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Anything new or coming to Dade late '09?

Looking for new places, or places in the works for Summer, FALL and Winter 2009.

Casales Pizzeria by Sardinia recently opened. MB

Burger and Beer Joint is slated to open across the street from Casales very soon. MB

MIA is set to open in downtown soon.

Prime Blue has changed hands and will reopen under a new name shortly. Downtown

Brosia sold and will become??? Design District

Sports Grill in Kendall is developing a new store.

What else is, or soon to be cooking down here in the 305 ? ? ?

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  1. The Prime Blue location is now "Solymar," supposed to open 7/30.

    Solea in the W Hotel South Beach recently opened.

    Ahnvee (creole, former Emeril chef) recently opened on South Beach.

    Don Chile (Mexican) opened in Coral Gables.

    Talavera (Mexican from owners of Jaguar) still supposed to open sometime in Coral Gables.

    Le Provencal recently moved from corner of LeJeune & Miracle Mile to a spot further east on Mircale Mile.

    What ever happened to Apple, the son of Bradley Ogden thing? I know there was a dispute among the partners, did it never open?

    www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

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    1. re: Frodnesor

      I'm really confused by the whole Don Chile thing. They've been pimping this Grand Opening for a few weeks now, but they've been open since last year. They were open, then wanted to sell it. . .maybe they did? I don't know. I went a few times (after the original opening) and the food was quite good.

      Next to Le Provencal's new location, Charlotte Bistro is having her soft opening on Monday. This chef worked under some Michelin-rated talent in Lyon and I'm very curious to see how the restaurant turns out. She's given it a cute, funky vibe and talks very passionately about food and wine so I have high hopes.

      1. re: Icantread

        If anyone ventured to Charlotte yesterday, they were probably turned away due to some technical issues (read: AC in summertime). Looks like they'll be open tomorrow. I won't be able to try them until September (travel) but I would be curious to read any feedback in the meantime.

      2. re: Frodnesor

        It hasn't stopped raining enough for Apple to have it's grand opening.

        http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shorto...

        1. re: lax2mia

          Net>

          My wish for "Late 09?"

          I am hoping the hounds will show some love to Mahogany Grill next time they visit the LandShark Stadium. I love this place and these photos are making me hungry!

          http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shorto...

          AG

          The Mahogany Grille (2190 NW 183 St - Miami Gardens Drive west of the highway)

          1. re: advisor_Girl

            AG ~ Amen to that! Great food, great prices. For me the cornbread was enough incentive, and I did not know I liked cornbread!

            1. re: Icantread

              What is their average price line? Neither the online menu or the downloadable has any prices, which makes me wonder. Also, the downloadable has many more entrees listed in red, which I guess are new?

              I am heading to the Braves/Marlins game Thursday night and might detour from my pre-planned dinner destination to this place if you can give me some details.

              1. re: freakerdude

                You know, last time I went was for lunch and I'm not sure anything even crossed $16. They give decent portions, full bar, juices and lemonade squeezed in-house and dynamite dessert.

        2. re: Frodnesor

          "Ahnvee (creole, former Emeril chef) recently opened on South Beach."

          Chef Tom Azar, formerly of Emeril's left Ahnvee before it opened. I'm not sure who the new chef is.

          1. re: Frodnesor

            Apple did their soft opening already...I was told people have been trickling in. It'll be very interesting to see whether this Cali standby can stand on it's own here in sobe.

            Did Chilorios open on MM in the Gables? It's supposed to be owned by a Mexicano and promised to be authentic, can anyone confirm?

            1. re: netmover

              It opened some weeks ago. Food's ok and no more authentic than any other "Mexican"

              plenty of cheese, 15 fridge-cold salsas or so, and they panini-press all of it. If you want a good taco you need to hit the Orale truck or the homestead market.

              1. re: Icantread

                Apple is in a dreadful location and they have club promoters spreading the word.

                1. re: HabaneroJane

                  I guess the only way to make big bucks is to have large locations where people think they're all-stars. Small are the classy joints.

