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Jul 5, 2007 09:59 PM

Anything new or coming to Dade?

We've heard of some leaving and others who apparently are at the begining of their end...I'm just wondering if anyone knows of anything new or on the horizon down here in the D A D E? Please advise who, when and where...if you dare!

Here's one for you all, Watch for a new Mari-Nalli Gourmet Quesadillas coming to Coco their Cheezeburger & Rueban Quesadillas...presently serving them in the Gables.

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  1. The exquisite and innovative cooking of Michael Mina is coming to South Florida. The scheduled opening of his Bourbon Steak at Aventura's Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club this winter is noteworthy not only because Mina is one of the country's most talented chefs and restaurateurs but because it will be the first time the private resort has opened its dining rooms to the public.

    Mina is known for maintaining super-high standards at his eight successful ventures in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Atlantic City (Sea Blue, Nob Hill, Stripsteak).

    Expect premium meats and upscale takes on classic steakhouse sides (duck-fat fries, truffled macaroni and cheese, bacon-creamed spinach).

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    1. re: Sobe

      Oh Sobe!

      D-D-d-d-d-d-duck fat fries?!

      You had me at hello.

      p.s. to Net:

      10 things New to the 305 -

      1. Santo hires Cory Smith (X Pacific Time)
      2. Devito's opens and offers tourists a "flight" of steaks that costs more than the flight to Florida
      3. Prime Blue Grill (X Smith & Wollensky) opens on Brickell noting the lack of steak places in the area
      4. Grimpa opens in Mary Brickell Village noting the lack of steak places in the area.
      5. Indians invade South Beach opening ISHQ and Ocean Drive Fusion at the north and south ends of the drive. Intense Red Rover Game ensues.
      6. Bonefish Grill opens on Ponce - leaves fish heads wrapped in newsprint on Oceanaire's doorstep. Maitre d' learns that Luco Brazzi sleeps with the fishes.
      7. La Marea (the Tides) opens at the Tides Hotel replacing ill-fated 1220 with LA's Il Sole celeb Chef Rota. Govind Armstrong seen mooning lost diners from the Regent patio.
      8. Home Boy Michael Blum rolls in to the Newport Resort on 163rd/Collins, wonders where Sunny Isles went and starts work on a new restaurant while he searches.
      9. Rascal house is still there.
      10. Christine Lee's isn't - Reopening soon at Gulfstream

      Have a Great Weekend!


      1. re: advisor_Girl

        I know this is the opposite of coming to Dade, but did Johnny V's close?

        1. re: lax2mia

          Johnny V's did close and Chowhound removed my post about it. Not sure why!

          1. re: LesleyEats

            Yes your post was removed while I was reading it. I had to call Johnny's PR people to find out the facts.

            AG What are you implying by, "Govind Armstrong seen mooning lost diners from the Regent patio."? Are they in trouble?

            1. re: 2top

              Why do you think they removed my post on JV? I heard the news from JV's PR people firsthand! Oh well. Sad either way.

              1. re: LesleyEats

                I actually responded to your post before it was removed. They probably deleted it because you asked what was going to close next... Regardless, I'm surprised Johnny V's closed. I've been a fan since his initial stint at The Astor. His sandwich place on Alton was great too. I've had great meals at the Las Olas location.

                1. re: Sobe

                  I was just curious to know what could possibly close next because it seems like it's an epidemic of late--what, with Pacific Time, Norman's, now JV's! I loved JV at the Astor back in the day, same with JV's kitchen on Alton and up on Las Olas. Remember when he was in Delray at Sundy House, De La Tierra? It's a shame. And I am still curious to hear what closes next...:)

                  1. re: Sobe

                    The South Beach location was nothing like the old Astor or Las Olas for that matter. It was very off and his Thursday pig roast was a trainwreck. I hope he opens a sandwich place though. I miss the hoagies.

                    1. re: lax2mia

                      I agree. It didn't have the same vibe it used to.

                      1. re: LesleyEats

                        Only went once and it was a letdown. I don't understand it either. First incarnation was great (and the diner place on Alton was fantastic) and I've heard generally good things about the FTL location. Did he lose his mojo?

                2. re: 2top



                  Like you, I have read the rumors on Chowhound that Evolution and Table 8 are struggling. I was only joking that new next door neighbors Govind Armstrong and Pietro Rota are rival Los Angeles "celebrity chefs." Armstrong's Table 8 started in LA and new-chef-in-town Rota is best known for his Low-key-but-High-Q Il Sole on the Sunset Strip...

                  Honestly - I hope they ALL survive the summer and keep the hounds well fed.


              1. re: LesleyEats

                I also just saw an ad for a new indian restaurant coming to coral gables...the Mint Leaf....apparently it's from a London restaurant group, so sounds promising!

                1. re: LesleyEats

                  My dry cleaner is next door and she said it's a family with restaurants in London. I've looked at the website for the London Mint Leaf's and if it's the same concept the we're in for some mod Indian!

            2. re: Sobe

              Bourbon Steak, vaunted chef-restaurateur Michael Mina's first Florida foray, debuts Tuesday at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club -- the first time the Aventura property has opened its doors to the dining public. Mina has eight restaurants (Sea Blue, Nob Hill, Stripsteak) in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

              The steakhouse-style menu includes ''Michael's Classics'' ($22-$46) like Maine lobster pot pie. Two South Florida restaurant veterans, executive chef Andrew Rothschild (The Forge) and general manager John Riccardo (Norman's) will have day-to-day charge of the 250-seater at 19999 W. Country Club Dr.; 786-279-6600.

