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Oct 4, 2011 06:11 PM

4 day trip w/ rental car...

Staying at Fontainebleau Miami for 4 days and have a rental to eat, but don't want to break the bank. Any good street food or must try spots during our stay? Doesn't all have to be cheap, but trying to stay away from $100 steaks...thanks!

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  1. Surely you've rummaged/searched through this board. What looks good to you from other recommendations?

    1. Just got back from 6 days in Miami, at the Fountainbleu. I highly recommend both Buena Vista Bistro and Buena Vista Deli which are on NE 2nd Avenue in the Design District. Had lunch at the Bistro; for $10 lunch special you get a fabulous entree which will fill you up. Had breakfast at the Deli on our last day there. They open at 7 am every day, great pastries, best chocolate croissant in Miami. Other places which were good are Sardinia, which we always hit when we are down there but that can get pricey. It's on Purdy, away from the beach. We also had dinner at a place called Las Vacas Gordas which we discovered on our last trip down. Share the 1.5 lb rolled up steak. That's on Normandy Drive just over the 79th St. Causeway.
      We went to Harry's Pizzeria, the new darling of South Beach, owned by Michael Schwartz, who owns Michael's Genuine (highly recommend Michael's). Harry's? Eh! The pizza did nothing for me but I'd be willing to give it another shot if only because the wait staff was extremely pleasant. I think our waiter set the world record for use of the word "awesome", he was a nice kid, very attentive but not overbearing.
      Also, please try Yardbird, 1600 Lenox St. We got there just before the kitchen closed on opening night (this past Monday) and again, great waitstaff, even met the owner who came over to our table to personally apologize for the delay in getting the food out and comped us an appetizer and dessert. The skin of thefried chicken was unbelievably tasty and crisp and the meat was moist. Well worth the wait, which frankly didn't seem all that lengthy.
      I also urge you to do a search on this board as well, there are numerous posts regarding where to eat on the cheap, and expensive. You won't go hungry. Finally, if you are cost conscious avoid all the restaurants at the 'Bleu. Good luck.

      Las Vacas Gordas
      933 Normandy Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33141

      Buena Vista Bistro
      4582 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

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      1. re: Rondo

        I really liked the fried chicken at yardbird as well.

      2. We recently stayed for several weeks in that area and got to try quite a few places that we hadn't been to. I agree with Buena Vista, it's very good. I loved Pubbelly. Thought the food was delicious. Too bad you just missed Miami Spice, the dim sum lunch at Hakasan was outstanding and right in your hotel. I don't know what they normally charge, but you should definitely check it out. I've been to Sardinia several times now and have never been impressed. It's good, but IMO nothing special. We had an excellent brunch at the Icebox off Lincoln Road. The crab cakes benedict were outstanding. Sra Martinez in the Design District is also very good. I would really recommend doing a search on the board and seeing what looks good to you. Have a fun trip!

        Sra Martinez
        4000 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL