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Weekday Lunch near Bar Harbour that Won't Break the Bank

taiga Apr 24, 2012 05:29 PM

I need to take a humble artist to lunch midweek. Makoto and the others will freak him out. What's cool and/or aesthetic with no pretense?

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    tpigeon RE: taiga Apr 24, 2012 06:03 PM

    You know what's cool? Pastrami on rye with mustard at Josh's deli. That's cool.

    1. Frodnesor RE: taiga Apr 25, 2012 05:01 AM

      Josh's Deli is a very good call. Or head north from Bal Harbour past Haulover Beach and go to Chef Philip Ho for dim sum.

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        taiga RE: Frodnesor Apr 25, 2012 06:37 AM

        For quite a while now, you two can ALWAYS be counted on.

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        rebus1805 RE: taiga Apr 25, 2012 08:28 PM

        Specchio at 9485 Harding in Surfside is a delight. No pretense, solid Italian food and sweet service. Do not know if it is open for lunch. If not, then cross the Broad Causeway to Il Piccolo Cafe at 2112 NE 123rd St. in North Miami. Tourist free zone with good food, large portions, modest prices and you can eat outside. They are definitely open for lunch. The owner is the chef and his wife is the hostess. They have been there for years and I go frequently for lunch. Their entree salads are big enough for two as are their sandwiches. They will put fish or chicken on the salad. A humble artist would be comfortable at either place.

        1. The Chowfather RE: taiga Apr 25, 2012 08:38 PM

          Short drives to Sushi Deli, Chef Philip Ho or Yakko-San. Tuna salad sandwiches at Epicure always work too. Cross causeway for Petit Rouge or Flip Burger

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            rebus1805 RE: The Chowfather Apr 26, 2012 03:49 PM

            Petit Rouge not for a humble artist. Overpriced food, haughty unfriendly chef. Philip Ho has very good dim sum in Sunny Isles Beach. Miami Juice also in SIB has very good salads and smoothies.

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              Frodnesor RE: rebus1805 Apr 27, 2012 06:10 AM

              I have never had a service issue at Petit Rouge, to the contrary I've always found it to be a very friendly place - chef, servers or otherwise. I also don't find it overpriced at all - most apps run $10-12, mains hover around $20, and the food is reliably good.

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                rebus1805 RE: Frodnesor Apr 27, 2012 06:05 PM

                I have not been in over a year. I will give it another try. Never impressed by Neal's French food.

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                  The Chowfather RE: rebus1805 Apr 28, 2012 08:41 AM

                  I think they may have suspended lunch service.

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