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New, coming to Miami in 2011

tpigeon Jan 1, 2011 12:10 PM

Might as well start this thread...

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  1. 2top RE: tpigeon Jan 1, 2011 01:18 PM

    Grandi Pesci breaking ground this month. The old Big Fish location.

    Big Fish Restaurant
    55 SW Miami Avenue Rd, Miami, FL 33130

    1. netmover RE: tpigeon Jan 1, 2011 02:14 PM

      Bravo TP glad to see you carry the torch!

      I had heard the peeps from Sardinia were going to open something the Big Fish space, is that them?

      City Hall is due to open soon on Biscayne and 20th Street.

      Symcha's is getting very close to opening across the street from Joe's Stone Crabs in SOBE.

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      1. re: netmover
        Fineas RE: netmover Jan 25, 2011 03:00 PM

        City Hall has its menu up on the website. http://www.cityhalltherestaurant.com/...

        Looks interesting.

      2. Frodnesor RE: tpigeon Jan 1, 2011 04:31 PM

        I suppose the Jose Andres / Bazaar project for the SLS (Ritz Plaza) on South Beach still qualifies. Reports around the middle of 2010 said construction was supposed to begin January (2011).

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        1. re: Frodnesor
          MRPR RE: Frodnesor Jan 1, 2011 05:55 PM

          Frod, I get the sense that it might find itself on the "New, coming to Miami in 2012" thread as well. And maybe 2013 at the rate it's going.

        2. lax2mia RE: tpigeon Jan 2, 2011 03:29 PM

          Basque restaurant on Biscayne around 52nd (old Canela spot) is now Food Zone Latin Food Spot. Not sure it that's an upgrade.

          5132 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137

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          1. re: lax2mia
            Frodnesor RE: lax2mia Jan 2, 2011 07:22 PM

            Is that the one that was briefly Kantauri?

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              lax2mia RE: Frodnesor Jan 3, 2011 05:24 AM

              Yep. Couldn't recall the name.

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                The Chowfather RE: lax2mia Jan 3, 2011 03:58 PM

                wow Kantauri didn't last long. <3 months

          2. The Chowfather RE: tpigeon Jan 3, 2011 07:32 AM

            Stephen Starr's Makoto @ Bal Harbor Shops. The (sushi) chef is still unknown but I know who the main target was...


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            1. re: The Chowfather
              Frodnesor RE: The Chowfather May 26, 2011 07:12 AM

              Lots of stuff not updated on this thread. Makoto is now open and the "unknown" chef is Makoto Okuwa. My thoughts on it here ->


            2. The Chowfather RE: tpigeon Jan 3, 2011 07:37 AM

              Route 9 (Coral Gables) owned by two former CIA grads. "comfort food with gourmet touches" per owner Jeremy Goldberg

              Chow Down Grill - new south beach (alton road) location

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              1. re: The Chowfather
                The Chowfather RE: The Chowfather Jul 31, 2011 09:24 AM

                Chowdown Grill South Beach (alton road) is opening this week

                South Beach Cafe
                121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

              2. The Chowfather RE: tpigeon Jan 3, 2011 07:43 AM

                Look for Sol Kitchen to get its wheels in '11 and rise to the top of the food truck craze

                1. The Chowfather RE: tpigeon Jan 3, 2011 07:50 AM

                  Looks like the St. Regis @ Bal Harbour will miss 2011 and join is in 2012. I haven't seen word on the restaurant yet but Jean-Georges' Fern is located at the Puerto Rico location... just sayin

                  Puerto Rico Restaurant
                  1055 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33125

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                  1. re: The Chowfather
                    The Chowfather RE: The Chowfather Jun 15, 2011 07:00 PM

                    I heard Morimoto was opening in the St. Regis Bal Harbour but I've been unable to confirm that. His name may have been associated early on with Starr's new spot at Bal Harbour shops (Makoto) which may be causing the confusion. Anyone have any info on this?

                    Looks like Jean-Georges is coming though


                  2. Frodnesor RE: tpigeon Jan 3, 2011 10:49 AM

                    Howie Kleinberg opening "Bulldog Burger" right next door to Bulldog BBQ on Biscayne ~154th St. "early 2011".

