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New or Coming to Miami / Dade - 2010 Edition

With 8 days left in the year, I thought it might be time to retire the "Anything new or coming to Dade late '09?" thread, which has served us well, and move on. For archival purposes, here are the earlier threads ->

Anything new or coming to Dade late '09?
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/639922
Anything new or coming to Dade?
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/418284
Anything newer or on the way to Dade?
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/469584

Just to get things rolling, a few in the pipeline or imminent off the top of my head ->

- Morgan's in Wynwood, due to open December 28, 2009.
http://www.themorgansrestaurant.com/

- "Q" and "Fin", barbecue and seafood places from Chef Jonathan Eismann (Pacific Time, Pizzavolante) in the former Sheba space in the Design District, should be opening in the next few weeks.
http://www.pacifictimerestaurant.com/

- Norman's 180, from Chef Norman Van Aken, in the Colonnade hotel in Coral Gables, due to open ???
http://www.normanvanaken.com/

www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

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  1. New or coming soon '09 edition (Miami)
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/565642

    Does anyone know if Daniel Boulud still plans on opening DB Bistro Moderne in Miami this year?

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    1. re: The Chowfather

      As of Dec. 2, Zagat was still reporting that a DB Bistro Moderne is coming our way ->
      http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releas...

    2. I've received an email that the long awaited (?) STK Steakhouse in the Gansevoort is now open.

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      1. re: Frodnesor

        Interesting since I heard the hotel went belly up aka Chapter ???

        Have you been to BLT yet Frod? I almost got our group there last night but....

        1. re: netmover

          Yes, I talk about BLT Steak here ->
          http://www.foodforthoughtmiami.com/20...

          Worth a visit if just for the warm chicken liver mousse & popovers to start (esp. in cold weather like now). Also, though the regular menu is pretty typical contemporary steakhouse style, there were a number of daily specials that showed some more flair.

          1. re: Frodnesor

            Thanks for the update! The menu seemed a little limited, good to know about the specials dujour turbo charging what is otherwise a pretty typical menu.

            1. re: netmover

              hey netmover, i saw that you visited king kone. could you tell me if you liked it, and if there were many people there? thanks!

              1. re: sushisamba

                I actually loved it! And I am by no means a Hand Roll lover due to too much seaweed for my tastes. The thing about King Kone is they use this ultra thin seaweed wrap which crunches when you bite into it which is totally unexpected and rather good. It's not chewey like so many of the seaweed wraps used down here. Well worth a sniff...would love to hear your feedback and anyone else's for that matter! It had a steady, yet small stream of people the day I went which was in the off hours between lunch and dinner.

                This just in...Vinyl and Kai is taking over the space formerly occupied by the Vietnamese restaurant between 11-12 on Washington Ave. Music and Food is the concept. Look for it to open in soon +/- a month.

                1. re: netmover

                  The wife and I went to King Kone, but were much less impressed. It has a real fast-food sort of decor, but full-on sushi bar prices. We were the only ones there, but service was sloppy and slow. The rolls were just so-so. We ate up and left sooner thatn we would have.

                  1. re: dbarnard

                    It is a Fast Food Concept albeit a nouveau one.

                    Prices for the cones are in line with a burrito at Lime as is the lack of service.

                    I had a spicy salmon roll with shrimp tempura and brown rice that had my taste buds smacking! It was 8 bux.

                    Craving the place now!

      2. Smoke't opened in the old JJ's spot, Jose Andres has something coming in South Beach (looking forward to that one) and I heard there's a new sushi spot where the Giardino's originally opened in the Gables

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        1. re: Icantread

          Curious about the Jose Andres place. Is it going to be another iteration of The Bazaar?

          1. re: Icantread

            "Jose Andres has something coming in South Beach" - you say this just in passing? I can't find any info on that but would love to know more.

            I think Richard Blais is working on something for South Beach too.

            On the other side of things - Canela Cafe (Biscayne Blvd.), RIP.

            1. re: Frodnesor

              Here's my theory on Jose Andres (I can't find anything either on him coming). SBE is/was developing the Ritz next to the Delano. They also developed the SLS which houses The Bazaar but they also have a restaurant group that includes Katsuya which is one of the places emblazoned on the fence cover that wraps around the property. Haven't been to the Delano in a while so don't know if the Ritz property is still being worked on or on hold. The link on the SBE website for the Ritz is dead so it's probably not a good sign.
              Speaking of big name out of towners, wasn't Tony Mantuano of Chicago's Spiaggia going to open Enoteca Spiaggia somewhere on South Beach? Wonder what happened to that.

              1. re: Frodnesor

                Sorry Frod, the last couple months I've seen a sign on Collins with the words "Jose Andres" on it. We have a dead link right now, but it seems like lax2mia is on the money: http://www.sbe.com/hotelgroup/hg_miam...

                1. re: Frodnesor

                  Forgot about Richard Blaise looking to open down here. Mrs. I and I went to FlipBurger on the 29th and were incredibly impressed. Stole the menu (paper) even

                  1. re: Icantread

                    Tell me more about FlipBurger? Where at?

