the past decade of visiting the road to the bay, one of my favorite hidden spots and certainly one of the best places for a casual bike ride in our area. The spot is so well hidden (in plain sight) that the City of North Miami didnt know it existed until 2007. Can you imagine waking up one day and It happened for North Miami when of parks and discovered this patch of unclaimed land. mously by the city council and became the Arch Creek East Environmental Preserve. North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin calls the 5-0 vote one of my proudest moments. For years the preserve has drawn joggers, dog walkers, and nature seekers owing to miles of trails that begin here and wind through the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University. That schools open space, dubbed in this column as the free Oleta park, rates a solid 4 out of 5. Arch Creek East in isolation holds minor visitor appeal (unless you need to shoot a music video for MTV en espaol ), but its connections to FIU, Biscayne Bay, and the hundreds of acres of mangrove forest nearby make it a grand entryway. The preserves triangular entrance is marked with a wooden sign Street, and the street splits into two bike lanes that rejoin into a wide but secluded road. The road was deeded to the preserve based on support from area residents and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, according to Galvin. This year the road has been mired in controversy, as FIU revealed its plan to reopen the former access road as a second main artery into the campus. Local resistance, especially from residents on the quiet street, has shifted that search away from the preserve. The large undeveloped area around the preserve, known as the Oleta Annex, for now it has dodged the bullet of being sold as surplus land by Floridas Department of Environmental Protection. Again, local resistance resulted in this parcel being pulled from the state list of vulnerable properties. The concept of surplus mangroves seems absurd in South Florida, considering that this essential habitat is extremely depleted. Mangrove forests and coastal estuaries have been categorized by scientists as the most valuable ecosystems on earth. appreciate up close because of their density. Mostly red mangroves, casting thick shade, they have curved aerial roots that interlace with neighboring trees and form tangled buttresses above the muddy substrate. The landscaping at the entrance of the preserve features a patch of native coontie plants, about a foot high each. A white sign designates them as protected habitat for the Blue Atala butterfly, which feeds on coontie, the plant that was once used across the region for making starch. The small black butterflies have bright orange bodies and iridescent blue spots, and they can be found here if you look closely. While small, this patch of plants procan use in connection with much larger patches in nearby Arch Creek Park and the Enchanted Forest Park, located about a mile directly west of the preserve. The stretch in between these green spaces is Arch Creek East, and it has an active neighborhood association. The preserves other visible plants along the access road are not so friendly; in fact, they are almost completely invasive species. The trees may appear green and shady, but they lack functionality for native species like the Blue Atala plants that would keep the area in better ecological balance. BT photos by Jim W. Harper ARCH CREEK EAST ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVE Eastern terminus of NE 135th Street North Miami, FL 33181 Hours: Picnic tables: No Barbecues: No Picnic pavilions: No Tennis courts: No No Night lighting: No Swimming pool: No NoPark Rating Biscayne Blvd. NE 135th St NE 151st St


Local tree-planters have started attacking this problem, organized through the Urban Paradise Guild, and their baby mangroves can be seen behind orange protective fencing near the bridge closest to the preserve. The preserves two concrete walking bridges, about 5 feet wide and 50 feet across, traverse brackish water canals that connect the inner mangrove forest to saltier Biscayne Bay to the southeast. After strong rains, the water runs clear such as small barracuda and the checkthe shoreline. The rope swing near the second bridge has known better days, and I havent seen anyone using it for years. The water here isnt deep, but visitors could be fooled into perceiving depth when the water turns dark brown in its brackish state. A great aspect of the preserve is that once you enter, you leave the world of cars and noise behind. Although not far from Biscayne Boulevard, the area feels very, very far from the rush. You hear the breeze. Probably the best thing about the preserve is that it exists. If surrounding areas become more developed, at least this area will maintain some wildness. This year the area just outside the preserve has been enhanced with paved parking and an extended sidewalk. The trail lacks night lighting and could be considered dangerously isolated, but that aspect gives the trail more integrity because wild things thrive where humans are unwelcome. This place was lost, and then the Arch Creek East Environmental Preserve was found. Sometimes our community leaders do the right thing and make the world a better, greener place. This preserve deserves its own video. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com credit???/Photo by Mitchell Zachs, 2010 rfrfrfffntbrbtnftfb rb bb ntrrrrfffntbrb nfn b Photo by Mitchell Zachs, 2011


76 Columnists: ALL THINGS ANIMALAnimal Zombies? Of Course!A Halloween answer to one of lifes puzzlementsBy Wendy Doscher-Smith BT ContributorIll admit it; Ive always been in favor of a Zombie Apocalypse. What an excellent, if messy, way to wipe out human beings! (Its going to be the end of the world, after all, so youre going to need more than some Mop & Glo to make this baby shine). I take no issue with this kind of ending because, on the whole, I dont like my kind. For the most part, were an snide and boastful about how evolved we are to notice that weve singlehandedly raped our planet and, in doing so, ensured that it will be uninhabitable, which will lead to our subsequent demise. Who does that? Which other species is stupid enough to effectively annihilate its only place to live? Whadda bunch of morons! I mean, given this knowledge, I ask you, are our brains even worth eating? The zombies are going to starve! The Idiocy Diet contains zero calories. Oh, wait. You, dear reader, are one of them er, us. Never mind. stupid, and I think we deserve what we get. And while every generation has had its own idea of how THE END would come to pass, be it in the form of nukes or a Nutella tsunami (hmmm Nutella sounds good right about now), the one scenario we brain-trusts are currently focused on comes or, more accurately, lurches or runs (depending on which movie youre watching) at us in the form of a half-limbed, glassy-eyed, gooey, and insatiable (guess Weight Watchers wont cut it this time) womanmanbeastthing. In other words: zombies. Okay, then. As another saying goes, things could always be worse, and so it is with the Zombie Apocalypse scenario. catch a break! At least for a while, until they starve to death, which arguably is a But lets brush that aside for now and focus on a planet without people, where animals roam free (yes, Im conjuring up images of the Great Plains and happy bison). rf rnftb n rfnn nfn ftffrn ffnnftfn f ff rftCall 888.706.9061 for a private tour, or take a virtual tour at ViLiving.com/Aventura. frnnf fffnnftnrffffrftPlease dont refer to this as living at a country club. Though we understand the confusion. BT photo by Wendy Doscher-Smith


While you might not be a horror genre fanatic, chances are youve seen a zombie movie or watched an episode of The Walking Dead on television. Or, given that were talking about Miami here, if youve simply tried to purchase any item in any store or placed a phone call seeking as sistance with anything whatsoever, youve probably dealt with a person suffering from a mild case of zombiosis. Point being, were already a pretty thick bunch as it is. Do I need to explain that again? You may have noted that in nonanimals symbolize innocence and purity. This is too bad for them because theyre serve as foreshadowing for what will happen to the hapless humans. But in Zombie World, those same dogs, cows, and kangaroos that would be tortured, slaughtered, and (what happens to kangaroos? Anyone?) are left unmarred, content to sleep, hop about, or chew their cud, minus the fear of transforming into a soulless twin with a desire to cannibalize. In Zombie Land, Old Yeller returns, nobody messes with Bambi, that rabbit does not meet its maker on a stovetop, birds dont crash into buildings and break their necks. Hmmm. What gives? Turns out, there are quite a few hypotheses on this topic, which is great because I only have one: Nonhuman animals are recognized i.e., better than us. know. I trawled the Internet and quickly why Spot doesnt turn a human into a spot. Of goo. According to Nerd #1 posting on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange forum, the zombie pathogen is not zoonotic, or cant be transmitted from one species to another. That seems plausible, especially considering that, really, we dont know if were dealing with bacteria or fungi or if the zombie sickness is even a virus. On the same forum, Nerd #2 deviated from science and suggested that non-huthey dont have souls, and becoming a zombie requires a preexisting soul, which leaves the body as a shell to be operated by whatever operates zombies. Honey Boo Boo? The Kardashians? The guy behind the deli counter? That one is wide open to interpretation. The next suggestion is so obvious, appar ently nobody ever thought of it. In an inter The Walking Dead comic book series creator, had a really easy answer as to why nonhuman animals dont zombify: The Walking Dead comic book artist does not like to draw animals. Just people and zombies. Oh. Well, theres a buzz kill. Luckily, that answer is only applicable to one zombie scenario. So lets move on. Assuming a still might not be easy to cross-transmit, according to Zombie Secrets. The Ebola virus, for example, is usually only found in monkeys. A virus has to evolve another species. That sounds kind of like the non-zoonotic zombie virus answer. Another theory is that nonhuman animals could asymptomatic. They could also be carriers. I kind of like that idea. Sample scenario: An abused dog beating and within minutes the worthless human passes out, then wakes up and begins convulsing and frothing and grunting. He stands up but no longer has door, so he just keeps smacking his face into it. Yeah, buddy! Unfortunately, in my research of this extremely newsworthy topic, I came across an article that pretty much de bunked all chances of a Zombie Apoca lypse actually occurring. In this article at Cracked.com, the arguments were provided that since a zombie is essen tially walking dead meat, it would be susceptible to decomposition, just the same as any other hunk o dead meat. The bad news there is that the zombie would (depending on the climate) combust after a short while, owing to gaseous buildup, leaving behind nothing but a melted zombsicle. There is always a silver lining, though, and that is I now have a fantastic Halloween costume idea: an exploding Party City! Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com


78 Columnists: PICTURE STORYBy Paul S. George Special to the BTIt would be hard to overstate the Miami in the past half-century. Until the 1960s, Miami was a city with its roots in the Deep South. But change was already in the air in the early postwar period as Cubans and Wynwood. According to one historian, Greater Miami, on the eve of Fidel Castros tained 40,000 Cubans, many of whom had By the early 1960s, todays Little Havana, which evolved from the Shenan doah and Riverside neighborhoods, con residents and businesses to the new west ern suburbs, as well as to Miami Beach. These new entries brought many elements of their culture with them, and began transforming their neighborhoods, including newly minted Little Havana. One of the most popular activities for many Cubans has been dominoes, introduced in their homeland by the Spanish centuries earlier. several men are playing this popular that began to host dominoes games in 1963. It continues to attract large numbers of players, and even larger numbers of visitors daily in the most active area of Little Havana. To order a copy of this photo, please contact HistoryMiami archives manager Dawn Hugh at 305-375-1623, dhugh@ historymiami.org. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Photo courtesy of HistoryMiami, #CM-13907JPG beautiful 56 18 rfntbnb b t b br b Cuban Import: 50 Years of DominoesA view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiami


Columnists: YOUR GARDEN Spooky Fungi for HalloweenWhat lies beneath those carcass mushrooms and dead mans ngers? By Jeff Shimonski BT ContributorI write a good bit about fungi and see many different species in my work as a horticulturist. As a hob byist, I enjoy growing, sometimes col lecting, and eating the more tasty and non-poisonous species. Writing about a recent fungal sighting is appropri ate, considering that Halloween is just around the corner. It irks me that many plants and trees die prematurely simply because they were planted in the wrong place, in a location that cant support them because of a lack of nutrients, water, or sunlight. Early one morning, I was inspecting the carcass of a palm tree that had suffered this fate. The multi-trunked swamp palm never got enough water at its site, struggled for years, and eventually died. While inspecting the remains of the trunk, I came upon a very appropriately named (for October) fungus, Dead Mans Fingers. The fungus Xylaria polymorpha is a saprobe, a decomposer of dead wood. branches of dead or decaying trees. When found growing out of the ground from buried decaying wood, it forms upright structures that resemble the photo that accompanies this article. Pretty cool. The structures, called stromata, are just masses of fungal tissue that bear reproductive spores for this funky-looking wood decomposer. I think it would be a great fungus to cultivate for a Halloween display. Then there are the carcass mushrooms species of fungi often found growing in the immediate area of buried mamma lian carcasses. The fungi dont actually grow out of the carcasses but utilize the released nitrogen and perhaps other nutrients from the decomposing body. This area around the buried remains is called the cadaver decomposition island. Im certain one of the many CSI television programs will be soon featuring a bed of these little brown mushrooms as a crime scene indicator and the post-burial interval, meaning the time between the burial of the carcass and the appearance of these particular mushroom species. This would be another cool Halloween display. I wrote this article during a recent trip through Nicaragua. Looking for fungi was not the main purpose for the visit; however Im always on the lookout for new and unusual species. I wasnt disappointed by any lack of fungi. One species in particular was one of the fairy ring species. I was photographing calabash trees in a cow pasture when I came across one of these interesting formations. These are not uncommon in South Florida; at times we see them in lawns. The mushrooms that make up the fairy ring are just another brown nondescript species, but theyre often found in an almost perfect circle, sometimes several feet in diameter. The rings I found in the Nicaraguan cow pasture were almost 15 feet in diameter. Some of the mushrooms were the size of dinner plates. I didnt have the nerve to investigate further in an attempt to identify the species, as some of the cows took notice of me and made sure that I didnt come closer. Another cool Halloween idea mystery fairy rings! Folks, please dont e-mail me after reading this article to ask me if I found other types of mushrooms associated with the cow pasture. I made sure that I didnt see any other species at this site. While in Nicaragua, I spent some time hiking up a couple of volcanoes. I always enjoy searching for interesting plants and animals, and since it was raining almost every day, I knew to be on the lookout for fungi. On one hike I almost stepped on a group of earth stars. These are distinctly star-shaped, about the size of a half dollar, and always growing on the ground. Ive also found this species, or a similar species, occasionally growing in our local South Florida landscapes. What could possibly cause these mushrooms to have perfectly shaped stars on them? It almost conjures up images of the occult. was an amazing stinkhorn mushroom. It smelled really bad, just like our local red stinkhorn, but was different in many ways. It was softball size, almost totally white, and the entire mush room, except the half-dollar-size cap, was nothing but a delicate white veil. Hmmm, what evil could be cloaked by that diaphanous fungus? I wish someone would create a Halloween display based upon the spooky connections fungi have with us. A good scare is just around the corner. All you need a little imagination and a good bit of creativity. BT photo by Jeff Shimonski


80 Columnists: KIDS AND THE CITY Pinterest, Moms, and the New Self-esteemDomestic goddesses are the new Internet rockersBy Crystal Brewe BT ContributorRecently a friend of mine posted a link on Facebook to the Bitchin Sisters blog. Following the link to their entry Back-to-School Pinterest Bitches (because how could I not?) led me to a series of Pinterest photos of adorably decorated school items most mothers wouldnt have time to create, much less have professionally photographed. The Bitchin Sisters, working moms who write the blog, nailed their responses to the Pinterest photos; in fact, the blog entry has gone viral. It included a professionally lit photo of Rolo candy rolls decorated to resemble yellow pencils, a professionally lit photo of rhea, and groupings of professionally lit crafted projects that made the Bitchin Sisters want to scream, Sweet Baby Jesus in the sky, why do people have to be so crafty? Is it me or has social media given rise to domestic activity? I have to admit it, Pinterest tends to make me feel bad about myself. Are Pinterest and Etsy the new Cosmo and Glamour ? Forget worrying that you arent as skinny as that starving model, now you should feel bad that you arent as crafty as that mom. This taps into something way more emotional. My mom sewed her own clothes when she was growing up because she sense of style. She sewed my clothes be cause she could. She was a stay-at-home mom, and she liked the challenge. I dont sew. I could sew. I know how to sew. I just dont want to sew. I do grow vegetables, however. I dont do it to prove anything. I do it because it feels good to watch things grow and I like to sit in my backyard with a glass of wine This isnt a new hobby for me, either. Ive had a garden since college. The differ ence is, I now take pictures of my garden and post them to social media. OMG! Im perpetuating this! Weve come a long way, baby. Will this trend toward domestic goddess-mak ing get us right back into the predicament we were in 40 years ago, baby? What is motivating this movement? Has the long struggle for women to succeed in maleforced us to seek pride in the very things Thinking about my own motivations got me talking to friends who either loathed or loved this new movement. raises chickens in his Brooklyn backyard and my enlightened husband, it is mainly women attracted to this trend, most of whom are well-educated but either quit their jobs to devote time to their kids or were just jaded by the rat race. To most, it isnt just a hobby, its a life style. The levels to which people embrace it varies: Some knit, some make jewelry, some bake. Quite a few of them have microbusinesses to sell their wares on Etsy. A couple dabble in beekeeping or even moved to neo-homesteading. What the hell is neo-homesteading? I found group of people who, concerned with health, food safety, and climate change, instead of from general commerce. Its funny to me, though, that a move ment which has given birth to an urge to get back to basics and step away from our In ternet culture at the same time gives us the urge to tell everyone about it on the Internet Homeward Bound a new book by Emily Matcher, points out that, for years, stay-at-home moms were dismissed because what they did wasnt considered work. We werent able to see what the Joneses were having for dinner and we certainly didnt vote on what color to paint their babys nursery through Facebook likes. Matcher points out that these tasks were historically invisible, but once given punk rock to crochet, and moms started blogging. Respect for what had often been considered womens work has been reignited, and now women are moving in droves to reclaim it. And why not? Hubby and the kids may not thank you for the Sunday morning eggs Benny, but once you put the recipe and photo online, all your friends will like it. My fear is that, like so many things, we might be overdoing it. Everything is just so perfect. The YouTube video I watched on how to grow your own sprouts seemed way overproduced, and that picture my friend posted of her mock-tuna casserole was totally Photoshopped. For now Ill skip the canned jam and for perfect balance. But its hard to argue that a Pinterest-perfect life wouldnt be well, perfect. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Photo courtesy of gigglesgalore.net


Columnists: GOING GREENMiami Shores Goes Green DayThe annual street fair gets an environmental makeoverBy Jim W. Harper BT ContributorBefore Halloween, go green at the annual Miami Shores street fair. On October 26, main street shuts down and tables of plants go up to celebrate Green Day, the new name for the villages biggest tradition. They changed the theme because people in our community are concerned about the environment, says Ivonne cilwoman. Green Day is going to be an The event got a makeover this year by the chamber of commerce, and pulls together a large local contingent of message: Make each day a little greener. Green Day demonstrates that community feeling can be cultivated. Just imagine if such an event were so popular that it demanded the creation of a pedestrian shopping district, such as Lincoln Road. The street aspect is just as noteworthy as the new theme, which also shows a growing sense of awareness in a region often criticized for lacking much of an environmental consciousness. Were just thrilled to be able to bring to ly conscious businesses, vendors, institutions, and highlight the many ways each of us can make this world a better place, adds Lance Harke, president of the Greater Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce. We hope it will be the start of something big for our community and for South Florida in general. The fair attracts crowds to the area around Starbucks, on NE 2nd Avenue. encourages a walkable community with less reliance on cars and fossil fuels. The fair runs from 3:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Food trucks, wine and beer, and live music A sense of Americana pervades, making it Thanksgiving Day parade in North Miami. Green Days parade aspect is, as Emily Dickinson would say, the people who sity, and lots of tweens can be expected to circulate among the many booths. Come early to grab samples before they run out. Environmentally friendly demonstrations include Home Depots clinics for children and FPLs Your Homes Energy Assess ment, which offers proven methods to save money while reducing energy consumption. Miss Claudias Zumba Dance for Tots shakes, rattles, and rolls the kids, and plenty of displays appeal to the more Sports Village, Primal Fit Miami ties up a rope challenge, and Miami Shores Rotary sponsors a rock climbing wall, giving you the opportunity to ascend 20 feet above sea level, an important skill in Transportation in South Florida needs a green makeover, and solutions will be featured on the street. Bike Alley offers a bike valet, giving people on two wheels the same feeling of superiority granted to those on four. hybrid and electric vehicles on display. I really love my hybrid vehicle, said Councilwoman Ledesma, and I hope that more people will catch the inspira tion to make the switch. At the cheaper end of the spectrum, shop for plants and snacks from a large and eclec tic assortment of vendors (although Miami Shores may seem less eclectic than sur rounding areas, the event attracts the regions diversity of characters and inspired offerings). Local participants at Green Day include the Fruit & Spice Park, Bakeshop Miami, Kayak, the Native Plant Society, Doctors Charter School, GG Salon and Spa, Shores Holistic Health, and Mr. Solar. Several nurs such as TREEmendous Miami will be recruiting members to help plant more trees. And of course Biscayne Times will be there. Health goes hand in hand with a greener lifestyle, and visitors will learn about nutrition and bag fruit and veggies from a farmers market. Learn to grow your own at demonstrations of edible gardening. More details about Green Day are available online at www.miamishores. com/greenday. Miami Shores is taking a risk with this theme, considering that it is not the greenest municipality on the block. Then again, what city in our region is? Miami Shores does a good job of eliminating litter within a highly manicured environment, but it lacks a nature preserve or even a large stand of native plants. It could turn much greener by green shrubs and rock gardens. The Village Beautiful can also reinstate something that New York City started recently: the collection and composting of yard waste. Miami Shores had this program in the past, and without great cost or effort it can happen again. See you at Green Day. Lets celebrate everything good and green. Send your tips and clever ideas to: goinggreen@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com rf ntbbb9999 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 300 www.shoresholistic.com Miami Shores Holistic Health, Inc.


