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Jan 16, 2008 05:01 PM

Ocean Dr vs. Lincoln Ave for dinner?

I was down in Miami in the summer and tried a random place on a whim along Ocean Dr that had a half price entree deal going on when we were searching for a restaurant. No major complaints about the food except my boyfriend though his chicken alfredo was a little dry.

Given that there are SO many restaurants along Ocean Dr. are any must-trys?

Later that night we strolled down Lincoln Ave and saw a lot of other good looking restaurants and thought maybe we should have dined there.

I'm heading down to Miami again soon and would love some suggestions!

(We tried Table 8 for Miami Spice and loved it but I think it may be a bit pricy without the event :()

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  1. If you are into Cuban food try Lario's on Ocean Drive. Otherwise, you may be better off on Lincoln.

    1. Front porch for breakfast on ocean -- breakfast only.

      Ice Box - especially french toast for breakfast and Alta Mar are very good

      Davids, Rustica, Rancho Grande, Spris, Piola, Rosinella, Balans (breakfast only) - all range in the good to solid category.

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      1. re: tpigeon

        Hey guys,

        I always see a lot of people at Nexxt (sp?) on Lincoln.. Never tried. Anything worthwhile there?

        1. re: eatnbmerry

          Generally ok for salads and basic cuisine...beware of any dish they may require some finesse at Nexxt.

          1. re: netmover


            Figures that lacking finesse would attract the biggest crowds. Honestly, it always reminds me of an outdoor tanning salon by the way the people always seem more interested in the scene then in the food.

            Thanks as always for the heads up and I'm sure gstar appreciates as well.

          2. re: eatnbmerry

            If you like a disgusting amount of food, from a menu stolen from Cheesecake Factory, and not executed quite as well, then Nexxt is the right place.

            1. re: Frodnesor

              In the honesty mode under the cover of the net (pun not intended) my son loves Cheesecake Factory, I guess from our time in California. But if confronted under the light of day, I will deny deny deny :)

              1. re: eatnbmerry

                I'll readily admit they're not nearly the worst of the chain restaurants and in fact most things I've had there (yes I've been, and more than once) are at least edible and often better. But seriously, Nexxt really did lift much of their menu from Cheesecake, so if you're looking for something like a Cheesecake, only not quite done as well, then you may well like Nexxt (or, perhaps I should say, you son may well like it).

                1. re: Frodnesor

                  Wow if sobe sees this he'll call it an instant classic like your link to the Rlobster:).

                  But seriously, I agree about Cheesecake. I generally stick to the burgers and the my son likes their spicy shrimp. Almost forgot, a slice of cheesecake with some leche ain't bad either.

                  As to Nexxt, I must be doing something right, cause in all the times I've walked the plank down/up the mall I've never even thought of stopping in. Guess I'm past the tanning peacock age.

        2. There is not a lot in the way of good eats on Ocean Drive. Table 8 is good (but yes, expensive if that's an issue), Front Porch has good pancakes, News Cafe is a decent place for breakfast, simple salad type stuff, and to hang and have a drink, but pretty much everything else is tourist trap stuff - though there are indeed a lot of restaurants, I can't think of many that are good.

          Lincoln Road has several somewhat better choices. Rosinella does solid if unexceptional Italian, Le Bon has good Belgian-style mussels and fries, Tiramesu and Spris are edible for Italian, Ice Box does pretty good breafkast esp. their pancakes, Rancho Grande is OK for Mexican.

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          1. re: Frodnesor

            Second the comments for LeBon and Rancho Grande, as well as the comments on Nexxt. They're not even trying to hide it anymore to the point of embarrassment

          2. A place that doesn't get much love on this board is the CAfe at Books and Books on Lincoln Rd. Food is fresh, lots of Latin accents to the food. It's reasonable and it's outdoors. I'd give it a shot.

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            1. re: lax2mia

              I agree on books & books but I always opt for Ice Box when thinking about going there. Le Bon is good and I should have mentioned them too, but the op should go during the happy hour special which is a bargain. Paninoteca is not bad either...

              As far as Nexxt goes, the worse version of ckf is dead on. Frankly, it is not worth the calories.

              1. re: tpigeon

                Nexxt is awful.. copious amounts of less than mediocre food. I'm convinced you could die at your table and they''d never notice. Don't go if good food or acceptable service are on your list of requirements.

              2. re: lax2mia

                I really love the cafe at Books and Books. I always head there after a day on the sand. They do a great goat cheese salad with pears and guava vinaigrette dressing. Everything is always really fresh and crisp. I have that almost every time I'm there. They also have a tasty roast beef/blue cheese sandwich on focaccia. Also, the complimentary bagel chips with black bean hummus is yummmmm.

                Never been to Ice Box so I can't compare.

              3. On Lincoln road, try Paul. It's a parisian bakery chain that's opened up a few stores in Miami and West Palm and most recently on Lincoln Road.

                The chicken salad sandwich is delicious with bits of apple and a hint of horseradish.

                It's impossible to turn down one of their pastries. The bread pudding is also very good.

                The service is still very spotty. Keep your ticket, and if you're sitting outside, keep an eye on the servers and flag them down if it looks like your order.


                450 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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                1. re: Porthos

                  That must be quite new. Is that all the way on the east end toward Washington Ave.? The one in North Miami does turn out pretty nice baked goods.

                    1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                      What's great is they have a coffee window like in Cuban restaurants where if you want baked goods or coffee to go you don't have to wait in line with those eating in. Last couple of Sundays the inside line has been long so we just got pastries and coffee to go and ate them on a bench on the Road.

                      1. re: lax2mia

                        great tip lax, I keep getting turned off by the crowds there...