LA Hound coming to Florida - HELP
In December. Need some eats 1) in West Palm Beach & Ft. Lauderdale
2) In Miami. Interested in Cuban, Floribbean, whatever is done best there.
BTW, how are Normans and Michys? There used to be a Normans in LA that I ate at alot, but it went under.
Thx Hounds! I know NOTHING about Florida eats.
Adam de LA
Michys is great. There is no normans in miami anymore.
in miami try (in no particular order)
Grazianos Bird Rd is best, in Grazianos in Gables is second Baires is a very close third for argentinian steak house.
I intentionally stayed away from italian though we are pretty strong there because so are you. We are not even close sushi wise. We have better pizza than you on average but nothing out of this world that I would go out of my way to visit.
I will let other people tell you what cuban to go to as it is not my strongest cuisine. But I will say that I think the cuban in NYC beats ours and that ours, ironically, is overrated.
re: Little T.
Haven't eaten Cuban in NYC, but our Cuban is overrated. It's the old "nobody comes close to my mother's cooking argument". The problem is, for the most part, no one comes close to any grandmother or mother I know's cooking (except the ones that can't cook). We don't have a whole lot of great Cuban cooking in Miami either. Then again, if you paid $20 a dish for cuban food people would be up in arms. paradox, I know
re: Little T.
there's a cafe boulud in west palm
michy's, michael's, talula are definitely the oft-mentioned classic foodie chowhounder faves for miami, also azul
michael's -- i.e. pork belly watermelon salad
michy's -- i.e. white gazpacho, bread pudding
talula -- i.e. seafood bouillabaisse
some less formal eats that stick out to locals in miami:
Cerro Negro -- Nicaraguan
MAO Colombian -- super hamburger
El Rey De Las Fritas -- cuban frita hamburger
El Rey de Chivito -- uruguayan chivito sandwich
Chef Creole -- conch stew/fritters
Honduras Maya -- baleadas
Fritanga Monimbo -- pitahaya juice
Aromas Del Peru -- cheaper peruvian than Francesco
El Atlakat on NW 7th -- pupusas de chicharron y revuelto
Islas Carnarias -- cuban
La Moon -- late night colombian eats
El Palacio de los Jugos -- interesting place to check out
Karlo bakery -- cuatro leches
Xixon -- tapas, jamon iberico
Ideas -- nicer tapas place, i.e. chef's broken eggs
Mango's is the popular toursty place (few locals go). Also Larios on the Beach. In the Gables, maybe Las Vegas (chain), Havana Harry's (great masitas de puerco and palomilla, at least they used to be). For much touted Floribbean in the area, try Ortanique.
Edit: forgot to add, if you want to see a bunch of older dudes in guayaberas eating cuban food, the incredibly odd sight (in Miami) of bus loads of Japanese tourists, try the oh so famous Versailles Restaurant. Nothing out of this world, but an experience.
Ortanique On the Mile
278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Larios On the Beach
820 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
4612 S Le Jeune Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Las Vegas Restaurant
112 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Mango's Tropical Cafe
900 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Versailles for the classic cuban ambiance inundation
La Carreta for the Denny's cuban experience
Las Culebrinas for the more upscale appearing cuban
Havana Harry's for local popular cuban
Larios for Ocean Drive kinda cuban, go for Casa Larios instead
David's cafe for off Lincoln road expensive cuban
Puerto Sagua for most popular tourist's cuban place
Islas Canarias for less talked about good cuban
Sergio's for homestyle cuban
El Nuevo Siglo for cuban in a supermarket
Little Havana NMB for off the beaten path cuban
Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop
of course, many other places as well...
Then let's not forget Ay Mama Ines for slightly more casero Cuban with modern touches. When they're good, they're very good. When they're not, you wish you saved your money at Larios or Carreta. Is Larios still Cuban food cheap or has it caught up to American restaurants?
Ay Mama Inez Restaurant
11481 SW 40th St, Miami, FL
Boulud is great. Excellent drinks as well. It's located in the Brazilian Court, a very cute boutique hotel shouting distance from the Breakers. Wake up on a Sunday and head over to the beach then make it to their brunch. Great value compared to dinner. Also there's a Cafe Chardonnay over there that is pretty good, though may not appeal to a California native. I have also heard some very good things about Forte Di Aspirino but have not been. There's more places, but am not so familiar with the area
I'd also recommend the hot dog and the corn in Mao and DO NOT tell them to leave anything out. Just trust us on this one. I also consider it superior to La Moon, but not as well located. At Rey de las Fritas, ask for a batido de mamay. it's part of the experience. There's also an Atlakat on bird and 95th avenue that is quite good. Cheap eats at great value, though I doubt it's well located for your trip.
4533 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480
225 Clematis St West, Palm Beach, FL
Saporrisimo is an unparalleled taste-trip to Tuscany, in Boca Raton (between West Palm and Ft. Lauderdale). Cafe Maxx, in Ft. Lauderdale/Lighthouse By The Sea, is an easy experience of phenomenal food and obscene pampering. Boulud's in WPB is okay, but not necessarily a favorite (too traditional). Bourbon Steak, Michael Mina's restaurant in Aventura/North Miami, is a superb, nouveau flavor explosion.
Just some norther-ly thoughts... hope this helps... :)