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Jan 15, 2007 07:36 PM

Aventura area Dining Alone suggestions needed for an elderly gentlemen!

My father in law has recently become widowed, and he is 83 years old, and alone for the first time in over 60 years. I would like to compile a list for him of places that he could go out to eat where he wouldn't feel terribly uncomfortable dining alone. I know one can dine alone anywhere, but it would be better if there were other single diners around as well, so he wouldn't feel isolated.

Where are some good dinner spots?

He lives in the Aventura area, and drives and walks with no problem. He is open to most cuisine, and although he eats kosher in the house, he will dine out non kosher, or bring in take out that is parve and non meat.

So far, some of the lunch casual suggestions I've come up with are:

-Whole Foods for take out and tables to eat a bite there of their prepared foods.

-Java and Juice for salads
-Starbucks for coffee
-Shalom Haifa
-Pollo Tropical
-Katz's deli

I am out of town, so Thank you for your help!

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  1. Laurenzo's, to go or in their little cafe. The cannoli are to die for. . .wait, I never made it past the cannoli. . .LOL. (We'd schlep up from the Gables just to satisfy our cravings.) A block north of NE 163rd St., a block west of US 1 (Biscayne Blvd.)

    1. Not sure if it's too far, it's on Biscayne Blvd in North Miami."Gourmet Diner". The ladies that work lunch have several regulars that come in daily! There is a counter so sitting alone is the norm. There are also small two person tables with a booth on one side and a chair on the other. I've seen lots of single diners there.

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      1. re: Pennstater

        He used to go to Gourmet Diner for years with his wife--would like to find places for him to go that he didn't used to go to--so it wouldn't be depressing for him...Laurenzo's is a good idea..forgot about their market in the center...He might like that. Thanks

      2. He could try the new Soupman that opened recently in the Promenade Shops.

        1. Penn>

          This is a great idea... new places for Dad to eat...

          My list (best is last - tell him to go find Ruthie!)

          Mo's Bagels - the center of the known universe in Aventura
          2780 NE 187th St, Miami, FL
          (305) 936-8555

          Prezzo Martini Bar and Grill - single older folks dine at the bar
          18831 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL
          (305) 931-5775

          Pita Plus of Aventura - casual
          18833 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL
          (305) 935-0761

          Einstein Bros Bagels - sidewalk cafe
          18815 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL
          (305) 682-9080

          Bagel Cove Restaurant & Deli - brunch
          19003 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL
          (305) 935-4029

          Kosher Magic Caterers & Take-Out Food
          1839 NE Miami Gardens Dr, North Miami Bch, FL
          (305) 932-6687

          Blue Marlin Fish House
          2500 NE 163rd St, North Miami Bch, FL
          (305) 957-8822

          Bobbeleh Grill
          2995 NE 163rd St, Miami, FL
          (305) 957-3041

          Miami Juice - health food, Israeli
          16210 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Bch, FL
          (305) 945-0444

          Louies Brick Oven - pizza
          15979 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL
          (305) 948-3330

          Fu Xing-Kosher Chinese
          1688 NE 164th St, North Miami Bch, FL
          (305) 940-1730

          Timo - pricey but nice to eat at the bar
          17624 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Bch, FL
          (305) 936-1008

          Bissaleh Cafe
          17608 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Bch, FL
          (305) 682-2224

          Rascal House Restaurant - a landmark
          17190 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Bch, FL
          (305) 947-4581

          Mexico Bravo Glatt Kosher
          16850 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL
          (305) 945-1999

          Einstein Bros Bagels
          16840 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Bch, FL
          (305) 957-8938

          Pashas Restaurant Inc - Mediterranean
          14871 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL
          (786) 923-2323

          Scorch Grill House
          13750 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Bch, FL
          (305) 949-5588

          Flashback Diner
          220 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL
          (954) 454-8300

          Thira Taste-The Greek Islands
          100 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL
          (954) 454-9676

          Sage Bagel and Appetizer Shop Inc - great deli
          800 E Hallandale Beach Blvd, Hallandale Beach, FL
          (954) 456-7499

          Sara's Kosher Restaurant Catering & Pizza Shop
          2214 NE 123rd St, North Miami, FL
          (305) 891-3312

          Here Comes the Sun - (managed by a single Jewish grandmother named Ruthie *hint hint*)
          2188 NE 123rd St, North Miami, FL
          (305) 893-5711

          Best Wishes!!


          1. Gourmet Diner is a good call, it's on Biscayne not far north of 135th St. (no more than about 5 miles from Aventura area).

            Bagel Cove (around 190th and Biscayne) is good for Jewish deli type stuff (not kosher) with counter service.

            While it's still there, Rascal House (170th & Collins) is also another decent breakfast/deli place and big among the alta kocker crowd (it will be closing down soon unfortunately to make way for yet another condo). Also has counter service.

            In the Aventura mall there's a Paul Bakery which for a chain has impressed me with their quality - very nice sandwiches and pastries. It's a kiosk in the mall with several tables in the center of the mall walkway area. There's another one at Biscayne Commons which is just a little south of 163rd St. on Biscayne.

            Bamboo Garden (one location on 163rd St. a couple miles west of Biscayne, another around 135th and Biscayne) does decent Chinese food - no particular solo seating options but OK for takeout.

            There's an Original Pancake House just a little north of Aventura on Biscayne which is great for breakfast.

            If your father is really adventurous, one of my favorite local restaurants is a Japanese tapas place called Yakko-San which is on Dixie Highway (just west of Biscayne) a couple blocks north of 163rd St. There's also decent sushi (same owners) at Hiro which is on 163rd St. a little east of Biscayne. Both have a sushi bar for seating (although Yakko-San does not actually do sushi, only sashimi).

            It may be a little noisy and/or fancy for him, but one of my favorite local restaurants is Timo in Sunny Isles (about 10 blocks north of 163rd St. on Collins):
            The food is wonderful, the staff are great, and there's a bar area where solo diners can perch and they serve the whole menu.