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Share Your Every Day Dining Spots?

Hi Hounds>

We eat out quite frequently and often try new restaurants. The ones that STICK (not stink) are my topic today. Which restaurants are your regular haunts? It's always fun to get new places into my rotation or revisit forgotten old favorites.

What are your GO-TO places (and "regular" dishes) for Summer 2008? Where are you going for whatever you really crave these days? Eat in or Take-Out... meals, desserts, guilty pleasures, your favorite fried egg sandwich, donut, just-like-ma's chicken soup - whatever.

SFla hounds talk so much about Michael's, and I am enjoying the cupcake wars... but what about the REST of your BEST roster? Share you everyday dining spots and favorite dishes with the board please...


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  1. Trattoria Sole in South Miami has great Italian food. It's a nice neighborhood place that has above-average food and a nice ambience. My favorite dish is the rigatoni with pancetta and pumpkin pieces in a caramelized onion cream sauce. To die for!

    Next door, the same owners have Pizzeria Blu. My favorite is the "Blu", kind of like an open calzone filled with meat, cheese, or veggies, but without the tomato sauce. Blu also has good fresh salads.

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    1. Well...since you asked for the best fried egg sandwich...believe it or not, it's at the convenience store at my local Mobil station. George runs the cleanest grill I've ever seen, bacon is NEVER greasy, everything is cooked to order, rolls are fresh, eggs are cooked perfectly, it just doesn't have much in the way of ambience. ;-) They also have a ton of flavored coffees, so while it doesn't make up for that really good cup I"m still searching for, it's definitely passable for a to-go on the way to work. It's the Windsor Square Mobil on Wiles and Coral Ridge Drive. Scoff if you will, but I"ve never had a yucky breakfast sandwich there ever.

      Favorite lunch lately is at Falafel Bistro, the Tuscan sandwich. Also Wiles, just east of Coral Ridge. I can scoot in for a quick sandwich and still be on the car line at school in time to pick up my son.

      Favorite place for drinks with friends is Gold Coast Grill on University Drive. I like their food too!

      Favorite sushi is a tie between Sakura, and Nu Sushi, both on University.

      Also love Mambo Jambo and Bonefish Grill on University. (Really, what isn't on University?)

      Those are all in Coral Springs.

      Favorite special occasion spot is Las Olas in FTL, or Atlantic in Delray, though I recently went to Lake Ave in Lake Worth and had a blast, and a good meal. (Bizaare Ave Cafe)

      On Las Olas, I love Timpano (I know others will disagree, but I"ve never been disappointed there), Rinos Tuscan Grille, and the Grill Room in the Riverside Hotel, and also Mark's. Do not like Johnny V...

      Favorite in Delray...32 East and DaDa.

      1. Love the Daily for breakfast or lunch sandwiches. Quick stop at Lime for Mexican is always good. Clarke's does good upscale pub food during the week. Matsuri for sushi is always nice. Roasters n Toasters for a deli/bagel sandwich. For a brew and blackened dolphin sandwich I like Titanic. Deli sandwiches as Gardners, though not as good as it was before the original owners sold.

        1. I travel a lot for work and thus find myself returning to a home with nothing in the fridge and little energy to go out and purchase food then have to cook it. So, I tend to eat out a fair amount. I live in the Grove and I try to keep it healthy as possible. So, I find myself hitting up Jaguar at least once a week for some ceviche and 1/2 chicken caesar which is a great light meal. That or I go a tad heavier with the Shrimp Trio. Cant beat either and the bartenders there know how to pour a bourbon. I also find myself dining at Tu Tu Tango probably once a week or 2. I know, I know, the food is nothing to write home to mom and dad about but I like the tapas concept because you can get a lot of different flavors for a good price without leaving there feeling insanely full. Like Jaguar, this place also has a great set of bartenders. Both are about 1.5 blocks from my house too. I may have a new neighborhood spot to frequent too provided they do something to gain more exposure. There is a new Peruvian restaurant called "Pisco" on Mary and Oak in the Grove that I tried Saturday for an early dinner. The food was awesome. A tad pricey but reasonable based on portion sizes.

          If Im driving somewhere for a "go-to" meal, its probably Matsuri for sushi or Le Bon for the mussel pots. I also have hit up Michael's about once a week for the past few months so that is in the rotation as well.

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          1. re: Blind Mind

            Blind, if you are ever at sardinia and they have spanish mussles on the specials menu, get them. They are far superior to any mussles you will get at le bon. Unfortunately, they do not have them often...

            1. re: tpigeon

              Thanks tp, Sardinia is on my list of places to try so I'll look for the mussels. Sardinia was recently on After Hours w/ Daniel Boulud and the chef there is pretty funny. First guy that didnt seem overly happy to have Daniel in his kitchen and even called him out as "scouting" before opening a restaurant on Miami Beach haha.

