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Jan 11, 2011 06:41 AM

Great light meal near the new Gehry Concert Hall, Lincoln Road and 17th Street area, Miami Beach

Going to Miami Beach to celebrate the opening of the New World Symphony's new Frank Gehry concert hall in late January. Need suggestions for fresh, light food choices in that area. Most interested in Italian or fish choices - with emphasis on fresh and clean preparations. Hint: WIll be having lunch at Michael's Genuine one day and Sra. Martinez on another.

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

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  1. - Altamare, on the west end of Lincoln Road - seafood specialist with an Italian tilt.
    - Spris (Italian), also on Lincoln Road, will not knock your socks off but rarely will they completely screw up either.
    - Icebox Cafe, again on Lincoln Road - I haven't been in a while, and find the execution inconsistent, but it fits the bill on "fresh and clean preparations".

    2305 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134

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    1. re: Frodnesor

      I believe the chef at Altamare came from Michael's so the preparations may be similar. Two doors down in the original Altamare space is Provence Grill (same fish purveyor as Altamare). Lots of interesting fish specials always offered, and at a lower price point. Also, one night a week (Tuesday, I think) all wines are half price and the owners are always around to make sure food and service is up to standards. More of a neighborhood place than a destination, and one on our rotation. (The link chow adds below is for their original restaurant off Brickell, after 12 years there they moved to South Beach last year.)

      Provence Grill
      1001 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130

      1. re: ruthless2

        Yes, the Altamare chef, Simon Stojanovic, was at MGF&D and there are parts of the menu that look very similar and he sources from many of the same places.

    2. We've been going to Rosinella for years. The flavors are authentic, and it's a good value amid all the Lincoln Road nonsense. We order off the specials menu and sit outside for best people watching.

      525 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139