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markhughw Nov 15, 2006 01:55 PM

Staying on Collins at 63rd St Christmas week, looking for any kind of excellent food (especially innovative preparations or seafood) within walking distance. Already know about Cafe Prima Pasta, which looks good. Not going to South Beach.

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  1. lax2mia RE: markhughw Nov 15, 2006 02:31 PM

    There isn't anything really innovative near 63rd St. that I can think of. The "excellent food" and "innovative preparations" will probably be found in the area you seem to be avoiding. All I can think of in the area is Argentinean bakeries and restaurants, but nothing upscale. Are you sure you don't want to make it down to South Beach?

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      markhughw RE: lax2mia Nov 15, 2006 02:46 PM

      Been to SB several times, but not this time. Doesn't have to be upscale - good Cuban or Carrib would be nice.

    2. advisor_Girl RE: markhughw Nov 15, 2006 02:50 PM

      MarkHughw>

      If you venture north of your hotel - the area at 71st and Collins is literally bubbling right now. There is a new storefront bar called Scrap Bar at 216 71st with live music weekends and BBQ to eat in and take out.

      The neighborhood is bustling with new Miamians from South America and it's great. Lots of restaurants and bars have opened with a cross section of wonderful Latin American Cuisine, a good Italian place, a fun Greek Taverna too! Many places are opened late into the evening.
      If you enjoy trying new kinds of food... you're all set. There is a local Greek family who run a fruit and juice store on 71st with fresh juices, local produce and a delicious fruit salad where you're going to want to start every day! Due north, find an Argentinian bakery and cafe where locals meet to sample the tiny pastries, hearty meat-filled empanadas, and drink strong coffee.

      Closer to your place, there is a Publix supermarket with food, beer, wine and everything else to stock your room at 69th and Collins. Due north is an IHop for pancakes, due south a Dunkin Donuts... There is a little latin cafe at 63 and Collins on the NW corner which will be the closest place for an eye opening cafe and a quickie breakfast in the morning. 2 streets up is a little plaza with a Blockbuster video store, the NY bagel bar and a dairy queen.

      Most places listed below can be accessed on foot or via a brief inexpensive taxi ride. I think you'll have a great time.

      AG

      Addresses -

      Athens Juice Bar - fresh fruit salads in the a.m.
      6942 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL
      305-861-2143.
      Buenos Aires Bakery & Café - delicious pastry all day
      7134 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL
      305-861-7887
      Gil's Cafe - dinner
      216 71st St, Miami Beach, FL
      305-867-0779
      El Rey Del Chivito - Do not miss!! Amazing belly busting sandwiches
      6987 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
      305-864-5566
      Fu Manchu - basic take out chinese
      325 71st St, Miami, FL
      305-866-4263
      Las Vegas Restaurant - good Cuban food
      6970 Collins Ave, Miami, FL
      305-864-1509
      Rancho Grande - decent Mexican
      314 72nd St, Miami Beach, FL
      305-866-6516
      Prima Pasta Cafe - pasta & light Italian
      414 71st St, Miami, FL
      305-867-0106
      Panna Cafe - light cafe lunch/dinner
      7301 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
      305-866-0677
      Rocky's Cheesesteak - great greasy guy food grill
      7401 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
      305-861-5931
      Venezia Pizza - 24 hour!! pizza delivery to your door (HELLO? 24 hours!!)
      6646 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
      305-868-2267
      Ouzo's Greek Tavarna & Bar - fun Greek cafe
      940 71st St, Miami Beach, FL
      305-864-9848
      Parrillada Las Vacas Gordas - excellent grilled meats
      933 Normandy Dr, Miami Beach, FL
      305-867-1717
      Tamarind Thai Restaurant - top rated Thai
      946 Normandy Dr, Miami, FL
      305-861-6222

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        markhughw RE: advisor_Girl Nov 15, 2006 07:49 PM

        Dear AG,

        That's the best advice I've ever received, in or outside of Chowhound. thanks!

      2. netmover RE: markhughw Nov 15, 2006 03:46 PM

        Wow AG you are amazing! You are a virtual directory...was that all in your black book? (;-)

        There is a sleeper over in that neighborhood not many people know of. It's called Prima Donna's in the ??? hotel. Anyway since AG gave you the goods with addresses and phone numbers, here goes:Prima Donna Cafe 6565 Collins Ave Miami Beach FL (305) 865-0012

        It is for AA pilots and flight attendents who stay at the ??? hotel, though it is open to the public. Decent Italian, in fact the owner makes fresh pasta for many of our local Italian restaurants. Service can be sketchy...

        Norman's is a pretty good choice for basic cafe food.

        And if you are into ethnic, there's a great Brazilian restaurant in the gas station(I know!) on Harding and 71st St.

        Also, check out Arturo Sandovals Supper club for grub and good jazz. Can't comment on the grub, but he is without a doubt the best trumpeter alive today...if he's playing GO, if not, he usually has some great talent gracing the stage.

        Other excellent places on 71st Street are:

        Las Vaca's Gordas-Argentine Steak House

        Katana-boats floating by with sushi at the bar. Japanese style fast food, pick what you like and get charged by the plate.