          2. Sardinia - got a new weekend brunch menu the spaghetti omlete is pretty awesome and the duo croissants are great too.
            BBQ beach
            Maison d'Azur
            Epicure - particularly, tuna & whitefish salad
            Meatball heros and cheesecake at macalusos
            Plan to visit michaels genuine more often...cremoso is the dessert above all

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            1. Walter's Coffee Shop in deep South Dade is a classic where you can get yo Dale Earnhardt on wit' grits, home fries, and the same two guys cooking every day for the 12 years I've been going.

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              1. re: taiga

                The Waterfront Tiki Grill an the Riviera Beach Marina in Palm Beach county.......Tuna Ponzu.

              2. I work in the Gables so lunch is a parade of Gables options - in no particular order, Bugatti (caesar salad, gnocchi w/ pesto, I like their salmon "rustica", first-Wednesday-of-the-month lasagna), Por Fin ("eggs at por fin"), Su Shin Izakaya (decent sushi, nice blackboard specials, love the "Por Que Mt. Fuji"), Lotus Garden (thai - like their chicken or pork w/ string beans & chili paste), Tarpon Bend (veggie burger special on Tuesday, crab cake burger, key west shrimp sandwich), go early to Houston's (burger, "traditional salad" w/ grilled chicken added), Maroosh (decent lunch specials), occasionally Anacapri, Le Provencal (nice lunch specials), Miss Saigon ("Miss Saigon Rice Noodles" w/ dark meat chicken), Fritz & Franz (holstein schnitzel w/ fried egg and anchovy, side of potato salad), John Martin's (decent burgers, fish & chips), Les Halles (steak frite, steak tartare, mussels, duck confit over frisee salad), Francesco (arroz negro w/ calamari). For a more spendy lunch, Pascal's (haricot vert salad, duck confit, burger stuffed w/ short rib meat), La Cofradia (pear & manchego salad, grilled baby octopus, fried pork & grapes, shrimp tacu tacu), Ortanique (crab cakes, braised short ribs, sliders, grouper sandwich, bbq salmon) ...

                Weekday dinners we'll usually cook in or pick up, our usual North Beach suspects are Sushi Deli whenever I'm able (marie roll, battera roll, ceviche roll, whatever nigiri Chef Kushi says is good), Siam Bayshore (yam woon sen, papaya salad, jumping shrimp, tom khar gai, spicy beef salad, panang chicken curry, Siam Bayshore fried rice), Las Vacas Gordas (entrana, chorizo, morcilla, salad rusa), Taj Mahal (bombay chat, tandoori chicken, saag paneer, bhindi masala), Tamarind (chicken w/ chili and cashews, beef w /eggplant and bean sauce), Schnitzel Haus (had awesome sausages and schnitzel last time I was there), Boteco for feijoada Saturday lunch, Katana for floating boat sushi (good spicy tuna, salmon w/ shaved onion and a dab of mayo, sometimes will see a nigiri w/ ika (squid), ikura (salmon roe) and shiso which is beautiful and delicious, another with tamago (omelete), nori and spicy mayo), Che Soprano (decent pizza, kids love the humita (corn) empanada), Dolce Vita for gelato (super dulce de leche, english pudding flavors), getting to Red Light whenever we can ...

                Get to Yakko San just about weekly; used to do dim sum lunch at Mr. Chu's almost every weekend, but quality seems to have declined and haven't driven down south to Tropical / South Garden / Kon Chau for some time.

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                1. re: Frodnesor

                  Sunday dinner at Joes, the fish is great as are the stones and all the sides .
                  Carpaccio, in Bal Harbour for lunch on Saturday or dinner any day.
                  Adriana in Surfside, seafood and salmon. Great salads for lunch.
                  Christine Lee, for veal chops and brown rice.
                  The View Bar at the Regent Hotel, for a waterside lunch or light dinner.
                  Peschacane in Surfside, for dinner.
                  Michaels Genuine, for lunch or dinner during the week.
                  Sage, for bagels and the fixin’s
                  Pilar in Aventura, salmon is wonderful

                2. Did I miss the part where this whole thing was supposed to be about Dade County?
                  In Volusia, we have to go to New Smyrna Beach to the Breakers for burgers, the Swamp House in DeBary for catfish, and the Sunglow Pier in Daytona Beach Shores for breakfast.

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                  1. re: PDeveaux


                    Absolutely all hounds welcome!! What's for lunch?


