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Oliver's Bistro

Rondo Sep 9, 2008 05:22 PM

Anyone eaten there? Menu looks very eclectic. Thinking about it for Brunch when we are in Miami in October. TIA!

  1. Frodnesor Sep 9, 2008 05:47 PM

    There's some discussion of Oliver's here ->
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/453427
    and to a lesser degree here ->
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/463851
    though both threads are dated.

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      tpigeon Sep 9, 2008 06:21 PM

      It is still true.

      1. re: tpigeon
        jmdhsmiami Sep 10, 2008 07:27 AM

        its okay. A place locals eat. I would go there as a local, but I wouldn't make an effort to go there with limited time in Miami. I don't do brunch often, but if you search the forum, you will find a few threads addressing choices for brunch that may be worth the effort.

        1. re: jmdhsmiami
          Rondo Sep 10, 2008 01:22 PM

          Thanks, as always, for the feedback everyone. I am much more concerned about food quality than whether a place is for the locals or tourists. In fact, my wife and I prefer local places rather than the "touristy" spots. Plus, this will be the 9th or 10th (I've lost count, dammit) time we've been to SB, been coming down twice per year for the past few years, so I don't feel as though we are under any time constraint. I am concerned about the lack of consistency mentioned on the threads Frod provided (thanks, Fro, as always, you da man) so maybe worth avoiding. Life's too short to have a bad meal. Any other suggestions?

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            tpigeon Sep 10, 2008 02:35 PM

            Ice Box, Joe Allen, Front Porch, Matarella (between 14th and 15th on washington) does not have outside seating yet (inside is cramped) but should by the time you are here. Matarello has really great baked goods and pizza and is in my opinion the best of the bunch food wise.

            There is one specific dish on the brunch menu at Sardinia that when modified is my 2nd favorite all time breakfast.

            Frittata with spaghetti and peas. By itself it is great. However, it becomes out of this world when you ask them to put Mozzerella and Guancale inside and do not forget a generous portion of Parmesan cheese on top. I cannot stress enough how good this dish is and I must have it every week or go into withdrawal.

            The other brunch items are not bad at sardinia but nothing very special. The duo croissants are very good but I think matarellas are better. You can get their regular lunch menu too which has some pretty awesome dishes - skirt steak and steak with eggs are both amazing there.

            1. re: tpigeon
              Rondo Sep 11, 2008 07:37 PM

              Thanks TP
              Ice Box: been there, liked it, will probably go back.
              Joe Allen: been there. Had a couple of good meals followed by a real mediocre meal a couple years ago have not been back since. Too many other restaurants to try. A shame because we loved everything else about the place, esp. the bar.
              Front Porch: love it for breakfast. we go at least once every time we are down there.
              Mattarello: definitely on our radar, will try it this time around; did not know it existed until some recent posts.
              Sardinia: really, really liked it. We started w/an eggplant parmesan app which was fabulous. Then I had the roast suckling pig which was out of this world. Better than, and a bigger portion than, the suckling pig I had at a high end restaurant here in Philly called Osteria. Will be one of our "go to" places for dinner.
              BTW, how is the greek restaurant right down the street from Sardinia, Ouzo I think it is called?
              Also, a while back I saw some posts about a bbq restaurant on Washington which caught my eye but I can't for the life of me remember the name. Worthwhile to go there for a quick bite? Thanks as always.

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                The Chowfather AKA sobe Sep 11, 2008 07:41 PM

                Rondo, that was beach bbq and I think it was/is completely overrated on this board. Gave both locations a couple of chances and was really underwhemled each time and I'll leave it at that.

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                  tpigeon Sep 11, 2008 07:46 PM

                  Ouzo closed. Mattarello has only been open for 2 months btw which is why you may not have noticed it before.

                  I like bbq beach less than most on this board (except apparently sobe). Nonetheless I find it a solid choice. I like their brisket and the carolina piggie best. Not the best in the world but unless you are from texas or carolinas you will find it at least good - many think it is great.

                  Totally off topic but I just had a killer veal chop (special) at sardinia.

                  1. re: tpigeon
                    Rondo Sep 12, 2008 04:06 PM

                    Thanks for the Ouzo update. As I recall, it was owned by the same folks who own Opa, correct? Is that still open/good?
                    BTW, the veal chop comment is totally ON topic as far as I am concerned. Hope it is a special when we go there. I'll convince my wife to get it.
                    Chowfather, thanks for the advice on beach bbq. Will avoid it.
                    \kisses ring

                    1. re: Rondo
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                      tpigeon Sep 12, 2008 05:53 PM

                      Ouzo and Opa are 2 differnet operations. I have not been to opa in a long time. Opa is open.

                      The ribeye is better than the veal chop at sardinia and is on the regular menu. It is currently the best steak in miami beach.

                      I would not skip bbq beach unless you have great bbq where you are bbq beach is solid.

                      1. re: tpigeon
                        2top Sep 12, 2008 06:00 PM

                        Yes, Bar BQ Beach is the real thing. Ouzo is looking for a new location.

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                          jmdhsmiami Sep 14, 2008 05:52 AM

                          Sorry to hear about Ouzo as they are a great restaurant. They probably should have stayed in North Beach as another greek place opened up there and look to be doing well.

                          The FPL construction killed them, we were away for a month and it is still not done. Hope they find somewhere better as they deserve it!

                          1. re: jmdhsmiami
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                            winegirl1973 Nov 23, 2008 05:38 AM

                            Ouzo's former owner's have found a new location and just reopened last week:

                            Anise Waterfront Taverna
                            620 NE 78th Street
                            Upper East Side
                            33138
                            305.758.2929
                            www.anisetaverna.com

                            Went to the grand opening party last week; didn't get to try much of the food, but the mezze/tapas that I tried were great and I love that they're featuring a "choose your fish" option on the menu -- you pick the fish fresh from their case and they cook it for you.

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                              jmdhsmiami Nov 23, 2008 02:27 PM

                              sounds great, and reminds me of Milos Restaurant on W 55 St in NY. THey do the same sort of thing it sounds like, where you parade past all the fish and pick out your own fish for them to cook for you.

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                                tpigeon Nov 23, 2008 08:04 PM

                                Color me skeptical that it will be even close to milos. I await the reviews.

                        2. re: tpigeon
                          Rondo Sep 18, 2008 05:12 PM

                          Alright, I might have to put bbq beach back on the playlist. The closest thing to "great" bbq we have is a place in Northeast Philly called Sweet Lucy's. Philly isn't exactly the bbq capitol of the world as you might have already surmised. Now cheesesteaks, that's another story. As for Sardinia I think you've just sold me on the ribeye.

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                            tpigeon Sep 18, 2008 08:17 PM

                            Just don't go into BBQ beach thinking anything more than a solid meal and you are ok. You will not be disappointed with the ribeye.

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