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It's almost November and the old thread is really long at this point so I figured it was time to start a new one for 2009.

Per Leslie @The Herald, Buddaken (nyc) signed a lease South of Fifth. Stephen Starr also owns Morimoto among others.

http://www.starr-restaurant.com/

Leslie also reported that Hot Tuna (Asian fusion) is opening at 764 Wash. Described as Coyote Ugly meets upscale... okayyyyyyy

We will also be able to get "molecular gastronomy bites" at Hed Kandi Lounge in the old Afterglow spot. They are calling it a gastro-lounge , the food is said to be tapas style and 100 percent interactive. I'm not sure what that all means. Can't we just get a great gastro pub first??

I'm sure you have heard by now that Michelle Bernstein is opening a tapas restaurant in the Domo Japones spot in the design district. I believe they are shooting for early next year.

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  1. Good idea. Some of these may be repetitive of items on the other thread ->

    There's a billboard up on 195 for the new restaurants opening up in the Fontainebleu Hotel on Miami Beach - Gotham (Alfred Portale), Scarpetta (Scott Conant) and Hakkasan (originally Alan Yau, though I don't believe he's directly involved anymore).

    La Moon (Colombian) has opened up a new spot in Coral Gables.

    Torange (Persian) is opening up in Coral Gables (I think it's the former Saigon City spot).

    Ceviche 105 (Peruvian) downtown.

    Saw signs up on one of the buildings on Brickell Ave. for El Gran Inka (Peruvian) and Sushi Siam.

    Bengal (Indian) recently opened on Biscayne Blvd. around 20th St.

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    1. re: Frodnesor

      In Sobe:
      Sardinia's next door pizza joint will probably be open next year.

      My guess is the million steakhouses that are opening will finish after 2008 some of them are:
      STK
      Wolfgangs
      Red
      That michael kane place on lincoln

      P112 is opening up Pime Italian across the street

      1. re: tpigeon

        Michael Caine place on Lincoln Road? What is it, 1995? Michael Caine opened up South Beach Brasserie in what became the Touch location more than a decade ago. Are you talking about something else?

        1. re: Frodnesor

          TP, are you referring to Meat Market that the Touch crew are opening at the old Pacific Time spot? Regardless, that is coming soon.

          1. re: The Chowfather

            Yes I am. Probably in 08. I am not excited. Just thought I would mention it.

            1. re: The Chowfather

              http://www.meatmarketmiami.com/enter....

              1. re: The Chowfather

                Sleek site, but in their menu they spelled "quail" as "quaill" and tartar as "tar-tar". If I was an English teacher I'd be going mad with a red marker in this city.

                1. re: The Chowfather

                  Menu looks good. When is it open? I wish theyd post pricing but understand why they dont. Its just nice to know going into it...

                  1. re: Blind Mind

                    opens Monday.

          2. re: Frodnesor

            There are blurbs about each Fontainebleu restaurant here
            http://www.fontainebleau.com/gcm/nar/...

            1. re: Frodnesor

              Gotham Steak opens today 11/24.
              menu below. I have 0 interest in heading over to the Fountainbleu...
              http://www.thrillist.com/pics/34636po...

              1. re: The Chowfather

                CF I will try this place soon but my instinct tells me you will be missing out if you don't go to the fountainbleu, especially for Hakkasan - many people consider the one in london to be the best dumpling house in the world. I have never been but am dying to go. As for gotham, I like the operators and I like the fact they use wood burning charcoal instead of gas...

                1. re: tpigeon

                  I chatted with a member of Hakkasan's corporate office, and the restaurant is planning on opening in January or February of 2009.

            2. Au Pied de Cochon; http://aupiedmiami.com/contact.html

              Katsuya; http://www.sbeent.com/katsuya/

              Hakkasan; http://www.theworlds50best.com/restau...

              Enoteca Spiaggia (not sure on this one): http://www.foodandwine.com/restaurant...

              The Jonathan Eisman pizza/mozzarella place; http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/554469

              That's what I got for now.

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              1. re: lax2mia

                I wonder about Katsuya in 09. I don't see any progress at Ritz Plaza...

                Daniel Boulud's place in downtown Miami should open in 09

                1. re: lax2mia

                  I think Au Pied de Cochon just opened... has anyone tried this place?

                2. Apple Restaurant and Lounge, from LA, is going into the former Snatch/Suite space on Washington at Espanola Way. Chef is Bryan Ogden, son of Bradley.

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                  1. re: rockysobe

                    Apple is slated to open at the end of this month (February 09). It will have the celebrity draw like it's sister store in LA but will focus more on being a restaurant than lounge. 1437 Washington Ave. Miami Beach (yes, valet will be available) www.applerestaurantlounge.com

                    1. re: crystalberry

                      I'm always curious, how does anyone know a restaurant will be a "celebrity draw" before it's opened?

                      1. re: crystalberry

                        Is Ogden still affiliated with it?

                        1. re: The Chowfather

                          the son

                        2. re: crystalberry

                          Crystal Berry, a spokeswoman for the restaurant, declined comment.

                        3. re: rockysobe

                          apple is scheduled to open 6/3
                          http://www.applerestaurantlounge.com/...

                          1. re: The Chowfather

                            Kardashians will be spotted there on 6/2

                            1. re: lax2mia

                              ha! meanwhile why is there a sign in the window saying opening winter 2009 or something like that?

                            2. re: The Chowfather

                              Food sounds enticing, if high priced. Drinks, a selection of 6 vodka based "cocktails", are embarrassing. They sound good and probably will be a hit in Miami (even at $15 a pop), but there's no real bar if all you feature is vodka.

                              1. re: Icantread

                                I find the over-the-top hype a bit off-putting ->
                                http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...

                                1. re: Frodnesor

                                  I actually commented on that in your review. The self-promotion is in very poor taste, and combined with vodka drinks and steep prices I expect the place to fail. Didn't want to be so voluble prior to trying it though. I'll try it a year or 2 in.

                          2. New cajun-creole on Wash ave.

                            "Ahnvee, a Cajun-Creole restaurant and “laid-back lounge” will open at 621 Washington Avenue (the old “Strand” location) in late-2008/early 2009. Executive chef Tom Azar, most recently having served the same function at Emeril’s Miami Beach, will be putting out skillet cornbread with honey butter glaze; fried alligator; crawfish-and-rice croquettes, and house-made andouille sausage with quail egg and sweet potato biscuit. And that’s just for starters"

                            source: New Times

                            1. Per UrbanDaddy, "Enso" just opened on Lincoln Road toward east end between Washington and Drexel. Four chefs supposedly trained w/ Ferran Adria doing alta cocina ... and a sushi bar.

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                              1. re: Frodnesor

                                yes, and the food sounds very interesting. might not work, but interesting nonetheless.

                                1. re: Blind Mind

                                  I hope these places do well but I am not optimistic.

                                  1. re: tpigeon

                                    I walked by it on Halloween and thought it looked a little different than most places on that stretch of Lincoln Rd. but unfortunately it's located on that stretch of Lincoln Rd. There was a pastry chef doing a window demonstration making pumpkins out of sugar and he looked totally out of his element watching a bunch of costumed people go by. The space looked nice but didn't get to see a menu.

                                2. re: Frodnesor

                                  now that makes my toes tingle

                                3. Joey's Italian café coming to Wynwood

                                  Developer Joey Goldman, who, with his father, Tony, bought more than 20 buildings in a dusty part of Miami's Wynwood, is putting the finishing touches on Joey's, an Italian café at 2506 NW Second Ave. that's expected to open later this month.

                                  The vibe will be ''casual, comfortable sophistication,'' and the moderately priced menu will feature everything from pizza to pasta to lamb chops,
                                  t's the first of five restaurants the Goldmans plan for the area,

                                  source miami herald

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                                  1. re: The Chowfather

                                    Taj Mahal on 78th St is now Anise-Ouzo's owners are moving to the 'hood. Stay tuned for soft open...You can swim there from Red Light...

                                    1. re: Miami Danny

                                      It looks as if they've actually spent a little time and money cleaning it up, which is more than I can say for the past couple incarnations.

                                      1. re: Frodnesor

                                        There is a sushi place that will open up pretty soon by Bartolme in south beach.

                                        1. re: Frodnesor

                                          Yes-they know what they are doing, and I do believe they will be battling Red Light for customers.

                                          1. re: Miami Danny

                                            Does Wendy's battle Red Light for customers too just because it's in close proximity? Red Light is quirky, American Southern-influenced food whereas, my guess is, this new Ouzo place will be Greek-Mediterranean.

                                            1. re: lax2mia

                                              Well having eaten at both red light and the wendy's across the street many times, I believe the burger at red light is better, but wendy's flurry is hard to beat. Also, wendy's has a drive-thru, which means you don't have to deal with parking or the hilarious valet at rl.
                                              RL and anise will mos def be competing, or as i said, furiously battling for customers. Especially since Anise has some parking, and their space is more expansive than RL's. I think the Anise to RL stroll, and vice versa, will be the hit of the season. They both serve small plates, etc., etc. You heard it here first.
                                              In addition, in other BB news, the former Mama Calypso's will be reopening at some point, run by Haitian artist Papaloko.

