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24 The People Who Bring You Art
12 Feedback: Letters
16 Jack King: Political Potpourri
18 Urbania: Pain and Fitness
20 BizBuzz: December 2013
42 Soyka 70, News Cafe 25
42 Who Voted? Only a Few
43 Children's Museum as Huckster
52 Mark Sell: The Mayor's Report Card
54 Adam Schachner: It's Buskerfest!
56 Jen Karetnick: A Great Green Day
58 Jay Beskin: Shorelines Change
60 Ken Jett: Fire Station, No Truck
62 Melissa Wallen: "Off the Basel Path 2013"
64 Galleries + Museums + All the Art Fairs, Too
67 Events Calendar: Spanish Brass Bash
68 Derek McCann's Biscayne Crime Beat
70 Jim W. Harper: Sunny Isles Pier
72 All Things Animal: Ferret Thing
74 Picture Story: Early Port of Miami
75 Your Garden: Palm for All Occasions
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Spectacular Relic
For bringing the Tequesta site at Met
Square to the forefront through an ex-
ceptional article by Tristram Korten and
photos by Silvia Ros ("Building on the
Past," November 2013), I thank you!
This example of Miami's "probable"
first known peoples is worth saving and
sharing with the world. If, in fact, the
carbon dating proves artifacts are older
than 600 A.D., and similar in age to
those found at the Miami Circle, we have
a spectacular cultural relic, a treasure
beyond what many could imagine, one
that is probably unique in the world.
Mary Lou Pfeiffer, faculty fellow
Florida International University

A Gift to the City? Smart Move!
As the archaeological consultant to
MDM Development and former county
staff archaeologist, Bob Carr is in an
unenviable position. It's clear from his
long career that he loves Miami and
everything underneath it, but his recent
apologia, that "I just do the digging,"
rings a little hollow for a man of his
stature and influence.
And it's utterly fatuous for MDM to
claim it has been cooperating with vari-
ous agencies for more than ten years. For
five of those years, the site in question
lay dormant. Construction began in 2003
and was halted in 2007, when the de-
veloper ran out of money. Construction,
and the archaeological excavation work,
didn't resume until October 2012.
MDM couldn't pay its bills to
continue the project for five years. That
doesn't mean it can assume the city is
obligated to rush the excavation and
site designation process now. Is MDM
entitled to special dispensation due to
financial over-reach?
How much more sage it would be
if MDM were to consider a street-level
redesign and find a way to designate the
parcel as a gift to the city. Think of the
legacy it would create for itself. The idea
of a downtown archaeological park, an-
other Miami Circle, would seal MDM's
place as a beloved city benefactor.
Miami risks losing a rare opportunity
to explore the legacy of its non-European
past. Carr suggests that it is the larg-
est prehistoric site in Southeast Florida,
and the largest Tequesta settlement ever
found and that what they've found is
just a sliver of the whole.
Knowing its significance, he made in-
quiries about preservation status. Bravo!

Let's hope that kind of influence prevails.
Felicia P. Morales

Defending Bob Carr, Smacking
Down Phony Historians
I was disturbed to no small extent by
some of the "shots" taken at Bob Carr,
the great archaeologist, by several
people, including one in particular who
comes out with high-sounding nonsense
when he like several other of Miami's
so-called "historians" knows not of
what he speaks.
Fort Dallas was, as stated, opened in
1836 and then was closed (abandoned)
after each of the three Seminole wars.
It would be much later that Julia Turtle
would buy the property for use as her
home and as a trading post.
The Florida East Coast Railway
arrived at the shores of Biscayne Bay
on April 15, 1896 (that is the official
date), with the first passenger train ar-
riving one week later, on April 22. So it
wouldn't be until the mid-to-late 1890s
that the "railroad made it easier to visit
The breaking of ground for the Royal
Palm Hotel was done in late 1894 or
early 1895, so the construction of the
hotel was under way before the railroad
arrived, construction supplies and mate-
rial being brought in by boat. The hotel
opened on New Year's Eve, December 31,
1896, with a gala ball, which we re-cre-
ated 100 years later on almost the same
site in downtown Miami.
As for the death of the hotel, it was
not "destroyed by termites and the hur-
ricane of 1926." The 1926 hurricane did
wreak havoc on the hotel, and the FEC
Hotel Company mulled the building's
fate, choosing not to open for the 1926-
27 season.
In 1927 or early 1928, SE 2nd Avenue
was extended to the newly constructed
Brickell Avenue bridge, and the au-
thorities condemned approximately the
westernmost one-quarter of the building,
as it stood in the way of the road. The
hotel reopened briefly for a few weeks in
1928, but with Miami having had a spate
of hotels built during the great "boom"
years of the early 1920s, it became obvi-
ous that the once grande dame of Miami
hostelries was past its prime, and the
FEC Hotel Company shuttered the build-
ing for good.

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Continued from page 12
On page 42, author Tristram Korten
notes that UM history professor Greg
Bush asked in his e-mail: "Where
were the civic groups and the rest of
the concerned citizens when this site
was found?" My answer, of course, is:
"Where was Greg Bush?"
I was there trying to save the FEC
station in 1963 and didn't see Bush or
anybody else trying to help. For years
I have been a Miami Don Quixote in
terms of actually doing something for
preservation, trying to save buildings
and memorabilia, and I am now trying
desperately to save the Dupuis/White
Belt building, but can get no help at all.
Seth H. Bramson
Miami Shores

Publix, Go Urbanist!
Regarding the November article "Out
with the Old, In with the New" by Mark
Sell on the new North Miami Publix, the
most important urban planning aspect of
the design is not addressed. For myriad
reasons urban design, place-making,
sustainability, walkability, crime preven-
tion, and economic development, to
name a few new buildings in urban
areas like this project's location should
be built out to the street with parking on
the side or rear.
This is probably the most funda-
mental and widely accepted principle of
new urbanism and good urban planning
in the development industry. Properly
placed within 15 or 20 feet of the street
edge, with a wide sidewalk and shade
trees, buildings frame the street, creating
a sense of place and encouraging walk-
ing and shopping. Simply having the
building face the street, as required by
North Miami planning regulations, does
not achieve these goals.
Publix has dozens of successful new
urbanist designs around South Florida
that would be great models for this loca-
tion. While it's ideal for the full building
frontage to meet the street edge, buildings
placed perpendicular to the street as
proposed in the design can still work
well if the short side is constructed to the
street edge with windows and signage
that create a sense of activity and engage
the street. Outdoor seating would further
create activity and a sense of place.
All one has to do is take a look at tiny
Steve's Pizza, built to the street many

years ago and with outdoor seating in
front and parking on the side, to see this
fundamental new urbanist principle at
work. It's busy until late hours, even on
weeknights, and the activity at the street
edge creates an inviting destination
in an otherwise rather desolate urban
Imagine if Whole Foods had been
built to the street with an outdoor seating
area across Biscayne Boulevard from
Steve's. Then further imagine a dozen
other variations of the Steve's/new ur-
banist model, including at the new Publix
site, lining Biscayne Boulevard and NE
123rd Street.
The result would be a much more
attractive, vibrant, walkable, safe, and -
most important for developers and busi-
nesses economically successful North
Miami commercial district. Most recent
opportunities to create a sense of place
and a more walkable environment in this
area have not been realized. Let's hope
the Publix design sets a new standard for
place-making and walkable urbanism in
North Miami.
Donald Shockey
AICP Urban Planner
Miami Shores

Say Bye-Bye to Green
Thanks for the great article by Adam
Schachner on our addiction to cars and
parking ("Miami's Parking Addiction,"
September 2013). I am an architect in
Bay Harbor Islands. Recently, as I've
garnered commissions of larger-scale
projects in urban settings, I'm faced with
the exact same problem that Adam so
thoughtfully described in his article.
I'm being forced to find a way to
design an extraordinary number of park-
ing spaces for relatively small buildings.
Parking is taking up more space than
the actual buildings I'm designing. It's a
vicious cycle of adhering to the zoning
code, which just reinforces our "need" to
drive from home to work to home with-
out engaging the pedestrian aspect of life.
Our commitment to the automobile
just reinforces our lack of effective
public transportation. Miami is a modern
city in that the availability of land cre-
ated a suburban environment built upon
the American Dream of owning a house
and a car. Decades later it has led us to
where we are today.
Miguel Rionda
Bay Harbor Islands

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Political Potpourri
What a season it's been, from ghastly governors to crackhead

By Jack King
BT Contributor

ere's a little roundup of the elec-
toral news and commentary.
Keon Hardemon's District 5
win in the recent Miami City Commis-
sion runoff was really no surprise. His
opponent, Richard Dunn, has always
been a little goofy when it comes to
politics, especially when it comes to
campaign contributions and reporting
rules. They did him in.
Hardemon comes from a well-con-
nected political family, and it remains
to be seen how well he'll do as a com-
missioner. The real winner in District
5 is outgoing Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones. Even though she's out of a
job now, I have no doubt that Hardemon
will appoint her to head the Southeast
Overtown/Park West Community Rede-
velopment Agency.
The CRA is a big deal. It has lots of
money and operates like gigantic slush
fund -just what Spence-Jones wants.
The big loser in that election? That's
got to be Commissioner Marc Sarnoff,
who backed Dunn with money, support-
ers, and more money. If this had gone the
way of regular elections, meaning the
person with most money, Dunn would
have won in a landslide and there'd have
been no runoff.

Apparently, he didn't get the memo
that he actually had to do something other
than have lunch every day at the 94th
Aero Squadron with Sarnoff's money.
On to the upcoming state elections.
Possibly the most interesting political
race in 2014 will be the gubernatorial
duel between former Gov. Charlie Crist
and sitting Gov. Rick Scott. What a
contest this will be: Two of the worst
governors in the history of the state
going head to head. The big winner will
be whoever gets the most votes. And the
big loser will be the rest of us.
Scott wants to cut taxes and agency bud-
gets by $600 million next year, but nobody
in the legislature has the math skills to do it.
That's because nothing he submits adds up.
But that's never bothered him.
Under Crist and Scott, the state has
given hundreds of millions in tax breaks
to businesses, but it has done little to assist
social services, which are a total mess.
This race could come down to two
people, neither of whom can add or subtract,
fighting to see who can ruin the quality of
life in Florida the fastest. What a choice!
Crist was a favorite of the Tea Party
wackos until he hugged President
Obama. That doomed his career in the
Republican Party. The question is, Who
do the voters hate the most?
In 2010 in stepped Scott, running
against Democrat Alex Sink, and she ran

Losers: Marc Sarnoff fed money to Richard Dunn, who ate it up.
Losers: Marc Sarnoff fed money to Richard Dunn, who ate it up.

possibly the worst gubernatorial cam-
paign ever. I didn't realize that Sink, who
was married to the late Bill McBride,
was worried about the health of her
husband; that may have had something
to do with her campaign woes. She's now
running for the U.S. Congress from the
St. Petersburg area, and I hope she does
well. She should have been governor,
and if she'd won, we wouldn't have all
the bad Scott/Crist jokes I'm subjected to
when I travel around the country.
Hey, did you know we have a South
Florida politician who was busted for
cocaine possession? Yes, yes, I know it
sounds like another bad coke joke, but
it's true. Rep. Trey Raydel from the
Southwest Florida coast was busted
for trying to buy cocaine from federal
undercover agents in Washington, D.C.
This story has many turns and twists.
First, members of Congress don't buy
their own cocaine. They have staffers do
it for them! Then he pleads guilty, gets a
suspended sentence and probation, and
heads back to Congress. I'm really glad
he's not a black man or he'd be spending
the next five years in prison.
A while back, House Speaker John
Boehner said that the "clear likelihood

of serious transgressions will lead to sus-
pension from committee positions" and
that "guilt will lead to immediate and
severe consequences." Maybe that holds
for most congressmen, but not Raydel.
He's not only still in Congress, he still
has his committee posts.
I can only guess why he is still in Con-
gress. has reported that
Raydel is one of the GOP's top money-
raisers from PACs and business interests.
Gosh, that might give Boehner reason
to look the other way.
Raydel blamed the whole thing on his
alcoholism. Gee, never heard that one
before in Congress.
Oh yeah, the best part of this story?
Raydel was the driving force in Con-
gress to have mandatory drug testing
for food-stamp recipients. Can you add
congress to that list?
I know I haven't done anything on
local media recently, and yes, it's piling up.
Here's a tease. Last month on CBS4, Elliot
Rodriguez referred to Midtown Miami as
Midtown Manhattan. He did correct himself
at the end of the newscast, but gosh, Elliot,
you've been here for a quarter of a century.

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It's a Jungle in Here

An obstacle course for grownups sits in the heart of Edgewater

By Christian Cipriani
BT Contributor

t took me a long time to come around
to fitness.
In 20021 made a brief foray into crew
when I was at Oxford. It seemed like the
thing to do. Rowing second seat transformed
me into reasonable shape, but an hour of
practice followed by seven hours of smoking
and drinking was just too.. .English
Or too Miami, I suppose.
After six years and one 30th birthday
here in the Magic City, I finally changed my
priorities and got a gym membership. For the
past year or so, I've been working out with
Billy Piano, a trainer at LegacyFit in Edge-
water, located where NE 24th Street meets
the train tracks just west ofNE 2nd Avenue.
Where the road ends, the pain begins.
Last month a military-green school
bus showed up at Legacy's fenced-in
field across the street and a sign was
erected: "Miami Obstacle Course." I was
intrigued. What I like about working out
with Billy is the range of activity. It's
more than a typical bench press/curl/run
workout. We drag sleds, flip tires, swing
hammers, mix weights with body resis-
tance, and address every part of the body.
It's not about looking good; it's about
being fit, and having real endurance.
This seems to be the ethos of new
high-intensity fitness trends like boot
camp, CrossFit, and the like, and the

ultimate outlet for these fitness skills is
endurance racing. Spartan Race, Warrior
Dash, Tough Mudder, American Ninja
Warrior all familiar names by now.
In the 1980s, extreme and alternative
sports were taken about as seriously as
American Gladiator. But a lot changed
since then. Americans, despite our
reputation, are more and more fitness-fo-
cused; extreme and alt-sports have gone
mainstream, thanks to the X-Games; and
in the past decade especially, a prolifera-
tion of outdoor and survival-focused
programming has taken over cable.
From prime-time competitions like
Survivor and The Amazing Race to special-
ized instructional programs like Man vs.
Wild and Survivorman, to the new Esquire
Network, which is riddled with shows like
American Ninja Warrior and Boundless
(two guys traveling the world to compete
in endurance races), our nation is trans-
fixed on aggressive athletics.
Goodbye, Lance Armstrong. Hello,
SEAL Team 6.
So the military-green school bus opened
and out walked a stocky, bearded guy
named Dan Barrett. In his three-decade
career, Barrett was named a top national
trainer by Vogue magazine, served as the
director of fitness for the Fontainebleau Spa,
developed the Fittrek Nordic walking poles,
and founded Miami Sports Magazine.
Throughout his career, Barrett
has been involved in adventure and

Miami Obstacle Course's 20-foot, steep-incline rope wall.

endurance sports like paddle-boarding,
sea-kayaking, repelling, mountain
biking, and more. He caught the obstacle
course bug while covering a Spartan
Race for his magazine.
I had some time on my hands, so I
helped Barrett build the Miami Obstacle
Course. We unloaded 20-foot pieces of rein-
forced bamboo, steel tubing, green planks of
wood, piles of rope, and mesh -pieces of
ajungle-themed course he takes around the
country staging the Tarzan's Cup. A self-
professed "frustrated artist and engineer,"
Barrett handcrafted every element himself.
In the midday September heat, our
crew of four worked with little machinery
to erect a 20-foot, steep-incline rope wall;
a 24-foot cargo climb; a 20-foot gorilla
ladder; and all manner of hurdles, walls,
monkey rings, rope traverses, gorilla bars,
rope climbs, and of course a Tarzan swing.
The course spans 24,000 square feet
and has stadium lighting, and is, bar
none, the most physical labor I've ever
done. As satisfying as it was, I couldn't
wait to get back to my laptop.
With more than 30 obstacles, the final
product is a sight to behold. With ads for
endurance races all over social media,
and more and more people signing up,

the need for a proper training facility is
greater than ever. Most people wouldn't
guess that there's an entire complex
dedicated to this, right in the heart of
Edgewater. Most people don't realize
how physically challenging Tuff Mudder,
Spartan, and other races really are, and
the level of training they require.
I admit I was terrified when I took the
course for a test drive, and not because I
know what a poor handyman I am. Climb-
ing a 20-foot wall at a 45-degree angle.
Scaling a 20-foot rope. Getting across the
sandpit with only rings to grab. It's not only
mentally intimidating, but also physically
exhausting. The course left me hurting in
all new ways. After a few run-throughs,
though, I lost my fear of heights and the
competitiveness came roaring out of me.
If you're signed up for a race or just
want to get fit in a truly interesting way,
go check out the course. You'll feel like a
caveman crossed with a soldier a sen-
sation your day job probably doesn't offer.

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seasonal classics ranging from "Spanish
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The free Symphony of Lights runs every
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times every hour on the hour, 6:00 p.m. to
11:00 p.m. Other seasonal events this month
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ber 14 and 15 (www.GulfstreamParkArt, for info) and New Year's Eve at
Gulfstream Park, a free festival with family
fun, entertainment, giveaways, food/drink
specials, and horsing around (go to www.
From the folks at Miami International
Film Festival comes a gift suggestion for
the movie buffs on your holiday lists: Pur-
chase a Miami Film Society membership.
Benefits naturally include tix to 2014's
MIFF (March 7-14), but also year-round
fun like MFS-only VIP receptions, free
film screenings, reserved seating at gala
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Nothing wrecks the fun of finding
perfect gifts like worrying about getting
them to far-flung friends and family mem-
bers, on time and intact. How does Santa
do it? No time to go to the North Pole for
answers, and no need. After 34 years in
business, Barbara and Nancy at Private
Postal Systems (12555 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-895-6974) have the answers. Among
the full range of mail services/supplies the
business provides are packing, then ship-
ping via UPS, FedEx, DHL, or the post
office. Just bring in your wrapped gifts and
tell "The Girls" where your treasures need
to go. Call for expanded holiday hours.
While you're on the same block, why
not get one more worry income taxes -
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Center (12573 Biscayne Blvd., 786-329-
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too deeply into your holiday funds, thanks
to this month's deals from mother/son
team Olga and Michael Fidlin: Tax prep
for students or singles with one W-2 form
is just $45; for self-employed, independent
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Ever notice how sending gift packages
often seems to cost almost as much as the
gifts themselves? This month at Roadrun-
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Ave., 305-757-4949), Elizabeth Pagne takes
some of the sting out of shipping with a
$10 discount off any FedEx or DHL order
of $35 or more; just tell 'em you saw Road-
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As this month's "Miami Shores Mar-
ketplace" group ad makes clear, businesses
in the once-sleepy village continue grow-
ing. Welcome new advertiser Vida Nutri-
tion (11098 Biscayne Blvd., 786-479-4081).
Licensed nutritionist Dina Garcia offers
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weight loss, involving no loss of favorite
foods, no weighing/measuring, minimal
time commitment, and affordability. All's
customizable for individuals or groups
(including corporate wellness programs).
Call for a free consultation.
No question that all the December
festivities can take it out ofya. But relief
is nigh. Gift certificates are available this
month from Miami Shores Holistic Health
(9999 NE 2nd Ave. No. 300, 305-999-
5527). Licensed acupuncturist Kim Krause
has treatments for stress relief, increasing
energy, cosmetic acupuncture, and more.
There's no such thing as acupuncture
for houses, but renewing and restoring all
varieties of worn-out wood flooring to its
former gloriousness is a specialty of new
advertiser Mr. Wood Custom Floors (45
NW 103rd St., 305-758-7505). Mention the
BTthis month to co-owner Andres Avila for
a reader special: sanding and refinishing for
$1.75 per square foot (1000-ft. minimum).
Even with all of today's high-tech
toys, there's still something special about
finding a bike under the tree. This month,
Thomas Korray and Diego Pinzon at Bike
Nerds (9538 NE 2nd Ave., 786-332-3463)
are accepting trade-ins toward new bike
purchases, and offering top-secret pickups
and deliveries to ensure that the surprise
isn't spoiled.
At Proper Sausages (9722 NE 2nd
Ave., 786-334-5734), proprietors Danielle
and Freddy Kaufmann invite you to take a
break from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on De-
cember 20 for "A Proper Christmas Party."
Sample artisanal sausages like our person-
al favorite, fig and bleu cheese, and check
out a specially created hot dog. Fittingly,
sales benefit "A Way for a Stray," which
finds foster homes for actual neglected or
abandoned dogs. And all month, Proper
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"Toys for Tots" drive.
As for a Toys for Grown-Ups drive -
test drive, that is the general manager
of new advertiser Fiat of North Miami
(13110 Biscayne Blvd., 305-342-8500),
Fernando Arellano, is supporting the cause
this month with a $500 discount off the
purchase price of a 2014 Fiat; prices run
$16,195 to $22,095.
Christmas is supposed to be about
giving to others, but if you can gift yourself
at the same time, why not? Through De-
cember 31, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill is
offering a $5 bonus coupon for every $25 in
gift cards purchased at the three restaurants
in BT territory:14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-
949-8800; 3201 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-
5463; and 7 W. Flagler St., 305-789-0252.
As well as the full range of events one
would expect this month from Unity on
the Bay (411 NE 21st St., 305-573-9191)
comes something that seekers of spiritual
and enlightening gifts might not expect:
20% off all December purchases from The
Source Bookstore for readers who mention
the BT Offerings for all budgets include
Tibetan bells, crystal healing candles, Ec-
uadorian pashmina scarfs, aromatherapy
items, incense kits, jewelry, power stones,
journals, meditation CDs, much more. Hol-
iday hours are Monday through Thursday,
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.
to 2:00 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Starting December 26 comes the
anti-holiday syndrome known as "Post-
Christmas Letdown." Fortunately, Decem-
ber 26 is also the start of the ideal antidote:
the annual two-week sale at Scan Design
(3025 NE 163rd St., 305-944-7666). If the
North Miami Beach showroom's 22,000
square feet of contemporary furniture and
accessories home or office, indoor or
outdoor isn't enough, drive up to Hol-
lywood (4150 N. 28th Terr., 954-874-3888)
for 37,000 feet of striking savings, through
January 12. Get your gimmes going with a
preview at
Looking to start the new year in a new
abode? If luxury real estate is what you
want and you want it now, call new ad-
vertiser Zachary Belil (1111 Lincoln Rd.,
Miami Beach, 917-319-4617 or zach.belil@o, an "all business" former
New York Realtor who hasn't lost his
speed. When choosing a Miami brokerage,
he says, "It took me a New York second to
decide on Douglas Elliman." If he doesn't
pick up the phone immediately, he guaran-
tees a return call or text within 20 minutes.
If you're looking to rent, welcome new
advertiser Regatta Real Estate (786-502-
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One of the Biscayne Corridor's newest apart-
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two-bedroom apartments feature granite
countertops, dishwashers, central a/c, washer/
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Call or visit the leasing office at 716 85th St.
Whew. Let's eat! You can replenish
yourself almost anytime dinner, lunch,
even breakfast- at just-opened new adver-
tiser La Tour Eiffel (7281 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-754-0014). Food is (surprise!) French
but fusion, sort of a French/American/
Mediterranean mix. At dinner there's a two-
course $28.90 prix fixe dinner. But the most
interesting items are crlpes, done correctly:
the sweet ones with regular white flour, the
savory ones done, as is correct but rare in
America, with buckwheat flour.
No doubts either, about the specialty
at Fish Fish (13488 Biscayne Blvd., 786-
732-3124), but the fresh seafood market/
restaurant has a new menu for high
season, plus an all-new $39 four-course
"seafood flight" during Tuesday through
Sunday early-bird dinner hours, from
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The menu changes
but at press time was soup of the day,
grilled shrimp with lime aioli, an Italian-
esque baked snapper, and Key lime pie.
You'll need to reserve well in advance
for the ever-popular traditional Christmas
Eve dinner at the Royal Bavarian Schnit-
zel Haus (1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002, Decor
is always over-the-top at this festively lit
indoor/outdoor German restaurant/bier-
garten, but this season it's always totally
over-the-moon. And the Old World feast,
featuring roast goose, matches.
Finally: The typical overindulgences
of this holiday season may mean merely a
few extra pounds and hangovers for some
of us, but can be downright dangerous for
those with medical conditions like diabetes.
Appropriately, Leung Medical and Dental
Group has scheduled an educational
lecture, "Adjusting to Life with Diabetes,"
at two of the Miami-Dade County offices
of the practice this month. On December
6 at 9:30 a.m., certified diabetes educator
Diana Bell will speak at 888 NE 126th St.
No. 101; 305-899-1406. On December 17,
an English lecture starts at 2:00 p.m., and
there's a 3:00 p.m. Spanish lecture at 162
NE 13th Ave., 305-760-2950.
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houses PAMM, they may not realize that
the entire Miami arts world has under-
gone a significant structural shift over
the past few years as well.
But first, to Art Basel.
As many have observed, Art Basel,
this brief winter staging for the rich, the
powerful, and the hangers-on of the inter-
national art world, as well as the masses
with passes, has been both a blessing and
a curse for Miami. Few other cities are
exposed to such a vast and dazzling array
of art each year, the dozens of satellite art
fairs, hundreds of exhibits.
It lets us in on global art-world
trends. But it also reminds us of the
commercialism and glossy privilege
that can make for unfair arbiters of art.
And when the collectors jet off again,
local artists, galleries, and museums
are left with the harder task of develop-
ing a homegrown, sustainable habitat
for the humanities.
Recent shifts in our local arts man-
agement hold great promise for helping
Miami to move beyond Art Basel, to de-
velop a sense of its own artistic strength.
For example, until 2005, the Perez
Art Museum Miami had, in essence,
been a one-woman show, directed and
curated by Suzanne Delehanty. Today
the museum has three curators and a
separate director, Thorn Collins.
MOCA was also guided by one
individual, Bonnie Clearwater, until she
moved on last summer to the Museum
of Art Fort Lauderdale. Alex Gartenfeld,
appointed in May, is serving as chief
curator and interim director while the
MOCA board of directors undertakes a
national search for a permanent director.

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MOCA's chief curator Alex Gartenfeld: Video, performance art, and "how
new media are impacting the field."

The Curators
Continued from page 26
Likewise, the Bass Museum operated
for years under Diane Camber, in 2008, the

board appointed Silvia Karman Cubifi
director and chief curator. Since then the
museum introduced a one-year Knight
Arts-funded curatorial position (now in its
third year), and this summer added Jose

From "Love of Technology," Alex Gartenfeld's debut show as MOCA's
new curator.

Diaz, a Miami-native who adjust returned
from working for the Tate Liverpool in
England, as full-time curator of exhibitions.
On Lincoln Road, the ArtCenter has both a

director and curator, another recent develop-
ment. The Wolfsonian has added curators;
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and the Miami-Dade College gallery system
has exploded, with the Freedom Tower now
a permanent exhibition space with its own

new director and guest curators. Galleries
too seem to be adding staff, from curators
to public relations specialists.
All this suggests that Miami's institutions
have expanded personnel, programs, and
fundraising to keep pace with the growing

ArtCenter/South Florida curator Susan Caraballo: "I'd like to expand the
center's dialogue in participatory and performance art."

arts scene. Good news for the city. These
recent hires people with local, national,
and international perspectives and voices -
will enrich a community ready for growth.

Yet Miami has some work ahead in
order to bring it to the next level. We

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talked to some of the curators whose job
it is to do just that. First, what they envi-
sion for their institutions.

All eyes will be on PAMM this
month, and expectations are high.
Chief curator Tobias Ostrander,
who was hired in September 2011 after
serving as curator or director at muse-
ums and galleries in Mexico City, SAo
Paulo, and New York City, was brought
in to help deliver on those expectations.
"I hope to bring an international per-
spective," Ostrander says, "but one that
reflects issues and ideas relevant to Miami."
To that end, the inaugural exhibits have a
distinct theme of migration, rootlessness,
loss and recovery, and rebuilding.
"I hope PAMM's program can help
develop a rich conversation about the
role art can play in society," he adds,
iho" art can raise questions, provoke
thought, and develop new models and
ways of approaching complex issues that
face contemporary culture, both locally
and internationally."

MDC's Jeremy Mikolajczak on his new home: Miami is "a place where
opportunities happen overnight."

These themes find expression in
the first installation one will see upon
entering the museum: For Those in
Peril on the Sea. Caribbean-native
Hew Locke's boats of all sizes and

colors hang from the ceiling, while
just a stone's throw away lies the real
bay, where so many people have ar-
rived through smugglers' boats, rickety
buckets, and even cruise ships.

Associate curator Diana Nawi, hired
in 2012, comes with expertise in the
Americas and the Middle East. Before
joining PAMM, she worked with the
Guggenheim Foundation to help es-
tablish the contemporary art museum
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. She brings
two videos that will premiere during
the inauguration, both of which are
from women and deal with a sense of
statelessness; one comes from Israel, the
other Morocco.
MOCA's Alex Gartenfeld, hired out
of New York, says that his museum's
dedication to presenting important work
by emerging artists, and to reframe the
work of more established artists in a
new context, is a vision he embraces.
"Indeed," he says, "it's a major reason
that drew me to the institution." But the
26-year-old former online editor of Art
in America has a distinctly 21st-century
outlook, with an emphasis on video and
performance art, and iho" new media
are impacting the field, both in the kind
of art that is being made, as well as the
themes that are being explored."

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In late 2011, Jeremy Mikolajczak
moved from Kansas City, Missouri, to take
the newly created post of executive director
and chief curator of Miami-Dade College's
art gallery system. A somewhat rudderless
organization at the time, it is now split into
the MDC Galleries of Art + Design (at the
various campuses) and the Museum of Art
+ Design at the Freedom Tower. This fall
the Freedom Tower featured two exhibits,
one a sprawling retrospective from Cuban
painter Antonia Eiriz, the other a show of
two female artists, one of them the locally
based Sara Stites.
"I'm personally interested in artists
with longstanding and committed studio
practice," he replies when asked what
he'd like to highlight under his direction,
"people who may have flown under the
radar or are past the emerging phase of
their career. Artists who are still inter-
ested in taking risks."
He echoes other curators in his com-
mitment to schedule diverse program-
ming reflective of Miami's own diversity.
"We position ourselves as a reflection of

CIFO director Jes6s Fuenmayor: "A city that is just realizing it needs an
adequate cultural institutional infrastructure is a city that has a long way
to go."

the educational institution we're part
of- MDC," Mikolajczak adds. "As one
of the most diverse institutions in the
country, it's a broad and lofty vision, but
also an important one."
After some up and down years, the
ArtCenter/South Florida brought in
both a new executive director and new
curator last year, Maria del Valle and
Susan Caraballo, respectively. Part of
their emphasis is on performance art and
developing an international residency
program. For Art Week Miami, the
visiting-artist program's first participant,
Madrid-based Juan L6pez, will hold a
solo show in the main gallery.
"I'd like to expand the center's dialogue
in participatory and performance art," says
Caraballo. An underutilized ArtCenter
building in the 900 block of Lincoln Road
has been modified to make more room
for exhibits and interactive events for
example, a place for sound artist Gustavo
Matamoros and his Listening Club.
CIFO, the exhibition space founded
by collector Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, has
a slightly different mission. Under the

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direction of Jesuis Fuenmayor since 2012,
CIFO highlights two shows a year, one
of which is the Grants and Commissions
program, which allows up to ten artists
from Latin America to produce contem-
porary works, heavy on installation, video,
and conceptual pieces.
Fuenmayor, who came here from
directing Perifrrico Caracas Arte Con-
temporhneo in Caracas, says he'd like to
use his position to change some miscon-
ceptions about Miami's place in the art
world. "Many people think of Miami as
a hub for Latin America more specifi-
cally, for Latin American art," he says.
"However, the cultural institutions in
Miami are far from being a reference for
the Latin American art community."
He thinks Miami artists and institu-
tions should collaborate to develop as
a serious Latin American cultural arts
center, to turn "that myth of the Latin
American hub into a reality." He wants
CIFO to "continue its commitment to
broadening the global understanding
of work by contemporary artists from

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CIFO's Grants and Commissions program.

Latin America, and moving beyond the
traditional paradigms and stereotypes
associated with Latin American art."
The Wolfsonian-FlU is best known
not for contemporary art, but for its art
and design works dating from the early -
and mid-20th Century. It too has been in-
fused with new blood. Christian Larsen
took on his role as curator just this past

September. While not veering far from
what has made the Wolfsonian unique,
he does envision programming that
embraces the rich legacies and contem-
porary contributions of Latin America.
Says Larsen: "Brazil, Argentina, and
Mexico in particular have been produc-
ing absolutely original and astonishing
designs of great innovation and aesthetic

achievement that have been influential
through the curious international paths
in which these objects travel. Yet these
designs from our southern neighbors
have been almost completely unrecog-
nized in the United States."

hese are refreshing voices
speaking of the visions they've
formulated for Miami's cultural
scene. And they should help the local
arts community, which is still young
and at times overwhelmed by the annual
tsunami that is Art Basil. The festival's
glare over the past decade has created an
almost frenetic pace of art-making and
delivering, which gave way to a quality
of redundancy and familiarity we
were seeing the same things over and
over from the same hands, hands that
needed a creative, meditative rest and
some curative guidance.
The Wolfsonian's Larsen admits that
while he's only been here a few short
months, his impression is that Miami
does seem obsessed with artistic com-
mercialism. "I hope Miami will begin to

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The Wolfsonian's Christian Larsen: "Miami seems to be in the throes of
luxury cars, extravagant apartments, and high-priced fine art or so it
appears to me after two months here."

