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Will be staying in the airport area for a chess tournament over the weekend. Me and my seven year old son. Will have a car but don't want to travel terribly far as time between the rounds will be limited.
I love good food and my son will eat something off the menu that's plain.
I am new to this board but I would love some recomendations from the locals. TIA!

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  1. there is not much near the airport at all. Nor is the area surrounding very nice. Hope someone can come up with some suggestions. Perhaps some of the airport hotels will work for you.

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    1. re: smartie

      Well maybe something not too far away??

    2. Where exactly will you be for the tournament and how much time do you have to grab meals? Will help to figure out what's in range for you.

      1. Here is the schedule for the weekend. Now at night we could go farther, but I don't want to keep him out too late! I really appreciate any advice! We are staying at the Embassy Suites.
        December 27, 2008
        9:00 A.M. -- Introductions and Rules
        Round 1: 10:00 – 12:00 PM; Lunch: 12:00- 1:00; Round 2: 1:30 – 3:30 PM; Round 3: 3:30 – 5:30 PM . Blitz – 5:30 PM
        December 28, 2008
        Round 4: 10:00 AM – 12; Lunch: 12:00-1:00; Round 5: 1:00 PM – 3:00; Round 6: 3:00 PM – 5:00
        Bug House – 5:00 PM
        December 29, 2008
        Round 7: 10:00 – 12:00; Lunch: 12:00-1:00; Awards: 1:30

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        1. re: lisabarr

          I would ask the tournament organizers what they have planned for lunch. An hour is not enough time IMO, there are some cuban cafes around in Hialeah but you need to know your way around there cos it's very confusing. Maybe some of the gas stations do food for lunch or there will be McD's and Subway etc near the airport.
          or google local pizza places and see if they will deliver to your hotel at night. Sorry nothing better to suggest.

          1. re: lisabarr

            I tend to agree that you are going to be very squeezed for time trying to go out for lunch. Closest places to airport I can think of ->
            Latin Cafe 2000 - Le Jeune Rd. just south of airport. Standard Cuban fare.
            http://www.latincafe2000.com/index2.html
            Catch of the Day - also on LeJeune Rd. Seafood. Haven't been in ages, wouldn't personally vouch for it.
            I've seen some here say Basilico (Italian) is good - on Doral Blvd.
            http://www.basilicomiami.com/
            Can anyone vouch for Hereford Grill, also on LeJeune?
            http://www.herefordgrillmiami.com/

            For dinner you are in reasonably close range of 8th Street (especially Versailles) for classic Cuban, or Coral Gables for a much broader list of options. There are many Coral Gables threads but with a 7-yr old in tow, depending how adventurous their eating horizons are, I might be thinking Bugatti or Spris for Italian, Lotus Garden for Thai, Miss Saigon for Vietnamese (not terribly authentic but decent food), Su Shin Izakaya for Japanese.

            1. re: Frodnesor

              TY so much. Will try Basilica for sure. I love Italian. I will also try Latin Cafe. TY again!

          2. TY, but the tournament is not providing lunch and I would like to do a bit better than the gas station. I do have a GPS in my car and with a bit of luck my son won't use all two hours for his games, at best maybe an hour. So I could have almost two hours.

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            1. re: lisabarr

              Sushi Cafe Miami is a pretty solid Korean and Sushi restaurant. They do korean BBQ but you must order 2 meats to cook it yourself. I have also tried some of their soups which have all been delicious. The spicy tuna hand roll is also solid.

              www.sushicafemiami.com

              1. re: FoodDude2

                Yes, your choices are limited in that area. I work on the westside of the airport in Doral and even that's far for an hour break. Basilico is very good and I've eaten there many, many times. It's quite good but not 5-star dining but solid. It's been a good year since I've been to the Hereford Grill but last time it was quite good and the parking lot is always full. Haven't been to Catch of The Day lately but they're still advertising on major radio and that means they have money or have worked out a great trade deal!

                EMac

            2. One hour is a little short plus Miami traffic. Check out OneBurger in the Gables.