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                    1. re: Frodnesor
                      The Chowfather RE: Frodnesor Jan 3, 2011 03:59 PM

                      Hope he hangs his "Burgie Award" sign this time...

                    2. The Chowfather RE: tpigeon Jan 3, 2011 04:03 PM

                      LA @ Eater is reporting that Zama Sushi Bar (from Philly) is set to open at the Shelborne Hotel. Sushi Chef is Zama Tanaka. Should have gone with Tanaka's..

                      2 additional unnamed restaurants are also opening at the hotel

                      Sushi Chef
                      3100 SW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33129

                      1. Frodnesor RE: tpigeon Jan 5, 2011 05:42 AM

                        via Thrillist - new Indian restaurant in Sunny Isles - Copper Chimney

                        Fado Irish Pub recently opened in Brickell.

                        Also, Jimmy'z Kitchen just opened a new place in Wynwood.

                        1. Blind Mind RE: tpigeon Jan 5, 2011 08:40 AM

                          Bunch of new Grove spots opening:

                          Spartico (Eismann @ Mayfair)
                          Burgundy Room @ Cocowalk just opened
                          Neighborhood Restaurant (lots of creativity in the name) on Bird set back to the left of Flanigans
                          El Sitio (I'm guessing Mexican? Website is all Spanish) on Main Highway

                          All that and their putting some sort of restaurant in the Paragon Grove movie theaters too.

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                            bry520 RE: Blind Mind Jan 5, 2011 09:19 AM

                            El Sitio is actually a Columbian restaurant and Burgundy Room is giving 50% of everything until January 12.

                            El Sitio
                            311 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

                          2. The Chowfather RE: tpigeon Jan 12, 2011 03:31 PM

                            5 Napkin Burger on Lincoln Road


                            check out their bourbon list

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                              Blind Mind RE: The Chowfather Jan 12, 2011 04:35 PM

                              That's a kickass bourbon list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                              1. re: The Chowfather
                                The Chowfather RE: The Chowfather Jun 11, 2011 09:55 AM

                                Update- 5 Napkin opens to public this Thursday (6/16)

                              2. The Chowfather RE: tpigeon Jan 13, 2011 03:56 PM

                                Todd English is bringing his "talents" to South Beach per the NY Times via Dream Hotel (Tudor/Palmer location)


                                South Beach Cafe
                                121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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                                1. re: The Chowfather
                                  The Chowfather RE: The Chowfather Jun 22, 2011 04:45 PM

                                  maybe the NY Times should change the banner to "all the gossip that's fit to print"... missed on this one

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                                  tpigeon RE: tpigeon Jan 19, 2011 08:31 AM

                                  It looks like Rosa Mexicano is taking the big corner spot of the 1111 building in south beach by the movie theater on lincoln road.

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                                    advisor_Girl RE: tpigeon Jan 22, 2011 09:09 AM


                                    Holy Commercial Crap-a-mole, Ese!

                                    First Tacontento-Discontento and now Rosa Mexicoño join forces with Rauncho Grande?

                                    We will cross Alton Road and support JimmyZ and Bernie's LA cafe instead.


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                                      tpigeon RE: advisor_Girl Jan 22, 2011 11:59 AM

                                      Rents being what they are in that building, no way you can open an independent restaurant of that size and survive. That being said, Shake Shack is really good.

                                  2. Frodnesor RE: tpigeon Jan 19, 2011 12:54 PM

                                    Naked Pizza coming into a spot on Ponce de Leon in Coral Gables (couple blocks south of Miracle Mile)

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                                    1. re: Frodnesor
                                      Icantread RE: Frodnesor Jan 20, 2011 11:44 AM

                                      Wow, that is big news! Brick Tops had signed to go corner to corner there. I wonder what happened...

                                    2. Frodnesor RE: tpigeon Jan 20, 2011 01:58 PM

                                      Also, a Miller's Ale House going into Coral Gables on Miracle Mile, block east of Ponce (used to be a Burger King there a long time ago, more recently a short-lived Nexxt Cafe).