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recognize that even ordinary, everyday
objects, like a chair or a phone, can have
profound implications for and impact on
industry, the economy, the environment,
and the way we live our lives," he says.
"Right now," he adds, "Miami seems
to be in the throes of luxury cars, ex-
travagant apartments, and high-priced
fine art or so it appears to me after
two months here. All of these serve
many complex purposes, too. However,
if the Wolfsonian can help people think a
bit more deeply about their relationship
to history and to consumption, and the
meanings we create from the things with
which we surround ourselves, I'll feel
like I've done my job."
Gartenfeld at MOCA thinks the
ingredients are here for Miami to gradu-
ate into a mature arts center, but that
the educational outlets need to kick it
up a notch: "Given what a huge arts

destination Miami has become," he says,
"the local universities need to make a
stronger commitment to advancing
academic scholarship of contemporary
art history."
Fuenmayor at CIFO isn't quite sure
the building blocks exist yet. "Some-
times it's important to be honest," he
says. "A city that is just realizing it
needs an adequate cultural institutional
infrastructure the Perez Art Museum,
for instance is a city that has a long
way to go before offering a high-quality
international art program. Once the
city's cultural infrastructure is in place,
in the best-case scenario, it's going to
take at least five years for those institu-
tions to create a [culture] that is compa-
rable to other big cities."
And going back to those who create
the art, Ostrander at PAMM notes, "At
times I feel artists are too quick to
produce, and could benefit from slowing

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down their process and thinking, to
spend more time on research and investi-
gation of the materials and ideas they're
pursuing, without feeling the pressure to
show and make things too rapidly."
As to our area's strengths, there seems
to be consensus that one of Miami's
greatest assets is its role as a gateway city
to populations from around the globe. "I
think Miami is one of the most interest-
ing art scenes to watch and be part of,"
says Mikolajczak of MDC galleries. "It's
been made and shaped by an influx of the
international community, and from Latin
America. That alone has opened so many
doors and opportunities.... I think Miami
and its embrace of change has created
opportunity and possibility. It's a place
where opportunities happen overnight,
and the mix of arts and commerce has
catapulted many careers."
MOCA's Gartenfeld sees Miami as a
cultural magnet as well. "The strength of
Miami's art scene is that artists are drawn
to Miami," he offers. "I've already had
the pleasure of meeting so many art-
ists here, but also bringing artists down
to Miami and seeing how inspired they
become by the context. The location
and weather and community attract an
international group who bring with them

a healthy variety of ideas and practice."
Almost all those interviewed agree
that collaboration among institutions,
artists, schools, and the public is already
happening, and in an organic way. Many
point to the proliferation of artist-run
collaborative spaces as examples of
infrastructure being created from the
ground up. These include Dimensions
Variable, Bas Fisher Invitational, Bridge
Red, Under the Bridge, 6th Street Con-
tainer, and the latest, GucciVuitton.
The ArtCenter has been collaborat-
ing with the Bass Museum, and it's
interesting to note that the new PAMM
museum will be within blocks of the
Freedom Tower and CIFO. It's an excit-
ing development.
Of course, new curators are always
optimistic, but the universal desire to
bring institutions and individuals to-
gether is encouraging.
While Miami's multiculturalism has
been advantageous, it has also been a
detriment, producing silos of isolated ac-
tivity within ethnicities, classes, neigh-
borhoods, and, yes, institutions. Narrow
interests have kept Miami as a whole
from progressing.
Our new curators are not bound by
such constraints, and that's a good thing.
We anticipate great things from them.

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Soyka at 70, News Cafe

at 25
Has it been that long? A quarter century since Mark Soyka helped
to invent South Beach?

By John Dorschner
Special to the BT
On December 2, restaurateur Mark
Soyka hits 70, and his famed
News Cafe on South Beach marks
a quarter century remarkable longev-
ity in a highly volatile business. Soyka is
often hailed as a visionary for opening on
Ocean Drive well before the crowds came,
and then, in 1999, for opening Soyka Res-
taurant at 55th and Biscayne, a move that
many believe sparked the rejuvenation
of the Boulevard. He employs about 600
people in his operations, which include
partnerships in the Van Dyke Cafe and

Segafredo on Lincoln Road.
Born in Israel, Soyka spent two
decades in New York, managing a disco
roller rink among other things, before
being lured by developer Tony Gold-
man to help manage Goldman's newly
acquired properties on South Beach. For
many years he has lived in the Upper
Eastside, most recently in a Morning-
side house he built that has a traditional
exterior but an interior that is essentially
a huge one-room loft with balcony.
Here are some of his top memories, plus
his plans for a new venture that, he says,
gi\ cs. me goose bumps." (Disclosure: Soyka
is the Biscayne Times's landlord.)

Soyka at his Morningside home: "I wanted Soyka to be a family
restaurant. Meatloaf and champagne that's the Soyka mentality."

Biscayne Times: You decided to keep
News Cafe open around the clock at a
time when nights were pretty dead on
South Beach. How'd that happen?
Mark Soyka: That was by coincidence.
I'm a dinosaur. I never touched a com-
puter in my life. I have an old-fashioned
phone. I don't know how to extract mes-
sages from it.
Anyway, when I opened, everybody
said I had to have an alarm system. One

busy day the alarm went off. It was crazy.
I called the alarm company: Tell me what
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waited five minutes and took a big kitchen
knife and cut all the wires. I said to the
staff: We no longer have an alarm. We're
open 24 hours. And we haven't closed the
place in 20-some years. I don't even have
keys to the front door.

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What If They Held an

Election and Nobody

A grand total of 362 Upper Eastside residents went to the polls on
November 19

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Senior Writer
On November 5, hours after the
polls closed, the Rev. Richard
Dunn's supporters were at Amer-
ican Legion Hall in the Upper Eastside,
sipping drinks, sampling food from the
buffet, and staring at the televised results
of the Hialeah, Miami Beach, and City
of Miami elections. It wasn't a festive

atmosphere. Most people were stunned
and depressed.
Before that night, local political
pundits had proclaimed Dunn, pastor of
Faith Community Church, the frontrun-
ner to replace Michelle Spence-Jones as
Miami city commissioner for District 5,
an area encompassing Miami's black-
majority communities of Overtown,
Liberty City, and Little Haiti, as well
as Buena Vista, the Design District,

Losing candidate Robert Malone (left) endorsed eventual winner Keon
Hardemon (right).

Wynwood, and thanks to redistricting
- the Upper Eastside neighborhoods of
Palm Grove, Bayside, Belle Meade, and

Dunn was endorsed by Miami city
commissioners Marc Sarnoff and Willy

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Miami Children's

Museum Lights Up

the Sky
From the MacArthur Causeway you can't miss it, even if you

wanted to

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Senior Writer

eff Berkowitz is a very busy man.
His company, Berkowitz De-
velopment Group, owns and runs
six shopping malls in Miami-Dade
County three in Kendall (including

residence in the United States) will
have a couple of amusement rides; a
"flying" movie theater, where viewers
will feel like they're soaring over parts
of South Florida; observation decks
with views of Biscayne Bay and the
skylines of Miami and Miami Beach;
and other features.

Developer Jeff Berkowitz commissioned Arquitectonica to design his
SkyRise, which he says will carry no outdoor advertising.

No, you can't buy a trip to Punta Cana from the Miami Children's

Museum it just looks that way.

Dadeland Station), one in Coral Gables
(Gables Station), one in Miami Beach
(5th and Alton), and one in Aventura
(Aventura Commons).
He's also preparing to get into the
observation-tower business. Last month
Berkowitz announced he's planning to
build a 1000-foot-tall structure called
SkyRise at Bayside Marketplace in
downtown Miami.
Instead of condos and offices, the
$250 million, Arquitectonica-designed
towering hairpin (to be financed by
foreign investors wishing to obtain

If the City of Miami's planners
sign off on the concept, and Berkow-
itz succeeds in finalizing a lease deal
with Bayside operator General Growth
Properties, the project will break
ground in mid-2014 and be completed
in mid-2017.
"When it's built, it will be the tall-
est building in Miami and the tallest
building on the Eastern seaboard south
of Atlanta," Berkowitz tells the BT.
"It'll be the second-tallest observation
tower in the country, behind Las Ve-
gas's Stratosphere; and the 87th-tallest

building in the world. It's going to be
an icon, Miami's Eiffel tower."
But you don't have to wait to see a
downtown bayfront spectacle. Just head
across the MacArthur Causeway toward
Miami or Miami Beach. Either way, you
can't miss it on Watson Island, even with
all the construction related to the billion-
dollar PortMiami tunnel.
Pulsating on the facade of the Miami
Children's Museum are three LED bill-
boards one on the west side and two
on the east side that are big enough
and bright enough to catch the eye of
even the most distracted driver.
Last month these billboards flashed
advertisements for Norwegian Cruise
Line, the Dominican Republic, Interjet
airline trips to Mexico City, and events
at the Miami Children's Museum itself.
The board chairman of the nonprofit
museum and charter school is none other
than Jeff Berkowitz.
Insisting that he's merely a volun-
teer, Berkowitz says the billboards will

generate income to enable the MCM to
enhance its exhibits and operate for de-
cades to come. "The billboards will help
us stay forever as a wonderful institu-
tion," he says.
Publicist Woody Graber asserts that
the billboards primarily promote events
at the museum and those of its partners.
"In a highly competitive educational and
entertainment market, we need every
tool available to make our programs and
exhibits visible to our target audience,"
Graber says in an e-mail. "Our content
and those of our partner institutions will
be generously displayed in rotation, and
it becomes an important component of
our marketing package."
As for the revenue from purely com-
mercial ads, Graber says the money
"will be reinvested in our institution to
provide an even more engaging experi-
ence for the nearly half-million children
and families we serve each year."

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The MCM also won't allow taste-
less or offensive advertising on its signs,
Graber insists: "First and foremost, the
Miami Children's Museum has total and
complete control over content that can
be displayed on this billboard. We will
never allow advertising that is objection-
able to our family environment and that
of our patrons. This includes alcoholic
beverages, adult material, cigarettes
(which we believe are not allowed
anyway), personal hygiene items, and
other controversial products. We will
further not allow political and election-
eering advertising. No advertisement can
appear on this billboard unless we have
first approved it!"
But Barbara Bisno, president of
Scenic Miami, a group that opposes
outdoor advertising, argues that the very
presence of the LED billboards, which
she can see clearly from her Venetian Is-
lands condominium, is offensive. "They
don't belong on a museum and they don't
belong on a charter school," she says.
"They're a terrible traffic menace. The
MacArthur Causeway is already famous
for fast cars and accidents.... You just
can't do it."
Counters Berkowitz: "All I know is
that we went through a legitimate pro-
cess and that the billboards are autho-
rized by the city."
On that point, Berkowitz is right. The
Miami City Commission did approve the
billboards. On May 23, 2012, the com-
mission authorized LED billboards of up
to 750 square feet for the museum, the
Gusman Center for the Performing Arts,
and the James L. Knight Center.
At the time, city officials expected
to garner $1 million a year in permit
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billboards at the three sites. Assistant
city manager Alice Bravo told commis-
sioners that MCM's billboards alone
would generate at least $800,000 in rev-
enue each year. "The city's share would
be 20 percent of that, roughly $150,000,"
she predicted. "Plus we would also be
receiving an annual recurring permit
fee of $252,000, for a total of roughly
$400,000 a year."
So far, only the Miami Children's
Museum has installed electronic
The 2012 ordinance was opposed
by Scenic Miami and other neighbor-
hood activists who didn't want "visual
pollution" on publicly owned facilities.
According to Peter Ehrlich, director of
Scenic Miami, no matter what City of
Miami officials agreed to, "the deal was
totally illegal."
Under Miami-Dade County's sign or-
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signs" are illegal anywhere in the county,
except on parcels of land that are at least
ten acres in size. Even then, the signs
can only advertise goods and services
provided on the premises.
The children's museum, which was
built on Watson Island with private
donations in 2003, leases just 2.3 acres
of land from the City of Miami. But even
ifMCM had leased ten acres or more,
Ehrlich contends, the museum can't
advertise goods and services it does
not provide. "You cannot buy a Nor-
wegian Cruise Line ticket at the Miami
Children's Museum," Ehrlich wrote in
a recent letter to Miami-Dade County
Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami City
Mayor Tomhs Regalado. "You cannot
buy an Interjet airline ticket at the
Miami Children's Museum. You cannot
buy a stay at Puerto Plata in the Domini-
can Republic at the Miami Children's

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breaking the law. In a memo dated April
17, 2012, just one month prior to Miami's
billboard authorization, Miami-Dade
County Attorney Robert Cuevas, Jr. de-
clared that programmable billboards on
large parcels of land can only promote
"point-of-sale" information (museum
events), not off-site information (vaca-
tions in Puerto Plata). Violators could be
fined as much as $20,000 each day.
Miami's own attorney had a different
opinion. According to a legal memo-
randum issued last year by then-city
attorney Julie Bru, Miami opted out of
the county's sign code in 2010.
Cuevas, however, insisted that
Miami cannot opt out of the entire sign
code. The code, Cuevas declared, only
allows cities to opt out of a very specific
But here's the catch: Enforcement of
the county's sign code is left to the cities
themselves. The county could order
local cities to comply with the law, but
that would require action by the county
mayor or the county commission. That
hasn't happened.
In fact, as revealed in "Billboard
Jungle" (l ... ii.. Times, August 2013),
Miami has even been encouraging the
proliferation of outdoor advertising
along major highways, in apparent viola-
tion of federal, state, and county laws.
That encouragement has included
electronic billboards. In April 2011, the
city amended its agreement with Clear
Channel Outdoor, allowing the company
to plant up to 14 LED billboards within
Miami. In 2010, the city approved an
ordinance to allow 350-foot-tall media
towers within the Omni redevelopment
district, a law that remains on the books.

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Gort, as well as county Commissioner
Audrey Edmonson and school board
member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall.
He'd also amassed a campaign ac-
count of $161,935, greater than his three
competitors combined. Dunn had even
declared to BT this past September that
he intended to win without a runoff.
But as the votes came in on Novem-
ber 5, it was Keon Hardemon, a 30-year-
old public defender, who was more than
20 percentage points ahead of Dunn.
"We are like in total shock," Dunn
campaigner Marie Bell confessed at the
time. "We made 6000 phone calls in the
past three months. We were polling at 60
When all the votes were tallied, Har-
demon captured 45.8 percent of the vote.
Dunn barely made the runoff, with 22.2
percent, just 44 votes ahead of third-
place finisher Jacquetta "Jacqui" Colyer,
a former administrator for the state
Department of Children and Families.
Educator Robert Malone, whose
support mainly came from the Upper
Eastside, finished last, with just 10.4
percent of the ballots.
Heading into the runoff race, Dunn
picked up endorsements from Colyer
(who also became his campaign advisor),
North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau,
and Joe Celestin, North Miami's first
Haitian-American mayor.
But Hardemon's team, which picked
up Malone's endorsement, hammered
Dunn for his lawsuit that prevented
Spence-Jones from running for another
term. Also not helping Dunn were the
widely reported series of missteps in
his campaign, including the $6000 fine
levied by the Miami City Clerk's Office
for turning in campaign reports late.
Hardemon's campaign was infused
with $135,000 in cash between No-
vember 1 and November 15, growing
to $225,384. Dunn, on the other hand,
reported raising only $8190 in the same
"Hardemon went on a rock star tour
of the town," says publicist Seth Gordon.
"The political money wants to be with the
winner. There's no loyalty, no friendship
other than what you get from immediate
family. The money goes to the one who's
perceived as winning."
And win Hardemon did. In the No-
vember 19 runoff, he slaughtered Dunn,
taking 72.3 percent of District 5's vote.

Dunn managed to win the majority of
votes in just one precinct, located in Al-
lapattah, where he captured 54 percent of
the 92 ballots cast. Hardemon and Dunn
tied in Precinct 542 in Lummus Park,
both receiving 26 votes. Everywhere else,
Hardemon was victorious.
"We did the best we could under the
circumstances," supporter Bell says. "It
is what it is. The people have spoken."
Chris Norwood, a political strate-
gist and Liberty City voter who was not
involved in any of the four candidates'
campaigns, says Dunn's fate was sealed
by the November 5 results. "When a
person gets twice as many votes as you
had, and you were the frontrunner," he
says, "it's obvious that most of the voters
turned against you a long time ago and
they're not coming back."
Although Hardemon had fewer funds
than Dunn heading into November 5,
he had one huge major advantage: his
family. His aunt and uncle, in particular,
Billy and Barbara Hardemon, are expe-
rienced campaigners in Liberty City and
"Hardemon ran a much more efficient,
and had a much more team-oriented
campaign strategy," Norwood says. That
strategy enabled him to win most of the
votes in 19 of the district's 35 precincts
on November 5. Dunn, on the other hand,
captured the most votes in just four pre-
cincts. Colyer and Malone, with far less
money, also each carried four precincts.
Another plus for Hardemon was
Spence-Jones. Still a popular figure in
Miami's black community, she cam-
paigned for Hardemon on radio and on
the street.
Then there was Hardemon himself, a
young, educated professional who cam-
paigned as hard as his staff and volun-
teers. "The voters have spoken, and what
they have said is that they want young
leadership," Norwood says.
Actually, most of District 5's voters
didn't speak at all. Of the district's
41,727 registered voters, only 6532
bothered to vote on November 5 for a
commission candidate a turnout of
15.7 percent. The November 19 runoff
between Hardemon and Dunnjust drew
4495 voters a turnout of 10.8 percent.
The low voter turnout echoes that
of previous city elections. Turnout was
particularly low in the Upper Eastside.
Only 701 of the Upper Eastside's 4921
registered voters went to the polls on

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News Cafe began without a kitchen, then went 24-7, then added real food
and a bar, then expanded, and paid its way.

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Did you and Tony Goldman foresee
from the beginning what South Beach
could become?
We created it. We didn't see it be-
cause it wasn't there to see. Places were
boarded up. The only police force you
saw was Miami Vice but anywhere
there is a camera and actors, it's never
the wrong image. Then the fashion
industry from Europe found it was easier
to shoot here, so all these models came.
And that brought more people.
You can't replace an ocean. Ocean
is ocean.
I enjoyed the association with Tony,
but I am an independent person and
wanted to do something on my own. I
had a passion for the hospitality business.
My parents had a little grocery store, so
I was cutting tomatoes when I was five
years old.
So I thought of News Cafe [at Ocean
Drive and 8th Street, in a building
owned by Goldman]. I opened a small
place first doing a little ice cream,
newspapers, like a kiosk in Israel. For
the first three, four years we didn't even
cook cold cuts, sandwiches, even the
eggs were hard boiled or soft boiled.
It was a cafe, a place for people to
hang out. You sit down and nobody will
ever chase you out. I was personally

involved, sat with the people, chatted
with them. It became at first a destina-
tion because there wasn't much around.
We kept expanding, from 20 seats to 40,
50. Now we have about 350.

Then you expanded to other
About 1994, I bought the Van Dyke
building. A friend of mine wanted to get
rid of it because it was a big headache.
That was my second restaurant. It took
as much effort as News Caf6. Every
place I open, I spend at least two years
on the floor, to get the ambiance I want.

What gotyou interested in the Upper
My wife and I were raising our children
in an apartment above News Cafe, but it
got too tight. I decided we had to find a
home, not too far from Miami Beach. I
found a small house in Bayside. My kids
went to Cushman.
And I'm a vintage-car collector. I
got a warehouse for them [where Soyka
Restaurant is now]. I had 15, 16 cars. I'd
sneak out of the house at midnight to talk
to my cars. A Bentley, Mercedes, Jag-
uars, and so forth. From the 1940s, '50s,
and '60s. I found those times interest-
ing technology like air conditioning
and power steering met the old school
craftsmanship, the wood, the leather.

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November 5, a turnout of 14.2 percent.
For the runoff, just 362 voters cast bal-
lots, or 7.3 percent.
Prior to the November 5 election,
the Upper Eastside, an economically
and ethnically mixed area, was seen as
a place where Colyer or Malone could
gather enough votes to make the runoff.
Most neighborhood activists were still
resentful of Spence-Jones and Sarnoff
for splitting the Upper Eastside between
District 2 and District 5. In the past, the
entire area was located in Sarnoff's Dis-
trict 2. They also saw Dunn as a puppet
of Sarnoff, and Hardemon as a prot6g6
of Spence-Jones.
Knowledgeable and involved resi-
dents, however, are rare. Frank Rollason,
a Belle Meade homeowner and former
City of Miami administrator, says most
of his neighbors tend not to vote at all.
He even warned Malone and Colyer
not to count on much support from the
Upper Eastside. "I explained to people
campaigning in the Upper Eastside that
they're going to find that people here
are pretty much disconnected and not
politically active," says Rollason, now
the interim city manager of North Bay
Village. "When Carlos Gimenez ran for
mayor of Miami-Dade County the first
time, I stood and held a sign for him [at

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In 2009, Miami staffers permitted a
3400-square-foot mesh video screen
for the Miami Heat-operated American
Airlines Arena. That screen not only
promotes arena events, it also advertises
banks, watches, insurance, and other
things unrelated to the arena.
The response to Miami's actions
from county, state, and federal officials:
legal letters, offers to negotiate, or out-
right silence.
In such a permissive environment,
it's not surprising that PortMiami direc-
tor Bill Johnson would want to get in
on the action. Last year he proposed
installing LED billboards facing the
MacArthur Causeway in a bid to
increase revenue by promoting local
tourist attractions. That idea has yet to
be approved by the county commission.
The anything-goes legal atmosphere
also inspired the original developer
of SkyRise, known initially as Solar

the polling station] from 7:00 a.m. to
7:00 at night, and 65 people bothered to
show up."
Belle Meade activist Frank Azenha
says most Upper Eastside residents only
moved into the area recently. "I think
there's a much younger, yuppie genera-
tion moving into the Upper Eastside,"
Azenha ventures. Since many of the new
arrivals are "30-somethings with kids,"
Azenha is sure the new arrivals will
become more engaged over time.
Norwood contends that the Upper
Eastside did have an impact on the
election. Voters there helped ensure that
there would be a runoff.
Not even Colyer's entry into the Dunn
campaign could help him regain the
ground he lost November 5. That's be-
cause many of her campaigners defected
to Hardemon's side, says Lawanda Harde-
mon Washington, part of the Hardemon
team. Colyer, she claims, never explained
to her supporters that she was considering
working with Dunn, a man she'd criti-
cized severely during the campaign.
Colyer didn't return a phone call
from the BT Marie Bell says Colyer's
"hard-core" team actually joined the
Dunn camp. As for the "part-time day
workers," she says it's possible some
went with Hardemon. "They go where
the jobs are," she says.


Universe. The developer's plans for an
"energy media mesh display" were ap-
proved by the city's planning department
in June 2010, despite a lack of any details
regarding the "media mesh."
When Jeff Berkowitz bought the
rights to Solar Universe, the name and
other design elements changed, includ-
ing the media mesh, which morphed into
an "interactive exhibit."
So what's the interactive exhibit? It
won't be a sign, vows Berkowitz: "This
is not a media tower, and we've met
with the usual folks who are concerned
and assured them there will be no LED
billboards on SkyRise."
Instead, the so-called interactive
exhibit will be seen only from inside the
building. Berkowitz suggests it might
have something to do with Star Wars or
Indiana Jones. "We're working," he says,
"with the Disney Company and Lucas
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To me, it's moving art. I diluted my
collection because I wasn't driving them
- not enough to make them healthy
and happy. I said, Well, I have to do
something with that space. Cars interest
me. Restaurants interest me. Nothing
else interests me. So I decided to open
a restaurant. The area needed it. [The
restaurant opened in May 1999.]
I love pioneering. I don't worry about
prostitutes or crack addicts [who were
still on the Boulevard then]. I'm a New
Yorker. And when you turn the lights on
in the parking lots, they look for some
other place to hang out.
I wanted Soyka to be a family restau-
rant. Meatloaf and champagne that's
the Soyka mentality. I took a chance with
Soyka, yes, but I'm a person who makes
decisions. Most people, it's hard for them
to make decisions. And I was never sorry
for the decisions I made. I made some
mistakes. I opened two big places a
News Cafe in Coconut Grove and Bras-
serie Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale [both of
which he sold within two years].
Then I had a chance [in 2007] to sell
the Van Dyke building. I agreed as long
as I got a very long lease for the restau-
rant. We have two floors. There's a music
room on the second floor.

Did you sell it for twice what you paid
for it?
Fifteen times. The money helped me to
be a little free of mortgages, to relax a
little bit. And I sold half the shares in the
restaurant to Graziano [Sbroggio, head
of Graspa Group]. We're good friends.
So basically we were equal partners in
Van Dyke and Segafredo.

And Graziano now runs Soyka as well?
No, that's different. About two years ago,
I lost my chef when his wife decided to
take a job in North Carolina. I realized
my knowledge of the kitchen was lacking.
I asked Graziano if he would take over
the management of the kitchen in Soyka.
But he's not a partner there. He's spent
two years, and he brought it back to a
situation that's comfortable for me. And
now we are not parting, but he no longer
needs to hold my hand in the kitchen.

Are any of your children interested in
My two oldest, Paloma and Gabriel, no.
He's into film, she's more into fashion.

But the two youngest, Sasha and Daniel
- they're 22 and 20 they have a wish
to become part of the business. Daniel
already works as a waiter at Soyka. But
to take control, they need to be a little
older. I've told them, go to China, go to
India, do whatever you have to do, and
when the time comes in two or three,
four years, they can take over. But if they
don't, I don't fear the place will fall apart.
I have a good team in place.

At 70, are you scaling back?
No. I go to each restaurant every day, but
I'm not opening any new ones. A res-
taurant is a couple of million of dollars
and two years of your life and a hundred
employees minimum.

Did Soyka cost $2 million?
More. The kitchen alone is $400,000 to
$600,000. The computers you see the
waiters use take $200,000. But I wasn't
using investors. The News Cafe and Van
Dyke paid for everything.

What's next?
I want to do whatever gives me goose
bumps. Vintage cars give me goose
bumps. So in January I'm opening a
vintage car showroom. Toys for big boys.
That's not what it's going to be called,
but that's what it is. It will be at 55th
Street Station a vintage car boutique.
I just bought a '47 Chrysler New Yorker
convertible. I'm going to look for cars all
over the country and sell them. From 70
to 90, that's what I look to do.

What are you likely to do at night?
I'm a political junky. I watch Rachel
Maddow, Chris Matthews on MSNBC.
I'm a Democrat. I believe in helping
people with healthcare and all of this.

If you went out to eat tonight, where
would you go if it's not a place ofyours?
I'm basically a bagel and cream cheese
kind of guy. I don't go out much. I'm
a little bit of a hermit. I like Lincoln
Road, TiramesU [run by Graspa, his
business partners]. But a lot of my food
comes from Soyka. My kids grew up on
Andiamo Pizza [which he owns]. I go to
Michy's. I go there for the wine. Food
I'm not that fussy about.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: NORTH MIAMI

A Report Card for Mayor

Lucie Tondreau
First rule: This is not your high school lunchroom

By Mark Sell
BT Contributor
Ed Koch, the late great mayor of
New York, was fond of asking,
'How'm I doin'?" as he walked
around his city streets.
It takes guts to ask, and most of us are
too cowardly. Hiding from the truth is
easier if it's going to cost you in the end.
Strong medicine, like sunlight, disinfects.
So here's a six-month report card for
Mayor Lucie Tondreau of North Miami
from this corner of the peanut gallery. We
can give her neither an A nor an F since
her June election and she's too complex
to be dismissed with a mediocre C. She's

in danger of squandering her potential, but
many of her problems appear fixable.
Let's stipulate that the City of North
Miami produces plots worthy of a
Carl Hiaasen novel every blessed day.
Consider Friday, November 1. That's the
day agents from the Miami-Dade State
Attorney's Office, investigating possible
absentee-ballot fraud, raided Tondreau's
public relations consulting office on W.
Dixie Highway. Records belonging to
her campaign treasurer, Nacivre "Char-
lie" Charles, were also named in the
search warrant.
That same day, police arrested
Charles for driving with a suspended
license. (Coincidence, right?)

Tondreau and Galvin at dedication ceremony November 2.

The next morning, fresh and pressed,
Mayor Lucie dedicated a garden at the
Griffing Community Center to The Lodge,
a woman's shelter for victims of domestic
violence. Charles, who'd been released
on bond, lurked in the background. The
crowd of 11 or so was composed of city
staffers, Councilman Scott Galvin, me, my
daughter, folks from The Lodge, and one
member of the general public, as far as I
could tell. It was a nice event.
So. How's she doin'?
Let's start with the good stuff.

Lucie Tondreau is sharp, tough, likable,
and charming. She has a good BS detector
that will likely improve with time in office.
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She's also gutsy.
And yes, she has screwed up, at times
royally. Some of her gaffes can be chalked
up as rookie errors. Some are dumb, and
others have been needlessly spiteful.
Her coco douce remark last May
about her particular allure was unfortu-
nate, even if the boast was picked up in
a form of opposition cell phone "entrap-
ment" in the heat of the campaign. Still,
unwise, to say the least.
Her dimness about Robert's Rules of
Order radiated when she resisted proper
pushback by council members Scott
Galvin and Carol Keys over the place-
ment of big-ticket items, like major con-
tracts, charter schools, and annexation
questions, on the consent agenda, which
is designed for routine items only.
The city's rules may be elastic, but
enough already.
There's the challenge to her actual resi-
dency rattling around in the Third District
Court of Appeal. (Councilman Philippe
Bien-Aime has a dodgy residency, too.)
Tondreau is represented by ace white-
collar criminal defense and appellate
lawyer Ben Kuehne, who talked down
Andres Pierre's ethics fine, over failure

to pay soccer-field fees, from $28,000
to $7000. It's not for nothing that Andre
Pierre awarded Kuehne, a master of
exhausting the court, the key to the city.
Kuehne promptly returned the thanks by
representing Lucie Tondreau.
Bringing North Miami Police Chief
Marc Elias along as your bodyguard in
Haiti at a cost to our taxpayers of $3000
is just dumb. The same goes for giving
your kids police escorts to school.
Interesting column intermission:
Like most local municipalities (excep-
tions are the City of Miami and Miami-
Dade County), North Miami uses a
"weak mayor" form of government. The
mayor is paid about $48,000 a year,
council members $36,000 a year. For
people who, like most of us, cobble to-
gether their livings (like Lucie Tondreau
or Scott Galvin, for that matter), it's a
nice chunk of change.
County commissioners, by the way,
have made $6000 a year since 1957, back
when you could actually eat on that amount.
Bottom line: The city manager (in
the current instance, former police chief
Stephen Johnson) tends to call the shots.
Mayors preside over (not dictate) council

meetings and break ties. By charter, they
do not run the city.
Back to mayor's report card. Worse
still, is the opacity about where money goes.
Case in point: A few months back, Mayor
Tondreau, Councilwoman Marie Steril, and
the council approved funneling $1.5 million
in improvements to "the city." So why the
hell did all of it end up in Councilman Bien-
Aime's district? Was it perchance a way to
secure his vote to tip the council 3-2 more
often? That's what it sure looked like.
Councilwoman Carol Keys of District
2 called the mayor and management on
it, and she made a good point. But Lucie
Tondreau and Marie Steril shut her down.
When Tondreau and Steril gang up and
preach about "doing the business of
the city," and about Keys "not being an
activist anymore," they're only ensuring
that civility goes out the window. You
can cut through the tension with a knife.
Is this a high school lunchroom, or is
it a city?
Why do Tondreau and Steril persist
in ganging up this way? Why do they
keep calling a well-prepared council-
member out of order when her questions
are, in fact, in order?

I have no dog in this fight. But it's
time to be civil and professional, and let
fellow members on the dais and mem-
bers of the public have their say. They
don't have to like one another person-
ally, but this council is showing signs of
being as dysfunctional as the last one.
Just stop it!
Far too much is at stake. The city's
finances are a mess. Finance director Vernon
Paul resigned suddenly. City manager
Johnsofn's administration is trying to sweep
city hall of many of its senior employees and
much of its institutional memory. Developer
Michael Swerdlow's $20 million that came
in through the chimney is going or gone. Can
anyone say "independent forensic audit"?
Looming over everything, of course,
is the Great Vexation of Biscayne Land-
ing, with 194,000 cubic yards of soil
contaminated with aluminum silicate,
sitting right next to the benighted little
neighborhood of Highland Village.
We're all in this together, and most of
us would rather see the mayor succeed
than fail. Imagine, a reform mayor in
North Miami. Now, there's a killer app.

