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May 11, 2009 11:59 AM

Casual South Beach near south of 5th

I am relocating part-time from NYC to a building on South Beach, south of 5th. Looking for casual (take-out and sit down) spots to make regular spots for meals. Looking for alternatives to the high-end touristy spots. Happy to walk or hop in the car.

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  1. Here are some ideas...

    Joe's Takeaway - my favorites are the seafood bisque, onion rings, fried oysters, and stone crabs
    Clarke's - good burgers, pub fare
    Sylvano's - good, casual italian
    Primo Pizza - awesome pizza by the slice or the whole pie. Closest thing to NY pizza around.

    Make sure you hit the new park at South Pointe - it's a great place to take a walk or go for a picnic.

    I'd love to know if anyone else knows some more places....

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      1. re: tpigeon

        Wow - I am really surprised how many restaurants have closed this past year. There is another Sylvano's on Alton and 7th or 8th - i think if you are looking for a weeknight casual dinner.

    1. You can try Big Pink, Fratelli la Bufala

      1. DeVito (Ocean Drive 100 block) - probably not very casual but great for an informal lunch. Love their ham and mozzarella sandwich.

        Incidentally, Joe's Stone Crab is a great option for breakfast.

        1. Nothing quite like Fratelli la Buffala, a neighbourhood pizzeria that also has some pasta dishes and always great antipasti. 5th and Collins.
          We also go to the Soji sushi place, Collins between 1 and 2, but this is more glamor-tourist
          Puerto Saguas for greasy cuban breakfasts is perfect, if you like that kind of thing. It's probably in the guides because there are many tourists, but there is still enough local in it.
          Ta-zin (5th and michigan?)is a new moroccan place, and it is inland, so is the Irish place, Clarks (2nd and alton), and it is a good rule of thumb that as you go towards the bay, the places are more local and less fancy/touristy

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            1. re: viscalbarsa

              Actually it seems there are dozens upon dozens of pizzerias that also have some pasta dishes, etc. in South Beach. Fratelli la Bufala itself is a chain with nearly a hundred locations around the world. Is it really so unique?

              Shoji Sushi used to be very good several years ago but took such a precipitous nose dive in quality that I never go back any more. A shame.

              Devitos falls well closer to the "high-end touristy spot" side of the spectrum than the "casual (take-out and sit down) spot".


              1. re: Frodnesor

                While FLB has many locations, 90% of them are in Italian towns and cities, and the one in MB (With DC, the only ones in the US) I think replicates fairly well the feel of a neighborhood place. We know the waiters here and they know us: some have been there since the opening.
                I agree with you on Shoji, the quality is down and they aren't even that friendly, but it is a neighborhood place; regulars hang out on a Tuesday in August. Maybe Akashi (1st floor on 5th and Ocean) will do better?

              2. re: viscalbarsa

                Ta-Zin is an authentic Moroccan restaurant located at 427 Jefferson , so 5th and Jefferson ... They do take out ... Summer hours are tuesday throught sunday from 6pm till ... Belly Dancers performing on Fridays and Saturdays and also hookahs available on those 2 days ... It's a great place to hold Birthday parties or any other special event or just for a tete-a-tete dinner ...

                1. re: tpigeon

                  Second this . . . TAP TAP on 5th, near Euclid I think.