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                                      1. re: Frodnesor
                                        taiga RE: Frodnesor Jan 25, 2011 05:25 AM

                                        Miller's Ale House, with its noisy TV's blaring, may not be a step up from Burger King.

                                        Miller's Ale House
                                        11625 N Kendall Dr, Miami, FL 33176

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                                        tpigeon RE: tpigeon Feb 1, 2011 01:45 PM

                                        Milos (greek seafood place in montreal and ny) is opening somewhere south of 5th. Scheduled to be Oct 2011 but this will probably end up being a new in 2012 kind of thing given how long things usually take in SOBE.

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                                          YonaShyml RE: tpigeon Feb 1, 2011 03:13 PM

                                          Milos is a spectacular restaurant in Manhattan. More than a bit surprised to hear they are coming to SoFi in SoBe. I would be very surprised if it lasts long here. That's a real restaurant with a business following, a professional crowd, and super high end fish. Maybe I'll be proven wrong. But that's happy news. In the space where Au Pied Cochon was?

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                                            tpigeon RE: YonaShyml Feb 1, 2011 06:39 PM

                                            It's only happy news if it is good.

                                            The original is in montreal btw. This gives them an advantage of name recognition from two major tourist cities to Miami.

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                                              tpigeon RE: tpigeon Feb 2, 2011 09:03 AM

                                              Someone is trying another restaurant in the old Picnic place. I asked the construction workers what kind of restaurant but they did not know.

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                                                rockysobe RE: tpigeon Feb 15, 2011 06:41 PM

                                                Had heard the Pubbelly guys were going in there

                                                1. re: rockysobe
                                                  Frodnesor RE: rockysobe Feb 15, 2011 07:43 PM

                                                  Pubbelly is right next door, they're going to open a second restaurant 2 doors down?

                                                  1. re: Frodnesor
                                                    tpigeon RE: Frodnesor Feb 16, 2011 05:47 AM

                                                    There may be something to this. I talked to one of the owners of pubbelly a few weeks ago about the place and they hinted but did not confirm it was them....It was too flimsy to post at the time. Don't take this as any type of confirmation though, they were very vague with me.

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                                                      MRPR RE: tpigeon Feb 16, 2011 01:51 PM

                                                      Opening a new restaurant two doors down after a few months of success? I'd say they're "pulling an Eismann."

                                        2. Frodnesor RE: tpigeon Feb 3, 2011 04:15 AM

                                          Sake Blue Asian Kitchen & Bar just opened in Coral Gables (old Chispa spot near Merrick Park). Same owners as Town and Smoke't. Exec Chef is Robert Pagan, who was CDC at Pacific Time 2.0 among other gigs.

                                          1. Blind Mind RE: tpigeon Feb 3, 2011 06:16 AM

                                            Eater reports Brother Jimmy's BBQ coming to Brickell. Sounds promising and should be a good addition to that area.

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                                              tpigeon RE: Blind Mind Feb 3, 2011 12:29 PM

                                              No it is not promising

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                                                Blind Mind RE: tpigeon Feb 4, 2011 06:34 AM

                                                You've been?

                                                1. re: Blind Mind
                                                  tpigeon RE: Blind Mind Feb 4, 2011 06:39 AM

                                                  Many years ago. Nothing special.

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                                              mialebven RE: tpigeon Feb 4, 2011 07:41 AM

                                              Eden's Bistro & Lounge seems to be opening up soon in the nice-looking old-styled building on NE 5th St and NE 1st Avenue. Spotted the sign yesterday.

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                                                advisor_Girl RE: mialebven Feb 4, 2011 08:10 AM

                                                Weekend Update from my e-mailbox via UrbanDiddy:

                                                I Love Pizza Now Open -> > Billed as "Authentic NY Pizza" so I guess you have to fold it (or just be prepared to pay $14-$18 a pie)

                                                Your truffle pizza intake: dangerously low. Here to correct the balance: this shiny new pizza bar in North Beach. The chef from the W South Beach is the man behind the pies, which are made with Homestead tomatoes and organic flour. Go for the Uptown with truffle carpaccio or the Brooklyn with fontina cheese and pepperoni.