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Downtown Miami Hosts

a Moveable Fest

All aboard the Metromover. Next stop, buskers!

By Adam Schachner
BT Contributor

iami's free Metromover, the
electric rail system that covers
a 4.4-mile loop of downtown,
is a charming way to get around, but
each time I've hopped one, I've felt that
something was missing really, all I
need to make my ride perfect is a gypsy
jazz guitarist playing like Django Rein-
hardt. Is that so much to ask?
Apparently, I'm not alone in my wish
for some entertainment along the way.
On Friday, December 13, Miami's
first Buskerfest (buskers being street
performers) will feature musical perfor-
mances at each of the eight inner-loop

Metromover station stops. With the
Metromover cars taking less than three
minutes between stops, there's a lot of
opportunity to visit each station.
In addition, people will be able to
linger here and there, and enjoy neigh-
borhood businesses, dining spots, and
watering holes.
Buskerfest begins at 5:00 p.m., with
local bands performing 45-minute sets
at the various stops. Visitors will receive
"passports" that contain a map and sched-
ule information. (There'll also be a mobile
app, with the same information, for those
with smartphones.) At each station they
can collect passport "stamps"; those with
the most stamps will be entered for raffle
prizes from downtown restaurants and

businesses at the evening s closing, which
takes place at Bayfront Park.
Performances will reportedly repre-
sent a cross-section of Miami's undiscov-
ered and emerging talent. The map and
schedule will launch one week before the
event, according to organizers. Playing
off the busker tradition of impromptu
performance, they're keeping a tight
lid on who's playing where in order to
encourage festivalgoers to be surprised
by what they find.
Performers will be competing in their
own "battle of the bands" as audiences

vote on their favorite groups. The top
three groups will receive free studio
time or discounts on instruments and
instrument repairs.
At 9:00 p.m., when Buskerfest
moves to Bayfront Park, the evening
will culminate in a performance by the
Spam Allstars at the Tina Hills Pavil-
ion. The Allstars' self-stylized (and
signature) electronic descarga mixes
jazz spontaneity with Latin groove in a
manner that defies description: You'll
know when you hear it because you
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The event is the brainchild of Whereby.
Us, which describes itself as an "open
community group that brainstorms,
designs, and executes small projects that
make our ridiculous wonderful city a
better place to live and play." Organizers
obtained grant money and support from
Awesome Foundation, the Downtown De-
velopment Authority, Downtown Miami
Partnership Inc., I.D. Art, Emerge Miami,
and the New World Symphony. (Miami's
is just one of many busker festivals that
take place around the world; the website
Busker Central showcases these events
throughout the year.)
An art competition led up to Miami's
BuskerFest, with calls for area visual
artists and designers to craft a logo and
publicity poster; the work of winner
Fabio Perez and runner-up Eric Karbel-
ing can be seen at Buskerfest website,
Miami has had its share of music fes-
tivals, but there's something special about
the philosophy that inspired Buskerfest.
Built around free public transit and the
vision of a walkable downtown, the event
is a nod to Miami's city center and a call
to fill its sparse nighttime streets.

Justin Trieger, one of Buskerfest's
organizers and New World Symphony
multimedia program designer, sees the
festival as a way to showcase the down-
town's nighttime potential through artistic
offerings and the businesses and organi-
zations that make it up. "How do we get
downtown active after dark?" he asks.
Trieger's organizational inspiration
stems from his experience living in a
downtown high-rise. There's a disconnect
that comes from inhabiting close quarters
yet sharing limited contact, he says, and it
can be stifling. "It's bizarre that you can
have 1200 people in a building, but only
a handful know each other. There needs
to be some energy coming from the com-
munity to pull professionals and creative
back to Miami, rather than shuffling them
off to more vibrant cities."
The ambition behind Buskerfest also
illuminates the belief that downtown is on
its way to something special. The popula-
tion is increasing, the draw to live there is
intensifying now it needs the special
touches to make people want to be there.
"The event is an opportunity to
engage the many young professionals
who work and live in the area, or come

to the area for entertainment," says
Sonja Bogensperger of the Downtown
Development Authority. The DDA chose
Buskerfest as one of seven grant recipi-
ents that are sponsoring projects to inject
activity into downtown's cultural affairs.
There's a need, she adds, to "focus on
the use of public transportation, local arts,
and culture, and appeal to the key popula-
tion demographics of downtown Miami."
Amid the renaissance of isolated
neighborhoods, such as Wynwood, the
challenge is to make downtown Miami a
destination of its own accord. There are
pockets of activity in our city center, but
its fragmented layout inhibits movement
between attractions. The beauty in Busk-
erfest is that it encourages meandering,
drawing attention to Miami's easy transit
as well as to its music.
"The reason for hosting the perfor-
mances at Metromover sites was to
facilitate traveling around quickly for
access to diverse performers," Trieger
says, "and to make it easy to explore
businesses close to the stops. The orga-
nizers enjoy public transit we appreci-
ate what it allows people in urban areas
to do, and we wanted to use this event

to introduce people who are unfamiliar
with [public transit] and celebrate the
regular use of facilities."
Andrew "DJ Le Spam" Yeomanson
of the Spam Allstars recalls that his first
paid gig was on the corner of NE 2nd
Avenue and 1st Street, in 1995. "We got
hired to play on the corner across from
the Wolfson," he says.
His appreciation for gigging down-
town reflects the cultural mixtures in his
music. "As you move around Miami, the
demographics tend to shift and change,"
he adds. "Downtown you've got the
homeless guy and the real estate tycoon.
It's important that we experience each
other. That's what Miami is about. I
really like downtown for that reason."
At its heart, Buskerfest is an
homage to downtown as a space exem-
plifying Miami's character. The sense
that our city center verges on a cultural
boom should remind us that it has
always hosted creative icons. In many
ways, Buskerfest won't just innovate
downtown attractions it will bring
some home.

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Rankings Roundup-

for Better or Worse
When it comes to being first, Miami Shores will take it

By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor
My mother-in-law was watch-
ing the news one Saturday
morning in late October when
she heard a surprising story. Apparently,
Miami Shores had just been named the
No.1 place in the United States where
"single men and women want to have
children right now."
In a way, it's nice that the survey-
ors and researchers who conduct such
things aren't talking about the number
of churches per square mile, a group-
ing in which Miami Shores also usually
ranks high. But in the annals of strange
accolades, it seems odd that politically

conservative (at least outwardly) Miami
Shores has come out on top in this cat-
egory, which could easily be retitled "the
No. 1 place for would-be, wrong-side-of-
blanket babies."
You also might wonder how Plenty
of Fish, the love and dating website that
conducted the informal survey, cast the
net that yielded this information. "Our
research team recently culled through
a significant amount of data to identify
the best U.S. cities, counties, and states
where people have the best chance of
finding themselves in a successful rela-
tionship," the author writes.
The editors say they analyzed a
number of things, including lio\\ far
[people are] willing to travel for love...

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lationships, who was willing to compro-
mise, who wanted children, and where
these people could be found. The sample
size was more than 5 million singles
across the U.S."
So it sounds logical, no?
I didn't bother polling my single
Miami Shores friends who want chil-
dren right now, largely because I think
I might have one. But with a population

of only about 10,000 living on roughly
three square miles of land, surely our
little village had plenty of competition
from larger towns across the nation.
Even if they counted the prostitutes
who still pander along parts of Biscayne
Boulevard, it doesn't sound like our
ranking could pan out statistically. But
when it comes to being first, Miami
Shores will take it.
Besides, there are greater mysteries
to be solved, such as how the three-foot

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python wound up on a foodie friend's
doorstep in the Shores a few weeks ago.
She was in such shock, she neglected to
take and post a picture on social media.
But she did call the Miami Shores Village
police, who told her it likely wasn't Bur-
mese python stock (which breed like the
proverbial rabbits) and was more probably
an unwanted pet that had been released.
Obviously, the Shores is pretty far
from the Everglades, so even if the snake
was a pet, the fact that it found comfort-
able living quarters in our neighborhood
isn't exactly good news. The other bad
news is that someone else who lived
nearby also claimed a possible python
on his property. And while I have no
proof that it's a large snake that likes to
strangulate warm, living creatures with
powerful, cold-blooded musculature
and shove them down its gullet, some-
thing was living under my deck for a
few weeks that made the dogs act oddly
insane (even more insane than usual, that
is to say). Given their obsessively fearful
behavior, and the fact that a guest at my
house has seen a large snake gliding
through the underbrush, I too suspected
good old Eve's trickster.

Needless to say, I'm keeping the dogs
above-deck. (On a side note, the reported
monkey that had been swinging through
the Shores and nearby territory seems to
have disappeared. Hmmm.)
Human snakes have been scor-
ing firsts as well. Just outside Shores
limits, on NE 82nd Street and N. Miami
Avenue, another friend was the victim of
a new kind of smash-and-grab. We've all
heard about how folks will walk off with
your handbag while you're pumping gas
if you leave your car doors unlocked, so
we women have been careful to click the
doors and leave the purses on the floor
or back seat. Well, that doesn't hinder a
criminal, it seems.
Two men drove into the gas station
where she was filling up, bumped her car,
and while she was distracted with the
"accident," bashed in her window, grabbed
her pocketbook and fled the scene. The
glass showered her toddler's car seat,
which fortunately was empty since he'd
already been dropped off at school. To
add insult to injury, the men managed to
hit at least five gas stations with her credit
cards while she was in the process of call-
ing each company to report and cancel.

Not all the debuts and awards oc-
curring within and around our happy
little haven have been negative. I'm very
pleased to see that community leaders
have been paying attention to the trends
and preferences of Shores residents. To
wit, someone besides me has noticed
that we now have more gyms devoted
to CrossFit and the primal urge to throw
car tires across parking lots than we
have churches. And that solar panels
have been going up on roofs. And that
shops like the all-natural and artisanal
Proper Sausages and human-powered
wheels shop Bike Nerds have opened up
on NE 2nd Avenue. And that, for those
who choose not to risk their lives on the
bike-unfriendly streets of Miami, there's
a plethora of electric cars purring in and
around the Shores, ranging from the
Nissan Leaf to the Tesla.
To that end, the village hosted its first
5K, as well as the inaugural Green Day
street fair, a festival sponsored by the
Greater Miami Shores Chamber of Com-
merce and presented by North Shore
Medical Center.
"Green Day" (which, given the fact that
it occurred between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.,

would have been more aptly named Green
Late Afternoon and Evening) feted "the
goodness of green," clean, healthful living.
More than 120 vendors took over NE 2nd
Avenue from 94th to 99th streets, ranging
from Doctors Charter School, which held
a rummage sale, to dentists and landscape
designers, cupcake bakeries, and kayak
centers, Home Depot, and the Humane
Society. (And the BT, of course.)
The festival was such a success
that plans are already being made for
next year. Indeed, one friend, a vegan!
kayaker/bicyclist/musician, participated
enthusiastically, calling the festival
"Mayberry at its finest." And she wasn't
being sarcastic (I think).
Despite the fact that my daughter has
so routinely attracted wolf whistles when
she's running that she now jogs with our
largest dog for protection it must be
all those single men around who want
to have children right now Miami
Shores has a reputation for safety and
sanctity, be it spiritually or physically on
the part of its citizens. It's about time we
started celebrating that.

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Neighborhood Correspondents: AVENTURA

Shifting Sands, Rising

Our beaches may look okay now, but ...

By Jay Beskin
BT Contributor
orever is a long time, as we like to
say, and by all accounts, none of
us will live that long. Still, even
less religious types used to think that the
planet would last indefinitely. After all,
if it had lasted 13 billion years already
(by the current scientific reckoning),
earthly life hardly seems likely to die out.
It was the religious folks who liked
to spin those end-of-the-world scenarios,
with an Apocalypse and Armageddon, a
Rapture, and whatnot.
More recently, however, the tables
seem to have turned. Scientists in the
previously unheralded field of climatol-
ogy are now claiming that we're globally

warming ourselves into oblivion, and it's
the religionists who have suddenly gone
all calm and collected.
Let's not get into that overheated
debate, but the very existence of such
a discussion does make one think a
bit about all our lovely waterfront and
beachfront properties. There really are
no more valuable adjectives to use in
a real estate advertisements than those
two: waterfront and beachfront. They
evoke romance in the moonlight, dai-
quiris on the white sand, muscle-bound
lifeguards, and bathing beauties.
The reality, of course, is often far
more mundane, including annoying rules
about keeping one's outdoor lighting dim
so as not to confuse the local nesting
turtles or some such thing. Yet most of

us love the idea of living right up against
the ocean, perhaps a response to some
atavistic call from a deeper part of the
human psyche.
In a way, though, there's a built-in
uncertainty to the coastal experi-
ence. Over the course of history, many

shorelines have shifted. We hear much
more about such shifts owing to storm
damage, normal erosion, and sand
accretion along the Carolina coast, for
Florida has been less affected, at
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that this will continue to be the case.
Professor Stanley Riggs of East Carolina
University, considered to be a leader in
the field of coastal and marine geol-
ogy, says this: "We have more and more
people moving to the coast and building
on the assumption those shorelines are
fixed forever. Well, they are not. Shore-
lines are still moving, and we are sitting
in the way."
Yes, there may be all kinds of density
studies and engineering analyses re-
quired before our local zoning laws will
allow new building on the beach. Most
of these studies, by definition, are per-
formed according to inexact science, re-
lying heavily on predictive mathematical
models that can only be lab-tested, not
real-world proved. If someone errs and
a huge condominium tower falls oopss!)
into the sea, there will be nowhere to
point a finger. Unaccountably, there is no
real accountability.
The State of California came early
to this table, forming the California
Coastal Commission by referendum on a
temporary basis in 1972, then rendering
it permanent in 1976. The 12 members of
the commission must navigate through

the often conflicting interests of private
individuals, private developers, public
companies, public parks, and municipal,
county, and state governments.
Once in a while, the Feds throw
in their two cents, as well. Overall, it
seems like a good idea to concentrate
this power away from the governor and
the legislatures, into an entity where
partisan politics might hold less sway
and cooler heads hopefully prevail.
Here in Florida, we don't have an
equivalent body, and so far we don't seem
to have paid too high a price for that
oversight. What will happen over the long
term remains to be seen. There doesn't
seem to be any great movement afoot that
I can see to bring this matter to public
attention. Probably the developers and
the tourist industry are only too happy to
keep all this off our radar screens.
The science-fiction potential here is
very strong. And we don't need to imag-
ine a King Kong or Godzilla to scare
ourselves silly. It's enough to visualize
our lovely neighbor, the ocean, suddenly
looming high as a foaming Oceanzilla
and crashing over the narrow boundaries
between our turfs.

Instead of Jaws, where the angry
ocean and its scarier denizens force us
out of the swimming pool, Oceanzilla is
now chasing us off the front patio. The
Great Flood, part of the founding nar-
rative of many cultures, is becoming a
discomfiting fantasy.
The truth is that water does come up
the beach every single day, in the form
of waves and tides. We all know the
images, too, of water surging, gaining
strength as it works its way up a cliff.
It's easy enough to extrapolate from the
amazing to the alarming.
One friend tells me he's still trauma-
tized by the waves snaking their way up
the beach at high tide to steal his little plas-
tic sand pail when he was eight years old.
The fearful flip side of an inrushing
sea is the idea of humanity moving onto
or into the water. (Remember the 1995
film Waterworld?) In the classic Twenty
Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, a
mysterious sea monster spotted offshore
turns out to be the Nautilus, a submarine
built by the self-exiled Captain Nemo
that travels the world's seas. The charac-
ter of Nemo ("No One") has enthralled
the reading and viewing public, with

variations on the story adapted into a
number of written and filmed works.
At the 1964 World's Fair in New
York City, the General Motors Pavilion
included an exhibit called "Futurama
II." There were elaborate depictions of a
future city 10,000 feet under the sea that
could be reached only by atomic subma-
rine. It included a luxurious underworld
resort named Hotel Atlantis.
There would be agriculture, in the
form of sea farming; but the big mon-
eymaker would be mining for minerals,
oil, and gas, then sending the materi-
als upward for shipment to the main-
land. All the work would be done using
"aquacopters," with men in the cockpits
manipulating the industrial claws.
Our fondest wish at this point
is for the science to stick firmly in
the realm of fact. Imagination and
creativity are discouraged. The status
quo is looking pretty good right now,
and we prefer Mother Nature putter-
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room rather than deciding the house
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Neighborhood Correspondents: UPPER EASTSIDE

City of Miami Plays the

Name Game
Have new firehouse, still feel scrooged

By Ken Jett
BT Contributor
s the holidays near, we renew our
acquaintance with the pleasures
of giving and receiving. So it's
easy to think of the newly opened Miami
Fire Rescue Station No. 13 as a gift to
the community. The shiny and new two-
bay station at 990 NE 79th St. recently
drew nearly 150 people to celebrate its
official unveiling.
This new site means that the tempo-
rary station near the Little River post
office will close. There'll be no increase
of staff or rescue/firefighting equipment
at Station No. 13; services will remain
essentially the same, but response times

for those in the Upper Eastside are ex-
pected to improve.
In addition, there should be no delays
caused by blocked railroad crossings.
With future passenger rail almost certain
to begin within a few years, the new
location is a great benefit of the $4.6 mil-
lion endeavor.
The 11,000-square-foot facility is
well appointed, with six "ready rooms"
akin to dorm rooms, two nicer rooms for
upper staff, a workout area and train-
ing room, and a stainless-steel kitchen
boasting a Viking range that makes mine
appear a bit dodgy.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony saw
many area officials fawning over the shiny
new package and congratulating Carlos

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and fans at Station No. 13.

Gimenez, for whom the station was named.
Currently the mayor for Miami-Dade
County, Gimenez became a firefighter in
the 1970s and, after years of service, in
1991 was appointed fire chief for the City
of Miami. He held that post until 2000.
It's that service that current Miami
Fire Chief Maurice Kemp pointed to
when he decided to name the station after
his mentor and friend. Even so, Kemp's
selection bears a whiff of cronyism. Of
the city's 13 stations, only the three

newest have been named, with no plans
afoot to consider naming the others.
In addition, Gimenez has come under
fire from his own county firefighters for
his proposed budget cuts and layoffs. On
opening day, he was heckled from above
as two airplanes flew overhead, trailing
banners that left little doubt about the
esteem in which the county firefighters'
union held him.
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and those who helped expand the teams'
role so that firefighters would also save
lives as first responders. Why wasn't the
building named after one of them?
Charles Garthside, for example,
became the city's first fire chief, in 1898,
presiding over four other volunteers. In
1904, at age 18, Henry Chase was its first
paid firefighter. Later as fire chief, Chase
saw the fire department become the first
in the nation to equip its motorized fire
trucks with two-way radios. In 1955,
under Chief Newton Wheeler, Miami's
fire department became the first in the
U.S. to install phone alarm systems.
How about Eugene Nagel? In the
mid-1960s, Nagel, a cardiologist on the
University of Miami faculty, taught
fire crews to practice true rescue; they
learned to use a cardiac massage tech-
nique that would later be called CPR,
how to splint bone fractures, how to give
injections, and use a defibrillator.
Later Jim Hirschman, another UM
physician and professor, developed a
"telemetry system" whereby emergency
crews could wire a victim's EKG report
directly to a waiting hospital. Randy
Boaz was considered the father of

paramedic instruction in South Florida;
Charlie Mathews, one of the nation's first
paramedics; and Manuel Padron, another
pioneer of the rescue system.
How do these contributions compare
to those of Gimenez? Is the purpose
of naming buildings to honor friends,
recent service, financial contributions -
or to ensure an historical connection?
Laughably, imagine that Santa (or
whoever brings your holiday gifts)
delivered a fire station, but forgot the fire
engine. ... Yep! The only thing this build-
ing will have is a rescue vehicle. If you
have a heart attack or medical emergency,
you may live because response times
will be improved. But if your house is
engulfed in flames.. well, burn baby burn.
We need to ask why this location won't
be used to its fullest capacity. Would it
have been wiser to continue to operate
from a temporary location and pay for
an engine and the staff that the addition
there would require? Basically, we're
paying $4.6 million for an ambulance shed.
Maybe we should have purchased a fire
truck and run the station short-staffed so
that at least there would be some improved
means to tackle fires in the Upper Eastside.

Santa shared with me some of the
crooks, scoundrels, and cheats who have
had streets, pools, and buildings named
after them:
Abel Holtz, powerbroker banker
and felon who used his position to give
Miami Beach favorable loan terms to
renovate the city's tennis center while
at the same time bribing former Miami
Beach Mayor Alex Daoud in exchange
for a variety of favors.
Jose Canseco, the super juicer who had
a street named after him brings hometown
pride every time we travel that road.
Miller Dawkins, the ex-con whose
pool you can swim in at Hadley Park and
whose mini park warms the cockles of
your heart, pled guilty to bribery, cor-
ruption, and conspiracy during the FBI's
Operation Greenpalm in 1996.
Leonel Martinez and Willy Mar-
tinez were not related, but they had a
couple of things in common: both have
been honored by elected officials, and
both have had illustrious careers in the
drug trade.
Recently, Hialeah adopted an ordi-
nance that prohibits naming city-owned
properties after living people. Miami

Beach's ordinance allows for naming
public facilities after living persons only
if they are 100 years old or older.
Miami-Dade County had an ordinance
that prohibited naming public facilities
after living persons, but it was modified
to allow for living persons who made fi-
nancial or lifetime contributions to receive
naming honors with a three-fifths approval
by commission, excluding any currently or
recently (within five years) elected officials.
Mayor Gimenez could not have had a
county fire station named after him.
Maybe it's time for the City of Miami
to consider the issue. Names on a build-
ing should preserve history. What does
it say about our civic values when, two
generations from now, while trying to
research the name on a building, the first
thing retrieved is a mugshot and head-
lines about crime and corruption?
Here's to wishing only good things for
Mayor Gimenez, so that the naming of our
new fire station doesn't come back to haunt
us. Additionally, Santa, can we please get a
fire truck and staff to operate it for Christ-
mas? Don't you have layaway?

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Culture: THE ARTS

Off the Basel Path 2013

Some recommended stops on the mad dash through Miami's Art Week

By Melissa Wallen
BT Contributor

f there was ever an appropriate time
to send frantic e-mails, befriend an
art-world insider, or brush up on
your alcohol foraging skills, that time
is nigh. Art Basel is in session, and the
only thing better than receiving a crash
course in art-world politics is Miami's
winter weather.
The prospect of accidentally ruining
an inconspicuous work of public art or
running into James Franco awaits you
at every turn, so be ready. However, if
your idea of Art Basel revelry involves
pitching a tent inside the Miami Beach
Convention Center, the following might
not be for you.
While the art fairs and rechristen-
ing of the institution formerly known
as MAM will attract the lion's share of
attention, there are plenty of other things
to do. If you're looking for the best, bold-
est, and weirdest happenings during Basel,
you might reconsider fighting Beach traf-
fic in favor of staying local.

"Tracy Emin: Angel Without You"
You're forgiven if you've allowed Tracy
Emin's reputation as Britain's bad girl of
art and polarizing shows to overshadow
her powerful body of work. Her iconic
neon sculptures, many of which consist
of epigrams in her own script, are given
the royal treatment, courtesy of MOCA,
in "Tracy Emin: Angel Without You,"
her first solo U.S. museum exhibition.

Though neon is typically reserved for
bold product advertising especially at
venues entertaining sleazy dreams her
neon signs glow in vibrant pastel hues,
providing contrast to the austere nature
of the gallery setting. They allude to the
transient exchange between the artist and
her audience, while the epigrams lend a
personal, confessional touch to the work.

You Loved Me Like a Distant Star, 2012, Tracy Emin, Museum of
Contemporary Art.

I feel weird, 2013, Renata Rojo,
Space Mountain.

Given neon's relationship with
Miami, her first stateside solo exhibi-
tion at MOCA seems appropriate, even
"Tracy Emin: Angel Without You," De-
cember 4 ;i,. ,.i hi March 9, MOCA, NE
125th St., North Miami, 305-893-6211.

"Big Deal"
"Big Deal" is the inaugural exhibition
at Space Mountain, a refreshing alter-
native space in Miami's Little River
According to local artist and curator
Autumn Casey, the exhibition "brings
together a range of female artists from
South Florida, who tap into the dark
undercurrents of what that can entail."
Yes, please! Featuring an eclectic roster
of multidisciplinary artists, "Big Deal"
holds the promise of true DIY bliss.
"Big Deal" with SaraAbruha, Dorys
Bello, Serena Dominguez, Nina Hartmann,
Sarah Hersey, Jessie Laino, Katie Lasley,
Nicole Mijares, Beatriz Monteavaro, Renata
Rojo, Veronica Shalom, and Simone Thorn-
ton, curated byAutumn Casey. Reception
December 4, 7p.m. to midnight; December
5 ;i,. 'ii 8, 11 a.m. to 4p.m., Space Moun-
tain, 8363 NE 2ndAve., Miami.

Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face,
a film by Sabine Lidi
Nan Goldin has never been afraid of
showing herself to the world, producing
diaristic work that is uncompromising
and revelatory.
Since her debut in the 1970s, she has
championed the art of capturing gritty
moments in her photographs; her most
famous work showcases the development
of New York's underground scene and its
players. Touching upon themes of love,
gender, and dependency, Goldin im-
mortalized numerous artists, bohemians,
and transsexuals, many of whom did not
survive to see the 1990s.
This year Zurich film aficionado
This Brunner, who has curated the Art
Basel Miami Beach film selection since
2002, selected Nan Goldin: I Remember
Your Face for screening at the Colony
Theater. The documentary film show-
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Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face, 2013, Sabine Lid, Colony Theater.
Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face, 2013, Sabine Lidi, Colony Theater.

and the artist in her element. Photogra-
phy nerds will relish the opportunity to
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Center for Visual Communication
The Center for Visual Communica-
tion is coming up strong this Basel
with work from Carlos Amorales and
Rirkrit Tiravanija.
Amorales's intriguing performance
piece re-creates the drama that ensues
on a spider's web, both home and hunt-
ing grounds for the spider and its prey.
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Mexico City, courtesy of Fundaci6n/
Colecci6n Jumex and PERFORMA07
in New York, is a 400-piece "sound
sculpture" and stage. Amorales is known
for his idiosyncratic performances that
involve audience participation.
Rirkrit Tiravanija, no stranger to
Miami, reconstructs Le Corbusier's

famous floating barge at half scale for
the Center of Visual Communication.
Le Corbusier's Paris barge began as
a storage space, which was then trans-
formed by the artist into a floating shelter
for vagabonds. Considering the social
implications of a storage space recon-
textualized as shelter, it's no wonder that
Rirkrit, whose work focuses on social
architecture, would find a project like
this so appealing.
Political T-shirts, some of which were
designed by the artist, will be shown
inside the space. Both opening recep-
tions are free to the public with RSVP to
305-571-1415 or
Spider Galaxy by Carlos Amorales, and
Asile Flottant by Rirkrit Tiravanija, recep-
tion December 5, 7 to 10p.m., December
6 ;h,. 'i,i k,, ,ry 23, Centerfor Visual
Communication, 541 NW 27th St., Miami.

Look Alive Fest
Looking for a dose of rock 'n' roll during
Basel? Miami's own Spilt Milk Projects,
a booking, touring, and special-events
collective for and by musicians, curates
two nights of underground music with
the help of Gramps and New York City
tastemakers Ad Hoc.

Spider Galaxy, 2007, Carlos Amorales, Center for Visual Communication.

The inaugural Look Alive Fest will
take place at Churchill's Pub and Gramps,
two of Miami's best rock venues, and fea-
ture exclusive Florida headlining perfor-
mances from seminal noise rock trio Wolf
Eyes from Detroit, and experimental-rock
outsiders Indian Jewelry from Austin.
The fest also features notable local
bands, including Lil Daggers, Teepee,
Cop C il (_ lull Pillars, and Nerve City.
Show up early to Churchill's for free beer,
and RSVP on the Look Alive Fest website
for free entry at Gramps. Not to be missed!
Look Alive Fest: Day 1, with Wolf
Eyes, Guardian Alien, Chronic Youth,
Rubber 0 Cement, Teepee, and Cop City/
Chill Pillars, December 6, 8p.m. to 2
a.m., Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2ndAve,
Miami, 305-757-1807 Day 2, with Indian
Jewelry, Pontiak, White Mystery, the
Wiggins, Lil Daggers, and Nerve City,
December 7, 8p.m. to 3 a.m., Gramps,
176 NW 24th St., Miami, 786-752-6693.

MI/\MIM/\X: Hosted by Jim Drain
and Bhakti Baxter
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one is.

If you happen to travel the MacAr-
thur Causeway en route to or from the
Beach, check out a view of the most
exclusive Basel party.
Commissioned by Miami-Dade
County's Art in Public Places, Jim
Drain and Bhakti Baxter have created a
monumental installation that imagines
a party where "everyone is invited, no
one may attend," a fitting sentiment for
the season.
This installation celebrates the com-
pletion of two public-art projects: Drain's
The Bollard Project, which involves the
installation of 1000 artist-designed traf-
fic-control bollards; and Bhakti Baxter's
Coral Reef City, a series of 18 toll booths
wrapped in photographs of zoanthids,
discovered by Coral Morphologic. Good
luck getting in.
M\/ MM/MX. Hosted by Jim Drain
and Bhakti Baxter, December 4 ;hi,. /I.
7, sundown to 11 p.m., waterfront area
near Port of Miami, visible from the
MacArthur Causeway.

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Through January 25
"Digressions and Detours" with various artists
"The Doorway Within" by Ana I Martinez

2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www davidcastillogallery com
December 2 through January 21
"Open" by Xaviera Simmons
Reception December 6, 6 to 9 p.m.

2043 N Miami Ave, Miami
www dlfinearts com
Through December 31
"Criminal Aesthetic Fashion at the Skyscraper Club" by
Anna Galtarrosa and Daniel Gonzalez

100 NE 11th St, Miami
www dimensionsvariable net
Through December 22
"Overhead" by Kevin Arrow
Reception December 6, 7 to 10 p.m.

2620 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www dinamitranigallery com
Through January 24
"Stage" by Shen Chao-Liang
Reception December 2, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

187 NW 27th St, Miami
www dotfiftyone com
Through January 10
"Untergehen" by Hernan Cedola

2145 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www durbansegnini com
December 1 through February 28
Antonio Segui

151 NW 24th St, Miami
www emersondorsch com
Through December 21
"Ideas Are Executions" by Siebren Versteeg and Dave

2247 NW 1st PI, Miami
www snitzer com
Through January 16
"Burning As It Were A Lamp" by Enrique Martinez

2407 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www gallery212miami com

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December 2 through 9
"December Special Exhibition during Art Basel Miami,
2013" with various artists
Reception December 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

174 NW 23rd St, Miami
www gallerydiet com
December 2 through January 1
"Contro Versies Contro Versia An Inaccurate History of
Painting and Ceramics" by Betty Woodman
"Since You Broke My Heart" by Emmett Moore
VIP Reception December 6,10:30 a.m. to noon

62 NE 27th St, Miami
www garynader com
December 4 through January 4
"Masters in Painting A Compendium of Important
Paintings from Latin American, Modern and
Contemporary Masters" with various artists

8375 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
www guccivuitton net
Through January 11
"I know the master wasted object" by Cristine Brache

2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www haroldgolengallery com
Through December 5
"Geode" by Chris Dean

2417N Miami Ave, Miami
www ideobox com
Through January 28
"Scripts of Color" by Waldo Balart
Reception December 2, 7 to 10 p.m.

301 NW28th St, Miami
wwwjuanruizgallery com
Through February 1
"Urban Ouroboros" by Betsabee Romero
VIP Reception December 2, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

123 NW 23rd St, Miami
www kabecontemporary com
December 2 through January 30
"Click" by Carla Arocha and Stephane Schraenen
Reception December 2, 5 to 8 p.m.

46 NW 36th St, Miami
www kavachnina com
Through December 4

'Laura's World" by Sandro de la Rosa
Through January 8
The Sinners" by Armando Romero

50 NE 29th St, Miami
www kelleyroygallery com
Through December 31
'6x6" with various artists

117 NE 1st Ave, Ground Floor, Miami
www kiwiartsgroup com
December 3 through 8
'Viewpoint of Billions" by David Datuna
'Loving Robert Indiana" by William John Kennedy and
Robert Indiana
'The Warhol Museum Edition" by William John Kennedy
and Andy Warhol
'Andy Dandy" with the Hilton Brothers, Christopher
Makos, and Paul Solberg
Reception December 5, 7 to 11 p.m.

3852 N Miami Ave, Miami
www locustprojects org
Through December 21
'Intethe (Sketch for an Opera)" by Nicholas Hlobo
'Over and Under" by Frances Trombly

194 NW 30th St, Miami
www presenhuber com
December 4 through 8
Sam Falls
December 5 through 20
'Curva" by Wendy White
Reception December 5,12:30 to 2 p.m.

Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
www mdcmoad org
December 4 through March 29
'Rituales en Haiti" with various artists
VIP Reception December 3,11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

122 NE 11th St, Miami
www michaeljongallery com
Through January 11
Newzl" by Math Bass

172 NW 24th St, Miami
www mindysolomon com
Through December 16
'Southern Fried" with John Byrd, Jeremy Chandler, and
Jeremiah Jenkins
December 19 through January 23
'Focus Korea" with Kang Hyo Lee, Minkyu Lee, Sung-

Jae Choi, Ree Soo-Jong, HunChung Lee, Wookjae
Maeng, and Sungyee Kim

2100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
www youngarts org
December 4 through 7
"A Portrait of Marina Abramovic" by Marina Abramovic

1800 N Bayshore Dr, Miami
www ninatorresfineart com
December 2 through 25
"Freedom Degree (IV) Chinese Contemporary Ink
Project" with various artists
Reception December 2, 7 to 10 p.m.

177 NW 23rd St, Miami
www nnamdicontemporary com
Call gallery for exhibition information

175 NW 25th St, Miami
www nowcontemporaryart com
Through December 31
"The Realm of the Unreal" by Fedenrico Unribe

2600 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www oascaniogallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

170-C NW 24th St, Miami
www onceartsgallery com
Pablo Gentile, Jaime Montana, Jaime Apraez, and
Patricia Chaparro

50 NE 29th St, Miami
www oxenbergart com
Through December 31
"From Babel to Basel" by Fernando Vignoli

2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www panamericanart com
December 6 through February 1
"For One Night Only" by Ricardo Brey
Reception December 6, 6 to 8 p.m.

151 NE7thSt, Miami
www primaryprojectspace com
info@primaryflight com
December 2 through January 24
"Contender" by Kenton Parker
Reception December 6, 6 to 10 p.m.

72 NW 25 St, Miami
www pshprojects com
Through January 26
"Art & Toys" with Flix, High ME, Chanoir, Carlos Zerpa,
Blue & Joy J Fnrield, Benito Laren, SFZ, Nina Dotti,
Consuelo Castaneda, Muu Blanco, Luis Salazar, and
Alfredo Salazar

2349 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www robertfontainegallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

2930 NW 7th Ave, Miami
www spinelloprojects com
December 4 through 8
"Game Over" by Typoe

151 NE 40th St, Ste 200, Miami
www bakerspondergallery com
December 3 through 31
"Recent Paintings" by Natvar Bhavsar
Reception December 2, 5 to 9 p.m.

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"3% of 13 Expressions in Abstracted Minimalism" with
various artists
Reception December 3, 6 to 9 p.m.

119NE20St, Miami
www thechillconcept corn
Through January 26
"Tales of Wynwoodland" by Nina Dotti
Reception December 7, 7 to 9 p.m.

2626 NW2nd Ave, Miami
www thescreeningroommiami corn
Through January 24
"Time of the Empress" by Aziz + Cucher
Reception December 2, 5 to 9 p.m.

171 NW 23rd St, Miami
www tubgallerymiami corn
December 1 through February 3
"Recent Works, Transitory Identities" by Sandra Ramos

2750 NW3rd Ave, Ste 4, Miami
www as miami edu/art
December 2 through January 24
"6th Annual Cane Art Fair" with various artists
Reception December 2, 6 to 10 p.m.

2219 NW2nd Ave, Miami
www unixfineart corn
Alexis Torres
Through January 9
"The Colors of Life" by KwangHo Shin and Marcello
Lo Gludice
Reception December 3, noon to 7 p.m.

NW 2nd Avenue between 25th and 26th streets
www thewynwoodwalls corn
"Wynwood Walls" with Aiko, avaf, b, The Date Farmers,
Faile / Bast, Futura, How & Nosm, Invader, Jeff Soto,
Kenny Scharf, Liqen, Logan Hicks, Nunca, Os Gemeos,
Retna, Roa, Ron English, Ryan McGinness, Saner &
Sego, Shepard Fairey, Stelios Faitakis, Coco 144, Gaia,
Interesni Kazki, Joe Grillo, Neuzz, PH AS E 2, Vhils
"Women on the Walls" with Aiko, Fafi, Miss Van, Maya
Hayuk, and Lady Pink
VIP Reception December 3, 6 to 9 p.m.
Reception December 3, 9 p.m. to midnight

294 NW 54th St, Miami
www yeelenart corn
Through December 21
"Miami B-Side" by Jerome Soimaud
"New Works" by James Clover
Reception December 5, 7 to 10 p.m.

Li Shurui, Inner Rainbow, acrylic on canvas, 2011, at the Rubell Family

2534 N Miami Ave, Miami
www zadokgallery corn
Through January 4
"Songs of Freedom" by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons


800 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach
www artcentersf org
Through January 12
"Between Walls" by Juan Lopez, curated by Susan
Reception December 7, 7 to 10 p.m.

924 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach
305-674-8278 www artcentersf org
"Experiments in Geometry and Other Projects" with
Xabier Basterra, Rosemarie Chiarlone, Peter Hammar
and Alex Tnrimino, and Regina Jestrow and Laz Ojalde
Reception December 7, 7 to 10 p.m.

2100 CollinsAve, Miami Beach
www bassmuseum org
Through February 23
"Time" with various artists
December 5 through March 16
"ESL" by Piotr Uklanski
Reception December 4, 9 p.m. to midnight

CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation)
1018 N Miami Ave, Miami
305-455-3380,www cifo org
December 4 through February 23
"Permission To Be Global/Practicas Globales Latin
American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros

Collection" with various artists
VIP Reception December 6, 9 a.m. to noon
Reception December 3, 4 to 9 p.m.

23 NE 41st St, Miami
www delacruzcollection org
"Looking at Process Works from the Collection of Rosa
and Carlos de la Cruz" with various artists
December 2 through February 8
Cnristina Lei Rodnriguez

10975 SW 17th St, Miami
thefrost flu edu
Through December 8
"Eternal Cuba The Darlene M and Jorge M Perez
Collection at FIU" with various artists
Through December 31
"Deep Blue" by Javier Velasco
Through January 5
"Crisis and Commerce World's Fairs of the 1930s" with
various artists
"Naturalism/Artificiality Expeditions, and Research of
the Herbarium of Artificial Plants" byAlberto Baraya
"From Africa to the Americas" with various artists
Through February 2
"Tracing Antilles" by Humberto Castro

1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
www lowemuseum org
Through January 5
"2# The Art of DIY Self Expression, Zines from Special
Collections, University of Miami Libraries" with various artists
"Beauty Beyond Nature" by Paul Stankard
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
Reception December 8,10 a.m. to noon

770 NE 125th St, North Miami
www mocanomi org
December 4 through March 9
"Angel Without You" by Tracey Emin
VIP Reception December 3, 7 to 10 p.m.

1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
305-375-3000, www pamm org
December 4 through February 23
"The Craft of Modernity" by Amelia Pelaez
Bouchra Khalili
December 4 through March 16
"According to What?" by Ai Weiwel
December 4 through April 20
Yael Bartana
December 4 through May 1
"Americana Selections from the PAMM Collection" with
various artists
December 4 through May 25
"A Human Document Selections from the Sackner Archive
of Concrete and Visual Poetry" with various artists
"For Those in Peril on the Sea" by Hew Locke
December 4 through July 27
"Image Search Photography from the Collection" with
various artists
December 4 through September 28
Monika Sosnowska
VIP Reception December 4, 7 to 11 p.m.
Reception December 8,11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

591 NW 27th St, Miami
305-576-1051, www margulieswarehouse corn
Through April 26 "The Margulies Collection at the
Warehouse" with Doug Aitken, Cory Arcangel, John
Chamberlain, Willem de Kooning, Leandro Erlich,
Michael Heizer, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long,
Isamu Noguchi, George Segal, Richard Serra, Tony
Smith, and Franz West, curated by Katherine Hinds
"Wisdom of the Poor A Communal Courtyard" by Song
"Calzolarin, Kounellis, Pistoletto" by Arte Povera
"Paintings and Sculpture 1986-2006" by Anselm Kiefer
Foto Colectania Foundation, Barcelona, Spain, Chema
Madoz" with various artists

95 NW 29th St, Miami
305-573-6090, http //rfc museum
December 4 through August 1
"28 Chinese 28 Contemporary Chinese Artists at the
Rubell Family Collection" with various artists
Reception December 5, 9 a.m. to noon

1001 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
www wolfsonian org
Through May 18 "The Birth of Rome" with various artists
"Rendering War The Murals of A G Santagata" by A
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A Way Past War Through Art
The topic of war may seem dark for the
season, but it's never far away, especially
considering the past decade. War to War
is an outdoor sculpture exhibit in Bayfront
Park (301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) open-
ing Tuesday, December 3, addressing
anti-war and anti-violence themes. The
large-scale sculptures are the work of Iraqi-
born Ahmed Al-Bahrani, who attended
the Baghdad Fine Arts Institute (and later
taught there), has shown internationally,
and lives and works between Sweden and
Qatar, according to his website. The metal
works are part of his reconciliation project,
to build a bridge between two countries in
and out of war. Free and open to the public.

Brazil Gets Its Own Basel Tent
Just when you thought there couldn't be an-
other fair added the dozens during Art Basel
Miami Beach, something exciting comes
along. Last year that something was the
"Untitled" pavilion; this year it looks to be the
Brazil Art Fair, featuring galleries, curated
exhibitions, and works by 25 companies spe-
cializing in furniture and cabinetry. Expect
the unusual the entrance, for instance, will
be an inflatable structure resembling Brasilia.
From Wednesday, December 4, through
Sunday, December 8, in a tent in Midtown
Miami (3501 NE Midtown Blvd.) For more,

Flamenco Is the Nu Music
Guitarist/composer Jos3 Luis Rodriguez
has called Miami home since 2011. Trained
both in Spanish classical and flamenco
guitar, he's an originator of hybrid trans-
continental sounds, specifically combin-
ing a contemporary flamenco style with
Afro-Cuban music, and turning it into "nu
flamenco." Tigertail Productions is giving
him a solo outing to bring us up to date
with 21st century flamenco on Tuesday,
December 10, at 8:00 p.m. Rodriguez per-
forms in the intimate setting of the Coral
Gables Congregational Church (3010 De
Soto Blvd., Coral Gables); tickets cost $25;

Miami's First BuskerFest
Can't say much here. See Adam
Schachner's column (page 54), then go
to for more details,
then pass it along.

Dance of Our MCB Fairies
Every year we get a sampling of Nutcrack-
ers, something for every taste classical,
modern, tailored for children. But Miami
City Ballet's Nutcracker has become the
standard, performed by our most accom-
plished dance company. With choreogra-
phy from George Balanchine, it's a lush
production with elaborate sets (including

an onstage blizzard) and a cast of more
than 100. The Tchaikovsky classic returns
to the Arsht Center for the Performing
Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) from
Thursday, December 19, through Tues-
day, December 24, for various afternoon
and evening performances. Tickets range
from $25 to $79; for more information,

Family Fest Music: Fun But Not Silly
Dan Zanes is a multicultural rocker whose
influences range from old English music to
Caribbean and Mexican folk. But he has a
special niche perfect for the holiday season
- and he and his band play it all for kids.
And it's allfree. He's the headliner for the
Family Fest at the Arsht Center for the
Performing Arts (1300 Biscayne Blvd.,
Miami) on Saturday, December 28, with
festivities starting at 12:30 p.m. Zane and
Friends will take the stage in the Knight
Concert Hall to perform Jewish, Arabic,
and Latin favorites, while other family-ori-
ented events will take place outside. Free
seating passes required for concerts. Visit for details.

Miami's Other Annual Holiday Parade
The King Mango Strut, which includes
more than 40 costumed "strut groups,"
has long been one of our most treasured,
wacky, and irreverent events, founded as a

-. Our Bodies, Our Self-Perceptions,
His Performance
S black male revisited, the latest event in the SandBox Series at
the Miami Theater Center (9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores)
is a work by Brooklyn-based performance artist, choreog-
rapher, and poet Jaamil Olawale Kosoko. Originally from
S- Nigeria, he pushes artistic boundaries, questions historical
S perspectives, and in this case, body types and stereotypes. It's
Sa mix of live spectacle and visual arts installation. On Friday,
December 13, at 8:00 p.m., tickets range from $15 to $20;

These Walls Can Talk
Wynwood is known for its prolifera-
tion of outdoor mural art, once just
called graffiti. But do you really know
these walls? Few buildings in the
neighborhood have been left un-
touched, resulting in both a visual and
sociological experience, which is why
we now have the History of Graffiti
Walking Tour from HistoryMiami (101
W. Flagler St., Miami), taking place
from 10:00 a.m. till noon Sunday,
December 15. Graffiti, of course, is
one of the humankind's oldest forms
of expression. Find out more during
the walking tour that costs $30 for
non-members, $20 for members; www.

counter-culture alternative to the Orange
Bowl Parade. It's back again for its 32nd
year, starting at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday,
December 29, at the corner of Commo-
dore Plaza and Main Highway in Coconut
Grove. They always suggest parade cos-
tuming ideas for the strut groups this
year's list includes: the government seques-
ter; Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and various
other headline-making pols; the return of
the Twinkie; and new baby Prince George.
There's an after party at 6:00 p.m. on the
plaza; www.kingmangostrut.

New Year's In New Miami
New Year's Eve celebrations in Bayfront
Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami) just
ain't what they used to be when the crowd
was fairly isolated because the surrounding
area was down-and-out. Now it's billed
as the largest free party in South Florida.
Running from 8:00 p.m. to midnight,
Tuesday, December 31, it features lots
of music and fireworks, and the dropping
of the "Big Orange" at midnight. Leave
your bottles, cans, coolers, and personal
fireworks at home. Call 305-358-7550 or

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December 2013


Biscayne Crime Beat
Compiled by Derek McCann

Fido's First High Leads to Open
7000 Block ofNE 5th Avenue
Mystery man first grabbed a pressure
cleaner (not the most sexy item, but it
could fetch something at a pawn shop),
then jumped over a fence and ransacked
a tool shed looking for more stuff, but
we gather hammers won't even buy a
crack stem. The absent owner inexplica-
bly did not lock his door, so the culprit
entered the abode and found your more
traditional items. A 100-pound bulldog,
usually vocal and protective, served no
purpose, and the owner thinks he was
drugged. Muddy prints were left on the
floors, and a neighbor saw the subject

hanging bags on the fence where he
dumped his loot; he then drove off on his
bicycle but forgot the pressure cleaner.
Neighbor made sure to tell police later
that this mystery man, if they still had
doubts, was "up to no good."

Sweep, Mop, Empty, Then Take
3200 Block ofNE IstAvenue
A restaurant owner hired a cleaning crew
to tidy up her business after hours. We
guess business must be good, and she
can hire outside workers; that's part of
the blessing of being an entrepreneur.
This cleaning crew immediately raised
suspicions. Unknown to them, there is
something called inventory, so those

bottles of Corona and rum f
they took, as well as the
food, did not go unnoticed.
What makes it worse for
them is the surveillance
film of the cleaning crew
going into storage areas
and removing items. How
they thought they wouldn't
be caught is a mystery,
but they did this every
shift, placing the goods in
plastic bags. If you're going
to start off as a cleaning
worker, stealing booze is
not a way to ensure longev-
ity in that field. Perhaps
read Al Capone's biography

She Will Need Her Own Stress
Massage After This
200 Block ofNE 18th Street
Woman pulled into her parking lot
space to unload her vehicle and began

bringing items to her apartment;
however, she left a massage table
unattended in the parking lot and knew
she had to make two trips. While her
trip to her apartment and back is a
short one, it was not short enough, as
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later viewed CCTV video and saw two
white vans leaving the area, but qual-
ity is poor. Next time we hope he can
watch a little less television and get up
from the couch to help his poor wife.
Can't blame the thugs who stole it, as
loose items left in the open are under-
stood by them to be part of the great
Miami flea market.

Perhaps a Ditzy Social Worker
NE 5th Avenue and NE 79th Street
It's easy to judge the people who appear
in these reports, even the victims.
This is another case of someone being
lured into giving her money away. A
car pulled up beside a woman and the
two people inside showed her a bag of
money, which they'd found and asked
if she could hold it. Future victim said
maybe they should give it to police.
They seemed to ponder this but wanted
to delay their decision, and they asked
the victim again if she could hold it, but
with a caveat: As a show of trust, she
must add some money of her own in
a separate bag. Sadly or pathetically,
the woman likely thought they were

trying to do the right thing and forked
over $300 to them and the car promptly
drove away. Guess our judgment of
this victim is her underlying belief that
people are inherently good. Maybe this
is true, but not on 79th Street.

Temp Agency Thuggery
7700 Block ofNE 2ndAvenue
Getting a job in this economy is harsh,
and don't expect benefits to start any-
time soon. This unfortunate person was
offered a temporary position to serve as
an assistant. True, he received his offer
on a street corner, but why judge? First
thing he had to do for his new boss was
rent some work machinery for a big
job in West Palm Beach. His new boss
picked him up after he made the rental,
then asked his newest employee to
purchase a paint roller at this location.
Excited on his first day (maybe this will
lead to bigger things), he ran inside the
store, made the purchase, and returned,
finding his new boss had disappeared
with the rented equipment. This is
really cold, but if you're getting your
job offers at a street corner, stick with
drug dealing.

Did He Lose His Signal or His
NE 5th Avenue and NE 69th Street
While the Upper Eastside has come a long
way and is very much a part of our new
and changing city, we're still not there
yet. This person was biking home when
a vehicle passed him, then stopped. The
passenger side door opened and a crazed
individual ran out and pointed a gun
at him, screaming, "Give me your cell
phone!" Victim complied and this fortu-
nately satisfied this freak, as he went back
into his car. Nothing else was taken, and
the phone stolen by force was not even a
smart phone, but one of those awful flip
phones you can get for ten bucks maybe.
While the score was low for the culprit,
we're reminded of the randomness of our
impulsive criminal element.

We Don't Want to Know This But....
1800 Block ofNE 123rd Street
Going to the gym is always rewarding, but
not when your car gets broken into. While
this does happen, it's largely due to inad-
vertently enticing would-be scum. If you're
going to leave a Coach handbag in the
front seat, you're risking trouble. Of course,

add in the pretty Michael Kors wallet and
several credit cards for good measure, and
you're a hapless victim. However, when
you're a Department of Immigration em-
ployee and your shield and other creden-
tials are in that bag in plain view, you're
either burned out and not thinking, or it's
truly open border time.That proposed
fence isn't going to ever work, is it?

Golden Reminder to Leave the
Bar Earlier
2000 Block of N. Bayshore Drive
There must be more to this blurb, but
victim saw a man urinating on a police
car while another man videotaped it on
his phone. Little did the man know that
someone was watching him (at 6:45
a.m.) during this bit of performance art.
She was able to contact him later, and
by all accounts, is the owner or user of
that police vehicle. The man apologized
profusely, telling her he was drunk and
agreed to pay for the decontaminating
materials need to remove the damage.
Police report still filed, regardless of
their little side deal.

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Columnists: PARK PATROL


Pier With a Turquoise


You'll feel you're walking on water at the new Sunny Isles pier

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

R romantically challenged people,
listen up. A new sure thing in the
1 omance department has appeared
in Sunny Isles Beach, and you can be
among the early pelicans to enjoy it.
After dark, make your way to the city's
new pier. Just after it opened this summer
and a full moon cast its spell over the rolling
ocean, my significant other and I strolled
the quiet, mostly empty space suspended 30
feet above the waves. Just one month later,
we eloped. Coincidence? I think not.
The Newport Fishing Pier has a
history extending back to 1936, and its
newest incarnation opened June 15, 2013.
This $6.5 million solid concrete struc-
ture replaces a popular but aged wooden
complex damaged by 2005's Hurricane
Wilma. Like that one, the new pier
promises a restaurant, but the entrance
building remains an empty shell.
The pier's summer lovin' special
was sweet because there was no fee, but
today when you approach the pier, you'll
be stopped by Luis, who will ask these
two questions: "Are you staying at the
Newport Resort? Do you live in Sunny
Isles?" If you answer no to both, his next

statement will be: T%\ o dollars, please."
Wearing an official Newport Resort
polo shirt, Luis is sitting in a chair by a
corner of the vacant restaurant building,
not even next to the small gate that stands
about three feet high and marks the
beginning of the walkway. Exposed to the
elements, he hopes to have a guardhouse
before the weather turns chilly.
Fishers pay $5, while strollers pay
only $2 for the day. The walkway over
the water announces itself with a metal
arch and words standing above it in sil-
houette against the sky: SUNNY ISLES
BEACH FL. Under the arch, it reads,
The first thing you notice is that you
are walking on water. The pier feels
like a wide city sidewalk, but instead of
buildings or cars, on either side you see
nothing but turquoise water.
Short white poles divide the salty
sidewalk into halves, and at night they
light up. The soft lighting is deliberate,
and a sign announces that the pier com-
plies with an "FWC Approved Lighting
Plan," referring to the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission's
guidelines for sea turtle nesting areas.
Another sign asks, "Have you seen
this fish?" Call the Sawfish Hotline's lab at


NE 163rd St

Park Rating

16701 Collins Ave.
Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Hours: 6:00 am to midnight
Picnic tables: No
Barbecues: No
Picnic pavilions: No
Tennis courts: No
Athletic fields: No
Night lighting: Yes
Swimming pool: No
Playground: No
Entrance fee: $5 fisher, $2
non-fisher, free to residents

The daytime view is gorgeous, the nighttime serene.

Fishers use the pier's deep-water end (notice rod holders).

941-255-7403. That day will be a blue moon.
In addition to its latitudinal line of
lamps, the pier divides longitudinally in
nearly equal halves between the fishing
and non-fishing sections. A laminated sign
flapping in the wind requests "fishing only
on the east side of the yellow line."
The pier extends 610 feet into the ocean.
Attractive wooden benches cover nearly
its entire length, alternately facing north
and south. Most of the time, you'll find
these dozens of benches completely empty,
thereby upping the romantic factor with
the impression that you own this place.
Fishers gather at the end of the pier,
where a wide rectangular platform offers
access to the deepest water. Plenty of
cleaning tables and other amenities
make it seem not at all fishy. On a windy
Friday afternoon, about ten fishermen
had hooks in the water. They say that it
never gets very crowded.
Caught one! A fisher reels in a small
Crevalle Jack. Another fisher prepares to
leave with the day's catch of a few jacks
and a snapper.
Even if you don't fish, standing at
the pier's end gives the sensation of
hovering like a seagull, because into
the distance you see nothing but water,

even in your peripheral view.
Where else can you see Miami's
beaches from a pier? Nowhere. About
two miles south of here, many people
fish from Haulover Inlet, but its former
pier was destroyed in Hurricane Andrew,
so it offers more of an extended seawall
than an actual pier. The situation is simi-
lar at Government Cut. Newport Pier is
the only game in town.
Looking back toward the beach, the
views impress. On nature's sandbox, a
string of massive towers defend Sunny
Isles Beach. You can play the game of
imagining them from a space alien's
viewpoint. Look! We found where God
keeps his collection of accordions!
Surfers put on a show when the wind
kicks up the waves. Plenty of beach
walkers provide ample opportunity for
people watching.
Or you can simply pass the time
wave watching. And watching the peli-
cans fly by.
Newport Pier starts disappointing
when you look into its land-based struc-
tures. The main cement building offers
durability, but it completely lacks the
charm of the open-air Pelican restau-
rant that once stood here. Plus, with no

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The charmless and empty restaurant
structure is built like a fortress.

-- -.4 -

This privately owned pier is the only one left in Miami-
Dade County.

Benches offer fine views of the Sunn'
Isles wall of condos.

eatery or any other apparent amenities,
it functions now only as a view- and
Just west of the building, look
for the copper statue of a boy catch-
ing a fish. This nice touch offers an

E exception to the other structures.
Down a short winding brick
path, the bathrooms appear much
y nicer from a distance than up close.
The men's room had no soap and
was not particularly clean.
The two water fountains were broken,
with one offering a trickle and the other
a basin full of water and sand. Above
them a sign provides a complaint line,
and indeed you can leave a message for
the city manager. The sign's two black

lines intended for inspection and clean-
ing dates remain blank.
On the opposite wall is a security
camera without any indication of who is
watching you. You can bet the NSA that
this service is working.
Another intimidation factor confronts
you in the parking lot. "STOP HAVE YOU
tilted sign in red ink. Have I paid the master?
Is there some kind of deviant masochist wait-
ing to pounce if I forget to tip him?

Of course this double sign (REMEMBER
refers to the meter machine that operates
24 hours a day, every day. People in Sunny
Isles must be pretty dense if they need such
threatening signs to shock them into action.
But that's just the silly parking lot, so
don't let it bother you. You came here to
experience a timeless moment of walk-
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Pet Passages
Pickle Penelope and a Remembrance of Pets Past

By Wendy Doscher-Smith
BT Contributor

n October, while I sat in my car
sipping a banana-flavored Slurpee,
checking my phone for voicemails,
e-mails, texts, tweets, Instagram "likes,"
Vine "revines," and Facebook "status
updates," "likes," and death threats, I
spotted a new message from a friend in
the MUFT.
The MUFT (Merciless Un-Frozen
Tundra) is Binghamton, New York, an
upstate hellhole, er, city, I lived in from
mid-2008 to the conclusion of 2010. Well,
to be accurate, I went halfsies. I jumped
on a plane, destination Miami, when
winter arrived. In other words: home,

home on the non-range, where the iguana
and manatee play. I stationed myself at
a Brickell-based condo, where "winter"
temperatures didn't dip below 50.
On January 1, 2011, like any bird
or human who is able and has a lick of
sense, I migrated to Miami. I have not
gone north since.
One of the remnants of myself I left
behind in that wintery wasteland, aside
from a chunk of my sanity, was my
ferret. Pickle Penelope Carnivora, a.k.a.
Pickle, remained with my friend Robin,
the "ferret whisperer." I felt good about
this decision. Robin provided a better
home for Pickle, in terms of freedom
and brotherhood. Several friendly
ferrets lived with Robin, cohabitating

peachily. She treated them all as well as
anyone could treat any living being, and
afforded Pickle more run-about opportu-
nity than I could manage with four dogs,
one being an overly inquisitive terrier.
On the Day of the Slurpee, Robin
stunned me. Pickle, who had never

suffered a sick day in her life, had
suddenly died. Robin had returned
home from work and found Pickle
lying on the bottom of the ferret
condo. None of the other ferrets
seemed disturbed, and at first Robin
assumed Pickle was sleeping.


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To say that 2013 goes down in the
books as a less-than-stellar year for com-
panion animals is, I know, an understate-
ment. Many of my friends' dogs, cats,
and birds died this year. And now, sweet
little Pickle Penelope Carnivora had
joined them.
Back in my car, my banana Slurpee
melted into citrus-flavored syrupy snot
while I sat and cried. One year ago, my
18-year-old cocker spaniel, Anise, a.k.a
Granny, died, and just before that, my
11-year-old hound, Franki Jo. "I'm fed up
with this crap," I thought. As if to punc-
tuate the sentiment, I got out, stomped
on the Slurpee cup, and hurled the
crumpled, waxy paper into the trash.
Back in my car, I thought. A lot. Pick-
le's death marked the fifth animal death
of my own in less than one decade. My
Jardine's parrot, Eggsbert, kicked off the
festivities. Pre-2006 I could also include
my cat, Talky Tux, and Buzz, my husband
Jeremy's cat. Before that, there was my
fighting beta fish, Blueflower, who met her
untimely demise down a drain.
Blueflower was the only pet I had
as a child until my middle-school years,
when my mother entered her avian phase

and brought home Clawdia (I named her.
Claw-dia. See? I was a very clever child.),
an Indian Ringnecked parrot. There
were the other fish I kept over the years,
long after Blueflower ate it. (I stopped
with the fish years ago because I couldn't
stand them dropping dead. And they
seemed to do this often.)
Animals mean many different things
to everybody. For some, they're com-
panions, while others certainly consider
them nuisances or superb disease delivery
platforms. And then there's food. Well,
maybe you never thought of those greasy
round bits accompanying the peppers and
mushrooms on your pizza as once furry
and mooing (or snorting, if we're talking
about ham), but that's the reality.
The thing is, I never liked ferrets.
They freaked me out. Writhing rats, I
thought, whenever I'd see them in pet
stores. Let me amend that: long, writhing
rats. Then, while attending dog-grooming
school in 2006 in Stuart, I met a ferret I
liked. A fellow student brought her ferret,
Indy, to class and he grew on me.
I decided I too should get a ferret.
When I couldn't find one to rescue, I
bought a young one. A kit, as one is called.

I named her Pickle but that didn't
seem to be enough, so I added "Penelope."
After doing some more research on the
species, I decided to add Carnivora be-
cause that is the scientific order to which
they belong. Although most people think
ferrets are rodents, they're the domesti-
cated form of the European polecat.
Pickle proved to be a good choice of
pet. Even though I had two of my own
dogs living with me at the time, and I
had my hands on dogs all day, I longed
for even more animal interaction.
Ferrets have a reputation for being
nasty and bitey. However, as with dogs,
you can blame whoever didn't properly
train the nasty and bitey ferret for that.
I trained Pickle from the start, and she
never tried to bite anybody. Ferrets are
also nocturnal, and I enjoyed hearing
Pickle play with her toys and run around
her cage at night. She was extremely
inquisitive, as ferrets are known to be,
docile, and she stole little objects. (She
continued this "ferreting" habit with
Robin years later, favoring blue-and-
white pencils and glass beads.)
I kept her cage in the loft of my rental
cottage and sometimes pretended it was

just she and I up there, hidden away from
the world, like stowaways on a large ship.
An old one. With billowy sails, parrots,
and pirates.
I only let my dogs around Pickle
when I was there to supervise. And only
once did she almost get hurt. My now-
deceased dog Nyla crept up behind us
and casually enclosed the lower half of
Pickle's body in her mouth. Nyla was so
stealthy, it took me a second (or less) to
realize it. All I had to do was shout "No!"
though, and Nyla released her. Not that
Pickle minded. Even with her lower half
in Nyla's grasp, she never ceased look-
ing amused. "Ah! What's this? Another
adventure!" is what her expression said.
Robin and I decided to bury Pickle
in a scenic orchard belonging to a fellow
MUFT-based Pickle lover. There she
will plant Pickle's Tree. I don't know
if there's a Rainbow Bridge, the area
animals supposedly pass over when they
die. If there is, I have no doubt Pickle
enjoyed the ride and is currently ferret-
ing away gold coins or perhaps pencils
and glass beads on the other side.

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Port of Miami: From

Cruise Ships to War Ships
A view of our past from the archives of HistoryMiami

By Paul George
Special to the BT
he first Port of Miami, seen in this
photograph, emerged under the
guiding hand of Henry M. Flagler,
primarily for his Peninsular & Occiden-
tal (P&O) Steamship Company in the
early 1900s.
The port stood on the site of today's
Bicentennial Park/Museum Park, east of
Biscayne Boulevard. Operated initially
by the City of Miami, the government
of Dade County became a majority

"stakeholder" of the facility in the era
following World War II.
Flagler's steamship operations estab-
lished a precedent for the more imposing
cruise ships that began using the facility
by the 1920s. To bring viability to the
port, Flagler oversaw the dredging of
a deep-water channel and the creation
of Government Cut in the early 1900s.
Thereafter, ships could move directly to
the Atlantic Ocean.
The port reached a heightened
level of operation in the booming
Miami of the mid-1920s, following the

construction of three piers that allowed
for large warehouses to store cargo and
an expanded mooring area for vessels.
In World War II, a portion of the
port served as a training base for the
U.S. Navy's Submarine Chaser Train-
ing Center (SCTC), also known as the
"Donald Duck Navy."
In the expansive period following
World War II, the county and city de-
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east of it. There, in the first half of the

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Dodge Island, several spoil islands cre-
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Columnists: YOUR GARDEN

A Palm for All Occasions

From small ornamental to huge hurricane windbreak

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

any years ago I had an oppor-
tunity to transplant an attrac-
tive palm specimen out of a
friend's garden. I spent a couple of hours
carefully digging a substantial root ball,
and then I transported it to Parrot Jungle
to plant in an appropriate location.
Palms, I knew, should be replanted as
soon as possible to avoid desiccation and
possible death. They also need to be kept
moist during and after the transplant-
ing process, and I made sure I made no
mistakes with this valuable species.
This palm was Arenga caudata, a
diminutive species from Southeast Asia.
It typically grows three to four feet tall
and makes a great accent plant in a small
garden. The infructescence (the palm's
fruit cluster) is quite attractive and
stands out amid the dark foliage. There
are about 20 species of arenga, some
which grow to be quite large.
The sugar palm, or Arenga pin-
nata, is one of my favorite palms. It is
a distinctive species, with attractive
dark-green foliage and black fibrous
"hair" that surrounds the trunk. Its large
fruit are produced over a period of time,
perhaps a year, starting with a cluster at
the base of the trunk. Each subsequent
fruit cluster moves up the trunk to a
higher perch, and eventually one reaches
near the top. At that point the palm dies.

