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Jan 20, 2008 05:58 PM


This IS NOT a chain post!!! This post is for SMALL independent operators who operate more than one of the same brand. NO BIG CHAINS allowed!!! As usual, I will give you a few of my favorites here in my neck of the Florida woods...please feel free to post yours.

1. Taverna OPA - Greek Goodness with a huate party ambiance.

2. El Rey de las Fritas - Cuban Burgers? Si Senor!

3. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza - Burnt is better!

I beg of the moderators NOT to move this over to the "chain" board.

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    1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

      Good one! Their slices have cured what's illing me for years!

      Roasters and Toasters have spread thier wings and is among the best delis in Florida.

      1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

        Sadly, it appears that Dogma has lost one of its "franks". The SoBe Washington Ave location has been closed the last two times I have passed by and frankly (pun intended) looks abandoned. Thankfully it still lives on at its Biscayne Blvd and Federal Hwy locations.

        1. re: eatnbmerry

          I don't know man, I wouldn't even rate Dogma in my top 10 favorite hot dogs.

          Has anyone tried Scrubby's BBQ? I've been meaning to make it over there, but I'm not even sure if they use real smoke.

          How about La Granja? They're chicken is always moist, flavorful, and cheap as all get out. They're other stuff is great too - ceviche, plantains, tostones, amazing fried yucca, and about 10 types of house-made peruvian hot sauces to slather on everything. I believe they franchise, but they are a Florida only company.

          1. re: johnmlinn

            ahhh but is it the top multi unit dog place you know?....

            1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

              Well, it might be one of the only multi unit dog places that's not a franchise. But this topic isn't that narrow; it's for all multi unit establishments, not just the ones that serve hot dogs. Based on the strength of its food under that definition, I would argue against it being included in the best list.

        2. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

          Upon further review, I'm not sure Pizza Rustica qualifies since it is a franchise.

        3. The Chains board is for discussing multistate franchises. As long as the discussion stays focused on locally-oriented chains, it's fine with us!

          1. The ever growing/spreading throughout Florida Columbia (sorry Net, thats how they spell it) Restaurant. Now as far south from the landmark Ybor City original as West Palm Beach and north as St. Augustine.

            The spanish/cuban cuisine is usually above average and their 1905 Ensalada is a true Floridian original.

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            1. re: eatnbmerry

              I'm down with Columbia...the restaurant. As for the country it's COLOMBIA!!!

              That, by the way, is a very worthy addition to this list.

            2. Not really the highest in quality, but always good eats is C.R. Chicks.

              1. Rice in Miami Beach and Doral is doing a good job with grilled kebabs.