              I was unable to locate menu on Mina's website although he does have Bourbon Steak in Detroit.

              You can make reservations on and they have a profile

            3. I believe texas de brazil (brazillian rodizio) is coming to SOBE. Supposedly better than porcao, which I hear has deteriorated.

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              1. re: tpigeon

                Yes! they are opening above Monty's. Progress is slow, though. Probably won't open until 'season'

                1. re: LesleyEats

                  Also newish -

                  If anyone is participating in the alleged cosmic specialness of 777 (July 7, 2007) which promises to be WAY luckier than next week's previously scheduled Friday the 13th (always the better day for not-so-lucky me)...

                  The Pelican Hotel on Ocean Drive is throwing a 777 Dinner Party.

                  Seven-course meal, seven wines from seven countries, and room rates from $77 if you actually drink all seven wines and want to avoid the police DUI road block at the golf course on 23/Alton driving home. It's Saturday night, 8:30 p.m. 826 Ocean Dr. (305-673-3373).

                  Has anyone eaten at the Pelican - ever?


                  1. re: advisor_Girl

                    I've had breakfast and lunch there, but never dinner. Not bad, not fab.

                    1. re: advisor_Girl

                      AG: Not kidding about the DUI roadblocks. They are a major hassle. Getting harassed after a nice meal out with friends is a real downer, even if you don't drink. Anyone knows where the road blocks are tonight so they can be avoided?

                    2. re: LesleyEats

                      All of these places come and go, then come, and go again. It's the Johnny V syndrome.

                  2. I read that Chef Ramsey was opening a place in Miami but have been unable to confirm same.

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                    1. re: Sobe

                      I also heard Gordon Ramsay was coming to Miami..maybe on the tails of Ducasse downtown?

                      1. re: LesleyEats

                        This is from way back in 2006. A little ways from Miami though.


                        1. re: LesleyEats

                          "Daniel Boulud is taking on Miami. In 2009, he will open an outpost of db Bistro Moderne, his bustling Manhattan bistro, in the $1 billion Metropolitan Miami project, which will transform the downtown area with two residential buildings, an entertainment complex and a hotel. Boulud's bistro will reside inside the Met Marquis, a new luxury hotel from Marriott."



                          1. re: Sobe

                            Ah! Boulud is what I meant, not Ducasse! Thanks for clarifiying!

                            1. re: Sobe

                              Went to Boulud's place in Palm Beach (in the Brazilian Court hotel) once and it was pretty good. Menu is sort of odd, with four different sections with different "themes" (traditional, seasonal, "voyage" - which was cuisine from around the world or something, and yet another I can't recall).

                        2. Rosa Mexicano Restaurant
                          coming to 900 South Miami Avenue between SE 9th and 10th.
                          "the gold standard for upscale modern Mexican cuisine." Zagat

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                          1. re: 2top

                            hope it is as good as in nyc...

                            1. re: tpigeon

                              Here's an blog entry from the New Times which talks about some of the suspicions we've had about restaurant closures (both current and possibly on their way).


                              1. re: lax2mia

                                We were just at Evolution again last weekend to eat at the bar, and the bartenders did say they had done some things to close up some parts of the space for the summer. My first time eating there was only a few weeks ago and all the restaurant seating was in a circular area that faces out onto Collins, I have no idea if this is the "real" dining room or not (it did seem small). There was also a sushi bar which they had curtained off to make the space they're using feel more "intimate." The first time we went they turned at least 2 seatings of every table and didn't appear to be slow, but the more recent visit was pretty quiet.

                                Incidentally, the sushi (which you can order from the bar menu) was very pricey and only OK. A goat cheese salad was nice but not very exciting. The "Bouley Burger" was quite good - slightly dry, but very flavorful (could there be some pork or bacon in the mix?), with a great sesame seed bun (their baker is excellent) and some homemade, just barely pickled pickles. Though the french fries were a bit limp. The drinks menu is really fantastic - I am generally not a fan of "martinis" these days, which are generally oversweet fruit bombs, but these have some great balance of booze, sweet & tart with lots of intriguing homemade ingredients.

                                If the restaurant isn't going to make it (and I hope it does, there's not much else like it in town), I sure hope the bar stays.

                                  1. re: lax2mia

                                    That report is pretty consistent with what we heard from the bartenders last weekend, as described above.

                                    1. re: Frodnesor

                                      Irrelevant but relevant...
                                      • The bubbly is by Chandon Saturday at David Bouley Evolution, 1669 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, which launches a monthly series of prix-fixe champagne evenings in the Etoile Lounge. Available from 8 to 10 p.m., the menu of passed hors d'oeuvres includes Bouley Burgers, gazpacho shooters, tuna tartare with avocado and saffron miso sauce sushi. Cost is $55 including tax and tip; 305-604-6090.

                                      1. re: Sobe

                                        I've got to tell you, a Bouley Burger ($15) and one of those martinis ($14, but almost like a 1.5 for 1 since you get the rest of the shaker, like it's a milkshake) is a pretty nice meal - especially if they'd improve the crispiness of their fries.

                                        1. re: Frodnesor

                                          David Bouley at South Beach is coming to town. According to Mr. Bouley, a new ownership group has taken over, and the renamed restaurant is expected to open soon. The menu will be similar to that of Upstairs at Bouley Bakery in New York, which features an eclectic menu of smaller plates from sushi offerings to burgers and Japanese-influenced fish dishes.

                                          I posted this under the Evolution thread as well. Figured it belonged here too

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