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Jul 7, 2007 07:39 PM

New to Miami, need help finding a few things...

Just moved across country (again) and I need to stock my pantry. I would really appreciated a few recs in or near Miami Beach.

1. Asian grocery market. I trekked up to Silver Pond today near Lauderdale and the two markets adjacent to it. I was able to get a few things but pickings were slim. Is this is it or are there better options? Especially ones closer to Miami?

2. Wine store. Any suggestions for a place with a wide selection at decent prices. Something like K&L in SF and LA or Wine House in LA.

3. High quality meats or fish and really fresh produce. Any "gourmet" markets in the area?

4. Any farmer's markets?

Thanks all for the help.

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  1. "Gourmet markets"- Gardeners market (several in the area), Fresh market ( full supermarket, think whole foods but much better), *Norman Brothers* (high end produce and prepared foods. place is great. very fresh. on sundays they have a bbq wagon that comes out front, best prime rib around.) the only farmers market i know of is in coconut grove on grand av. on most sundays. its not worth the drive though. as for where to find an asian grocery is a great question, i move to Miami this past year from ny/nj and i havent located a good one yet. i guess i was spoiled back home. i cannot help you with wine either, i don't drink much. welcome to the area, and all the best!

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    1. re: Miafoodie

      Thanks, I'll check those markets out. After googling furiously, I've found this article listing 4 stores in Miami's "Chinatown". Sounds promising. I'm heading out tomorrow.

      1. re: Porthos

        Welcome Porthos>

        Can we map you a Sunday Road Trip?

        First off, there is a green market Sunday mornings on Lincoln Road that is nothing to shout about, but they do have it weekly and add in Antiques and Fleas in the Fall - FYI

        On Miami Beach, you can pay top dollar for top produce, meat and fish at Epicure Gourmet Market on Alton Road just north of Lincoln - 1656 Alton 305-672-1861 which is without a doubt the best in town but also the most expensive. They sell wine too but you can get better pricing at nearby W Wine Boutique -1328 Alton Rd, 305) 673-8282

        If you make your way north and west up the Beach and over the 79th Street Causeway, there is a Japanese Market with fresh (delicious sushi) made on the spot on the 79th Street Causeway. Google 1412 79th Street Causeway to map it. Call to see if they are opened Sunday. 305-861-0143

        Let's Google the rest of this trip...

        Drive west over that causeway, north through NE 10th Ave and up Biscayne Blvd to Total Wine at 14750 Biscayne Blvd. 305-354-3270 ( 8000 wines 1000 beers...

        Continue north on Biscayne to 163rd and turn left (west) to enter the Asian Market area you read about in the New Times.

        Wait! One detour -

        At West Dixie Highway, just 2 streets west of Biscayne (just over the RR tracks), turn right (north) to check out Laurenzo's 16385 West Dixie Highway 305-945-6381 and see their fresh butcher selection, the fish monger, the Italian meats and cheeses and the bakery... There is a separate produce market across the parking lot but it's VERY hit or miss. Super fresh produce is a tough proposition in Miami.

        Back on the main drag of 163rd, spend some time exploring the markets and bakeries westbound until you get to the Golden Glades Interchange which takes you to i-95 South and quickly gets all your goodies back to Miami Beach.

        Have Fun!!


        Chung Hing Oriental Market, 1855 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach; 305-947-6038.
        Maggie’s Oriental Groceries, 1234 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach; 305-945-6070
        Mary Ann Bakery, 1284 163rd St, North Miami Beach; 305-945-0333. Open Wednesday through Monday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
        PK Oriental Mart, 255 NE 167th St, North Miami Beach; 305-654-9646
        Vinh An Oriental Market, 372 NE 167th St, North Miami Beach; 305-948-8860
        Markets open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    2. For wine, you pretty much can't go wrong with Crown Wine and Spirits. They are a south Florida chain and I've rarely had bad service/selection. There's one in N Miami Beach and one in Coral Gables.

      I'm sure there are individual places that are also good for wine - you can even find a decent selection at SOME of the publixes. However, I usually go to Crown when I want a certain bottle due to the consistency of service and availabiltiy.

      1. There is a new wine warehouse on Biscayne in North Miami called total wine. Huge selection of wine and beer. May be your best bet.

        You can also take a drive up to Hollywood Beach (20 minutesish). There is an organic market on the Broadwalk every Sunday from 9-5:30. Josh’s Organic Market.

        Here is a link to a story from a Californian looking for a farmer's market in SoFla.

        If you go to Josh's you can head over to Hollywood Vine on Harrison St. It's a great wine bar/store.

