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gourmet diner

i have driven past this place so many times and always wanted to go in to get my favorite diner meal, grilled cheese, cheese fries and chocolate shake, but never have i done so. anyhow, this morning, i was killing time with my daughter, waiting for costco to open, and we decided to grab some breakfast there. i had the eggs benedict with a side of bacon (all hail bacon). it came with home fries as well. it wasn't the most amazing eggs bene that i have ever had (not sure where the best i have had is, but i do like the eggs juneau at chester's in berkeley... yeah, those are my favorite), but they were quite delicious. the real standout was the home fries. asked for them extra crispy and they satisfied my crispy-desire incredibly so.
anyhow, i looked to see if there were any threads here on CH about the joint and while i didn't find a dedicated topic, i did find many mentions of the place by our local guru, Frodnesor, and i was excited to read that it is a favorite spot of his... (he might not have said 'favorite' but he does speak highly of it. anyhow, i have not been there for dinner but i am excited to try it out. i like the idea of a french style bistro being hidden inside a diner. i would definitely like to hear about other peoples' opinions and experiences eating there.
it definitely is not your standard diner grease. probably not gonna have much luck there with my grilled cheese and cheese fries though... aw well.

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  1. Ummm. what is it and more importantly, WHERE is it? You forgot to say, and Florida is a very big place!

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      1. re: Kajikit

        It's in North Miami Beach on Biscayne Blvd. It's a French bistro set in a diner. They have a varied menu with reasonable prices and for the most part, the food is quite good, especially their desserts. It's been in that location for what seems like forever, which in today's economy, in a neighborhood where restaurants come and go, says something about their food and following.

        1. re: Kajikit

          Place link included below and here's a link to the menu ->
          http://southflorida.menupages.com/res...

          The roast duck is wonderful, I always like the tenderloin tips and the trout meuniere, there's usually a bunch of blackboard specials as well. But the best part of any meal is the vegetable souffle that comes as a side with most entrees.

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          Gourmet Diner
          13951 S Biscayne River Dr, Miami, FL 33161

          1. re: Frodnesor

            Agreed that the vegetable souffle is always good, and it changes daily. I typically get the Churrasco with garlic mashed and veggie souffle. I also occasionally get the Mediterranean Chicken Caesar Salad and ask them to chop it up.

            Solid spot for good no frills breakfast on the weekends also, I like the combos...

            1. re: Frodnesor

              Thanks! I didn't realise that 'gourmet diner' was the name of the restaurant... it sounds good. :)

          2. The thing about this particular place that's so impressive to me is that it's been consistently good for years. Sure, some meals are better than others, but I've never had a horrible experience there. In South Florida, this is amazing.

            1. I decided to take my parents there for a quick brunch today, and am glad they're still still around as its been about 8 years since I've stopped by. Huge buttermilk pancake were tasty (and had a hint of cornmeal?), and the eggs benedict were still pretty good, as were the home fries. The coffee wasn't too bad either, and prices are still reasonable, especially since IHOP and Denny's have steadily risen their prices over the past decade to almost the same level($6-10 for breakfasts).

              1. We ate here a few weekends ago for breakfast and thought the food was great. Breakfast is a really hard gig in the general Miami area, so this was a treat for us. Mrs. I had the vegetarian omlette which was quite tasty and dry (Veggie omlettes tend to be wet from the veggies), excellent french toast and satisfying eggs benedict. We'll have to try this place for dinner but are glad to have this and UVA 69 (great pancakes, great prices) in the rotation.

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                  1. re: Icantread

                    I love Uva's croissants (especially the almond croissant)...but for pancakes (after driving my husband CRAZY eating only pancakes for weeks while I was pregnant) my favorite are Jimmy's Eastside Diner's blueberry pancakes.... ahhhhhh

                  2. Paid a return visit to Gourmet Diner and happy to report that they are still cranking out great food. Tenderloin tips, cauliflower souffle and asparagus were all perfect.

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                    Gourmet Diner
                    13951 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Beach, FL 33181