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Feb 20, 2009 03:52 PM

Miami and the Keys: Check my homework, please!

I'm traveling to Miami and driving south to the Keys for our annual girlfriend's getaway in late March. This is my first visit to South Florida.

Just to set the stage a bit, I'm flying from San Francisco and definitely into the creative, fresh, seasonal, local cuisine thing--though that doesn't have to mean $30/plate organic restaurants. I like quirky, community-driven restaurants, some of them dives, like this Tunisian cafe in San Francisco and Monell's and Prince's Hot Chicken in Nashville.

Cost doesn't matter much: I just want really good food, whether that's a sandwich or an amazing plate of fish for $30.

Miami (possibly two days and two nights):
Michael's for dinner on a Wednesday (already reserved)
_________ for dinner on Saturday

Keys (possibly two days and two nights, overnight in Key West but traveling around via car)
BO's Fish Wagon for lunch
Seven Fish for dinner
Hogfish for lunch or dinner
___________ for breakfast?

Thanks for any advice you can offer. I promise to report back.

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  1. We used to stop at the Wreck and Galley at mile marker 58 on Grassy Key for a really good grouper sandwich. I think it has changed hands so I can't be sure it's still as good as before. Perhaps some one else can verify. I hope it's still okay because we'll be there next Friday!

    1. Keys Fishery in Marathon is a good stop on the way to or from KW, but probably too far to drive to specifically. They claim they supply the stone crab to Joe's. The setting is very rustic (i.e. keys-like), and the fish is reliably good. Lines can be long, which of course is both a good sign and too bad if you're in a hurry

      BO's is a good choice.

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      1. re: johnb

        definitely stop at Keys Fishery on the way to Key West. It's the perfect lunch destination if you start driving from Miami in the AM. they have stone crabs for a great price, and their mustard sauce is good
        BO's is an interesting stop
        in Miami, for something local
        consider Ceviche 105, tasty pescado a la macho
        and Enriqueta's Sandwich shop for a nice pan con bistec

        1. re: ankimo

          I've never had the bistec at Enriqueta's but the pan con lechon was awesome.

      2. Miami -> Red Light for your other meal. I think it's exactly what you're looking for. Located in a former motel-by-the-hour, chef found his way to Miami via New Orleans and retains some of that influence (awesome NO-style BBQ shrimp), short menu, almost everything under $20, strong focus on fresh local product (one of my most recent visits, I saw a guy bringing a few big heads of bok choy grown down in Homestead into the kitchen, and 5 minutes later it was on my plate).

        More info on this thread ->

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        1. re: Frodnesor

          sonybob, johnb, frodnesor and advisor_girl: thanks so much! your advice is much appreciated. red light sounds right up my alley.

          we're traveling in late march, so i'll report back after my return.

        2. pane

          ___________ for breakfast?

          If you are in Key West, Blue Heaven 729 Thomas St or Croissants D'France for breakfast. If you are in the upper keys Hariettes 95710 Overseas Hwy or Mrs Macs 9336 Overseas Hwy or Bobs Bunz 81532 Overseas Hwy.

          In Miami Sunday Brunch at Nemo 100 Collins


          1. Croissant D"France for breakfast in Key West!! or Two Friends!!! Both yummy!!