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Are you new to Chowhound? Or just to the Miami - Ft. Lauderdale board? Perhaps visiting from out of town? We've got some tips to help you get started.

If you're brand new to the site, you should read our Site Etiquette (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/367605) so you don't break any rules or step on any toes.

This board is focused on discussing chow in the Miami - Ft. Lauderdale area, which covers as far South as Homestead to as far North as Jupiter, including Miami Beach, Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Coral Springs and other cities that fall within that range If you'd like tips on chow in Florida, please see the Florida board: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/10

We've divided up this thread into separate posts, just to make things neater. Please read to the end. The sections are:

HAVE A HOT TIP?
HAVE A QUESTION?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON THIS BOARD
STILL HAVE A QUESTION?
AFTER YOUR MEAL
MIAMI - FT. LAUDERDALE SPECIFICS
FEEDBACK

  1. HAVE A HOT TIP?

    If you've got a great tip or a recommendation for someone, dive right in and post it. It's great if you can include some details of why you like a place, but even those short tips on where to find a great taco or donut are appreciated.

    To start a new thread, use the "Chowhound Discussions" menu in the navigation bar at the top of the page to go to the index of the board, and then choose the "start new thread" button.

    1. HAVE A QUESTION?

      The Miami - Ft. Lauderdale board is a pretty active place, and a lot of questions have been covered recently--the Chowhound archives are a great resource.

      Start your quest for an answer with a search of all the great info that's already out there. The search box is in the top right corner of the screen. If you're searching from this board, it should default to searching Miami-Ft. Lauderdale. Just add your keywords and go. On the search results page, you can change your search criteria to add more keywords, or change your sort order or the dates you're interested in.

      1. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON THE MIAMI - FT. LAUDERDALE BOARD:

        Here are just a few of the subjects that are common on the Miami - Ft. Lauderdale board, and some suggestions on how to find that information:

        Where should we eat in South Beach? Delray Beach? Little Havana? Other neighborhoods?
        Search terms to try: the name of the neighborhood, town or county you want to eat in, add a cuisine for more specific results. For South Beach, also try “SoBe”.

        Where should I eat with a patio? View?
        Search terms to try: “patio”, “outdoor”, “waterfront”, “on the water”

        Where's the best brunch / cuban / brunch / seafood / etc?
        Search terms to try: Best and the type of food in the 'Title' field on the search options page.

        Where should we go for our special occasion?
        Search terms to try: anniversary, "special occasion", proposal, romantic, birthday
        These might not all apply to your particular occasion, but they generally turn up the same kind of recommendations.

        Where should I plan my group dinner?
        Search terms to try: "private room", corporate, group, "holiday party", "large group"

        1. STILL HAVE A QUESTION?

          Miami - Ft. Lauderdale chowhounds are a great resource, but help them help you by including some important details. Tell them:
          What part of the region you'll be in -- this board covers a very large area.
          - Whether you have a car or will be relying on transit.
          - How far or how long you're willing to travel.
          - What your budget is. Descriptions such as 'expensive', 'moderate' and 'cheap' mean different things to different people, so use dollar values.
          - What types of cuisines you're interested in.
          - Which days of the week you're interested in -- lots of restaurants close Mondays, for example.
          - Any other special circumstances (traveling with kids? vegetarians? non-chowhounds?) that will help

          If you've done some of your own research, mention what you found so hounds can help fill in the gaps, rather than rehashing what you already know.

          1. AFTER YOUR MEAL

            Most importantly, after your trip or your meal, thank the Miami - Ft. Lauderdale hounds for their help by reporting back. Tell people which suggestions you used and how the meals turned out, plus add tips about any great places you discovered on your own. This helps make the board more useful for everyone who visits after you.

            1. MIAMI - FT. LAUDERDALE SPECIFICS

              LOCAL VOCABULARY
              Here are some things you might see referred to on the Miami - Ft. Lauderdale board:
              Sobe: South Beach

              1. FEEDBACK

                If there's something you think is vitally important for new members of the board to know that we've missed, please comment on this Site Talk thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/704997