82 Columnists: VINO By Bill Citara BT ContributorThe trajectory of Halloween from pagan harvest festival to pagan commercial festival is both interesting and instructive. It began, were told, with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, a celebration of the end of harvest season and a time when, the ancient Celts believed, the spirits of the dead would rise and torment the living, like Sylvester Stallone con tinuing to make movies. The wearing of costumes in an attempt to hide from these vengeful spirits is related to this belief, though people wearing disguises to the latest Expendables opus are likely doing so more out of embarrassment than fear. At some point, pagan festivities took on some of the trappings of the Christian All Saints Day (a.k.a. All Hallows Eve, a.k.a. Halloween). Among those trappings was the practice of souling (a.k.a. trick-or-treating), where the poor went door-to-door begging for food, a practice many modern-day Christians are trying to revive by cutting unemployment benNowadays, however, Halloween is less about ancient festivals than it is about tooth decay (for kids) and an excuse (for adults) to dress up like zombies or pirates or Sarah Palin, and act out their inner whackjob. What does all this Halloween business have to do with wine? Tricks and treats, people. Tricks and treats. It has to do with walking into your favorite liquor store (in this case, stores) with no list or plan in mind except to cruise the aisles looking for wines that might be a treat to your palate. You might get a couple of tricks, too (theres a particularly nasty one here). But its all about the element of discovHappy Halloween! know. But the 2011 Casal Garcia Vinho Verde Ros is a truly crappy wine, a vaguely of strawberries with pungent Thankfully, it gets better from here. Theres nothing all that unusual about Chilean Sauvignon Blancs. They make a ton of them. But theyre uniformly inexpensive and well made, hitting the precise midpoint between austere New Zealand and fruity California. And for $6.99? The 2012 Via Caballero is pretty tough to beat. But hurry! That sale price expires on October 8. If you havent already noticed, Im a real fan of Chilean wines. Especially Carmenre, the big, earthy, intensely berry-ish wine formerly thought to be Merlot. The 2011 Vista Mar Sepia Reserva Carmenre doubles down on all that, adding an intriguing smoky-tarry quality that gives it a mysterious edge. Sticking with the big reds brings us to the 2010 Coppola Rosso a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Petite Syrah. Its the kind of wine youd expect from someone given to grand gestures, like Francis Ford bold, lush, fruit-driven, like eating a handful of fresh blackberries a hearty red-sauce-and-pasta wine. Sticking with big red blends brings us to the 2010 La Croix de Bila-Haut Cotes Catalanes This mlange of Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan splits the difference be tween the Carmenre and the Rosso, with the formers earthy, chocolate, spicy tones and the latters bracing black and blue cherry-berry fruit. Soft tannins and a relatively low (13 percent) alcohol help keep it from becoming cloying. From big reds to lean whites, es pecially since this month brings the reopening of stone crab season, just about the best reason there is to con sume crisp, citrusy white wines that take to One of the most underappreciated Muscadet, made from the Melon de Bour gogne grape in the Loire Valley. Like most Muscadets, the 2011 Domaine de la Chauvinire is no fruit bomb, but rather a wine of some subtlety, with refreshing On the richer, fruitier end of the equation is Viognier. While I love the character, what I like about the 2012 Oak Grove Viognier is the balancing green apple-pear-citrus acidity that makes it an exceptionally good food wine. Like the rest of these wines, it really is a treat for your palate. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com October Treats of the VineRed, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $12 or less


Columnists: DISHInto the Growing SeasonFood news we know you can use By Pamela Robin Brandt BT ContributorAs gardeners throughout North America harvest the last of their late-season veggies, planted months ago, Miamians go our own way, as usual. October is peak produce-planting month here. And those whod like their holiday tables full of homegrown heirloom tomatoes (including the fancy purple, black, zebra-stripe sorts that cost $5-$6 a pound at markets), plus local markets at any price (like Spains superb sweet Padron peppers), will want to check out the Little River Market Gardens fourth annual seedling sale on October 19, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Roughly 25 varieties of proprietor old, organically grown tomato plants, plus other big, strong herb and veggie seedlings, are only $2 to $4 each. Cash only, but you get a free plant for every 20 bucks spent. For further info, including the address: www.littlerivercsa. com/?page_id=1378. And a road-trip alert for those wanting an educational and fun crash course in growing, foraging, buying, preparing, and eating local, seasonal food: the second annual GrowFest! is scheduled for October 19-20 at the Redlands Fruit & Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave.) Featured will be starter plants, gardening supplies, workshops, healthy eats, more. For info and discounted advance tickets ($8), visit www.beeheavenfarm.com. OPENINGS Lippi (600 Brickell Ave., 305-579-1888). This indoor/outdoor spot has been one of 2013s most anticipated openings, though under a different original name: Restau rant du Cap. Right, the place thats been generating buzz since way back when nationally acclaimed chef Philippe Ruiz left his longtime post at the Biltmores Palme dOr, where, in the late 1990s, he pioneered the concept of small-plate meals at the formerly rather stuffy traditional French restaurant. The shareable concept remains here. Dcor is much more tropi cally inviting than at his old digs elegant surprising considering partner Tunu Puri cially described as Mediterranean-inspired New American, is eons more inventive and unique than either tired old genre name suggests. Welcome back, Philippe food. Spris Artisan Pizza (200 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-6667) is a new location of the Lincoln Road pizzeria (owned by GrazianoSbroggios Graspa Group) that introduced authentic Neopolitan brick-oven pies back in Miamis pre-2000 pizza Dark Ages. Fifteen years later, the beautifully burn-bubbled pies are still among our towns best. Don Nicola Pizzeria (3585 Mystic Pointe Dr., Aventura, 786-916-2028). Named for the Italian-born mentor of Argentinean-born chef/owner Manuel located inside a gated Aventura community. Once you run the security guard gauntlet, the indoor/outdoor restaurants designer-fashionable but very affordable pizzas, made with quality imported ingredients, come with marina views. LEntrecote de Paris (1053 SE 1st Ave., 305-755-9995). This Parisian restaurant with locations in Brazil, is one where ordering choices are no problem, menu: an entrecote steak with 21-ingredi ent (here, mainly curry) sauce, accompa salad, unlimited frites, and crisp-crusted baguette. Desserts or a daily-changing cheese platter are la carte. Seven (28 NE 40th St., 305-4563041). In the long-vacant outdoor space that once housed the Design Districts original splashy restolounge Grass, this glam eats/drinks Garden of Eden is named for foodies favorite of the Seven Deadly Sins: gluttony. The eclectic, globbacon-wrapped stuffed dates, sliders, charcuterie and cheese boards, ceviches, tartares. Interestingly, the price of sin entres runs $6-$20. CLOSINGS Bloom (2751 N. Miami Ave., 305-5765443). This hip Wynwood restaurant, just a year old, featured creative interpretations of Asian and Latin American street foods. It folded too close to press time for digging up details beyond a Facebook and Twitter pages saying, We will be opening in a new location. If you notice that Naoe (661 Brickell Key Dr., 205-947-6263) perfectionist chef/ owner Kevin Corys nationally acclaimed omakase (chefs choice) Japanese/sushi restaurant is shuttered, dont panic. An that the closing is just for construction: Maybe reopen by mid-November. So breathe easier but dont actually hold your breath. His adjacent, more casual eatery/lounge, scheduled to open October 2012, is still in the works. Hungry for more food news? See BizBuzz, page 22. Send me your tips and alerts: restaurants@biscaynetimes.com. Feedback: letters@biscaynetimes.com Raquel Vallejo forRAVADESIGNSLet RAVA DESIGNS transform your (re)tired jewelry into wearable art. For a complimentary consultation, call 202/270-1366 or email: ravadesigns@gmail.comstyle vamp design cycle purpose vitalize inventRe Bring your treasure box of sentimental, outdated, or even broken jewelry to Green Day and let Raquel show you how they can be transformed into one or more fantastic, one-of-a-kind statement pieces as unique as you are.


84 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS MIAMIBrickell / DowntownAijo1331 Brickell Bay Dr.,786-452-1637Hidden within Jade condo, this sleek Japanese fusion restolounge (whose name means love) is also a jewel. Food-loving Venezuelan owner Rene Buroz encourages innovation, and his chefs (including four from Zuma) respond with beautifully plated items as fun as they are flavorful. Dont miss the layered cro quante (a sort of Asian croqueta: mouthwatering crispy rice, subtly smoked salmon, and creamy crab), Aijo kani (king crab legs with citrus foam clouds and rich emulsified butter dip), or creative cocktails from a mixologist who also juggles and plays with fire. Area 31270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant (named for fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas to South America) isnt a glamorous dining setting. But wed eat outside. From the expansive terrace of the Epic condo and hotel on the Miami River, the views of Brickells high-rises actually make Miami look like a real city. Its hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are the most impressive. The food is impeccably fresh regional fish, prepared in a clean Mediterranean-influenced style. The cocktails are genuinely creative. Luckily you dont have to choose one or the other. $$$-$$$$Atrio1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6529Admittedly, the Conrad Hotels top-end restaurant has had its ups and downs since its early days as one of the few exciting fine-dining restaurants in the Brickell/downtown area. But Atrio is ready for rediscovery. Despite Brickells recent restaurant explosion, few venues are as spectacularly suitable for a sophisticated breakfast, lunch, or dinner for grown-ups whod rather not shout over DJs. Panoramic views of Miami from the 25th floor are now matched by locally oriented dishes, including a mango/lime mayo-dressed lobster sandwich, crisp-skinned snapper with grapefruit salsa and basil aioli, a bracing orange tart, even citrus butter in the bread basket. $$$-$$$$Balans901 S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191Open until 4:00 a.m. on weekends, this London import (Miamis second Balans) offers a sleeker setting than its perennially popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same simple yet sophisticated global menu. The indoor space can get mighty loud, but lounging on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace, over a rich croque monsieur (which comes with an alluringly sweet/sour citrus-dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surprisingly solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miamis more relaxing experiences. $$-$$$Bali Caf109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751While Indonesian food isnt easy to find in Miami, downtown has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and construction workers. This cute, exotically decorated caf has survived and thrived for good reason. The homey cooking is delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid of palate to try something new. Novices will want Indonesias signature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and condiments to be heaped on rice. Note: bring cash. No plastic accepted here. $-$$Banana & Leaf234 NE 3rd St., 786-431-5548Ever get tempted by the convenience of supermarket sushi boxes, but feel uneasy about freshness and disgruntled about sparseness of fillings? In the grab-and-go containers here, raw fish glistens and makis like a plump snow crab roll have a satisfying seafood-to-rice ratio. If youd rather, dishes on the larger custom menu arrive almost as fast. There is also limited, tasty Southeast Asian fare. Most unbelievable: Prices beat supermarket sushi by far. $Bento Sushi & Chinese801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904Hidden in the Four Ambassadors Towers, this tiny spot (which specializes in sushi plus Japanese small plates, but also serves limited Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes of the mix-and-match, pick-your-protein-then-preparation sort) has been mostly an insiders secret delivery joint for Brickell residents. But its actually a pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget bento box specials that include miso soup, gingerdressed salad, California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entres (the nigiri assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially recommended). Bubble tea, too! $$-$$$ Biscayne Tavern146 Biscayne Blvd., 305-307-8300From restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, this contemporary tavern seems tailor-made for a newly urbanized neighborhood, inviting residents to hang from breakfast to late-night snack time, over updated comfort food thats globally inspired while adhering to the local/organic mantra. Among expected casual favorites (solid American burgers; Asianesque pork-belly sliders) highlights are items that chef Will Biscoe stamps with his own unique, unpretentiously inventive touches, from small plates (housemade potato chips with blue cheese fondue) to large (a long-bone short rib chop with truffle popover; South Florida bouillabaisse). More than 30 craft beers accompany. $$-$$$ Blue Martini900 S. Miami Ave. #250, 305-981-2583With a 41-martini menu (plus exotic lighting, late hours, dance floor, and live music most nights), this wildly popular place is more lounge than restaurant. Nonetheless food offerings are surprisingly ambitious, including substantial items like sliced steak with horseradish sauce, as well as shareable light bites -parmesan-topped spinach/artichoke dip, served hot with toasted pita; shrimp and blue crab dip (yes: crab, not faux krab); a seductive puff pastry-wrapped and honey-drizzled baked brie. Come at happy hour (4:00-8:00 p.m. daily) for bargain drink/ snack specials, and lots of locals. $$ Bonding638 S. Miami Ave., 786-409-4794From trend-spotting restaurateur Bond Trisansi (originator of Mr. Yum and 2B Asian Bistro), this small spot draws a hip crowd with its affordable menu of redesigned traditional Thai dishes, wildly imaginative sushi makis, and unique signature Asian fusion small plates. Highlights include tastebud-tickling snapper carpaccio; an elegant nest of mee krob (sweet, crisp rice noodles); blessedly non-citrus-drenched tuna tataki, drizzled with spicysweet mayo and wasabi cream sauce; greed-inducing bags of gold, deep-fried wonton beggars purses with a shrimp/pork/ mushroom/waterchestnut filling and tamarind sauce. $$ Bon Fromage500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632Though independently owned instead of a chain cog, this cheese and wine caf/shop is like a pint-size version of Midtown Miamis Cheese Course, right down to being officially self-service. But it is staffed by accommodating employees who, unofficially, do their best to double as servers for eat-in diners. The cheese (plus charcuterie) menu of garnished platters, salads, and crusty baguette sandwiches features numerous high-quality, imported favorites, but dont miss more unusual domestic treasures like Wisconsin bread, a cooked cheese that, like halloumi, doesnt melt but tantalizingly softens when heated. $$ Brasileiro801 Brickell Bay Dr., 786-502-3829Fittingly, the indoor/outdoor bay-view space in the Four Ambassadors, occupied by Miamis first Brazilian rodizio restaurant back in the early 1980s, is now home to a 21st-century upgrade. For insatiable carnivores and fans of Latin Americas best dinner show, theres the traditional parade of tableside, sword-wielding gauchos carving all-you-can-eat meats, including must-not-miss medium-rare picanhas, delectably fat-capped sirloin. For more modern and/or light eaters, prepared dishes by Gully Booth, one of Miamis best-kept-secret chefs, include goat cheese croquettes, stuffed dates, and crab cakes Martha Stewart once proclaimed the best shed eaten. $$$$Brother Jimmys BBQ900 S. Miami Ave. #135, 786-360-3650The South is supposed to be the source of barbecue. But Bro J evidently didnt hear about that. His signature North Carolina pork cue comes from NYC, where the first Brother Jimmys opened more than 20 years ago. Miamis location is actually the first south of the Mason-Dixon line. But the slow-smoked pulled pork butt tastes righteous -no interfering glop, just hot sauce-spiked vinegar to balance the fab fattiness. Theres other cue, too, including big (not baby back) ribs, and respectable brisket. $$-$$$Bryan in the Kitchen104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777This quirky caf-markets chef/owner is a former smoothie-swilling model who is now into fresh whole foods, and though his eclectic green gourmet menu does uniformly reflect his dedication to ecological consciousness, it otherwise could only be described as intensely personal. Offerings are an odd but appealing saint/sinner mix, ranging from healthy pasta/grain salads and homemade-from-scratch snacks (beef jerky, granola) to unique cupcakes featuring not-too-sweet adult flavors and irresistible sticky buns. If we had to choose just one category, wed sin. But luckily, you can have it all. $-$$ Caf Bastille248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very Frenchfeeling -and tasting -caf is a most civilized way to start the day. Formerly breakfast and lunch only, the caf is now open for dinner, too. And while the crepes (both savory and sweet) are tempting and varied enough to eat all day, dinner choices like homemade foie gras (with onion jam and Guerande salt), salmon with lentils and fennel salsa, or a very affordable skirt steak au poivre make it possible to resist. $-$$$Cavas Wine Tasting Room900 S. Miami Ave. #180, 305-372-8027Like South Miamis predecessor (now closed), this Cavas is mainly an upscale, high-tech tasting lounge for the wine-curious. Patrons buy prepaid cards to sample ounce, half-glass, or full-glass portions from more than 50 self-service dispensing machines. But theres an extensive selection of tapas/pintxos small plates, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, plus fully garnished charcuterie and cheese platters specially selected to pair well with vino. Additionally, more substantial dishes have been added, including a daily three-course lunch special and some tasty, bargain-priced soups (carrot cream with Gouda particularly recommended). $$-$$$ Ceviche Piano140 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414Owners Martin and Charo Villacorta, a married chef/pastry chef team, think of this eatery as a relocation (in the same downtown plaza) and reinvention of their former best kept secret spot Martini 28. Most dramatic changes: upscaled size, and with its glamorous white piano, upgraded elegance. The menu has also been altered to be less of a global wildcard. Focus is now strongly on Peruvian cuisine, including a shrimp/calamarismothered fish fillet with aji amarillo cream sauce. But no worries, old fans. Some of the old favorite dishes remain. $$ Chophouse Miami300 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-938-9000Formerly Mannys Steakhouse, Miamis Chophouse retains basically everything but the famed name (from the original Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains Miamis most intentionally masculine steakhouse. Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything is humongous: dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the Bludgeon of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in ribeye, 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. $$$$$ The Corner1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-961-7887With a Zuma alum in the kitchen, a Gigi alum crafting classic or creative cocktails, a warm pub feel, and hours extending from lunch to nearly breakfast the next morning, The Corner is transforming a desolate downtown corner into a neighborhood hangout. The nicely priced menu of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and sweets (the latter from Om Nom Noms cookie queen Anthea Ponsetti) ranges from 100-percent homemade ice cream sandwiches to the Crazy Madame, Frances elaborate Croque Madame (a bchamel sauce-topped grilled cheese/ham/fried egg sandwich) plus bacon and caramelized onion. $-$$ Crazy About You1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita: Buy an entre (all under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, Latin, American, or Asian-influenced choices (like Thai-marinated churrasco with crispy shoestring fries) and get an appetizer for free, including substantial stuff like a Chihuahua cheese casserole with chorizo and pesto. The difference: This place, housed in the former location of short-lived La Broche, has an even more upscale ambiance than Dolores -including a million-dollar water view. $$$ Cvi.che 105105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454Fusion food -a modern invention? Not in Peru, where native and Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more than a century. But chef Juan Chipoco gives the ceviches and tiraditos served at this hot spot his own unique spin. Specialties include flash-marinated raw seafood creations, such as tiradito a la crema de rocoto (sliced fish in citrus-spiked chili/cream sauce). But traditional fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamari) are also fun, as well as surprisingly affordable. $$ Restaurant ListingsThe Biscayne Corridors most comprehensive restaurant guide. Total this month: 290.rf ntbnf nttnf tnt f f t tff nff ff MIAMIBar Urbano1001 S. Miami Ave., 305-381-5901Hot, hip, Hispanic is a huge understatement to describe the street-smart urban flair of this tropical restolounge. After about 9:00 p.m., droves of high-energy young partiers make the place seem more Latin singles bar than eatery. Nevertheless, the largely but not exclusively Colombian-inspired, Latin/Caribbean comfortfood cuisine can be inspiring. Were partial to snacks like the arepa Colombiana, heaped with fresh white cheese, and the sinful chivito sandwich (steak, ham, melted mozzarella, and a fried egg). But there are also full entres like a bandeja paisa (Colombias belly-busting mixed platter of proteins and carbs). $$-$$$Box Park1111 SW 1st Ave., 305-356-8385This sibling to The Hoxton (Northeastern shore-style) couldnt be more dramatically different in dcor (modern minimalist rather than time-trippy beach house) or food (Florida regional, rather than New England). If you want to try alligator thats more than mere novelty, its available fried with datil pepper sauce or in a rich gumbo with wild boar andouille. We find the home-cured charcuterie platter (featuring whipped lardo, duck prosciutto, amberjack jerky, wild boar finocchiona salami, more) perfect, especially accompanied by Brickell pickles, bracing house-fermented local veggies. Menus change seasonally, and never bore. $$-$$$ Sumi Yakitori21 SW 11th St., 786-360-5570If your definition of yakitori has been formed from typical Americanized sticky-sweet skewers, this late-night places grilled offerings, flavored with the subtly smoky savor of imported Japanese binchotan charcoal will be a revelation. Dcor is more stunningly stylish than at chef/owner Jeffrey Chans adjacent Momi Ramen, but cooking is equally authentic for items like skewered duck (served with scallion sauce), juicy sausagestuffed chicken wings, bacon-wrapped hardboiled quail eggs, or grilled hamachi kama (super succulent yellowtail collar). Supplemental dishes, including pork buns and sauted veggies, also excel. $$$ Wolfgangs Steakhouse315 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-487-7130Proprietor Wolfgang Zweiner worked for decades at Brooklyns legendary Peter Lugers before opening the first of his own much-praised, old-school steakhouses in 2003, which explains the quality of the USDA prime-grade steaks here -dry-aged on premises for bold, beefy flavor and tender but toothsome texture. Prices are prodigious but so are portions. The 32-ounce porterhouse for two easily feeds three or four folks curious to taste the difference. Plentiful sides include a bacon starter favored by those who love Canadian bacon over pork belly. Personally, just the simple, superb steaks leave us happy as clams. $$$$$UPPER EASTSIDEMinas Mediterraneo749 NE 79th St., 786-391-0300Unlike most restaurants labeled Mediterranean, this one, deco rated with restrained modern elegance, really does have dishes from countries surrounding all sides of the sea (though not necessarily from the countries seaside regions, as boeuf Bourguignon attests). Our favorites, like owner Yasmine Kotb, whose heritage is Egyptian-via-Texas, and her mom, the chef, are those featuring exotic Eastern/North African tastes -with twists. Especially fun: Egypts besara, a light fava-based hummus; falafel sliders in warm pita with Israeli salad, slaw, and tahini; and an unusual side of grilled kale with yogurt dressing and hazelnuts. $$AVENTURASoho Asian Bar & Grill19004 NE 29th St., 305-466-5656Do bring your pocket flashlight to this kosher restaurant. Considering the menus expansiveness, youll be doing lots of reading despite dim, lounge-lizard lighting. The stars here are small plates and over-the-top Asian fusion sushi rolls, like the Korean: short ribs atop a kimchee-garnished maki of pured avocado, cuke, scallion, and sweet potato. But the menu of tapas and entres ranges from Japanese-inspired items to pad Thai, Middle Eastern kabobs, Chinese-American pepper steak, even all-American grilled steaks. Highlights: signature fried cauliflower with chili sauce, and an appealing house nut bread with three spreads. $$-$$$