                  1. re: Icantread

                    I dont know about that... Went to Casale last night for Round 4 of the Pizza Crawl. The place is huge and its pretty frickin sweet.

                2. re: Icantread

                  Exactly. Meats were flavorless. Only redeeming quality is the homemade tortillas which were phenomenal. Other than that, pretty mediocre. Chipotle tastes better.

                  1. re: lax2mia

                    I must confess, Chipotle is one of my all time favorite chains. In fact, I can think of no other off the top of my head. I know it's a far cry from "authentic", but when it comes to gringo MEX it is hard to beat! Too bad to hear about Chilorio's, I was looking forward to it soon. Is it worthy of trying at least?

                    1. re: netmover

                      give it a shot, maybe you will like it. It just did not do anything for me.

              2. re: Frodnesor

                there is no doubt that the location of this restaurant is beautiful...
                Sol y Mar, de the old prime blue grill is absolutely ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! management is generic, dont get me started on the food...
                thr chef is from the south (LA) , n he is trying to introduce flavors which he knows nothing about. the owners r from somewhere in the midwest, n for some reson they had the bright idea to convert the old prime blue grill into a latin infusion restaurant!!!!
                reallly??????
                we live in miami!!!!!!!!!!!!! hello, why would anybody want to come to a restaurant that is a spinoff of latin cuisine n u r not even latin, especially in miami. for that i will go to the real thing

                1. re: Frodnesor

                  While not a new restaurant, Michael's Genuine will be starting brunch on October 25 every Sunday from 11-3. The menu looks great, with a nice, heavy dose of Hedy's baked goods.

                  http://michaelsgenuine.com/content/br...

                  1. re: mikek

                    Finally! I was hoping they'd start brunch on Sundays. Brosia had a good brunch but didn't have the critical mass that Michael's would have to get people to the DD on Sundays and hopefully turning it into a weekend daytime destination as well. Aside from that, and more importantly, the menu looks excellent and ridiculously broad (in a good way, one of my peeves at brunch is a rinky dink menu of just 8 or 10 items). Can't wait, res already made.

                2. Has anyone tried the Chicago Steakhouse & Tavern in the Grove? I think it opened up just a few weeks ago, but they don't have a website and I can't find anything about its menu items online.

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                  1. re: JFarah

                    Its on my radar... Early comments have said that the subs at the deli are awesome and they also deliver during lunch time. I have not heard much about the meals at the steakhouse.

                  2. Anyone tried Cantina 71, or their orginal outpost Cantina 27?

                    1. I heard that Brosia will be another Segafreddo...

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                      1. re: CODENT

                        Another one!!! Segafreddo is going to turn into the Starbucks of Miami.

                        1. re: lax2mia

                          Theyre also poised to open one in Puerto Rico and Denver. The Brosia spot would actually be a nice spot for a Sega and an obvious move for the owners.

                          Fun fact - the one on Lincoln is not affiliated with any of the other locations.

                          1. re: Blind Mind

                            there aren't enough people hanging out in the design district on a regular basis to make segafredo work there. not a good idea at all.

                      2. The KONEs are coming!!!

                        KONE EXPRESS - Espanola Way
                        KING KONE - Alton Road
                        and another tba sobe kone co

                        hand rolls aka Kones are all the buzz in Brazil where more Japanese people live than any other country in the world except of course Japan.

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                        1. re: netmover

                          yeah, I'm curious to see how it goes but will let you guys tell me. I met the guy probably over a year ago and did not put too much faith in him having a clue how to operate a restaurant.

                          1. re: Icantread

                            food Gods please help us, Morton's is coming to South Beach because when they forgot to do their research they forgot to realize that a steakhouse is the last thing we need here..

                          2. re: netmover

                            Tried Kone Express the other night, after embarrassing myself at the Wine Show. Fast food vibe at full restaurant/sushi bar prices. Not bad, but you'd have to eat a number of $8 rolls to fill up. Rolls that we had were pretty good, but not spectacular. We were the only ones in the restaurant at 7pm on Sunday, and nobody really looked like they knew what they were doing.

