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Nov 3, 2009 05:44 PM

Miami & area for the weekend

I'll be visiting for the weekend at the end of November. Where's a great fish/seafood spot in the Miami/Miami beach area? (I havent decided yet if I'll be staying in Miami or Miami beach--suggestions for 40 yr old male?)

Also, what other restaurants should I 'not miss'? Cusine not as important as some place that is unique in what they do, ideally with a local flavor (eg, Cuban?).

Also, I'm a bbq lover--any places worth my while in the area?

Finally, i'll be camping out at MIA for a couple of nites after the weekend--anything nearby that is worthy (staying at Embassy Suites)?


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  1. Hey Remdog,

    Im assuming you are either coming from Beantown or a Sox fan by the looks of your name... Where you stay all depends on what you want to do. Will you have a car or will you want places to check out within walking distance? A little more detail will help people make recommendations. Also, if you can avoid staying at MIA I highly recommend you do. That area is a dump. Coconut Grove is about 10 minutes away from MIA by car/cab and its a much nicer place to stay.

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    1. re: Blind Mind

      No, not a ball fan. I will have a car and will only be camped out at MIA Mon & Tues nite for a conference. Otherwise I could be anywhere--I will travel up to an hour in any direction if its worth it. I was in Lauderdale last year and discouvere some great dining, Cap's Place still stands out in my mind! But I would imagine there is some worthy food to be had in the Miami area. I remeber eating at yambo a few years ago--is it still around? Any other places similar to it. Budget is not an issue, I am looking for great authentic food, or a gourmet experience that is done right. thx

      1. re: remdog99

        I would definitely recommend checking out the Design District (15-20 mins from the airport) and places like Michael's Genuine Food & Drink (#1 restaurant in Miami if you ask me and they also have a killer bar selection), Sra. Martinez (Spanish tapas), and Pacific Time. For a meal that is authentic to Miami, check out Tap Tap on Miami Beach (about 30 mins from MIA) where they serve Haitian food. The goat bits I had at a recent event were incredibly good and even better when made spicy. Talula on Miami Beach is another winner but more of a quiet restaurant so pick that one depending on who youre with and what type of scene youre looking for. For Italian, I like Sardinia (salt crust branzino is a favorite of mine) on Miami Beach and also Scarpetta (get the creamy polenta app!) at the Fontainebleau hotel (Miami Beach). Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau is the most impressive restaurant in the area from a design perspective and the food is very good albeit very expensive for what it is ("upscale" Chinese). If you decide on the Fontainebleau, perhaps plan to have a drink at the bar at Hakkasan and then venture to Scarpetta for dinner, keeping in mind that you can call an audible and stay at Hakkasan if youre feelin it. The best steak in town (in my opinion) is found at Meat Market on Lincoln Road (Miami Beach). My favorite there is the Japanese A5 Kobe filet w/ foie gras. It aint cheap but its phenomenal. Their other cuts of beef are very good too. Excellent seafood can be had at Area 31 at the Epic Hotel (Kimpton) in the downtown/Brickell area. Menu focuses on sustainable seafood and the balcony provides some nice views of Biscayne Bay and Brickell, including the rooftop soccer field atop the building that houses The Capital Grille. If you want an unbelievable Japanese experience, head North to Sunny Isles at go to NAOE (about 30-40 mins from MIA but well worth it). You'll need to make reservations via OpenTable but the experience is like none other in Miami and, in many cases, other cities around the country. I dont care for Cuban food so I cant make recommendations in that category.

        You can google all of these restaurants for more info. You can also search the Florida board on Chowhound for other diners' reactions. Enjoy your stay in Miami.

        210 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

        Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
        130 N.E. 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137

        Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant
        819 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

        Pacific Time
        35 NE 40th St., Miami, FL 33131

        Meat Market
        915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

        Sra. Martinez
        4000 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

        Epic Hotel
        270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

        175 Sunny Isles Boulevard, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

        The Capital Grille
        9005 Mercato Drive, Naples, FL 34108

        Hakkasan - Fontainebleau Miami Beach
        4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140

        Scarpetta - Fontainebleau Miami Beach
        4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140