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Need business lunch spot NW 74th Avenue Miami or near I-95

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starbucksbrew Feb 21, 2008 07:26 AM

I am accompanying my husband on a business day trip to Miami next week (live in Orlando, driving to Miami). We are meeting a client of his for lunch near NW 74th Avenue. I need to arrange a nice lunch near there or otherwise near I-95 between NW 74th and Ft. Lauderdale. Thanks -

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    starbucksbrew Feb 22, 2008 12:37 PM

    Thanks for all of your responses! I checked out the location and menu for Bruschetta and that looks perfect!

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      LargeLife Feb 22, 2008 03:51 AM

      Nice suggestion, karmalaw! Don Davis Wholesale is a nice place to eat in this area but without a GPS they won't find it! I've been going to that place since it was The Pickel Barrel back in the 70s! Bruschetta on 41st Street in Doral is solid. If you want to live large, the lunch buffet at The Doral Country Club is pricey but very good. Los Parilleros out further west on 41st street towards the turnpike is also an area favorite and quite good.

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        karmalaw Feb 22, 2008 08:09 AM

        Okay.. should I admit I know the Pickle Barrell and have eaten there? I used to run a showroom at the Radisson Mart before I went to law school.. the Pickle Barrel was a staple lunch place for everyone in the area.

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          mialebven Feb 22, 2008 02:13 PM

          Actually I wasn't impressed with Bruschetta on 41st St in Doral.

          The pizza appetizer was good - I had one with cheese, proscuitto, and ham & pineapple. Nothing special, but still decent.

          The entree I ordered was one of the more expensive listed in the menu - sea bass filet on risotto with papaya reduction. Let me say the papaya reduction was very unappealing. The risotto could be much better - I couldn't eat it all. I felt like it was too plain. The sea bass filet was okay, but with the risotto and the papaya reduction lacking, the whole dish felt lacking and I felt like I wasted my money by comparison.

          The dessert I had was a Gnocchetto Di Mela (baked puff pastry dumpling stuffed with a sour apple, raisin compote; and with french vanilla ice cream) - and that was good. Nobody would be wowed by it, but still.

          Overall, I would put this place on par with the Italian-American chains. Nothing special.

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          starbucksbrew Feb 21, 2008 08:15 AM

          I checked a map, and I think we'll be near MIA/Hialeah. Anywhere around there (we'll have a car) or up I-95 to Ft. Laud.

          The client had suggested going somewhere in Sunny Isles Beach, but my husband thinks that's kind of far from where we'll be. Thoughts?

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            karmalaw Feb 21, 2008 09:58 AM

            It's very far from Sunny Isles.

            NW 74th Avenue is Medley -- at it's off of the Palmetto Expressway. I would suggest heading to Doral and having lunch at one of the many good restaurants in that area or eating at:

            Don Davis (uruguayan parrilla -- excellent grilled meats)
            NW 79th Ave. and NW 12th Street

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              mialebven Feb 22, 2008 01:10 AM

              Maybe Mahogany Grill will be a good option since it is between Medley and Fort Lauderdale / Sunny Isles Beach.

              It's supposed to be South Florida's best Soul/Southern restaurant - and many friends of mine has told me it is worth it.

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              Mahogany & Grille
              2190 NW 183rd St, Carol City, FL

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                karmalaw Feb 22, 2008 08:07 AM

                I definitely wouldn't send a tourist to the area of the mahogany grill... it's arguably the most crime-ridden area of Miami -- lots of armed robberies/shootings in the area.. a lost tourist would be food for the sharks.

                BTW -- I'm no nervous nelly -- I'll do things like walk the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti alone.

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                  mialebven Feb 22, 2008 02:14 PM

                  Truly, you exaggerate.

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              LargeLife Feb 21, 2008 07:51 AM

              Well...NW 74th Avenue is quite a ways from I-95......Depending how far north or south you are on NW 74th Ave!!......

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