                                              1. re: Miami Danny

                                                Noticed Anise on the 8th as well. Either way, I hope another restaurant walking distance only serves to add traffic to RL. It's definitely a restaurant worth having in Miami and unless you have long waits outside, (I've yet to wait) i don't think people will be trading to Anise for added convenience.

                                                1. re: Icantread

                                                  I've been at Red Light Friday nights when they have had to turn people away w/ hour plus waits for a table. I think that more good restaurants in the neighborhood will be a boon for all in the neighborhood, both businesses and customers.

                                                  If Anise is like Ouzos, as I anticipate, I think the similarities between it and RL may be overstated. They both serve small plates? So is everyone and their brother these days. Ouzos does pretty straight-ahead Greek dishes with a bit of a pan-mediterranean bent. Red Light styles itself as "regional dining", I'd say it's good simple food with some local, New Orleans, and creative leanings. You can't get horiatiki or saganaki at Red Light, and I'll bet you can't get bbq shrimp or smoked ribs at Anise.

                                                  I suspect the Upper East Side is fully capable of supporting at least one more GOOD restaurant. While some places along Biscayne Boulevard look to be struggling to draw customers (Moonchine, Moshi Moshi) others seem to be doing quite well - Red Light, Michy's, Uva, Casa Toscana, Le Cafe has seemed busier since change in management.

                                                  1. re: Frodnesor

                                                    I guess I've been lucky with waits then (maybe I go too early?), but I agree that more (unique, not common chain) restaurants will only help, not hurt. I think the trend will only continue because lower rents help balance out rising cost of food and all these restaurants proved people will travel some for quality eats. let's not stifle them before they have a chance!

                                                    1. re: Icantread

                                                      The point isn't that they may or may not serve similar food. The point is that service and efficiency are hallmarks of the two Ouzo's. That's competition, and it will draw many customers away from red light, esp. at first. Ouzo's on Normandy Isle was constantly packed, and I see no reason why they won't be at this location. And they have parking here.
                                                      Additionally, similarities have been overstated? I simply stated that they both serve small plates.

                                                      1. re: Miami Danny

                                                        This isn't a sleepy town, although those two spots are an odder part of town (trafficwise) than say, The beach, brickell, gables or even aventura. Usually you hope something like this draws more traffic to the area. Isn't that what happend to the DD? How much of the business do you think belongs to immediate area locals as opposed to people from other parts of Miami travelling for a nice meal? Maybe they'll lose some to immediate area locals but will definitely draw more from the surrounding parts of Miami.

                                              2. re: lax2mia

                                                well said, I thought the same thing...

                                      2. Work has started on the Fatburger in Miracle Mile.

                                        -Sef
                                        www.burgerbeast.com

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                                        1. re: BurgerBeast

                                          Also a Pasha's coming in to Miracle Mile.

                                          1. re: Frodnesor

                                            yeah, Pasha's is looooong overdue. They started working on the space I believe in '06. Fatburger I believe hit a snag recently, not sure what the current status is. Also I believe the people behind Jaguar have another restaurant or some Mexican concept going on Ponce, expanding from their quesadilla space.

                                        2. 2nd location for Mattarello's Bakery at 11th and Collins

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                                          1. re: rockysobe

                                            great news. Will it have seating and will it be a second location? I ask because it is awfully close to the first one...

                                          2. anyone have more info about the sardinia pizza place? just got back to town, love the sound of that!

                                            also, what about the quattro groups new pizza place on lincoln- sosta i think the sign said?

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                                            1. re: gingersnap

                                              Sardinia pizza place is at least a march thing.

                                              1. re: tpigeon

                                                Anise, off Biscayne Boulevard at 78th St (620 NE 78th Street-1 block east of Biscayne Blvd) , opens Wednesday with an Opening Night Party from 6-10PM. Complimentary Hors d'oeuvres & Champagne, from the people who brought you Ouzo's. From 6pm-10pm.
                                                RSVP to anisetaverna@yahoo.com
                                                (For photos go to http://www.examiner.com/x-853-Miami-R... )

                                                1. re: Miami Danny

                                                  So I guess they put the Ouzo name to rest?

                                                  1. re: jmdhsmiami

                                                    Yeah I think they want to possibly move towards a more 'pan-Mediterranean' menu than just Greek-focussed

                                                    1. re: Miami Danny

                                                      Which I think is a mistake. Everyone and their uncle is doing Mediterranean, but there's only a handful at best of really good Greek restaurants in town. In fact, the only places I really like are Ariston (in the original Ouzo's location on Normandy Circle) and Maria's on Coral Way.

                                                      Ozuo's did well doing straight-up Greek when they were on Normandy Circle, and Ariston is now doing decently in the same spot. Do what you do best, I say.

                                                      1. re: Frodnesor

                                                        very true, everytime I drive by Ariston, it is packed the way Ouzo's used to be when it was in that spot...They should have left it alone and I bet are eating crow.

                                                        1. re: jmdhsmiami

                                                          Actually everyone and their uncle is doing steak houses. But since you mention it, where is the big list of haute cuisine pan-Mediterranean restaurants in Miami? I'm not sure you are right about its over-proliferation.

                                                          1. re: Miami Danny

                                                            menupages.com lists 67 restaurants that call themselves "Mediterranean"; less than half that number for "Greek".

                                                            opentable.com has 20 restaurants that call themselves "Mediterranean," only 1 (Ariston) for "Greek".

                                                            You can quibble with whether many of those restaurants really *are* "Mediterranean," but that's what they are choosing to market themselves as. On the other hand, there is a dearth of moderately upscale Greek places and a good one could easily distinguish itself.

                                                            Upscale Greek food has been hugely successful in other markets (e.g. Komi in DC; Milos in NYC; Kokkari in SF - all making their respective city's Zagat Top Food lists FWIW) and I think the distinct origins and style should be embraced rather than marginalized.

                                                            1. re: Frodnesor

                                                              I'm afraid your 'research' is inconclusive. A fair number of these 'Mediterranean' listings are actually middle eastern restaurants, and there are a lot of French listings here, too. Even Timo is listed here. My point is not to quibble, but to simply mention that in reality, there are not a lot of haute pan-Med restaurants in Miami. Brosia. That's about it.

                                                              1. re: Miami Danny

                                                                Perhaps you actually prove my point. As I said, it's not what they *are*, it's what they *market* themselves as. And my point is that - whether they really are or not - there are a bunch of So. Fl. restaurants that are calling themselves "Mediterranean" restaurants, such that if you choose that path, you have to distinguish yourself from a bunch of other flotsam. Meanwhile, if you're a good Greek restaurant? That's (1) easy to understand; (2) an under-represented niche; and (3) a proven success in other markets.

                                                                Indeed, the Ouzo's folks already tried to become more "Mediterranean" and less "Greek" when they made the move to South Beach. I think the failure of that spot was due to the location (and road construction) and not the menu, but I'm dubious that the few efforts to "internationalize" the menu were bringing in additional customers.

                                                                For actual "haute pan-Med", quickly thinking, Creek 28 and the restaurant at the Standard also come to mind.

                                                                1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                  1) So Anise can be one of three Greek restaurants or one of three Mediterranean restaurants. Still not sure what your point is.
                                                                  2) Ouzo's on SB failed because of unexpected road construction-in fact it is currently a legal matter, according to the owners, and had nothing to do with the menu.
                                                                  Proven success in other markets? Also proven failures in the same markets.

                                                                  1. re: Miami Danny

                                                                    Ouzo in SB failed because they took 8000 square feet instead of 2000. The road construction just hastened the demise.

                                                                    1. re: Miami Danny

                                                                      MD - 2 points ->

                                                                      (1) regardless of how many restaurants are *actually* doing "pan-Mediterranean" food, there are a bunch of restaurants that *market* themselves as Mediterranean. They can be one of 3 Greek restaurants or one of 20 "Mediterranean" restaurants.

                                                                      Indeed, the fact that there are a bunch of places calling themselves Mediterranean when they're really Middle-Eastern or Italian or what-have-you (not that any of those couldn't actually be Mediterranean, since coastal Middle East, northern Africa, southern coastal Italy, France, and Spain, Greece, Turkey are all "Mediterranean") only serves to confirm my belief that this is a misguided way to try to market and distinguish a restaurant from the crowd. People don't even know what it means nor do they know what to expect.

                                                                      (2) Do what you do best. You know what was really good at Ouzo's? The Greek food. You know why people went there? The Greek food. I'd be willing to bet they didn't go to have bouillabaise or paella or any other "pan-Mediterranean" stuff.

                                                                      Honestly, I don't care whether Anise chooses to call itself "Greek" or "Mediterranean," but I do care that they make the food that they make best.

                                                                      TP - what is it about serving primarily fish and seafood that would make a place not a traditional Greek restaurant? That they don't have moussaka?