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86 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTSdb Bistro Moderne255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-421-8800Just two words, Daniel Boulud, should be enough for foodies craving creative French/American comfort food to run, not walk, to this restaurant. Downtowns db is indeed an absentee celeb chef outpost, but on-site kitchen wizard Matthieu Godard flawlessly executes dishes ranging from the original db Bistros signature foie gras/ short rib/black truffle-stuffed burger to local market-driven dishes. Especially strong are seafood preparations, whether sauced with a refined choron or lustily garnished with Provencal accompaniments like tender sea scallops with chickpea panisse. $$$-$$$$ D-Dog House50 SW 10th St., 305-381-7770While it has become increasingly common to find servers at upscale restaurants utilizing computerized POS (point of service) systems to take orders, this high-tech hole-in-the-wall trumps them by replacing servers -and in-house entertainment, too -with iPads that accept not just food orders and credit cards but music requests. You can web surf or game, too, while waiting for your choice of the house specialty: supersized hot dogs, most overloaded with internationally inspired toppings. To accompany, hand-cut fries are a must. And have a cocktail. Theres a full liquor bar. $-$$ Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103From the stylish setting in Miamis historic Firehouse No. 4, one would expect a mighty pricy meal. But entres, 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. $$$Dominique Bistro-Club1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-371-8859At typical restolounges, the resto part often gets the short end of the stick. But not at this chic but friendly spot, where Gerardo Barrera, an alumn of Pariss Le Cordon Bleu, plus his wife Dominque and her brother Jos Sigona, welcome diners with Frances best-known bistro classics: coquilles St. Jacques (tender scallops in mushroom/white wine sauce); a precision-cooked entrecte rib-eye with Bearnaise or complex Caf de Paris butter; crme brle (from scratch) or macaron cookies (from heaven). No velvet ropes, and club music isnt cranked till 11:00 p.m. $$$ Edge, Steak & Bar1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535Replacing the Four Seasons formal fine dining spot Acqua, Edge offers a more kick-back casual welcoming vibe. And in its fare theres a particularly warm welcome for non-carnivores. Chefdriven seafood items (several inventive and unusually subtle ceviches and tartares; a layered construction of corvina encrusted in a jewel-bright green pesto crust, atop red piquillo sauce stripes and salad; lobster corn soup packed with sweet lobster meat; more) and a farm-to-table produce emphasis make this one steakhouse where those who dont eat beef have no beef. $$$$-$$$$$ Elwoods Gastro Pub188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222Cordial English owners, classic rock music (sometimes live), and updated classic pub fare make this hangout a home. Made from scratch with artisan ingredients, traditional Brit bites like fish and chips cant be beat -thick pieces of crisply beer-battered moist cod, served with hand-cut fries and mushy [mashed] peas, plus housemade tartar sauce and ketchup. All desserts are also made in-house, including a deliriously rich (but worth it) sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. Tie down your dental implants. Theyre in for a wild ride. $$Eos485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel), 305-503-0373Originally opened by Michelin-starred New Aegean chef Michael Psilakis, Eos changed upon the chefs departure into a more familiar Mediterranean resort eatery, minus Greek-inspired innovations. Now inspiration comes mainly from Spain and Italy, with nods to Morocco and Latin America. Best bets include a tasting platter of Spanish cheeses and cured meats; a pistachio-garnished salad featuring Serrano ham, figs, and arugula; crispy parmesan risotto balls with prosciutto and smoked tomato dip; and olive/smoked paprika-rubbed roast chicken. At lunch burgers and upscale sandwiches are added. $$$-$$$$Fado Irish Pub900 S. Miami Ave. #200, 786-924-0972Unlike most Miami Irish pubs, which serve mostly American bar food, rarely foraying past fish and chips or shepherds pie, Fado (pronounced fdoe) has a menu reflecting the pub grub found today in Ireland, including solid standards. But most intriguing are dishes mixing classic and contemporary influences, particularly those featuring boxty, a grated/mashed potato pancake. Try corned beef rolls (boxty wraps, with creamy mustard sauce and cabbage slaw), or smoked salmon on mini-boxty blini, with capers and horseradish sauce. Theres a seasonal menu, too. $$The Filling Station & Garage Bar95 SE 2nd St., 786-425-1990This fun, locally oriented dive, opened in 1994, was hip more than a decade before downtown was. And its 2008 relocation to larger quarters, plus two subsequent expansions, signal that it has more than kept up with the explosion of newer neighborhood hotspots, without pretensions or yuppified prices. On the fresh, hefty hamburgers, true Miami weirdness is displayed in toppings like peanut butter or Nutella. Other standouts: tangyspicy Buffalo wings; homemade tater tots; the oil pan (fried pickles and onion rings with two sauces); and an ever-changing list of craft beers. $-$$ Fratelli Milano213 SE 1st St., 305-373-2300Downtown isnt yet a 24/7 urban center, but its experiencing a mini explosion of eateries open at night. That includes this family-owned ristorante, where even newcomers feel at home. At lunch its almost impossible to resist panini, served on foccacia or crunchy ciabatta; even the vegetarian version bursts with complex and complementary flavors. During weekday dinners, try generous plates of risotto with shrimp and grilled asparagus; homemade pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio; or delicate Vitello alla Milanese on arugula. $$-$$$Garcias Seafood Grille and Fish Market398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this venerable Florida fish shack is the real thing. No worries about the seafoods freshness; on their way to the dining deck overlooking the Miami River, diners can view the retail fish market. Best preparations are the simplest. When stone crabs are in season, Garcias claws are as good as Joes but considerably cheaper. The local fish sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail snapper, or mahi mahi. $-$$Giovana Caffe154 SE 1st Ave.305-374-1024If the menu at this charming downtown hideaway contained only one item -pear and gorgonzola ravioli dressed, not drowned, in sage-spiced cream sauce -wed be happy. But the caf, formerly lunch-only but now serving weekday dinners, is also justly famed for meal-size salads like grilled skirt steak atop sweetly balsamicdressed 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. $$Half Moon Empanadas192 SE 1st Ave., 305-379-2525As with South Beachs original Half Moon, you can get wraps or salads. But its this snackerys unique take on Argentine-style empanadas that makes it seem a natural for national franchising. The soft-crusted, doughy crescents -baked, not fried, so relatively guilt-free -are amply stuffed with fillings both classic (beef and chicken, either mild or spicy) and creative: the bacon cheeseburger, the pancetta/mozzarella/plum-filled Americana, and several vegetarian options. At just over two bucks apiece, theyre a money-saving moveable feast. $Hawa Jade1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523When thinking fusion cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese dont instantly spring to mind. But taking the medieval Spice Route connection as inspiration, the Hawa family makes the mix work at both its original Coral Gables Hawa and this new location in the Jade Residences. Golden Pockets (tofu crpes encasing macadamias, avocado, and tuna, crab, shrimp, or Kobe-style beef) are musts. Plus there are unique combos containing makis plus substantial salads, like crunchy tuna enoki rolls with falafel salad -not the usual green garnish. Housemade desserts with a French twist are also a pleasant surprise. $$ Hibachi Grill45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223Imagine a mini-express Benihana. This place specializes in teppanyaki cuisine -minus the thrilling (or terrifying) tableside knife theatrics, true, but the one-plate meals of seasoned steak slices, chicken, shrimp, or salmon plus dipping sauces, fried rice, and an onion/zucchini mix come at bargain prices. There are also hefty soups or Japanese, Thai, and Singapore-style noodle and rice bowls loaded with veggies and choice of protein (including tofu). The limited sides are Japanese (shumai, plump chicken gyoza) and Chinese (various egg rolls). Fancy? No, but satisfying. $-$$ The Hoxton1111 SW 1st Ave., 786-691-2730Though inland (and reportedly inspired by old England), this urban beach bar/grill has the relaxing, refined-rustic ambiance of a classic New England hangout, and upscaled down shore food to match: Maine lobster rolls, on brioche rather than hot dog rolls; a luxe take on Qubcoise poutine (from-scratch fries with Vermont cheddar and duck confit gravy); an especially lavish clam bake. Also appealingly different from the Miami norm: frequent live bands of many musical genres in the comfortable lounge area, plus almost spookily competent service. $$$Il Gabbiano335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this ultraupscale 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 thats a trademark of Manhattans Il Mulino, originally run by Il Gabbianos owners. The rest of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth. And the champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black truffles? Worth every penny. $$$$$Jamon Iberico Pata Negra Restaurant 10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111From the outside, you know youre walking into the ground floor of a new condo building. But once inside the charmingly rustic room, youd swear youre in Spain. Obviously Spains famous cured hams are a specialty, as are other pork products on the weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entre to a fried chorizo and chickpea tapa. But seafood is also terrific. Dont miss bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miamis best rice dishes: seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink). $$-$$$Largo Bar & Grill401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-374-9706Sure, Bayside Marketplace is touristy. But it can be fun to spend a day playing visitor in your own city. If you do, this waterfront place overlooking Miamarina is a superior food choice. Expect nothing cutting edge, just tasty, familiar favorites solidly prepared. You wont go wrong with stone crab claws and Cajun mustard dip; inauthentic but delicious fish tacos in hard blue corn tortillas with two sauces (cilantro and chipotle), generously portioned fish sandwiches (grouper, mahi, snapper, or daily catch), and festive cocktails. $$-$$$ La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown. With alternatives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnolloti in sage butter sauce and cilantro-spiced white bean/vegetable salad dressed with truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porciello and Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps just stays on through the afternoon, fueled by the Lawyers Liquid Lunch, a vodka martini spiked with sweetened espresso. $$$La Moon 144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies like a Crazy Burger, a Colombian take on a truckers burger: beef patty, bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg, with an arepa corn pancake bun. While this tiny places late hours (till 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday) are surprising, the daytime menu is more so. In addition to Colombian classics, theres a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh tuna, seared salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie favorites. $-$$ La Provence1064 Brickell Ave. 786-425-9003Great baguettes in the bread basket, many believe, indicate a great meal to come. But when Miamians encounter such bread -crackling crust outside; moist, aromatic, aerated interior -its likely not from a restaurants own kitchen, but from La Provence. Buttery croissants and party-perfect pastries are legend too. 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88 Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTSbakerys caf component, whose sandwich/salad menu reflects local eclectic tastes. But French items like pan bagnats (essentially salade Nioise on artisan bread) will truly transport diners to co-owner David Thaus Provenal homeland. $$La Sandwicherie34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beachs favorite aprs-club eatery (since 1988) closes earlier (midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday), but the smoothies, salads, and superb Parisian sandwiches are the same: ultra-crusty baguette stuffed with evocative charcute rie and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pt, camembert, etc.) and choice of salad veggies plus salty/tart cornichons and Sandwicheries incomparable Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Additionally the larger branch has an interior, with a kitchen enabling hot foods (quiches and croques), plus A/C. $-$$Le Boudoir Brickell188 SE 12th Terr., 305-372-233At this French bakery/caf, mornings start seriously, with choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterie/pt, or smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and complete American breakfasts. At lunch, generously salad-garnished, open-faced tartines are irresistible. But sophisticated salads and homemade soups make the choice tough. And do not skip dessert. Superb sweets include rich almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy lemon tarts, traditional Madeleines, airy layered mousses, and addictive minimacaroon sandwich cookies with daily-changing fillings. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill1 W. Flagler St., 305-789-9929Like its Midtown and North Miami Beach siblings, this Lime Fresh serves up carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Machiya3252 NE 1st Ave. #116, 786-507-5025Originally called Machiya Ramen Noodle House, this eaterychanged its name -and really, the place is not so much a ramen joint as a contemporary izakaya (lounge featuring Japanese hot and cold small plates plus sushi), with a few added ramen bowls. Most of the menu is a mix of todays popular favorites, like Kobe sliders, and unique inventions. Wildest: wasabi-spiced tuna pizza. Our faves: fatty salmon makis (lightly seared salmon belly with shrimp tempura, asparagus, and yuzu sauce); rich miso-braised short ribs; steam buns with rock shrimp and spicy aioli.Medialunas Calentitas919 Brickell Ave., 305-517-3303At this first U.S. location of a Uruguayan chain, the signature specialtys crescent-like shape says croissant. But medialunas dont have croissants puff-pastry flakiness; theyre more substantial buttery breakfast rolls. And either simply syrup-glazed or stuffed (with ham and cheese, dulce de leche, more), they make a terrific Latin comfort-food breakfast or snack on the run. The same is true for equally bargain-priced empanadas (three varieties with distinctive fillings from Uruguay, Argentina, or Mexico) and tiny but tasty migas sandwiches like the elaborate Olympic: ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, peppers, eggs, olives. $Miami Art Caf 364 SE 1st St., 305-374-5117For businessfolk on the go, this breakfast/lunch-only French caf serves up evocative baguette sandwiches (like camembert) loaded, if you like, with greens, olives, and more. For those with time to sit, wed recommend the savory crpes, garnished with perfectly dressed salad, or sweet crpe like the Bonne Maman (whose sugar/ salted butter stuffing brings Brittany to downtown). And quiches are nicely custardy. But there are surprises here, too, including just a few full entres, with correctly made traditional sauces one wouldnt expect at a luncheonette -except, perhaps, in Paris. $-$$Miamis Finest Caribbean Restaurant236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254Originally from Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving her traditional homemade island specialties to downtown office workers and college students since the early 1990s. Most popu lar item here might be the weekday lunch special of jerk chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patties), but even vege tarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot, and chayote curry. All entres come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry. $Mint Leaf1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050Part of Londons famous Woodlands Group, this stylish spot, like its Coral Gables parent, serves the sort of upscale Indian food rarely found outside Great Britain or India. More interestingly, the menu includes not just the familiar northern Indian Mughlai fare served in most of Americas Indian restaurants, but refined versions of south Indias scrum ptious street food. Weve happily assembled whole meals of the vegetarian chaat (snacks) alone. And dosai (lacy rice/lentil crepes rolled around fillings ranging from traditional onion/potato to lamb masala or spicy chicken) are so addictive they oughta be illegal. $$$-$$$$Miss Yip Chinese Caf900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088Fans of the South Beach original will find the dcor different. Most notably, theres an outdoor lounge, and more generally a nightclub atmosphere. But the menu of Hong Kong-style Chinese food, prepared by imported Chinese cooks, is familiar. Simple yet sophisticated Cantonese seafood dishes rock (try the lightly battered salt-and-pepper shrimp), as does orange peel chicken, spicy/tangy rather than overly sweet. And a single two-course Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried meat and veggies with lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering finger food, shared among friends. $-$$$ Momi Ramen5 SW 11th St., 786-391-2392Banish all thoughts of packaged instant ramen. Perfectionist chef/owner Jeffrey Chen (who cooked for more than a decade in Japan), changes his mostly ramen-only menu often, but constants are irresistibly chewy handmade noodles; soups based on creamy, intensely porky tonkotsu broth (made from marrow bones simmered all day); meats like pork belly and oxtail; and authentic toppings including marinated soft-cooked eggs, pickled greens, more. Other pluses: Its open 24/7, and the ramen ranks with the USAs best. Minuses: Its cash only, and the ramen might be the USAs most expensive. $$$MPP Brickell141 SW 7th St., 305-400-4610Tasty Peruvian eateries arent rare in Miami. Peruvian fine-dining restaurants are. In the tastefully toned-down but still glam space formerly housing And, this second location of Limas popular Mi Propriedad Privada specializes in familiar flavors presented with seriously upscaled preparations, plating, and prices. But many ceviches, tiraditos, and starters (like espe cially artful layered/molded mashed potato/seafood causas, or clever panko-breaded fusion causa makis) come in trios for taste-testing. And ceviche lovers score on Tuesdays, when all-you-can-eat costs the same as a trio. $$$-$$$$$ My Ceviche1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-960-7825When three-time James Beard Rising Star Chef nominee Sam Gorenstein opened the original My Ceviche in SoBe, in 2012, it garnered national media attention despite being a tiny take-away joint. Arguably, our newer indoor/outdoor Brickell location is better. Same menu, featuring local fish prepared onsite, and superb sauces including a kicky roasted jalapeo/lime mayo), but this time with seats! What to eat? Ceviches, natch. But grilled or raw fish/seafood tacos and burritos, in fresh tortillas, might be even more tempting. Pristine stone-crab claws from co-owner Roger Duartes George Stone Crab add to the choices. $$Naoe661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-947-6263Chances are youve never had anything like the $85 prix-fixe Japanese dinners at chef Kevin Corys tiny but nationally acclaimed oasis, transplanted from its original Sunny Isles space with its supreme serenity intact. By reservation only, in two dinner seatings of just eight people each, and omakase (chefs choice) only, meals include a seasonal soup, a fourcourse bento box, eight pieces of sushi, and three desserts. Cory personally does everything for you, even applying the perfect amount of housemade artisan soy sauce mix and freshgrated wasabi to each mind-reelingly fresh nigiri. Few eating experiences on earth are more luxuriant. $$$$$ neMesis Urban Bistro1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-415-9911Truly original restaurants are hard to find here, and harder to describe in standard sound bites. But they often are the attention-grabbing people-magnets that spark revivals of iffy neighborhoods. Thats our prediction for this quirkily deco rated bistro, where the kitchen is helmed by Top Chef contestant Micah Edelstein. The intensely personal menu of creative dishes inspired by her global travels (plus her fascination with unfamiliar ingredients) changes constantly, but scrumptious signatures include South African smoked veal bobotie, and Peruvian pinoli pancakes with housemade chicken/apple sau sage, hibiscus syrup, and maple granules. $$$-$$$$Novecento1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900For those who think Argentine cuisine is a synonym for beef and more beef, this popular eaterys wide range of more cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation. Classic parrilla-grilled steaks are here for traditionalists, but the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper with jalapeos, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce. Especially notable are the entre salads. $$-$$$Oceanaire Seafood Room900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire May seem more All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish. Here in Miami, chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style grouper ceviche. The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus: pompano, parrot fish, amberjack. But even flown-in fish (and the raw bars cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh. $$$$OTC1250 S. Miami Ave. 305-374-4612Over-the-counter service usually connotes the classic fast food slider experience: both greaseburgers and patrons are in and out quickly. At this casually cool gastropub, the counter ordering system encourages the opposite feel, of comfie congeniality; it invites hanging out, just without the fuss of formal dining out -or the expense. Most plates are $10 or under. Ingredient-driven dishes cover todays favorite food groups (various mac-and-cheeses, variously topped/seasoned fries, and more) with some unusual twists, like a scrumptiously lardon-laden frise/goat cheese salad brightened by fresh peaches. Even the condiments are housemade. $$Ozzi Sushi200 SE 1st St., 786-704-8003Since its 1958 invention, conveyor-belt sushi has been the most fun form of Japanese fast food, but problematic. Who knew how long plates had been circulating on the sushi-go-round? Happily, this sushi-boat spot avoids sanitation issues with clear plastic covers, and as for freshness, low prices ensure a steady stream of diners grabbing makis, nigiri, and more as they float by. Highlights include glistening ikura (salmon roe) in a thin-sliced cucumber cup, a sweet-sauced mango/guava/crab roll, and a festively frosted strawberry Nutella dessert maki. $-$$Pashas1414 Brickell Ave., 305-416-5116The original branch on Lincoln Road was instantly popular, and the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food is served at several newer outlets. The prices are low enough that you might suspect Pashas was a tax write-off rather than a Harvard Business School project, which it was by founders Antonio Ellek and Nicolas Cortes. Dishes range from falafel and gyros to more unusual items like muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky labneh yogurt cheese. Everything from pitas to lemonade is made fresh, from scratch, daily. $-$$Pega Grill15 E. Flagler St., 305-808-6666From Thanasios Barlos, a Greek native who formerly owned North Beachs Ariston, this small spot is more casually contemporary and less ethnic-kitschy in ambiance, but serves equally authentic, full-flavored Greek food. Mixed lamb/beef gyros (chicken is also an option), topped with tangy yogurt sauce and wrapped, with greens and tomatoes, in fat warm pita bread, are specialties. But even more irresistible is the taramasalata (particularly velvety and light carp roe dip), available alone or on an olive/pita-garnished mixed meze platter. $$ Perricones15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this market/caf was one of the Brickell areas first gentrified amenities. At lunch chicken salad is a favorite; dinners strong suit is the pasta list, ranging from Grandma Jennies old-fashioned lasagna to chichi fiocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola. And Sundays $15.95 brunch buffet ($9.95 for kids) featuring an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and bagels, salads, and more remains one of our towns most civilized all-you-can-eat deals. $$Pieducks1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-808-7888If you can overlook a name as unenlightening as most in-jokes (it evidently refers to a favorite character of owner Claudio Nuness kids -we assume the Pokemon Psyduck), youll experience pretty perfect pizza. Sadly, not all brick ovens turn out perfectly charblistered crusts, crisp outside and airy/chewy inside, but thats what youll consistently find here and a newer take-out/deliveryonly Midtown branch. And unlike many artisan pizzerias, Pieducks doesnt get cheesy with cheese quantity (though we like that extra cheese is an option). Elaborate salads complete the menu. $$Pier 9494 SE 1st St., 305-379-5652Tucked into The Village, a collection of courtyard eateries far from any waterfront, this ceviche bar specializes in fresh seafood dishes from chef/owner Alex Del Corrals native Peru, but also features famous Peruvian meat and poultry dishes (including a refined aji de gallina, chicken in aji pepper-spiced cream sauce). Emphasis is particularly strong on Perus penchant for fusion food, including traditional Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) rice or noodle stir-fries. But the chef also fuses classic and creative influences. Try contemporary causas, combining Perus favorite starch, potatoes, with unique new sauces. $$ Thea Pizzeria-Caf1951 NW 7th Ave., 305-777-3777Just over the border from artsy Wynwood, this ultra-cool caf (whose interior features a 30-foot Italian glass floral mosaic) isnt what youd expect to find inside one of the medical/lab buildings in Miamis sterile Health District. But the owner is Thea Goldman, former founding partner of Wynwoods pioneering restolounge Joeys, which explains both the stylishness and the menu, highlighted by imaginative wood-oven designer pizzas, plus artisan charcuterie/cheese platters, creative salads, and housemade salted caramel gelato. Not your typical hospital food. Call ahead regarding dinner. At this writing, its being served Fridays only. $$-$$$Pizzarium69 E. Flagler St., 305-381-6025Roman-style rectangular pizzas, served in square slices, have been available in the Miami area since the mid-1990s. But the familiar squares and Pizzariums are similar only in shape. Main difference: dough, here allowed to rise for four days. The resulting crusts are astonishingly airy, as authentic Roman slices, intended as light street snacks, should be. Toppings, a rotating selection of nearly 30 combinations, are highlighted by quality imported ingredients -not to mention a healthy imagination, as the zucca gialla attests: pumpkin cream, pancetta, smoked scamorza cheese. $ Porketta43 NE 3rd Ave., 305-372-0034Warm, juicy, served with succulent pieces of crisp crackling, herbstuffed Italian porchetta (pronounced porketta) roast, at its best, is hard to find even in much of Italy except during festivals. But every day is a festival here, where the real thing (not the dry deli-style pork roll slices that often pass for porchetta) is featured on a plate with broccoli rabe and cannellinis; in the hefty Bombardino sandwich; or in three mini-sandwiches, convenient for sampling the places three sauces. Several salads and carpaccios placate porkophobes. $-$$PreludeAdrienne Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722Though the opening of Barton G.s elegant performing arts center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the foods actually more grown-up than at his original SoBe spot. The concept is prix fixe: Any three courses on the menu (meaning three entres if you want) for $39. Highlights include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horseradish/mustard and shallot olive oil dipping sauces; and over-the-top playhouse desserts, one with a luscious crme fraiche ice cream pop. $$$$Rajas Indian Cuisine33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551Despite its small size and dcor best described as none, this place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely found in Miamis basically north Indian restaurants. The steamtabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and chilis, both served with sambar and chutney. $$The River Oyster Bar650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915This casually cool jewel is a full-service seafood spot, as evidenced by tempting menu selections like soft-shell crabs with grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade. There are even a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes diners, like short ribs with macaroni and cheese. But oyster fans will find it difficult to resist stuffing themselves silly on the unusually large selection, especially since oysters are served both raw and cooked fire-roasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego. Theres also a thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on tap. $$$Rosa Mexicano900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experience thats haute in everything but price. Few entres top $20. The dcor is both date-worthy and family-friendly festive but not kitschy. And nonsophisticates neednt fear; though nachos arent available, there is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habanero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosas signature guacamole en molcajete, made tableside. A few pomegranate margaritas ensure no worries. $$$Scalina315 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-789-9933Comparisons between this new Tom Billante venture and the other (slightly pricier) Italian eatery in the same building are 40 NE 3rd Ave, Miami (305) 374-0177 and MORE! FISH DONE RIGHT! FISH DONE RIGHT! MARKET LUNCH DINNER AT HOME13488 Biscayne Blvd. PH: 786-732-3124 www.fishfishmiami.comSeafood more varied and fresh than any I have ever seen in Miami. 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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS inevitable, especially considering similarities like key personnel from NYCs Il Mulino, Mulino-style abundant free appetizers, and a power-dining crowd. But why focus on competitive nonsense when you can relax on the river-view terrace enjoying chef Enrico Giraldos specialties, including an elaborate take on Venices famed fegato (calfs liver and onions), upscaled with Lucanica sausage and a balsamic reduction. Or maybe an even more evocative Roman ice cream tartufo? Mangia! $$$$Soya & Pomodoro120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511Life is complicated. Food should be simple. Thats owner Armando Alfanos philosophy, which is stated above the entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery. And since its also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano hails from Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisticated Italian entres. There are salads and sandwiches, too. The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-air courtyard. Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to accompany local musicians and artists. $-$$Sparkys Roadside Restaurant & Bar204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877This cowboy-cute eaterys chefs/owners (one CIA-trained, both BBQ fanatics nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional purism, instead utilizing a hickory/apple-wood-stoked rotisserie smoker to turn out their personalized style of slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion: ribs, chopped pork, brisket, and chicken. Diners can customize their orders with mix-and-match housemade sauces: sweet/tangy tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/mustard, pan-Asian hoisin with lemongrass and ginger, tropical guava/habanero. Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much higher-priced barbecue outfits. $-$$ Stanzione 8787 SW 8th St., 305-606-7370 Though Neopolitan-style pizza isnt the rarity it was here a decade ago, this is Miamis only pizzeria certified authentic by Italys Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. This means following stringent rules regarding oven (wood-fired), baking time (90 seconds maximum, here closer to 50), tomatoes (imported San Marzano), olive oil (extra-virgin), even flour (tipo 00, for bubbly-light crusts). Toppings do exceed the three original choices served in 19th-century Naples, but pies like the Limone (fresh mozzarella, pecorino, lemons, arugula, EVOO) prove some rules should be broken. $$Sushi Maki1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables will find many familiar favorites on this Brickell branchs menu. But the musthaves are some inventive new dishes introduced to honor the eaterys tenth anniversary and Miami multiculturalism: sushi tacos (fried gyoza skins with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso, chili-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. $$-$$$ SuViche49 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 entres, 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 chili sauce particularly), plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pretty wild. When was the last time you encountered a tempura-battered tuna, avocado, and scallion maki topped with Perus traditional potato garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$Temaris1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-836-2747In Japan, temaris are ornamented hand balls, used since the Seventh Century for sport and as good luck folk-art objects. At this Japanese/Latin hot spot, temaris are reinterpreted, both playfully and artfully, as beautiful, bite-size sushi balls (each about half the size of normal nigiri): vinegary rice topped with sliced raw fish or beef, plus nipples constructed from several of the eaterys dozen-and-a-half sauces. Fancier mini-balls feature fusion combinations like spicy tuna, almonds, and tobiko, or substitute crispy rice. Normal-size makis, small plates, and desserts are also fun. $$-$$$Tobacco Road626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone), gay bar, strip club. Previously all these, this gritty spot has been best known since 1982 as a venue for live music, primarily blues. But it also offers food from lunchtime to late night (on weekends till 4:00 a.m.). The kitchen is especially known for its chili, budgetpriced steaks, and burgers. Theres also surprisingly elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon aioli. A meatsmoker in back turns out tasty ribs. $$Top Burger109 NE 1st St., 305-379-3100Inside this better burger spot, dcor is so charmingly 1950s retro you almost expect to find the Fonz leaning on a jukebox. What you actually find: hand-formed, hormone-free, 100% Angus patties (or alternatives like veggie burgers, a lightlybreaded chicken Milanesa, and all-beef hot dogs) on toasted buns, with fresh-cut French or sweet potato fries. Welcome surprises include an assertively spicy/tangy BBQ-like secret sauce; prices that, while not 1950s level, rival those at junkfood joints; and old-school service -the kind that comes with a smile. $ Toro Toro100 Chopin Plaza, 305-372-4710Back before Miamis business district had any there there, the InterContinentals original restaurant was an executive lunch/ dinner destination mainly by default. This replacement, from restaurant empire-builder Richard Sandoval, brings downtown power dining into this decade. As the name suggests, you can go bullish with steakhouse fare, including an abbreviated (in variety, not quantity) rodizio experience. But the places strongest suit is its pan-Latin small plates -upscaled refinements of classic favorites: crisp corn arepas with short rib, guacamole, and crema fresca; fluffier cachapas pancakes with tomato jam; more. $$$-$$$$$ Trapiche Room1109 Brickell Ave., 305-329-3656With multiple Marriott hotels in Brickell and downtown, one of them housing high-profile db Bistro, its not surprising that this small, second-floor restaurant is something of a best kept secret. But it deserves discovery. Chef Maria Tobar hasnt Daniel Bouluds fame, but she does have classic European-type technical skills, combined with contemporary creativity that turns even ultimately old-fashioned items, like a pork/cabbage strudel, into 21st century fine-dining fare. Both dcor and service, similarly, are swelegant, not stuffy, and the rooms intimacy makes it a romantic spot for special occasions. $$$$Tre Italian Bistro270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303Bistro actually sounds too Old World for this cool hangout, from the owners of downtown old-timer La Loggia, but restolounge sounds too glitzy. Think of it as a neighborhood bistrolounge. The food is mostly modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian accents: a prosciuttoand-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese; gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/truffle aioli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce. But there are tomato-sauced meatballs with rigawt for Grandpa Vinnie, too. $$-$$$Trulucks Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale power-lunch/ dinner setting, most prices are quite affordable here, especially if you stick to the Miami Spice-priced date-dinner menu, or happy hour, when seafood items like crab-cake sliders are half price. Most impressive, though, are seasonal stone crabs (from Trulucks own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joes) and other seafood that, during several visits, never tasted less than impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restaurant rarities: informed and gracious service. $$$-$$$$Tuyo415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200Atop the revolutionary Miami Culinary Institute, this upscale eatery, unlike the caf downstairs, isnt student-run. Rather its designed to showcase school ideals -including sustainability as well as definitive Miami cuisine. The changing menu, from a culinary Dream Team headed by New World Cuisine inventor/MCI instructor Norman Van Aken (plus former protgs Jeffrey Brana and Travis Starwalt), mixes citrus-inflected creamy conch chowder and other pioneering signatures with new inventions like mind-reelingly multidimensional oyster pan stew, or tartare of tuna and burstingly ripe tomato topped with a delicate sous vide egg. $$$$$Wok Town119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993Judging from the takeout window, the minimalist dcor (with communal seating), and predominance of American veggies on the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned by Shai Ben-Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran) May initially seem akin to those airport Oriental steam tables. Wrong. Custom-cooked by Chinese chefs, starters (like soy/garlic-coated edamame), salads, and have-it-yourway stir-fries, fried rice, or noodle bowls burst with bold, fresh flavor. The proof: a startlingly savory miso beef salad, with sesame/ginger/ scallion dressing. Bubble tea, too! $$ Zuma270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San Pellegrinos list of the worlds best restaurants, and a similar menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates (robata-grilled items, sushi, much more) meant 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-inyour-mouth pork belly with yuzu/mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished tofu rocks. $$$$Midtown / Wynwood / Design District3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restaurants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of no hands. So its not surprising that most people concentrate on Chinese and Chinese/American fare. The real surprise is the remarkably tasty, budget-priced, Vietnamese fare. Try pho, 12 varieties of full-flavored beef/rice noodle soup (including our favorite, with well-done flank steak and flash-cooked eye round). All can be customized with sprouts and fresh herbs. Also impressive: Noodle combination plates with sauted meats, salad, and spring rolls. $$ B Sweet20 NE 41st St., 305-918-4453At this homey neighborhood jewel, located in a former apartment building, husband/wife team Tom Worhach and Karina Gimenez serve up warm welcomes and playfully inventive breakfast, lunch, and snack fare: bacon-wrapped egg and cheese cups; pressed Philly steak panini; an elegant yuzudressed smoked salmon, grapefruit, avocado, and arugula salad. But the must-eats are sweets, housemade by Worhach, formerly executive pastry chef at the Mansion at Turtle Creek and similar gourmet palaces. One bite of his decadent yet impossibly light white-and-dark chocolate mousse cake will hook you for life. $-$$ Basanis3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-925-0911Despite this tiny places modern dcor, the family-run ambiance and Italian-American comfort food evoke the neighborhood red-sauce joints that were our favored hangouts growing up in NJs Sopranos territory. And low prices make it possible to hang out here frequently. Pizzas with hand-tossed crusts, not wood-oven but resembling honest bread, for less than fast food pizzeria prices? Its an offer you dont refuse. Dont refuse garlic rolls, either, or sinful zeppole (fried dough) for dessert. Theres more complex fare, like chicken la Francese, too. And they deliver. $$Bengal2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976At this Indian eatery the dcor is cool and contemporary: muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy banquettes. And the menu touts Modern Indian Cuisine to match the look. Classicists, however, neednt worry. Americas favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here, though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and presented with modern flair. All meats are certified halal, Islams version of kosher which doesnt mean that observant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can. $$$


Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTSBest Friends4770 Biscayne Blvd., 786-439-3999On a restaurant-starved stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, this spot serves the same sort of simple but satisfying Italian fare (antipasti, soups, salads, pizzas) as its older sibling, South Miamis Blu Pizzeria, plus burgers. The thin-crust, pliable pizzas, though lacking burn blisters, are brick-oven cooked, as are blues, unusual calzones (like the blu oceano, fatly filled with mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, arugula, and fresh tomatoes). Hefty half-pound burgers come similarly stuffed rather than topped. A sheltered patio and full bar make the place a pleasant neighborhood lounge, too. $$ Bin No. 181800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575At this wine bar/caf, the dcor is a stylish mix of contemporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine barrels). Cuisine is similarly geared to the areas smart new residents: creative sandwiches and salads at lunch, tapas and larger internationally themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie platters at night. Though the place is small and family-run friendly, chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated snacks like the figciutto: arugula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto. Free parking behind the building. $$Bloom2751 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5443Miamis most innovative art district is the perfect setting for this hip hangout, whose mad-genius menu proves that food is indeed one of the creative arts. Reinvented Latin/Asian street foods from chef Ricky Sauri (ex-Nobu) include spicy Spam-topped rice cakes; tuna tartare in seaweed tacos; a reina pepiada arepa, whose traditional mild chicken filling is replaced by shredded duck, avocado, tangy-sweet tamarind sauce, and Japanese mayo; an especially elegant Korean bibimbap; a vegan shitake-pumpkin tamale with nutty, cheesy natto sauce. For liquid art aficionados: cocktails like the eye-popping Tequila Beets (featuring roasted beet juice). $$$Buena Vista Bistro 4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves supremely satisfying bistro food were within walking distance of every Miami resident, wed be a helluva hip food town. Like true Parisian bistros, its open continuously, every day, with prices so low that you can drop in anytime for authentic rillettes (a rustic pt) with a crusty baguette, steak with from-scratch frites, salmon atop ratatouille, or many changing blackboard specials. Portions are plentiful. So is free parking. $$Buena Vista Deli4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945At this casual caf/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bistros 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 pts, sinfully rich pork rillettes, superb salami, and other charcuterie classics) are irresistible, and a buttery-crusted, custardy quiche plus perfectly dressed salad costs little more than a fast-food combo meal. As for Postels homemade French sweets, if you grab the last Paris-Brest, a praline butter-cream-filled puff pastry, we may have to kill you. $-$$ The Butcher Shop165 NW 23rd St., 305-846-9120Unbelievable but true: At the heart of this festive, budget-friendly beergarden restaurant is an old-school gourmet butcher shop, where sau sages from classic (brats, chorizo) to creative (lamb and feta) are housemade, and all beef is certified USDA prime -rarely found at even fancy steakhouses. Take your selections home to cook, or better yet, eat them here, accompanied by intriguing Old/New World sauces, garnishes (like bleu cheese fritters), sides, and starters. Desserts include a bacon sundae. Beer? Try an organic brew, custom-crafted for the eatery. $$-$$$Cafeina297 NW 23rd St., 305-438-0792This elegantly comfortable multi-room indoor/outdoor venue is described as an art gallery/lounge, and some do come just for cocktails like the hefty caf con leche martinis. But dont overlook chef Guily Booths 12-item menu of very tasty tapas. The signature item is a truly jumbo-lump crab cake with no discernable binder. At one South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Martha Stewart proclaimed it the best shed ever had. Our own prime pick: melt-in-your-mouth ginger sea bass anticuchos, so butteryrich we nearly passed out with pleasure. $$ Catch Grill & Bar1633 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-536-6414A location within easy walking distance of the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, in the extensively renovated Marriott Biscayne Bay, makes this casual-chic eatery, whose specialty is local and sustainable seafood, a great option for pre-show bites. Then again, enjoying lures like sweet-glazed crispy shrimp with friends on the outdoor, bayfront terrace is entertainment enough. Its worth calling to ask if the daily catch is wreckfish, a sustainable local that tastes like a cross between grouper and sea bass. Bonus: With validation, valet parking is free. $$$-$$$$ Cerviceria 100 Montaditos3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373Student budget prices, indeed. A first-graders allowance would cover a meal at this first U.S. branch of a popular Spanish chain. The 100 mini sandwiches (on crusty, olive oil-drizzled baguettes) vary from $1 to $2.50, depending not on ingredient quality but complexity. A buck scores genuine Serrano ham, while top-ticket fillings add imported Iberico cheese, pulled pork, and tomato to the cured-ham slivers. Other options revolve around pts, smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff. Theres cheap draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks. $$City Hall the Restaurant2004 Biscayne Blvd. 305-764-3130After 30+ years spent guiding other owners restaurants to success, Miami Spice program creator Steve Haas has opened his own expansive, two-floor place, on a stretch of Biscayne Boulevard thats suddenly looking fashionable. The vibe is a mix of power-dining destination and comfie neighborhood hangout, and chef Tom Azar (ex-Emerils) has designed a varied menu to match. Highlights: an astonishingly thin/crunchy-crusted pizza topped with duck confit, wild mushrooms, port wine syrup, and subtly truffled bchamel; crispy calamari (rings and legs) with light, lemony tomato emulsion; and tuna tartar that is refreshingly free of sesame oil. Big portions and a full bar to boot. $$-$$$$The Cheese Course3451 NE 1st Ave. 786-220-6681Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with complimentary prepared foods, this places self-service caf component nevertheless became an instant hit. Impeccable ingredients and inspired combinations make even the simplest salads and sandwiches unique -like bacon and egg, elevated by hand-crafted cream cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado, and chipotle Mayo. Cheese platters are exceptional, and customized for flavor preference from mild to bold, and accompanied by appropriate fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, prepared spreads, and breads. $$Crumb on Parchment3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-9444Though located in a difficult spot (the Melin Buildings central atrium, invisible from the street), Michelle Bernsteins bakery/caf packs em in, partly due to Bernsteins mom Martha, who makes irresistible old-school cakes: German chocolate with walnuts, lemon curd with buttercream frosting, more. Lunch fare includes inspired sandwiches like seared rare tuna with spicy Asian pickles and kimchi aioli. And for morning people, the savory chicken sausage, melted cheddar, kale, and shallot sandwich on challah will convince you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. $-$$ The Cypress Room3620 NE 2nd Ave., 305-520-5197Deer and boar heads on wood-paneled walls juxtapose with crystal chandeliers at this tiny fourth restaurant in Michael Schwartzs burgeoning empire, evoking feelings of dining in a century-old millionaires hunting lodge -in miniature. Many dishes are similarly fun fantasies of 1920s Florida fine dining, pairing yesteryears rustic proteins (including wild game) and veggies with preparations that are ultimately refined interpretations of the past: antelope/wild mushroom gnocchi; French onion soup with a sort of gruyere tuile float instead of the usual gooey melt, served on a lacy doily. Dont miss the royal red shrimp, or Hedy Goldsmiths desserts. $$$$$ Daily Melt3401 N. Miami Ave. #123, 305-573-0101Masterminded by Chef Allen Susser, the concept is to bring diners the comfort of homemade grilled cheese -like moms, if mom hadnt usually burned the bread and improperly melted the cheese. The Melts custom grill press browns/melts sandwiches perfectly every time. Additionally, Susser tested numerous all-American cheeses (no imports or artisanal products) for gooey goodness. Mom probably also didnt create combinations like cheddar with green apples and Virginia ham, or allow a simple signature grilled American cheese to be dressed up with truffle butter. Accompaniments include roasted tomato soup, chopped salads, and sweet melts like smores. $The Daily Creative Food Co.2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535While the food formula of this contemporary caf 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. $El Bajareque278 NW 36th St., 305-576-5170Dozens of little Latin American eateries, all looking almost identically iffy, line 36th Street. But this family-owned bajareque (shack) is one where you definitely want to stop for some of Miamis most tasty, and inexpensive, Puerto Rican home cooking, from mondongo (an allegedly hangover-curing soup) to mofongo, a plantain/chicharron mash with varied toppings plus garlicky mojo. Housemade snacks are irresistible, too, and great take-out party fare: pork-studded pasteles, similar to Cuban tamals but with a tuber rather than corn masa dough, or empanadas with savory shrimp stuffing. $ Egg & Dart4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-431-1022While co-owners Costa Grillas (from Marias, a Coral Gables staple) and Niko Theodorou (whose family members have several Greek islands restaurants) describe their cuisine as rustic Greek, there is surprising sophistication in some dishes: an especially delicate taramasalata (cod roe dip); precisely crispfried smelts (like a freshwater sardine); galactobourico, an often heavy and cloyingly vanilla-saturated dessert, here custardy and enlivened by orange flavor. Extensive lists of mezze (snacks) and creative cocktails make the expansive, invitingly decorated space ideal for large gatherings of friends who enjoy sharing. $$$ The Embassy4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-8446Dont come to this embassy for passports. The name is short for Embassy of Well-being and Debauchery. You will, however, feel transported to Spains gourmet capital, San Sebastian, after sampling ambassador Alan Hughess cunning pintxos (complexly layered Basque-style tapas). From a self-serve bar, choose from a changing selection of skewered stacks; brie, homemade fig jam, and twizzles of silky jamon Serrano; roast tomato, goat cheese, and anchovies on buttery garlic toast; many more. Small plates, to-die-for desserts like floating island with lychees, and weekend brunch items demonstrate similar mad-chef skills. $$-$$$ Georges Kitchen & The Loft3404 N. Miami Ave., 305-438-9199Veteran Miami restaurateur George-Eric Farge raises the sophistication bar at his new two-story restaurant/lounge. But the real star is Michelin-starred chef Steven Rojas, who combines French technique and personal creativity for dishes like Idiazabal cheese churros with romesco sauce, a green pea pot de crme jar with bacon marmalade (accompanied by butterfried baguette slices for spreading), soy-glazed hamachi crudo with ginger gelee, and caper-sprinkled short rib tartare, the meats richness cheekily upped by poached bone marrow and caviar. Brunch and lunch items are equally ingenious. $$$Gigi3470 N. Miami Ave., 305-573-1520As 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 McInnis (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


Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS pillowy-light roast pork-stuffed buns, and possibly the worlds best BLT, featuring Asian bun toast, thick pork belly slices rather than bacon, and housemade pickles. Theres $2 beer, too. $-$$ Harrys Pizzeria3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key components from Michaels Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east -local/ sustainable produce and artisan products; wood-oven cooking; homemade everything (including the ketchup accompanying crispoutside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995 Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo). Beautifully blistered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margheritas to pies with house-smoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful -fruity, not funky -Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings. Rounding things out: simple but inge nious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and Florida craft beers. $$Hurricane Grill & Wings Shops at Midtown MiamiBuena Vista Avenue, 305-576-7133This 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 boneless wings, really wing-shaped chicken breast pieces), accompanied by ranch or classic bluecheese 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? $$ Jean Pauls House2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-7373Jean Paul Desmaison, original chef/co-owner of La Cofradia in Coral Gables, has chosen a decidedly less tony, more transitional neighborhood for this venture. But inside his renovated bungalow, ambiance is stylishly cozy, and the creative contemporary North/South American fusion cuisine is as elegant as ever. Best bets are dishes influenced by Desmaisons native Peru, including crispy pork belly braised in pisco with silky sweet potato pure, and a beautifully balanced nikkei (Japanese/Peruvian) salmon sashimi that does the impossible: tame leche de tigre, Perus infamous tigers milk marinade. $$$-$$$$ Jimmyz Kitchen2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miamis best classic Puerto Rican mofongo (fried green plantains mashed with fresh garlic, olive oil, and pork cracklings, surrounded by chicken or shrimp in zesty criollo sauce). This new location is bigger and better than the original, plus the mofongo is served every day, not just on weekends. But dont ignore the meal-size salads or high-quality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provolone, and caramelized onions. $$Joeys Italian Caf2506 NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Caf District, this stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as one would hope and as affordable. Theres a five-buck half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vino for under $30. And few can resist delicately thin, crunchy-crusted pizzas like the cre ative Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic Carbonara. Pastas are fresh; produce is largely local; the mosaic-centered dcor is minimalist but inviting. And no need to be wary of the warehouse district at night: Valet parking is free. $$-$$$Kouzina Greek Bistro3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-392-1825Across the tracks from Midtown Miami, this hidden-by-hedges spot features a patio with authentically festive ambiance and food by Alexia Apostolidi, also authentically Greek but known to locals for her critically acclaimed fare at defunct Ariston. The menu includes many mezes, both traditional (like tsatziki and eggplant spreads) and unusual (bacalao croquettes with garlic pure and roasted beet coulis; sesame-sprinkled manouri cheese envelopes), plus limited entres highlighted by cheese/herb-crusted lamb at dinner and lunchtimes lamb pita wrap. Dont miss the semolina pure side -heavenly Greek cheese grits. $-$$$La Provence2200 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-8002(See Brickell / Downtown listing.)Lagniappe3425 NE 2nd. Ave., 305-576-0108In New Orleans, lagniappe means a little extra, like the 13th doughnut in a bakers dozen. And thats what you get at this combination wine and cheese bar/backyard BBQ/ entertainment venue. Choose artisan cheeses and charcuterie from the fridges, hand them over when you pay (very little), and theyll be plated with extras: olives, bread, changing luscious condiments. Or grab fish, chicken, veggies, or steak (with salad or cornbread) from the hidden yards grill. Relax in the comfie mismatched furniture, over extensive wine/beer choices and laidback live music. No cover, no attitude. $$ Lemoni Caf4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/salads/starters primer. What it doesnt convey is the freshness of the ingredients and the care that goes into their use. Entre-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 respectable Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-tasting light salad cream. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican GrillShops at Midtown Miami Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit, as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Limn y Sabor3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now light and open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with seafood a specialty. Portions are huge, prices low, quality high. Especially good are their versions of pescado a lo macho (fish fillet topped with mixed seafood in a creamy, zesty sauce); jalea (breaded and deep-fried fish, mixed seafood, and yuca, topped with onion/pepper/lime salsa), and yuca in hot yet fruity rocoto chili cream sauce. $$Lost & Found Saloon185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008Theres an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friendly Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-only breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its neighborhood. Its now open for dinner six nights a week, serving Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices. Dishes like pion 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. $Mandolin Aegean Bistro4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066Inside this converted 1940s homes blue-and-white dining room -or even more atmospherically, its tree-sheltered garden -diners feast on authentic rustic fare from both Greece and Turkey. Make a meal of multinational mezes: a Greek sampler of creamy tzatziki yogurt dip, smoky eggplant pure, and airy tarama caviar spread; and a Turkish sampler of hummus, fava pure, and rich tomato-walnut dip. The meze of mussels in lemony wine broth is, with Mandolins freshbaked flatbread, almost a full meal in itself. $$-$$$ MC Kitchen4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-9948Chef/co-owner Dena Marino calls MCs food modern Italian -neither an evocative description nor explanation for why this place is one of our towns hottest tickets. But tasting tells the tale. Marinos food incorporates her entire culinary background, from her Nonnas traditional Italian-American kitchen to a long stint in Michael Chiarellos famed contemporary Californian eatery Tra Vigne, with pronounced personal twists that make eating here uniquely exciting. Particularly definitive: lunchtimes piadenas, saladlike seasonal/regional ingredient combinations atop heavenly homemade flatbreads. Cocktails feature ingredients from zaatar to salmon roe. $$$-$$$$ Mercato4141 NE 2nd Ave., 786-332-3772Adjacent to Dena Marinos hot hangout MC Kitchen, the contemporary Italian chefs artisanal market and breakfast/lunch caf is for diners wanting a quicker (but not fast-food) sit-down meal, or inventive take-out. Pressed for time? Try a pressed sandwich like Marinos Italian Cubano (porchetta, prosciutto cotto, Swiss, pickles, and Dijon mustard dressing, on ciabatta). Along with hot or cold sandwiches, theres a wide variety of homemade breakfast pastries, breads, cookies, and fresh-baked quiches, plus salads and a daily-changing soup. Market items include exotic jams, craft beers, and Marinos private label EVOO. $-$$Mercadito Midtown3252 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0423Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge, festooned with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a bustling Mexican street market, just for the dangerously smooth margaritas. But the main must-haves here are tacos, encased in a rarity: genuinely madefrom-scratch corn tortillas, small but fatly-stuffed. Of 11 varieties, our favorite is the carnitas (juicy braised pork, spicy chili de arbol slaw, toasted peanuts). A close second: the hongos, intensely flavorful huitlacoche and wild mushrooms, with manchego and salsa verde -a reminder that vegetarian food need not be bland. $$-$$$Michaels Genuine Food and Drink130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented restaurant 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. Theres also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to encourage frequent visits. Michaels Genuine also features an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar. $$-$$$$Mikes at Venetia555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the Venetia condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular lunch and dinner hang-out for local journalists and others who appreciate honest cheap eats and drinks. Regulars know daily specials are the way to go. Depending on the day, fish, churrasco, or roast turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh. Big burgers and steak dinners are always good. A limited late-night menu provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3:00 a.m. $-$$Morgans Restaurant28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home, Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally influenced 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 Belgiums best; mouthwatering maple-basted bacon; miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and apricot/soy-glazed); even a voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich -defi nitely a dont ask, dont tell your cardiologist item. $$-$$$NoVe Kitchen & Bar1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000At NoVe, the restolounge at the Opera Tower condo in NoVe (new nickname for the bayfront neighborhood north of the Venetian Causeway), the food is East-West. Meaning you can get burgers, pasta, and so on, or try the inventive Asian small plates and sushi specialties Hiro Terada originated at his past posts, Doraku and Moshi Moshi: the Atlantis roll (tempura conch with asparagus, avo cado, scallions, and curry sauce); spicy, crunchy fried tofu atop kimchi salad; much more. Open 6:00 a.m. for breakfast to 3:00 a.m., it is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, too. $$-$$$Oak Tavern35 NE 40th St., 786-391-1818With a festively lantern-lit oak tree on the outdoor dining patio and stylishly playful lamps mimicking oaks inside, chef/restaurateur David Bracha of River Oyster Bar has transformed a previously cold space to warm. Food is equally inviting. The mostly small-plates seasonal menu roams the globe from supreme Vietnamese bahn mi (with pork belly and foie gras) to downhome buttermilk biscuits with bacon butter, and homemade charcuterie. If available, dont miss Hawaiian-inspired steelhead poke; substituting the salmonlike but more delicate trout for the usual tuna transports this crudo to heavenly heights. $$-$$$ Orange Caf + Art2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed caf are for sale. And for those who dont 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, fiocchi pouches filled with pears and cheese), and house-baked pastries. $ Palatino3004 NW 2nd Ave., 786-360-5200When longtime favorite Jamaican joint Clives fell victim to gentrification, few expected to find similarly skilled old-school Caribbean-American soul food in Wynwood again, especially not at old-school prices. But thats what this small, super-friendly mom-and-pop spot serves up: breakfasts like ackee and salt fish, fried dumpling and callaloo, or an egg/maple sausage/cheese grits combo; plates (with sides) of oxtails, curry goat, jerk chicken; richly crusted piquant chicken or meat patties that contend with Miamis best. Surprises include homemade pastries, and $1 ice cream cones in tropical flavors like soursop. $-$$ Pashas 3801 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-0201(See Brickell/Downtown listing)Pieducks3500 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5550(See Brickell / Downtown listing)Pride & Joy2800 N. Miami Ave., 305-456-9548Behind this Wynwood warehouse faade youll find pure Southern roadhouse, and the backyard patio is an even more relaxing place to kick back with beer, blues music, and barbe cue from pit master Myron Mixon. Oddly, considering Mixons many BBQ championships, the cue can be inconsistent. Our favorite choices: St. Louis ribs, tender without being falling-offthe bone overcooked, and enjoyably fattier than baby backs; vinegar-doused pulled pork sandwiches, which, unlike meat plates, come with sides -fries, plus slaw to pile on for added juice and crunch. $$$ Primos1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesnt 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 ranging from classic pepperoni to pro sciutto/arugula would be draw enough. But pastas also please: diners choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces and extras. And the price is right, with few entres topping $20. The capper: Its open past midnight every day but Sunday. $$Sakaya KitchenShops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue 305-576-8096This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an izakaya (in Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop). But why quibble about words with so many more intriguing things to wrap your mouth around? The concept takes on street-food favorites from all over Asia, housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients. French Culinary Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his menu, so wed advise immediately grabbing some crispy Korean chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns with sweet chili sauce and homemade pickles. $$ Sake Room 275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated dcor at this small but sleek restolounge. Among the seafood offerings, you wont find exotica or local catches, but all the usual sushi/ sashimi favorites, though in more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond standard soy spicy sriracha, 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. $$-$$$Salad Creations2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-5333At this fast-casual restaurant, diners can enjoy a wide variety ofchefcreated salads and wraps, or go the DIY route, choosing from one of four greens options; four dozen add-ons (fresh, dried, or pickled veggies and fruits, plus cheeses and slightly sinful pleasures like candied pecans or wonton strips); a protein (seafood or poultry); and two dozen dressings, ranging from classic (Thousand Island, bleu cheese) to cre ative contemporary (spicy Asian peanut, cucumber wasabi, blueberry pomegranate). Additionally, the place creates lovely catering platters, plus individual lunchboxes -perfect picnic or plane food. $-$$ Salumeria 1043451 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-424-9588In Italy, salumerias started, like American delicatessens, as shops selling salumi (cured meats), but evolved into the equivalent of eat-in deli/restaurants that also serve cold and hot pre pared foods. At this modern Midtown salumeria, the soups-to-salads-to-sweets range of fare is the same. Custom-sliced imported cold cuts are a main focus, especially for those who enjoy tastetesting a plate pairing Italys two most famous prosciuttos: Parma and San Daniele. But homemade pastas are also impressive, as are hard-to-find regional entres like fegato alla Veneziana, which will turn liver-haters into lovers. $$-$$$ Salsa Fiesta2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8245The first stateside offshoot of a popular Venezuelan mini chain, this urban Mexican grill serves health-conscious, made-freshdaily fare similar in concept to some fast-casual competitors. But there are indeed differences here, notably pan-Latin options: black beans as well as red; thin, delightfully crunchy tostones (available as a side or as the base for a uniquely tasty take on normal nachos). Other pluses include weekday happy hours with two-for-one beers -and free parking. $-$$ S & S Diner1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic diner. Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous breakfasts: corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs with grits; fluffy pancakes; homemade biscuits with gravy and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict. The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual suspects, but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the daily blackboard specials. $-$$Shokudo World Resource Caf 4740 NE 2nd Ave., 305-758-7782At its former Lincoln Road location, World Resources caf was better known for people-watching than for its standard sushi/


Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS Thai menu. But as the new name signals, this relocation is a reinvention. The indoor/outdoor space is charming, but creative takes on popular pan-Asian street foods are the real draw. Travel from Japan and Thailand through Korea, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, and beyond via light housemade momo, curried potato-stuffed Tibetan/Nepalese steamed dumplings; savory pulled pork buns with kimchi and crisped onions. Noodle dishes, hot or chilled, are especially appealing. $$-$$$ Soi Chinese Kitchen645 NW 20th St., 305-482-0238No chop suey. No kung pao anything, either. In fact, anything on Sois menu that sounds like something from a normal Chinese eatery wont be: char sui ribs come with delicate corn pancakes, wonton soup is kafir lime broth with a mushroom/ truffle-butter-stuffed ravioli, lo mein is housemade noodles with pork belly and sous vide 63-degree egg. Basically its contemporary Chinese fine dining fare similar in creativity and quality ingredients to ultra-upscale Hakkasans, but served by a tiny take-out joint (with a few patio tables and counter stools) at neighborhood prices. $$Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill3250 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0353This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln Roads SushiSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane lounges in NYC and Las Vegas, but more informal than the former and more food-oriented than the latter, as three kitchens -normal, raw bar, and robata charcoal grill -make clear. Chef Timon Balloos LatAsian small plates range from subtle orange/fennel-marinated salmon crudo to intensely smoky-rich short ribs. At the daily happy hour, select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple kimchi) are discounted. $$-$$$Time for Wine2200 NE 2nd Ave., 786-409-4898This wine store/tapas bar is a labor of love, in a stretch of Wynwood that still needs lots of love, from businessman David Taboada -who positively radiates enthusiasm for his hobby. Dont be discouraged by the car lots and other unscenic surroundings. The ambiance inside is as casually hip as the wine selection, priced astonishingly well (many bottles around $10$15). Consume on-premises for a mere $5 corkage fee, waived at happy hour. To accompany, there are housemade traditional tapas, panini, and charcuterie/cheese boards, plus one substantial daily-changing lunch special. $$Tony Chans Water Club1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-374-8888The dcor 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 traditional courses: crpe-wrapped crispy skin, meat sauted with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish. $$-$$$ Wine Vault MiamiShops at Midtown Miami Fountain Circle #105, 786-691-2000From a Wine Vault press release: Over 1300 square feet of pure decadence. In fact, the soaring, two-story space, complete with glass elevator, has a look that lives up to the hype. But the most decadent thing inside is a nibble from its tapas list: chocolatecovered bacon. Go ahead and make a meal of it. We grown-ups can eat what we want. More substantial plates to accompany the roughly four dozen wines, artisan beers, or cocktails include chorizo with new potatoes, and sweetly piquant piquillo peppers stuffed with shredded tuna. Happy-hour wine prices are so low wed better not mention them. $$-$$$ Wynwood Kitchen & Bar2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959The exterior is eye-popping enough, with murals from world-famous outdoor artists, but its the interior that grabs you. Colorful and exotic work by Shepard Fairey, Christian Awe, and other acclaimed artists makes it one of the most striking restaurant spaces anywhere. As for food, the original menu has been replaced with Spanish/Latin/Mediterranean-inspired favorites from chef Miguel Aguilar (formerly of Alma de Cuba): gazpacho or black bean soups; shredded chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro crema; grilled octopus skewers with tapenade; plus fingerling potato-cho rizo hash and other seasonal farm-to-table veg dishes. $$-$$$ Upper EastsideAndiamo5600 Biscayne Blvd. 305-762-5751With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past few years, its difficult to remember the dark days when this part of Mark Soykas 55th Street Station complex was mainland Miamis sole source of open-flame-cooked pies. But the pizzas still hold up against the newbie pack, especially since exec chef Frank Crupi has upped the ante with unique-to-Miami offerings like a white (tomato-free) New Haven clam pie. Also available: salads, panini, and a tasty meatball appetizer with ricotta. Theres a respectable wine and beer list, too. $$Balans Biscayne6789 Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191It took longer than expected, but this Brit imports third Miami venue finally opened, and rather quietly -which has an upside. Its easier to get a table here (and to park, thanks to the free lot on 68th Street) than at Lincoln Road or Brickell. This, along with the venues relatively large, open-to-the-street outdoor area, contributes to a more relaxed, neighborhood-focused vibe. The fun menu of global comfort food is the same (ranging from a creamy-centered cheese souffl through savory Asian potstickers and, at breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes) and prepared as reliably well. $$-$$$Blue Collar6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0366Like its predecessor in this space (Michael Bloises American Noodle Bar), this working-class-themed eatery is helmed by a former fine-dining chef, Daniel Serfer, a Chef Allens vet who now crafts casual, creative fare at prices all can afford. Dishes are eclectic. The roughly dozen veggie dishes alone range from curried cauliflower pure to maduros to bleu cheese roasted asparagus. Shrimp and grits compete with any in Charleston; pork and beans, topped with a perfectly runny fried egg, beats Bostons best. $-$$Boteco916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar. Especially bustling on nights featuring live music, its even more fun on Sundays, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal fair and the menu includes Brazils national dish, feijoada, a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats. But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like pasteis to hefty Brazilian entres, is also appealing and budget-priced. $$DeVitas7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8282This Italian/Argentine pizzeria, housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy patio, covers multicultural bases. If the Old World Rucola pizza (a classic Margherita topped with arugula, prosciutto, and shredded parmesan) doesnt do the trick, the New World Especial (a Latin pie with hearts of palm and boiled eggs) just might. Also available are pastas, salads, sandwiches, dinner entres (eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad), and desserts (tiramisu or flan). $ Dogma Grill7030 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-3433Since Frankie and Priscilla Crupi took over this hot dog stand, the menu has changed significantly, with some items eliminated (any vegetarian hot dogs, salads, chichi toppings like avocado). But choices have expanded to include new dog choices (brats, Italian sausage, more) plus burgers and other classic eastern U.S. regional urban street foods: New England lobster rolls, New Orleans poboys, Jersey shore cheese Taylors (pork roll), Baltimore crab cake sandwiches, and naturally, Phillys of all sorts -cheese steak and beyond. $-$$ East Side Pizza731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351Minestrone, sure. But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger soup? Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer entres like spaghetti and meatballs, but East Side also has pumpkin ravioli in brown butter/sage sauce, wild mushroom ravioli, and other surprisingly upscale choices, including imported Peroni beer. As for the pizza, they are classic pies, available whole or by the slice, made with fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande mozzarella (considered the top American pizza cheese). Best seating for eating is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables. $Fiorito5555 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-2899While owners Max and Cristian Alvarezs description of their eatery as a little Argentinean shack is as charming as the brothers themselves, it conveys neither the places cool warmth nor the foods exciting elegance. Dishes are authentically Argentine, but far from standard steakhouse stuff. Chef Cristians background at popular pop-up The Dining Room becomes instantly understandable in dishes like orange and herb-scented lechon confit (with pumpkin mash, pickled cabbage salad, and Dijon mojo) or sopa de calabaza, derived from Argentinas peasant stew locro, but here a refined, creamy soup. Many more surprises -even steaks. $$-$$$ The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-9559At the Fed, expect what locals know to expect from sommelier/ chef team Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata, whose previous restaurant concepts have included Blue Piano (gourmet stoner snacks) and Vietnamese pop-up Phuc Yea. That is, expect the unexpected. The Fed is an updated tavern featuring creative, from-scratch takes on traditional American regional dishes: flaky Southern biscuits with sausage gravy (and crisp-coated sweetbreads, if desired); Northeastern-inspired pig wings (pork drummettes with homemade Buffalo sauce, blue cheese mousse, and pickled veggies). Desserts, from third partner Alejandro Ortiz, include sinful sticky buns. $$-$$$ Garden of Eatin136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050Housed in a yellow building thats 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. $Go To Sushi5140 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-0914This friendly, family-run Japanese fast-food eatery offers original surprises like the Caribbean roll (a festively green parsley-coated maki stuffed with crispy fried shrimp, avocado, sweet plantain, and spicy Mayo), or a wonderfully healthful sesame-seasoned chicken soup with 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. $Iron Side Caf7600 NE 4th Ct., 305-759-0551Located in the Little River business (meaning warehouse) district, inside an art complex that looks like just another factory, this eatery is easy to miss. But it shouldnt be missed. Both the cozy interior and more expansive terrace provide picturesque settings for artfully plated, seriously organic and locally sourced fare from Nuno Grullon, original exec chef at Metro Organic Bistro. Particularly recommended: tuna tartare with a unique spicy lemon dressing; ossa buco featuring flavorful grass-fed beef from Gaucho Ranch right down the road. Saturday BBQ/gallery nights are especially hip. $$-$$$Jimmys East Side Diner7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most important American diner tradition: breakfast at any hour. And now that the place is open for dinner, you can indulge your breakfast cravings for several more hours. There are blueberry hot cakes and pecan waffles; eggs any style, including omelets and open-face frittatas;


Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS and a full range of sides: biscuits and sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal. And dont forget traditional diner entres like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver and onions, plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken soup. $-$$La Cigale7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014Bistro can mean almost anything these days, but with owners who are a husband/wife team recently arrived from Marseille, its not surprising that this neighborhood wine bistro is the classic kind found in France -a home away from home where the contemporary but cozy space is matched by the southern French comfort food coming from the open kitchen. Drop in for drinks and snacks such as artisan cheeses and charcuterie, or enjoy full meals ranging from classic (wine-poached mussels; a boldly sauced steak/ frites) to creative (Parma ham-wrapped tuna loin). $$-$$$ Lo De Lea7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-456-3218 In Casa Toscanas former space, this cute, contemporary parillada is proof that you can have an Argentinean meal and a cholesterol test in the same month. While traditional parillada dishes are tasty, theyre meat/fat-heavy, basically heaps of grilled beef. Here the grill is also used for vegetables (an unusually imaginative assortment, including bok choi, endive, and fennel), two of which are paired with your protein of choice. You can indulge in a mouthwateringly succulent vacio (flank steak), and walk out without feeling like youre the cow. $$-$$$Magnum Lounge709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368Its a restaurant. Its a lounge. But its decidedly not a typical Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami. Forbidding from the outside, on the inside its like a time-trip to a cabaret in pre-WWII Berlin: bordello-red dcor, romantically dim lighting, show-tune live piano bar entertainment, and to match the ambiance, elegantly updated retro food served with style and a smile. For those feeling flush, home-style fried chicken is just like mom used to make in her wildest dreams. $$$Metro Organic Bistro 7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756 Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant: Metro Organic Bistro, an all-organic fine-dining restaurant where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural flavors. An entirely new menu places emphasis on grilled organic meat and fish dishes. Try the steak frites organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic chimichurri and fresh-cut fries. Vegetarians will love the organic portabella foccacia. Dine either inside the architect-designed restaurant or outdoors on the patio. Beer and wine. $-$$$ Michys6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001Dont even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef rsum, not to mention regular Food Network appearances, opened a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from fully gentrified neighborhood. Just be glad she did, as you dine on white almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue cheese croquetas. Though most full entres also come in half-size portions (at almost halved prices), the tab can add up fast. The star herself is usually in the kitchen. Parking in the rear off 69th Street. $$$-$$$$ Mi Vida Caf7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan caf, culinary-school-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma produces purist produce-oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like spar kling-fresh salads and smoothies, plus more technique-intensive mock meat or cheese items, based on soy proteins, that satisfy even confirmed carnivores. Particularly impressive on the regular menu: a superior Sloppy Joe made with mushroom confit, braised homemade seitan, spinach, and rich almond romescu sauce; and cannelloni de verdura, homemade crepes stuffed with spinach and cashew ricotta. Do check the daily specials, too. $$-$$$Moonchine7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian bistro serves fare from three nations: Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Menus are also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad Thai and East/West fusion creations like the Vampire sushi roll (shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic). But it also carves out its own identity with original creations, including yellow curry-spiced fried rice. Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat, and calories. A large rear patio is inviting for dining and entertainment. $$-$$$Moshi Moshi 7232 Biscayne Blvd., 786-220-9404This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshi is a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese tapas bar). Even more striking than the hip dcor is the foods unusually upscale quality. Sushi ranges from pristine individual nigiri to over-the-top maki rolls. Tapas are intriguing, like arabiki sausage, a sweetsavory pork fingerling frank; rarely found in restaurants even in Japan, theyre popular Japanese home-cooking items. And ricebased plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites. $-$$$News Lounge5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932Mark Soykas 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 many feel is the original cafs Greatest Hit: creamy hummus with warm pita. $Ni.Do. Caffe & Mozzarella Bar7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-960-7022Dont let this little cafs easily overlooked strip-mall location, or its informal interior, fool you. The warm welcome is authentically Italian, as are cleverly crafted antipasti, simple but full-flavored pastas, and homemade pastries (from rosemary breadsticks to fruit-topped dessert tortas) that will transport your taste buds to Tuscany. And the housemade mozzarella or burrata cheeses -truly milk elevated to royalty -will transport you to heaven. A small market area provides Italian staples, plus superb salumi and the magnificent mozz, to go. $$-$$$Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanating from a new outdoor biergarten, this German restaurant is owner Alex Richters one-man gentrification project, transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one pils at a time. The fare includes housemade sausages (mild veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup; savory yet near-greaseless potato pancakes; and, naturally, schnitzels, a choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties served with a half-dozen different sauces. $$-$$$Siam Rice7941 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-0516Youll find all the familiar favorite Thai and Japanese items here, and prices for curries and noodle dishes (all customizable regarding choice of protein, preparation, and heat level) are especially good at lunch. But dont overlook somewhat pricier specialties like a deep-fried yet near-greaseless boneless half duck with veggies in red curry sauce. Theres also an unusually extensive list of salads, some with inventive fusion touches, like a grilled shrimp/ soba salad featuring traditional Thai flavors (sriracha chiles, fish sauce, lime) and Japanese green tea noodles. $-$$$ Soyka5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited with sparking the Upper Eastsides revival. But the 2010 arrival of three Joe Allen veterans as executive chef, pastry chef, and sommelier signaled a culinary revival for the restolounge, always a neighborhood focal point, now more food-focused. The contemporary comfort food menu ranges from fun small plates (deviled eggs with smoked salmon and dill, crisp-fried fiocchi pockets with gorgonzola sauce, oysters Rockefeller) to heftier items like burgers and steak au poivre. And dont miss the sticky date/toffee pudding. $$-$$$ Sushi Siam5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selection of Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few surprises, such as a unique lobster maki thats admittedly huge in price ($25.95), but also in size: six ounces of crisp-fried lobster chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, lettuce, tobiko (flying fish), masago (smelt) roes, and special sauces. Thai dishes come with a choice of more than a dozen sauces, ranging from traditional red or green curries to the inventive, such as an unconventional honey sauce. $$$Sweet Saloon7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999At this dessert/snack/cocktail bar, from the owner of Moonchine, youll find live and DJ entertainment, too, from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.-assuming you can find the place, that is. Its above the pan-Asian eatery, up a hidden back staircase. Asian savory snacks include dumplings, edamame, krab rangoons, satays. Desserts range from homey American (NY cheesecake, mini cupcakes) to continental (strawberries melba, housemade Belgian waffles, a shareable chocolate fondue/fruit platter). Actually, some cocktails double as desserts (a Godiva dark chocolate martini) or Asian savories (infu sion jars of Stoli and lemongrass). $$Uvas6900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022Formerly UVA 69, this casual-chic caf/lounge, a MiMo neighborhood pioneer, has changed its name and original owners, but remains an all-day-to-late-night hangout. And menu strong points also remain, from fresh-baked pastries and breads to elegant cross-cultural sandwiches (particularly two Latin-inspired upgrades: a classic Cuban with French ham, cornichons, and a baguette; and la minuta, a beer-battered fish fillet on focaccia with cilantro aioli). Whether diners opt for full entres or make a meal of small plates, the subtle global blending makes fusion make sense. $$-$$$Yiyas Gourmet Cuban Bakery646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most welcoming caf, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo (who coowns the place with attorney Abbie Cuellar) that are homemade right down to the herbs grown on the bakerys window sills. Bernardos pan con lechon sandwiches and flaky-crusted Cuban pastries are legend. But she also crafts treats not found at aver age Cuban bakeries, like pizzas using housemade Indian naan bread. Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats produced by a few friends: candies, cupcakes, and exotically flavored flans. $ Oggis Caffe1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budget-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$Paprika1624 NE 79th St., 305-397-8777 This exotically decorated restaurant, serving Mediterranean cuisine from North Africa and the Middle East, has several unusual features, including Friday-night belly dancing and a hookah lounge. Food menus also feature appealing, unusual choices (zaatar-spiced seared lamb loin carpaccio with chickpea pure; stuffed boureka puff pastries; mussels in creamy saffron sauce) along with familiar hummus, kabobs, more. Lunchtime sandwich standout: merguez (intensely spiced lamb sausage) with tzatziki, hummus, salad, and fiery harissa sauce, on fresh pita. $$-$$$ Sabor Latin Restaurant & Cafe1880 79th St. Cswy., 305-741-2020This family-run restaurant serves big portions of homey traditional food from several Latin American countries, including Cuba (pan con bistec, ropa vieja), Mexico (nachos, tacos, quesadillas), and Peru (lomo saltado). But the specialty is Colombian classics, from snacks like empanadas to a bandeja paisa combo (grilled steak, chorizo, a gargantuan crispy chicharron strip, fried egg, arepa, plantains, beans, rice). Particularly recommended: daily specials including two meal-in-a-bowl chicken soups, ajiaco, and sancocho. If youve wondered about the much-debated difference, heres where to test the taste. $-$$Sushi Siam1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)


Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS Caf Prima Pasta 414 71st St., 305-867-0106Who says old dogs cant learn new tricks? Opened in 1993 (with 28 seats), the Cea familys now-sprawling trattoria has added inventive chef Carlos Belon and modern menu items, including fiocchi rapera (pear/cheese-filled pasta purses with truffled prosciutto cream sauce), an unlikely (soy sauce and parmesan cheese?) but luscious Italian/Japanese fusion tuna carpaccio, and fresh-fruit sorbets. But traditionalists neednt worry. All the old favorites, from the cafs famed beef carpaccio to eggplant parm and pastas sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence, are still here and still satisfying. $$$-$$$$ Lous Beer Garden7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879Beer garden conjures up an image of Bavarian bratwurst, lederhosen, and oompah bands -none of which youll find here. Its actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotels pool-patio area, a locals hangout with interesting eclectic fare and a perennial party atmosphere. Especially recommended: delicately pan-fried mini-crab cakes served with several housemade sauces; hefty bleu cheese burgers with Belgian-style double-cooked fries; blackened angry shrimp with sweet/sour sauce; fried fresh sardines. And of course much beer, a changing list of craft brews. $$-$$$Tamarind Thai 946 Normandy Dr., 305-861-6222When an eaterys executive chef is best-selling Thai cookbook author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, youd expect major media hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy SoBe address. Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day Longsomboon (an old Thai school pal whod moved to Miami) at this unpretentious, authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place. Some standout dishes here are featured in the chefs latest tome, but with Tamarinds very affordable prices, you might as well let the mans impeccably trained kitchen staff do the work for you. $$-$$$ Cte Gourmet9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel. The menu is mostly simple stuff: breakfast croissants, crpe, soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more substantial specials like a Tunisian-style brik (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes) with a mesclun side salad. But everything is homemade, including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingredients, classic French technique, and meticulous attention to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold together the cafs baguette sandwiches. $-$$ Iron Sushi 9432 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-0311With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branches 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 isnt any. But when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies know their fish, tout the seafoods 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? $-$$ Miami Shores Country Club10000 Biscayne Blvd., 305-795-2363Formerly members-only, the restaurant/lounge facilities of this classy 1939 club are now open to the public always, lunch and dinner. Not surprisingly, ambiance is retro and relaxed, with golf course views from both bar and indoor/outdoor dining room. The surprise is the food some classic (steaks, club sandwiches) but other dishes quite contemporary: an Asian ahi tuna tower; a lavish candied-walnut, poached-pear, grilled chicken salad; and fresh pasta specials. Prices are phenomenal, with dinner entres $9 to $17; drinks average $3 to $4. $$ PizzaFiore9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-1924Owned by Arcoub Abderrahim, who opened South Beachs original PizzaFiore way back in 1996, this caf serves the kind of nostalgic, medium-thin crusted, oozing-with-gooeycheese pizzas reminiscent of our childhood pies in northern NJ Sopranos territory, except now there are options for todays toppings -sundried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, etc. But theres also a full menu of Italian-American classics, including antipasto salads, subs, and particularly popular, pastas. Garlic rolls are a must, but we didnt have to tell you that. $-$$ Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.13130 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4254When people speak of the West Coast as the USAs quality coffeehouse pioneer territory, theyre thinking Seattle -and then south through coastal California. North to Alaska? Not so much. But owner Michael Gesser did indeed open this hip places parent in Fairbanks back in 1993, after years of traveling through every coffeegrowing country in the world. Brews like signature smooth yet exotic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe dont even need cream or sugar, much less frappe frou-frou. All beans are house-roasted. Theres solid food, too: brick-oven pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. $-$$ Bagel Bar East1990 NE 123rd St., 305-895-7022Crusty outside (even without toasting) and substantially chewy inside, the bagels here are the sort homesick ex-New Yorkers always moan are impossible to find in Miami. For those who prefer puffed-up, pillowy bagels? Forget it. Have a nice onion pocket. Theres also a full menu of authentic Jewish deli specialties, including especially delicious, custom-cut -not pre-sliced -nova or lox. Super size sandwiches easily serve two, and theyll even improvise a real NJ Sloppy Joe (two meats, Swiss, coleslaw, and Russian dressing on rye) if you ask nice. $$Bagels & Co.11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels, one cant actually buy a gun here. The nickname refers to its location next to a firearms shop. But theres a lot of other stuff aside from bagels here, including a full range of sandwiches and wraps. Breakfast time is busy time, with banana-walnut pancakes especially popular. But whats most important is that this is one of the areas few sources of the real, New York-style water bagel: crunchy outside, challengingly chewy inside. $Bulldog Barbecue/Bulldog Burger15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655These adjacent restaurants are really one place with two dining areas, since they connect and diners can order from either menu. They also share a BBQ/burger master: Top Chef contender Howie Kleinberg, whose indoor electric smoker produces mild-tasting cue ranging from the expected pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken to more unusual items like hot-smoked salmon. As for burgers, many feature unique ingredients such as mayo flavored like redeye gravy, with strong coffee, or the bun of the infamous Luther: a sweet-glazed mock (holeless) Krispy Kreme donut. Costs are comparatively high, but such is the price of fame. $$-$$$Cane Sucre899 NE 125th St.,305-891-0123From the Vega brothers (who pioneered the Design and MiMo districts with, respectively, the original Cane A Sucre and UVA 69), this charming artisanal sandwich bar is the perfect breakfast/ lunch stop before or after ingesting visual arts at nearby MOMA. Actually, creations like El Fig (fig confit, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts, and honey on an authentically French crisp-crusted freshbaked baguette) are art in their own right. Inventive, substantial salads, sides, daily soups, and homemade sweets (including mouthwateringly buttery croissants) complete the menu. $-$$ Captain Jims Seafood12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812This 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 Hansons own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants. Now theres a casual but pleasantly nautical side dining room with booths. Whether its garlicky scampi, smokedfish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-priced. $$ Caminito Way1960 NE 123rd St., 305-893-8322Open since 1999, this bakery-caf is particularly known for its European-influenced homemade Argentine pastries. So come early to pick from the widest variety of savory empanadas (plumply stuffed and admirably delicate -no leaden crusts here) or sweet facturas (Argentinas most popular breakfast items). They sell out fast. What some might not know is that despite its small size, Caminitos also crafts tasty big food: elaborate salads; hefty baguette sandwiches, like choripan sausage with chimichurri; pastas; major meat or poultry entres. For lighter lunches, try tartas (quiches), also perfect party food. $-$$Casa Mia Trattoria 1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770Tucked 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 beggars purses stuffed with pears and cheese. $$Chen-huyae15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must. But the specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine. So why blow bucks on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexicos most typical dish: cochinita pibil? Chens authentically succulent version of the pickle-onion-topped marinated pork dish is earthily aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap. To accompany, try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also authentically Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to dark beer. $$-$$$Evios Pizza & Grill12600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-899-7699Family-owned and operated, this indoor/outdoor pizzeria is also family-friendly, right down to the size of its NY-style pies (sold whole or by the slice), which range from large to roughly the diameter of a ferris wheel. And toppings, ranging from meat-lovers to veggie-loaded, are applied with awe-inspiring abundance. Since tastes do vary, the menu also includes a cornucopia of other crowd-pleasers: burgers (including turkey with a unique mustard-spiked cranberry sauce), entre-size salads, burritos or quesadillas, wings, hot or cold subs and succulent self-basted lamb/beef gyros with tzatziki. $ Fish Fish13488 Biscayne Blvd., 786-732-3124Heres what makes this elegantly warm restolounge and seafood market not just an irresistible neighborhood draw but a worththe-drive dining destination: Both local and cold-water fish and shellfish, including stone crab and lobster from owners Melvyn Franks and Rebecca Nachlass own Florida Keys plant, that are always fresh, never frozen (except some shrimp). For home cooks, the market offers all delivered-daily catches on the menu. But dont miss chef Oscar Quezadas simple and perfect preparations, including lightly battered, crispy tempura shrimp; sophisticated fish and chips (featuring Atlantic cod, not cheapo fish); bracing ceviches; and, for carnivores, shepherds pie topped with ethereal whipped potatoes. $$-$$$$Flip Burger Bar1699 NE 123rd St.,305-741-3547 Casual-chic burger bars, everywhere in South Beach, are still rare farther north. One reason this easy-to-miss venue is a must-notmiss for North Miami locals: The hefty half-pounders on fresh brioche buns include a scrumptious patty with Gruyere, mushrooms, and onion marmalade. The Fireman is a jalapeo/chipotle scorcher. There are even turkey and veggie variations. Other draws are hand-cut fries, beer-battered onion rings, a top-drawer beer list, budget-priced combo specials, conversation-friendly acoustics, and a South Beach rarity: free parking. $-$$Giraffas1821 NE 123rd St., 786-866-9007Festooned with eye-poppingly colored panels and giraffes -subtler but everywhere -this first North American branch of a wildly popular, 30-year-old Brazilian fast/casual chain is the flagship of a PER PERSON -$14 50 ENTRE PRICES START AT A purchase of $40 or moreEnjoy this exclusive offer with this ad the next time you experience the fondue effect. $ 15 00


Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTSplanned 4000 U.S. Giraffas. Given that the steaks, especially the tender, flavorful picanha, rival those at the most upscale rodizio joints -and beat the sword-wielding grandstanders for custom cooking (because staff asks your preference) -wed bet on giraffe domination. Overstuffed grilled sandwiches, salads, even tasty veggie options are all here, too. The cheese bread is a must. $$Happy Sushi & Thai2224 NE 123rd St.,305-895-0165Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the expected Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday lunch specials. But there are also delightful surprises, like grilled kawahagi (triggerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise. This intensely savory/sweet Japanese home cooking treat satisfies the same yen as beef jerky, except without pulling out your teeth. Accompanied by a bowl of rice, its a superb lunch. For raw-fish fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi wakame seaweed) is a winner. $$-$$$ Here Comes the Sun2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miamis first, theres a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supplements. But the places hearty soups, large variety of entres (including fresh fish and chicken as well as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers with secret sun sauce (which would probably make old sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier way to get healthy. An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd. Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the menu. $-$$Il Piccolo Caf2112 NE 123rd St., 305-893-6538Talk about a neighborhood institution. The owners of this longtime Italian eatery remember frequent visits from Miami native Michelle Bernstein and her parents -when the celeb chef was a kid. The piccolo space has since expanded, but the place is still child-friendly, and portions are still prodigious. Most dishes evoke nostalgia, including our favorite white wine/lemon sauce-drenched veal piccata with capers and artichokes. There are surprises not found at old school red-sauce joints, too, like lunchtimes surprisingly tasty Cuban sandwich. $$Little Havana 12727 Biscayne Blvd. 305-899-9069In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place features live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it a good choice when diners want a night out, not just a meal. Its also a good choice for diners who dont speak Spanish, but dont worry about authenticity. Classic Cuban home-style dishes like mojo-marinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-pleasers. $$$Mama Jennies11720 NE 2nd Ave. 305-757-3627For more than 35 years this beloved red-sauce joint has been drawing students and other starvation-budget diners with pro digious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal marsala topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-American belly-busters. All pasta or meat entres come with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty minestrone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined olives, and pickled peppers) thats a dinner in itself. Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette booths, add to Mamas charm. $-$$Pastry Is Art12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-640-5045Given owner Jenny Rissones background as the Eden Rocs executive pastry chef, its not surprising that her cakes and other sweet treats (like creamy one-bite truffle lollipops) look as flawlessly sophisticated as they taste -perfect adult party fare. What the bakerys name doesnt reveal is that its also a breakfast and lunch caf, with unusual baking-oriented fare: a signature sandwich of chicken, brie, and caramelized peaches and pecans on housemade bread; quiches; pot pies; even a baked-to-order Grand Marnier souffl. The pecan sticky buns are irresistible. $$ Petit Rouge12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676From the mid-1990s (with Neals Restaurant and later with Il Migliore), local chef Neal Coopers neighborhood-oriented Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers. While this cute 32-seat charmer is French, its no exception, avoiding pretense and winning fans with both classic and nouvelle bistro fare: frise salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon vinaigrette; truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper sauce); consomm with black truffles and foie gras, covered by a buttery puff pastry dome; perfect pommes frites, and equally perfect apple or lemon tarts for dessert. $$$Piccolo Pizza2104 NE 123rd St., 305-893-9550Pizzas at this spin-off from family-owned Il Piccolo impress even NYC visitors, thanks to recipes proprietor Hubert Benmoussa learned from an authentic Neapolitan pizzaolo. Other favorites here include subs on homemade baguettes and, surprising for a pizzeria, delightfully custardy quiche (Benmoussa is part French). But it would be unthinkable to miss the pies, especially our favorite Italia: subtly sweet tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, onions, plus mixed greens and uncooked prosciutto on top -both pizza and salad. There are also nicely priced catering trays of finger subs, quiche squares, pizza bites, more. $-$$ Rice House of Kabob14480 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-4899Since 2006, South Beachs original Rice House has been serving up mountainous platters of basmati rice and Greek salad topped with Persian-style marinated/char-grilled meat, poultry, seafood, or veggie kabobs -for very little money. This branch of what is now a growing chain has the same menu (which also features wraps, for lighter eaters) and the same policy of custom-cooking kabobs, so expect fresh, not fast, food. Sides of must-o-keyar and must-o-mooseer (thick yogurt dips with herbed cukes or shallots) are must-haves. $$ Steves Pizza12101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-0202At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-thin designer pizza with wisps of smoked salmon (or similar fluff) doesnt do the trick. Open till 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., Steves has, since 1974, been serving the kind of comforting, retro pizzas people crave at that hour. As in Brooklyn, tomato sauce is sweet, with strong oregano flavor. Mozzarella is applied with abandon. Toppings are stuff that give strength: pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, onions, and peppers. $Tiny Thai House12953 Biscayne Blvd., 305-895-1646The space is tiny. The menu, which features Thai specialties but includes sushi plus Japanese appetizers and entres, is not. Despite the huge selection of sushi/Thai restaurant standards, though, dont overlook items harder to find in America, like floating noodle soup, a popular street food from Thailands boat-based market stalls; similar in savor to Vietnamese pho, the dish contains beef, bean sprouts, and noodles heaped in umami-rich beef broth. Among the nicely priced sushi selections, the Mylo roll (tuna, salmon, crab, avocado, and cuke, topped with tempura fish and eel sauce) is a tasty pick. Dont miss sticky rice with mango for dessert. $Wongs Chinese Restaurant12420 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-4313The menu reads like a textbook on how to please everyone, with food ranging from traditional Chinese to ChineseAmerican to just plain American. Appetizers include honey garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings. A crab-claw starter comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries. Seafood lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty pepper shrimp (authentically shell-on). And New Yorkers will find a number of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus but not common in Miami: cold sesame noodles, Hunan chicken, twice-cooked pork. $$ Blue Marlin Fish House 2500 NE 163rd St., 305-957-8822Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers. The featured item is still the house-smoked fish this historic venue began producing in 1938, available in three varieties: salmon, mahi mahi, 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. $ Chef Rolfs Tunas Seafood Restaurant17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630 At this longtime North Miami Beach locals hangout, owner Michael Chiodo and chef Rolf Fellhauer have a few pleasant surprises for diners, beginning with a new name highlighting Fellhauers long tenure as executive chef at La Paloma. At the restaurant, youll find a completely renovated dining room and new Yellowfin Lounge. The menu has also been spruced up with old-school spectacle: Several items (including Chateaubriand or rack of lamb for two) are carved or otherwise partially prepared tableside. $$-$$$ Chipotle Mexican Grill14776 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2779Proving that national fast-food chains dont 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 chipotlemarinated steak or chicken chunks, bolder shredded beef barbacoa, or herb-scented pork carnitas. But these bites contain no evil ingredients (transfats, artificial color/flavor, antibiotics, growth hormones). And the food, while not the authentic Mex street stuff dreams are made of, is darned tasty, too. $Cholos Ceviche & Grill1127 NE 163rd St., 305-947-3338Dont be misled by the mini-mall location, or the relatively minimal prices (especially during lunch, when specials are under $6). Inside, the dcor is charming, and the Peruvian plates elegant in both preparation and presentation. Tops among ceviches/ tiraditos is the signature Cholos, marinated octopus and fish in a refined rocoto chili sauce with overtones both fiery and fruity. And dont miss the molded causas, whipped potato rings stuffed with avocado-garnished crab salad -altogether lighter and lovelier than the tasty but oily mashed spud constructions more oft encountered in town. $-$$Christines Roti Shop16721 NE 6th Ave.,305-770-0434Wraps are for wimps. At this small shop run by Christine Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far more substantial and tasty roti, a Caribbean mega-crepe made from chickpea flour. Most popular filling for the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more chickpeas. But there are about a dozen other curries from which to choose. Take-out packages of plain roti are also available; they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable lunches. $ Duffys Sports Grill Intracoastal Mall3969 NE 163rd St., 305-760-2124Located in a sprawling indoor/outdoor space at the Intracoastal Mall, Duffys, part of a popular chain that identifies as the official sports grill of every major Miami team, features roughly a zillion TVs and an equally mega-size menu of accessibly Americanized, globally inspired dishes designed to please crowds: stuffed potato skins, crab Rangoon, coconut-crusted fish fingers with orange-ginger sauce, jumbo wings of many flavors. Imagine a sports-oriented Cheesecake Factory. What makes this particular Duffys different and better? Location, location, location -fronting the Intracoastal Waterway. Theres even a swimming pool with its own bar. $$-$$$ Empire Szechuan Gourmet of NY3427 NE 163rd St., 305-949-3318In the 1980s, Empire became the Chinese chain that swallowed Manhattan -and transformed public perceptions of Chinese food in the NY metropolitan area. Before: bland faux-Cantonese dishes. After: lighter, more fiery fare from Szechuan and other provinces. This Miami outpost does serve chop suey and other Americanized items, but dont worry. Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns, Empires Special Duck, cold sesame noodles, or similar pleasantly spicy specialties, and youll be a happy camper, especially if youre an ex-New Yorker. $$ El Gran Inka3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Perus 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 Perus influential nikkei (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). $$$-$$$$ Hannas Gourmet Diner13951 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2255When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late 1990s, they added Hannas to the name, but changed little else about this retro-looking French/American diner, a north Miami-Dade institution since 1983. Customers can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid salad with garlic dressing. For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal dinner date destination. $$-$$$ Hiro Japanese Restaurant3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687One of Miamis first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it a perennially popular after-hours snack stop. The sushi menu has few surprises, but quality is reliable. Most exceptional are the nicely priced yakitori, skewers of succulently soy-glazed and grilled meat, fish, and vegetables; the unusually large variety available of the last makes this place a good choice for vegetarians. $$ Hiros Sushi Express17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776Tiny, true, but theres more than just sushi at this mostly take-out spinoff of the pioneering Hiro. Makis are the mainstay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex creations like multi-veg futomaki, and a few unexpected treats like a spicy Crunch & Caliente maki), available 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 Miamis Upper Eastside. $Heelsha1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey (cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or Heelsha curry (succu lently spiced hilsa, Bangladeshs sweet-fleshed national fish) seem familiar, its because chef/owner Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman once served such fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa. Their menus 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. $$-$$$Julios Natural Foods Emporium1602 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 305-947-4744Vegetarians and vegans tired of settling for the one sad steamed vegetable entre tacked onto most menus will be in in pork-free pig heaven. Owner Julio Valderramas healthy global (though mostly Mediterranean, Mexican, and New American) menu of not-so-small plates, salads, sandwiches/wraps, and organic grain-based platters is so immense you could literally eat for months without repeating -or indulging in poultry and fish dishes. Cooking isnt cutting-edge, but unusual spicing keeps things interesting. Especially recommended: a signature veg-and-feta-packed zaatar flatbread; also slightly sinful sweet potato with butter and cinnamon. $-$$ Kebab Indian Restaurant514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmospheric mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside (especially if you grab one of the exotically draped booths) has been a popular destination for reasonably priced north Indian fare. Kormas are properly soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request. They aim to please. Food arrives unusually fast for an Indian eatery, too. $$Kings County Pizza18228 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-792-9455If your feelings about Brooklyn-style pizza have been formed by Dominos flopsy-crusted, ketchupy, cheesefoody pies, stop here to sample a slice of the real thing. Admittedly, the crusts are not those of the coal-fired classics from Brooklyns legendary Totonnos or Grimaldis, but theyre similarly medium-thin and crisp -though not like a cracker; you can fold them for neat street eating, and they taste like honest bread, not cardboard. A variety of toppings are available even on slices. There are also whole pies with varied toppings. The large is humongous. $-$$ KoneFood387 NE 167th St., 305-705-4485Cones contain ice cream. Kones, however, contain anything and everything edible -at least at this eatery, locally founded (though the original concept of ultimate portable convenience meals, in sealed flatbread cones, came from Italy). 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Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTSgreen salads, more. There are even desserts like a flambed apple Kone la Normande. Authentic Belgian frites, too. $ Laurenzos Market Caf16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381Its just a small area between the wines and the fridge counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this cafeteria-style space. But when negotiating this international gourmet markets packed shelves and crowds has depleted your energies, its a handy place to refuel with eggplant parmesan and similar ItalianAmerican classics, housemade from old family recipes. Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesdays hearty pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours. And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies outside Napoli. $-$$Lime Fresh Mexican Grill14831 Biscayne Blvd. 305-949-8800 www.limefreshmexicangrill.comLike its downtown and Midtown siblings, this Lime Fresh serves up carefully crafted Tex-Mex food. The concept is fast casual rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night out. It also means ingredients are always fresh. Seafood tacos are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahi mahi for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily. Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers. $Little Saigon16752 N. Miami Ave., 305-653-3377This is Miamis oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant, but its still packed most weekend nights. So even the places 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 humongous. $-$$The Melting Pot15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228 For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were standard dorm accessories. These days, however, branches of this chain are generally the only places to go for this eating experience. Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese fondue; proceed to an entre with meat or seafood, plus choice of cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil); finish with fruits and cakes dipped in melted chocolate. Fondue etiquette dictates that diners who drop a skewer in the pot must kiss all other table companions, so go with those you love. $$$Oishi Thai14841 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 Matsuhisas new style sashimi (slightly surface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil). The specials menu includes some Thaiinspired creations, too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling filet mignon with basil sauce. $$$-$$$$Panya Thai520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, theres no shortage of genuine Thai food in and around Miami. But Panyas chef/owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/or rare dishes not found else where. Plus he doesnt automatically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans. Among the most intriguing: moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad); broad rice noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil; and chili-topped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce. $$-$$$ Paquitos16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldnt be easier to overlook. Inside, however, its festivity is impossible to resist. Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with South of the Border knickknacks. And if the kitschy dcor alone doesnt cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout margaritas will. Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a party-size fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find traditional preparations like albndigas spicy, ultra-savory meatballs. $$-$$$Sangs Chinese Restaurant1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076Sangs has three menus. The pink menu is Americanized Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken. The white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic Chinese fare: salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like abalone with sea cucumber. The extensive third menu offers dim sum, served until 4:00 p.m. A live tank allows seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and scallion. Recently installed: a Chinese barbecue case, displaying savory items like crispy pork with crackling attached. $$$Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House 237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poultry, and meats used to be skillfully crafted and delicious vegetarian imitations. These are still here, plus theres now a wider choice of dishes, some featuring real meat. Try the authentic-tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a variety of meat and mock-meat fillings). Bubble tea is the must-not-miss drink. The cold, refreshing boba comes in numerous flavors, all supplemented with signature black tapioca balls that, sipped through straws, are a guaranteed giggle. $Siam Square54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697Open until 1:00 a.m. every day except Sunday (when is closes at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beachs Chinatown strip has become a popular late-night gathering spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants. And why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably priced. The kitchen staff is 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. $-$$Soprano Caf3933 NE 163rd St., 855-434-9035Sicilian native Rocco Soprano, original proprietor of South Beachs Sopranos, has transformed this Intracoastal Waterway space, formerly the enoteca Racks, into an elegant but familyfriendly restaurant featuring classic Italian dishes plus steakhouse fare, all in prodigious portions. For an ultimate Miamian/ Italian fusion experience, arrive by boat at Sopranos dock, grab a table on the water-view deck, and enjoy a coal-oven pizza -perhaps the famous truffled white pizza, or our personal fave secchi: sopressata salami, zesty tomato sauce, provolone, goat cheese, and fresh fior di latte mozzarella. $$$ Sushi House15911 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-6002In terms of dcor 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, featuring monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort: spicy tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapeos, and cilantro, topped with not one but three sauces: wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy Mayo. Hawaiian King Crab contains unprecedented ingredients like tomatoes, green peppers, and pineapple. Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine. $$$-$$$$Sushi Sake13551 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4242Chic Asian-accented dcor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals, and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too. That said, the sushi is impressive, mainly because seafood is delivered daily and all except the shrimp is fresh, not frozen (as is customary at most Miami sushi places). Also notable: All sauces are housemade. Cooked makis like a crunchtopped Miami Heat are most popular, but its as sashimi that the fishs freshness truly shines. $$-$$$ Tanias Table18685 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-9425A location at the tail end of a tiny, tired-looking strip mall makes this weekday lunch-only kosher eatery easy to miss. But the cute bistro, an extension of chef Tania Sigals catering company, is well worth seeking for its unusually varied daily-changing menus -not just familiar Eastern European-derived dishes (chicken matzoh ball soup, blintzes, etc.) but numerous Latin American specialties (zesty ropa vieja), Asian-influenced items (Thai chicken/noodle salad), lightened universal Ladies-Who-Lunch classics (custardy quiches, grilled trout with mustard sauce), and homemade baked goods. $$Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin73 NE 167th St., 305-405-6346Too often purist vegetarian food is unskillfully crafted bland stuff, spiced with little but sanctimonious intent. Not at this modestlooking vegan (dairy-free vegetarian) restaurant and smoothie bar. Dishes from breakfasts 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. $$Yakko-San3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall), 305-947-0064After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night, many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cooking, served in grazing portions. Try glistening-fresh strips of raw tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions and dressed with habitforming honey-miso mustard sauce. Other favorites include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild young shoots flash-fried with tender steak bits), or perhaps just-caught grouper with hot/sweet/tangy chili sauce. Open till around 3:00 a.m. $$ Asia Bay Bistro1007 Kane Concourse, 305-861-2222As in Japans most refined restaurants, artful presentation is stunning at this Japanese/Thai gem. And though the voluminous menu sports all the familiar favorites from both nations, the Japaneseinspired small plates will please diners seeking something different. Try jalapeo-sauced hamachi sashimi; toro with enoki mushrooms, bracing ooba (shiso), tobiko caviar, and a sauce almost like beurre blanc; rock shrimp/shitake tempura with a delicate salad; elegant salmon tartare with a mix-in quail egg. And spicy, mayo-dressed tuna rock makis are universal crowd-pleasers. $$$ Bay Harbor Bistro1023 Kane Concourse, 305-866-0404Though small, this ambitious European/American fusion bistro covers all the bases, from smoked salmon eggs Florentine at breakfast and elaborate lunch salads to steak frites at dinner, plus tapas. As well as familiar fare, youll find atypical cre ations: caramelized onion and goat cheese-garnished leg of lamb sandwiches; a layered crab/avocado tortino; pistachiocrusted salmon. A welcome surprise: The bistro is also a bakery, so dont overlook the mouthwateringly buttery croissants, plumply stuffed empanadas, or elegant berry tarts and other homemade French pastries. $$-$$$Bettos Ristorante Italiano1009 Kane Concourse, 305-861-8166After roughly 25 years as Caffe Da Vinci, this romantic remodeled, renamed space is now managed by Betto Di Carlo, also a 25-year Italian cuisine veteran (as former owner/ effusively charming host of Surfsides neighborhood favorite Caf Ragazzi). Best make reservations. Though off the tourist track, the place draws hungry hordes for homemade pastas like pappardelle ai porcini (toothsome wide noodles with fresh mushrooms). Veal piccata, lightly floured and sauted medaillons with a caper-studded lemon white wine sauce, and thicker mozzarella-stuffed chops are also popular. $$$ Le Pine1052 Kane Concourse, 305-861-1059This upscale Lebanese restaurant serves dishes with the sort of understated sophistication that makes clear why Beirut was called the Paris of the East. Youll find familiar Middle Eastern favorites, but many have refinements that lift them above average: pita thats housemade, charmingly fluffy when warm from the oven; falafel incorporating flavorful fava beans with the usual ground chickpeas. Especially appealing are more uncommon items like crisp-fried cauliflower with tahini, fateh (a chickpea casserole iced with thick yogurt), and buttery cheese/herb-filled sambusak pastries. Finish exotically with a hookah. $$-$$$ Open Kitchen1071 95th St., 305-865-0090If we were on Death Row, choosing a last meal, this very chefcentered lunchroom/markets PBLT (a BLT sandwich with meltin-your-mouth pork belly substituting for regular bacon) would be a strong contender. Co-owners Sandra Stefani (ex-Casa Toscana chef/owner) and Ines Chattas (ex-Icebox Caf GM) have combined their backgrounds to create a global gourmet oasis with a menu ranging from light quiches and imaginative salads to hefty balsamic/tomato-glazed shortribs or daily pasta specials (like wild boar-stuffed ravioli). Also featured: artisan grocery products, and Stefanis famous interactive cooking class/wine dinners. $$-$$$ The Palm9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed NYCs original Palm from Italian restaurant to bastion of beef. Owners would run out to the butcher for huge steaks to satisfy the hardboiled scribes. So our perennial pick here is nostalgic: steak la stone -juicy, butter-doused slices on toast, topped with sauted onions and pimentos. This classic (whose carb components make it satisfying without la carte sides, and hence a relative bargain) isnt on the menu anymore, but cooks will prepare it on request. $$$$$AVENTURA / HALLANDALEAnthonys Coal Fired Pizza17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625When people rave about New York pizzas superiority, they dont just mean thin crusts. They mean the kind of airy, abundantly burnbubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -like those at Anthonys, which began with one Fort Lauderdale pizzeria in 2002 and now has roughly 30 locations. Quality toppings, though limited, hit all the major food groups, from prosciutto to kalamata olives. There are salads, too, but the sausage and garlicsauted broccoli rabe pie is a tastier green vegetable. $$Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli19003 Biscayne Blvd. 305-935-4029One word: flagels. And no, thats not a typo. Rather these crusty, flattened specimens (poppy seed or sesame seed) are the ultimate bagel/soft pretzel hybrid -and a specialty at this bustling Jewish bakery/deli, which, since 1988, opens at 6:30 a.m. -typically selling out of flagels in a couple of hours. Since youre up early anyway, sample elaborately garnished breakfast spe cials, 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. $$BagelWorks18729 Biscayne Blvd., 305-937-7727Hard as it is for old-time NYC expats to believe, theres evidently a younger generation that doesnt equate the Jewish deli experience with loudmouthed servers and the smell of 75 years of fermenting pickle juice in the flooring. This cleanly contemporary place attracts this younger generation with the full range of classics, including many varieties of hand-sliced smoked fish, but also healthy options, most notably a wide array of substantial salads with grilled protein add-ons. Bagels, while machinemade rather than hand-rolled, are freshly baked all day. $$ Bourbon Steak 19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-0658 (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 Minas 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 dont neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe, swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection. $$$$$BurgerFi18139 Biscayne Blvd., 305-466-0350Its not surprising that this Florida-based better burger franchise is one of Americas fastest-growing. With dcor thats relaxingly retro yet futuristically earth-friendly (think recycled Coke bottle chairs), beverages ranging from milkshakes to craft beers, and sourced hormone/antibiotic-free, grass-fed Angus burgers on branded buns, for prices rivaling those for fast-food junkburgers, whats not to love? There are also vege tarian quinoa burgers or Kobe dogs, plus accessories including hand-cut fries, killer crisp-battered onion rings, freshly made, all-natural frozen custard, and toppings galore. $ Cadillac RanchVillage at Gulfstream Park 921 Silks Run Rd. #1615, 954-456-1031Its hard to decide if the most fun interpretation of beef here is the weekend prime rib dinner special (with two sides and a meat hunk hefty enough for sandwiches the next day) or the mechanical bull. Party like its 1980 at this all-American restolounge/ sports bar, which includes two outdoor patios with fire pits and, sometimes, live rootsy music. If you miss out on the roast beef (it OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION!Every Fri-Sat-Sun Night in October CONTESTS! PRIZES! GERMAN BEERS & BRATS! Lunch Mon-Sun 11am-4pm Dinner TuesSUNDAY!


