Whenever I'm in that area lately I just go a little further north to US1 and Augusto (next to Starbucks) and eat at one of the two Moon locations. I've never had a bad meal there in five years. If you like Asian, give them a try.
We used to be regulars at The Big Cheese until the other night - nothing was right. The iced tea tasted salty, the pasta was cold and the sauce was hot, the garlic rolls were stale and the salad was overdressed. The service was appalling, too! We've been going there for ten years, it's a shame, but the attention to detail just isn't there anymore. We are far from fussy, and love red sauce joints. This was the third bad experience in a row. Never again!
I have never been, but a friend raves about Two Chefs at 82?? Dixie, in a strip mall near Joanna's Market. I think that's Ludlam? Her family even used them to cater a wedding, and were very pleased.
In South Miami itself, I like Khoury's. It's middle eastern food, always done right. The service is above average. It's at 58th avenue and 73rd st.
I don't know about Deli Lane. While I've never had a horrible meal there, a friend worked there and at the Tavern, said it was very unclean and warned me off.
The Beverly Hills Cafe is one of those places where the quality, service, cleanliness tends to waiver. We've been going back for years, though, because there aren't many other places where you can show up anytime in nearly any attire with any number of people and get a quick meal for a reasonable price. I'm a solid fan of 80's style big salads, and nowhere else in town does them as well as BHC. They never fuss about substitutions or special requests, either. The rolls are amazing!
The best in south miami are Alta Cocina and Origin Asian bistro no doubt.
Blu is very good but I find it expensive for pizza and for lunch.
Jakes does not open for lunch, town kitchen and bar is a good place, kind of a cheese cake factory food concept.
But if you are a foodie visit alta cocina or origin you will enjoy.
Captain's Tavern is a great place for seafood. The best spot in South Miami (in my opinion) is Origin Asian Bistro. The menu is rather vast and the food is Asian inspired - sushi, Thai, Cambodian, Chinese, etc, and its incredibly good. I recommend the Cambodian Scallop Amok and the Spaghetti Tuna is also interesting and tasty. Other faves of mine in South Miami are Alta Cocina, Ra Sushi (only been once but it was memorably delicious), Town (food is surprisingly good and great bar scene), and Cafe Pastis is one of the best in Miami when it comes to French food.
With the exception of Captains Tavern, all of these places are walkable from any parking lot in the general Sunset Place area and there is plenty of street parking. South Miami has done a great job beefing up that area in the past 2-3 years.
Captain's Tavern Restaurant
9625 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156
7310 SW 57th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143
Origin Asian Bistro
5920 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami, FL 33143
5837 Sunset Drive, South Miami, FL 33143
5829 SW 73rd Ave, Miami, FL 33143
Town Kitchen & Bar
7301 SW 57th Ct, South Miami, FL 33143
re: Blind Mind
Has the food at Town improved? I went a few times after it opened, and everything I had was mediocre. I had a pizza that lacked in every department....no flavor, crust was soft, and barely any cheese. I've also tried the mussels, which were overly salty. I can't remember which flavor i tried, but i think it was spanish-style w. chorizo, etc. I had a pulled pork sandwich that looked like it came out of a can. Mind you, i'm not a food snob at all, but i was underwhelmed every time I went. The martinis are very good (if a little pricey), and I really want to like the place, because it has a cool bar scene that is lacking in South Miami.
Should I give it another shot?
I would. I had the scallops there one time and they were really good. Im a total scallop connoisseur too. They werent fresh out of the ocean (obviously) but they were cooked perfectly and the mushroom ragu was great. I also had a good pizza there and a chicken dish that I really enjoyed. Im not saying its THE spot to get a bite but the food is above average (at least when I went) and the bar scene and overall scene is lively.
Jake's between Sunset and US1 on Red Road- a few notches up from Beverly Hills. For italian try Trattoria Luna about 3 miles south of Red and US1 for great italian food, outstanding service.
Khoury's is for great mediterranian food...best chicken kabobs I've ever had.
Beverly Hills Cafe is on Sunset Drive, just east of US1 on the northside of the street and it's a nice place for lunch or casual dinner. They're specialty salads are meals in themselves. And their hot yeast rolls right out of the oven are addictive. This isn't a 5-star restaurant by any means but it's reliable and good. One of my favorite "joints" is The Big Cheese which is on 67th Ave. (Ludlam Road) just 1/2 block north of US1. It's a neighborhood italian restaurant that serves big, tasty italian dishes. Gourmet? Hardly. Big, tasty, filling and a good value for the buck? You bet. Their oil/garlic drenched rolls are awesome. Heavy pizzas. Captains Tavern is a solid pick. It's on US1 just south of Sunset Drive. An older establishment that's not very fancy but those folks really, really know how to cook fish just right. This place's decor needs an update and badly but that's not to say it isn't clean or shabby or anything of the sort. They also have a very good seafood market.