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

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nyperr Mar 8, 2012 04:08 PM

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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    nyperr Mar 8, 2012 04:10 PM

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

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      tpigeon Mar 8, 2012 07:57 PM

      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
      Yardbird
      Sardinia
      Any one of the Pubbellies

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      1. re: tpigeon
        Frodnesor Mar 9, 2012 06:44 AM

        (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.

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          tpigeon Mar 9, 2012 05:11 PM

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

        2. re: tpigeon
          Blind Mind Mar 9, 2012 02:27 PM

          Shake Shack? Cmon now...

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            tpigeon Mar 9, 2012 05:09 PM

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

            1. re: tpigeon
              Blind Mind Mar 11, 2012 05:55 PM

              "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.

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                tpigeon Mar 11, 2012 08:56 PM

                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
                  Blind Mind Mar 12, 2012 09:39 AM

                  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.

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                    tpigeon Mar 12, 2012 01:41 PM

                    Well at least we agree that el mago rules.

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            tpigeon Mar 10, 2012 01:08 AM

            I forgot the dining room and tudor house.

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