Dining Guide: RESTAU R ANTS goes fast), there are burgers, steaks, meal-size salads, and classic bar bites. $$-$$$ Fresko19048 NE 29th Ave., 786-272-3737Forget thick, dough-wrapped potato knishes and blintzes slathered with sour cream. As its name suggests, this kosher dairy eatery eschews the starch/sugar-laden traditional tfavorites for salads, smoothies, and similar healthy fare as casual, clean, and contemporary as the restaurants dcor. Asian-influenced items, like wakame-topped tuna tartare with pineapple chutney, are particularly appealing, while those craving classic combinations like smoked salmon and cream cheese can enjoy them on a lightcrusted designer pizza. To drink, smoothies are supplemented by refreshing herbal infusions like green lemonade (with mint and basil). $$Fuji Hana2775 NE 187th St., Suite #1, 305-932-8080A people-pleasing menu of typical Thai and Japanese dishes, plus some appealing contemporary creations (like the Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, an inside-out tuna/avocado/tempura maki, topped with more tuna and served with a luscious creamy cilantro sauce) has made this eatery a longtime favorite. But vegetarians -for whom seafood-based condiments can make Asian foods a minefield -might want to add the place to their worth a special drive list, thanks to chefs winning ways with tofu and all-around accommodation to veg-only diets. $$-$$$Kampai3575 NE 207th St., 305-931-6410At this longtime neighborhood favorite Japanese/Thai restaurant, many come just for the slightly pricy but very generous sushi specialties. Most makis are cooked, but for raw-fish fans the tempura-flake-topped crunchy tuna/avocado roll with spicy mayo, and tuna both inside and out, is a people-pleaser. Dont neglect Thai specialties, though, especially red and green curries customizable as to heat (mild, medium, hot, and authentic Thai hot). And for a bargain light lunch, try tonjiru, miso soup jazzed up with veggies and pork. $$-$$$La Montanara18855 NE 29th Ave., 305-974-0167A lushly vine-covered walkway leading to the door and back patio of this secluded but expansive restaurant serves notice that diners are in for an exclusive Italian experience. Ilario Giunchi, co-founder of Caracass famed original La Montanara, has brought much of the menu to this second location, including housemade pastas and creative carpaccios like a delicate crudo version of vitello tonnato. Whatever else you order, dont miss the signature mascarpone/prosciutto focaccias from the beautifully tiled stone pizza oven. Budgeting diners: Explore weekday lunch specials, which include sides. $$-$$$$ Mos Bagels & Deli2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555While the term old school is used a lot to describe this spacious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in 1995. It just so evokes the classic NY delis we left behind that it seems to have been here forever. Example: Lox and nova arent pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced from whole slabs. And bagels are hand-rolled, chewy champions, not those machine-made puffy poseurs. As complimentary pastry bites suggest, and the massive size of the succulent, sufficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish Mo(m) spirit shines here. $$Mr. Chefs Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar18800 NE 29th Ave. #10, 786-787-9030Considering our countys 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 Chinas southern seacoast province of Guangdong (Canton). But youll find no gloppily sauced, AmericanizedCantonese chop sueys here. Cooking is properly light-handed, and seafood specialties shine (try the spicy/crispy salt and pepper shrimp). For adventurers, theres a cold jellyfish starter. Even timid taste buds cant resist tender fried shrimp balls described this way: With crispy adorable fringy outfit. $$-$$$Pilar20475 Biscayne Blvd. 305-937-2777Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman Van Aken and Mark Militello. He has been executive chef at Rumi, and cooked at NYCs 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. Floribbeanstyle seafood is the specialty: fresh hearts of palm slaw and Caribbean curry sauce, rock shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy glaze, yellowtail snapper with tomato-herb vinaigrette. Forget its strip-mall location. The restaurant itself is elegant. $$-$$$Sushi Siam19575 Biscayne Blvd. 305-932-8955(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing) Alba17315 Collins Ave., 786-923-9305From bad-boy celeb chef Ralph Pagano, Sole resorts seaside Italian/Italian-American eatery has an irreverent retro Rat Pack vibe and a menu featuring naked ravioli from the Gnudi Bar, fresh seafood, homemade pastas, classic and contemporary pizzas, and old school red sauce joint entres, some upscaled. (When lobster Franaise is available, why settle for chicken?) Almond-sage butter-sauced butternut squash gnudi is a best bet. And meals end with another best bet: the Vinny D Split, a game enabling tables to win their meals for free. $$$$ Chef Ho16850 Collins Ave., 305-974-0338Deep-pocketed diners who ate at the Setai when Jonathan Wright was executive chef already know chef Hos work. His dazzling dim sum were the menus highlight. Now theyre affordable for all. Dumplings (chive and shrimp, green tea duck, truffle-spiked scallop, more) have skins delicate enough to see through; open shrimp dumplings with dried scallops are almost flower-like in appearance; steamed cheung fan (rice noodle crpes) rolled around Chinese crullers are simply sinful, as are flaky-crusted egg custard tarts. And the regular menu measures up to the small plates. $$-$$$Copper Chimney18090 Collins Ave., 305-974-0075At this family-owned (and kid-friendly), white-tablecloth Indian restaurant, prices are more upscale than average, but so is the foods elegant presentation -plus features like a full bar, live Bollywood/belly dancing on weekends, and, among familiar North Indian fare, dishes blending contemporary touches with traditional tastes. Especially enjoyable: starters inspired by street snacks, like bikaneri chaat (fried gram flour crisps, chickpeas, and yogurt) served with two chutneys; anything featuring paneer cheese, from classic spinach/cheese palak paneer to creative khazazs-e-lazzat (sundried tomato-stuffed paneer/potato dumplings in smooth cream sauce). $$$Epicure Gourmet Market & Caf17190 Collins Ave., 305-947-4581Who even knew that the late Rascal House had an ocean view? Diners may have to eat standing up to glimpse water over the dunes from the panoramic caf windows of the gourmet market that replaced the Rascal, but you know youre on a tropical beach, not Brighton Beach. The big, bright cafs menu, more global diner than Jewish deli, includes daily specials ranging from spa-grilled chicken to homemade Italian sausage and peppers. But its worth seeking out items that made South Beachs original Epicure famous: sandwiches featuring housemade rare roast beef; shrimp or chunky smoked whitefish salads; fresh baked goods. $$$The H Restaurant17608 Collins Ave., 305-931-9106This friendly, family-owned bistro is the sort of homeaway-fromhome found every few blocks in France -here Gerard and Karin Herrison, plus chef son Julien, formerly had a restaurant -but theyre rarely found in South Florida. Burgers, et al., are available, but with garlicky escargots, a savory/sweet-dressed salad of duck confit atop frise, pan-seared foie gras with port/raspberry sauce, fish with an impeccable lemon beurre blanc, and a satisfying steak/frites (with peppery cognac cream sauce). Wed leave the American stuff to the kids. $$$-$$$$Il Mulino New York17875 Collins Ave., 305-466-9191If too much is not enough for you, this majorly upscale Italian-American place, an offshoot of the famed NYC original, is your restaurant. For starters, diners receive enough freebie food -fried zucchini coins, salami, bruschetta with varying toppings, a wedge of quality parmigiano, garlic bread -that ordering off the menu seems superfluous. But mushroom raviolis in truffle cream sauce are irresistible, and perfectly tenderized veal parmesan, the size of a large pizza, makes a great take-out dinner for the next week. $$$$-$$$$$Kitchen 30516701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110Offering eclectic American fare, this resort restaurant room, despite its contemporary open kitchen, has the retro-glam look of a reno vated discotheque -which is what it was. In fact, its still as much lounge as eatery, so its best to arrive early if you want a relatively DJ-free eating experience. A seductive mango-papaya BBQ sauce makes ribs a tasty choice any night, but most local diners in the know come on nights when the restaurant features irresistibly priced seasonal seafood specials (all-you-can-eat stone crabs one night, lobster on another). A spacious dining counter overlooking the cooks makes the Kitchen a comfortable spot for singles. $$$Piazzetta17875 Collins Ave., 305-918-6816You cant help feeling optimistic about a tourist towns food scene when its resort restaurants, which generally walk the middle of the road, get creative. And it doesnt get much more creative than this stylish restaurant and Italian market, which bills itself as a trip to an Italian-inspired little market square, but which, along with artisanal salumi plus pizzas and pastas, serves sushi. Particularly tasty: the native Neapolitan pizza chefs truffled taleggio and mushroom pies; meltingly tender braised short ribs; an impeccable market-driven meat and cheese platter. $$$Preservation18250 Collins Ave., 305-974-0273 Restaurant trendsetters, anyone with a back-to-the-land ethic, and lovers of food history and culture will especially love this rustic-looking places focus: proteins and produce, housepreserved via curing, pickling, and smoking. And its no novelty act. Dishes arent all preserved, but rather use preserved items to accent fresh ingredients: a Cobb salad with fresh greens, tomato, and egg, plus house-smoked bleu cheese dressing, chicken, and bacon; smoked tomato soup with fresh basil mousse; smoked short rib Benedict for brunch. A variety of jarred preserves and pickles are available retail, too. $$-$$$. Sumo Sushi Bar & Grill17630 Collins Ave., 305-682-1243Sushi may well have been served in Sunny Isles before this longtime neighborhood favorite opened, but Sumo was the neighborhoods first sushi bar to double as a popular lounge/ hangout as well as restaurant. Ladies nights are legend. While Thai and Chinese dishes are available, as well as purist nigiri, few can resist the truly sumo-wrestler-size maki rolls, the more over-the-top, the better. Our bet for biggest crowd pleaser: the spicy Pink Lady (shrimp tempura, avocado, masago, cilantro, and spicy mayo, topped with rich scallop-studded dynamite sauce. $$-$$$ Timo17624 Collins Ave., 305-936-1008Since opening in 2003, the inventive yet clean and unfussy Italian/Mediterranean-inspired seasonal food at this hot spot, created by chef/owner Tim Andriola (at the time best known for his stints at Chef Allens and Marks South Beach), has been garnering local and national raves. Dont bother reading them. Andriolas dishes speak for themselves: a salad of crisp oysters atop frise, cannelloni bean, and pancetta; foie gras crostini with a subtle caramelized orange sauce; a blue crab raviolo with toasted pignolias and brown butter; or a wood-oven three-cheese white pizza. $$$-$$$$ Werner Staubs Peppermill350 Bayview Dr., 305-466-2016Itll likely be years until diners stop instinctively heading for the tropic-alpine chalet that formerly housed the Peppermill at the Waterways in Aventura. But this new indoor/outdoor spaces bay views are much more spectacular. And the food is the same unique old-school stuff. Seafood is featured, and while there are contemporary preparations, you cant resist hard-to-find retro dishes like imported Dover sole almondine, Swiss-style poached trout with champagne-shallot sauce, an elaborate steak tartar, and for dessert, peach Melba or strawberries Romanoff. $$$ 305-758-05167941 biscayne blvd., miamiSee our extensive Thai & Sushi menu atwww.SiamRiceThaiAndSushi.comDINE IN TAKE OUT DELIVERY PARTY CATERINGOpen 7 Days for Lunch and Dinner FOLLOW US ON Mon-Fri 11:30AM 11PM; Sat-Sun 12:30PM 11PM Your purchase of $30+(excluding Lunch Specials) with this ad. exp. 10/31/13$5OFF THAI & JAPANESE LUNCH SPECIALS from $7.99 Monday-Saturday rfntbrbrffnnfbnbrbr rrffrrntbtn *Must present all coupons. Not valid with other offers. Tax not included. Exp. 7/31/13** *


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