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Messa Kosher Restuarant, Hollywood, Florida

I have tried in vain to reach Messa in Hollywood by telephone. Any news on whether it has closed? The number I dialed is out of service- 954-985-9909. We went there during Chol HaMoed Pesach last year and really liked it. Also in the same plaza (5650 Stirling Road), there was a great kosher market, and we took out some great items, but the name escapes me.

I have generally been having difficulty determing which restaurants will be open for Pesach (Miami Beach/NMB, Aventura and South Broward), and haven't come across a centralized database. Any and all information will be most helpful...thanks in advance.

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  1. Hi Sherry, Messa is closed. Nothing of that level anymore in Broward county. The supermarket is Aroma (one of our favorites). Another good market is Jacob's Classic Market in the Gulfstream Park in Hallandale. Two noteworthy restaurants are Cine Citta and harbour grill, both in bal harbour Miami. Open in pesach, I don't know. Good luck

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    1. re: mrotmd

      Thanks so much for the info.The address of Messa (too bad about the closure) was 5650 Stirling...maybe I am confused, but thought I thought Aroma was in a plaza further west on Stirling and I am thinking of a different store. I am a regular at Jacob's and Kosher Kingdom....so nice to have the choices. When there's competition, the customer wins!

      1. re: sherry f

        i was in the area for 2 months this winter and the Kosher counter,bakery and butcher at Winn Dixie in Aventura cannot be beat. The added convenience of one stop shopping, also!!

      2. re: mrotmd

        I was never there. What "level" was it? Nicer than Cafe Emunah?

        1. re: DeisCane

          I have never been to Cafe Emunah, but we went to Messa twice during Pesach last year and thought it was nice and very fairly priced. Our go to spot this year will probably be Grill Time in NMB. Have you ever been to Shalom Haifa on West Dixie...thoughts?

          1. re: sherry f

            I've never been to Shalom Haifa but I believe that's the place that's had many nice reviews here on Chowhound.

            1. re: DeisCane

              What about China Bistro in the Waterways? Would love some Chowhounder's reviews...thanks.

              1. re: sherry f

                I thought CB was overpriced but better than average. It's a nice enough atmosphere.

                1. re: sherry f

                  China bistro is very good. A bit overpriced, but very good. Nice to sit outside too (if there's not too many smokers out on the plaza at the waterways)

                  1. re: sherry f

                    Ate at China Bistro about 6 times this winter Nice to eat outdoors in a fun atmosphere A bit pricey Food seems to have come down a notch compared to a few years ago, but still great!! Love the Dan Dan noodles with ground chicken Ask for it extra spicy if you can handle it Very good Hot and Sour soup. Extraordinary Mojitos!! ( and you always meet someone you know!!)

                2. re: sherry f

                  Shalom Haifa is my favorite in the area. Wonderful family that owns and runs it and terrific food!!

              2. re: mrotmd

                Sorry sherry, didn't read carefully, there is still a market in that plaza, but it doesn't como close to aroma further west aroma and Jacobs are neck to neck competition. To me, kosher kingdom comes third because of the parking nightmare

                1. re: mrotmd

                  Thx...I have never been to Aroma...will definitely check it out. The parking at Kosher Kingdom is indeed legendary. I try to go very early in the morning.. By the way, does anybody know if they sell Elite chocolate "flaky" bars in Florida? They are packaged ina plastic wrapper. I am coming down from Toronto before Pesach and usually buy a box of 24 up here, but can't seem to find them.

                  1. re: sherry f

                    The parking at KK is to be avoided at all costs!!