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Dinner w/ 3 mos old near Sunny Isles

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We'll be bringing our baby to Miami with all the grandparents this week and looking for good, pretty casual dining not far from 171st & Collins where it won't be tough to bring her in her car seat (preferably attached to her stroller which we can pull up to the table). We loved Michael's Genuine the last time we were down there pre-baby but did have to wait about 40 mins for our reservation; then again, that was a Friday night as well. Thanks in advance for the suggestions!

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  1. Timo, at 176 and Collins, has excellent Italian/Mediterranean/continental food, and is very kid-friendly, with outdoor seating which will suit your wee one's needs. I've never had to wait for a seat or reservation -- they're a little slower in the early evening, which is probably the time you'll want to bring the baby. They're on OpenTable, which makes reservations a little easier -- or call them to make sure they save you an outdoor table.

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    Timo Restaurant
    17624 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles, FL 33160

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    1. re: southocean

      Unfortunately, I know Timo well because of it's location. I had had a few decent meals there and then last year, because of ease, my husband decided to have my birthday dinner there with about 12 friends, all in from NYC. What a disappointment -- food was about half as good as any other time, they got items from our pre-picked menu wrong, and service was slow as death. Can't see going back there. I appreciate the suggestion though, keep 'em coming.

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      Timo Restaurant
      17624 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles, FL 33160

      1. re: nattie23nyc

        Well, Timo was my first (and best choice) but I've also enjoyed dinner at H restaurant, right next door to Timo. It's a 'mom 'n' pop' French restaurant, that also serves burgers, pizza, and has very good onion soup. The steak tartar is pretty good, as well. They're a little downscale from Timo, but certainly good quality food and family friendly. Check 'em online at http://www.thehrestaurant.com/

        The problem I have is, I can't get past Timo to go to H. Maybe I should start driving in from the other direction?

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        Timo Restaurant
        17624 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles, FL 33160

    2. Timo is my first pick in that neighborhood as well. I've had a couple good meals at Il Mercato in Hallandale, a casual little place where the food seems to ride a bit of an Italian/German tilt - some home-made pastas, a good schnitzel as a daily special last time I was there. Great wine list. Small place, probably seats about 35, may want to make a reservation. I also like Gourmet Diner on Biscayne around 135th Street which is good for bringing a little one. Petite Rouge, in the same area, has nice bistro-style French food but is so small it may not be ideal for bringing a baby. If everyone eats Japanese, Hiro's Yakko-San (West Dixie just north of 163rd St) would work too. Izakaya, sashimi but no sushi rolls and the like. Also on 163rd Street along the causeway closer to beach-side, there's Rack's, which has pretty good pizza and some other decent things, and Water Club. The latter I've only been to once, chef is Andrea Curto-Randazzo who used to be at Talula which was a favorite of mine. Water Club is more casual and lower-budget.

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      Talula
      210 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

      Gourmet Diner
      13951 S Biscayne River Dr, Miami, FL 33161

      Timo Restaurant
      17624 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles, FL 33160

      Hiro's Yakko-San
      17044 W Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33160