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vanne86 Feb 8, 2007 06:19 PM

My friends birthday is coming up and she is turing 21. Does anyone have an idea of cool place to go?

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    JAC13 Feb 8, 2007 06:58 PM

    Barton G- the presentation is fun and over the top and it has a celebratory atmosphere. It is a bit pricey but def. appropriate for a 21 yr old (good drinks, too).

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      amyvc Feb 9, 2007 09:16 AM

      I second Barton G. It's exactly right for a bday, especially a 21st. It's very pricey so be warned. Food is great and the presentation is so cool. Also you'll then be on south beach to party away. don't worry if you get a late reservation. in fact, late is better because south beach partying doesn't get going until 12 or 1 am anyway.

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      diablita FL Feb 8, 2007 07:19 PM

      Taverna Opa

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        jeremyg Feb 8, 2007 07:44 PM

        I havent been to either in about a year, but China Grill and Tuscan Steak are great places for young peope to celebrate.

        1. lax2mia Feb 9, 2007 10:16 AM

          Social at the Sagamore in South Beach

          1. Frodnesor Feb 9, 2007 08:47 PM

            Presentation and atmosphere at Barton G is good for a party, but it is a real stretch to say the food is "great." We were there recently for a birthday and the food was OK but would never bring anyone back if not for the shtick. You're also not quite "on" South Beach in that it's on West Avenue. It's probably no more than a mile west of the main part of SoBe (Washington/Collins/Ocean) but you probably wouldn't want to walk it in your party best.

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              tpigeon Feb 10, 2007 04:21 AM

              Hey, at least they didn't recommend tantra :). To the OP. Lax has the right answer for sceney. Dia has the right answer for less sceney (but still a scene) more let your hair down kind of fun.

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                amyvc Feb 10, 2007 10:49 AM

                Last time we went, we considered the food great. It may have gone downhill or perhaps you and I have different tastes. Last time I checked, West Ave was part of South Beach. You're absolutely right that she will need to cab it vs walk to the clubs etc.

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                  Frodnesor Feb 10, 2007 12:46 PM

                  We were at Barton G a couple months ago and the food ranged from good ("millionaire's baked potato" loaded w/ lobster along with a bunch of other goodies) to passable ("duck decoy") to inedible ("sashimi sno-cones"). I can't imagine ever going back just for the food but it's still a fun place for a party group if you're ready to spend a lot of money.

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                    pvgirl Feb 10, 2007 03:19 PM

                    Have you been to Barton G since Chef Blais arrived from Atlanta? Robyn

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                      lax2mia Feb 10, 2007 07:46 PM

                      Arrived and left. Apparently Blais and Barton had a falling out and Blais is gone.

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                        Frodnesor Feb 10, 2007 07:58 PM

                        From the report I read Blais never actually got into the kitchen at Barton G:
                        http://www.miaminewtimes.com/blogs/?p=218

                        I think he was basically relegated to playing bartender (and they did have these wacky drinks when we were there so it must have been during Blais' brief stint):
                        http://www.dailycandy.com/article.jsp...

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                Sobe Feb 10, 2007 06:43 AM

                I third Opa and second China Grill.
                I'll also nominate Bond St
                Lucky Strike if you are looking for something fun and more on the party side than a restaurant. Drinks/apps/ etc

                Anyone tried O Asian Grill yet? It's in the old Rumi space and the concept sounds good.

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                  diablita FL Feb 11, 2007 06:10 AM

                  Lucky Strike is a good suggestion! They're food is really not bad for a bowling alley, good drinks, and such a fun place.

                  btw, everybody I know who went to Barton G said the food was not great and not worth the price.

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                    tpigeon Feb 11, 2007 02:03 PM

                    Agreed on Lucky strike. China Grille and bond st aint baid either but social gets a much better crowd than either of them now.

                    Tried the noodles at oasian once at lunch - bit underflavored imo but not bad...

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