                                                I Love Pizza, 7105 Collins Ave, 786-439-3969

                                                Menu http://www.ilovepizzanow.com/menu.htm

                                                DISCOUNT COUPON - http://www.ilovepizzanow.com/coupons.htm


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                                                  Frodnesor RE: advisor_Girl Feb 4, 2011 08:35 AM

                                                  Tried it last night. Didn't love it.

                                                  1. re: Frodnesor
                                                    advisor_Girl RE: Frodnesor Feb 9, 2011 12:43 PM

                                                    Ok... that was fast.

                                                    ¡A Tapear!

                                                    GOOGLE maps new Andalus tapas restaurant 0.2 miles from Sra. Martinez. Think Michy Bernstein should get a restraining order?

                                                    Andalus 35 NE 40th St - Design District fmr Piccadilly Garden


                                                    Sra. Martinez
                                                    4000 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

                                                    1. re: advisor_Girl
                                                      tpigeon RE: advisor_Girl Feb 9, 2011 04:22 PM

                                                      Good one AG. Thanks -- hope it is good.

                                                      1. re: tpigeon
                                                        advisor_Girl RE: tpigeon Feb 11, 2011 02:45 AM

                                                        AND - - > Exit = La Locanda and Enter = Dining Room

                                                        From the stretch of challenging real estate that brought you El Scorpion, Tuscan Steak, Dragon, Harrison's, L'Entrecote de Paris, Cafe Maurice, All Burgers...

                                                        Menu for new "Dining Room" posted online today:


                                                        Any thirsty &/or financially challenged Valentines can appreciate FREE wine and beer through March ...

                                                        Dining Room 413 Washington Ave South Beach

                                                        Anyone dreaming of starting a restaurant should hang out with the ghosts on 4th Street awhile...


                                                        1. re: advisor_Girl
                                                          brianllieberman RE: advisor_Girl Mar 16, 2011 07:25 AM

                                                          Go to this spot! Amazing! And the ghost were there, but it was so busythey couldn't get a table.....:)

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                                                    netmover RE: advisor_Girl May 11, 2011 07:18 AM

                                                    I Love Pizza has the best expresso I've ever tasted anywhere! Unreal color "espuma" and an even better taste. The blue eyed black dude says it's a Colombian bean roasted in Australia....unbeleivably tasty! Their pizza looked promising, but I didn't get a chance to try it. Try that coffee and lmk what you think.

                                                    That area is now like a mini epcot of the Americas! You got a Cuban next to a Brazilian next to a Mexican next to a Colombian across the street from a Uruguayan next to another Colombian which is catty corner to a Peruvian which is next to an Argentinian...no passport required in North Beach!

                                                2. Blind Mind RE: tpigeon Feb 11, 2011 06:18 AM

                                                  Went to a preview of Andalus last night. New Spanish tapas spot in the DD where Pacific Time used to be...or still kinda is. I say this because the decor hasn't changed at all really. That's about my only gripe. The food was fantastic. I had a squid ink risotto with shrimp that could be the best squid ink anything I've ever had. Just a fantastic dish. Looking forward to going back a few more times to try other things. The menu is strong and priced very well. Move over Sra M!

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                                                    tpigeon RE: tpigeon Feb 14, 2011 10:38 AM

                                                    Daddy's Soul Food is opening on 6th and washington in SOBE sometime soon.

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                                                      advisor_Girl RE: tpigeon Feb 15, 2011 06:23 AM


                                                      Just checked out their website and they are "Miami's Best Soul Food Restaurant " - except they aren't open and they aren't in Miami. Ouch. PLEASE tell me this isn't the same Daddy from Ver Daddy's terrible taco shop deciding to take their talents to South Beach?!



                                                      1. re: advisor_Girl
                                                        tpigeon RE: advisor_Girl Feb 15, 2011 06:26 AM

                                                        I just passed the place on my way to miss saigon. That's all I know. Sorry.

                                                    2. freakerdude RE: tpigeon Feb 15, 2011 04:07 PM

                                                      Shula Burger is on the way folks. Get ready for more burger madness! Date unknown.