                    1. re: advisor_Girl

                      what are people's toughts on Oasis on 41st and Alton Road? We walk to eat here every now and then for dinner. It seems like it has gone thru a few sets of hands, but the food has been consistent (when they pay attention to your order)

                      Also, there is a traditional jewish deli next to the gun shop in North Miami (I am sure someone will chime in with the correct name)? Great food, and if in the area, I will eat there for lunch.

                      1. re: jmdhsmiami

                        Oasis - it had been gone for a long time, seems to have come back and the food is very similar to what was there a year or two ago. Nothing there excites me very much.

                        Place you're thinking of in North Miami I assume is Bagels & Company (a/k/a Guns 'n' Bagels) around 110th & Biscayne (just past North One 10).

                  2. Great thread. I'm in grad school at FIU now so 9/10+ meals are down here now, although i'm from the N Miami / MB area.

                    On this side of town, when i have the time i like Roasters n Toasters for breakfast or deli sandwiches (twin challah rolls w/ fresh corn beef and fresh turkey, 'corky's famous' zaftig & potato pancakes). A few times a week i go to Palacio de los Jugos for good, quick, and cheap cuban food and fresh juice (roast pork w/ moros and yuca, mango juice). Lately, i have been eating lunch frequently at Chispa (caesar, pulled pork flatbread, ribeye w yuca fries, tacos del dia, milanesa BLT). For a quick lunch, Chipotle for some tacos (burrito is HUGE). Lately i have also been eating at Pei Wei, which is like a fast food-ish PF Chang's which opened somewhat recently next to Chipotle on kendall drive and 137th. (lo mein, mongo beef, thai dynamite chicken). For thai i like Bangkok Bangkok (earth wind and fire II, whole fried fresh fish) or Rock a Bangkok (garlic chicken and basil fried rice). For wings, i like Sports Grill (special grilled sauce).

                    In the north end, my everyday meals are usually divided among places like Il Piccolo (good trad. brunch on weekends, gyro, wings on friday's, fettucini piccol, chicken scarpariello, daily specials (bout 10 or so a day)). Also like Ragazzi's and Cafe da Vinci for italian, they both have great lunch specials. I go to Bagel Bar East for std breakfast or deli lunch (twin towers!). Steve's for pizza (TBB special - mushrooms/pepperoni/suasage) and Little Havana for cuban. Further north, I love a late lunch at Houston's in NMB, (classic club, hickory burger, hawaiian ribeye ) and mexican at Paquito's. When I am trying to eat healthy i can binge at Miami Juice for a fresh juice and a lite bite (tara's special for bfast and pita sandwich for lunch).

                    After a night drinking on MB, i mostly go to San Loco for tacos and other mex. If i'm feeling adventurous i'll stop on the way home at Yambo's for very cheap nicaraguan (carne asada plate or tacos).

                    Whoa way too long.

                    1. Going to add Chocolate Fashion in the Gables to some of the above mentioned great places for a non-special meal. Always eat one of the daily specials, as they are superb and still reasonable ($12 for steak or salmon). Xixon has some great food as well (just jumped on the bandwagon) and I've been a quite a few times to Artfish in the Gables.

                      1. Every time I'm in the Lauderdale area, I have to hit Rosey Baby's at least twice. Not a tourist place, all locals - New Orleans food, buckets of crawdads, gumbo, po-boys, red beans and rice, etc. Great beer and music too. It's on N. University Ave, Lauderhill.


                        1. Well, my stick-to-places change as often as a baby's diaper, unfortunately. But lately, I've been revisiting Don Pan in Doral (and for the note, I do dislike Don Pan in general). I normally go for the pan de queso (big loaf of bread stuffed with a layer of cheese - sometimes not enough) and mainly for the freshly-made, moist golfeados topped with cheese (something akin to Venezuelan cinnamon rolls).

                          And to keep the Venezuelan theme here, something not usually spoken of in Chowhound, I do also go to Biscotti Bakery in Doral for the rest of the baked goods that I wouldn't bother getting at Don Pan - tequenos and other stuff are better prepared here. But I don't go as often since Don Pan is everywhere and Biscotti Bakery is not.

                          (Side note: coffee at both Don Pan and Biscotti is pretty good - several relatives of mine likes them better than Cuban places but they're not a fan of super-sweet Cuban coffee in the first place.)

                          And since Date Aqui is close by FIU as I'm taking summer classes, lately I've been hankering for mandocas from that place - fried plantain-and-arepa-dough rings topped with cheese - a sweet treat for snacking.

                          Probably I've been visiting these places more because I have Venezuelan friends and family in town, but while they may not "wow" anyone, they do make for good "exotic" treats even by Cuban-Miami standards.

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                          1. re: mialebven

                            Pasha's is good on Lincoln Road, for a quick no drama meal before a movie or after working out and not wanting to cook we will go there.