                            Off the list!

                            1. re: dbarnard

                              I'm betting King Kone, soon to open on Alton, will serve up a better rendition of this Brazilian concept. They are getting closer and closer...stay tuned.

                          3. This just in: Tuscan is becoming El Escorpion. This is an off shoot of the China Grill Mgt team under a new umbrella so as not to confuse their white table linen style cuisine with what will become a Taco and Tequilla joint. 150 Tequillas? I did not know there were so many! Peking Duck or Maine Lobster Taco anyone? Supposed to open in a month.

                            As for Ahmvee: they already went kaaput and are slated to reopen as KARMA, more of a nightclub concept than a highend creole cuisine concept. The place looks nice inside if I may say so myself.

                            KB Burgers is to open where Stefano's used to be out on Key Biscayne. 1-2 months out.

                            Now what you got for me my fellow 305'ers?

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                            1. re: netmover

                              kew about the Tequila joint...excited for tacos , that is , if they do 'em right....a bad mexican joint with lots of tequila can be disastrous!

                              Knew about Ahnvee closing but didn't know about Karma, whatever that will be. Interesting? not really.

                              What's up with Apple? HAd its grand opening and then closed and now there's a velvet rope at the door. Shame.

                              I hear a grilled cheese joint is opening in the old Hed Kandi space. Called Cheeseme. I'm not kidding. Love me some grilled cheese---went to a grilled cheese night at Jar in Los ANgeles and was in heaven, but an entire grilled cheese restaurant? Hmm.....

                                  1. re: ash0529

                                    I do not mind going out for nice meals, but they must be out of their minds trying to charge $20 for American cheese and texas toast with a cup of tomato soup.

                                    1. re: mikek

                                      But it's grilled cheese and tomato soup on WASHINGTON AVE. so thus the $20.

                                      What the heck is chukrut in the "veggies" section? Have a feeling it's an egregious misspelling of something, but it's funny regardless.

                                      1. re: lax2mia

                                        I'm guessing "chukrut" = "choucroute" = sauerkraut. "chucrut" I believe is used in Spanish for sauerkraut.

                                        I actually am intrigued by this concept but the prices do seem out of whack.

                                        1. re: Frodnesor

                                          The concept seems great. I would love a manchego and quince grilled cheese at 4 AM.

                                          I think they are taking the Jerry's mentality on pricing - i.e. attract people when they are hammered and the concept of money falls second behind what you are craving.

                                    2. re: ash0529

                                      Almost sounds tempting. If I could find easy parking I may go.

                                    3. re: Blind Mind

                                      it did? I passed it twice this week and the windows are dark, black and there's no sign. urban daddy also wrote once that brickell irish pub was opened and it wasn't. i dont trust that site.

                                      1. re: HabaneroJane

                                        UD was fed that info from the Irish Pub who believed they were opening. Last minute inspections and something the building owner needed to take care of caused the delay.

                                1. Here's 2 new ones (and high profile): BOVA, as in Bova Prime from Broward, taking over the space @ the Versace mansion, i.e., Casa Casuarina. Supposed to be high-end Italian. Next: Chef Douglas Rodriguez, of OLA fame, has taken over the space @ the Astor Hotel which has been a slew of restaurants the past few years (Maison, Jolie, Metro, Johnny V). The concept is old world Havana, high-end supper club. No fusion, no ceviche, just Chef Douglas' interpretations of Cuban classics - read: $40 ropa vieja!! They plan on opening in 2 months.

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                                  1. re: ninja9

                                    maybe it will be as good as yuca used to be :). Thanks for the tip on au pied. I am sorry not to have made breakfast there. Darn work.

                                      1. re: The Chowfather

                                        this location will probably scare the hell out of those that are squeamish about red light and michy's neighborhood.

                                        1. re: miaedu

                                          That neighborhood makes the Red Light area seem like Fort Knox.