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                                                        The Chowfather RE: freakerdude Feb 15, 2011 04:53 PM

                                                        It's official, burgers have jumped the shark...

                                                        1. re: The Chowfather
                                                          advisor_Girl RE: The Chowfather Feb 16, 2011 03:28 AM


                                                          In this case they jumped the Dolphins... sad. You need a quarter mil in cash and a mil net worth to party with Big Don.


                                                          New-ish news - Lou's Beer Garden is doing Saturday AND Sunday brunch 11:30-4 targeting heavy drinkers with beer pairings on the menu and unlimited mimosas for $12.

                                                          7337 Harding Ave, Miami Beach


                                                          1. re: The Chowfather
                                                            Blind Mind RE: The Chowfather Feb 16, 2011 06:42 AM

                                                            Big time shark jumpage...

                                                          2. re: freakerdude
                                                            aynrandgirl RE: freakerdude Mar 7, 2011 03:18 AM

                                                            The sample burger looked good. The fries in the photo, on the other hand, are clearly frozen. No way I'm paying their likely high prices if the fries aren't fresh.

                                                          3. netmover RE: tpigeon Mar 6, 2011 06:43 AM

                                                            I just saw signs for two new restos that are slated to open in Merrick Park. One at the old Norman V's Mundo spot and the other directly across the street called Crave.

                                                            1. herbage RE: tpigeon Mar 15, 2011 01:10 PM

                                                              I see there is a Sir Pizza opening on Biscayne Blvd in North Miami. Anyone have any information when it will be open?

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                                                                herbage RE: herbage May 11, 2011 10:20 AM

                                                                An online inquiry on Sir Pizza's website got a same-day response from management: hopefully by Mid July.

                                                              2. non sequitur RE: tpigeon Apr 19, 2011 03:17 PM

                                                                NYC chef Geoffrey zarkarian is apparently coming to sobe:


                                                                1. The Chowfather RE: tpigeon May 25, 2011 03:50 PM

                                                                  Mr. Collins at One Bal Harbour. (I'm not sure who chef is at this time)


                                                                  Smashburger (North Miami

                                                                  1. Frodnesor RE: tpigeon May 26, 2011 07:21 AM

                                                                    Lots of newly opened or coming stuff not listed here, let me take a shot at updating ->

                                                                    - Yardbird (Chef Jeff McInnis, last of Gigi) to be opening in South Beach
                                                                    - Haven "Gastro-Lounge" in South Beach
                                                                    - Brooklyn Water Bagel opened in South Beach
                                                                    - Craft gastropub, opened in Coral Gables
                                                                    - Crumb on Parchment, bakery/cafe from Michelle Bernstein, opened in Design District
                                                                    - 100 Montaditos, opened in Midtown
                                                                    - Lizzaran, Spanish tapas, opened in Coral Gables
                                                                    - Pied a Terre, opened in South Beach
                                                                    - Mi Vida Cafe, vegetarian, opened on Biscayne Blvd.
                                                                    - Trio on the Bay, Chef Klime Kovaceski, opened on 79th St. Causeway

                                                                    I'm sure there are several I'm missing.

                                                                    South Beach Cafe
                                                                    121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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                                                                      Frodnesor RE: Frodnesor May 26, 2011 04:31 PM

                                                                      I meant the Local gastropub in Coral Gables, on Giralda. Doh.

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                                                                        Blind Mind RE: Frodnesor May 27, 2011 12:10 PM

                                                                        You're still wrong, Frod. It's The Local Craft ;)

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                                                                        eemiami RE: Frodnesor May 27, 2011 10:44 AM

                                                                        Peacock Garden Cafe in the Grove by Oscar del Rivero.

                                                                      3. lax2mia RE: tpigeon May 26, 2011 07:54 AM

                                                                        Who@67th. Still don't know what the heck it is.

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                                                                          steph33141 RE: lax2mia May 26, 2011 09:52 AM

                                                                          You mean you don't know which restaurant is where?

