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LuLiV Jul 28, 2011 01:40 PM

Hello fellow Chowhounders!

I live in Dallas but will be coming to Miami for a few days this weekend with my family. I'm looking for good food recommendations near the area. I'll be around NE Miami on 135th St.

Price is not an issue - we just want great food at a casual location (we have a few kids, so kid-friendly is a consideration). Thanks in advance! :)

  1. The Chowfather Jul 30, 2011 05:25 AM

    "Great food, casual location and kid friendly"

    I would add Racks to the mix. They have really won me over with the last couple of Brooklyn pies I've had there. They have a $5 pizza special on Tuesday and a $5 burger special on Wednesday. On Friday they have 1.5lb Maine Lobtah special that is a deal at $19.95 Fun spot for kids with outside seating on the water.
    www.grrestaurant.com

    Bulldog BBQ (sweaty bald guy from Top Chef who sort of looks like a bulldog) is another casual spot that serves quality food with plenty of dishes the adults and kids will enjoy.
    http://bulldog-bbq.com/

    If the kids like Japanese/Sushi I would consider Makoto at Bal Harbor. It's on the expensive side but it's a big place with outside seating so you can go casual and kids will be fine there. Their sushi is outstanding.
    http://www.makoto-restaurant.com/

    1. Frodnesor Jul 28, 2011 03:14 PM

      You'd do well to search this board for "Aventura" (no "d") as there are already a number of threads. Here is what comes to mind ->

      - Hiro's Yakko-San, Japanese izakaya on 163rd St. Causeway
      - Timo, sort of Italian (but not heavily so) in Sunny Isles
      - Bourbon Steak in Aventura, Spice menu and/or Burger Bar will make it more budget-friendly
      - Chow Down Grill, contemporary Chinese in Bal Harbour
      - Petit Rouge, French bistro on Biscayne around 135th (small place, depends how well-behaved your kids are).
      - Cheen Huaye, Mexican on Biscayne Blvd. around 155th
      - Red Light, contemporary American with a New Orleans slant, Biscayne and 78th
      - Anise Taverna, Greek, Biscayne and 78th
      - Gourmet Diner, Biscayne near 135th, French bistro in an old diner; haven't been in a little while, some recent reports haven't been great.
      - Kabobji, good Middle Eastern food, 163rd St. Causeway

      That should be enought to get you started.

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

      Red Light
      7700 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

      Bourbon Steak
      19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

      Hiro's Yakko-San
      3881 NE 163rd Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

      Cheen Huaye
      15400 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33160

      Petit Rouge
      12409 Biscayne Blvd North, Miami, FL

      Timo Restaurant
      17624 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles, FL 33160

      4 Replies
      1. re: Frodnesor
        LuLiV Jul 28, 2011 04:15 PM

        Aventura! /Smacks self. I knew the right name, too.

        Thank you for the excellent ideas!

        1. re: LuLiV
          j
          jayk Jul 29, 2011 06:59 PM

          I'm not from Miami but have been there with 4 kids. We have taken them to Hiro's Yakko - San (go early or be prepared to wait), Bourbon Steak (went early and sat in the Lounge, perhaps that is called the Burger Bar?) and Petit Rouge (go early). I didn't think Gourmet Diner was that great and would probably not go there again. Perhaps they were having an off night. There is another place called Anthony's Coal Oven Pizza if your kids are younger and want a Pizza night (the kids were practically begging for this after a week of intense eating).

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

          Bourbon Steak
          19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

          Petit Rouge
          12409 Biscayne Blvd North, Miami, FL

          1. re: jayk
            crowmuncher Jul 29, 2011 11:32 PM

            I was just going to mention Anthony's Pizza. That's good. If you are craving Japanese, try Ginza's. It's a Japanese buffet (that's not your typical buffet-it's actually good) on Biscayne Blvd. close to 163rd st. I've never had to wait to eat there.

            1. re: jayk
              Frodnesor Jul 30, 2011 10:59 PM

              Yakko-San has moved to a larger location on 163rd St. Causeway and I've never had trouble getting seated at the new location.

              Second Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza (now there's a place where there is often a wait) and Racks which makes good pizzas and has seating out on the Intracoastal.

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