                                          Does anyone out there remember that fantastic sandwich spot in the space that's Urbanite Bistro? They had their own herb garden out back, right in the 'hood, and the food was fantastic. Was too ahead of its time. I can't for the life of me remember the name...

                                          1. re: HabaneroJane

                                            dont remember the know the name. but i do remember it was great.
                                            i was actually at urbanite bistro the other day n it was actually really good....
                                            the food was great, the server guided us to her favorite dishes n i was very satisfied.....
                                            they have 2 very cozy bars, micro brew beers, n apparently all the art work in the restaurant is done by local artists n they will change every month with an opening for each artist!!!!
                                            the food was great , the service was very refreshing n humble she answered every question w/ the most very appreciated honesty....
                                            i totally recommend for everybody to check it out

                                            1. re: rumblytumbly27

                                              Rumbly, I was there last night and enjoyed a few appetizers after some bar hopping. Great tasting food, very friendly service. The cocktail I ordered was good but a bit too sweet and $15. Apps were each $10. We'll definitely be back, though not for the pricy cocktails. It's too bad with how close it is to my home that I would not walk there without the Legion of Doom to accompany me.

                                              1. re: Icantread

                                                i agree i live rite down the street. its just a short cab ride for me. but yeah the neighborhood is really sketchy.

                                      2. IVY is taking over the space formerly know as Christabelles Quarter. Famous in London, one of the former IVY owners (opened in 1917) will make a go of it here in Coconut Grove. We shall see how this UK institution fares west of the pond we call the Atlantic Ocean. Sounds very interesting...private club on the top floor where diners from the second floor will be invited for the night.

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                                        1. re: netmover

                                          I wish them luck if they are gonna do a "private club" type thing in the Grove. The local Grovites will revolt hahaha.

                                          Ive heard of a sushi handroll joint on Espanola opening up. I believe its called Kone Express. Sounds interesting.

                                          1. re: Blind Mind

                                            hello, this has nothing to do with something new coming to town but rather something old! I need to know if you could help me find any information or if anyone remembers anything at all from a restaurant that was open in the 80's for a short time in miami (on coral way) that was called "The Pizza Village" ?? Please let me know or I would appreciate if you could direct me to the right board. Thank you so much!

                                            1. re: Blind Mind

                                              I see a place called Miami Slice is opening next to Starbucks on West Ave. Sign says something absurd like We Pizza. hahaha. hopefully it tastes better than it reads.

                                            2. re: netmover

                                              that former Christabelle's space is (was?) stunning but too much so for the Grove. I wish them luck. A former owner of The Ivy is calling it The Ivy, though? How? Is there a website?

                                              1. re: HabaneroJane

                                                HJ>IVY, not sure how, nor about a web site. The stunning site will remain in tact though. The guy seems to know what he's doing, whether he can do it well in the MIA remains to be seen...the good thing is he "gets" that too!

                                                Thanks for the Pizza place headsup HJ.

                                                What else is soon to be cooking in the 305?

                                            3. Grissino will be taking over the space formerly known as Gastronomia on Giralda in Coral Gables.

                                              Mrs. Pasta is coming to downtown Miami soon.

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                                              1. re: netmover

                                                Is Mrs. Pasta married to Mr. Pasta on Miami Beach?

                                                1. re: Frodnesor

                                                  No connection. They are connected to the Mrs Pasta in Dania Beach. They are straight from Milan, Italy and are now running Osteria 2 Amici in downtown MIA which they just took over and will open a second local in the Giovanni's spot who will be moving to the front of that building over there near the former Centrust (Ian Pie)building whose name escapes me. What you got Frod? You must know of something new out there in 305-landia!

                                                  1. re: netmover

                                                    I've got nada. Know of places closing, not any new ones opening that aren't already mentioned.

                                                    1. re: Frodnesor

                                                      Deadgum! I thought I was offering it up to a higher authority. Alright, I'm going give you a free pass this time Frod. BTW, I love your blog.

