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Dec 6, 2006 06:37 PM

Art Basel with college students

My husband and I will be in Miami for three days for art Basel and will be spending part of that time with some of his art students. I'm looking for suggestions for inexpensive (for them) but interesting(for me)restaurants. Need 2 breakfast spots, 3 lunch spots and 2 dinners(just the two of us, so can be a little more upscale). Would prefer places near the convention center, design district, Winwood area, and Bal Harbour area (we're staying there). Would like at least one Cuban place, other ethnic places would be great, if possible, I like places with a history.
All these requests may not be possible to meet in one spot, but maybe some. Thanks in advance for any help.


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  1. Enriqueta's for good chaotic Cuban in Wynwood, Breakfast and lunch only. Everyone. NE 2nd and 29th St.

    Lario's on Ocean Drive in South Beach for good albeit overpriced Cuban (under priced for Ocean Drive)and people watching. Ocean and 8th.

    Ragazzi's for Italian in Surfside very near Bal Harbour (you 2). 95th??? and Collins.

    Flanigan's for the whole gang also in Surfside. Lunch or Dinner. 94th??? and Collins. ???=near there...

    Back behind the Convention Center is a small Argentine place named Liberty Steakhouse. Good food at a good price. FYI Argentine restaurants always have decent Italian dishes too. It's on Liberty Street between 19th and 20th or so. I beleive it's dinner only now.

    Pizza Rustica on Lincoln Rd. for the whole gang. Get it by the slice...the most amazing selection you've ever seen!

    Joe's Stone Crabs if you want to splurge and get some culinary history.

    The Palms in Bay Harbour-also very high end...just over the bridge from bal Harbour.

    You also might try Carpaccio in Bal Harbour Shops.

    1. In Miami Beach, there's A la Folie on Espanola Way (a little bit of a walk from the Con. Center but it's a cute street and will give you a break from the crowds). Basic French sandwiches plus savory and sweet crepes. Not expensive.

      The Design District is bustling in the day but pretty much shuts down at night. There's "A" on NE 2nd Ave. Organic, bohemian, East Village type of place. Not sure if they're open for lunch though. In the Design District itself there's Element. Can't vouch for it, but it's gotten OK reviews.

      For dinner, Michy's on Biscayne Blvd. near 69th St. is on your drive back from the Design District. It's got creative small plates from one of Miami's more acclaimed chefs. Warning, it's perenially packed so plan accordingly.

      1. creek 28 in the Indian Creek Hotel is open Sat. & Sun. for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Just lunch and dinner the rest of the week. They also have several artists showing there during art basel. Its at 28th and Indian Creek Drive.

        East of Collins on 26th st. is a Peruvian place called Siembre, very good for the price, affordable for students.

        1. In Sobe
          A la Folie - Second this rec
          El Chalan - Peruvian - cheap and good near CC too

          Not sure I can give you a dinner rec that has not been mentioned without a bit more info from you on how much you want to spend and exactly what types of food you are considering. My guess is you are not looking for Italian, for example.

          1. Aside from the already good suggestions you've gotten, in Bal Harbour there's also La Goulue, good French bistro, a little pricey but not outrageous. Probably nicer without the students on a "date night".

            Near Design District is Sheba, Ethiopian in a neat space with lots of African art (and an attached shop). Pricey for Ethiopian food though.

            On Biscayne around the 50s near Design District is a cute Cuban/Spanish place called Canela Cafe. Not perfectly authentic on either Spanish or Cuban, but good and a charming place.

            From MB convention center you're pretty much right at South Beach, esp. Lincoln Road. Le Bon on Lincoln Road (Belgian, mussels their specialty) is a nice newer place with a great selection of Belgian beers.

            If you go down Washington Ave. about 10 blocks there's a chinese place called Mr. Chu's at 8th St. that does fantastic dim sum (tough to find in Miami).