Apparently, all arenga palms do this.
I remember that my Arenga caudata
never looked as good as it did in my
friend's yard. I would fertilize it, check
it for insects, and make sure it was
sufficiently watered. But throughout
the clump I could see brown-spotted or
dying foliage.
One day it finally dawned on me.
Of course! It was an arenga palm, and
since it was a clumping species, only the
individual stalks would die after flower-
ing and fruiting. The rest of the plant
kept growing nicely. Once I realized that
I had only to cut out the stems that had
flowered and/or fruited, I once again had
an attractive plant.
Numerous species of arenga palm
grow very well in our climate and soil
conditions. I've learned that I never have
to fertilize them. And some of the spe-
cies will even go through our occasional
cold days without suffering any damage.
What a perfect landscape palm.
A while back a friend was complain-
ing about the large clumping palm in his
front yard. No matter what he did, he
said, the palm always had dying foliage.
This palm was about 15 feet tall. I asked
him if there was black hair-like material
on the trunk and sure enough, when I
went over to check on the plant, it turned
out to be another species of arenga. I told
him to cut out the recently fruited trunks
and he'd have the perfect palm specimen
in his front yard. He had no patience

Arenga caudata is an attractive clumping palm, perfect for the small
garden or large container.

for that, however, and just had the palm
removed. What a shame.
I've grown a few species of clumping
arenga palm and found that they make
excellent plants for gardens and land-
scapes. Besides never needing fertilizer,
they rarely have insect issues. When an
individual trunk fruits, I use the seeds
to grow more palms. When the fruited
trunk starts to die, I just cut it out.
I've also used the black, hair-like
fiber that surrounds the trunk for grow-
ing orchids and bromeliads. It's an excel-
lent growing medium and indestructible.
Be careful, though; it can be quite flam-
mable. So don't light up next to the fiber.
Certain arenga species are very
susceptible to cold weather and won't
tolerate frost, so make sure you investi-
gate the species you want before you buy
an arenga and take it home.
I've been growing a tall clumping
arenga species since my early days at
Parrot Jungle. This species will reach
about 30 feet tall and about 15 feet wide,
and the individual trunks can measure
up to ten inches in diameter at grade -
a large landscape palm. I planted three

of these palms in the landscape in the
1980s, so they were already between 25
and 30 feet tall in 1992, when we were
hit by Hurricane Andrew.
None of these palms, which took
direct wind in the hurricane, leaned over,
not even a little. Of course the foliage
was shredded, but eventually it all grew
back. I now have several of these palms
planted in strategic locations in my
garden at home, to protect it in the event
of a hurricane.
The fruit of the arenga is an eye-
catching red, which is one of the
reasons I like the small species I grow.
But be very careful handling the fruit;
the sap is caustic. Never put the fruit
in your pocket, and certainly never put
your hands on your face after handling
the fruit.

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Jungle Island, and principal of Tropical
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For Haley: Nothing Else

This new year becomes a celebration of life

By Crystal Brewe
BT Contributor

Meet Haley. She loves rainbows,
cartoons, dress-up, and ballet.
Her smile is a little beam of
light and her giggle is contagious.
She can beat her dad at Ping-Pong,
she rocks at karaoke, and she loves her
sister almost as much as her Tinker Bell
pajamas. This year she started kinder-
garten, and she will beat cancer.
Haley's family lives down the street
from us, and our children have gone
to the same school since birth. We've
shared everything from birthday parties
to career advice. You want neighbors
like Haley's family. They are down to
earth and caring.
Just like a lot of us, Haley's mom and
dad work full-time jobs. Just like a lot of
us, their day-to-day consists of what to
make for dinner and raising their two girls.
In a routine pediatrician well-visit, a
heart murmur, not so unusual for chil-
dren, was detected in Haley. After as-
suring her parents that the heart murmur
was probably nothing since Haley is
so vibrant and seemingly healthy, the
pediatrician recommended a follow-up
with a cardiologist, just to be safe. The
cardiologist agreed that it was likely
harmless but ordered a sonogram, just
to be thorough. In a later retelling, the
cardiologist admitted to a gut feeling.

Thank God for his gut! The sono-
gram revealed a tumor in little Haley's
belly. "Boom! Mushroom cloud!" is how
her mom described the news. The family
dropped everything and immediately
headed to Cincinnati to have Haley treat-
ed by a team of specialists who focus on
neuroblastoma tumors. These specialists
make the impossible possible every day.
Neuroblastoma is most commonly
diagnosed in children before age five.
Each year there are around 700 new cases
in the United States. The disorder occurs
in approximately one out of 100,000
children, and is slightly more common in
boys. The cause of the tumor is unknown.
In most patients, the neuroblastoma has
already spread when it is first diagnosed.
When her parents found out about
the neuroblastoma, nothing else mat-
tered. Their summer of tests, scans, and
surgeries was shared through a special
Facebook page moderated by Haley's
mom and aunt. The strength it took to
take time out to update this page and
document their journey was epic.
As the summer progressed, I would
wake up and check the page before show-
ering. It became a daily routine; hearing
the news in real time helped all of us
know just what to pray for, hope for, and/
or pour good energy into. It's easy to get
caught up in our day-to-day concerns of
meetings, homework, and what to make
for dinner. But when something like this


happens, you have to stop and take stock
of the things that really matter.
When Matilda, our nine-year-old, was
born early, there were complications that
made it necessary for her to stay in the
neonatal intensive-care unit. Having a rel-
atively normal delivery, I was sent home
and told to come back the next day to
visit our newborn. I begged to stay in the
hospital so I could be there with the baby,
but a lack of space made it necessary for
us to commute during visiting hours.
We were inconsolable. I remember
thinking at the time: "There aren't enough
tears in my body for this." Life didn't exist
outside that hospital. I didn't sleep. I didn't
shower. If it weren't for good friends who
brought us groceries and made us ready-to-
heat food, we surely wouldn't have eaten.
On the fourth day of our seven-day
NICU ordeal, I looked around at the other
babies, some only the size of my hand, and
some with no parents to visit. I realized
that while my sadness was real, it wasn't
helping anyone. Our baby was healthy, and
we needed to be strong and grateful.
Haley's parents have been stronger
than I could imagine being. They've also

been inspiring. They shared with friends
and neighbors each miracle, as it hap-
pened, through their Facebook page. We
heard the moment she went into surgery,
we received updates in real time, and we
heard the minute they got news about
the bone marrow tests. Each update to
the page made us sure that our posi-
tive thoughts, prayers, and energy were
working. When Haley had a rough night
of recuperation, I'm sure her parents
didn't sleep. As they waited to get test
results, I bet they hardly breathed.
My family isn't religious. Having grown
up strict Roman Catholic, I lost my religion
in college. That being said, I prayed for
Haley. While I was at it, I gave a few thanks.
Thanksgiving may be over, but
our family will continue to celebrate
it throughout the holidays and the new
year. We are thankful for good doctors
who made sure Haley had many more
giggles to share with all of us. We are
thankful for life, good health, and the
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South Florida Gets

Serious About Climate

Sea level rise looms large in long-term development plans

WBy Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor
uard your cigarettes! The regula-
tors are coming! The takedown
of American tobacco is an as-
sault on truth and justice, and the liberal
media and big government should stop
telling lies that smoking causes cancer!
When you think about it, people who
deny the existence of global warming have
as much value to society as people who
refuse to link smoking and lung cancer.
Fortunately, a thoughtful South
Florida coalition is leading the nation's
conversation on sea level rise, a primary
effect of a warming ocean. In November,
at the fifth annual meeting of the South-
east Florida Regional Climate Change
Compact, several hundred officials and
concerned citizens gathered in Fort
Lauderdale (at just a few feet above sea
level) to debate and plan for the inevi-
table rising of the sea.
The Compact combines leaders from
Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, and
Palm Beach counties. Its work since
2009 has been recognized nationally and
internationally. Member Kristin Jacobs,
the mayor of Broward County, became
the only Florida appointee to the new
White House Task Force on Climate
Preparedness and Resilience.
"It's not an abstract problem," said
Jacobs at the meeting. "and we're at the

forefront of these challenges." She praised
the Compact's ability to work across
jurisdictions and in a nonpartisan way.
A convergence of events last month
got people talking about the issue as never
before, giving November the unofficial
designation of Sea Level Rise Month.
Leading the local news coverage, public
radio station WLRN-FM coordinated a
weeklong "Elevation Zero," airing special
segments and hosting a town hall meeting
in conjunction with the Compact.
Then there was that chalky line that
blanketed downtown Miami and Miami
Beach mid-month. Called the "High Water
Line," the art project by Eve Mosher used
volunteers to push a "soccer chalker" down
the streets to mark the location of the sea
after a six-foot rise considered a worst-
case scenario by 2100 and not in line with
the Compact's lower projections.
Then there was me. As president of
the local chapter of, a climate
change-advocacy organization, I wanted
to get the attention of another president.
So when President Obama was in town
for two days of fundraising in mid-No-
vember, we tracked him down in Coral
Gables. Being tall, I was persuaded to
put on the polar bear suit. Yes, I dressed
up like a polar bear to send a message
related to climate change.
After the motorcade sailed by our
signs of "No Keystone," referring to the
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awaits a presidential decision, guess who
came to visit? Former Gov. Charlie Crist,
who quipped, "Love the polar bear!" as
he walked on by. Clearly, he was there to
seduce the television crews.
Back at the Compact meeting, it was
wonderful to hear a South African digni-
tary say he was inspired by the event.
Climate Central vice president Ben
Strauss introduced an updated version of
the scientific organization's interactive
tool, Surging Seas, which allows users to
select map locations and apply various
scenarios of sea level rise. He stated that
the world was committed to at least four
feet of rise in the future.
"We don't know how fast that rise is
coming, but we have high confidence
that it will rise," he said.
Bob Perciasepe, the deputy adminis-
trator of the EPA, noted that 2012 was the
second-costliest year for U.S. natural di-
sasters, at $100 billion in damages, and he
connected the reduction of carbon emis-
sions to quality-of-life issues. He praised
the Compact, saying, "We need the voices
of common sense and bipartisanship, and
you're showing how it can be done."
Also last month, a coalition of climate
deniers, led by the anti-U.N. group AgEnders,
filed a petition with the Florida state
attorney general to investigate what they

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allege to be fraud. The letter, signed by
Karen Schoen, AgEnder vice president,
half a dozen Tea Party groups, and others,
indirectly targeted the Climate Compact:
"At the heart of our allegations," the letter
states, "is what appears to be a long-term
conspiracy by numerous SE Florida offi-
cials and their science advisors to deceive
Floridians about the full range of causes
and effects of climate change."
Here's my take: Among the many
people trying to find a cure for cancer -
or in this case, sea level rise caused by
climate change are a few rotten eggs
who want to spread it.
They are perfectly within their rights
to speak as many lies as they please. But
they should be discredited for wasting
tax dollars on a baseless investigation.
To end on a more positive note, I
suggest you look to another regional co-
alition of seven counties, called Seven50.
It has published a plan for development
over the next 50 years that incorporates
sea level rise and sustainability concerns.
The plan's final public summit takes
place in January in Broward County.

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Columnists: VINO

Bubbly: It's Not Just for Holidays


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

By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

It's not even New Year's Eve, and
already I'm making resolutions I
won't keep.
I've done this every year at this time,
pretty much since the invention of dirt,
or at least since I've been writing this
column. We here at Vino do our annual
Christmas and New Year's bargain
bubbly roundup, a day's worth of shop-
ping and a week's worth of tasting, all
to come up with a batch of affordable
sparklers to gin up your holiday cheer.
Every year I'm struck with how many
good-quality, modestly priced sparkling
wines are on the market, especially if
you move away from the familiar names
on every grocery store shelf.
I'm also struck with what a ter-
rific complement good bubbly is to
food, whether a crisp, mineral-y French
sparkler with pan-fried hogfish in a
simple lemon, caper, and butter sauce, or
a fruity, toasty Spanish cava with roast
pork tricked out with romesco and a
wedge of tortilla Espafiola.
And I love pairing a lush brut rose
with something like chipotle-spiked
shrimp tacos or a Cuban sandwich stuffed
with leftover pork and homemade dill
pickles. It's a naughty pleasure thing, like
wearing flips and shorts to the opera.
By the end of the week, I've made a
firm resolution to buy bubbly and drink
it with dinner throughout the year, not

just during the holidays. And every year
it gets away from me. Sigh....
But not this year. Or rather, next year.
In 2014, I promise to put sparkling wine
into my regular wine-buying rotation, to
pour it with a variety of foods, and in-
crease my quotient of naughty pleasures.
I expect that will happen right after I
exercise more, lose 20 pounds, stress out
less, heal the sick, and raise the dead.
On the other hand, with a glass of
the terrific Roger d'Anoia NV Brut in
hand, I may actually keep that promise.
It's made by the giant Spanish sparkling
wine producer Freixenet, and while I'm
not a fan of the black bottle bubbly, the
d'Anoia is the best sparkling wine under
$25 I've tasted in years. It shows off
surprising complexity in the nose, layers
of earthy, yeasty, citrus aromas, all of
which carry over to the palate, where it
offers a creamy, mouth-filling texture
and lingering lemon-lime finish. Pour
this at any holiday party, and I'll bet no
one guesses it costs less than $10.
Another very good wine and excellent
value is the Jaume Serra Cristalino NV
Brut. It's got lots of lively little bubbles
and a nose that suggests bread and citrus
and baked apple. In the mouth, it's toasty
and mineral-y, with a taut structure and
crisp lemon-lime-grapefruit flavors that
would make it a fine playmate with oys-
ters, scallops, lobster, or any other rich
seafood dish.
A wine that I've loved in the past
didn't quite live up to expectations this

year. The Saint-Reine NV Brut
gave up only the faintest aromas
of citrus and green apples, and
seemed more one-dimensional
than I remember. It's still a nice
wine for $12, with hints of miner-
als and herbs beneath its delicate
citrus and fruit, but it's not the
category-killer it once was.
More enjoyable and two Get
dollars cheaper was the NV at W
Francois Montaud Brut and
Rose. It's a very pretty pale 440C
rose color, with aromas of & M,
strawberries and raspberries 327C
complementing orange and the
lemon-lime. It's got a sprightly the
berry-citrus flavor profile too, Spir
with notes of minerals and 652f
toast and a long, elegant finish, and
A gregarious Italian bubbly Pub
to the more reserved French (305
sparklers was the Cupcake NV 2171
Prosecco. Despite its silly name fine
(and really, isn't everyone sick
to death of cupcakes already?),
it's a serious and well-made wine, with
aromas of fresh-baked bread, citrus, and
minerals, and flavors of sweet red apples
and white peaches, with a hint of lime-
stone on the back palate.
We did have to include at least
one wine from California, and while
I haven't even thought of the wines of
giant, Sonoma County-based Korbel
for ages, I was pleasantly surprised
by its NV Brut. It displays the bright,

the excellent Roger d'Anoia for $9.99
/hole Foods Market in North Miami
Aventura (305-892-5500 and 305-682-
I). The North Miami Beach Total Wine
ore (14750 Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-
)) has the Saint-Reine for $11.99 and
Frangois Montaud for $9.99, while
North Miami Beach ABC Fine Wine &
its (16355 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-
5) has the Cupcake Prosecco for $8.99
the Korbel Brut for $10.99. All three
lix stores along Biscayne Boulevard
-358-3433, 305-751-6366, and 305-354-
I) carry the Jaume Serra Cristalino, a
value at $9.49.

forward fruit you'd expect from a
California sparkler, with subtle tones
of spice, toast, and minerals, and a
rather unexpected delicacy. It's one
more reason to finally keep my long-
neglected resolution to buy and drink
more sparkling wine.
Raising the dead, I guess, will just
have to wait.

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Columnists: DISH

Hot Sauce, Caviar,

Pickles, and Cookies

Food news we know you can use

By Pamela Robin Brandt
BT Contributor

appy holidays! Got all your gift
shopping polished off? Yeah. We
thought not.
Fortunately, though, there are locally
produced and sold food-related items that
fit the bill for all holiday occasions, from
dinner parties (when you want a "hostess
gift" that makes more of an impression
than the usual bottle of nine-buck plonk)
to serious presents for family and good
friends, that say, "You've been on my
mind for months," rather than, "I found
this at the drugstore last night."
As promised last issue, I've been
keeping track all year of unique items that
recipients won't have to pretend to like.
First, though, let's round up recent
restaurant openings/closings which
won't take long. Given the arrival of Art
Basel, it's surprising that openings this
past month were few, and not so much
new restaurants as replays good ones,
but still.

Most welcome for the oncoming artsy
hordes is Wynwood's new SuViche (2751
N. Miami Ave., 305-501-5010), third and
best of the popular Japanese/Peruvian
hotspot, for three reasons: location, loca-
tion, location. While the original Brickell
place and a South Beach successor
are both tiny, the new space, formerly

occupied by Bloom, allows for an expan-
sive outdoor patio, and Miami's first and
only pisco bar.
Always welcome is a new downtown
indoor/outdoor location of Florida-based
chain The Cheese Course, in the South-
east Financial Center (200 S. Biscayne
Blvd.). Three older market/cafes in BT ter-
ritory are in Midtown (see Dining Guide
for descriptions), Aventura, and Hallandale.
Additionally, one of Miami's many
annual "temporary" summer closings
for renovations became permanent: The
atmospheric speakeasy space (featuring
an underground former bomb shelter) that
was formerly Kork Wine & Cheese, is now
Le Chat Noir (2 S. Miami Ave., 305-377-
8899). But both musical and menu offer-
ings remain similar to Kork's quality
live jazz, plus artisan cheese/charcuterie
platters and an extensive wine selection.

First, a gift that'll put serious spark
in any dish: artisan, preservative-free
Cuban sriracha from the PepperJelly
Company, started on a shoestring budget
earlier this year. Homeboy Michael Diaz
incorporates his Cuban grandfather's
mojo plus multiple chilis and other lo-
cally sourced natural produce into an
astonishingly fresh, complex-tasting
version of supermarket sriracha (which is
basically just one chili, sugar, salt, garlic,
vinegar, and multiple preservatives), and
bottles it stylishly with wine corks.

A sampler set pairs the original with
"The Cuban Ghost," which kicks up
the heat with ghost peppers, one of the
world's most fiery chilis. Buy it online
at, or better yet, when
you're picking up your traditional Xmas
Eve takeout Chinese food at Soi Chinese
Kitchen (645 NW 20th St., 305-482-0238).
At recently opened Preservation in
Sunny Isles Beach (18250 Collins Ave.,
305-974-0273), the menu features ingre-
dients that are cured, pickled, or smoked
in-house and a few market shelves are
packed with beautiful jars of the restau-
rant's preserves and pickles. Brighten up
someone's holiday table with spicy pick-
led haricots vert, escabechejardiniere,
Georgia peach pie butter, pear fig jam, or
festive candy-striped beets and turnips.
For a luxuriantly romantic gift,
surprise someone special with a caviar
taste test. With genuine Caspian sturgeon
caviar going for $150-$300 per ounce,
you'll have to arrange a second mortgage
first, but fortunately Marky's Caviar &
Gourmet Food Store (687 NE 79th St.,
305-758-9288) has several remarkable
ringers: hackleback roe (buttery/nutty,
like osetra) from North American shov-
elnose sturgeon, paddlefish roe (buttery/

briny, like sevruga) from a sturgeon
relative, and mildly tangy bowfin roe
(sometimes called "Cajun caviar"). Price:
$11-$19 per ounce. All are award-winning
fresh caviars, prepared by Marky's ac-
cording to traditional Russian guidelines.
Add a few $4-$6 jars of poppy-textured
salmon and trout roes for pure sensual
overload, and one of Marky's mother-of-
pearl caviar spoons for remembrance.
Candy canes have been on the shelves
since Halloween, but you can do better.
Surprise someone on Xmas Eve with can-
dy-cane crunch chocolate mint cookies
from Night Owl Cookie Company (786-
Since fall, the new company has been
baking up 25 varieties of of cookies (plus
nationally trendy but still rare in Miami,
homemade doughnuts), and delivering
them, still warm, from noon to wait for
it 2:00 a.m. Oh, and do remember to
order a few extra cookies to leave by the
chimney. Santa needs treats, too.

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written by Pamela Robin Brandt (restaurants@ Every effort has been made to
ensure accuracy, but restaurants frequently change
menus, chefs, and operating hours, so please call
ahead to confirm information. Icons ($$$) represent
estimates for a typical meal without wine, tax, or tip.
Hyphenated icons ($-$$$) indicate a significant range
in prices between lunch and dinner menus, or among
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Brickell / Downtown

1331 Brickell Bay Dr.,786-452-1637
Hidden within Jade condo, this sleek Japanese fusion resto-
lounge (whose name means "love") is also a jewel Food-loving
Venezuelan owner Rene Buroz encourages innovation, and
his chefs (includingfour from Zuma) respond with beautifully
plated items as fun as they are flavorful Don't miss the layered
croquante (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 alsojugges and plays
with fire

Area 31
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305-424-5234
Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant (named for
fishing area 31, stretchingfrom the Carolinas to South America)
isn't a gamorous diningsetting But we'd eat outside From the
expansive terrace of the Epic condo and hotel on the Miami
River, the views of Bnrickell's high-rises actually make Miami look
like a real city Its hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are
the most impressive The food is impeccably fresh regional fish,
prepared in a clean Mediterranean-influenced style The cocktails
are genuinely creative Luckily you don't have to choose one or
the other $$$-$$$$

1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6529
Admittedly the Conrad Hotel's top-end restaurant has had its
ups and downs since its early days as one of the few exciting
fine-dining restaurants in the Bnrickell/downtown area But Atrino
is ready for rediscovery Despite Brickell's recent restaurant
explosion, few venues are as spectacularly suitable for a sophis-
ticated breakfast, lunch, or dinner for grown-ups who'd 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 $$$-$$$$

901S. Miami Ave., (Mary Brickell Village), 305-534-9191
Open until 4 00 a m on weekends, this London import (Miami's
second Balans) offers a sleeker settingthan its perennially
popular Lincoln Road progenitor, but the same simple yet sophis-
ticated gobal 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 alluring sweet/sour citrus-
dressed side salad), a lobster club on onion toast, some surpris-
ingy solid Asian fusion items, and a cocktail is one of Miami's
more relaxing experiences $$-$$$

Bali Cafe
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn'teasyto find in Miami, downtown
has secret stashes -small joints cateringto cruise-ship and
construction workers This cute, exotically decorated cafe has

survived and thrived for good reason The homey cooking is
delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the timid
of palate to try something new Novices will want Indonesia's sig
nature rijsttafel, a mix-and-match collection of small dishes and
condiments to be heaped on rice Note bringcash No plastic
accepted here $-$$

Banana & Leaf
234 NE 3rd St., 786-431-5548
Ever 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 sat-
isfyingseafood-to-nrice ratio If you'd rather, dishes on the larger
custom menu arrive almost as fast There is also limited, tasty
Southeast Asian fare Most unbelievable Prices beat supermar-
ket sushi byfar $

Bar6 Urbano
1001 S. Miami Ave., 305-381-5901
"Hot, 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 singes bar than eatery Nevertheless, the
largely but not exclusively Colombian -inspired, Latin/Caribbean
comfort-food cuisine can be inspiring We're 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 entrees like a bandeja paisa
(Colombia's belly-busting mixed platter of proteins and carbs)

Bento Sushi & Chinese
801 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-603-8904
Hidden 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 insid-
er's secret deliveryjoint for Brickell residents But it's actually a
pleasant place to relax outside, enjoying a bay view and budget
bento box specials that include miso soup, ginger-dressed salad,
California roll, and fresh orange sections, plus two mini-entrees
(the nign assortment sushi and lacy-battered tempura especially
recommended) Bubble tea, tooi $$-$$$

Biscayne Tavern
146 Biscayne Blvd., 305-307-8300
From restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, this contemporary tavern
seems tailor-made for a newly urbanized neighborhood, inviting
residents to hangfrom breakfast to late-night snack time, over
updated comfort food that's gobally inspired while adhenringto
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, unpre-
tentiously 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 Martini
900 S. Miami Ave. #250, 305-981-2583
With 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
surprising ambitious, includingsubstantial 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 $$

638 S. Miami Ave., 786-409-4794
From trend-spotting restaurateur Bond Trisansi (orignator 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-ticklingsnapper car-
paccio, an elegant nest of mee krob (sweet, crisp rice noodles),
blessedly non-citrus-drenched tuna tataki, drizzled with spicy-
sweet mayo and wasabi cream sauce, greed-inducing "bags of
gold," deep-fried wonton beggar's purses with a shrimp/pork/
mushroom/waterchestnut filling and tamarind sauce $$

Bon Fromage
500 Brickell Ave. #106, 786-329-5632
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465 Brickell Ave., 786-329-4090
Derived, like all Cipriani family restaurants worldwide, from
legendary Harry's Bar in Venice (a favorite of Truman Capote,
Hemingway, and other famous folks since 1931), this
glamorous indoor/outdoor riverfront location in Icon has
two absolutely must-not-miss menu items, both invented
at Harry's and reproduced here to perfection beef carpac-
clo (drizzled artfully with streaks of creamy-rich mustard
vinaigrette, not mere olive oil) and the Bellini (a cocktail
of prosecco, not champagne, and fresh white peach juice)
Venetian-style liver and onions could convert even liver-
loathers Finish with elegant vanilla meringue cake $$$$$

Lunch American Style
221 NW 1st Ave., 305-379-1991
"Tastingthe country, one place at a time" is this lunchroom's
motto We'd recommend bringingfriends for a tour of many
regions' favorite foods, most creatively interpreted They're
also crafted with homemade ingredients rangingfrom
fresh-baked breads to the house-smoked pastrami on a "Big
Apple" sandwich The Naw'ins po'boy (featuring crispy-fried
shrimp and horseradish remoulade) is also highly recom-
mended Try to make room for Iowa fritters (mouthwatering
fried corn puffs with remoulade dip), too To accompany
changing craft beers $-$$


Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop
186 NE 29th St., 305-573-4681
This Cuban breakfast/lunch old-timer actually serves more
than sandwiches (including mammoth daily specials )-- and
since reopening after a fire, does so in a cleanly renovated
interior But many hardcore fans never get past the parking
lot's ordering window, and outdoors really is the best place
to manage Ennriqueta's mojo-marnnated messy masterpiece
pan con bistec, dripping with sauteed onions, melted cheese,
and potato sticks, tomatoes make the fats and calories neg-
ligible Accompany with fresh orange juice or cafe con leche,
and you'll never want anything else, except maybe a bib $

and wine cafe/shop is like a pint-size version of Midtown Miami's
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 char-
cutenrie) menu of garnished platters, salads, and crusty baguette
sandwiches features numerous high-quality, imported favorites,
but don't miss more unusual domestic treasures like Wisconsin
bread, a cooked cheese that, like halloumi, doesn't melt but tan-
talizingly softens when heated $$

801 Brickell Bay Dr., 786-502-3829
Fittingly, the indoor/outdoor bay-view space in the Four
Ambassadors, occupied by Miami's first Brazilian rodizio
restaurant back in the early 1980s, is now home to a 21st-
century upgrade For insatiable carnivores and fans of Latin
America's best dinner show, there's the traditional parade
of tableside, sword-wielding gauchos carving all-you-can-eat
meats, including must-not-miss medium-rare picanhas, delec-
tably fat-capped sirloin For more modern and/or light eaters,
prepared dishes by Gully Booth, one of Miami's best-kept-
secret chefs, include goat cheese croquettes, stuffed dates,
and crab cakes Martha Stewart once proclaimed the best
she'd eaten $$$$

Brother Jimmy's BBQ
900 S. Miami Ave. #135, 786-360-3650
The South is supposed to be the source of barbecue But Bro
J evidently didn't hear about that His signature North Carolina
pork 'cue comes from NYC, where the first Brother Jimmy's
opened more than 20 years ago Miami's 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 There's other 'cue,
too, including big (not baby back) ribs, and respectable brisket


B & M Market
219 NE 79th St., 305-757-2889
Don't let the rustic look of this mom-and-pop Caribbean mar-
ket/eatery, or its ungentrified location, scare you Walk to
the kitchen in the back of the market, order, and then either
eat-in (at two tables) or take-out some of Miami's tasti-
est, and cheapest, West Indian food Celeb chef Michelle
Bernstein is a longtime fan of the jerk chicken, ackee and
saltfish, and pigeon peas and rice cooked in coconut milk
Rotis rule here, the flatbreads come plain or, better yet, in
curry chicken, goat, or remarkably full-flavored vegetarian
versions $

King's Chef
476 NE 125th St., 305-895-7878
While authentic Chinese fine dining fare is best eaten fresh
from the wok, Chinese take-out is almost a separate genre
with its own standards prime being how its tantalizing
scent fills the inside of your car Even basic bargain-priced
Szechuan beef combination platters from this humble
establishment do that so well, you'll find yourself takingthe
long way home There are surprises one wouldn't expect,
too, including a wide variety of tasty tofu dishes spicy ma
po, General Tso-style, honey garlic, many more and other
savory vegetarian treats $-$$

Mozart Cafe
18110 Collins Ave., 305-974-0103
This eatery (which serves breakfast as well as lunch and
dinner) is a kosher dairy restaurant, but not the familiar
Old World type that used to proliferate all over New York's
Lower Eastside Jewish community Decor isn't deli but
modern-artsy, and the food is not blintzes, noodle kugel, etc,
but a wide range of non-meat items from pizzas to sushi
Our favorite dishes, though, are Middle Eastern-influenced,
specifically Yemenite malawach (paratha-type flatbread
sandwiches, savory or sweet), and shaksuka (nicknamed
"eggs in purgatory", the spicy eggplant version will explain
all) $$-$$$

Bryan in the Kitchen
104 NE 2nd Ave., 305-371-7777
This quirky cafe-markets chef/owner B 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 ecolog-
cal consciousness, it otherwise could only be described as intensely
personal Offerings are an odd but appealingsaint/sinner mix, ranging
from healthy pasta/gain salads and homemade-from-scratch snacks
(beefjerky, granola) to unique cupcakes featuring nottoo-sweet adult
flavors and irresisBtible sticky buns If we had to choosejust one cat-
egory, we'd sin But luckily, you can have it all $-$$

Cafe Bastille
248 SE 1st St., 786-425-3575
Breakfasting on a ham-egg-cheese crepe at this very French-
feeling and tasting cafe is a most civilized way to start the
day Formerly breakfast and lunch only, the cafe 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 Room
900 S. Miami Ave. #180, 305-372-8027
Like South Miami's 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-gass portions from more than 50 self-service dispensing
machines But there's 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) $$-$$$

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Ceviche Piano
140 SE 1st Ave., 305-577-4414
Owners 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
gamorous white piano, upgraded elegance The menu has also
been altered to be less of a global wildcard Focus is now strong-
ly on Peruvian cuisine, including a shrimp/calamari-smothered
fish fillet with aji amarillo cream sauce But no worries, old fans
Some of the old favorite dishes remain $$

Chophouse Miami
300 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-938-9000
Formerly Manny's Steakhouse, Miami's Chophouse retains
basically everything but the famed name (from the original
Mannys in Minneapolis), and remains Miami's most 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
Notforthefrail $$$$$

The Corner
1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-961-7887
With a Zuma alum in the kitchen, a Gig 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 neighbor-
hood hangout The nicely priced menu of sandwiches, salads,
snacks, and sweets (the latter from Om Norm Norm's cookie
queen Anthea Ponsetti) ranges from 100-percent homemade
ice cream sandwiches to the Crazy Madame, France's
elaborate Croque Madame (a bechamel sauce-topped grilled
cheese/ham/fried egg sandwich) plus bacon and caramelized
onion $-$$

Crazy About You
1155 Brickell Bay Dr. #101, 305-377-4442
The owners, and budget-friendly formula, are the same here
as at older Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita Buy an entree
(all under $20) from a sizable list of Mediterranean, Latin,
American, or Asian-influenced choices (like Thai-marinated
churrasco with crispy shoestringfries) and get an appetizer
for free, includingsubstantial 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 million-
dollar water view $$$

Cvi.che 105
105 NE 3rd Ave., 305-577-3454
Fusion food a modern invention? Not in Peru, where native and
Euro-Asian influences have mixed for more than a century But
chef Juan Chipoco gves 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 chill/cream sauce) But traditional
fusion dishes like Chinese-Peruvian Chaufa fried rice (packed
with jumbo shrimp, mussels, and calamarn) are also fun, as well
as surprising affordable $$

db Bistro Moderne
255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-421-8800
Just two words, "Daniel Boulud," should be enough for food-
ies craving creative French/American comfort food to run, not
walk, to this restaurant Downtown's db is indeed an absentee
celeb chef outpost, but on-site kitchen wizard Matthieu Godard
flawlessly executes dishes rangngfrom the original db Bistro's
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 chick-
pea panisse $$$-$$$$