                                                                        2. Blind Mind RE: tpigeon May 27, 2011 12:12 PM

                                                                          Blue Piano has been up and running for a bit now with a pretty good food menu - www.bluepianomia.com

                                                                          1. The Chowfather RE: tpigeon May 31, 2011 12:11 PM

                                                                            Kane Steakhouse is opening Mid June in the old Tuscan Steak space. Same owner as NYC Strip House and Michael Jordan's place. Joining him are some familiar local nightlife guys so I'm certain this will be on the clubby side.

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                                                                              Frodnesor RE: The Chowfather May 31, 2011 02:05 PM

                                                                              It is a rule of nature that for every steakhouse opening, there is an equivalent burger joint opening. And so it is. BGR The Burger Joint is opening in Coral Gables, in what I believe is the recently closed Fatburger location.

                                                                              232 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134

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                                                                                MRPR RE: Frodnesor May 31, 2011 03:01 PM

                                                                                It's pronounced "booger," right?

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                                                                                  Frodnesor RE: MRPR Jun 6, 2011 11:28 AM

                                                                                  You can now ask them yourself: BGR on Miracle Mile opened this past weekend.

                                                                            2. non sequitur RE: tpigeon Jun 9, 2011 01:08 PM

                                                                              This may be happy news to some of the legions of NY expats: Gray's Papaya plans for Miami (source: http://la.eater.com/archives/2011/04/...).

                                                                              I don't know what the signature papaya drink is made out of exactly, but I do get nostalgic for it (even though I was only in NYC for 2 years). Plus its a hotdog joint, which means it isn't another burger import.

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                                                                                mikek RE: non sequitur Jun 9, 2011 02:36 PM

                                                                                Also in plans for expansion to Miami is Antico Pizza from Atlanta. After having moved up to ATL, I can say it is 100% the real deal and awesome. My mother is praying that this comes to fruition, though it will likely not be until 2012.

                                                                              2. Frodnesor RE: tpigeon Jun 10, 2011 05:37 AM

                                                                                Speaking of pizza, there's a place down south in Palmetto Bay called Forno 52 that is doing authentic Napoletana style pizza. I've not been there, but I did try their pizza from a portable wood-burning oven they had set up at Fairchild Tropical Garden once, and it was very good, and I've been hearing very good things about the place.


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                                                                                  taiga RE: Frodnesor Jun 11, 2011 07:07 AM

                                                                                  It's good!

                                                                                2. Frodnesor RE: tpigeon Jun 11, 2011 08:52 AM

                                                                                  Pubbelly (South Beach) to be opening another location.

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                                                                                    tpigeon RE: Frodnesor Jun 11, 2011 01:58 PM

                                                                                    To be a bit more clear, the owners are looking to open another restaurant that is not pubbelly.

                                                                                  2. Frodnesor RE: tpigeon Jun 11, 2011 01:26 PM

                                                                                    BGR The Burger Joint has opened in Coral Gables. It's in the former Fatburger spot on Miracle Mile, and they've not apparently done too much with it other than to put up a bunch of posters of 1970s and 1980s rock-n-roll album covers on the walls. Menu is more expansive though - in addition to a regular hamburger (with a few different topping options), they've got a turkey burger, ahi tuna, greek lamb-burger, a house-made veggie burger, and a lobster roll.

                                                                                    232 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134

                                                                                    1. Frodnesor RE: tpigeon Jun 16, 2011 05:21 AM

                                                                                      New Greek restaurant, Egg & Dart, opening in the old Q spot in the Design District. One of the people involved is an owner of Maria's on Coral Way.

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                                                                                        lax2mia RE: Frodnesor Jun 16, 2011 08:30 AM

                                                                                        Ouch. It's gonna be some tough competition with Mandolin close by.

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                                                                                          Frodnesor RE: lax2mia Jun 16, 2011 11:57 AM

                                                                                          That's what I thought too. And it's a big space to fill.

