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

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

    1. 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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      1. re: Frodnesor

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

      2. 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. 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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          1. re: The Chowfather

            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.

            1. re: rebus1805

              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.

              1. re: Frodnesor

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

                1. re: rebus1805

                  I think they may have suspended lunch service.