D-Dog House
50 SW 10th St., 305-381-7770
While 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 replacingservers and in-house entertainment, too
- with iPads that accept notjustfood orders and credit cards but
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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 There's a full
liquor bar $-$$

Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103
From the stylish setting in Miami's historic Firehouse No 4, one
would expect a mighty pricy meal But entrees, which range from
Nuevo Latino-style ginger/orange-gazed pork tenderloin to a plat-
ter 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, orshrimp-topped eggplanttimbales The best
seats are on the gaam rooftop patio $$$

Dominique Bistro-Club
1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-371-8859
At 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 Paris's Le Cordon Bleu, plus his wife
Dominque and her brother Jose Sigona, welcome diners with
France's best-known bistro classics coquilles St Jacques (tender
scallops in mushroom/white wine sauce), a precision-cooked
entrecote rib-eye with Bearnaise or complex Cafe de Paris butter,
creme brulee (from scratch) or macaron cookies (from heaven)
No velvet ropes, and club music isn't cranked till 1100 p m $$$

900 S. Miami Ave., 305-3734633
Happy hour comes twice daily (after work and lunch) at this
second location of a popular South Beach sushi, pan-Asian,
small-plates restolounge, bringing discounted prices on treats
like rock shrimp tempura with spicy aloli Regular prices are
reasonable, too, for seafood flown in daily, and makis display-
ingsolid creativity rather than gmmickry Especially enjoyable
are items accented by Japanese ingredients rarely found in
Americanized sushi bars, like the Geisha Roll's astringent shiso
leaf, beautifully balancing spicy tuna, pickled radish, and rich
eel sauce A huge sake menu, too $$-$$$

Edge, Steak & Bar
1435 Brickell Ave., 305-358-3535
Replacingthe Four Seasons' formal fine diningspotAcqua,
Edge offers a more kick-back casual welcomingvibe And in
its fare there's a particularly warm welcome for non-carnivores
Chef-driven 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 don't eat beef have no
beef $$$$-$$$$$

Elwoods Gastro Pub
188 NE 3rd Ave., 305-358-5222
Cordial 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 can't 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 pud-
ding with toffee sauce Tie down your dental implants Theyre in
for a wild ride $$

485 Brickell Ave. (Viceroy Hotel), 305-503-0373
Orignally 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 featuringSerrano 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 Pub
900 S. Miami Ave. #200, 786-924-0972
Unlike most Miami "Irish" pubs, which serve mostly American bar
food, rarely foraying past fish and chips or shepherd's pie, Fado
(pronounced "f'doe") has a menu reflectingthe pub grub found
today in Ireland, includingsolid standards But most intriguing are

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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 There's a seasonal menu, too $$

The Filling Station & Garage Bar
95 SE 2nd St., 786-425-1990
This 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 top-
pings like peanut butter or Nutella Other standouts tangy-spicy
Buffalo wings, homemade tater tots, the oil pan (fried pickles
and onion rings with two sauces), and an ever-changng list of
craft beers $-$$

Fratelli Milano
213 SE 1st St., 305-373-2300
Downtown isn't 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 it's almost impossible to resist panini, served on foccacia
or crunchy clabatta, even the vegetarian version bursts with
complex and complementary flavors During weekday dinners,
try generous plates of risotto with shrimp and gilled asparagus,
homemade pastas like seafood-packed fettuccine al scoglio, or
delicate Vitello alla Milaneseon arugula $$-$$$

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

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

Hawa Jade
1331 Brickell Bay Dr., 305-905-5523
When thinking "fusion" cuisines, Japanese and Lebanese don't
instantly springto mind Buttakingthe 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 crepes 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 Grill
45 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-2223
Imagne a mini-express Benihana This place specializes in tep-
panyaki cuisine -- minus the thrilling (or terrifying) tableside knife
theatrics, true, but the one-plate meals of seasoned steak slices,
chicken, shrimp, or salmon plus dippingsauces, 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 (includingtofu)
The limited sides are Japanese (shumai, plump chicken gyoza)
and Chinese (various egg rolls) Fancy? No, but satisfying $-$$

II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063
Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this ultra-
upscale Italian spot (especially the outdoor terrace) the perfect
power lunch/business dinner alternative to steakhouses And the
culinary experience goes way beyond the typical meat market,

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The rest of the food?2 Pricy, but portions are mammoth And the
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Jamon Iberico Pata Negra Restaurant
10 SW South River Dr., 305-324-1111
From the outside, you know you're walking into the ground floor
of a new condo building But once inside the charming rustic
room, you'd swear you're in Spain Obviously Spain's famous
cured hams are a specialty as are other pork products on the
weekly changing menu, from a roast suckling pig entree to a fried
chorizo and chickpea tapa But seafood is also terrific Don't miss
bacalao-filled piquillo peppers, or two of Miami's best rice dishes
seafood paella and arroz negro (with squid and its ink) $$-$$$

Largo Bar & Grill
401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-374-9706
Sure, Bayside Marketplace is touristy But it can be fun to spend
a day playingvisitor in your own city If you do, this waterfront
place overlooking Miamarna is a superior food choice Expect
nothing cutting edge, just tasty familiar favorites solidly prepared
You won't 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 Lounge
68 W. Flagler St., 305-373-4800
This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant was
unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown With alterna-
tives 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 con-
tinue to draw a lunch crowd that returns for dinner, or perhaps
just stays on through the afternoon, fueled by the Lawyer's Liquid
Lunch, a vodka martini spiked with sweetened espresso $$$

La Moon
144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209
At four in the morning nothing quells the munchies like a Crazy
Burger, a Colombian take on a trucker's burger beef patty,
bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg with an
arepa corn pancake "bun While this tiny place's late hours (till
6 00 a m Friday and Saturday) are surprising the daytime menu
is more so In addition to Colombian classics, there's a salad
Nicoise with gilled fresh tuna, seared salmon with mango salsa,
and other yuppie favorites $-$$

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

La Sandwicherie
34 SW 8th St., 305-374-9852
This second location of the open-air diner that is South Beach's
favorite apres-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-
ne and cheeses (saucisson sec, country pate, camembert,
etc ) and choice of salad vegges plus salty/tart cornichons
and Sandwicherie's 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 Brickell
188 SE 12th Terr., 305-372-233
At this French bakery/cafe, mornings start seriously, with choices
rangingfrom quality cheese, charcuterie/pate, or smoked salmon
platters to chic Continental and complete American breakfasts
At lunch, generously salad-garnished, open-faced tartines are
irresistible But sophisticated salads and homemade soups make
the choice tough And do not skip dessert Superb sweets include

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rich almond/fresh raspberry or properly tangy lemon tarts,
traditional Madeleines, airy layered mousses, and addictive mini-
macaroon sandwich cookies with daily-changingfillings $-$$

L'Entrecote de Paris
1053 SE 1st Ave., 305-755-9995
If menu choices makes you nuts, this place, originally a Parisian
eatery with locations in Brazil, is the restaurant for you There's
only one prix fixe meal offered an entrecote steak with a famed
creamy sauce of 21 ingredients (here, predominantly curry),
accompanied by a walnut-garnished mixed greens/tomato salad
and shoestring frites, plus a crunchy-crusted baguette Your only
choice is how you like your steak precision-cooked A la carte des-
serts are indeed extensive, avoid stress by choosing a macaron
flight of mixed flavors $$$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
I W. Flagler St., 305-789-9929
Like its Midtown and North Miami Beach siblings, this Lime Fresh
serves up carefully crafted Tex-Mexfood The concept is "fast
casual" rather than fast food meaning nice enough for a night
out It also means ingredients are always fresh Seafood tacos
are about as exotic as the menu gets, but the mahl mahl for fish
tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade
daily Niceties include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers

600 Brickell Ave., 305-579-1888
Named after a 15th-century Italian painter, Lippi does have
artful decor and plating, but otherwise the moniker is mislead-
ing The food is neither Italian nor, as some descriptions claim,
Mediterranean-inspired It's Philippefood -an extensive menu of
mostly shareable small plates (a concept Philippe Ruiz pioneered
at Palmed'Or in the 1990s), inspired mainly by the chef's clas-
sic French technique and geographically limitless imagination
Standouts weakfish ceviche with corn panna cotta and purple
potato foam, lobster ravioli in aerated coriander-scented bisque
Everything is beautifully balanced and refined $$$$-$$$$$

3252 NE 1st Ave. #116, 786-507-5025
Originally called Machiya Ramen Noodle House, this eat-
erychanged 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 today's 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 aloli

Medialunas Calentitas
919 Brickell Ave., 305-517-3303
At this first U S location of a Uruguayan chain, the signature
specialty crescent-like shape says "croissant" But medialunas
don't have croissants' puff-pastry flakiness, they're more sub-
stantial buttery breakfast rolls And either simply syrup-gazed 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 variet-
ies 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 Caf6
364 SE 1st St., 305-374-5117
For businessfolk on the go, this breakfast/lunch-only French
cafe serves up evocative baguette sandwiches (like camembert)
loaded, if you like, with greens, olives, and more For those with
time to sit, we'd recommend the savory crepes, garnished with
perfectly dressed salad, or sweet crepe like the Bonne Maman
(whose sugar/salted butter stuffing brings Brittany to downtown)
And quiches are nicely custardy But there are surprises here,
too, includingjust a few full entrees, with correctly made tradi-
tional sauces one wouldn't expect at a luncheonette except,
perhaps, in Paris $-$$

Miami's Finest Caribbean Restaurant
236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254
Orignally 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 entrees come with rice and peas, fried plantains, and
salad, so no one leaves hungry $

Mint Leaf
1063 SE 1st Ave., 305-358-5050
Part of London's 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 notjust the familiar northern Indian "Mughlai"
fare served in most of America's Indian restaurants, but refined
versions of south India's scrum ptious street food We've 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 Cafe
900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-358-0088
Fans of the South Beach orignal will find the decor different
Most notably, there's 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 singe two-course
Peking duck (skin in crepes, stir-fried meat and vegges with
lettuce cups) makes mouthwatering finger food, shared among
friends $-$$$

Momi Ramen
5 SW 11th St., 786-391-2392
Banish 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 con-
stants 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 It's open 24/7, and the ramen ranks
with the USA's best Minuses Its cash only, and the ramen
might be the USA's most expensive $$$

MPP Brickell
141 SW 7th St., 305-4004610
Tasty Peruvian eateries aren't rare in Miami Peruvian fine-dining
restaurants are In the tastefully toned-down but still glam space
formerly housingAndu, this second location of Lima's popular Mi
Propriedad Privada specializes in familiar flavors presented with
seriously upscaled preparations, plating and prices But many
ceviches, tiraditos, and starters (like especially artful layered/
molded mashed potato/seafood causes, or clever panko-bread-
ed fusion causaa 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 Ceviche
1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-960-7825
When 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 jalapeno/
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 Duarte's George Stone Crab add to
the choices $$

661 Brickell Key Dr., 305-947-6263
Chances are you've never had anything like the $85 prix-
fixe Japanese dinners at chef Kevin Cory's tiny but nation-
ally 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 (chef's choice) only, meals include a seasonal
soup, a four-course bento box, eight pieces of sushi, and
three desserts Cory personally does everything for you,
even applyingthe perfect amount of housemade artisan
soy sauce mix and fresh-grated wasabi to each mind-
reelingly fresh niginr Few eating experiences on earth are
more luxuriant $$$$$

neMesis Urban Bistro
1035 N. Miami Ave., 305-415-9911
Truly original restaurants are hard to find here, and harder to describe
in standard sound bites Butthey often are the attention-gabbing peo-
ple-magnets that spark revivals of iffy neighborhoods Thats our pre-
diction for this quirkily decorated bstro, where the kitchen is helmed
by Top Chef contestant Micah Edelstein The intensely personal menu
of creative dishes inspired by her gobal 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 sausage, hibiscus
syrup, and maple ganules $$$-$$$$

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

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

1250 S. Miami Ave. 305-374-4612
Over-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 today's favorite food groups (various mac-and-
cheeses, variously topped/seasoned fries, and more) with some
unusual twists, like a scrumptiously lardon-laden frisee/goat
cheese salad brightened by fresh peaches Even the condiments
are housemade $$

Ozzi Sushi
200 SE 1st St., 786-704-8003
Since 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, nigrn, and more as they float
by Highlights include gistening ikura (salmon roe) in a thin-sliced
cucumber cup, a sweet-sauced mango/guava/crab roll, and a
festively frosted strawberry Nutella dessert maki $-$$

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

Pega Grill
15 E. Flagler St., 305-808-6666
From Thanasios Barlos, a Greek native who formerly owned North
Beach's Anston, this small spot is more casually contemporary
and less ethnic-kitschy in ambiance, but serves equally authentic,
full-flavored Greek food Mved lamb/beef gyros (chicken is also an
opton), topped with tangy yogurt sauce and wrapped, with geens and
tomatoes, in fat warm pita bread, are specialties But even more irre-
sistible is the taramasalata (particularly velvety and light carp roe dip),
available alone or on an olive/pita-garnished mixed meze platter $$

Perfecto Gastro
1450 Brickell Ave., 305-372-0620
This transplant from Barcelona features decor that mixes
rustic and urban, plus modern music and traditional tapas
(the Spanish, not global, kind) Must-have imported 5J jamon
Iberico de Bellota from acorn-fed pata negra pigs lusciously
marbled, tender yet toothsome, the ultimate in cured hams
But other tapas like the salmorejo en vaso (a creamy, pumped
Andalusian variation on gazpacho), papatas bravas (crisp-fried
potatoes with spicy aloli), fuet (Catalan salami, similar to
French saucisson sec), and crispy prawns are pretty perfect,
too $$-$$$$

15 SE 10th St., 305-374-9449
Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from Vermont), this
market/cafe was one of the Brickell area's first gentrified ameni-
ties At lunch chicken salad is a favorite, dinner's strongsuit is
the pasta list, rangngfrom Grandma Jennie's old-fashioned lasa-
gna 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 town's most civilized all-you-can-
eat deals $$

1451 S. Miami Ave., 305-808-7888
If you can overlook a name as unenlightening as most in-
jokes (it evidently refers to a favorite character of owner
Claudio Nunes's kids we assume the Pokemon Psyduck),
you'll experience pretty perfect pizza Sadly, not all brick
ovens turn out perfectly char-blistered crusts, crisp outside
and airy/chewy inside, but that's what you'II consistently
find here and a newer take-out/delivery-only Midtown
branch And unlike many artisan pizzerias, Pieducks doesn't
get cheesy with cheese quantity (though we like that extra
cheese is an option) Elaborate salads complete the menu

Pier 94
94 SE 1st St., 305-379-5652
Tucked 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 Corral's 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 Peru's penchant for fusion
food, includingtraditional Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) rice or noodle
stir-fries But the chef also fuses classic and creative influences
Try contemporary causes, combining Peru's favorite starch, pota-
toes, with unique new sauces $$

Thea Pizzeria-Cafe
1951 NW 7th Ave.,
Just over the border from artsy Wynwood, this ultra-cool cafe
(whose interior features a 30-foot Italian gass floral mosaic)
isn't what you'd expect to find inside one of the medical/lab
buildings in Miami's sterile "Health District" But the owner is
Thea Goldman, former founding partner of Wynwood's pioneer-
ing 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 regardingdinner At this writing it's beingserved
Friday only $$-$$$

69 E. Flagler St., 305-381-6025
Roman-style rectangular pizzas, served in square slices, have
been available in the Miami area since the mid-1990s But
the familiar squares and Pizzarium's are similar only in shape
Main difference dough, here allowed to rise for four days The
resulting crusts are astonishing 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 $

43 NE 3rd Ave., 305-372-0034
Warm, juicy, served with succulent pieces of crisp crackling herb-
stuffed Italian porchetta (pronounced "porketta") roast, at its
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But every day is a festival here, where the real thing (not the
dry dell-style pork roll slices that often pass for porchetta) is fea-
tured on a plate with broccoli rabe and cannellinis, in the hefty
Bombardino sandwich, or in three mini-sandwiches, convenient
for samplingthe place's three sauces Several salads and car-
paccios placate porkophobes $-$$
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722
Though the opening of Barton G 's elegant performing arts
center eatery did feature a live giraffe, the food's actually more
grown-up than at his original SoBe spot The concept is prix fixe
Any three courses on the menu (meaningthree entrees if you
want) for $39 Highlights include silky, tarragon-inflected corn/
bacon chowder, beautifully plated beef carpaccio with horserad-
ish/mustard and shallot olive oil dippingsauces, and over-the-
top playhouse desserts, one with a luscious creme fraiche ice
cream pop $$$$
Raja's Indian Cuisine
33 NE 2nd Ave., 305-539-9551
Despite its small size and decor best described as "none," this
place is an institution thanks to south Indian specialties rarely
found in Miami's basically north Indian restaurants The steam-
tabled curries are fine (and nicely priced), but be sure to try the
custom-made dosai (lacy rice crepes with a variety of savory
fillings) and uttapam, thicker pancakes, layered with onions and
chilis, both served with sambar and chutney $$
The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915
This casually cool jewel is a full-service seafood spot, as evi-
denced 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 stuffingthemselves silly on the unusually large selection,
especially since oysters are served both raw and cooked fire-
roasted with sofrito butter, chorizo, and manchego There's also a
thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on tap $$$
Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001
This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining experi-
ence that's haute in everything but price Few entrees top
$20 The decor is both date-worthy and family-friendly -- fes-
tive but not kitschy And nonsophisticates needn't fear, there
is nothing scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between
freshly made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-haba-
nero-pepper cream sauce), or Rosa's signature guacamole
en molcajete, made tableside A few pomegranate margaritas
ensure no worries $$$

315 S. Biscayne Blvd.,
Comparisons between this new Tom Billante venture and
the other (slightly pricier) Italian eatery in the same building
are inevitable, especially considering similarities like key
personnel from NYC's II Mulino, Mulino-style abundant free
appetizers, and a power-dining crowd But why focus on com-
petitive nonsense when you can relax on the river-view terrace
enjoying chef Enrico Giraldo's specialties, including an elabo-
rate take on Venice's famed fegato (calf's liver and onions),
upscaled with Lucanica sausage and a balsamic reduction
Or maybe an even more evocative Roman ice cream tartufo?
Mangiai $$$$
Soya & Pomodoro
120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511
Life is complicated Food should be simple That's owner
ArmandoAlfano's philosophy, which is stated above the entry to
his atmospheric downtown eatery And since its also the formula
for the truest traditional Italian food (Alfano hails from Pompeii),
it's fittingthat the menu is dominated by authentically straight-
forward yet sophisticated Italian entrees There are salads and
sandwiches, too The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret,
open-air courtyard Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to
accompany local musicians and artists $-$$
Sparky's Roadside Restaurant & Bar
204 NE 1st St., 305-377-2877
This cowboy-cute
eatery's chefs/owners (one CIA-trained, both BBQ fanatics
nicknamed Sparky) eschew regional purism, instead utilizing
hickory/apple-wood-stoked rotisserie smoker to turn out their
personalized style of slow-cooked, complexly dry-rub fusion ribs,
chopped pork, brisket, and chicken Diners can customize their
orders with mix-and-match housemade sauces sweet/tang/
tomato-based, Carolinas-inspired vinegar/mustard, pan-Asian
hoisin with lemongrass and gnger, tropical guava/habanero
Authenticity aside, the quality of the food is as good as much
higher-priced barbecue outfits $-$$
Stanzione 87
87 SW 8th St.,
Though Neopolitan-style pizza isn't the rarity it was here a
decade ago, this is Miami's only pizzeria certified authentic by
Italys Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana This means follow-
ingstringent rules regarding oven (wood-fired), bakingtime (90
seconds maximum, here closer to 50), tomatoes (imported San
Marzano), olive oil (extra-virgn), even flour (tipo 00, for bubbly-
light crusts) Toppings do exceed the three original choices
served in 19th-century Naples, but pies like the Limone (fresh
mozzarella, pecorno, lemons, arugula, EVOO) prove some rules
should be broken $$

Sumi Yakitori
21 SW 11th St., 786-360-5570
If your definition of yakitorn has been formed from typical
Americanized sticky-sweet skewers, this late-night place's grilled
offerings, flavored with the subtly smoky savor of imported
Japanese binchotan charcoal will be a revelation Decor is more
stunningy stylish than at chef/owner Jeffrey Chan's adjacent
Momi Ramen, but cooking is equally authentic for items like
skewered duck (served with scallion sauce), juicy sausage-stuffed
chicken wings, bacon-wrapped hardboiled quail eggs, or grilled
hamachi kama (super succulent yellowtail collar) Supplemental
dishes, including pork buns and sauteed vegges, also excel $$$
Sushi Maki
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-415-9779
Fans of the popular parent Sushi Maki in the Gables will find many
familiar favorites on this Bnrickell branch's menu But the must-
haves are some inventive new dishes introduced to honor the
eaterys tenth anniversary- and Miami multiculturalism "sushi
tacos" (fried gloza skins with fusion fillings like raw salmon, miso,
chill-garlic sauce, and sour cream), three tasty flash-marinated
Asian/Latin tiraditos, addictive rock shrimp tempura with creamy/
spicy dip Also irresistible four festive new sake cocktails $$-$$$
49 SW 11th St., 305-960-7097
This small Japanese-Peruvian place serves food influenced by
each nation distinctly, plus intriguingfusion items with added
Caribbean touches Cooked entrees, all Peruvian, include an
elegant aji de gallina (walnut-garnished chicken and potatoes
in peppery cream sauce) But the emphasis is on contemporary
ceviches/tiraditos (those with velvety aji amarillo chili sauce par-
ticularly), plus huge exotic sushi rolls, which get pretty wild When
was the last time you encountered a tempura-battered tuna,
avocado, and scallion maki topped with Peru's traditional potato
garnish, huancaina cheese sauce? $$
1250 S. Miami Ave., 305-836-2747
In 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 niginr) vinegary rice topped with
sliced raw fish or beef, plus nipples constructed from several of
the eaters dozen-and-a-half sauces Fancier mini-balls feature
fusion combinations like spicy tuna, almonds, and tobiko, or sub-
stitute crispy rice Normal-size makis, small plates, and desserts
are also fun $$-$$$
Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198
Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone), gay
bar, strip club Previously all these, this gritty spot has been best

known since 1982 as a venue for live music, primarily blues But
it also offers food from lunchtime to late night (on weekends till
4 00 a m ) The kitchen is especially known for its chili, budget-
priced steaks, and burgers There's also surprisingly elegant fare,
though, like a Norwegan salmon club with lemon aloli A meat-
smoker in back turns out tasty ribs $$
Top Burger
109 NE 1st St., 305-379-3100
Inside this "better burger" spot, decor is so charmingly 1950s
retro you almost expect to find the Fonz leaning on a jukebox
Whatyou actuallyfind hand-formed, hormone-free, 100% Angus
patties (or alternatives like vegge burgers, a lightly-breaded
chicken Milanesa, and all-beef hot dogs) on toasted buns, with
fresh-cut French or sweet potato fries Welcome surprises
include an assertively spicy/tangy BBQ-like secret sauce, prices
that, while not 1950s level, rival those atjunkfood joints, and old-
school service -the kind that comes with a smile $
Toro Toro
100 Chopin Plaza, 305-372-4710
Back before Miami's business district had any "there" there, the
InterContinental's orignal restaurant was an executive lunch/
dinner destination mainly by default This replacement, from
restaurant empire-builder Richard Sandoval, brings downtown
power dining into this decade As the name suggests, you can go
bullish with steakhousefare, including an abbreviated (in variety,
not quantity) "rodizio experience" But the place's strongest suit
is its pan-Latin small plates upscaled refinements of classic
favorites crisp corn arepas with short rib, guacamole, and
crema fresca, fluffier cachapas pancakes with tomato jam, more
Trapiche Room
1109 Brickell Ave., 305-329-3656
With multiple Marriott hotels in Brickell and downtown, one
of them housing high-profile db Bistro, it's not surprisingthat
this small, second-floor restaurant is something of a "best kept
secret" But it deserves discovery Chef Maria Tobar hasn't
Daniel Boulud's fame, but she does have classic European-type
technical skills, combined with contemporary creativity that turns
even ultimately old-fashioned items, like a pork/cabbage strudel,
into 21st century fine-dining fare Both decor and service, simi-
larly, are swelegant, not stuffy and the room's intimacy makes it
a romantic spot for special occasions $$$$
Tre Italian Bistro
270 E. Flagler St., 305-373-3303
"Bistro" actually sounds too Old World for this cool hangout, from
the owners of downtown old-timer La Logga, but "restolounge"
sounds too gitzy Think of it as a neighborhood "bistrolounge
The food is mostly modernized Italian, with Latin and Asian
accents a prosciutto-and-fig pizza with Brazilian catupiry cheese,
gnocchi served either as finger food (fried, with calamata olive/

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truffle aloli), or plated with orange-ginger sauce But there are
tomato-sauced meatballs with ri'gawt for Grandpa Vinnie. too

Truluck's Seafood, Steak, and Crabhouse
777 Brickell Ave., 305-579-0035
Compared to other restaurants with such an upscale power-
lunch/dinner setting most prices are quite affordable here, espe-
cially 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
Truluck's own fisheries, and way less expensive than Joe's) and
other seafood that, duringseveral visits, never tasted less than
impeccably fresh, plus that greatest of Miami restaurant rarities
informed and gracious service $$$-$$$$

415 NE 2nd St., 305-237-3200
Atop the revolutionary Miami Culinary Institute, this upscale
eatery unlike the cafe downstairs, isn't student-run Rather it's
designed to showcase school ideals includingsustainability
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 proteges Jeffrey
Brana and Travis Starwalt), mixes citrus-inflected creamy conch
chowder and other pioneeringsignatures with new inventions
like mind-reelingy multidimensional oyster pan stew, or tartare
of tuna and burstingy ripe tomato topped with a delicate sous
vide egg $$$$$

Wolfgang's Steakhouse
315 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-487-7130
Proprietor Wolfgang Zweiner worked for decades at Brooklyn's
legendary Peter Luger's before openingthe 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 porter-
house 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 $$$$$

Wok Town
119 SE 1st Ave., 305-371-9993
Judgingfrom the takeout window, the minimalist decor (with
communal seating), and predominance of American veggies
on the menu, this Asian fast-food eatery, owned by Shai Ben-
Ami (a Miss Yip and Domo Japones veteran) May initially seem
akin to those airport Oriental steam tables Wrong Custom-
cooked by Chinese chefs, starters (like soy/garlic-coated
edamame), salads, and have-it-your-way stir-fries, fried rice, or
noodle bowls burst with bold, fresh flavor The proof a star-
tlingly savory miso beef salad, with sesame/ginger/scallion
dressing Bubble tea, tool $$

270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, 305-577-0277
This Miami River restolounge has a London parent on San
Pellegrino's list of the world's best restaurants, and a similar
menu of world-class, Izakaya-style smallish plates (robata-
grilled items, sushi, much more) meant for sharing over
drinks Suffice to say that it would take maybe a dozen visits
to work your way through the voluminous menu, which offers
ample temptations for vegetarians as well as carnivores
Our favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly with yuzu/
mustard miso dip, but even the exquisitely-garnished tofu
rocks $$$$

Midtown / Wynwood / Design District

3 Chefs Chinese Restaurant
1800 Biscayne Blvd. #105, 305-373-2688
Until this eatery opened in late 2010, the solid Chinese restau-
rants in this neighborhood could be counted on the fingers of
no hands So its not surprisingthat 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 impres-
sive Noodle combination plates with sauteed meats, salad, and
spring rolls $$

B Sweet
20 NE 41st St., 305-918-4453
At this homey neighborhood jewel, located in a former apartment
building husband/wife team Tom Worhach and Karma 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 yuzu-dressed 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 $-$$

3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-925-0911
Despite this tiny place's modern decor, the family-run ambiance
and Italian-American comfort food evoke the neighborhood
red-sauce joints that were our favored hangouts growing up
in NJ's Sopranos territory And low prices make it possible to
hangout here frequently Pizzas with hand-tossed crusts, not
wood-oven but resembling honest bread, for less than fast food
pizzeria prices? It's an offer you don't refuse Don't refuse garlic
rolls, either, or sinful zeppole (fried dough) for dessert There's
more complex fare, like chicken a la Francese, too And they
deliver $$

2010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-403-1976
At this Indian eatery the decor 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, needn't worry America's favorite familiar
north Indian flavors are here, though dishes are generally more
mildly spiced and presented with modern flair All meats are certi-
fied halal, Islam's version of kosher which doesn't mean that
observant orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can $$$

Best Friends
4770 Biscayne Blvd., 786-439-3999
On a restaurant-starved stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, this spot
serves the same sort of simple but satisfying Italian fare (anti-
pasti, soups, salads, pizzas) as its older sibling South Miami's
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. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd., 786-235-7575
At this wine bar/cafe, the decor is a stylish mix of contemporary
(high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables made from wine barrels)
Cuisine is similarly geared to the area's smart new residents
creative sandwiches and salads at lunch, tapas and larger inter-
nationally 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 aru-
gula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions, pine nuts, fresh figs,
and prosciutto Free parking behind the building $$

2751 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-5443
Miami's most innovative art district is the perfect settingfor 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 Saurn (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 afi-
cionados cocktails like the eye-poppingTequila Beets (featuring
roasted beet juice) $$$

Parisian bistros, its open continuously every day with prices so
low that you can drop in anytime for authentic rillettes (a rustic
pate) 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 Deli
4590 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-3945
At this casual cafe/bakery, co-owned by Buena Vista Bistro's
Claude Postel, the day starts in authentic French fashion, with
fresh breakfast breads, chocolate almond croissants, and other
delights At lunch cornichon-garnished baguette sandwiches (con-
taining housemade pates, sinfully rich pork rillettes, superb sala-
mi, 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 Posterls 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 Shop
165 NW 23rd St., 305-846-9120
Unbelievable but true At the heart of this festive, budget-friendly
beer-garden restaurant is an old-school gourmet butcher shop,
where sausages from classic (brats, chorizo) to creative (lamb
and feta) are house-made, 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 $$-$$$

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

Catch Grill & Bar
1633 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-536-6414
A 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
Buena Vista Bistro with friends on the outdoor, bayfront terrace is entertainment
4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909 enough It's worth calling to ask if the daily catch is wreckfish,
If a neighborhood eatery like this one which serves supremely a sustainable local that tastes like a cross between grouper
satisfying bistro food were within walking distance of every and sea bass Bonus With validation, valet parking is free
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Cerviceria 100 Montaditos
3252 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-921-4373
Student budget prices, indeed A first-grader's 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 pates,
smoked salmon, shrimp, and similar elegant stuff There's cheap
draft beer, too, plus nonsandwich snacks $$

City Hall the Restaurant
2004 Biscayne Blvd. 305-764-3130
After 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 that's suddenly looking fashionable The vibe is a mix
of power-dining destination and comfie neighborhood hangout,
and chef Tom Azar (ex-Emeril's) 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 bechamel, crispy calamarn (rings and legs) with
light, lemony tomato emulsion, and tuna tartar that is refreshing
free of sesame oil Big portions and a full bar to boot $$-$$$$

The Cheese Course
3451 NE 1st Ave. 786-220-6681
Not so much a restaurant as an artisanal cheese shop with com-
plimentary prepared foods, this place's self-service cafe compo-
nent 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-craft-
ed 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 Parchment
3930 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-9444
Though located in a difficult spot (the Melin Buildings central
atrium, invisible from the street), Michelle Bernstein's bakery/
cafe packs 'em in, partly due to Bernstein's 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 aloli 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 Room
3620 NE 2nd Ave., 305-520-5197
Deer and boar heads on wood-paneled walls juxtapose with
crystal chandeliers at this tiny fourth restaurant in Michael
Schwartz's burgeoning empire, evokingfeelings of dining in a
century-old millionaire's hunting lodge- in miniature Many dish-
es are similarly fun fantasies of 1920s Florida fine dining, pairing
yesteryear's 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 tulle float instead of the usual gooey melt,
served on a lacy doily Don't miss the royal red shrimp, or Hedy
Goldsmith's desserts $$$$$

Daily Melt
3401 N. Miami Ave. #123, 305-573-0101
Masterminded by Chef Allen Susser, the concept is to bring
diners the comfort of homemade grilled cheese like mom's, if
mom hadn't 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 didn't create combinations like
cheddar with green apples and Virgmna ham, or allow a simple
signature gilled American cheese to be dressed up with truffle
butter Accompaniments include roasted tomato soup, chopped
salads, and sweet melts like s'mores $

The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535
While the food formula of this contemporary cafe is familiar
- sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries,
plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differentiates
the place Signature sandwiches are named after national

and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times, giving diners
something to chat about Sandwiches and salads can also
be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually wide choice of
main ingredients, garnishes, breads, and condiments for the
creatively minded $

The District
190 NE 46th St.,
At the house whose original restaurant tenant was One Ninety,
decor has been renovated dramatically from shabby to chic,
and the pan-American gastropub cuisine also matches a more
mature Miami Horacio Rivadero's dishes reflect both Latin and
American influences with considerable creative flair and fun
Favorites lobster tacos with pickled cabbage, aji Amarillo esca-
beche, and crisped shallots, luscious lamb tartare, featuring
toasted pignolias and mustard oil, and the Black Magic mousse,
with vanilla/sweet potato drizzles, housemade marshmallows,
and a pistachio cookie $$$-$$$$

