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"I can't believe I haven't been to..." (SoBe/Miami)

mikek's recent Post about the current Zagat ratings http://www.chowhound.com/topics/462728
got me thinking about this.

So Hounds, what's the one place you can't believe you haven't been to?

12+ years on the Beach and I can't believe I haven't been to..
Osteria Del Teatro

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  1. 22 + years and I can't beleive I have not been to Escopazzo...and now that they've gone organic, I suppose I should! There are too few organic dining options and when you throw that into the equation at what has been heralded a top notch Italian eatery...I suppose it's time to give it a whirl.

    Bond St is the other one I need to try...

    Table 8 is also on my radar.

    Looks like I may have lost my opportunity to do Evolution...anything new out of David Bouley's camp?

    Grazie...???...should I even bother ???

    crossing the causeway...Micheal's is at the top of my list.

    Las Culebrinas; Pascals; Two Chefs

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    1. re: netmover

      if bond st. is related to the one in nyc, don't bother. it's highly overrated & underwhelming.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        But it is the best sushi in Miami Beach, unfortunately.

        Edit - South Beach unfortunately.

        1. re: tpigeon

          I was favorably impressed by Bond Street on a recent visit. Not cheap but certainly the best sushi I've had on South Beach since the unfortunate decline of Shoji.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I dont think its at all related to the one in NYC. I do agree that the sushi is killer though and the costs are a tad high. Then again, its SoBe...

              1. re: Blind Mind

                Bond Street Miami is indeed related to Bond Street NY - the website describes it as the "South Beach outpost of the famed Manhattan sushi restaurant."


        2. re: netmover

          Grazie was great when it was down in Pinecrest, but I haven't been to the MB location.

          Prime 112

          1. re: moonsea

            Don't bother with Devito's. I just saved you several hundred dollars btw.

          2. re: netmover

            Please don't waste your time and most especially your money on Escopazzo. We went there recently with two vegan friends who were over from the UK. We chose Escopazzo based specifically upon it's claim to have mulitple vegan choices. When we arrived they had virtually nothing on the regular menu, the vegan choices were from the raw menu. The waiter offered to go and see what the chef would make and came back to offer us pesto and a mushroom risotto. Both were ok, only ok and in miniscule portions. The risotto had no arborio, instead was a small portion of something resembling mushroom duxelle. My husband had pasta bolognese. I had the only high end item, an ostrich special, which was inconsistenly cooked. Beautiful rare peices shared the plate with overcooked grey slices. With three glasses of wine, only one appetizer and no desserts, dinner for four was $280! That includes the service charge they hit us with (without mentioning it) for a 4 top. I cannot imagine what they're thinking.

          3. Romeo's Cafe and Michy's would have to be my two. My girlfriend and I always look and choose between Michy's and Michael's, but we have always had such great experiences at Michaels and the menu has always appealed to us more, so we just go right back. Perhaps it is a time to head a bit north. Chef Allen is the third I have not made it to.

            1. - Osteria del Teatro
              - Prime 112
              - Palme d'Or ? (am I really missing anything?)

              1. Revisited Michaels Genuine :).

                  1. re: miachef

                    talula is amazing. well worth the trouble of braving beach parking.
                    as far as my never been to, would love to go...
                    prime 112, Sardinia Ristorante

                  2. 10 years on the beach:
                    The Forge
                    Casa Tua

                      1. re: netmover

                        I believe chispa is gone or moved...

                        1. re: tpigeon

                          Gables location is closed - believe the Doral location may still be open.

                          1. re: Frodnesor

                            The doral location is still open. I live 2 blocks away.

                      2. I've never been to Romeo's. It is next on my to do list.

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                        1. re: sprmario

                          I have lived in Miami for 18 years and have eaten almost everywhere but yet managed to avoid eating at any restaurant named after a Norman or a Mark. Did squeak into Mundo though before it closed.

                        2. YUCA- walked past it over 1 million times-seriously and never stopped. Not really sure why. Has anyone even tried it recently?

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                          1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                            Overpriced for what it offers but not bad.

                            1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                              YUCA was alright - plenty of misses, but the quality of the food typically is pretty good although overpriced (especially since many are misses). Maybe the sandwiches are harder to mess up - haven't tried those.

                              1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                                Haven't been in years. Great guava-BBQ baby-back ribs. Pretty good rabo encendido.

                              2. Sardinia

                                1. Spiga- no reason for not trying it other than maybe location. Don't recall seeing any negative posts, no praise either but they have been around for a while now. Need to try it and head back to escopazzo

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                                  1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                                    I went once and thought it was good but never went back. Nothing special.

                                    I have not tried clarkes yet...

                                    1. re: tpigeon

                                      I thought Spiga was good but haven't been back... I do remember the calamari salad....

                                      Clarkes is very nice. Good breakfast and great burgers! But what I really like is the atmosphere....great place to get together with friends....

                                      I have never been to Joe's!!! To the take away many many times but never to the real deal next door...