                                                                      1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                        1) If calling oneself 'Mediterranean', or cooking in a pan-Med style were not successful, no one would be doing it.
                                                                        2) You do not know what they do best. Maybe they do really great Greek food AND really great Med-style food as well.
                                                                        3) Additionally, people do not just come for the food. They also come for the service, the ambiance, the prices, convenience, etc. (Personally, I went to Ouzo's for the, ahem, ouzo.)
                                                                        4) A restaurant "distinguishes itself" by providing ALL the items I listed in number three at a high level, not necessarily by their ethnicity.

                                                                        1. re: Miami Danny

                                                                          This is turning into last year's infamous Design District vs. South Beach debate.

                                                                          1. re: Miami Danny

                                                                            1) If your theory is right, then all of the 150 steakhouses opening up in Miami should do great.
                                                                            2) Maybe. We ate at Ouzo's plenty when it was on Normandy Circle. Most of their Greek dishes were great.They had a pasta dish or 2 that were completely mediocre.
                                                                            3) They've painted the place bright white with bright blue trim. They're on the water. Unless they're trying to look like an Israeli flag, it would certainly seem they're going for a Greek ambience, so why not stick with the theme?
                                                                            4) Agreed. But in a city that does not have strong competition in the "moderately upscale Greek" category, it sures seems to me that it would be an effective way to separate yourself from the pack.

                                                                            Anyway, it's all silly to discuss until we see what's on the menu and on the plate, which I'm looking forward to. Ouzo's was a solid restaurant when it was in North Beach and I'm glad the owners are bouncing back from the ill-fated South Beach experiment.

                                                                            1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                              1) So far, steakhouses DO seem to be doing okay. And as you know, there are more on the way, including BLT Steak on Ocean Drive. So, yeah, it is possible.
                                                                              2) Zymarika, Pastitso, Orzo, Couscous. Greeks make pasta dishes, too!
                                                                              3) Agree in that owner is Greek-probably not a coincidence....(Israel is on the Mediterranean too, by the way-I think there's two dozen countries that border that damn sea....lot of options...)
                                                                              4) I think their great reputation will separate them from the pack no matter the style of their food

                                                                              "Anyway, it's all silly to discuss until we see what's on the menu and on the plate..." Silly? Yes. Waste of energy? Perhaps. Ultimately satisfying? Definitely.
                                                                              Please let me know how it goes tonight-I'll be in DC

                                                                              And I really could use a decent gyro, TP

                                                                          2. re: Frodnesor

                                                                            I was just saying don't expect to get a gyro there :) - I misworded my last post. I meant to say it is a traditional greek seafood place but it is seafood only so it is not like Ouzos at all. The food is much better (and much more expensive) there btw.

                                                                    2. re: Frodnesor

                                                                      Milos is basically fish and seafood only. It is not even close to a traditional greek restaurant.

                                                    2. Not to interrupt this epic battle about who/what is more Mediterranean and successful but Crazy Pianos will be opening up in the Grove in January.

                                                      http://www.crazypianos.com/

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                                                      1. re: Blind Mind

                                                        Is the food even worthy of mention? That menu looks like a scarier hodge-podge than even a "haute-pan-Mediterranean" place. Though the odd translations from German are amusing. I especially like some of the "House Rules" ->

                                                        - "Our guests are not allowed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol" (a somewhat ironic rule for a place with a lengthy "drinks" menu that includes more than a dozen different "shots").
                                                        - "Our guests are not allowed to be aggressive, or dominant at the entrance." (is it OK once you're inside?).
                                                        - "Undesirable intimacies and unpleasant gatherings are not tolerated." (I feel the same way).
                                                        ...

                                                        1. re: Frodnesor

                                                          Haha, well its new or coming soon to Miami so I posted about it. Never been there before and I guess I never will because I have a tendency to dominate entrances...

                                                          Im sure it will be more like chain-resto food but who knows. Youll have to wait for my report once they open.

                                                          1. re: Blind Mind

                                                            sounds like Cafe Iguana kind of gathering with buckets of beer that turn into buckets of ...

                                                      2. Speaking of Mediterranean (not that everyone and their uncle is opening a Mediterranean restaurant or anything), but the new restaurant in the former Maison d'Azur space in the Angler Resort is (drum roll please) ...

                                                        660 Mediterranean Kitchen
                                                        http://www.theanglersresort.com/Dinne...

                                                        Md'A, as noted elsewhere on this board, has migrated north a few blocks to the Astor Hotel, where they are also opening Layla @ Maison, which will be Moroccan (a/k/a ...?).

                                                        Speaking of which, saw in New Times "Short Order" blog that Anise is describing itself as “Mediterranean with a Greek stamp.” I'm good with that. Maybe I'll get a chance to try it this weekend.

                                                        1. Perhaps already mentioned elsewhere, Brasserie d'Azur (from the folks who brought you Maison d'Azur), Sugarcane Lounge (from the folks who brought you Sushi Samba), The Cheese Course, and a Lavazza Cafe, coming to Midtown Miami.
                                                          http://midtownmiami.com/#/the-station
                                                          Over here it says Brasserie d'Azur is due to open in December ->
                                                          http://www.coralliving.com/articles/2...

                                                          1. The Grill on The Alley- Aventura Mall- opened last week. Stopped by today and had a very good ahi tuna wrap for lunch, one of several daily specials. Generous portions of very fresh tuna with a tasty, no mayo asian slaw. They have some outdoor seating and a bar area in addition to the main room.
                                                            Not wild about heading to the mall for dinner but it could be a good call pre or post a movie.
                                                            The happy hour deal, M-F 4-7, sounds like a real winner with $3.95 and $4.95 plates. Menu attached
                                                            http://www.thegrill.com/pdf/AV_1008_H...
                                                            http://www.thegrill.com/aventura.html

                                                            1. Also new is Angelo & Maxie's Steakhouse in Coconut Grove at the Mayfair Hotel. They have selections from the raw bar, apps like clams casino and a steak tartar prepared tableside, and a decent selection of salads. Entrees are broken up into "meat" and "non meat" lists, with most meat dishes weighing in at a price of $29.95. At first it sounds a little high but a 13oz Filet for that price aint bad at all. Non-meat range from a Vegetable Plate for $16.95(!!!) to a 10oz Yellowfin Tuna for $25.95. They also have a list of sides and a dessert menu that contains many items meant to be shared.

                                                              1. Just saw in the Miami Herald today that Myles Chefetz is close to opening "Prime Italian" near Prime 112 Steakhouse in the former Vivi spot.

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                                                                1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                  Prime Italian menu

                                                                  http://www.thrillist.com/pics/35522po...

                                                                  1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                    $30 "kobe" meatballs?! $23 mozz & tomato salad?! Could someone get these folks a copy of the Wall Street Journal? Is there any real point to "kobe" ground beef (other than that restaurauteurs feel it lets them charge outrageous prices)?

                                                                    1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                      I believe Prime 112's revenue was up this year, and I have no reason to believe that Pime Italian will not be successful. I mean, look at DeVito's. Although maybe PI will be the last nail in the coffin for little Danny D's.
                                                                      Now as far as ground Kobe-I have done burgers with Kobe and as long as you cook them very rare they are great. Raw ground kobe is pretty good too. Of course anyone with a $30 meatball on their menu has a lot of chutzpah-but isn't that what's made Chodorow a millionaire? It's certainly not the quality of his restaurants' food. I think Chefetz has a better eye on quality, and just as good a PT Barnum thing for luring in the suckers. I bet all your food network addicts will be clamoring for tables in Feb. Also look for the fawning interviews and reviews from Lee Klein (see this week's valentine to the Maestro of Mediocrity Mark Soyka) and VPE.

                                                                      1. re: Miami Danny

                                                                        I saw the article where Chefetz claimed his revenues were up, while folks like MB were being candid about being down 10%+ - you can choose whether or not to believe him. Is DeVito's busy? Every report I hear is that Kobe Club (another of the same ilk) is always empty.

                                                                        1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                          Yes Mr. Chefetz veracity is not beyond question, and he has also been very wrong before (as when he claimed "no one wants to eat crispy hominy..." after parting ways with Schwartz); so i suppose I should have said "claimed". However, P112 is packed not just because of the food but the other things the place offers. I believe PI will be more of the same. (As I've said before, there are more gold chains at Prime 112 than at your average Vegas Pimp's Convention.) Incidentally, I predict that DeVito's will be closing shortly, perhaps even before the season is over, and Kobe Club is on life support-wait to see what happens to Asia de Cuba and look for a Chodorow Italian joint to follow Prime Italian when it is successful.

                                                                          1. re: Miami Danny

                                                                            Not to say Chefetz is lying or telling the truth, but one BIG difference between P112 and Michy's/MGFD is that when people go to P112, they are DRINKING for the most part. That bar area is always filled and the tables seem to have drinks flowing at all times too.

