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Mar 8, 2012 04:08 PM

How's the food at the Royale (Raleigh Hotel)

I love the ambience of the garden but the quality of the food is more important! We're coming from winter so want to get a real Florida (outdoor) experience but GREAT FOOD comes first.

We loved Michy's and Michael's Genuine but may not have a car this time

Any recommendations in South Beach?

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  1. oops....forgot to say we don't want to do Joe's again

    1. I would not do the Raleigh unless the takeover by Michael Schwartz is complete by the time you arrive.
      The Dutch - One of the best pork chops in the universe
      Alta Mare - the hogfish is awesome and their PP&J desert is great.
      Sushi Samba - Go for the interesting non sushi related dishes.
      Shake Shack
      Any one of the Pubbellies

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      1. re: tpigeon

        (never mind my original now deleted comment, I see you've got Sardinia on your list). I'd add on a more casual note Burger & Beer Joint, though any of these places would come first for me, esp. Pubbelly, Pubbelly Sushi, Sardinia, Altamare. Haven't gotten myself to the Dutch yet, guess I have to do that.

        1. re: Frodnesor

          I wanted to dislike the dutch because it is expensive but no can do.

          1. re: Blind Mind

            Get the double shack rare and then come talk to me.

            1. re: tpigeon

              "We're coming from winter so want to get a real Florida (outdoor) experience but GREAT FOOD comes first."

              Sorry, but Shake Shack doesnt fit that bill even if it's a triple shack rare with concrete all over it. Good burger, yes. Not somewhere I'd send someone to get a real taste of Miami.

              1. re: Blind Mind

                Triple shack has too much meat to bun ratio.

                They wanted to be outdoors and have great food. They never said they wanted a taste of miami.

                Have you actually had the double shack rare?

                1. re: tpigeon

                  yes, it's a good burger. Almost got another one yesterday for that matter but my new found pseudo-diet willpower kept me away. I still think In N Out is a better fast food burger.

                  1. re: Blind Mind

                    Well at least we agree that el mago rules.

          2. re: tpigeon

            I forgot the dining room and tudor house.