                                  2. Born in Miami 1960, lived there, NMB, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and now the burbs of Broward and I've never been to:

                                    The Forge

                                    I don't get to Miami very often so there are many restaurants everyone talks about regularly that I've not been to either, but these two are institutions. I feel like I'm missing out. :\

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                                    1. re: OysterHo

                                      Ive lived here 7 years and have yet to go to either of those places too. Honestly, I have no desire to either. I dont really care for stone crabs and I can think of quite a few places Id rather go than the Forge. If someone else was buying though Id give it a try :)

                                      1. re: Blind Mind

                                        There is more to Joes than stone crab. The king crab claws (expensive but awesome) and key lime pie. Then there is the salad and the chicken...

                                        1. re: tpigeon

                                          All those things you just mentioned Im sure I can get just as good, if not better, elsewhere without getting boned on price.

                                          1. re: Blind Mind

                                            How do you know if you haven't tried? The fried chicken is the best in Miami.

                                            1. re: lax2mia

                                              Because it is fun to make unjustified generaliztions.

                                              1. re: tpigeon

                                                I used to date a guy who's sister knew somebody at Joe's. We could just walk in...anytime. It was amazing. I did stop ordering stone crabs at some point, after all, we were there all the time. I gotta tell you, they had the best rack of lamb I'd ever had. Ah, the good ole days. Back then, we also ate at the Forge on a regular basis. They're both old school, traditional, rather than unbeatable prices or food, kinda places. But ya gotta try them at least once. They were there before Mark, Norman, Allen, Douglas or any of them were likely born.

                                    2. Horrible experience at Escopazzo. Went for business dinner and had the veal cutlet, which was highly recommended by the waiter. I asked for recommendations since the menu was largely unexciting and South beach pricey. The pathetic shoe sole they passed off as veal tasted like it was dumped in day old french fry oil, making it unfit for human consumption. The supposed kurobuta pork was "vile" as described by one of my colleagues. Lucky for us it was an early dinner so we could go to Pacific Time for a real meal.

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                                      1. re: cocoplum

                                        Born and raised in Miami and I have never been to Matsuri! So I can fight to try and get the japanese menu to choose from!

                                        1. re: jmdhsmiami

                                          If I'm not mistaken, the fried chicken at Joe's is still modestly priced and delicious.

                                          1. re: jessierandall

                                            From the menu now online for Joe's it looks like the $5.95 1/2 fried chicken (one of the greatest bargains in town) is finally gone, been replaced by a $9.95 fried chicken basket w/ slaw and fries. Too bad.

                                            Zagat still has the vestigal old menu online ->

                                      2. I'd recommend using the Miami Spice months (July and August) to try anything you feel you've missed out on.

                                        As for me, the place I can't believe I haven't tried is Michael's Genuine (after reading all the great feedback here, that is). I don't think they are participating, so I can't follow my own advice, but it sounds to be not too $$$$ anyway.

                                        Highly recommend trying Palme d'Or, Blue Door, and Escopazzo during Spice promo.

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                                          1. re: Frodnesor

                                            on the subject of miami spice, what do u think of acqua, atrio, raleigh?

                                            where do you think it's worth it to do miami spice? (price difference)
                                            setai, palm d or, maison, bourbon steak, bice...

                                            1. re: ankimo

                                              Acqua Atrio Raleigh - sorry, have not been to any of the above (at least not the Raleigh in its present incarnation).

                                              Setai clearly is a Miami Spice bargain compared to regular menu prices in the $20-30s for apps and $40-50s for mains, and it's an interesting menu.

                                              Bourbon, the same menu at regular prices would run $70+ (their Miami Spice menu is all regular menu items - wonder if they change the portioning).

                                              Maison d'Azur isn't as easy to compare since their Spice menu has mains that are not regular menu items, and their regular prices have quite a range, $20s to $40s+. Still probably decent IF you like their Spice offerings.

                                              Palme d'Or - no farmed salmon, chicken or skirt steak, that's often enough for me. Certainly a better price than you can usually eat there for.

                                              Bice - never been a big fan of this place (haven't been to the Sunny Isles one but been to others), but again, no farmed salmon chicken or skirt steak, and the price is good compared to their regular prices.

                                              I really just look for an interesting menu more than anything else. It's usually pretty easy to tell who's really trying, and who's just trying to do 3 courses at the minimum food cost. A few others that look interesting to me - 1Bleu; Neomi's; Talula (they also do a nice job of changing the menu every week); Sardinia (regular menu items, but good ones); Timo. Michy's, North 110 usually do a good job for these too but they don't have menus up yet - nor does Pacific Time.

                                              1. re: Frodnesor

                                                I find I am let down sometimes by the Spice Menu. Went to Table 8 last year for the Spice menu and was not impressed and have not been back. Went to Evolution a couple of times prior to Spice Week and after going during Spice I can understand why they are gone. Vix during Spice was charging you for the nan bread if you ordered the Spice menu!

                                                The last time I was blown away by a Spice menu was Pacific Time prior to their closing on Lincoln Road and walked away impressed.

                                                You would think restaurants would go above and beyond during Spice to try and impress people to come back, sometimes you have to ask for the Spice menu, they will not offer on their own.