                                                                          2. re: Frodnesor

                                                                            I went to Kobe Club once and it was surprisingly good but yes, very very empty. Granted I went during Miami Spice, and was one of the great value deals this year, but still found it pretty good. Sat under the samurai swords. Maybe that's what's scaring people away.

                                                                  2. Asia de Cuba@ Mondrian opens 12/8/08

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                                                                    1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                      yes I went to adc and its another version in white...service was abismal food was ok..but the west ave local doesn't work for me...

                                                                    2. Just read this. Opens 12/15
                                                                      Area 31 restaurant will open on the 16th floor of the Epic Hotel with Executive Chef John Critchley at the helm. Mr. Critchley is a CIA graduate who worked with chefs David Everett, Jimmy Snead and Jean-Louis Palladin and was Sous Chef at the Oringer-operated Uni Sashimi Bar in Boston, was recently co-owner of Toro, a Boston tapas bar. The menu’s focus is fresh and seasonal local seafood with Mediterranean flair. The restaurant, designed by Los Angeles-based designer Cheryl Rowley, is dramatic set with water views, an outdoor terrace and poolside dining with cabanas and casitas. Master Sommelier Emily Wines, from the acclaimed Fifth Floor restaurant in San Francisco, has created an extensive wine list, and Master Mixologist Jacques Bezuindehout is offering a selection of innovative cocktails.

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                                                                      1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                        Area31Restaurant.com

                                                                        1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                          Critchley is a really good cook. Would definitely want to try this place if he is there.

                                                                        2. I was just at Yakko-San this evening (we've missed our usual Sunday visit the past few weeks) and there was a sign in the door that they are going to be opening an upscale sushi bar in the Acqualina Resort in Sunny Isles, opening day is 12/22.

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                                                                          1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                            that works for me

                                                                            1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                              I thought Hiro's divested itself of the sushi side of things (isn't the take-out joint next to yakko-san separate ownership?). I think one of the owner's kids go to the same preschool as mine - I'll have to bump into him one of these days and ask.

                                                                              1. re: non sequitur

                                                                                I think you are right as to the "Sushi Express" take-out places. The Acqualina sushi bar is a new thing which was being promoted at Yakko-San and so presumably is being done by Hiro.

                                                                            2. Ta-Zin- Moroccan restaurant

                                                                              427 Jefferson Ave, South Beach; 305.531.8900

                                                                              1. Area 31 in the new Epic Hotel is opening tonight ->
                                                                                http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shorto...

                                                                                Described as having an "eclectic, Mediterranean-influenced menu" (not that everyone and their uncle is doing Mediterranean or anything)

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                                                                                1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                  Oh god, here we go again with the "mediterranean" argument.... Miami Danny should be on soon to engage Frod in this ongoing battle of semantics....

                                                                                  1. re: Blind Mind

                                                                                    The restaurant is mainly seafood from its namesake region Fishing Area 31, the ecologically sound marine waters of the Western Central Atlantic. It is Mediterranean inspired based on simple cooking methods. I hear it is great from some people that went to the test meals over the weekend.

                                                                                    1. re: eemiami

                                                                                      The place is excellent... and the hotel is pretty cool. They're very open to having people check out the rooms. I'd consider staying there.

                                                                                      A nice addition to the Miami food scene.

                                                                                2. Ecco Pizzateca + Lounge is coming to Downtown Miami at 168 SE 1 Street on the ground floor of the historic Huntington Building on the corner of SE 1st Street and 2nd Ave. Their opening date is January 15th. The pizza chef, Chef Massimo Fabio Bruni of Italy, there is has won in Italy 3 times for his pizza:

                                                                                  *1st Place Campionato Italiano di pizza tipica regionale,
                                                                                  *1st Place Campionato Italiano trofeo greci,
                                                                                  *2nd Place Campionato italiano di pizza piccante a scalea

                                                                                  http://www.eccomiami.com/

                                                                                  1. Yiya's Bakery has opened on 79th Street just east of Biscayne Blvd. I recall they used to have a booth at the UES Greenmarket before the summer.

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                                                                                    1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                      forewarning- skip for now. The pastries we had at the UES were great. we went this past weekend (grand opening) and they were nowhere near similar. Willing to forgive opening week issues, but pastries come down to freshness by the hour. While the pastry itself flaked upon biting, the whole thing was sort of chewy and nowhere near crispy. Fillings weren't quite up to expectations either. They were simply different from the original ones I had tasted.

                                                                                      1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                        Where and when is the UES greenmarket?

                                                                                        1. re: gblcsw

                                                                                          October through May on Saturdays. I have not been back since it reopened but plan a trip soon, so my comments about the pastelitos referred to last season.

                                                                                          http://www.florida-agriculture.com/co...

                                                                                          1. re: gblcsw

                                                                                            Legion Park on Biscayne Blvd. around 64th Street, Saturdays.

                                                                                        2. Hed Kandi opening is tonight.

                                                                                          Canyon Ranch Grill in North Beach is now open.

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                                                                                          1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                            www.mainebiz.biz/news43735.html

                                                                                            L. L. Bean's grandaughter to open a lobster restaurant in Delray. Anyone have any more info?
                                                                                            .

                                                                                          2. I heard Baires will be resurrected in the former funksion place near the movie theater on alton road in sobe

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                                                                                            1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                              You know, I used to like going to Funksion on LR for drinks but the food was god awful. They did have this veal roll that I kinda liked but it always came out cold as did everything else. I loved the slide show decor though, very cool. That and the women who frequented there...

                                                                                            2. More openings in Downtown Miami for 2009:

                                                                                              - Mia Sushi and Lounge inside 50 Biscayne (January?)
                                                                                              - Botequim Carioca Brazilian Bar & Grill inside 900 Biscayne (February?)

                                                                                              1. Five Guys Burgers and Fries @ Aventura Mall (coming soon)
                                                                                                I was disappointed after my initial visit a few months ago but I have been to the Midtown Miami and Ft. Lauderdale locations a few times since and I am now a fan. I prefer the single patty little cheeseburgers over the standard double patty burgers. I also like the regular fries better than the cajun.
                                                                                                Current top 5
                                                                                                1. Char-Hut
                                                                                                2. Kingdom
                                                                                                3. Le Tub
                                                                                                4. Five Guys (rising)
                                                                                                5. Jack's

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                                                                                                1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                  What about Cheeseburger Baby and Oneburger?

                                                                                                  1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                    I have to say I had Kingdom off of CH recs, and I hated it. The burger was way too big (they start at 1/2 lb.) and overcooked...like hockey puck overcooked. When you ask for medium rare, you want a cool pink center...not a grey lifeless mess.

                                                                                                    Thumbs down. Oh, and $4 for a PBR? You've gotta be crazy.

                                                                                                    1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                      Five Guys opening in old Dogma spot (I'm sure there's a joke there) on Washington and 15th

                                                                                                      1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                        The Five Guys @ Aventura Mall is open

                                                                                                      2. New Italian place, i Corsini, opening around 5th & Washington. I'm trying to remember what space this was. I don't usually get excited about Italian, but this is an intriguing menu (and by intriguing, I mean they have tripe).

                                                                                                        http://www.facebook.com/pages/Miami-B...

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                                                                                                        1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                          Sounds like the old Sports Cafe spot on the corner with the outdoor patio area

                                                                                                          1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                            I really miss Sports Cafe.

                                                                                                            1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                              That's what I thought too.

                                                                                                            2. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                              the corsini menu looks good
                                                                                                              sea urchin and bottarga on pasta sounds like a good combo

                                                                                                              any updates on this place

                                                                                                            3. New taqueria on Lincoln Road?
                                                                                                              http://www.chismosatacos.com/

                                                                                                              Generic offerings and absence of any typical real taco stand stuff - al pastor, barbacoa, lengua, chorizo, etc. - doesn't have me too excited, but it's good to see something other than another chain going into Lincoln Road.

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                                                                                                              1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                You had me at taqueria.

                                                                                                                They lost me with their list of tacos: chicken, beef, pork, steak, fish.

                                                                                                                Compare to this menu:

                                                                                                                http://losangeles.menupages.com/resta...

                                                                                                                1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                  that is just the saddest little menu...lol

                                                                                                                  1. re: yomyb

                                                                                                                    On the plus side, they do offer tequila shots.

                                                                                                                  2. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                    They were desperate to get someone in there. Good luck to them. It is always nice to have something to munch on, I just wonder how many tacos they'll have to sell to make rent.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Icantread

                                                                                                                      What space is it?

                                                                                                                      1. re: lax2mia

                                                                                                                        the 330 lincoln. I'm pretty sure I took a look or two at it with some clients.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Icantread

                                                                                                                          Fro, L2M et al>

                                                                                                                          As they say in LA - Pasadena! Chismosa review here:

                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/593067

                                                                                                                          AG

                                                                                                                  3. RACKS Italian Bistro And Market 2/28 Intracoastal Mall NMB

                                                                                                                    Executive Chef Matthew Danaher, formerly Executive Chef at Vic & Angelo's in Palm Beach Gardens, offers a menu of wood oven pizzas, seasonal small plates, salads or fresh Panini sandwiches as well as a full list of Italian specialties.

