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Jul 20, 2007 09:28 AM

In a Perfect Culinary World: South Beach Edition

If one more sushi or Italian restaurant opens, I'm gonna scream. I think South Beach is sorely lacking in real ethnic spots....I can't wait for Ishq , the new Indian place, to open, but I also think we need a good Thai place, Vietnamese place and Korean place. Separately. Not Thai, Vietnamese, Korean and, er, Italian, all in one. Anyone else care to chime in on what kind of eateries the beach is badly in need of?

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    1. Folks, we try to keep the regional boards focused on finding deliciousness that actually exists. Speculation on what an area might need or get in the future doesn't help anyone eat better right now, and is outside the focus of our boards.

      We're leaving this thread up because there are some great chow tips in here, but please, keep any further responses focused on where people can find great food in South Beach now, rather than speculating on the future.

    2. Fret not. We're getting a Fatburger courtesy of Queen Latifah!!!!

      1. White Castle would make bank on Wash Ave between 1-5 a.m...

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        1. re: Sobe

          So ironic, a place called Fatburger on South Beach...I can't wait to try it and watch the rexie crowd drool in the window. That said, White Castle, whoa! Blast from the past. Haven't been there since my childhood days on Long Island. Do they still exist? Again, I'm gunning for In-n-Out. Is it only a West Coast chain?

          1. re: LesleyEats

            Same here and yes they still exist up north. They are all company owned.

            1. re: LesleyEats

              In-n-out is family owned and West Coast only. I think they're only as far east as AZ. It's amazing, every time they open one there's an instant line that never ceases, no matter the location.

              1. re: lax2mia

                I've never tried an In-N-Out burger but heard they are great. Are they better than Char Hut?

                1. re: Sobe

                  Now THAT'S an interesting throwdown - I've had many of both and they are similar style burgers (as opposed to the Le Tub style) - I'd have to go with In-N-Out by a nose - Char Hut is WAY underrated around here, we love it - wish the fries were as good as the onion rings tho

                  1. re: YosemiteSam

                    Now I'm intrigued. What's a Char Hut? In-n-out's main thing is freshness, cleanliness, speediness; however, is their downfall as they're always packed and it can take a bit to get your order. The buns are made with spongy bread that's toasted. It's the best fast food burger by far. If there's somewhere in S. FLA that comes close to In-n-out I'd be all over it!

                    1. re: lax2mia

                      Here's how I'd describe Char-Hut - you know those burgers you get at picnics that come from those burger patties separated by wax paper but for some reason always taste ridiculouly good? Char-Hut is like the best one of those you ever had. The bread, freshness etc are not In-n-Out quality, but it's a darn tasty burger and cheap and fast - plus it's been here since 1976 (I go to the Pembroke Pines branch) and the onion rings are wondeful


                      Char-Hut of Pembroke Pines
                      12221 Taft St, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

                      Char-Hut of Sunrise
                      2601 N University Dr, Sunrise, FL 33322

                      Char Hut
                      9000 W State Road 84, Davie, FL 33324

                      Char Hut
                      10000 W McNab Rd, Tamarac, FL 33321

                      1. re: lax2mia

                        Char hut is the best burger I've had in SoFla. Beats LeTub

                2. re: LesleyEats

                  They are sold frozen in supermarkets. I used to get White Castle Burgers at the Abbey on 16th.

              2. I would love to see a Malaysian restaurant as well as a good Vietnamese place especially like the ones on Baxter street in NYC. I do have to say thereis a Thai place I like pretty well LesleyEats. It is called Thai House on Washington...all my friends that are NY transpalnts go there and they have decent lunch specials.

                  1. re: tpigeon

                    Ding ding ding, we have a winner.... I agree that Jerry's is a total bust. Arnie & Ritchie's works for me when I need my brisket fix. TP and I disagree on this one.

                    I think we need another Starbucks on Lincoln Road.

                    1. re: Sobe

                      LOL...that's a good one sobe! I think every condo should have it's very own Starbucks!

                      Hate to state the obvious, but REAL Mexican is sorely lacking here in South Beach.

                      Lime and Rancho Grande can hardly be considered REAL Mexy fare.

                      I must say I am stoked about the Chipotle arrival in NMB...that may mean one's in store for us here in sobe? And although it cannot be considered REAL Mexy fare it is really good! I am not sure how the McDonalds investment team will ultimately affect them "foodwise", but so far it hasn't seemed to affect the least yet.

                      Another food that is sorely lacking here on sobe is regular old French food. Ya, there's some new fancy French that rolled in recently, but just a nice little bistro or brasserie would be good.

                      Also, there is a lack of good German food seeing how Hofbrau's food did not seem to make the trip across the pond with their brau.

                      And I know this may sound crazy, but this being a "Cuban" town and all, sobe is not really got it going on in that category either. Many of you know I like Lario's, but who wants to go to Ocean Drive for a quick Cuban meal? + it is pricey when compared to most Cuban joints. Puerto Sagua is good 3 or 4 months from now when their exterminator can get a handle on his prey (Nov-May). David's is not that good IMHO. Sammies and breakfast is ok, love their cafe window, but otherwise so-so would be a compliment. El Viajante II, please! The Latin Cafe up on 41st is doable, but that ain't sobe! So now, what do the above limited choices leave us with? A trip across the causeway!

                      A Fish we are surrounded by water and we got no Fish Fry!

                      1. re: netmover

                        As for Mexican, try Cheen Huaye on Biscayne around 140th. Claim to be doing authentic Yucatanean food. I thought the sopa de lima was fantastic and also liked their cochinita pibil.

                        As for Cuban on South Beach, my sense is, well - why should there have to be good Cuban on South Beach? Just go across the bridge and go to the source!

                      2. re: Sobe

                        I only had the Corned Beef and Pastrami at A&R. Never had the brisket so technically we don't disagree. I am not running to try it though after my experience with the sandwiches there...