                    1. re: mialebven

                      Mia,

                      Blaise has two, one in Alabama and the other in Atlanta. If you followed Top Chef the year he was on, you know he enjoys playing with presentation and actual delivery. The basic format is gourmet food presented as burgers. Don't want to make a long-winded review for an out of state restaurant here, but it's a neat little spot in a funky part of town. We tried a korean burger topped with kimchee, and a venison prepared with a gooseberry jam. A couple people tried the butcher's cut (red wine jam, blue cheese) and the ossobucco which apparently melted in your mouth, and several others. Ironically, the patty that tasted most like a burger was my venison and yet it won overall taste test. We also ran the gamut of fried sides, with the fries served with smoked mayo being our favorite and the sweetbreads being rather boring. Cocktails were good and under $10 and the krispy kreme shake tasted like a damn krispy kreme. We also tried a bacon soup and dessert which I cannot remember but was very good

                      http://www.flipburgerboutique.com/fli...

                  2. re: Frodnesor

                    Regarding a Jose Andres resto coming to town, I ate at Minibar in October and while the chefs didn't divulge any details, they confirmed that something was in the works with SLS down here.

                    1. re: dmo305

                      guess we'll keep it as "exciting rumor"

                2. "The Office", gastropub in Delray Beach from restaurateur David Manero and chef Mark Militello, set to open this Friday Jan. 8.

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                  1. re: Frodnesor

                    ok Frod et al you know the rules...let's keep this discussion to the MIA! Otherwise, the posts will be in the hundreds within weeks as opposed to months. THX.

                    Seems that Wolfgang's Steakhouse from NYC has abandoned its plans to take over the spot at the Harrison Hotel on 4th and Washington. Anyone know what might evolve there now?

                    Scorpion the new Mexy concept should be getting closer over at the former Tuscan Steakhouse location.

                    1. re: netmover

                      I always get confused which space is which down there - Bliss Burger recently opened up where Cafe Maurice was, but that is not the Harrison's space, right?

                      1. re: netmover

                        i heard that scorpion place was a josh woodward production..now that he's being investigated for whatever it is he did or didnt do out in LA, is that still the deal? even govind armstrong left his partnership with him when table 8 went outta biz in nyc so wondering if woodward is still involved in this or it's just chodorow?

                    2. By the way, Mrs. I and I tried a couple of desserts at Morgan's after eating at Mandolin. We almost left but are glad we stayed. Both were to die for. We had the coconut cake and the flourless chocolate cake. Also recommend the sangria (what?! really? yup). When we left, we asked what the flying saucer sized cookie was and were told it was oatmeal and to please take it home. It was pretty incredible. We've eaten the equivalent of about 4 cookies and it barely looks like we put a dent in it.

                      Supposedly all the food is organic/free range/etc. I didn't really investigate it, but the flavor was there.

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                      1. re: Icantread

                        I hit Morgan's for a quick lunch and enjoyed the pulled pork sandwich. Good initial impression, will be back for more. Dinner starts soon

                        http://www.themorgansrestaurant.com/

                        1. re: Icantread

                          We have been here twice thus far, 1 breakfast & 1 lunch. We hope this place catches on. I hear it can get busy for Sunday brunch, but our Thursday lunch and Saturday breakfast were dead, dead, dead.
                          -The cookies are to die for. The redneck in the kitchen made us a half dozen of the oatmeal when they ran out of the big ones...warm and gooey out of the oven is crazy good. We also had a giant chocolate chip after a Saturday morning breakfast.
                          -The baked goods are amazing here. Before our breakfast, they brought us a plate with a selection of morning treats: Sticky Bun, Almond croissant, shortbread cookie and a scone...all rocked our world.
                          -Try the V juice (carrot, apple & beet)...it's worth all 600 pennies.
                          -Salads are good.
                          -Wasn't a fan of the BBQ pork...until I dipped it in the accompanying meat drippings.
                          -Grilled cheese was tasty, 3 cheeses. Though borderline too cheesy for me.
                          -Banana-cinnamon smoothie is phenomenal.
                          -Brioche French toast is drenched in cinnamon butter and, well...just meh.

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                          Morgans Restaurant
                          28 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137

                          1. re: herbage

                            Thanks for the update, herbage. I really need to hit this place up for a proper meal

                            1. re: herbage

                              I agree, this place should be getting a lot more love. Only been for lunch on a Saturday and we enjoyed it. Agree about the grilled cheese, but split that and chicken sandwich with my fiancee so we got a little bit of each (although delicious, a whole grilled cheese would be disasterous to your arteries). The french fries are addicting as well. Standout for me actually was the lentil soup. Tasted fresh yet with deep flavor. More homemade flavor than what I make at home! Cookies agreed are good, even though they're the size of a small pizza. Somehow they make them crisp and moist at the same time. must be magic.
                              Hopefully they'll open for dinner soon as outside Sat and Sun it's impossible for me to get there during the week.

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                              Morgans Restaurant
                              28 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137

                              1. re: lax2mia

                                Opening for dinner this Saturday. If anything like lunch, it should be really good.

                                http://www.themorgansrestaurant.com/