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bakerboyz Aug 21, 2007 07:36 AM

Coming to SB for 2 nights in September (7th and 8th), having a real hard time picking only 2 places for dinner. Right now I have reservations at Talula on Friday and Michael's Genuine Food and Drink on Saturday; places I was also considering: Altamar, Grillfish, Zuperpollo...any thoughts or help would be appreciated.

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    gingersnap Aug 22, 2007 07:58 PM

    i am from boston also, and spend winters in miami. honestly, the only thing we really go out of our way for when we get down to miami is joes stone crab. the crab claws are delicious and the only food we can't get better in boston. (we prefer the take-out) i would have to strongly advise against altamar. we have given it a fair chance with a few different meals and the fish is really disappointing.
    i don't think you will get any food as good as boston anywhere in miami, so i would go more for setting and atmosphere, such as a leisurely lunch and people watching somewhere on lincoln road. also don't miss a great, authentic cuban sandwich such as at puerto sagua

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    1. re: gingersnap
      tpigeon Aug 23, 2007 01:12 AM

      I bet that Miami annihilates Boston in central and south american food of all types.

      Also I bet that Osteria del Teatro, Romeo's cafe and Sardinia would do just fine up in boston.

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      tpigeon Aug 21, 2007 06:55 PM

      Just to be sure, are you driving? If not, Michael's genuine is pretty far by cab. I think that Alta Mar is better than Michael's Genuine btw. But Lax is probably going to violently disagree with me...

      If you can drive anywhere, and are just looking for great food in the Miami area, I would do something like Graziano's on bird rd or Francesco as one of your restaurants.

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      1. re: tpigeon
        yomyb Aug 21, 2007 07:05 PM

        I would violently disagree with you too! ;-) I would keep Michael's, and agree with you tpigeon on adding Francesco's if the driving is not a problem. If you are staying on he beach Talula is a good choice, but also good are Sardinia and Osteria del Teatro. You can also search the board for other local less upscale favorites... Have fun!

        1. re: yomyb
          tpigeon Aug 21, 2007 09:02 PM

          I should really try Michaels one more time.

          Agree with your choices btw as well if staying on the beach and you want italian.

          One more thing about altamar, a couple of other bostonites were not impressed either. I think they were wacky but maybe your standards of fish are really high in boston.

          1. re: tpigeon
            bakerboyz Aug 22, 2007 06:03 AM

            We are staying on the beach but we will have a car; I hadn't thought of Italian just because we have a lot of fine Italian in Boston and I was looking for something different thus, Talula, Michael's or Altamar, but I would reconsider if Francesco's or Osteria del Teatro shouldn't be missed.

            1. re: bakerboyz
              tpigeon Aug 22, 2007 06:10 AM

              Francesco is peruvian btw.

              1. re: tpigeon
                lax2mia Aug 22, 2007 06:20 AM

                As much as I like Michael's (and I'm keeping my violent disagreement to myself) I'd drop it for something with a more Latin or Floridian bent. Altamar and Francesco's are good options (Altamar because of its local seafood and Francesco's because, well, it's Peruvian). Another place might be River Oyster Bar in Brickell. Not sure if it's a "one of only 2 places I can go" type of place, but there are some dishes with Floridan/Caribbean influences, a good selection of oysters (both from the NE and West Coast) and a convivial atmosphere. Basically it's similar to Michael's but it's been around a while so it gets less love. And thanks for being one of the two tourists who come to Miami and don't have an expensive steakhouse on their culinary itinerary.

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                  Frodnesor Aug 22, 2007 06:54 AM

                  If I had to pick two meals in Miami I'd be hard pressed to do better than Talula and Michael's. While Michael's might not have much local ethnic influence, there's a strong focus on local ingredients. Pretty sure all the fish they use is local other than the alaskan salmon (an exception I fully support because west coast salmon is vastly superior to Atlantic) and they're also making an effort to use local produce like Florida heirloom tomatoes.

                  To further complicate the choice, if you want some "local flavor" I'd also consider Ola (nuevo latino) or Ortanique (nuevo caribbean).

                  1. re: Frodnesor
                    bakerboyz Aug 22, 2007 07:18 AM

                    I just searched the web for Francesco's and it sounds fantastic, my wife isn't too adventurous but I think we might have to try this.

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                      bakerboyz Aug 22, 2007 07:28 AM

                      Also, Ortanique sounds great too. Thanks all.

      2. lax2mia Aug 21, 2007 10:05 AM

        Drop Zuperpollo and Grillfish. Stick with what you got.

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          bakerboyz Aug 21, 2007 11:23 AM


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