        Blue Sky-Cuban by the pound.

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          markhughw RE: netmover Nov 15, 2006 07:53 PM

          Dear NM,

          Yes, AG is great, but you're not excactly chopped liver, and I like chopped liver, in fact I just had some at the Kosher Food Show at the Javitts. Love the idea of Prima Donna, jazz and Katana boats. Thanks!

        2. Frodnesor RE: markhughw Nov 15, 2006 04:27 PM

          This is right in my neck of the woods; the above message names most of the places. My insights and additions:

          ADDITIONS:

          Norman's Tavern - nice little neighborhood place around 67th & Collins. The food is decent+ and it's a good casual hangout place.

          Arturo Sandoval's Jazz Club - fantastic place to hear some great music (serious, real jazz) and also get some semi-upscale Cuban food (although I'll confess I've never eaten there). Really a fun night. May need to get tix in advance. 64th and Collins, in the Deauville Hotel.

          Katana - on the 71st Street Normandy Circle. Sushi place with the boats that go around. Not the greatest sushi in the world, but I like it and the boats are a kick. They also do some cooked dishes like tempura, katsu and noodle soups.

          Soprano Cafe - also on Normandy Circle. Pretty good thin-crust pizza, decent salads, nice empanadas (Argentine/Italian).

          INSIGHTS:

          El Rey del Chivito - agree, this should not be missed. One of the most remarkable sandwich combinations you will ever have. This Uruguayan creation is basically 3 meals in one. It's got sliced grilled beef, ham, mozzarella, bacon, a fried egg, mayo, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, all of it dripping with grease. Have your cardiologist's number handy.

          Fu Manchu - is closed. Just read recently that this was, before it closed, the 2nd oldest continually operating restaurant in Miami (second to Joe's).

          Rancho Grande - good Mexican food. I particularly like a combination plate they do which comes with an enchilada w/ salsa verde, chicken w/ mole poblano, a chile relleno, and cochinita pibil. The Sopa Azteca (sort of a cross between a tortilla soup and a sopa de albondigas) is also good.

          Prima Pasta - I don't know that I'd call this "light" Italian, but it's pretty good. Run by some nice Argentines (the Normandy Circle area is like a Little Argentina). My favorites are the linguine puttanesca and the veal saltimboca.

          Ouzo's - pretty good Greek food. Especially like their dips (there's a mixed dip appetizer which gets you hummus, tzatziki, an eggplant dip, and taramasalata), and the grilled octopus. There's also a mixed grill which is nice.

          Vaca Gordas - good for heaping platters of grilled meats and chimichurri; there's probably better parilladas in Miami, but this is close to where you'll be and charming in its own way (although the owner can be a nasty guy).

          Tamarind - interesting Thai place with some more varied choices (than we see usually here in SoFla, at least). I've actually found the food there to be disappointingly bland sometimes.

          If you're willing to taxi over the 71st St. Causeway, that opens up several other choices:

          Oggi Cafe - another Italian place, nothing very inspired but pretty well done.

          Siam Bayshore - Thai + sushi. I go for the Thai (which I actually think is better than Tamarind), not for the sushi.

          Schnitzel Haus - just on the mainland side of the bridge, good & filling traditional German food.

          Uva - nice "fancy" (i.e. not Subway sandwiches) sandwich/salad/bakery place on Biscayne Blvd.

          And then there's the darling of all the media, Michy's, at 69th & Biscayne. Run by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein, this probably best fits your search for "innovative preparations". Place specializes in small dishes and "innovative preparations", and while I like it a lot, many locals have very mixed opinions about the place. Gourmet just named it one of the top 40 restaurants in the country (only one named in Florida). Rather than rehash the debate, take a look at this thread for more:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/320872

          Reservations are very tough to come by.

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            markhughw RE: Frodnesor Nov 15, 2006 07:57 PM

            Dear Fro,

            Thanks for the suggestions - I may have to taxi after all!

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            restaurantelite.com RE: markhughw Nov 16, 2006 05:27 PM

            I'm surprised that nobody mentioned Cafe Rigazzi. It is on the corner of 79th and collins, and I think it is much better than anything around. Food, ambiance, and service are all top-notch!

            1. Frodnesor RE: markhughw Nov 16, 2006 05:47 PM

              I've never heard of a Cafe Rigazzi and I live about 10 blocks away - I do know from Cafe Ragazzi, which is in Surfside (95th & Harding). Is that what you're talking about, or is there another place I've somehow never seen before? Isn't 79th & Collins the Altos del Mar area which is all residential?

              Cafe Ragazzi has very good Italian food but Surfside is out of range of walking distance from 64th.

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                altec5250 RE: markhughw Apr 18, 2008 08:55 PM

                FYI I'm pretty sure that Arturo Sandoval's Jazz Club has closed. Is relocating to a place with better parking but uncertain where that is as of now.

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                  Frodnesor RE: altec5250 Apr 18, 2008 09:06 PM

                  It has closed at the Deauville. I had heard Sandoval was going to be putting on shows in a space in the new Performing Arts Center N of downtown.

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