                                                                                      2. Frodnesor RE: tpigeon Jun 17, 2011 04:16 PM

                                                                                        Azucar Cuban Cuisine is doing work on the former Les Halles space in Coral Gables on Ponce de Leon Blvd: Apparently, it's Cuban by way of New Jersey ->


                                                                                        Les Halles
                                                                                        2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

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                                                                                          bry520 RE: Frodnesor Jun 18, 2011 09:10 AM

                                                                                          I get the Celia Cruz reference, but the prices are pretty steep for a latin food joint in South Florida. And "Home of the world famous Cuban Sandwich"? That maybe an easy title to get in New Jersey, but thats not going to fly down here.

                                                                                        2. non sequitur RE: tpigeon Jun 20, 2011 03:23 PM

                                                                                          Jean Georges staking a claim in 2012 (so really should be in the "New, 2012" string).

                                                                                          Rumored to be a "J&G Grill" outpost (the second).
                                                                                          Mr. Georges, if you are reading, I hope "grill" doesn't imply "steakhouse" because we have a few of those already. Would love to see a prix fixe lunch like your eponymous flagship in manhattan - one of the world's best food deals.

                                                                                          1. non sequitur RE: tpigeon Jun 22, 2011 04:25 PM

                                                                                            FLIP BURGER
                                                                                            I think Frodesnor has endorsed this Atlanta-based burger joint.
                                                                                            Now the drive might get 10 hours shorter:

                                                                                            Date TBD

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                                                                                              Frodnesor RE: non sequitur Jun 22, 2011 07:32 PM

                                                                                              Never been.

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                                                                                                bry520 RE: non sequitur Jun 23, 2011 06:31 AM

                                                                                                The Burger Beast has a review of Flip Burger and it doesn't look to be very good.


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                                                                                                  Frodnesor RE: bry520 Jun 23, 2011 07:49 AM

                                                                                                  I don't know that Burger Beast is a foie gras guy. Tho he doesn't have good things to say about the basic burger either.

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                                                                                                    lax2mia RE: Frodnesor Jun 23, 2011 08:41 AM

                                                                                                    ...or a truffle guy for that matter ("truffle is a rare mushroom"). Don't know if you can take BB's review seriously as truffles pretty much taste like dirt and foie gras has a super strong flavor and putting them on a burger is a waste of both a burger and a truffle and a goose liver. Plus don't think anyone that takes truffles and foie gras seriously would eat them on a burger. Think BB should stick to more basic fare in these matters.

                                                                                                    As for Flip, I don't remember it being any worse than the burger places we already have. I do remember the Smores milkshake with burnt marshmallows was pretty good. And it was clean.

                                                                                                    1. re: lax2mia
                                                                                                      bry520 RE: lax2mia Jun 23, 2011 10:48 AM

                                                                                                      I completely agree with you both (Frodnesor and Lax2mia), but I still think the review gives some nice insight into the restaurant chain. I do applaud BB for putting in the effort;however, this particular review, with the truffle and foie gras comments, did make him sound a little out of his element.

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                                                                                                        BurgerBeast RE: bry520 Sep 19, 2011 08:02 AM

                                                                                                        Yup I was out of my element and it was unfair of me to write about it since at that point I wasn't very familiar with it.

                                                                                                      2. re: lax2mia
                                                                                                        Frodnesor RE: lax2mia Jun 23, 2011 11:56 AM

                                                                                                        "don't think anyone that takes truffles and foie gras seriously would eat them on a burger"

                                                                                                        cc: Daniel Boulud.

                                                                                                        1. re: Frodnesor
                                                                                                          lax2mia RE: Frodnesor Jun 23, 2011 12:17 PM

                                                                                                          I know Chef Bouloud must be a rabid CH reader so I know he'll see my post!

                                                                                                          If ever a burger was over thel top it's the db burger. After 1/2 the burger you're done. Of the over the top burgers, Fathers Office > db bistro

                                                                                                          1. re: lax2mia
                                                                                                            bry520 RE: lax2mia Jun 23, 2011 01:38 PM

                                                                                                            I had the DB Burger at the DB Bistro Moderne in Manhattan and I really wasn't impressed.

                                                                                                            I don't know if the Miami location would be any better.