                                                                                                                    1. I don't remember reading this anywhere but for you fans of cupcakes, in the old location Saladworks on Miracle Mile in the Gables, there's a sign for a Gourmet Cupcake place. I took a peek inside and there seems to be a lot of fixtures in there already.

                                                                                                                      Sef
                                                                                                                      www.burgerbeast.com

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                                                                                                                      1. re: BurgerBeast

                                                                                                                        It is called Cupcake Nouveau. Very good cupcakes stopped in today after attending the Slow Food Miami Stone Crab Eat In.

                                                                                                                      2. This one made my toes tingle this morning...

                                                                                                                        Govind Armstrong's 8 oz Burger Bar on Alton Rd (novecento spot)
                                                                                                                        http://www.8ozburgerbar.com/

                                                                                                                        Source-
                                                                                                                        http://www.thesouthfloridatraveler.co...

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                                                                                                                        1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                          Thanks for brightening up my mood after the disappointment of the taco place opening on Lincoln.

                                                                                                                          Any idea of opening, etc.?

                                                                                                                          1. re: lax2mia

                                                                                                                            I was told in just a few weeks.

                                                                                                                            1. re: lax2mia

                                                                                                                              this week
                                                                                                                              http://www.thrillist.com/miami/8-oz-b...

                                                                                                                              1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                damn that looks good. I wonder if there will be local brews here like at the CA location. Also, is Armstrong the owner or just the head chef?

                                                                                                                          2. There's a new higher end Italian place opening in the old Norman's space in the Gables called Tiberio that I believe will also feature a chophouse (it is a huge space). Hopefully that will fill the gap for Italian in the Gables. Also, the old City Cellar and Max's Grill space have been leased out to a sports bar (in the front) and a brazilian steakhouse (in the back)

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                                                                                                                            1. re: Icantread

                                                                                                                              Hope Tiberio can capture the magic that once existed in that space. Had a lot of great times at Norman's over the years.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Icantread

                                                                                                                                That "Tiberio" space has been in the works for at least a year it seems. By gap for Italian in the Gables do you mean that Almeira is the only street in Coral Gables that doesn't already have an Italian restaurant? While none are truly exceptional, there are plenty Italian restaurants in the Gables already - Bugatti (my favorite) - Anacapri - Spris - Randazzo's - Abbracci (I'm not a fan) - Da Vittorio (recently opened, went once and was underwhelmed) - Gastronomia - Puchetta - Vialetto - Villagio ...

                                                                                                                                1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                  Yes it was sarcasm. Frightening though it may sound, that list doesn't sound complete. As for Tiberio, the gentleman in charged, who really seemed to be a character, said it was just Italian, but very good Italian. he did mention it's been a challenge dealing with issues regarding the building and possibly the landlord.

                                                                                                                                  FYI - Gastronomia will be out come end of February, in case anyone wants to use that in their death pool

                                                                                                                                2. re: Icantread

                                                                                                                                  There is also a place called The Tap (I believe) thats opening at Merrick Park. Ive been to one of these in Vegas and its awesome. Beers galore.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Blind Mind

                                                                                                                                    I heard it was going to be a Red Rock Canyon, also lots of beers. . . maybe something changed?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Icantread

                                                                                                                                      No, its called The Yard House. Coming to Merrick Park.

                                                                                                                                      http://www.yardhouse.com/

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Blind Mind

                                                                                                                                        Yardhouse, you're right. Red Rock Canyon was supposed to take over Nexxt.

                                                                                                                                3. Sandwich-Wise, gourmet sandwich spot @1533 Washington Ave

                                                                                                                                  Prices range from $7.75 for an Aranjuez sandwich with chorizo, saffron aioli, Manchego cheese and oven-roasted tomatoes;
                                                                                                                                  $8.75 for their signature sandwich the Argentine-inspired Bonaerense with sliced chimichuri beef, fresh mozzarella, parmesan cheese, boiled egg and black cornpeppers; to $10.75 for a rotisserie lamb Gyro on lavash bread.

                                                                                                                                  1. New sushi place in the Loew's is now open per New Times ("Sushi SoBe"). Exec chef is Fuji Fujita, who has a place at the Loew's Lake Las Vegas called Marssa. Here's some info on that one ->
                                                                                                                                    http://www.marssalv.com/index.asp

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                      Frod:
                                                                                                                                      I'll be staying at the Loews in late February. If I get a chance, I'll try to sneak some sushi in (wife doesn't do sushi, or any oriental for that matter) while I'm there and will report back.

                                                                                                                                    2. Looks like we have another taker on the yellow awnings of Miracle Mile. It's a bit soon to talk too much about it but hopefully we'll be saying hello to a Charlotte Bistro a few stores from Cupcake Nouveau. They'll be taking over the previous space of now-defunct Artfish (which I previously enjoyed)

                                                                                                                                      The chef's resume is fairly impressive, having studied in the Institute Paul Bocuse in Lyon, then worked in several restaurants in France, most of them Michelin starred, before opening her own place in her native Venezuela. Food will be French-inspired and French technique but not actually French cuisine. Opening date will be 2-3 months from now and address is 264 Miracle Mile.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Icantread

                                                                                                                                        Random thought - but any chance that this place has relations with Charlotte Bakery in South Beach? I'm guessing no, although having the Charlotte name and being Venezuelan owned at both locations seem to be a big coincidence.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: mialebven

                                                                                                                                          Charlotte on the Beach is so good! That garlic aioli is to die for!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: mialebven

                                                                                                                                            I don't think so, as these folks seem to be the one-restaurant sort but I will ask them. I will torment you with a couple of dishes that I guess were favorites in past restaurants and will be featured in this menu as well:

                                                                                                                                            Grouper Ravioli in fine herbs with a touch of sweet aji , crab emulsion broth in aroma of dill and badiane

                                                                                                                                            Lamb Rack marinated in thyme and nutmeg, delicate smashed potatoes in truffle oil and shaved asparagus

                                                                                                                                            La Soupe au Chocolat, crocant top melting chocolate 70% inside and expresso aroma, coffee ice cream and almond tuile.

                                                                                                                                        2. Per New Times, O Bacalhau, a Portugese place, has opened in Coral Gables ->
                                                                                                                                          http://www.obacalhau.com/
                                                                                                                                          (corner of Ponce & 8th St.)

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                            Ah, I saw that it reopened but drove by too fast to get the name. Hopefully this will stop the revolving door of restaurants. That previous Italian restaurant was a Jekyll and Hyde of fantastic/horrible Italian.

                                                                                                                                          2. We missed some recent mentions in other sites...

                                                                                                                                            - Pasion del Cielo - a new coffee house with beans from various parts of the Americas in the Gables (via Daily Candy)
                                                                                                                                            - Mamajuana Cafe - a new high-end Dominican fusion implant from New York in the Gables (via South Florida MenuPages' blog) taking over former Chispa spot
                                                                                                                                            - Moriano - a casual artsy Italian-Argentine restaurant in Midtown serving panini, pizza, pasta, coffee, wine, etc. (this one has been opened for a while but still is "new")

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: mialebven

                                                                                                                                              Mamjuana Cafe menu. It's calling your name Frod...
                                                                                                                                              http://www.thrillist.com/pics/41255po...

                                                                                                                                              1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                location?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Blind Mind

                                                                                                                                                  That's the old Chispa space, correct?

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Icantread

                                                                                                                                                    Sorry I didn't list because mialebven previously did. Yes, Chispa spot.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                      whoops, you're right. Didn't notice with the post collapse. Also, per Daily Candy, there's a Mr. Yum restaurant opening on 19th and 8 Street. looks like a quirky thai/japanese joint. Apparently hangover soup is on the menu. Haven't seen that dish anywhere in a while.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                  Funny, was literally just discussing this place with someone. Opening Thursday, I think. Maybe I'll get there next week.

                                                                                                                                              2. Koi- coconut grove
                                                                                                                                                "former Senor Frog's space, Koi wields pan-Asian fare with a drawl: the chef grew up in New Orleans"
                                                                                                                                                http://www.thrillist.com/coconut-grov...

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                  Yes, there is also some new Cuban joint in the Grove on Commodore Plaza where Somoto used to be. A swiss-themed resto called Jacob's in the Grove is also somewhat new to Commodore Plaza and has just changed ownership.

                                                                                                                                                  I know it wont be here until 2010 but Miami is finally getting a Michael Mina restaurant. XIV will open at some new hotel that is on collins up by Delano/Shore Club (just saw this yesterday and told myself not to forget but obviously that didnt work...)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Blind Mind

                                                                                                                                                    You mean a second Michael Mina restaurant (Bourbon Steak).

                                                                                                                                                    www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                      That's in Aventura. I'm sure people in Aventura would be offended you've lopped them in with Miami!

                                                                                                                                                      Regardless, 2 Mina places in such close proximity can only mean good things.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, I dont consider Aventura as part of Miami. Do they contribute taxes to Miami?