                                                      Here's another one on the way: Capones Trattoria is taking over the old Hops spot at the Falls.

                                              2. dont remember the know the name. but i do remember it was great.
                                                i was actually at urbanite bistro the other day n it was actually really good....
                                                the food was great, the server guided us to her favorite dishes n i was very satisfied.....
                                                they have 2 very cozy bars, micro brew beers, n apparently all the art work in the restaurant is done by local artists n they will change every month with an opening for each artist!!!!
                                                the food was great , the service was very refreshing n humble she answered every question w/ the most very appreciated honesty....
                                                i totally recommend for everybody to check it out

                                                1. Any news on Mai Tardi, the new pizza joint at the old Brosia spot?

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                                                  1. re: jessicam29

                                                    They are getting closer...the pizza oven is in!

                                                    Talavera will open soon in the Gables. It will be authentic Mexican fare offered up by the folks over at Jaguar. This could soon become our go to spot for Mexican here in the 305. What else you got Miami?

                                                    1. re: netmover

                                                      La Cepa Tapas and Vino will open soon on Bird and 127th Ave.

                                                      Que mas?

                                                    2. re: jessicam29

                                                      Mai Tardi, Italian or not, is one the worst names I've ever heard for a restaurant. Hopefully the food fares better than the name.

                                                    3. Here's a new one. Bijan's Burger Joint (a ... burger joint) is close to opening in Coral Gables. In the location last occupied by Karma on Galiano St. Menu was short & sweet: burgers in 1/2 lb ($8) or full lb ($14), + veggie or turkey burger, chix or dolphin sandwich, foot long dog, a few choices of toppings and cheeses, a few apps (sliders, wings, skins, mini corn dogs), a couple salads, about a half-dozen sides,a little Colombian influence (pineapple burger or hot dog w multiple sauces, potato sticks and crushed pineapple).

                                                      Talavera (Mexican in the Gables from the folks who brought you Jaguar in the Grove) also looks very close to opening.

                                                      www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

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                                                      1. re: Frodnesor

                                                        And lo and behold, I've just been advised that Talavera will indeed be opening next Monday for lunch and dinner.

                                                        1. re: Frodnesor

                                                          I believe those are the people (BIjan) famous for the world's largest paella. I think they're in downtown right now. Here we go: http://www.bijans.biz/World%20Famous%...

                                                        2. My friend drove by Midtown Shops and said that the sign for Cheese Course is up, though the restaurant is still not open. Cannot wait to have this one a five minute drive from my apartment.

                                                          1. Lulu's Asian Noodles Bistro (something like that) is opening up in Midtown, nearby the bar Bardot (which is across the street from the Shops at Midtown) on the west side of N. Miami Avenue.

                                                            1. The Cheese Course opened in Midtown.

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                                                              Cheese Course
                                                              1679 Market St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33326

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                                                              1. re: lax2mia

                                                                Have you actually been? I got a thing saying they opened over the weekend, but I called Sunday and nobody was picking up.

                                                                1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                  They were up and running Saturday. All they're waiting for is their beer/wine license. Staff was friendly friendly and pretty knowledgeable. There's nothing extremely out of the ordinary (e.g. you can find most of the stuff at WF and the selection at say Dean & Deluca would quash it) but at least it's something new in the neighborhood.

                                                              2. Anybody got anything new heading to Miami Beach, Downtown, Coral Gables, Doral, Kendall or the Grove? IVY has been doing some practice runs in the Grove, Talavera is officially open in the Gables. iL Grissino should open this month in the Gables as well. What else is soon, or not so soon, to be cooking here in the MIA?

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                                                                1. re: netmover

                                                                  There was a new sign with a new name (which I'm now blanking on) outside of what used to be Che Sopranos on Biscayne Blvd. around 72nd St.

                                                                  Cheese Course is now open in Midtown. I dropped in earlier this week. Very friendly folks, were quite generous with the free samples. Selection is about on par with Whole Foods. There's a pretty extensive menu of sandwiches and salads as well as cheese sampler plates. They also sell a pretty broad selection of accompaniments both sweet (membrillo, fig cake, jams, etc.) and savory (olives, cornichons, preserved vegetables) and crackers, baguettes, etc.

