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Good Eats in Kendall?

Looking for a nice, fun place to eat in Kendall. Taking my aunt who is recently widowed. Good food and atmosphere. $$$ not an issue.

Thanks!!

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  1. Unfortunately, Kendall is basically a wasteland of chains. Really no independent good places come to mind. If you're looking for a Chili's, Red Lobster, Ale House, Bahama Breeze, etc, there's plenty! There's a pretty good sushi place on Sunset and 102 ave called Shibui. Good luck!

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    1. re: miamisage

      Shibui, Grazianos on Bird and 92 ave, trattoria sole, there used to be an italian restaurant on sunset and about 100th avenue that was quite good. I haven't been to La locanda in years but it also used to be quite delicious.

      1. re: miamisweet

        I was born, raised, and still reside in Kendall. I have to agree that, in general, the food choices in Kendall proper are mostly to chains and low price eateries. They're not bad, but it is a more limited dining experience. If you choose to venture just a little east to South Miami or to Coral Gables, you'll have a much bigger selection of restaurants outside of chains and such.

        I believe the restaurant on Sunset and 100th ave. you're referring to is Cafe DiNotte. It's an excellent place (don't let the surrounding strip mall deter you). The risotto is a must, and they always have plenty of daily specials. Attentive service, and a nice wine selection. A good choice for the Kendall area.

        Others I enjoy in Kendall are Rincon Argentino (great value on Kendall Dr and 77th ave, just as good as the original in Gables), Puerto Madera (very reasonable Argentine restaurant/market off 127th ave and Kendall Drive), Mike's Italian (great pizza and pasta on 137th ave and just south of Kendall Dr.), and Casavana(sp?) (Cuban place, just replaced Sergio's, but just as good, off 117th and Kendall in Town and Country Mall).

        1. re: RVarg23

          Is Rincon Argentino the place in the Greenery Mall, by Barnes and Noble and Guitar Center? If so, that place is really great -- can't believe I forgot it.

          1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

            Yes, that's the place. It's toward the back of the mall, so it's hard to notice.

      2. re: miamisage

        Actually, Kendall has its share of interesting eats. Where else are you going to find a Peruvian bakery in Miami?

        Off The Grille by 122 avenue and Kendall Dr offers quick, good eats - and is ranked by Zagat quite favorably.

        I have not heard much about Adriana's myself but lots of people in Kendall seems to be raving about the place.

      3. how about 2 chefs on US1 very near kendall?

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        1. re: miamisweet

          I can't remember if it's Chetano's or Chetitos.....But it's a small, family friendly Argentinian restaurant on Kendall Drive and the west side of the Turnpike....Located on the south side....There is a Chilis, Macaroni Grill, Sports Authority and movie theatre in the same complex......This place serves some great steaks.....One is a 'Vacio" that's a little touch n chewy....The other is an entrana with is thin, rectangular, very tender and flavorful. THey also serve some oustanding argentenian-style pizza there as well......It's right next door to a store that frames artwork.....An excellent place to eat.....But get there early!!....This place fills up and for good reason....It's danged good!

          EMac

        2. I'm from Kendall originally, and I can vouch for it being a vast cultural wasteland. That said, my favorite Cuban restaurant in Miami, La Carreta (a local chain), has locations on Kendall Drive and SW 117th Avenue, and also the original in nearby Westchester, on Bird Road and SW 87th Avenue. Delicious, authentic Cuban food, huge portions, and extremely fair prices.

          There's also the iconic Shorty's Barbecue on US-1 just south of Kendall Drive, under the Dadeland South Metrorail station, and the very decent deli Roasters and Toasters directly across US-1 (only open for breakfast and lunch, I believe).

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          1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

            It's not true that it is a wasteland -- well at least not fully true! As painful as life may be in Kendall, between the corporate pain (whether you eat or own stock these days) are tons of great places in virtually every strip mall. If you are a hole in the wall person, the chains simply serve as good cover. Try Ankarr on Kendall, or any Jamaican, Peruvian, Argentinian, or Colombian spot. They are all over the place.

            1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

              La Carreta on Bird Rd may be as good as it used to be (also a longtime favorite of mine), but I can tell you the Kendall location is awful. The food has been turned into pan-South American glop. The menu night be the same, but the execution has been watered down by waves of South American workers who don't understand Cuban food..

              1. re: Steve

                Well, I wouldn't cry if La Carreta in Kendall sucks. Plenty of other Cuban restaurants to go around anyways. So I guess it's the place to try South American cuisine - that definitely makes up for the relatively bland Cuban scene in Miami.