                                                                                                                                                        Regardless, Im still procrastinating on headed up there for dinner!

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Blind Mind

                                                                                                                                                        They must be joining Katsuya in the SLS project at the Ritz Plaza
                                                                                                                                                        Maybe they will open The Bazaar too (Jose Andres)
                                                                                                                                                        http://www.sbe.com/hotels.html

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                          Katsuya, The Bazaar and XIV all in one place?! I'm scared I'd lose everything I own to book rooms at that place. It'd give the Fontainbleu a run for its money.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: lax2mia

                                                                                                                                                            who can we talk to about getting The Bazaar here?!? i'll take that over another Mina...sorry guys.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Came across "Indian Palate" sign on the former Tuscan Grille, even more former Le Festival building on Salzedo in Coral Gables. Does anybody have any information on that?

                                                                                                                                                      1. Also got word that Rumi will be going into the Old Karma, older Flow, older a dozen other restaurants space on the corner of Galiano and Giralda.

                                                                                                                                                        1. I don't think this will be a big surprise for anybody but it seems La Bodegita de Medio has gone under and has been replace by a very creatively named Bodegita de Maya (I think). noticed it today while driving on Coral Way. Any scoop on the change?

                                                                                                                                                          Edit: I may be wrong and it may simply be a name change. the website remains (http://labodeguitamiami.com/index2.html).

                                                                                                                                                          1. There's a creperie next to the movie theater on Lincoln Road that boasts of locations in Paris, London and some other place? An international chain, it seems - but I'm not sure when it opened and if it's any good. Any reports?

                                                                                                                                                            Also, in Doral, Pastel Gourmet, a Venezuelan chain with 25 locations, is opening their first USA franchise soon - offering pasteles (similar to empanadas) from the Andes region of Venezuela. 2600 NW 87 Ave, Suite 13, Doral, FL. Flavors to include: beef, chicken, spinach w/ ricotta, enchilada, pabellon, pizza, cheese, ham & cheese, cream cheese & bacon, baby shark, Christmas, apple, guava & cheese, chocolate, and dulce de leche (arequipe). source: El Venezolano News

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mialebven

                                                                                                                                                              all I can say is it smells really good when you go to the theater.

                                                                                                                                                            2. Ola Cuba by Chef Douglas Rodriguez @Gulfstream. 2/10

                                                                                                                                                              1. Also open out west:

                                                                                                                                                                Brasa Nova Grill
                                                                                                                                                                SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33174
                                                                                                                                                                (A Venezuelan steakhouse with a drive-thru? That's something different...)

                                                                                                                                                                El Meson de Pacho
                                                                                                                                                                10405 NW 41st St, Doral, FL 33178
                                                                                                                                                                (Spanish)

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mialebven

                                                                                                                                                                  I wonder if they toss the meat at you in the car??

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                    Yes!

                                                                                                                                                                    Like Fred Flintstone and those bronto ribs that topple his car over.

                                                                                                                                                                    We went to Tobacco Road today and they were grilling burgers in the parking lot because they are renovating the kitchen. GAH - I can not imagine the layers of godawfulness they had to scrape off to remove that kitchen. Anyway - Tobacco Road has a brand new kitchen on the way! I am a fan of their club sammie...

                                                                                                                                                                    I do hope they DON'T clean the smoker.

                                                                                                                                                                    AG

                                                                                                                                                                2. Dont know if I mentioned it before but Koi has opened up in Coconut Grove in the old Senor Frogs space next to Greenstreets. Its got a location in Hollywood or something and is supposed to be an Asian/Nawlins joint. Theyre open 5p-12a for dinner. Also, "Sammy C's" is gonzo (big surprise) and something else will be pissing away money in a bad location soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Blind Mind

                                                                                                                                                                    Apparently this "Koi" has zero affiliation with the one in LA. As a result of the confusion, they have changed their name to Sekai. Yeah, really.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Saw a sign for, "Seafood Rock" ....Seafood & Rock., at the corner of 20th and Bay Road Miami Beach the corner storefront across from Publix.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: 2top

                                                                                                                                                                      That's almost as awful a name as Hot Tuna. Meh. speaking of, has anyone dared to venture in there? It always looks dead--and dirty!

                                                                                                                                                                      Barbu / 1935 West Avenue/ Just north of the Sunset, we’re wild about a brand new tapas bar with a French and Caribbean accent serving small plates and cool sips to a crowd who definitely grooves to the “under-the-radar” vibe. Cuddle up on a couch and share tender grilled avocado and lamb sausages and a host of mezze-licious treats.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: HabaneroJane

                                                                                                                                                                        The actual name is Sea Rock but that is no improvement :)

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: HabaneroJane

                                                                                                                                                                          has anyone tried Barbu yet?

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                            not yet but will very soon probably early next week

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                              Ate there tonight. It is very good. Portions are a little small but everything I had I enjoyed. My favorites were the duck leg and lamb sausage followed closesly by the shrimp, escargot, chicken creole, the avocado and lastly the terrine tropical.

                                                                                                                                                                              All dishes were at least good (Terrine Tropical) , the avocado and creole were solid and everything else was very good. Overall I thought the place has good value especially when you consider the quality of the food. You can tell they care about the ingredients they use.

                                                                                                                                                                              Beer and wine are coming soon. The place was packed (it is tiny) - and there were service issues because of it (they are not fully staffed yet) - but it was not nearly as bad as 8 oz and will not prevent me from going back soon. This place is a keeper and a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: HabaneroJane

                                                                                                                                                                            Barbu is fantastic - from the owners of the beloved A in the Design District.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Something new coming in on S Miami Ave between Rosinella and the Smoothie King. Haven't seen any signs but they have been working on it recently.

                                                                                                                                                                          Also read in a mag that Daniel Bouloud was supposed to open a DB Bistro Moderne in the MET 2 Tower... anyone know if that is still on?

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dmo305

                                                                                                                                                                            yes, despite the abysmal economy and real estate situation down there, shockingly, plans are still on for Bouloud to hit downtown. I hope so, as his resto in Palm Beach at Brazilian Court is marvelous!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: HabaneroJane

                                                                                                                                                                              Im beyond fired up for Boulud to come to Miami and think that his place will fit nicely in the area. My friend is the event manager at his place in Palm Beach but surprisingly Ive never eaten there. Just his spot in Vegas which was the bomb (loved the escargot especially). I also love his show that was on the Mojo channel called "After Hours with Daniel". I have all the Miami episodes on my DVR (Ortanique, The Lido @ Standard, Michy's, Sardinia, and MGFD). Kind of a fan...

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Blind Mind

                                                                                                                                                                                Agree-great show. They're not on Directv but you can watch them online on Hulu
                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.hulu.com/after-hours-with-...

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Looks like BLT Steak@Betsy Ross Hotel (ocean drive) is opening on 3/16/09.
                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.thebetsyhotel.com/reservat...

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                              Enough with the steak already! however, i did eat at BLT in Vegas and they had amazing burgers. I went to the opening of this BLT, which was in conjunction w SB Wine and Food Fest...no food was given, just a big boozy party to show the space, which, amidst the crowds, looked good. Met Laurent Tourondel who is very excited about bringing his beef here...let's hope it's not the same ol' same ol....

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Looks like the space on Ponce (formerly AT&T and International Quesadillas) where I said Jaguar was opening another of their spots has a Mexican restaurant named Talavera Mexican coming in.

                                                                                                                                                                              Also in south Gables, also on Ponce between Almeria and Sevilla, we have a Chinese restaurant opening. There were rumors in 07 that Tropical would open a restaurant where Los Ranchos was (right next door), so I wonder if it is them, another group actually from China or somebody else.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Icantread

                                                                                                                                                                                Talavera is set to open end of May / early June. From Lalo Durazo and the Jaguar team. Lalo is originally from Mexico City - I expect great things.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ejmmiami

                                                                                                                                                                                  Another Mexican place also going in next to the incipient Pasha's spot on Miracle Mile - already forgot the name, but the menu is up on the wall, looks like it wants to be a Chipotle / Qdoba type of place. Said they're about a month away from opening (which is probably optimistic).

                                                                                                                                                                                  Not mentioned here (or maybe I'm missing it) but saw on menupages that Mr. Chu (South Beach dim sum) is going into the old Los Ranchos space on Ponce.

                                                                                                                                                                                  www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Zucchero Ristorante Bistro
                                                                                                                                                                                2525 SW 3rd Ave

                                                                                                                                                                                http://zuccheromiami.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Le Restaurant at Le Merdian in Sunny Isles replaced Bice. Labeled as "comfort food" At least it's not a steakhouse plus it's right on the beach

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Went to Sports Exchange in the Gables. The Pork sliders were pretty good but the Poppers and Wings were just average. Had a burger that was pretty good also.

                                                                                                                                                                                    BB
                                                                                                                                                                                    www.burgerbeast.com

                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BurgerBeast

                                                                                                                                                                                      Just went to Sports Exchange for lunch.Creole shrimp app was ok, burger sliders were somewhat nasty. The buns were really dense, sort of oddly sweet, and sopping with grease on the bottom. Just not right. No side dish with the 3-piece slider order (but for $7, maybe I shouldn't complain).

