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jcattles Jul 8, 2009 08:06 AM

Hubby & I are staying a few day in North Miami just off Biscayne Blvd. We are planning on spending most of our time on the beaches between Bal Harbour & Sunny Isles. We are looking for cheap, fast, good food that can be packed up and taken to the beach with us. I'd definitely love to find a cuban stand. We are also into anything latin/mexican/spanish, sandwichs, bagels. Really, anything really good and portable.

We will also need any good recs for dinner. Nothing overly expensive, we're going cheap on this vacation. :) I like most anything but hubby won't do asian, chinese, sushi, etc...Again, cuban is always a hit with us! We'll have a car, and are willing to drive, so that's not a problem. We might venture to South Beach one night, but we are familiar with the restaurants down there.


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    rebus1805 Sep 21, 2009 02:20 PM

    Correct telephone for Il Piccolo is 305.893.6538.

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      rebus1805 Sep 21, 2009 02:19 PM

      Il Piccolo at 2112 NE 123rd St. in N. Miami, telephone 305.893.6593, has an extensive menu and many specials. They do lots of take out. Large portions and reasonable prices. Very good wraps and sandwiches. Great for dining in also. Donna is my favorite waitress there. Casual and very friendly. Tourist free zone.

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        scscr Jul 9, 2009 09:59 AM

        Little Havana at 12727 Biscayne fits the bill for cuban with a pretty good lunch special that you could get to go. For sandwiches and bagels, Bagel Bar East is on 125th and San Souci (a little east of biscayne on the way to the beach). It's not the best deli, but better than what you are used to in Denver. The Bridge restaurant just opened a little further east of the Bagel Bar and they should have a few decent options to go. My wife and I really like the homemade pate, and have gotten that to go to take with us on the boat a few times. For a great sub, Football Subs at NE 2nd and 84th (not the best neighborhood) is really good and fresh (I'm heading there for lunch right now). There is an argentinian place a little further west of the Bagel Bar (between biscayne and sans souci, not sure the name) that has pretty good empanadas and sandwiches that are always a good option for beach food. Nothing in this area will blow you away, but these are a few decent options all for under $10. If you are a member of Costco, there is a Costco at about 145th and Biscayne and you can get a pretty good rotiserre chicken for $4.99 that is big and juicy. Enjoy.

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          Frodnesor Jul 9, 2009 10:11 AM

          Is the Bridge in the old Mark's Place (briefly Two Chefs Too) location?

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            scscr Jul 10, 2009 07:19 AM

            Yep. That's the one. It's actually not bad for what it is, and very affordable.

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              scscr Jul 11, 2009 10:51 AM

              Actually, I retract that last post. The Bridge is bad. Went last night and the meal was an all around disaster. The pizza might have well been Red Baron. The best part of the meal was the bread and the $9 two for one top shelf cocktails. I really want this spot to work, but it is becoming a black hole.

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                Frodnesor Jul 11, 2009 12:09 PM

                Appreciate the update. I hate when people post, you go and it's awful, and when you say so they respond "Oh, yeah, I went back a couple more times and it really stunk but I never said anything." Thanks!

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          tpigeon Jul 8, 2009 03:32 PM

          Hiros Yakko San for dinner

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            Frodnesor Jul 8, 2009 03:57 PM

            hubby won't do asian.

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              tpigeon Jul 8, 2009 04:27 PM

              go without him :)

              1. re: tpigeon
                Frodnesor Jul 8, 2009 04:50 PM

                now there's some good advice.

                1. re: Frodnesor
                  jcattles Jul 9, 2009 07:39 AM

                  Y'all are funny! Let's see I don't like tuna sandwichs, but hubby does, I like asian , but hubby doesn't, maybe we could work it out.......

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            travlnmike Jul 8, 2009 12:13 PM

            eat at the gourmet diner 142 and biscayne.Their eggs benedict on weekends is awesome,and their fruit tarte is a winner.Good salads,escargot,etc.

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            1. re: travlnmike
              The Chowfather Jul 8, 2009 04:56 PM

              I like gourmet diner but not really cheap (reasonable though) or beach appropriate

            2. Frodnesor Jul 8, 2009 11:20 AM

              I have made a Google map of many worthy destinations just a bit south of you that ought to be helpful ->


              As for Cuban, my favorite around that area is Sazon on Collins just north of 71st Street.

              Note that there's another El Rey de Chivito location up in Sunny Isles.


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              1. re: Frodnesor
                jcattles Jul 9, 2009 07:38 AM

                Awesome map, I'm going to start reading up on them. I'll be spending some time reading your blog too! Thanks, Frodnesor

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                  phatface Sep 21, 2009 02:07 PM

                  You missed a good one.
                  The Thai-Japanese place next to Oggi cafe. Real - Real good sushi and Japanese. The thai side of the menu leaves a little to be desired (Americanized) and a REAL fair wine list

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                    Frodnesor Sep 21, 2009 02:39 PM

                    I'm not sure what Thai-Japanese place next to Oggi Cafe you mean. The only one I can think of that's close to Oggi is Siam Bayshore (a/k/a Sushi Siam) which is on the map. If that's what you're referring to, I find their Thai food better than the Japanese (though not as good as Tamarind Thai), and can't imagine going there for sushi when there's Sushi Deli right down the street. Or is there somewhere else you are thinking of? The only other thai/sushi around there that I know of is Sawwadee off the Normandy Drive circle (which I was not impressed by).

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                      phatface Sep 21, 2009 03:02 PM

                      Oh thanks for the note. I only go to visit and don't see much of the hood.
                      Yes that is the place I'm referring to, and have found the sushi-sashimi very fresh and fairly priced. We usually split the "boat" for $26, and a bottle of wine

                2. The Chowfather Jul 8, 2009 08:28 AM

                  Grab some tunafish sandwiches over at Epicure market in SI.
                  Bagels&Co. is close and serves good bagels. Tuna is good too but not as good as Epi
                  Little Havana is close for Cuban.

                  Bagels & Co
                  11064 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33161

                  Little Havana Restaurant
                  12727 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL 33181

                  Epicure Markets
                  17190 Collins Ave Sunny Isles, Bch, FL

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                    jcattles Jul 9, 2009 07:36 AM

                    Sounds like good recs. Thanks Chowfather!

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                      Blind Mind Jul 10, 2009 10:07 AM

                      Not "beach-ready" food but Calafate Grill (pretty much right next door to Epicure) does $3 beer, sangria, and tapas for happy hour starting at 430p. The tapas portions appear to be large too for $3. Would be a great place for a couple o' tapas dishes and a few pops after a day at the beach.

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