                                                                  1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                    Speaking of changing hands, the Sun Inn on Biscayne & 32nd street (?) converted to a Peruvian restaurant Limon y Sabor (I think?). Driving by, it seems like they have taken cues from Ceviche 105 (at least in furnitures) and I saw some people eating inside already.

                                                                    1. re: mialebven

                                                                      Seems like everything is coming up Peruvian along that stretch of Biscayne Boulevard these days.

                                                                  2. re: netmover

                                                                    Buena Vista Deli, apparently more a sandwich shop and bakery given a huge tile sign behind the counter saying "CHOCOLAT", opening on NE 4th Ave. just north of DD. Same owner as Buena Vista Bistro a few doors down. Looks like there'll be outdoor seating as there's an area fenced off from the sidewalk. In desperate need of a good local bakery in this neighborhood (or any neighborhood in Miami for that matter). Apparently owners are ready for it to open while City of Miami permitting process is taking its time.

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

                                                                    1. re: lax2mia

                                                                      I am really looking forward to this one...anyone have specific opening date?

                                                                  3. Here's one: Danny Meyer's Shake Shack coming to Lincoln Road, supposedly spring/summer 2010.

                                                                    http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...

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                                                                    1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                      Oh cool. A burger place. In South Beach. Original.

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                                                                      South Beach Cafe
                                                                      121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

                                                                      1. re: lax2mia

                                                                        Don't be too hasty about that lax, many nycers think shake shack is the best burger period. I like their burgers alot but prefer others. Nonetheless, I welcome them.

                                                                        edit -- just read your blog post and the funny part is that is exactly what I had at shake shack when I went myself.

                                                                      2. re: Frodnesor

                                                                        I agree with L2M. Ooooh! Burgers and shakes! Big deal.

                                                                          1. re: nikklos

                                                                            I just cant get excited about burgers and shakes.

                                                                            1. re: Blind Mind

                                                                              Try some next time you have a hangover!

                                                                      3. Some more:

                                                                        Ole Tapas in the Four Seasons Brickell
                                                                        http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...

                                                                        Also, Lemon Twist on Normandy Circle (North Beach) recently (re)opened. I use the odd parenthetical because years ago there was a place here called Lemon Twist. It closed, something else went into the spot for a couple years (a sports bar?), now Lemon Twist is back. I will try it soon.

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                                                                          1. re: CMT

                                                                            Thanks for the reminder. Just went there this weekend. Lemon Twist is a decent neighborhood bistro. Not bad, not sure it'll ever be outstanding either. More here ->
                                                                            http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...

                                                                        1. I got to share this although I know I'll get lambasted for it! Whopper Bar is taking over the old Miami Subs on Washington and 11th St. BK's new Burger Bar concept to debut in South Beach? I know...but really, who knew? Hard to beleive!

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                                                                          1. re: netmover

                                                                            Having hit the original Whopper Bar in Orlando, I can assure you that it won't be much of an upgrade from Miami Subs. It's a marginally updated Burger King with just a couple of extra ways to top your Whopper.

                                                                            After seeing longer lines at Panda Express and Moe's (all three share the same building at Universal Citywalk), I wasn't impressed. Then again, it's probably a better stylistic fit in SoBe than another Burger King.

                                                                          2. Here's a new one: Patagonia Home Made Products - Argentinian place on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables (same block as Ortanique, Charlotte Bistro, relocated Le Provencal). Empanadas, sandwiches, steaks, lots of wines.

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                                                                            Le Provencal Restaurant
                                                                            266 Miracle Mile, Miami, FL 33134

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                                                                            1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                              Looks intriguing, but it would help if their website was also in English. I actually find this extremely off-putting.

                                                                              1. re: mikek

                                                                                The menus at the restaurant are in English and Spanish.