                                                                                                                                                                                      They're clearly suffering from some opening jitters and are still working on getting the menu right, etc. How can a sports bar not have any beer on tap? Hopefully with some time they'll get straightened out.

                                                                                                                                                                                      www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. The Bridge Restaurant opening in the old Mark's/Blue Oyster/Two Chefs space 2288 NE 123rd Street, North Miami, FL

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: 2top

                                                                                                                                                                                        2top, any background on this place?

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. per today's herald

                                                                                                                                                                                        "Bocca, 1699 NE 123rd St., North Miami, is a new venture just west of Biscayne Boulevard from Alain Pizzutti, a Paris native who has cooked in New York City and Pittsburgh, and Kimberly Miller, an industry veteran who describes it as ''an intimate full service restaurant specializing in classic Italian cuisine.'' Lunch options ($6.95-$11.95) include salads, pastas and paninis. Dinner entrees are $14.95-$26.95; 305-891-4899, www.boccamiami.com. "

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                                          just what this city needs: another Italian restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: HabaneroJane

                                                                                                                                                                                            Here's another one! But with a pedigree. Found this in a Canadian newspaper of all places.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Offshoot of Da Caino in Tuscany called Vino e Olio by Caino. Not sure if it's still on, but sounds good

                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servle...

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Carolina at Menu Pages just reported that a gastropub is coming (Sunny Isles) called Calafate Grill. Hope this is the real deal

                                                                                                                                                                                          http://blogs.menupages.com/southflori...

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                                            Does this sound like a gastropub to you?????

                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.calafategrill.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                                              Love the absence of spanish beers among the half dozen mexican choices for happy hour...

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: dmo305

                                                                                                                                                                                                Same language anyway. Hey, $3 tapas are nothing to sneer at.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was hoping for an authentic gastropub but I'll give the tapas a shot.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                                              disappointment at the deception aside, it doesn't sound too bad, though the wording in the website seems to indicate a non-food background. "centrally located" sounds like real estate lingo.

                                                                                                                                                                                              At least he doesn't claim to be the Ferran Adria of this side of the Atlantic.

                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Lee Klein @ Newtimes reported that Paris' Caviar Kaspa is coming to the Webster on South Beach. (1220 Collins Ave)

                                                                                                                                                                                              Paris menu- http://www.caviarkaspia.asia/restaura...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                                                Just what we need in this economy - a caviar bar. At least it's not another steakhouse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Cofradia in Coral Gables will be reopening as a ceviche bar in May.

                                                                                                                                                                                                www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Flirt Sushi on Ocean Dr. NJ location received a "good" from NY TImes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://flirtsushi.com/index.php?page=...
                                                                                                                                                                                                  NY TImes review
                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://flirtsushi.com/reviews/rev1.pdf

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Per Newtimes

                                                                                                                                                                                                    "The Water Club (no relation to Tony Chan's Water Club) is slated to open late May in the Intracoastal Mall at 3969 N.E. 163 St., North Miami Beach (the former locale of Shooters Waterfront Bar and Restaurant, which closed in 2001). The new indoor-outdoor venue will encompass 27,500-square-feet and seat over 400. The sprawling space will include glass-fronted wine room, 35-foot-long bar, bay views, glassed-in open kitchen, DJ booth, twenty-one 50-inch plasma TV's, swimming pool with sun deck, and a dock that accommodates up to 50 boats."

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Executive chef is Christopher Sepe -- formerly of o-R-o, Mark's, and La Vieille Maison.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not sure about this one

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Drove by the old Plein Sud (North Miami)spot today and noticed that a new French restaurant replaced it called Petit Rouge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      *just found a blurb from the Herald this week. Chef is Neal Cooper
                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Petit Rouge menu. Lax it looks more reasonable than au pied de cochon...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.thrillist.com/pics/65109po...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also cheaper than paul bocuse :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Has anyone tried Petit Rouge yet?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. - Hakkasan supposedly had soft opening tonight. I'd taken Frod Jr. and Little Miss F to Tropical for dim sum lunch and we weren't up for another round and possible opening night jitters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Au Pied de Cochon has website for their Miami locaiton up and running, restaurant supposedly will be opening in May.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.aupiedmiami.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                          foie gras and apple tarte tatin ... pig's trotter with bernaise and fries ... they're talking my language.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Au pied looks interesting. I hope hakkasan has dim sum lunch...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Temper expectations about Au Pied de Cochon. Used to be one in DC that closed and turned into a Five Guys. My gut says it may end up with the "Jerry's Deli" syndrome where a local favorite from another city (L.A. in Jerry's case) opens deep in a touristy South Beach area and lose the mojo of the original. Let's hope not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lax2mia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                FYI : The Original Au Pied de Cochon open in Paris in Les Halles about 70 years ago and then the open the second one on Intercontinental Hotel Los Presidente in Mexico DC seven years ago. The second Au Pied de Cochon open in Atlanta in the Intercontinental Hotel in 2004. They will open in South Beach next month. The Au Pied de Cochon in DC and Canada is a copykat, only Mexico, Atlanta and South Beach is the same than Paris.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ynot

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Pied de Cochon in Canada has nothing, repeat NOTHING to do with the PDC in Paris. It is not a copy of anything. It is a uniquely Quebecois restaurant with its own joyous take on life and food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Im tempering expectations for Hakkasan too. Something about these hotel restos that just make me lower my expectations, especially when theyre carbon copies of some famous resto from some other area. Au Pied de Cochon's menu is speaking my language too but I also think their prices will keep me from enjoying it more than once in great while...if the food holds up. Two more to add to the "try" list though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I gotta get back to Tropical as soon as I get a weekend to do so...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Famous 24-Hour French Brasserie out of the Les Halles district of Paris. Authentic brasserie food- Oyster, Dungeness Crab, Seafood Towers, Foie Gras, Escargots, French Onion Soup, Souffles- 24 Hours a day. Classic Bar Cocktail Program. 600 Wine List. Michelin trained Chef. 81 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Au Pied De Cochon
                                                                                                                                                                                                              81 Washington Avenue, Miami, FL

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TheInsider

                                                                                                                                                                                                                chef is Didier Lailheuge, who worked with Alain Ducasse. They are offering a prix fix, three course meal including and for a 24/7 bistro----entrees from $24-$38......

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: HabaneroJane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $20 for a pig's foot!! Minimum $30 for a dozen oysters!! Is this really a bistro?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://aupiedmiami.com/dn_oysters.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lax2mia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    L2M>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kind of a tough sell when Manny's Downtown has free oysters 4-7pm Fridays... even the River Oyster bar discounts for happy hour now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think some people labor under the misconception that South Beach customers will simply pay to BE places. It's going to be a LONG summer for these folks if the locals fail to show up and pony up for these big ticket items.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Live. Learn. Pass the Salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AG

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: advisor_Girl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that's how the old bars (pre prohibition) used to run!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. MIA located at 20 Biscayne blvd in Miami. Chef is Gerdy Rodriguez (Abokado, 1Bleu, Karu & y)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                menu consists simple and traditional foods melded with scientific and artistic fare and flavors of Spain, Japan and Latin America prepared with organic ingredients sourced from farmer’s markets, local seafood purveyors and sustainable urban gardens.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tapas ($5-$10) such as Confit of Pork Belly with potato pomade and a crunchy egg capsula and Tortilla Espanola, six-minute egg with warm potato foam and crispy shallots

                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.miaatbiscayne.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                *editd to add that it is opening this "summer"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Have you been? Their site says "coming soon."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: almostinamerica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I did not have the impression it was open yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pomade? Really?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Do not remember if it has been posted on here yet, but the Yardhouse (with its 130 beers on tap) is slated to open in Merrick Park on May 10th.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Side question - does anyone know when Pacific Time's new mozzarella/pizza spot is slated to open?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mikek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Re PizzaVolante (PT pizza parlor) - I was told it would be open in a few weeks ... a few weeks ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just found this in an article dated Jan 31, 2009, so apparently the Volante was not "any day now" but the other part is interesting...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jonathan Eismann is set to open Pizza Volante - a pizza and mozzarella bar - any day now. And word is that the owners of Da Caino, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Monte Merano, Tuscany, will soon open Vino e Olio by Caino, offering the same recipes as the original.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. We haven't mentioned Frod's recent discovery here NAOE Miami with his review here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and chow thread here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/615270

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Anyone mention Eos @ Viceroy in Brickell? Its open now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Blind Mind

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Eos is opened, food is pretty good, need to work out service kinks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pizza Volante is still not opened
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Michy's to oepn in New Omphoy Hotel Palm Beach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rosinella's opened a Pizza/Roasted chicken restaurant/take out in Mary Brickell Villiage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Graziano's taking over Rybaks space in Brickell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Blind Mind

