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Elyssa Mar 1, 2011 07:17 PM

My boyfriend and I will be in Miami for 2-3 days in a few weeks for vacation. He's from the area but I've never been before. We are looking for a few recs for dinner. We are thinking Michy's one night (thoughts?).

We like seafood, Asian, French bistro/modern french, fusion, Caribbean, new American....anything fresh, local, seasonal, innovative etc. I'm coming from DC so I would love to try something I can't get up here. I know the Miami food scene is great and I would love to get a real taste of it. In terms of price range, we don't want to go too over the top (this is a week long vacation after all!). Probably anywhere from $40-$60/person for appetizers, entrees, maybe 1 dessert and some drinks.

Thanks so much for the help....please let me know if you need anymore details.

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Michy's
6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

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    tpigeon RE: Elyssa Mar 1, 2011 07:34 PM

    Is 40-60 before tax and tip?

    Michy's is a good choice but with tax and tip you are really pushing it.... Get the baked alaska, and bread pudding for dessert. Not to be missed.

    Other choices - no particular order
    Michaels Genuine
    Sra. Martinez
    Pubbelly
    Sugarcane - not sushi

    You may also want to try something like Tap Tap (hatian). I find it a bit inconsistent though. They have great mojitos. I would stick with the fish if you go there.

    I have not been to sustain, which is fairly new and is getting some good reviews from many places including this board, so I would look into it as well.

    I have also heard many great things about buena vista bistro but have not been.

    Note that none of these are "downtown" but neither is Michy's so I assume you can go further north than "downtown".

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    Michy's
    6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

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

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      Elyssa RE: tpigeon Mar 2, 2011 05:50 AM

      We will have a car but I don't know if we want to use outside of one meal (maybe Michy's). How far is Michy's to South Beach (where we are likely staying).

      We also will be going to a basketball game one night, so any restaurants near there would be great as well.

      Thank you so much for your help! I'm really unfamiliar with the layout of Miami so I don't exactly know where things are in relationship to other places.

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      Michy's
      6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

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

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        tpigeon RE: Elyssa Mar 2, 2011 02:59 PM

        Michy's is far - you will need a car.

        DB Bistro, Zuma, River Oyster Bar are all pretty close to the AA arena -- you will need a car to get to them though

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        Michy's
        6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

        The River Oyster Bar
        650 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33130

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          Elyssa RE: tpigeon Mar 3, 2011 01:43 PM

          Is Michael's Genuine close to the Arena? I google mapped it and it looked about 10 minutes drive...but is that true?

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            tpigeon RE: Elyssa Mar 3, 2011 02:19 PM

            It is 10 minutes once you get away from the traffic that is leaving the stadium...

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          Fineas RE: Elyssa Mar 3, 2011 10:23 AM

          For the night of your Heat game, Ceviche 105 is a good choice. It is reasonably priced and I'm not sure how much Peruvian/ceviche there is in DC (there wasn't much when I lived there, although that was 15-20 years ago). I think you might have a hard time staying in your stated budget at DB Bistro or Zuma (I like Zuma better than DB).

          Michy's is very good and worth the trip. I would second many of the others mentioned, such as Michael's Genuine, Pubbelly, Sugarcane and Sra. Martinez. Of those, only Pubbelly is on South Beach, although it may not (or may) be near where you are staying. For other South Beach options, you might consider Solea (I haven't been there since the new chef came in but have heard it is still good) or OLA.

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          Michy's
          6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

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

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

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            Blind Mind RE: Fineas Mar 7, 2011 06:47 PM

            Im pretty sure DB Bistro has a Heat pregame thing where you can get discounted food and drink before/after the game. I like the food there better than Zuma. That's not to say Zuma is not good as it is very good. They also make great cocktails @ Zuma.

            Michael's is strongly recommended for your visit.

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        Elyssa RE: Elyssa Mar 2, 2011 05:48 AM

        Any thoughts on Michael's Genuine, Nemo, Asia de Cuba or Area 31?

        I think with price on at least one night we are willing to maybe spend more.

        Asia de Cuba had an interesting menu but the prices looked quite expensive. I know it's shared plates---does that make a difference? (aka do you have to get 5-6 plates and therefore spend a ton of money?)

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        Nemo
        100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

        Area 31
        270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

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          tpigeon RE: Elyssa Mar 2, 2011 03:02 PM

          Asia de Cuba is not a first choice if you are concerned with great food. Nemo is closed I believe. Area 31 is not in south beach (it is in the same hotel as zuma but has gone through chef changes) and neither is michael's genuine.

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          Nemo
          100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

          Area 31
          270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

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            GraydonCarter RE: tpigeon Mar 3, 2011 08:05 PM

            Part of your restaurant choices will be not just for the food, but for the dining experience, right? We have a few cuban places up here in D.C. but be sure to get at least lunch at a traditional place on Calle Ocho, if you want to immerse yourself in the local culture. Like La Carreta, that is an odd experience like visiting another country.

            For a touristy thing to do, if you have a car, drive out to key biscayne for sunset dinner at the Rusty Pelican. I know it is corny, but I really thought it was romantic.

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            Rusty Pelican
            3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

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            tpigeon RE: Elyssa Mar 2, 2011 03:03 PM

            Do you want to walk to restaurants in sobe or are you willing to cab it?

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              Elyssa RE: tpigeon Mar 3, 2011 01:45 PM

              I think we would be willing to take a cab. We will have a rental car (although I'm still not sure where we are staying. I gave my bf a list of options in South Beach/Downtown/Design District...he's in charge of the hotel...I'm in charge of the food haha :) )

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                tpigeon RE: Elyssa Mar 3, 2011 02:22 PM

                I would stick with the choices I presented then.

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            Elyssa RE: Elyssa Mar 7, 2011 06:13 AM

            Looks like we are likely going to be staying at the Riviera Hotel in South Beach (2000 Liberty Ave). Not sure if that changes anything but I'll take all your recs along with me. Right now we definitely plan on checking out Michael's Genuine and Sustain. I really want to try Michy's but it might be too much of a pain to get to. Sugarcane sounds excellent though.

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            Michy's
            6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

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

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              tpigeon RE: Elyssa Mar 7, 2011 07:47 AM

              michy's is not much more painful than michael's or sustain (or sugarcane for that matter). You have to go across the bay for all of them. Michy's is just 1.5 miles north of them.

              I have now been to sustain and recommend it as well, though I think michaels and michys are better overall. Sustain and sugarcane are a tossup in my opinion.

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              Michy's
              6927 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138

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