                                                                                1. re: mikek

                                                                                  to be fair, they used to be on Flagler. it's a radical shift

                                                                              2. Jonathan Eismann will be opening two new places in the Design District: "Q" - a bbq place; and "Fin" a New England style seafood place. Probably about a month away from opening.

                                                                                http://miami.eater.com/archives/2009/...

                                                                                1. Just saw a sign in the design district about Dacra/Scott Engelman (the same people that were behind Brosia) were opening up a new place. Does anyone have details?

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                                                                                  1. re: lync0091

                                                                                    Dacra owns much of the property in the Design District (or at least did at one time). What was the location?

                                                                                  2. King Kone (Sushi Hand Rolls NOT ice cream) is now open in the former Dairy Queen spot on Alton Rd in South Beach. This Quick Serve concept could take off! BTW, they do have phenomenal Frozen Yogurt too, Green Tea and Plain from Italy.

                                                                                    Morgans over on 28 NE 29th St. is also slated to open any day now from what I'm hearing. Home cooked comfort food is the concept.

                                                                                    il Grissino on Giralda in Coral Gables is likewise close to opening their Italian concept.

                                                                                    And IVY at the Grove has been doing 1/2 price mock service for weeks now and is due to do their official Grand Opening any day as well.

                                                                                    Stay tuned and caugh up some new ones 'porfavor' down here in DADE.

                                                                                    BTW, I had the Sinaloan Pork Tacos at Talavera in the Gables yesterday and they were very tasty in deed!

                                                                                    Oh and one more to tell you about: the original David's Cafe looks beautiful! I did a walk thru yesterday and the difference between the original and the new one is extreme! Look for a new Cuban option on the beach coming very soon too! Collins at 11th Street 24/7.

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                                                                                    1. re: netmover

                                                                                      Saw a sign go up in front of the old JJ's across from U of M on S. Dixie--called Smoke T. Appears to be Barbque style-though not sure. They have a website, but no details given.

                                                                                      Also Pizza Rustica is about to open on SW 57th Ave. and US1 in South MIami.

                                                                                      1. re: markpy

                                                                                        Smoke T is indeed a BBQ restuarant owned by the same group the runs Town in S. Miami.

                                                                                        1. re: alvarezft

                                                                                          If it is run by the same people who run Town in South Miami, I'll be skipping Smoke T.

                                                                                        2. re: markpy

                                                                                          My sister was driving by US1 yesterday and said there was a sign that Smoke T was opening today. Anyone hear anything?

                                                                                      2. A new gourmet po boy/philly cheesesteak spot called Alibi opened up inside of Lost Weekend, which is one of the best locals dive bars on the Beach. Apparently the chef has worked at both CraftSteak and Charlie Palmer Steak in Vegas.

                                                                                        From Thrillist:

                                                                                        "The menu opens with rustic, hand-cut skin-on fries w/ fancy/just-plain-delicious add-ons (truffle oil, garlic salt, chipotle powder, ranch dust, Cheez Whiz), Buffalo wings w/ chipotle BBQ, honey garlic, or hot sauce, and pizzas like a margherita (fresh-sliced buffalo mozz, torn basil, sweet balsamic drizzle), and one with thinly sliced ribeye, grilled onions and buffalo mozz, called the Phat Philly -- as if there's any other kind. The palate party continues with heavy-duty sandwiches like a Brotherly Love-approved Philly Cheesesteak (thin-sliced ribeye and Amoroso rolls shipped from Philly, grilled onions, and American, Provolone, or Cheez Whiz), The Alibi Burger with 8oz Angus 80/20 meat/fat blend that's broiled to retain the juices, and the Southern Star: hot-sauced, vinegar-drizzled Eastern Carolina-style pulled pork that's been slow-roasted, and now thinks Dane Cook's funny."

                                                                                        1. Angelique Euro Cafe, squeezed in between Jimmy John's and Chicken Kitchen on Miracle Mile, looks very close to opening. No menu up yet.

