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CT Hound looking for unique foodie experience for birthday

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I will be in town mourning the demise of my 39th year and looking for a must-have restaurant or experience in the ft. lauderdale-miami area (staying in Dania with a car). Wine dinners or special event dinners are plus. I do know that Miami Spice is going on and I can't wait to try some of those resaurants (Scarpetta's for sure). But, is there one place that is not to be missed even if it doesn't have a MS menu? Price is not problem as long as it is not a rip-off. :) Thanks for your recs!

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    1. re: tpigeon

      Sounds wonderful! I would love to go. Unfortunately, my partner in crime is not a sushi eater. Any other ideas? Italian, French, Cuban, American? Tried Michy's before and wasn't impressed. Thanks for you help!

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

      1. re: acervoni

        I would do scarpetta or michaels genuine next (though I am a bit worried about this pick because you did not like michys).

        I hear universally great things about bourbon steak - both from steakhouse lovers and people who don't care for them. It is very highly regarded. You might want to take a look at them.

        1. re: acervoni

          I agree with tp but Michael's Genuine is not really like Michy's. The food is superior and dishes are pretty simple and straightforward. They also have a great bar and busy yet not loud atmosphere. That's my recommendation. Bourbon Steak is also a very strong recommendation. The food is fantastic and that goes beyond steaks. The staff there is great too. Both spots offer Miami Spice too if you wanted to go that route.

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

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

      2. How about Market 17 in Ft. Lauderdale? Obviously, not a Miami Spice deal, but farm to market fresh food, daily menu changes, multi-course tasting menu (from 4-17 courses) that can be paired with wines. http://www.market17.net/

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          1. re: zook

            You could also do the dining in the dark option at market17. Very unique experience