                                                                                                          2. re: Frodnesor
                                                                                                            Blind Mind RE: Frodnesor Jun 23, 2011 12:21 PM

                                                                                                            Nothing wrong with foie or truffles on a burger. Same thing with a steak. Sure, it's better received on a steak but the flavor elements are pretty similar. I went to Flip and thought it was just OK. I didnt get all the hype surrounding it really. I agree with L2M though - the creamsicle milkshake I had was f'n awesome.

                                                                                                            1. re: Blind Mind
                                                                                                              mikek RE: Blind Mind Jun 23, 2011 10:07 PM

                                                                                                              Living in Atlanta now, I can tell you it is solid, but nothing to write home about. In fact, off the top of my head, you can get a better burger at Yeah!, Grindhouse, Farm Burger, Holeman Finch (best burger I have ever had, exceeds all hype), Bocado, Local Three and I am sure there are a few more.

                                                                                                              If any of you South Florida hounds find your way up this way, please do let me know and I will show you around up here. There is some awesome stuff going on in the ATL.

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                                                                                                                Blind Mind RE: mikek Jun 25, 2011 04:45 AM

                                                                                                                I hear ya, mikek. H&F burger is pretty f'n awesome. Yeah Burger is another fav of mine. H&F does their buns for the burger. I should be making my way up to ATL around the end of August or early September so we may have to hit up a spot or 2.

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                                                                                                    MMunchies RE: tpigeon Jun 23, 2011 07:13 PM

                                                                                                    For all you Miami Phillipe chow lovers, guess who is coming to boca. That's right you heard it straight from the horses mouth. Phillipe will be opening allegedly this august where 3 forks was. Did someone say satays to go? Check please!!

                                                                                                    1. The Chowfather RE: tpigeon Jul 31, 2011 09:51 AM

                                                                                                      Little Lotus-Downtown Miami

                                                                                                      Nemesis Urban Bistro-Top Chef alum, Micah Edelstein's cool little bistro located in the Legal Art building near the arena in Miami.


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                                                                                                      1. re: The Chowfather
                                                                                                        tpigeon RE: The Chowfather Sep 3, 2011 11:20 AM

                                                                                                        Eater just reported that Michael Schwartz is creating a new restaurant in the Raleigh and is managing F&B for the entire hotel. Projected for Dec 2011.

                                                                                                        1. re: tpigeon
                                                                                                          tpigeon RE: tpigeon Oct 18, 2011 03:05 PM

                                                                                                          Lee Klein reports that Gorenstein will run the kitchen at the Raleigh. Looks like something to get excited about.

                                                                                                      2. The Chowfather RE: tpigeon Sep 3, 2011 12:21 PM

                                                                                                        Phuc Yea Vietnamese inspired pop-up opens this week in Downtown Miami

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                                                                                                          taiga RE: The Chowfather Sep 4, 2011 05:56 AM

                                                                                                          I know that there is a sucker born every minute, but with all of Phuc Yea's super-hip, ultra-dank linguistically nonsensical hype which clutters the website from concept through name to menu -- it better be good!

                                                                                                        2. Frodnesor RE: tpigeon Oct 18, 2011 09:11 PM

                                                                                                          Much missing from this thread ->

                                                                                                          Yardbird - South Beach - now open.
                                                                                                          PubBelly Sushi - South Beach - now open.
                                                                                                          Barceloneta (also from the PubBelly peeps) - South Beach - opening this week.
                                                                                                          Harry's Pizzeria (Michael Schwartz) - Design District - now open.
                                                                                                          The Dutch (Andrew Carmellini) - South Beach - opening soon.
                                                                                                          Naoe - moving from Sunny Isles to Brickell Key after end of year.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Frodnesor
                                                                                                            tpigeon RE: Frodnesor Oct 19, 2011 05:41 AM

                                                                                                            Barceloneta opens today btw.

                                                                                                            1. re: tpigeon
                                                                                                              lax2mia RE: tpigeon Oct 19, 2011 07:09 AM

                                                                                                              Great, I can row my boat right up to the door.

                                                                                                              1. re: lax2mia
                                                                                                                tpigeon RE: lax2mia Oct 19, 2011 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                Yup, great rowing weather.

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