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South Beach Moderately Priced

My wife and I will be at the Westgate South Beach, 3611 Collins Avenue, for a week beginning on June 8. I would like your suggestions for moderately priced, local (although I'll have a car) restaurants for lunch and dinner. There is a recent thread on Cuban, so I have those recommendations but I would like seafood places or anything else you suggest.

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  1. Best Restaurant on South Beach (IMO): Sardinia. Tons have been posted about Sardinia. Here's one to get you started.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/518510

    For me, Michael's Genuine Food and Drink is tied with Sardinia for the best/my favorite restaurant in Miami. Again, tons have been posted on Michael's. Here's one recent thread.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/507720

    1. This post has links to several threads that will be helpful for South Beach eats.
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/474094

      1. If you like deli, and who doesn't, check out Arnie & Richie's on 41st St, and Sam's, 740 41st St, which is kosher. Old school Miami Beach. And away we go....I suggest you drive (the heat), although people do walk in the 'hood.

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        1. re: Miami Danny

          Arnie and Richies is not very good. If you are from NYC I would not bother. If you are from ohio, you might find it acceptable.

          1. re: tpigeon

            In what way? I have eaten at A&R probably a dozen times in the last year. Be specific, please. And I am from NY. And there are plenty of people who know deli in Ohio, as well.

            1. re: Miami Danny

              TP and I disagree on this one. I am from NY too and always enjoy my brisket on rye at Arnie & Richie's. Moreover, the place is always packed with NY Deli lovers. REGARDLESS Joan Fleischman's column today (Herald) claims they have sold to Roasters N Toasters. Not familiar with them. Down goes another Deli

                1. re: Miami Danny

                  Well I am not from NY, but I LOVE Arnie and Richies. I love the food, but I also love the vibe. The place IS always packed with New Yorkers, which is what I want to see when I go to a deli. I also enjoy Roasters and Toasters (great coleslaw BTW) but it is just not the same. I am a very sad....

                  1. re: yomyb

                    If one enjoyed food served on styrofoam, Arnie and Richie's was decent.

                      1. re: taiga

                        I've never particularly found that the dishware at Arnie & Richie's really detracted from my meal. It's a Jewish deli, after all, I'm not expecting fine china. But if OP is coming from NYC, it's not a place I'd bother with.

                        If not mentioned anywhere above, I should mention Indomania for Dutch-Indonesian food in a nice setting at pretty reasonable prices.

                        Also if you want to head north rather than south to South Beach, I've mapped out lots of good eats around the Normandy Island area and back across the causeway on 79th St. to the mainland.

                        http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF...

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                        131 26th St, Miami Beach, FL 33140

                        1. re: Frodnesor

                          I don't remember styrofoam....ever...so I was confused, but like you that wouldn't bother me...

                          1. re: yomyb

                            Old school bagel with cream cheese on a white styrofoam plate with white plastic forks for breakfast. Maybe it was a Friday, or pre-Passover, or they were offended by my appearance. I don't require fine china, but disposable cups and plates were a bit too little.

          2. Thanks for the recommendations and great links. We are from NYC.

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            1. re: Ken J.

              Go to El Rey de Chivito, Kalinka, Le Sandwicherie, the French cafe on Espanola, Piola, and the Frieze, and you'll be happy with plenty of change.

              1. re: taiga

                I'll add el chalan, puerto sagua and bbq beach in sobe. Mondays at sardinia....