El Bajareque
278 NW 36th St., 305-576-5170
Dozens of little Latin American eateries, all looking almost identi-
cally iffy, line 36th Street But this family-owned "bajareque"
(shack) is one where you definitely want to stop for some of
Miami's most tasty, and inexpensive, Puerto Rican home cooking
from mondongo (an allegedly hangover-curingsoup) 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 & Dart
4029 N. Miami Ave., 786-431-1022
While co-owners Costa Grillas (from Maria's, a Coral Gables
staple) and Niko Theodorou (whose family members have sev-
eral Greek islands restaurants) describe their cuisine as "rustic
Greek," there is surprisingsophistication in some dishes an
especially delicate taramasalata (cod roe dip), precisely crisp-
fried smelts (like a freshwater sardine), galactobournco, an often
heavy and cloyingy 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 Embassy
4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-8446
Don't come to this embassy for passports The name is short
for "Embassy of Well-being and Debauchery" You will, however,
feel transported to Spain's gourmet capital, San Sebastian, after
sampling ambassador Alan Hughes's 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 silkyjamon 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

George's Kitchen & The Loft
3404 N. Miami Ave., 305-438-9199
Veteran Miami restaurateur George-Eric Farge raises the sophis-
tication 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 creme "jar" with
bacon marmalade (accompanied by butter-fried baguette slices
for spreading), soy-gazed hamachi crudo with ginger gelee, and
caper-sprinkled short rib tartare, the meat's richness cheekily
upped by poached bone marrow and caviar Brunch and lunch
items are equally ingenious $$$

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

Harry's Pizzeria
3918 N. Miami Ave., 786-275-4963
In this humble space (formerly Pizza Volante) are many key com-
ponents from Michael's Genuine Food & Drink two blocks east
- local/sustainable produce and artisan products, wood-oven
cooking, homemade everything(includingthe ketchup accom-
panying crisp-outside, custardy-inside polenta fries, a circa 1995
Michael Schwartz signature snack from Nemo) Beautifully blis-
tered, ultra-thin-crusted pizzas range from classic Margherntas to
pies with house-smoked bacon, trugole (a subtly flavorful fruity,
not funky Alpine cheese), and other unique toppings Rounding
things out simple but ingenious salads, ultimate zeppoles, and
Florida craft beers $$

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

Jean Paul's House
2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-7373
Jean 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 Desmaison's native
Peru, including crispy pork belly braised in pisco with silky sweet
potato puree, and a beautifully balanced nikkel (Japanese/
Peruvian) salmon sashimi that does the impossible tame leche
de tigre, Peru's infamous "tiger's milk" marinade $$$-$$$$

Jimmy'z Kitchen
2700 N. Miami Ave. #5, 305-573-1505
No need to trek to South Beach for what many consider Miami's
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 big-
ger and better than the orignal, plus the mofongo is served every
day notjust on weekends But don't ignore the meal-sizesalads
or high-quality sandwiches, including a pressed tripleta containing
roast pork, bacon, Black Forest ham, provolone, and caramelized
onions $$

Joey's Italian Cafe
2506 NW 2nd Ave., 305-438-0488
The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Cafe District, this stylish
indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as one would
hope and as affordable There's a five-buck half-serving of
spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vino for under $30 And
few can resist delicately thin, crunchy-crusted pizzas like the cre-
ative Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic Carbonara Pastas are fresh,
produce is largely local, the mosaic-centered decor is minimalist
but inviting And no need to be wary of the warehouse district at
night Valet parking is free $$-$$$

Kouzina Greek Bistro
3535 NE 2nd Ave., 305-392-1825
Across 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 bacalaoo croquettes with garlic
puree and roasted beet coulis, sesame-sprinkled manourn
cheese envelopes), plus limited entrees highlighted by cheese/
herb-crusted lamb at dinner and lunchtime's lamb pita wrap
Don't miss the semolina puree side heavenly Greek cheese
grits $-$$$

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

combination wine and cheese bar/backyard BBQ/entertamnment
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 yard's grill Relax in the comfie mismatched furniture,
over extensive wine/beer choices and laidback live music No
cover, no attitude $$

Lemoni Cafe
4600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-571-5080
The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/salads/
starters primer What it doesn't convey is the freshness of the
ingredients and the care that goes into their use Entree-size sal-
ads 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 Grill
Shops at Midtown Miami
Buena Vista Avenue, 305-576-5463
Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit,
as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its carefully
crafted Tex-Mex food The concept is "fast casual" rather than
fast food meaning nice enough for a night out It also means
ingredients are always fresh Seafood tacos are about as exotic
as the menu gets, but the mahl mahl for fish tacos comes from a
local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily Niceties include
low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers $

Lim6n y Sabor
3045 Biscayne Blvd., 786-431-5739
In this dramatically renovated space, the room is now light and
open, and the food is authentic Peruvian, with seafood a special-
ty 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 Saloon
185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008
There's an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friendly
Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-only break-
fast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its neighborhood Its
now open for dinner six nights a week, serving Southwestern-style
fare at rock-bottom prices Dishes like pinon and pepita-crusted
salmon, chipotle-drizzled endive stuffed with lump crab, or cus-
tomizable 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 Bistro
4312 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-6066
Inside this converted 1940s home's blue-and-white dining room
- or even more atmospherically, its tree-sheltered garden din-
ers feast on authentic rustic fare from both Greece and Turkey
Make a meal of multinational mezes a Greek sampler of creamy
tzatziki yogurt dip, smoky eggplant puree, and airy tarama caviar
spread, and a Turkish sampler of hummus, fava puree, and rich
tomato-walnut dip The meze of mussels in lemony wine broth
is, with Mandolin's fresh-baked flatbread, almost a full meal in
itself $$-$$$

MC Kitchen
4141 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-9948
Chef/co-owner Dena Marino calls MC's food "modern Italian"
- neither an evocative description nor explanation for why this
place is one of our town's hottest tickets But tasting tells the
tale Marino's food incorporates her entire culinary background,
from her Nonna's traditional Italian-American kitchen to a long
stint in Michael Chiarello's famed contemporary Californian eat-
ery Tra Vigne, with pronounced personal twists that make eating
here uniquely exciting Particularly definitive lunchtime's "piade-
nas," saladlike seasonal/regonal ingredient combinations atop
heavenly homemade flatbreads Cocktails feature ingredients
from za'atar to salmon roe $$$-$$$$

Lagniappe Mercato
3425 NE 2nd. Ave., 305-576-0108 4141 NE 2nd Ave., 786-332-3772
In New Orleans, "lagniappe" means "a little extra," like the 13th Adjacent to Dena Marino's hot hangout MC Kitchen, the con-
doughnut in a baker's dozen And that's what you get at this temporary Italian chefs artisanal market and breakfast/lunch


cafe 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 Marino's Italian Cubano (porchetta, prosciutto
cotto, Swiss, pickles, and Dijon mustard dressing on clabatta)
Along with hot or cold sandwiches, there's a wide variety of
homemade breakfast pastries, breads, cookies, and fresh-
baked quiches, plus salads and a daily-changngsoup Market
items include exotic jams, craft beers, and Marino's private
label EVOO $-$$

Mercadito Midtown
3252 NE 1st Ave., 786-369-0423
Some people frequent this fashionable restolounge, festooned
with graffiti-style murals designed to evoke a bustling Mexican
street market, just for the dangerously smooth margaritas But
the main must-haves here are tacos, encased in a rarity genu-
inely made-from-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 hultlacoche and wild mushrooms, with man-
chego and salsa verde a reminder that vegetarian food need
not be bland $$-$$$

Michael's Genuine Food and Drink
130 NE 40th St., 305-573-5550
An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented 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 There's also a broad range of
prices and portion sizes to encourage frequent visits Michael's
Genuine also features an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full
bar $$-$$$$
Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731
This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the Venetia
condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular lunch and
dinner hang-out for local journalists and others who appreciate
honest cheap eats and drinks Regulars know daily specials are
the way to go Depending on the day fish, churrasco, or roast
turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh Big burgers
and steak dinners are always good A limited late-night menu
provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3 00 a m $-$$
Morgans Restaurant
28 NE 29th St., 305-573-9678
Housed in a beautifully refurbished 1930s private home,
Morgans serves eclectic, sometimes internationally 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, shoe-
stringfrites that rival Belgium's best, mouthwatering maple-bast-
ed bacon, miraculously terrific tofu (crisply panko-crusted and
apricot/soy-gazed), even a "voluptuous grilled cheese sandwich"
-- definitely a "don't ask, don't tell your cardiologist" item $$-$$$

NoVe Kitchen & Bar
1750 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-503-1000
At NoVe, the restolounge at the Opera Tower condo in NoVe (new
nicknamefor the bayfront neighborhood north oftheVenetian
Causeway), the food is East-West Meaningyou 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 aspara-
gus, avocado, scallions, and curry sauce), spicy, crunchy fried
tofu atop kimchi salad, much more Open 6 00 a m for breakfast
to3 00 a m, it is kid-friendly and dog-friendly too $$-$$$

Oak Tavern
35 NE 40th St., 786-391-1818
With 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
down-home buttermilk biscuits with bacon butter, and home-
made charcuterie If available, don't miss Hawaiian-inspired
steelhead poke, substitutingthesalmonlike but more delicate
trout for the usual tuna transports this crudo to heavenly
heights $$-$$$

Orange Cafe + Art
2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070
The paintings hanging in this tiny, gass-enclosed cafe are for
sale And for those who don't have thousands of dollars to shell
out for the local art on the walls, less than ten bucks will get you
art on a plate, including 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 $

3004 NW 2nd Ave., 786-360-5200
When longtime favorite Jamaican joint Clive's 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 that's 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
Miami's best Surprises include homemade pastries, and $1 ice
cream cones in tropical flavors like soursop $-$$

3801 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-0201
(See Brickell/Downtown listing)

Pride & Joy
2800 N. Miami Ave., 305-456-9548
Behind this Wynwood warehouse facade you'll find pure
Southern roadhouse, and the backyard patio is an even more
relaxing place to kick back with beer, blues music, and barbecue
from pit master Myron Mixon Oddly, considering Mixon's many
BBQ championships, the 'cue can be inconsistent Our favorite
choices St Louis ribs, tender without beingfalling-off-the 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

1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055
The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesn't have that
"do drop in" locals' hangout vibe But this lively Italian spot is
actually a great addition to the neighborhood The pizzas alone
- brick-oven specimens with toppings rangngfrom classic pep-
peroni to prosciutto/arugula would be draw enough But pastas
also please diners' choice of starch, with mix-and-match sauces
and extras And the price is right, with few entrees topping $20
The capper Its open past midnight every day but Sunday $$
Sakaya Kitchen
Shops at Midtown Miami, Buena Vista Avenue
This chef-driven, fast-casual Asian eatery is more an izakaya (in
Japan, a pub with food) than a sakaya (sake shop) But why quib-
ble about words with so many more intriguingthings to wrap your
mouth around? The concept takes on street-food favorites from
all over Asia, housemade daily from quality fresh ingredients
French Culinary Institute-trained Richard Hales does change his
menu, so we'd advise immediately grabbing some crispy Korean
chicken wings and Chinese-inspired, open-faced roast pork buns
with sweet chili sauce and homemade pickles $$
Sake Room
275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122
Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated decor at
this small but sleek restolounge Amongthe seafood offerings,
you won't find exotica or local catches, but all the usual sushi/
sashimi favorites, though in more interestingform, thanks to
sauces that go beyond standard soy spicy sriracha, garlic/
ponzu oil, and many more Especially recommended theyuzu
hamachi roll, the lobster tempura maki, and panko-coated spicy
shrimp with hot-and-sour Mayo and a salad $$-$$$

Salad Creations
2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-5333
At this fast-casual restaurant, diners can enjoy a wide variety
ofchef-created salads and wraps, or go the DIY route, choos-
ing 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 dress-
ings, ranging from classic (Thousand Island, bleu cheese) to

creative contemporary (spicy Asian peanut, cucumber wasabi,
blueberry pomegranate) Additionally, the place creates lovely
catering platters, plus individual lunchboxes perfect picnic or
plane food $-$$
Salumeria 104
3451 NE 1st Ave. #104, 305-424-9588
In Italy, salumerias started, like American delicatessens, as
shops selling salumi (cured meats), but evolved into the
equivalent of eat-in dell/restaurants that also serve cold and
hot prepared foods At this modern Midtown salumeria, the
soups-to-salads-to-sweets range of fare is the same Custom-
sliced imported cold cuts are a main focus, especially for
those who enjoy taste-testing a plate pairing Italy's two most
famous prosciuttos Parma and San Daniele But homemade
pastas are also impressive, as are hard-to-find regional
entrees like fegato alia Veneziana, which will turn liver-haters
into lovers $$-$$$
Salsa Fiesta
2929 Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-8245
The first stateside offshoot of a popular Venezuelan mini
chain, this "urban Mexican grill" serves health-conscious,
made-fresh-daily fare similar in concept to some fast-casual
competitors But there are indeed differences here, notably
pan-Latin options black beans as well as red, thin, delightfully
crunchy tostones (available as a side or as the base for a
uniquely tasty take on normal nachos) Other pluses include
weekday happy hours with two-for-one beers and free park-
ing $-$$
S & S Diner
1757 NE 2nd Ave., 305-373-4291
Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic diner
Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday mornings,
waitingfor 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 Georga sausage
- everythingfrom 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 Cafe
4740 NE 2nd Ave., 305-758-7782
At its former Lincoln Road location, World Resource's cafe
was better known for people-watching than for its standard
sushi/Thai menu But as the new name signals, this reloca-
tion 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 Kitchen
645 NW 20th St.,
No chop suey No kung pao anything, either In fact, anything on
Sol's menu that sounds like something from a normal Chinese
eatery won't 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 diningfare similar in creativity and quality ingredients to
ultra-upscale Hakkasan's, but served by a tiny take-outjoint (with
a few patio tables and counter stools) at neighborhood prices $$

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
3250 NE 1st Ave.,
This chic indoor/outdoor space is an offspring of Lincoln Road's
SushiSamba Dromo and a sibling of Sugarcane lounges in NYC
and Las Vegas, but more informal than the former and more
food-oriented than the latter, as three kitchens normal, raw
bar, and robata charcoal gill make clear Chef Timon Balloo's
LatAsian small plates range from subtle orange/fennel-marinated
salmon crudo to intensely smoky-rich short ribs At the daily
happy hour, select dishes (like steamed pork buns with apple
kimchi) are discounted $$-$$$
Time for Wine
2200 NE 2nd Ave., 786-409-4898
This winestore/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
Don't be discouraged by the car lots and other unscenic sur-
roundings The ambiance inside is as casually hip as the wine
selection, priced astonishing 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 substan-
tial daily-changing lunch special $$

Tony Chan's Water Club
1717 N. Bayshore Dr.,
The decor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, looks too
gitzy 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 else-
where in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail Moist sea
bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scallion, gnger,
cilantro, and subtly sweet/salty sauce And Peking duck is served
as three traditional courses crepe-wrapped crispy skin, meat
sauteed with crisp veggies, savory soup to finish $$-$$$

Wine Vault Miami
Shops at Midtown Miami
Fountain Circle #105, 786-691-2000
From a Wine Vault press release "Over 1300 square feet of pure
decadence" In fact, the soaring two-story space, complete with
gass elevator, has a look that lives up to the hype But the most
decadent thing inside is a nibble from its tapas list chocolate-
covered 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
we'd better not mention them $$-$$$
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
2550 NW 2nd Ave., 305-722-8959
The exterior is eye-popping enough, with murals from world-
famous outdoor artists, but it's 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-chorizo hash and other sea-
sonal farm-to-table veg dishes $$-$$$

Upper Eastside

5600 Biscayne Blvd. 305-762-5751
With brick-oven pizzerias popping up all over town the past
few years, it's difficult to remember the dark days when
this part of Mark Soyka's 55th Street Station complex was
mainland Miami's 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 There's a respectable wine and beer
list, too $$

Balans Biscayne
6789 Biscayne Blvd., 305-534-9191
Ittook longer than expected, butthis Brit imports third Miami
venue finally opened, and rather quietly which has an upside
It's easier to get a table here (and to park, thanks to the free lot
on 68th Street) than at Lincoln Road or Brickell This, along with
the venue's relatively large, open-to-the-street outdoor area, con-
tributes to a more relaxed, neighborhood-focused vibe The fun
menu of global comfort food is the same (rangingfrom a creamy-
centered cheese souffle through savory Asian potstickers and, at
breakfast, fluffy pecan/maple-garnished pancakes) and prepared
as reliably well $$-$$$

Biscayne Diner
8601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-9910
At this architecturally mixed-era diner (signage 1960s Jetsons
building 1930s urban-gritty), the menu is equally eclectic

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Example The entree section includes meatloaf, but the other
half-dozen dishes are Italian Hefty burgers are always terrific
Otherwise, the chef seems most excited by experimentation,
so the blackboard's Daily Specials are the interesting way to
go, whether the item is an ambitious quail or a fresh-baked
old-fashioned pie If we could stop stuffing ourselves silly on
the big, fat, breaded onion rings, we could tell you more But
that's not gonna happen

Blue Collar
6730 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-0366
Like its predecessor in this space (Michael Bloise's
American Noodle Bar), this working-class-themed eatery is
helmed by a former fine-dining chef, Daniel Serfer, a Chef Allen's
vet who now crafts casual, creative fare at prices all can afford
Dishes are eclectic The roughly dozen vegge dishes alone range
from curried cauliflower puree to maduros to bleu cheese roast-
ed asparagus Shrimp and grits compete with any in Charleston,
pork and beans, topped with a perfectly runny fried egg beats
Boston's best $-$$

916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735
This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-culture
enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic indoor/outdoor
Brazilian restaurant and bar Especially bustling on nights featur-
ing live music, it's even more fun on Sundays, when the fenced
backyard hosts an informal fair and the menu includes Brazil's
national dish, feijoada, a savory stew of beans plus fresh and
cured meats But the everyday menu, rangingfrom unique, tapas-
like pasteis to hefty Brazilian entrees, is also appealing and
budget-priced $$

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

Dogma Grill
7030 Biscayne Blvd. 305-759-3433
Since Frankie and Priscilla Crupi took over this hot dogstand,
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
US regional urban streetfoods New England lobster rolls,
New Orleans po'boys, Jersey shore cheese Taylors (pork roll),
Baltimore crab cake sandwiches, and naturally, Phillys of all sorts
- cheese steak and beyond $-$$

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

5555 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-2899
While owners Max and Cristian Alvarez's description of their eat-
ery as "a little Argentinean shack" is as charming as the brothers
themselves, it conveys neither the place's cool warmth nor the
food's exciting elegance Dishes are authentically Argentine, but
far from standard steakhouse stuff Chef Cristian's background
at popular pop-up The Dining Room becomes instantly under-
standable in dishes like orange and herb-scented lechon confit
(with pumpkin mash, pickled cabbage salad, and Dijon mojo) or
sopa de calabaza, derived from Argentina's peasant stew locro,
but here a refined, creamy soup Many more surprises even
steaks $$-$$$

The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions
5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-9559
At 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 PhucYea 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 Eatin'
136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050
Housed in a yellow buildingthat's nearly invisible from the street,
the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach bar, and gener-
ous 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 $

Iron Side Cafe
7600 NE 4th Ct., 305-759-0551
Located in the Little River "business" (meaning warehouse)
district, inside an art complex that looks like just another factory

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this eatery is easy to miss But it shouldn't be missed Both the
cozy interior and more expansive terrace provide picturesque set-
tings 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 bucofeaturingflavorful grass-fed beef from
Gaucho Ranch right down the road Saturday BBQ/gallery nights
are especially hip $$-$$$

Jimmy's East Side Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692
Open for more than 30 years, Jimmy's respects the most impor-
tant 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, and a full range of sides biscuits and sausage
gravy gits, hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal And don't
forget traditional diner entrees like meat loaf, roast turkey, liver
and onions, plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade chicken
soup $-$$

La Cigale
7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014
"Bistro" can mean almost anythingthese days, but with owners
who are a husband/wife team recently arrived from Marseille, its
not surprisingthat this neighborhood wine bistro is the classic kind
found in France--a home awayfrom home where the contempo-
rary but cozy space is matched by the southern French comfort
food comingfrom the open kitchen Drop in for drinks and snacks
such as artisan cheeses and charcuterie, or enjoy full meals rang-
ingfrom classic (wine-poached mussels, a boldly sauced steak/
fntes) to creative (Parma ham-wrapped tuna loin) $$-$$$

Lo De Lea
7001 Biscayne Blvd, 305-456-3218
In Casa Toscana's former space, this cute, contemporary paril-
lada is proof that you can have an Argentinean meal and a cho-
lesterol test in the same month While traditional parillada dishes
are tasty there meat/fat-heavy, basically heaps of grilled beef
Here the gill is also used for vegetables (an unusually imagina-
tive assortment, including bok choi, endive, and fennel), two of
which are paired with your protein of choice You can indulge in
a mouthwateringy succulent vacio (flank steak), and walk out
without feeling like you're the cow $$-$$$

Magnum Lounge
709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368
Its a restaurant Its a lounge But its decidedly not a typical
Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami Forbidding
from the outside, on the inside its like a time-trip to a cabaret
in pre-WWII Berlin bordello-red decor, romantically dim lighting
show-tune live piano bar entertainment, and to match the ambi-
ance, elegantly updated retro food served with style and a smile
For those feelingflush, home-style fried chicken isjust 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 gilled organic meat and fish dishes
Try the steak frites organic, grass-fed skirt steak with organic
chimichurrn and fresh-cut fries Vegetarians will love the organic
portabella foccacia Dine either inside the architect-designed res-
taurant or outdoors on the patio Beer and wine $-$$$

6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001
Don't even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef resume,
not to mention regular Food Network 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 entrees also come in half-size portions (at
almost halved prices), the tab can add up fast The star herself
is usually in the kitchen Parking in the rear off 69th Street

Mina's Mediterraneo
749 NE 79th St., 786-391-0300
Unlike most restaurants labeled "Mediterranean," this one,
decorated 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 Especiallyfun Egypt's besara, a light fava-based hum-
mus, falafel "sliders" in warm pita with Israeli salad, slaw, and
tahini, and an unusual side of grilled kale with yogurt dressing
and hazelnuts $$

Mi Vida Cafe
7244 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-6020
At this indoor/outdoor vegetarian and raw-food vegan cafe,
culinary-school-trained chef/owner Daniela Lagamma produces
purist produce-oriented dishes that are easy to understand, like
sparkling-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 deverdura, homemade crepes
stuffed with spinach and cashew "ricotta" Do check the daily
specials, too $$-$$$

7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999
Like its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendly Asian bistro
serves fare from three nations Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam
Menus are also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad
Thai and East/West fusion creations like the Vampire sushi roll

(shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic) But it also
carves out its own identity with original creations, includingyellow
curry-spiced fried rice Nearly everything is low in sodium, fat,
and calories A large rear patio is invitingfor diningand entertain-
ment $$-$$$

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

News Lounge
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-758-9932
Mark Soyka's new News is, as its name suggests, more a friendly
neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a full-fledged
eatery Nevertheless the menu of light bites is along with other
lures like an inviting outdoor patio and rest rooms that resemble
eclectic art galleries part of the reason visitors stay for hours
Especially recommended are fat mini-burgers with chipotle
ketchup, a brie, turkey and mango chutney sandwich on crusty
baguette, and what many feel is the orignal cafe's Greatest Hit
creamy hummus with warm pita $

Ni.Do. Caffe & Mozzarella Bar
7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-960-7022
Don't let this little cafe's 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 Haus
1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002
With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises emanat-
ingfrom a new outdoor biergarten, this German restaurant is owner
Alex Richter's one-man gentrification project, transforming a formerly
uninvitingstretch of 79th Street one pils at a time Thefare 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 pat-
ties served with a half-dozen different sauces $$-$$$

Siam Rice
7941 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-0516
You' II find all the familiar favorite Thai and Japanese items here,
and prices for curries and noodle dishes (all customizable regard-
ing choice of protein, preparation, and heat level) are especially
good at lunch But don't overlook somewhat pricier specialties
like a deep-fried yet near-greaseless boneless half duck with veg-
gies in red curry sauce There's also an unusually extensive list of
salads, some with inventive fusion touches, like a gilled shrimp/
soba salad featuringtraditional Thai flavors (srnracha chiles, fish
sauce, lime) and Japanese green tea noodles $-$$$

5556 NE 4th Court, 305-759-3117
Since opening in 1999, Soyka has often been credited with
sparkingthe Upper Eastside's revival Butthe 2010 arrival of
three Joe Allen veterans as executive chef, pastry chef, and som-
melier signaled a culinary revival for the restolounge, always a
neighborhood focal point, now more food-focused The contem-
porary 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 burg-
ers and steak au poivre And don't miss the sticky date/toffee
pudding $$-$$$

Sushi Siam
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818
On 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 that's 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, rangingfrom traditional red or
green curries to the inventive, such as an unconventional honey
sauce $$$

Sweet Saloon
7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999
At this dessert/snack/cocktail bar, from the owner of Moonchine,
you'll find live and DJ entertainment, too, from 9 00 p m to 2 00
am --assumingyou 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 Belgan waffles,
a shareable chocolate fondue/fruit platter) Actually, some
cocktails double as desserts (a Godiva dark chocolate martini) or
Asian savories (infusion jars of Stoli and lemongrass) $$

Yiya's Gourmet Cuban Bakery
646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337
A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most welcoming
cafe, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo (who co-
owns the place with attorney Abbie Cuellar) that are homemade
right down to the herbs grown on the bakerys window sills
Bernardo's 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 $

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Oggi's Caffe
1666 79th St. Causeway, 305-866-1238
This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory
(supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neigh-
borhood eatery And the wide range of budget-friendly, home-
made 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 $$-$$$

1624 NE 79th St., 305-397-8777
This exotically decorated restaurant, serving Mediterranean cui-
sine 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
(za'atar-spiced seared lamb loin carpaccio with chickpea puree,
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 & Cafe
1880 79th St. Cswy., 305-741-2020
This family-run restaurant serves big portions of homey tradi-
tional 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 includingtwo meal-in-a-bowl chicken soups, ajiaco, and
sancocho If you've wondered about the much-debated differ-
ence, here's where to test the taste $-$$

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

Cafe Prima Pasta
414 71st St., 305-867-0106
Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks? Opened in 1993 (with
28 seats), the Cea familys now-sprawlingtrattoria 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 needn't worry All the
old favorites, from the cafe's famed beef carpaccio to eggplant
parm and pastas sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence, are
still here and still satisfying $$$-$$$$

Lou's Beer Garden
7337 Harding Ave., 305-704-7879
"Beer garden" conjures up an image of Bavarian bratwurst,
lederhosen, and oompah bands -- none of which you'll find here
It's actually a hip hideaway in the New Hotel's 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 Belgan-style double-cooked fries, black-
ened "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., 305-861-6222
When an eaters executive chef is best-sellingThai cookbook
author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, you'd expect major media hype,
fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy SoBe address Instead
Bhumichitr joined forces with Day Longsomboon (an old Thai
school pal who'd moved to Miami) at this unpretentious, authen-
tic (no sushi) neighborhood place Some standout dishes here
are featured in the chefs latest tome, but with Tamarind's very
affordable prices, you might as well let the man's impeccably
trained kitchen staff do the work for you $$-$$$


C6te Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112, 305-754-9012
If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighborhood res-
taurant like this low-priced little French jewel The menu is mostly
simple stuff breakfast croissants, crepe, soups, sandwiches, sal-
ads, sweets, and a few more substantial specials like a Tunisian-
style brilk (buttery phyllo pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, pota-
toes, 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
cafe's baguette sandwiches $-$$

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

9540 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-1924
Owned by Arcoub Abderrahim, who opened South Beach's
original PizzaFiore way back in 1996, this cafe serves the kind of
nostalgic, medium-thin crusted, oozing-with-gooey-cheese pizzas
reminiscent of our childhood pies in northern NJ Sopranos' terri-
tory, except now there are options for today's toppings sundried
tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, etc But there's also a full menu of
Italian-American classics, including antipasto salads, subs, and
particularly popular, pastas Garlic rolls are a must, but we didn't
have to tell you that $-$$

Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.
13130 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4254
When people speak of the West Coast as the USA's quality cof-
feehouse pioneer territory, they'rethinkingSeattle--and then
south through coastal California North to Alaska? Not so much
But owner Michael Gesser did indeed open this hip place's par-
ent in Fairbanks back in 1993, after years of travelingthrough
every coffee-growing country in the world Brews like signature
smooth yet exotic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe don't even need cream
or sugar, much less frappe frou-frou All beans are house-roasted
There's solid food, too brick-oven pizzas, salads, sandwiches,
and pastries $-$$

Bagel Bar East
1990 NE 123rd St., 305-895-7022
Crusty 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 pre-
fer puffed-up, pillowy bagels? Forget it Have a nice onion pocket
There's also a full menu of authentic Jewish dell specialties,
including especially delicious, custom-cut not pre-sliced nova
or lox Super size sandwiches easily serve two, and they'II 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., 305-892-2435
While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels, one can't
actually buy a gun here The nickname refers to its location next
to a firearms shop But there's a lot of other stuff aside from
bagels here, including a full range of sandwiches and wraps
Breakfast time is busy time, with banana-walnut pancakes
especially popular But what's most important is that this is one
of the area's few sources of the real, New York-style water bagel
crunchy outside, challenging chewy inside $
Bulldog Barbecue/Bulldog Burger
15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-940-9655
These 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 rangingfrom 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 red-eye gravy, with strong coffee, or the bun of the infamous
Luther a sweet-gazed mock homelesss) Krispy Kreme donut
Costs are comparatively high, but such is the price of fame

Cane a Sucre
899 NE 125th St.,305-891-0123
From 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 ingestingvisual arts at nearby MOMA
Actually creations like El Fig (fig confit, gorgonzola cheese, wal-
nuts, and honey on an authentically French crisp-crusted fresh-
baked baguette) are art in their own right Inventive, substantial
salads, sides, daily soups, and homemade sweets (including
mouthwateringly buttery croissants) complete the menu $-$$
Captain Jim's Seafood
12950 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-892-2812
This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim even when
eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica tables in front of the
fish counter, owingto the freshness of its seafood, much of it
from Capt Jim Hanson's own fishing boats, which supply many
top restaurants Now there's a casual but pleasantly nautical side
dining room with booths Whether it's garlicky scampi, smoked-
fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton snapper, perfectly
tenderized cracked conch or conch fritters, everything is deftly
prepared and bargain-priced $$
Caminito Way
1960 NE 123rd St., 305-893-8322
Open since 1999, this bakery-cafe is particularly known for its
European-influenced homemade Argentine pastries So come
early to pick from the widest variety of savory empanadas
plumplyy stuffed and admirably delicate -- no leaden crusts here)
or sweet facturas (Argentina's most popular breakfast items)
They sell out fast What some might not know is that despite its
small size, Caminito's also crafts tasty bigfood elaborate salads,
hefty baguette sandwiches, like choripan sausage with chimi-
churn, pastas, major meat or poultry entrees For lighter lunches,
trytartas (quiches), also perfect party food $-$$

Casa Mia Trattoria
1950 NE 123rd St., 305-899-2770
Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to the Broad
Causeway and the beaches, this charming indoor/outdoor trat-
toria 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 com-
fort foods with some contemporary items as well Housemade
pastas are good enough that low-carb dieters should take a
break, especially for the tender gnocchi with pesto or better yet,
delicate fagottini "beggar's purses" stuffed with pears and
cheese $$

15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808
Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must But the
specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine So why blow bucks
on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexico's most
typical dish cochinita pibil2 Cheen's authentically succulent ver-
sion of the pickle-onion-topped marinated pork dish is earthly
aromatic from achiote, tangy from bitter oranges, and meltingly
tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap To accom-
pany, try a lime/soy/chili-spiced michelada, also authentically
Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to
dark beer $$-$$$

Evio's Pizza & Grill
12600 Biscayne Blvd.,
Family-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 ferries wheel And toppings, rangingfrom meat-lov-
ers to veggie-loaded, are applied with awe-inspiring abundance
Since tastes do vary the menu also includes a cornucopia of
other crowd-pleasers burgers (includingturkey with a unique
mustard-spiked cranberry sauce), entree-size salads, burritos or
quesadillas, wings, hot or cold subs and succulent self-basted
lamb/beef gyros with tzatziki $

Fish Fish
13488 Biscayne Blvd.,
Here's what makes this elegantly warm restolounge and seafood
market notjust an irresistible neighborhood draw but a worth-
the-drive dining destination Both local and cold-water fish and
shellfish, includingstone crab and lobster from owners Melvyn
Franks and Rebecca Nachlas's 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 don't miss chef Oscar Quezada's simple and perfect prepara-
tions, including lightly battered, crispy tempura shrimp, sophis-
ticated fish and chips (featuringAtlantic cod, not cheapo fish),
bracing ceviches, and, for carnivores, shepherd's pie topped with
ethereal whipped potatoes $$-$$$$

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

1821 NE 123rd St.,
Festooned with eye-poppingy colored panels and graffes sub-
tler but everywhere -- this first North American branch of a wildly
popular, 30-year-old Brazilian fast/casual chain is the flagship of
a planned 4000 US Giraffas Given that the steaks, especially
the tender, flavorful picanha, rival those at the most upscale
rodiziojoints and beat the sword-wielding grandstanders for
custom cooking (because staff asks your preference) we'd bet
on graffe domination Overstuffed grilled sandwiches, salads,
even tasty veggie options are all here, too The cheese bread is
a must $$
Happy Sushi & Thai
2224 NE 123rd St.,
Grab a booth at this cozy eatery, which serves all the expected
Thai and sushi bar standards, including weekday lunch specials
But there are also delightful surprises, like grilled kawahagi (trig-
gerfish) with seasoned Japanese mayonnaise This intensely
savory/sweet "Japanese home cooking' treat satisfies the
same yen as beef jerky except without pulling out your teeth
Accompanied by a bowl of rice, it's a superb lunch For raw-fish
fans, spicy, creamy salmon tartare (accompanied by hiyashi
wakame seaweed) is a winner $$-$$$

Here Comes the Sun
2188 NE 123rd St., 305-893-5711
At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of Miami's first,
there's a full stock of vitamins and nutritional supplements But
the place's hearty soups, large variety of entrees (includingfresh
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 $-$$
II Piccolo Cafe
2112 NE 123rd St., 305-893-6538
Talk about a neighborhood institution The owners of this long-
time Italian eatery remember frequent visits from Miami native
Michelle Bernstein and her parents when the celeb chef was
a kid The "piccolo" space has since expanded, but the place is
still child-friendly, and portions are still prodigous Most dishes
evoke nostalgia, including our favorite white wine/lemon sauce-
drenched veal piccata with capers and artichokes There are
surprises not found at old school red-saucejoints, too, like lunch-
time's surprising tasty Cuban sandwich $$
Little Havana
12727 Biscayne Blvd. 305-899-9069
In addition to white-tablecoth ambiance, this place features
live Latin entertainment and dancing, making it a good choice

Unforgettable Sushi Experience
Unforgettable Sushi Experience

Sushi Sashimi Hibachi Grill

Snow Crab Legs Oysters Japanese Salad

BBQ Ribs Oriental Delicacies Desserts & More!


