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Top Choices in Miami

Hello,

I would be interested to know, which restaurants (both meat and dairy) are your favorite in Miami and why. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!

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  1. Cafe Emunah in Fort Lauderdale has delicious food. It is a seafood restaurant (non meat). Was there three weeks ago and unfortunately was in a hurry so could not savor the wonderful cuisine at leisure. You won't be disappointed!
    http://www.myemunah.com/

    1. Seventeen is upscale milchig, bistro atmosphere, pasta, salads, pizza, fish and a large sushi menu. www.17restaurant.com/

      I'll be in South Beach in December on business (seriously). I am wondering if there is currently anyplace further north that is worth the drive. Or if I am just as well off going to seventeen every meal.

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      1. re: AdinaA

        My favorites other than 17 are Thai Treat since I can't get restaurant thai food where I'm from and Rare Steakhouse.

        1. re: Pluckyduk8

          What do you order? I ask because I only have been there once and would like to try Thai food, but the one time I went (several years ago) I ordered a dish involving peanut sauce and it was made by stirring in peanut butter. Yuck. Have they improved? Or did I order the wrong dish?

          1. re: AdinaA

            We went to Thai Treat twice last year. I don't remember exactly what we ordered, but the waitress gave us some good recommendations. They have an Indian menu and a Thai menu- we ordered from both.

            From what I remember... husband liked the mulligatawny (sp?) soup. The Indian stuffed pancakes (or bread don't remember what it was called) was different and very good. I remember someone at the table ordered pad thai- it was my first time tasting it and I thought it was rather sweet. They had some basic things on the menu too.. good for picky eaters.

            1. re: cheesecake17

              We've gotten Pad Thai, Pad Kee Mau, and Pad Woon Sen. They were good. I don't know about the stirring in peanut butter thing. We've also gotten sushi from there that we enjoyed but I can't remember which roll it was. I haven't been back there since they added the Indian menu.

              1. re: Pluckyduk8

                17 is soooooo good. And, if the same owner- a young, argentinian guy- he is really nice!

                1. re: Pluckyduk8

                  I liked that they had the option of an Indian menu. The Indian menu had a mix of traditional dishes and grilled skewer type dishes that could be served with or without sauce. The restaurant was pretty nice too.

                  We'll be back in Miami next month... hopefully we'll go back there.

          2. re: AdinaA

            I think Gourmet Carrot is also in South Beach.

            1. re: lenchik

              Gourmet Carrot is in South Beach. I was there a few years ago and the food was very good. It's a meat place, but on the lighter side. Grilled chicken salads and sandwiches, and lots of vegetable options. Not sure if the grilled vegetable/tofu options are vegetarian or cooked on the meat grills. The menu was creative and they had lots of nice outdoor seating under umbrellas.

              1. re: cheesecake17

                Is Gourmet Carrot still there? Perhaps West Avenue Cafe is now in that location?Has anyone eaten at West Avenue Cafe?

                http://westavenuecafe.com/3352/index....

                1. re: AdinaA

                  Not sure, haven't been there in a few years.

                  A good dairy place- Ritz Cafe (or Ritz Restaurant). We were there twice last year. Food was good, service a bit slow. Worth going to b/c there aren't so many dairy places in Miami that are higher end.

                  1. re: AdinaA

                    West Avenue Cafe is the new name of the former Gourmet Carrot. It's a nice place. The Israeli salads are something special. They make their own baba ganoush, smoky and wonderful, excellent fresh hummus with a hint of cumin, outstanding tabouleh and chopped salad. A sesame crusted tuna was uninteresting and a little over-cooked. sweet potato chips were pedestrian. a pasta with spinach and soy cheese dish was pleasantly creamy.

                    1. re: AdinaA

                      Sounds interesting. What are the prices like? Do they still have a large parve lunch menu?

                      1. re: cheesecake17

                        The prices in the online menu

                        http://www.westavenuecafe.com/3352/35...

                        are accurate even though the menu has been updated. $20 pus for a main course at dinnertime. I didn't check the lunch menu.

                        1. re: AdinaA

                          The menu looks really good! They have several veggie options, which is always a plus. If I end up going, I'll let you know how it was.

              2. re: AdinaA

                Grill Time 16145 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami beach is very good, expensive but good.

                http://www.grilltimerestaurant.com/

              3. Seventeen has very good food. Ate there last night. My dinner companion and I shared a tuna tartare called Ichiban tuna. Tuna in a mildly spicy sauce topped with crunchy onions. Perfect. We were hungry. We thought the soup would be more than we could eat, but enjoyed samples of a mushroom and a winter squash soup, both creamed and both excellent. Followed that with Mustard salmon, and Talipa Piccata, both delicious. The entire menu is online. The restaurant is pleasantly decorated and located a short walk form the convention center and Lincoln Road. It has a large outdoor seating area in back. A year or two ago this was just a couple of tables beside a parking lot. Now it has expanded, had perhaps 20 tables, a wet bar opens in the evenings, it becomes a sukkah, and it is attractively screened from the parking lot.

                The menu is on the web, and they deliver free to your hotel.

                1. Asi's Grill and Sushi delivered lunch and supper to the hotel today - no time to get to a restaurant. The menu is online. Israeli grill with sushi. The restaurant is at 41st St. and Royal Palm Ave. , but i have no idea what it looks like. The Moroccan Fish in spicy red sauce was particularly good, redolent with garlic. They sent seven kinds of salad with the skewers of nicely grilled chicken. They were good, if unsurprising, Israeli chopped, cold slaw. potato. macaroni. cucumbers in dill vinaigrette. red slaw in vinaigrette. A little pricy for a solid but no-surprises grill.

                  1. Are there any restaurents in Miami that are modern, new american, like Solo or Mikes Bistro in New York?

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                    1. re: israelbound

                      I've heard that Rare (on 41st st) has a smilar atmosphere any cusine.

                      1. re: israelbound

                        Harbor Grill & Sushi - 94th & Collins Ave (across from Publix) - Ate there three times, and each time everything was absolutely delicious! Highly recommended by this area resident!
                        Second choice: Prime Grill - can't beat the consistency of its food/value.

                      2. Rare steakhouse is fabulous. One of the best meals I have ever eaten. Veal Milano was splendid. perfectly seasoned and prepared. The steak fillet was wonderfully tender, despite being super lean. And it was perfectly cooked. Ordered medium rare, arrived medium rare. The decor is lovely. The service note perfect except that they seem to cater to the expectations of their customers by bringing the food too quickly, we would have preferred to linger between courses. The online menu is out of date, the current menu is wonderful. Order a steak. The sushi is also very good. But this is a first-rank steakhouse.

                        1. Pita Loca, where I hadn't been in years, makes very good sandwiches. I hadn't thought of it as a destination, but they do delicious things with Moroccan sausages and kabobs on excellent baguette, in addition to doing the expected in a pita pocket very well.