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        1. re: Sobe

          ***Josh is on vacation and will re-open on July 29th.***

        2. Porthos -

          Welcome! Some thoughts:

          1 - Asian grocery - the Japanese market on 79th St. Causeway, Sushi Deli, has some stuff (and the little sushi counter turns out some nice sushi - try the Marie Roll (spicy tuna) and the Ceviche Roll, as well as whatever else Chef Kushi says is best), but not a very broad selection. There are a few Chinese markets along the stretch of 163rd St. between US1 and I-95 that are better stocked. I don't recall names but I believe the largest is adjacent to the Bamboo Garden restaurant.

          2 - Wine store - my favorite, hands down, is Wolfe's Wine in Coral Gables (on Miracle Mile). Not an enyclopedic selection, rather mostly smaller production, non-supermarket wines with a lot of choices you won't find at many any places in town. Particularly strong on Spanish, Italian and Aussies. Closer to home you'll find Vine on Biscayne just south of 79th St. (a similar type of selection, but even smaller stock) or if you want the mega-mart type there's Total Wine on Biscayne just south of 163rd St.

          3 - Gourmet markets - Epicure (16th & Alton) on Miami Beach fits the bill. Very pricey and for meats, fish and produce a somewhat limited selection, but the quality is always very good. Wild Oats (10th & Alton) can often be good, esp. for produce, but it can be rather hit and miss. Norman Brothers down south is great, but is about 40 minutes from the beach. I've found quality at Laurenzo's, both the Italian market and the produce market next door, to be very spotty. There's also a Fresh Market up north on US1 (180th & US1) or in Coconut Grove (on Bayshore Dr.). Meats and veg are pretty good here, I've never liked their prepared foods.

          4 - Farmers' markets - theoretically, there are farmers' markets on Lincoln Road (Sunday?) and also at Normandy Circle (Saturday?), but these generally seem to simply be people buying wholesale fruit and selling it under a tent. I'm not sure I've ever seen a "farmer" at one yet. In any event, here's a link, for what it's worth:

          Sushi Deli
          1412 79th Street Causeway, Miami Beach, FL 33141

          Wolfe's Wine Shoppe
          124 Miracle Mile, Miami, FL 33134

          Epicure Market
          1656 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

          Norman Brothers Produce
          7621 SW 87th Ave, Miami, FL 33173

          1. Thanks all for the excellent tips.

            For asian groceries, I stopped by both PK Oriental Market and Chung Hing. While Chung Hing seemed larger by area, PK seemed to have everything that I needed and the prices were comperable. More people were at PK so perhaps that means the turnover is higher.

            For Wine, I did both Crown Wine and Total Wine. I stopped by Crown Wine first because I noticed on their website that they were selling the 1999 Langoa Barton for $39.99 (usually around $64). They were sold out and the rest of the selection was a little limited so I stopped by Total Wine which was just up the street. The selection is enormous for recent vintages and the prices were decent. Ended up getting a 2005 Scavino Dolcetto and a 2004 Talbot.

            Will visit the other suggestions in the next couple of weeks. Thanks!

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            1. re: Porthos

              Dang I miss Wine House! Thanks for reminding me! You're in Miami now and for some reason, be it the proximity geographically and culturally, wines from Chile, Argentina and Spain seem to dominate. In addition to the aforementioned wine places I'll throw in a couple more locally owned places. Happy Wine on SW 8th St. near 57th Ave. in Miami is a mess. That being said, Phillipe has some of the best prices in town. Again, the focus is on Spain and Latin America, but he gets great deals on other wines. He has an elementary website which has some of his deals online.
              Another spot is Leon's Wine, again on SW 8th St. and around 67th Ave. A much smaller spot and a little better organized than Happy Wine but he also has great deals. Get on their mailing list at Also, the Citgo mentioned by Frod is unique in that it's a gas station mini-mart meets Spanish tablao meets tiny wine shop. It's definitely a Miami type place.

              As for farmers markets, you're going to be in for a letdown. The only market I've seen with actual farmers from Homestead and Redlands (the two dominant agricultural spots near Miami) is the one held at Garderners Market in Southern Miami that runs from Jan to April. Other than that, farmers markets here just sell wholesale produce. It's a shame.

              For asian supplies I usually go to Lucky Oriental Mart on SW 40th St. near 87th Ave. It's a bit of a trek but it seems to me the most user friendly of the asian markets. More compact and easy to get around. Vinh Ahn (mentioned by AG) is also a good spot.

              High quality meat, etc try Epicure or Fresh Market or even Whole Paycheck up in Aventura. For a local experience, try an Argentine butcher. Graziano's (the market, not the restaurant) in Coral Gables is an Argentine bakery/market/wine shop/butcher/lunch spot. There's another location off of SW 40th St. around 92nd Ave. with a better butcher. Both locations have the best empanada selection in Miami IMHO (try the pancetta, caramelized onion and prune).

              Take advantage of everyone's suggestions. I wish there'd been chowhound when I first moved here. It would've made life much easier. Then again, exploring the city and finding my own gems was much more fun.