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Apr 25, 2008 07:58 AM

20-40's and Biscayne Blvd?

Hey Guys, just back from Buenos Aires, incredible time and looking forward to getting back into South Florida dining. I have a request for info.

I know Blu Motel has the new entity for dining, but that is by 79th Street, any suggestions other than Michael's Genuine and the design district area for a good meal? Trying to avoid Brickell Village and looking for something on the road less travelled that will be a pleasent surprise.

Noticed the board has been quiet with Miami posts too! Thanks for input.

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  1. jmdsmiami>

    We're not too quiet...

    Here is the checklist from fun to funKEE:

    Bin Number 18 - 275 NE 18th St
    Tony Chan's Water Club - 1717 N Bayshore Dr
    Mike's At Venetia - 555 NE 15th St
    Enriqueta's - 186 Ne 29th St (lechon Fridays)
    Honduras Maya - 2711 Ne 2nd Ave
    Cafeteria Adelita - 2699 Biscayne Blvd
    Sheba Ethiopian - 4029 N Miami Ave
    Lost & Found Saloon -185 NW 36th St
    The Daily - 2001 Biscayne Bay Blvd
    One Ninety - 26 Ne 54th Street


    1. Brosia

      ooops just realized that you said besides DD. Disregard.

      1. There's also this churrasceria which I had no idea was open. Gotta pump up their marketing! Looks nice from outside and pics of inside look cool.

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        1. re: lax2mia

          I saw that Maino was serving people last Wednesday evening, and the new stand-alone Starbucks opened up nearby, also serving people.

          1. re: mialebven

            Like are they serving soylent green?

            1. re: herbage


              Just Edward G. Robinson, sliced VERY thin on a crisp baguette. He was obviously VERY tough.


        2. Honestly, I hate to be the one to mention it, but try Buena Vista Bistro. It's a small place that has a neighborhood feel - heck, only two people runs the whole place that has maybe only 10 tables. But i find the pricing consistent, food yummy and solid, and service friendly. This is at the northern end of the strip - around 45th or 46th Street (easy to miss) and NE 2nd Avenue (a hop from Biscayne, and where the former A organic restaurant used to be). This place serves French dishes, but with a twist (I'm not sure what the twist consisted of, but it's good). For example, escargots have tomatoes - atypical of French restaurants. There's ratatouille, man du rillete (spelling? - pork pate). But that's not to say they have everything French - no creme brulee for example. But what they have, it's good, and homemade. The only thing is that they don't really have much to offer in the ways of drinks. Absent wine list and homemade juices - but Lemoni Cafe is just a walk up (next small block over) along NE 2nd Avenue and there, I was told, you could get great coffee.

          At the southern end, I think Bin. 18 can hold on its own - and it's at 18th and Biscayne. Their gazpacho is good, salads are big, and nobody can resist their Deconstructed Cuban sandwich. Definitely more of a wine bistro with good food.

          Those are my recommendations - for good food, prices, and definitely a neighborhood feel. While I love Michael's Genuine, I think it lost that neighborhood feel but instead it became a "city" restaurant - if you know what I mean. If you don't, you will when you go to the places I mentioned.

          For ethnic:
          (AG named some good places.) If you want to go for Honduran, go with Honduras Maya - although I've never been to the location on 2nd Avenue. But the one on 27th Avenue is a lot better than Adelita.

          And for lunch time, you can check out Zuper Biztro Reztocafe for Uruguayan and have their classic Zuper Chivito. It's a simple Uruguayan sandwich and chicken joint - and an offshoot of their main Zuper Pollo restaurant on Coral Way.

          Out of the Blue coffee house also has simple foods - and from what I've had, I can tell you it's good, and you can order well-made coffee to go with your food.

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          1. re: mialebven

            Drove by Buena Vista Bistro Sat. night leaving from MGF&D and was curious, thanks for the report.

            Where is Zuper Biztro?

            Nobody's yet mentioned Canela Cafe around 50th & Biscayne which aren't the most authentic tapas I've ever had, but they're reasonably good.

            1. re: Frodnesor

              Zuper Biztro is inside an office building - you won't find a sign outside. Sorry, I forgot to mention that!

              Their address is:

              3050 Biscayne Blvd
              Ste 105
              Miami, FL 33137

              But they're only open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays.

              1. re: mialebven

                Guess that would eliminate my plan for dinner pickup on the way home.

                1. re: Frodnesor

                  Yeah... Zuper Biztro closes at 4. They do deliver though - so maybe they can deliver to you all the chicken your family wants by closing hour? ;-)

                  1. re: mialebven

                    Thank you for all the feedback and great suggestions. You are going to hate me for asking for suggestions and not utilizing them, but my party bamboozled me into MGFD. But I have taken all the recommendations into consideration and will definitely try them for ourselves and our friends.

                    I agree with mialebven's comments about MGFD. While the food is great, it has kind of jumped the shark. While it would be great to have places to call our own and be regulars and be able to get a table whenever we want, sometimes the stars align and you get the popularity Michael's has for it's great offerings!

                    Hopefully this time I will try something different than my usuals at Michael's! (Half Roasted Chicken- YUM!)

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