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                                                                                          1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                            I just tried my first fast food Kone! Good stuff, their seaweed is crunchy light! Not being a big seaweed fan I had my trepidations, this stuff is good. This killer koncept is all over Brazil. Seems to be gathering some steam...lots of repeats I'm told. King Kone on Alton & 16th, South Beach. Hand Rolls in a hurry. Many styles to choose from with a few different sizes. Brown or White rice. Looks like a sushi lovers dream come true, and just a block from the cinema.

                                                                                            1. re: netmover

                                                                                              I enjoyed King Kone as well... Apparently though they are the original import from Brazil as there is an imitator similar to what happend with Le Sandwicherie where someone is spinning off an original concept.

                                                                                              Kone Express Sushi Restaurant at 445 Espanola Way.

                                                                                              1. re: jmdhsmiami

                                                                                                did you enjoy the experience, and were there many people or was it kind of empty? I heard it wasnt doing so good..

                                                                                                1. re: sushisamba

                                                                                                  I have been trying to get back there and seem to get sidetracked. Will report back on your King Kone concept soon. I think they are doing well since I always see people in there.

                                                                                            2. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                              Angelique on Miracle Mile is open. Menu is a mix of Spanish/Italian/French (somehow doesn't read nearly as bad as it sounds). Tapas, a few bocadillos, pizzettes, salads, a couple burgers, a couple pastas, moules & frites, some more substantial entrees on the dinner menu. Lots of wines BTG, big beer selection (Guiness, Bass, Harp, Stella, Yuengling on tap + ~40-50 craft and imports). Nice looking space. Pretty good prices.

                                                                                            3. Not one, but two, new food trucks on their way to Miami: gastroPOD from Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog, and Latin Burger and Taco from FN celeb Ingrid Hoffman. More info here ->
                                                                                              http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...

                                                                                              1. DON'T KNOW IF THIS HAS BEEN MENTIONED....
                                                                                                Mandolin Aegean Bistro
                                                                                                A Greco-Turkish taverna in Buena Vista
                                                                                                Opening Thurs, 12am to 11pm (closed Sundays); 4312 NE 2nd Ave, Buena Vista/Design District; 305.576.6066

                                                                                                  1. re: The Chowfather

                                                                                                    sadly apparently nothing in common with Jose Andres' place of the same name in DC.

                                                                                                  2. Cafeina just opened up in Wynwood, about 2 blocks south and one block west of Joey's. I went there Saturday night for drinks after some pie @ Joey's and to see Afrobeta play (this band kicks major ass). Drinks were good with the typical Miami pricing ($12 Makers Mark manhattans). Not sure if theyre doing food as the place had more of a bar/lounge vibe to it but there was a cool upstairs area with some tables and a huge outdoor area with comfy furniture. They also had a liger cub there!

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                                                                                                    1. re: Blind Mind

                                                                                                      I've seen plenty of cougars in bars, but never a liger. There is a food menu at Cafeina, don't know if food service is up yet or not ->
                                                                                                      http://www.thrillist.com/popup/98169/...

                                                                                                      1. re: Frodnesor

                                                                                                        My friend actually held it! I thought she mispelled Tiger and told her to leave him alone, he's got enough problems! She too fell in love, with the liger that is...

                                                                                                        Cafeina looks cool from the outside. Do they have outdoor sapce within those walls?

                                                                                                        I went to a killer party during art basel that offered up a sweet indoor/outdoor ambiance featuring a stage and bar inside + huge outdoor space. I am not even sure of the name as it's more of an event/production space. nw 29th and 5th ave ish

                                                                                                          1. re: miaedu

                                                                                                            That's it! Thank you. What a killer party/concert Converse thru there during Art Basel. The link you sent is having it's challenges, but that's the place, Awarehouse and that's definately the address. Amazing space in a not so amzing part of town...looks like Wynwood has spread it's wings into the Fashion District.

                                                                                                    2. Per Eater, Morgan's in Wynwood is opening Dec. 28.
                                                                                                      http://miami.eater.com/archives/2009/...