16153 Biscayne Blvd.

North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Business Hours:

Lunch: 11:30am 3:30pm
Dinner: 5pm 10:00pm (Mon-Thurs & Sun)
5pm 10:30pm (Fri & Sat)
(Last Seating 30mmin prior to dosing time)

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when diners want a night out, notjust a meal Its also a good
choice for diners who don't speak Spanish, but don't worry
about authenticity Classic Cuban home-style dishes like mojo-
marinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy ropa vieja
are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier creations
like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal crowd-
pleasers $$$

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

Pastry Is Art
12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-640-5045
Given owner Jenny Rissone's background as the Eden Roc's
executive pastry chef, it's 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 bakery's name doesn't reveal is that it's also a
breakfast and lunch cafe, 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 souffle The pecan sticky buns
are irresistible $$

Petit Rouge
12409 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-7676
From the mid-1990s (with Neal's Restaurant and later with
II Migliore), local chef Neal Cooper's neighborhood-oriented
Italian eateries have been crowd-pleasers While this cute
32-seat charmer is French, it's no exception, avoiding pre-
tense and winningfans with both classic and nouvelle bistro
fare frisee salad with lardons, poached egg, and bacon vinai-
grette, truite Grenobloise (trout with lemon/caper sauce), con-
somme with black truffles and foie gras, covered by a buttery
puff pastry dome, perfect pommes fnrites, and equally perfect
apple or lemon tarts for dessert $$$

Piccolo Pizza
2104 NE 123rd St.,
Pizzas at this spin-off from family-owned II 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 Kabob
14480 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-4899
Since 2006, South Beach's orignal Rice House has been serv-
ing up mountainous platters of basmati rice and Greek salad
topped with Persian-style marmnated/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 $$

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

Tiny Thai House
12953 Biscayne Blvd.,
The space is tiny The menu, which features Thai specialties
but includes sushi plus Japanese appetizers and entrees,
is not Despite the huge selection of sushi/Thai restaurant
standards, though, don't overlook items harder to find in
America, like "floating noodle" soup, a popular street food
from Thailand's boat-based market stalls, similar in savor to
Vietnamese pho, the dish contains beef, bean sprouts, and
noodles heaped in umami-rich beef broth Amongthe nicely
priced sushi selections, the Mylo roll (tuna, salmon, crab, avo-
cado, and cuke, topped with tempura fish and eel sauce) is a
tasty pick Don't miss sticky rice with mango for dessert $

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

Chef Rolf's Tuna's Seafood Restaurant
17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630
Known for decades as simply Tuna's, this indoor/outdoor
eatery, combining a casual vibe with some surprisingly
sophisticated food, now has a name recognizing the culinary
refinements introduced by Rolf Fellhauer, for 28 years execu-
tive chef at Continental fine-dining spot La Paloma Additions
to the predominantly seafood menu include chateaubriand or
rack of lamb for two, both carved, with old-school spectacle,
tableside Owner Michael Choido has also renovated the
interior dining room, and added the Yellowfin Lounge, which
features an extensive selection of artisan beers $$-$$$

Cholo's Ceviche & Grill
1127 NE 163rd St., 305-947-3338
Don't be misled by the mini-mall location, or the relatively min-
imal prices (especially during lunch, when specials are under
$6) Inside, the decor is charming, and the Peruvian plates
elegant in both preparation and presentation Tops among
ceviches/tiraditos is the signature Cholo's, marinated octopus
and fish in a refined rocoto chili sauce with overtones both
fiery and fruity And don't miss the molded causes, whipped
potato rings stuffed with avocado-garnished crab salad alto-
gether lighter and lovelier than the tasty but oily mashed spud
constructions more oft encountered in town $-$$

Christine's Roti Shop
16721 NE 6th Ave.,
Wraps are for wimps At this small shop run by Christine
Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is a far
more substantial and tasty roti, a Caribbean mega-crepe made
from chickpea flour Most popular fillingfor the flatbread is
probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a spiced stew of pota-
toes, 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 $

Duffy's Sports Grill
Intracoastal Mall
3969 NE 163rd St., 305-760-2124
Located in a sprawling indoor/outdoor space at the
Intracoastal Mall, Duffy's, part of a popular chain that identi-
fies 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 Duffy's different and bet-
ter? Location, location, location -frontingthe Intracoastal
Waterway There's even a swimming pool with its own bar

Empire Szechuan Gourmet of NY
3427 NE 163rd St., 305-949-3318
In the 1980s, Empire became the Chinese chain that swal-
lowed 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 don't worry
Stick with Szechuan crispy prawns, Empire's Special Duck,
cold sesame noodles, or similar pleasantly spicy specialties,
and you'll be a happy camper, especially if you're an ex-New
Yorker $$

El Gran Inka
3155 NE 163rd St., 305-940-4910
Though diners at this upscale Peruvian eatery will find cevi-
ches, a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Peru's other expected
traditional specialties, all presented far more elegantly than
most in town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are
unique Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from
recipes by Peru's influential nikkel (Japanese/Creole) chef
Rosita Yimura an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de cor-
vina, and for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva
(octopus topped with rich olive sauce) $$$-$$$$

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

Hiro Japanese Restaurant
3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687
One of Miami's 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 popu-
lar after-hours snack stop The sushi menu has few surprises,
but quality is reliable Most exceptional are the nicely priced
yakitorin, 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 $$

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

1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393
If unusual Bangladeshi dishes like fiery pumpkin patey
(cooked with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or
Heelsha curry (succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladesh's sweet-
fleshed national fish) seem familiar, it's because chef/owner
Bithi Begum and her husband Tipu Raman once served such
fare at the critically acclaimed Renaisa Their menu's mix-and-
match option allows diners to pair their choice of meat, poul-
try, fish, or vegetable with more than a dozen regional sauces,
from familiar Indian styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with
a Bangladeshi citrus reminiscent of sour orange $$-$$$

Julio's Natural Foods Emporium
1602 NE Miami Gardens Dr., 305-947-4744
Vegetarians and vegans tired of settling for the one sad
steamed vegetable entree tacked onto most menus will be
in in pork-free pig heaven Owner Julio Valderrama's 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 indulg-
ing in poultry and fish dishes Cooking isn't cutting-edge,
but unusual spicing keeps things interesting Especially

recommended a signature veg-and-feta-packed za'atar
flatbread, also slightly sinful sweet potato with butter and
cinnamon $-$$

Kebab Indian Restaurant
514 NE 167th St., 305-940-6309
Since the 1980s this restaurant, located in an unatmospherinc
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 Pizza
18228 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-792-9455
If your feelings about Brooklyn-style pizza have been formed
by Domino's 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 Brooklyn's legend-
ary Totonno's or Gnrimaldi's, but they're 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 $-$$

387 NE 167th St.,
Cones 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) In their
melting-pot American version, kone fillings range from break-
fast items like huevos rancheros to Thai chicken, chicken
curry, coconut shrimp, kones kon lechon (slow-roasted pork
with mojo), various pizzas, BBQ, chicken Florentine, healthy
green salads, more There are even desserts like a flambeed
apple Kone a la Normande Authentic Belgian fnrites, too $

Laurenzo's Market Cafe
16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381
It's 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 negotiatingthis international
gourmet market's packed shelves and crowds has depleted
your energies, it's a handy place to refuel with eggplant par-
mesan and similar Italian-American classics, housemade from
old family recipes Just a few spoonfuls of Wednesday's hearty
pasta fagiole, one of the daily soup specials, could keep a
person shoppingfor hours And now that pizza master Carlo
is manningthe wood-fired oven, you can sample the thinnest,
crispiest pies outside Napoli $-$$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
14831 Biscayne Blvd.
Like 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 mahl
mahl for fish tacos comes from a local supplier, and salsas
are housemade daily Niceties include low-carb tortillas and
many Mexican beers $

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

The Melting Pot
15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228
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of this chain are generally the only places to go for this eating
experience Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese fondue,
proceed to an entree with meat or seafood, plus choice of
cooking potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil), finish with fruits
and cakes dipped in melted chocolate Fondue etiquette
dictates that diners who drop a skewer in the pot must kiss all
other table companions, so go with those you love $$$
Oishi Thai
14841 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-4338
At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials, many
of which clearly reflect the young chef's fanatical devotion to
fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in the kitchen of Knob
broiled miso-marmnated black cod, rock shrimp tempura with
creamy sauce, even Nobu Matsuhisa's "new style sashimi"
(slightly surface-seared by drizzles of hot olive and sesame
oil) The specials menu includes some Thai-inspired creations,
too, such as veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry,
and sizzlingfilet mignon with basil sauce $$$-$$$$
Panya Thai
520 NE 167th St.,
Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, there's no shortage of genu-
mine Thai food in and around Miami But Panya's chef/owner, a
Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/or rare dishes
not found elsewhere Plus he doesn't automatically curtail
the heat or sweetness levels to please Americans Among
the most intriguing moo khem phad wan (chewy deep-fried
seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind dip, accompanied by
crisp green papaya salad), broad rice noodles stir-fried with
eye-opening chili/garlic sauce and fresh Thai basil, and chili-
topped Diamond Duck in tangy tamarind sauce $$-$$$
16265 Biscayne Blvd.,
From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldn't be
easier to overlook Inside, however, its festivity is impossible
to resist Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with
South of the Border knickknacks And if the kitschy decor
alone doesn't cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh
(not packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the
knockout margarita will Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos
and a party-size fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and
harder-to-find traditional preparations like albondigas spicy,
ultra-savory meatballs $$-$$$
Sang's Chinese Restaurant
1925 NE 163rd St.,
Sangs has three menus The pink menu is Americanized
Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken The
white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic
Chinese fare salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip cas-
serole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like abalone
with sea cucumber The extensive third menu offers dim sum,
served until 400 pm A live tank allows seasonal seafood
dishes like lobster with ginger and scallion Recently installed
a Chinese barbecue case, displaying savory items like crispy
pork with crackling attached $$$
Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House
237 NE 167th St., 305-654-4008
At this unique, mostly Taiwanese eatery, all seafood, poultry,
and meats used to be skillfully crafted and delicious vegetar-
ian imitations These are still here, plus there's now a wider
choice of dishes, some featuring real meat Try the authentic-
tasting Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches (available with a vari-
ety 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 Square
54 NE 167th St., 305-944-9697
Open until 100 a m every day except Sunday (when is closes
at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami
Beach's "Chinatown" strip has become a popular late-night
gathering spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants And
why not? The food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably
priced The kitchen staff is willingto customize dishes upon
request, and the serving staff is reliably fast Perhaps most
important, karaoke equipment is in place when the mood
strikes $-$$

Soprano Cafe
3933 NE 163rd St.,
Sicilian native Rocco Soprano, original proprietor of South
Beach's Soprano's, has transformed this Intracoastal
Waterway space, formerly the enoteca Rack's, into an elegant
but family-friendly restaurant featuring classic Italian dishes
plus steakhouse fare, all in prodigious portions For an ulti-
mate Miamian/Italian fusion experience, arrive by boat at
Soprano's 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 $$$
Sushi House
15911 Biscayne Blvd.,
In terms of decor drama, this sushi spot seems to have taken
its cue from Philippe Starck sheer floor-to-ceiling drapes, for
starters The sushi list, too, is over the top, featuring monster
makis like the Cubbie Comfort spicy tuna, soft-shell crab,
shrimp and eel tempura, plus avocado, jalapenos, and cilan-
tro, topped with not one but three sauces wasabi, teriyaki,
and spicy Mayo Hawaiian King Crab contains unprecedented
ingredients like tomatoes, green peppers, and pineapple
Boutique wines, artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as
the cuisine $$$-$$$$
Sushi Sake
13551 Biscayne Blvd.,
Chic Asian-accented decor, video screens, 99-cent drink deals,
and late-night hours make this hip hangout not just a sushi
bar but sort of a neighborhood bar, too That said, the sushi
is impressive, mainly because seafood is delivered daily and
all except the shrimp is fresh, not frozen (as is customary at
most Miami sushi places) Also notable All sauces are house-
made Cooked makis like a crunch-topped Miami Heat are
most popular, but it's as sashimi that the fish's freshness truly
shines $$-$$$
Tania's Table
18685 W. Dixie Hwy.,
A location at the tail end of a tiny, tired-looking strip mall
makes this weekday lunch-only kosher eatery easy to miss
But the cute bistro, an extension of chef Tanma Sigal's cater-
ing company, is well worth seeking for its unusually varied
daily-changing menus notjust familiar Eastern European-
derived dishes (chicken matzoh ball soup, blintzes, etc )
but numerous Latin American specialties (zesty ropa vieja),
Asian-influenced items (Thai chicken/noodle salad), light-
ened universal Ladies-Who-Lunch classics custardyy quiches,
grilled trout with mustard sauce), and homemade baked
goods $$
Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin
73 NE 167th St.,
Too often purist vegetarian food is unskillfully crafted
bland stuff, spiced with little but sanctimonious intent
Not at this modest-looking vegan (dairy-free vegetarian)
restaurant and smoothie bar Dishes from breakfast's
blueberry-packed pancakes to Caribbean vegetable stews
sparkle with vivid flavors Especially impressive mock
meat (and fake fish) wheat-gluten items that beat many
carnivorous competitors Skeptical? Rightly But we taste-
tested a "Philly cheese steak" sandwich on the toughest
of critics an inflexibly burger-crazy six year-old She
cleaned her plate $$
3881 NE 163rd. St. (Intracoastal Mall),
After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night,
many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cooking,
served in grazing portions Try gistening-fresh strips of raw
tuna can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions and
dressed with habit-forming honey-miso mustard sauce Other
favorites include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled and dressed
in sesame sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild youngshoots
flash-fried with tender steak bits), or perhaps just-caught
grouper with hot/sweet/tangy chill sauce Open till around
300 a m $$

Asia Bay Bistro
1007 Kane Concourse, 305-861-2222
As in Japan's most refined restaurants, artful presentation is
stunning at this Japanese/Thai gem And though the volumi-
nous menu sports all the familiar favorites from both nations,
the Japanese-inrspired small plates will please diners seeking
something different Tryjalapeno-sauced hamachi sashimi,
toro with enoki mushrooms, bracing ooba (shiso), tobiko cavi-
ar, and a sauce almost like beurre blanc, rock shnrimp/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 $$$
Bay Harbor Bistro
1023 Kane Concourse,
Though small, this ambitious European/American fusion bistro
covers all the bases, from smoked salmon eggs Florentine at
breakfast and elaborate lunch salads to steak fnrites at dinner,
plus tapas As well as familiar fare, you'll find atypical cre-
ations caramelized onion and goat cheese-garnished leg of
lamb sandwiches, a layered crab/avocado tortino, pistachio-
crusted salmon A welcome surprise The bistro is also a bak-
ery, so don't overlook the mouthwateringly buttery croissants,
plumply stuffed empanadas, or elegant berry tarts and other
homemade French pastries $$-$$$
Betto's Ristorante Italiano
1009 Kane Concourse,
After roughly 25 years as Caffe Da Vinci, this romantic remod-
eled, renamed space is now managed by Betto Di Carlo, also
a 25-year Italian cuisine veteran (as former owner/effusively
charming host of Surfside's neighborhood favorite Cafe
Ragazzi) Best make reservations Though off the tourist track,
the place draws hungry hordes for homemade pastas like pap-
pardelle ai porcini (toothsome wide noodles with fresh mush-
rooms) Veal piccata, lightly floured and sauteed medallions
with a caper-studded lemon white wine sauce, and thicker
mozzarella-stuffed chops are also popular $$$
Le Pine
1052 Kane Concourse, 305-861-1059
This upscale Lebanese restaurant serves dishes with the sort
of understated sophistication that makes clear why Beirut was
called the Panris of the East You'll find familiar Middle Eastern
favorites, but many have refinements that lift them above
average pita that's housemade, charmingly fluffy when warm
from the oven, falafel incorporating flavorful fava beans with
the usual ground chickpeas Especially appealingare 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 Kitchen
1071 95th St.,
If we were on Death Row, choosing a last meal, this very
chef-centered lunchroom/market's PBLT (a BLT sandwich with
melt-min-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 Cafe
GM) have combined their backgrounds to create a global
gourmet oasis with a menu rangingfrom light quiches and
imaginative salads to hefty balsamic/tomato-glazed shortnribs
or daily pasta specials (like wild boar-stuffed ravioli) Also fea-
tured artisan grocery products, and Stefanim's famous interac-
tive cooking class/wine dinners $$-$$$
The Palm
9650 E. Bay Harbor Dr., 305-868-7256
It was 1930s journalists, legend has it, who transformed
NYC's 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 a la stone -juicy, butter-doused slices on toast, topped
with sauteed onions and pimentos This classic (whose carb
components make it satisfying without a la carte sides, and
hence a relative bargain) isn't on the menu anymore, but
cooks will prepare it on request $$$$$


Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-830-2625
When people rave about New York pizzas' superiority, they
don'tjust mean thin crusts They mean the kind of airy, abun-
dantly burn-bubbled, uniquely flavorful crusts that can only be
consistently produced by a traditional coal (not wood) oven -
like those at Anthony's, 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 garlic- sauteed broccoli rabe pie is a tastier
green vegetable $$
Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli
19003 Biscayne Blvd. 305-935-4029
One word flagels And no, that's not a typo Rather these
crusty, flattened specimens (poppy seed or sesame seed)
are the ultimate bagel/soft pretzel hybrid and a specialty at
this bustling Jewish bakery/deli, which, since 1988, opens at
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Since you' re up early anyway, sample elaborately garnished
breakfast specials, including unusually flavorful homemade
corned beef hash and eggs For the rest of the day, multitudes
of mavens devour every other delectable dell specialty known
to humankind $$
18729 Biscayne Blvd., 305-937-7727
Hard as it is for old-time NYC expats to believe, there's evi-
dently a younger generation that doesn't equate the Jewish
dell 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 machine-made rather than hand-rolled, are freshly
baked all day $$
Bourbon Steak
19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-0658
(Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)
At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant
empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard award
winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare starts There
are also Mina's ingenious signature dishes, like an elegant
deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot pie, a raw bar, and
enough delectable vegetable/seafood starters and sides for
noncarnivores to assemble a happy meal But don't neglect
the steak flavorful dry-aged Angus, 100-percent Wagyu
American "Kobe," swoonworthy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and
butter-poached prime rib, all cooked to perfection $$$$$
18139 Biscayne Blvd.,
It's not surprisingthat this Florida-based "better burger" fran-
chise is one of America's fastest-growing With decor that's
relaxingly retro yet futuristically earth-friendly (think recycled
Coke bottle chairs), beverages rangngfrom milkshakes to
craft beers, and sourced hormone/antibiotic-free, grass-fed
Angus burgers on branded buns, for prices rivaling those for
fast-food junkburgers, what's not to love? There are also vege-
tarian quinoa burgers or Kobe dogs, plus "accessories" includ-
ing hand-cut fries, killer crisp-battered onion rings, freshly
made, all-natural frozen custard, and toppings galore $

Cadillac Ranch
Village at Gulfstream Park
921 Silks Run Rd. #1615,
It's 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 it's 1980 at this all-American resto-
lounge/sports bar, which includes two outdoor patios with fire
pits and, sometimes, live rootsy music If you miss out on the
roast beef (it goes fast), there are burgers, steaks, meal-size
salads, and classic bar bites $$-$$$

19048 NE 29th Ave., 786-272-3737
Forget thick, dough-wrapped potato knishes and blintzes slath-
ered 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 restaurant's decor Asian-
influenced items, like wakame-topped tuna tartare with pine-
apple chutney, are particularly appealing, while those craving
classic combinations like smoked salmon and cream cheese
can enjoy them on a ligit-crusted designer pizza To drink,
smoothies are supplemented by refreshing herbal infusions
like green lemonade (with mint and basil) $$

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

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

La Montanara
18855 NE 29th Ave., 305-974-0167
A 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 llarno
Giunchi, co-founder of Caracas's famed original La Montanara,
has brought much of the menu to this second location, includ-
ing housemade pastas and creative carpaccios like a delicate
crudo version of vitello tonnato Whatever else you order,
don't miss the signature mascarpone/prosciutto focaccias
from the beautifully tiled stone pizza oven Budgeting diners
Explore weekday lunch specials, which include sides $$-$$$$
Mo's Bagels & Deli
2780 NE 187th St., 305-936-8555
While the term "old school" is used a lot to describe this spa-
cious (160-seat) establishment, it actually opened in 1995
Itjust so evokes the classic NY dells we left behind that it
seems to have been here forever Example Lox and nova
aren't pallid, prepackaged fish, but custom-sliced from whole
slabs And bagels are hand-rolled, chewy champions, not
those machine-made puffy poseurs As complimentary pastry
bites suggest, and the massive size of the succulent, suf-
ficiently fatty pastrami sandwiches confirm, generous Jewish
Mo(m) spirit shines here $$
Mr. Chef's Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar
18800 NE 29th Ave. #10, 786-787-9030
Considering our county's dearth of authentic Chinese food,
this stylish eatery is heaven-sent for Aventura residents
Owners Jin XiangChen and Shu Ming (a k a Mr Chef) come
from China's southern seacoast province of Guangdong
(Canton) But you' II find no goppily sauced, Americanized-
Cantonese chop sueys here Cooking is properly light-handed,
and seafood specialties shine (try the spicy/crispy salt and
pepper shrimp) For adventurers, there's a cold jellyfish starter
Even timid taste buds can't resist tender fried shrimp balls
described this way "With crispy adorable fringy outfit" $$-$$$
20475 Biscayne Blvd. 305-937-2777
Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman Van
Aken and Mark Militello He has been executive chef at
Rumi, and cooked at NYC's James Beard House Armed with
those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife launched
Pilar (named for Hemingway's boat) aiming to prove that top
restaurants can be affordable Consider it proven Floribbean-
style 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 $$-$$$
Sicilian Oven
20475 Biscayne Blvd.,
Don't think that square-shaped doughy pizza is the specialty
here "Oven" is really the operative word, referring to the open
kitchen's impressive-looking, open-flame wood-burner, and
for our money the place's thin-crusted pies are the way to
go Toppings, applied amply, range from traditional Italian-
American (like made-in-Wisconsin Grande mozzarella)to popu-
lar (fresh mozz, even balsamic glaze), crust options include
whole grain and gluten-free Other must-haves arancini
(deep-fried rice balls stuffed with mozz and ground beef) and
cervellata sausage with broccoli rabe $$
Soho Asian Bar & Grill
19004 NE 29th St., 305-466-5656
Do bring your pocket flashlight to this kosher restaurant
Considering the menu's expansiveness, you'll 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 pureed

avocado, cuke, scallion, and sweet potato But the menu of
tapas and entrees 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 $$-$$$
Sushi Siam
19575 Biscayne Blvd. 305-932-8955
(See Miami/ Upper Eastside listing)

17315 Collins Ave., 786-923-9305
From bad-boy celeb chef Ralph Pagano, Sole resort's 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" entrees,
some upscaled (When lobster Frangaise 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 enablingtables to win their
meals for free $$$$

Chef Ho
16850 Collins Ave., 305-974-0338
Deep-pocketed diners who ate at the Setai when Jonathan
Wright was executive chef already know chef Ho's work His
dazzling dim sum were the menu's highlight Now they're
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 cheungfan
(rice noodle crepes) 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 Chimney
18090 Collins Ave., 305-974-0075
At this family-owned (and kid-friendly), white-tablecloth Indian
restaurant, prices are more upscale than average, but so is
the food's elegant presentation plus features like a full bar,
live Bollywood/belly dancing on weekends, and, among famil-
iar North Indian fare, dishes blending contemporary touches
with traditional tastes Especially enjoyable starters inspired
by street snacks, like bikanern 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 (sundnried tomato-stuffed
paneer/potato dumplings in smooth cream sauce) $$$

Epicure Gourmet Market & Cafe
17190 Collins Ave., 305-947-4581
Who 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 cafe windows of the gour-
met market that replaced the Rascal, but you know you're on
a tropical beach, not Brighton Beach The big, bright cafe's
menu, more global diner than Jewish deli, includes daily spe-
cials ranging from spa-grilled chicken to homemade Italian
sausage and peppers But it's worth seeking out items that
made South Beach's original Epicure famous sandwiches fea-
turing housemade rare roast beef, shrimp or chunky smoked
whitefish salads, fresh baked goods $$$

The H Restaurant
17608 Collins Ave., 305-931-9106
This friendly, family-owned bistro is the sort of homeaway-
from-home found every few blocks in France here Gerard
and Karin Herrison, plus chef son Julien, formerly had a
restaurant -- but there rarely found in South Florida Burgers,
et al, are available, but with garlicky escargots, a savory/
sweet-dressed salad of duck confit atop frisee, 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) We'd leave the American stuff to the
kids $$$-$$$$
II Mulino New York
17875 Collins Ave., 305-466-9191
If 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 top-
pings, a wedge of quality parmigiano, garlic bread that order-
ing 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 305
16701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110
Offering eclectic American fare, this resort restaurant room,
despite its contemporary open kitchen, has the retro-glam look
of a renovated discotheque which is what it was In fact, it's
still as much lounge as eatery, so it's best to arrive early if you
want a relatively DJ-free eating experience A seductive man-
go-papaya BBQ sauce makes ribs a tasty choice any night, but
most local diners in the know come on nights when the res-
taurant 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 $$$

17875 Collins Ave., 305-918-6816
You can't help feeling optimistic about a tourist town's food
scene when its resort restaurants, which generally walk the
middle of the road, get creative And it doesn't 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 chef's truffled
taleggo and mushroom pies, meltingy tender braised short ribs,
an impeccable market-driven meat and cheese platter $$$

18250 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 place's focus proteins and produce, house-
preserved via curing, pickling and smoking And it's no novelty
act Dishes aren't 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 & Grill
17630 Collins Ave., 305-682-1243
Sushi may well have been served in Sunny Isles before this
longtime neighborhood favorite opened, but Sumo was the neigh-
borhood's firstsushi bar to double as a popular lounge/hangout
as well as restaurant Ladies' nights are legend WhileThai and
Chinese dishes are available, as well as purist nign, 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 $$-$$$

17624 Collins Ave., 305-936-1008
Since 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 Allen's and Mark's South Beach), has
been garnering local and national raves Don't bother reading
them Andriola's dishes speak for themselves a salad of crisp
oysters atop frisee, 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 Staub's Peppermill
350 Bayview Dr., 305-466-2016
It'll likely be years until diners stop instinctively headingfor
the tropic-alpine chalet that formerly housed the Peppermill
at the Waterways in Aventura But this new indoor/outdoor
space's 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 can't 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 straw-
berries Romanoff $$$


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FOR SALE I $679,000

3 BD / 2 BA + den, hidden gem in the heart of the
Design District' Exquisitely remodeled home featuring a
complete renovation from new electrical, pluming, A/C
and sprinkler system, to designer carport with electrical
gate. Great for entertaining stunning pool and an A/C
cottage with a full bathroom.

CESAR DELAFLOR 1305 979 3151
cdelaflor@metrol properties.corn

FOR SALE I $1.299 M

Sitting on a HALF ACRE within gated community 3
BD / 3 BA Mid-Century Modern house with 100' of
waterfront leading directly (no bridges) to Biscayne
Bay. Large sunlight filled rooms with stunning dark
hardwood floors. Very Dramatic with two fireplaces'
Open house every Sunday in December, 12-3 p.m.

JANE RUSSELL, PA 1305 799 7436 .

FOR SALE I $849,000

4 BD / 3.5 BA 2-story home with pool on oversized
walled corner lot. Built in 1926 w/ tremendous
character, charm & grandeur. Updated elec, plumbing,
central A/C, new kitchen. Call us about listed & off-
market opportunities.

We are your Upper Eastside experts'

FOR SALE I $660,000

Updated move-in ready 3 BD / 2 BA, waterfront home.
Over 2,000 SF on 12,835 SF lot, 85' deep canal
waterfront. Large master BD, split BDs, new kitchen,
wood floors, open floor plan perfect for entertaining.
Paved circular driveway & 2 car garage. Miami Shores
amenities and A+ schools.
We are your Upper Eastside experts'

FOR SALE I $575,000

Feast your eyes on beautiful Biscayne Bay every dayl
Beautiful contemporary 2 BD apt. w/washer dryer, lux
kitchen appliances, lux master bath w/ a wrap around
balcony facing the bay. A Unique beauty

IRENE DAKOTA 1 305 972 8860
idakota@metro1 properties.corn

FOR SALE 1 $10.9 M

Rare Full City Block Development Opportunity (2.49
acres). Recently appraised for $15 M' Owner is
relocating and willing to sell at a steep discount. 40%0
co-broker commission. Phased development, also great
for land-banking for future appreciation.

TONY CHO 1305 571 9991

FOR SALE I $479,000

Beautiful Historic Design District Home. This 3 BD
/ 2 BA sits on a great corner lot & offers a newly
renovated kitchen, original wood flooring, 1 car garage
and a private yard. Ready for a new owner's personal
touch, this home is a diamond in the rough with the
right location at the best time in the market. Come in
and make it yours.
CESAR DELAFLOR 1 305 979 3151
cdelaflor@metrol properties.corn

Exclusive opportunity to acquire a corner building with
the highest visibility in the Design District. This property
will fit a variety of uses including retail, restaurant, or an
array of mixed uses. Allows up to +/- 129,000 SF of
gross development and buildings up to 20 stories high.

TONY CHO 1 305 571 9991

FOR SALE I $295,000 FOR SALE I $185,000

Walking distance from Wynwood, Midtown & Design
District, this home is the perfect place to add your
personal touch. It currently produces an income of +/-
$24,000 per year, with month to month tenants below
market value'

ANDRES NAVA 1954 864 6274
anava@metrol properties.corn


6,163 SF loft-warehouse located in the heart of the
Wynwood Arts District and features multiple roll-up
doors, high ceilings, AC, renovated exterior / interior
and a 50-foot frontage on N. Miami Avenue.

TONY CHO 1305 571 9991

Clean, well-maintained & updated duplex tucked
away in a cul-de-sac. Large charming yard w/ mango
& avocado trees. Located just one block north of
Biscayne Park. Walk to trendy shops, restaurants &
MOCA Art Museum. Close to major highways & public
transportation. Great income producer'
We are your Upper Eastside experts'


Exclusive opportunity to acquire a successful business,
land and a 3AM liquor license on busy Biscayne Blvd.
2013 gross sales over $860,000. The building is
2,630 SF and sits on a 17,546 SF lot.
*Picture is not actual property

PETER ANDOLINA 1 305 989 3934

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