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Going on a bachelor party weekend.

Looking for a breakfast spot with something extra good or unique (i.e. captain crunch waffles in b'more)

Lunch for the best Cuban, or other awesome Sobe sandwich. Puerto Sagua for the Cuban?

Should be non-touristy places. Please keep places in Sobe or close only - we dont have a car.

Any help? We have dinners covered already.

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  1. icebox is very inconsistent but when it is on, it is the best breakfast

    puerto sagua is your best choice for a cuban sandwich but my favorite sandwiches for lunch are at martarello. Get them heated

    1. How can I break this to you: "Should be non-touristy places" is somewhat, though not entirely, mutually exclusive from "Please keep places in Sobe or close only." That said ...

      Both the kitchen and the service can be wildly inconsistent, but when it's done right and doesn't take too long to get served, I'm a fan of the Pinky's Hollywood Breakfast at Big Pink (poached eggs over polenta fries and sautéed spinach, topped with a cheesy sauce) or the mashed potato omelette.

      Also inconsistent, but when it's good it's good, is Icebox Cafe where I like the stuffed french toast (sometimes guava & cream cheese, sometimes peanut butter) or the Egg Box w scrambled eggs, sausage, roasted potatoes & a biscuit.

      Puerto Sagua is fine for Cuban, as is David's Cafe. Neither are "awesome."

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      Puerto Sagua Restaurant
      700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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      1. re: Frodnesor

        "When it's good it's good.." I don't think I've had anything good at Icebox since 2005. I've written it off entirely. Is it worth another shot?

        For a manly, bachelor party lunch try Burgers 'n Beer. It's off the beaten tourist track.

        1. re: lax2mia

          I think I've had a good meal there more recently than 2005 - though I couldn't tell you how recently.

          1. re: Frodnesor

            thanks - all look good. i will keep searching.

      2. Breakfast at the Front Porch 1418 Ocean Drive
        Lunch Le Sandwicherie 229 14th Street

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        Le Sandwicherie
        229 NW 14th St, Miami, FL 33136

        Front Porch Cafe
        1418 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

        1. The most unique breakfast akin to captian crunsh waffles, is at the marseilles hotel on collins. They have all different kinds of french toast, including a creme brulee french toast. I adore the chicks in a nest (its like a sunny side up egg in a brioche). Also for a hotel restaurant, they are really not touristy, its very low key.

          Icebox is good. i think if you stick with Frod's rec of french toast, or the granola you would enjoy it... essentially its best feature is the bakery, so any baked goods or pancake/french toasty thing is good there. Its sort of pricey for what it is though.

          Joe Allen's does a brunch. Its not touristy and the food is good clean food... they dont have captain crunch waffles... but i wish they did ;)

          Burger & Beer is delicious if you are in the mood for a burger or chilli

          I also like to go to lunch at smith and wollensky and sit outside on a nice day... while its not really what your asking for as far as unique breakfast food, its really really really a beautiful place to sit. The restaurant is on the southern point of southbeach at the mouth of government cut, so you see the boats coming in, the ocean, fisher island, etc... I often times take out of town friends there and they are always pleased bc its such a cool miami spot.

          While I almost always feel that Frod's recs are on point, Id have to advise against the big pink, the food is really sub-par. I recently went with some friends on a bachelorette party and we were all dissapointed and wished we had gone elsewhere.

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          Joe Allen Restaurant
          1787 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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          1. re: morganeats

            The couple things I recommended at Big Pink (Pinky's Hollywood Breafkast and Mashed Potato Omelette) are very hard to screw up - but generally speaking, it is not a recommendation I make with a high degree of confidence.

            Incidentally, I think the 11th Street Diner was actually featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Which is not a recommendation, just sayin'.

            1. re: morganeats

              Ice box is definitely unique, but the food is brought out lukewarm every time. If it were hot it would be good, but it never is. Also, their cakes are somehow always stale.

              A couple of other options, though I do not know what you all want to spend, would be the brunch at the Setai and Hakkasan.

              Off the beach, I would also throw Michael's Genuine into the mix. It is not a terrible cab ride.

              Clarke's has a pretty solid sunday brunch as well.

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              Setai
              101 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

              Hakkasan
              Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach, FL