Opinions on Los Ranchos at Bayside Market
We'll be visiting Miami next month for the Nasdaq 100 tennis tournament. Looking for a good restaurant convenient to Biscayne Bay. Price is no problem but we will be casually dressed, must eat early (5:30ish), and won't have a lot of time, so good service a must.
If we do end up going to Bayside Market, where does a person park? Any other restaurants in Bayside Market that's worth a recommendation? Thanks y'all.
IMHO, los ranchos is the best restuarant in bayside. and one of the best ethnic steak houses period. Truthfully, I wish I knew of some other Nicaraguan steakhouses that were not in bayside, but close to the center of the city. (I remember one called "Y"something on Flagler won 'best of' a year or so ago in the New Times) Can anyone recommend it?
ate at los ranchos two nights ago. while i wasnt blown away, it was definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a quite tasty $20 steak.
my friend and i both had the currasco (basically flank steak) and it was totally worth having again. tender and tasty...just what it should've been. the gallo pinto was great - and they give you heaping, and i do mean heaping, mounds of it.
the garlic bread that they put on the table is pretty stupid.
and my shrimp cocktail was very undercooked. i don't know if that's how they do things at los ranchos or in miami - it's certainly not how they do things in new york, at least not on purpose. took a bite, didn't swallow....
but the steak...the steak was worth going back for, i'd say.
Bayside does have a parking garage, with somewhat onerous rates,
although they have a discount rate on lunchtime parking on weekdays.
Bayside has chains like Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Chili's, Hooters,
and Hard Rock Cafe. When I'm there I usually end up in the
foodcourt, which seems to have a little more variety than the
usual mall, such as South American grilled meats, French, Cuban,
Middle Eastern stuff, not really high quality, but interesting
selections. The other sit-down restaurants there I haven't tried,
except Los Ranchos, which I've enjoyed, not in a transcendent
way, but still tasty.
Not to put a damper on things, but talking to my wife, who
has eaten at Los Ranchos more times than I have, (mostly
at lunchtime), she wouldn't recommend their grilled chicken,
which she says tends to be dry. They're more known for their
beef dishes, which is what I usually go for.