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            One of our frequent posters just picked up on an article that shows just how much the chef wants to be here. I really want to support this guy and this establishment after this heartwarming endorsement of our city.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.the-feedbag.com/from-the-t...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Blind Mind

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ate at Eos - interesting menu - really wanted to like it. But it was just mediocre. Had the Fundata - a Pecorino cheese dish. It came out a greasy, gloppy goo. It was faintly sweet where I would have preferred it salty. It really did not have much taste at all. It is like the Fundido they serve at Rosa Mexicano but not as good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Lobster and Sea Urchin Roe with Risotto was kind of nasty. The Risotto was soggy and the rice was too firm - you know, the kind of risotto that sucks. The Lobster was flavorless and fibrous in texture. Didn't taste the sea urchin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Crispy Rabbit was fine. They are like rabbit chicken fingers. Not bad - decent bar-type grubb. It came with a yogurt sauce that was a bit too thin but fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Having said all this, I am willing to give the place another shot as they may still be working out kinks and, like I said, the menu is promising. The place was depressingly empty on a Friday night by the way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: nikklos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sounds like their "kinks" are the size of the Rockies... Guess I'll be waiting for quite awhile to reconsider giving this one a shot now. The menu sounded promising but this report is not making me want to go any time soon... Thanks for taking one for the team.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Pizzavolante (new pizza / mozzarella place from Pacific Time chef Jonathan Eismann) has the paper off the windows and a small sign up saying they will be opening in *about* 10 days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                baires is opening really soon on lincoln (the entire place is done) and the pizza place by sardinia should be open within a month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Early reports on solsta (I think that's the name), quattro's pizza joint on lincoln rd in south beach are very positive. High quality and great value, spris may be in a bit of trouble if this is true once they get outside seating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's "Sosta" and even if it's good I suspect Spris will be fine. Lincoln Road still draws a lot of traffic and there are some thoroughly mediocre places there that have nonetheless managed to continue separating tourists from their dollars in sufficient amounts to stick around. Places that are actually decent should be OK, I think the Road can support more than one pizzeria - indeed it already has been between Spris and Pizza Rustica.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.sostapizzeria.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Time will certainly tell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        really? another pizza joint on south beach? wait, and Sardinia's got one too? zzzzzzz. If only someone would get a clue and import water from NYC and open a REAL pizza joint and get rid of all the rest. sigh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: HabaneroJane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gimme a break! Imagine what Neopolitans say when they go to NYC "They needa to bring ina the wata from Italyyy!" Even with all the places opening it's still not as rampant as NYC. Go figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          At least places are getting more serious about it than before. I remember when the only choice was Gino's!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: lax2mia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I agree. The pizza at Rustica, Spris even Piola is pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The new Sardinia Pizzeria is looking like it will be a gorgeous fun place and I'm sure the pizza isn't going to be bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: 2top

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The new sardinia place might just be very, very good ;). Piola is my favorite of the 3 pizza places you mentioned btw :).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Piola 14 years ago was my favorite place to hang when they were on Washington Ave. Went for a pizza recently before a movie and was sadly disappointed. Rustica has been my go to pizza joint since.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: HabaneroJane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I wouldn't sell these places short just yet. I am hearing very good things. Whether they can execute on a larger scale day after day is of course another story...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TP.when did they (Sosta) open? I went by on Monday for lunch and they were closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They are either opening tomorrow or next week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just heard that a burger/beer concept from las vegas is opening up in the old ouzo spot by the new publix in south beach. Apparently it will have 150 different beers and is possibly a micro brewery. Don't know the name and am too lazy to try to figure it out so anyone who knows more details, please do tell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WOW!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: 2top

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Btw the new sardinia pizza place is going to be called casale and should be open within 30 days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A few things I forgot to mention about casale

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There will be a mozzerella bar and crudo bar in addition to pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They will make their own ice cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They will serve a variety of baked pastas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They will bake their own bread - which sardinia will use
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They may serve baked goods in the morning - unsure about this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tutto bene! A veritable Sardinian village. Maybe we'll see Pietro milking the goats in the morning :>)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's called, very creatively, Burger and Beer Joint. ha! It's going to be a sports bar, lounge and gourmet burger joint rolled into one,...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: HabaneroJane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Does that really count as a "concept"?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Fun to report that one of the Gables' newest joint, the Brazilian steakhouse which took over Max's Grill/Some Asian Fusion that lasted 2 months, has gone the way of the Dodo as well. Talk about well heeled operations and doing your research.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Don't recall seeing this one mentioned, recently opened, Joe's Tiki Bar on Key Biscayne w/ a dock

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.joestikibar.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A wholly unengaging menu, which might be the point and the prices are not bad. If they execute well, that's more than enough when you're by the water. Do we have something similar and well done in the area?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Downtown Miami late 09, Senses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "The menu will reflect European Contemporary cuisine with a focus on seafood and shellfish, a daily, a raw bar and fresh live lobsters from their tank."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.sensesmiami.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh my. Wanna give these guys credit for having the cojones to open a restaurant during these times, but the concept looks a mess! On the one hand art and a wine shop, on the other a happy hour with $1.95 cheeseburger and fries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "The Crossroads of the Arts." oy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Pizzavolante, the new Jonathan Eismann (Pacific Time) pizza parlor, is now open in the Design District. Stopped in to look around this morning, didn't have time to try anything (yet).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Link to menu in here ->
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Funny that it just opened and has 2 votes already in your "best pizza" poll hahaha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Blind Mind

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They had those 2 votes yesterday!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mustve been Doc and Marty McFly getting their votes in...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I thought Lax2Mia would get a kick out of knowing (read here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6197...) that Season's 52 is a done deal on Miracle Mile.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Icantread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  He's in shock!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lax2mia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I heard last night Yauatcha is coming to lincoln rd. Alan Yau concept dim sum, tea, patisserie. Supposedly it is excellent at the london location. Prices are expensive but apparently not as high as hakkasan. I for one am very excited, especially after eating the dim sum platter at hakkasan miami beach. It will be in the new building being built on alton.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Icantread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am sorry did you say Season's 52 or Red Lobster?!?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GAG.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jmdhsmiami

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They are owned by the same company so maybe they will lease half their space to RL or Olive Garden :).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No, I know the are owned by the same company was part of the punchline to my joke! Should make it a complex of their restaurants, as they also own Bahama Breeze too! Sign me up!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jmdhsmiami

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Buy pizza hut and throw them in too. Maybe rename Miracle Mile Darden Way :).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Caviar Kaspia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "South Beach's old Webster building will reemerge June 1 as a 20,000-square-foot, outrageously chic emporium. Its French founders, Laure Hériard Dubreuil, Frederic Dechnik and Milan Vukmirovic, have concocted a three-floor shopping experience with men's and women's clothing from the most elite brands, fine jewelry, vintage watches, art offerings, a lounge area, rooftop space and the first U.S. outpost of the famously hip Paris eatery Caviar Kaspia."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -From the Herald
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.miamiherald.com/297/story/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: 2top

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I hope they have very deep pockets, they are going to need them

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tpigeon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I do not think that will be an issue:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Dubreuil is an heiress to the Remy Cointreau liquor fortune and holds degrees from Fashion Institute of Technology and Universite de Paris Dauphine. She has also worked on the merchandising team at Balenciaga."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We will see how this one fares...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Chilorio's (Mexican) and Pashas both now open in Coral Gables on Miracle Mile
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://chilorios.restatemedia.org/home

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Gusto Vino and Cafe (West Ave South Beach) Sounds interesting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.thrillist.com/miami/2009/0...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. not quite new or coming soon, but Le Provencal in Coral Gables shall be moving to 266 Miracle Mile come July, (next to the coming soon Charlotte Bistro)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Icantread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shake Shack is coming soon to Lincoln Road.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jessierandall

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              already noted in this "late '09" thread, which is a little less bloated than this one (290 posts!) - >
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/639922

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Has anyone actually tried Prelude by Barton G yet?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Barton G Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1427 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: moralesmom

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I went to Prelude and thought it was just ok.Ambience is nice, but it's a rush act to get your three courses before the show...the food is fine, nothing to rave about. Desserts much better. Great option if you must eat before a show, otherwise, wait till after for dessert and cocktails

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: HabaneroJane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I went to Prelude and was underwhelmed. I ordered the caesar salad which was supposed to be grilled but wasn't (and the waiter told me they don't grill it anymore), the salad dressing was horrible. Then I ordered the duck confit. It was tasty but the menu said it had sausage in it. It did not. The waiter who was nice and attentive talked me out of dessert and said I should try the goat cheese tortellini instead. Those came with a terrible super strong red pepper sauce that killed any goat cheese that might have been. Then my favorite part is they charge $13.oo for a half of glass of Veuve Cliqout champagne. Who orders a half a glass? When I ordered I did not notice that it was only for half a glass and the waiter did not clarify. He brought us, of course, two full glasses. So the bill was $50.00 for two full glasses of champagne. Is that misleading or am I crazy???? The room is pretty and the service was solicitous but overall I would go somewhere else the next time.