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Inespensive gem in or near South Beach

Andria Apr 29, 2009 09:46 AM

I have booked all the higher end restaurants in South Beach, but am now looking for any outstanding gems that won't break the bank for some friends I have coming into town. What do you recommend?

  1. advisor_Girl Apr 29, 2009 01:44 PM

    Fratelli la Buffala, Cafe Charlotte, Bella Cuba and Chalan on Washington...
    TapTap on 5th. GrillFish on Collins. AltaMar on Lincoln. Bartolme on Purdy. Barbu on West. 8 ounce on Alton. Clarke's on 1st.



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    1. re: advisor_Girl
      tpigeon Apr 29, 2009 03:46 PM

      You forgot bbq beach ;). Alta mar is not cheap btw.

      I would add joe allen and of course martarello.

      1. re: tpigeon
        advisor_Girl Apr 30, 2009 03:15 AM


        You make a good point, but it's "inexpensive" compared to Hakkasan. What's an inexpensive GEM to you these days? I'm not feeling the love.


        1. re: advisor_Girl
          tpigeon Apr 30, 2009 03:30 PM

          Yes it is but so is almost anything else :). Martarello is an inexpesive gem by almost any standard. I would consider Alta moderate.

          Also there are these italian tacos on 13th and washington that are a great value. Each taco costs $1 and they are good - 3 or 4 make a decent sized meal.

          A la follie and puerto sagua, the falaffel place on 11th and washington and the one on 6th between collins and wash are other good ones.

          1. re: tpigeon
            Blind Mind May 1, 2009 07:53 AM

            Right on TP. I was going to add A la Folie and Pita Spice on Washington. Both have great food at a nice price and both are interesting places to eat at.

            Im curious though - whats the name of the Italian taco place and what, exactly, constitutes an "Italian taco"???

            1. re: Blind Mind
              tpigeon May 1, 2009 07:58 AM

              It is a little storefront right by the crunch gym. They have soft shell tacos with italian ingredients in it instead of mexican. They are not amazing but they are suprisingly good and and excellent value.

              1. re: tpigeon
                advisor_Girl May 1, 2009 09:58 AM


                We are not talking about the 4th P (1251 Washington Avenue) because TP already OUTED Matarellos.

                : )


                1. re: advisor_Girl
                  jmdhsmiami May 1, 2009 06:15 PM

                  it kinda sorta maybe is close to South Beach, to me it is because I have a car, but Buena Vista Bistro is tops when it comes to great food with a little french influence at under $20 for a nice entree and a decent bottle of red for $28 and tasted like it was twice the price.

                  Buena Vista Bistro
                  4582 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

        2. re: tpigeon
          Andria May 2, 2009 09:21 PM

          We tried Martarello today... amazing sandwiches & focaccia! I am a hard to please Italian, and their dough is very close to my mother's. We will head back to try more of their pizza.

          1. re: Andria
            HabaneroJane May 5, 2009 12:15 PM

            where's this Martarello and do they deliver?

            1. re: HabaneroJane
              Andria May 5, 2009 03:40 PM

              They are located on Washington, near the corner of Espanola Way... across from Cameo... near a sushi place. I don't think they deliver.

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        Loriekeys May 2, 2009 07:37 AM

        I like Van Dyke's on Lincoln Road Mall. The food is good, cheap and you get to people watch. They have this pasta filled with pear and cheese that is really good.

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        1. re: Loriekeys
          tpigeon May 2, 2009 12:35 PM

          I have to disagree with Van Dyke.

          1. re: tpigeon
            jmdhsmiami May 2, 2009 04:12 PM

            I second that and don't dare mention Nexxt Cafe.

            1. re: tpigeon
              lax2mia May 2, 2009 08:12 PM

              i disagree with your disagreement. If I watch people eating at the Van Dyke then I assume they are watching me. Thus you get to people watch ;)

              1. re: lax2mia
                tpigeon May 2, 2009 09:18 PM

                Let me clarify - great people watching mediocre to poor food.

                1. re: tpigeon
                  lax2mia May 2, 2009 09:56 PM

                  There ya go!

                  1. re: lax2mia
                    jmdhsmiami May 3, 2009 04:42 AM

                    and since Soyka gave up management of it, even the simple roasted chicken is tough to digest now.

                    1. re: jmdhsmiami
                      Blind Mind May 3, 2009 08:39 AM

                      I'll have to agree to pass on Van Dyke, however, the live music upstairs occasionally has some great acts and its got an intimate vibe too. Yes for cocktails and live music, no for food.

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