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My g/f and I are going to dinner with another couple Friday night and we'd like to stay in the Midtown/Wynwood/Design/MiMo area. Looking for something fun & moderately priced. They didn't seem too excited about Sugarcane so that's not an option. I tried to make a reservation at Mandolin, but they didn't have availability for our desired time. Any other suggestions? Anything 10-15 mins away from Midtown works if the food is good. Nothing on the beach. Thanks

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  1. Salumeria 104 or Ni.Do. Caffe.
    More on both here http://www.thechowfather.com/2012/05/... and here http://www.thechowfather.com/2012/01/...

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    1. re: The Chowfather

      CF Have you tried the tripe at Salumeria? In general, how does the place compare to Sardinia. I am having a tough time going there because they seem pretty similar and Sardinia is really close to me.

      1. re: tpigeon

        The tripe dish I had at Salumeria was great. I've been several times now and really enjoy it. Specials board is usually the play although it appears that they have added some of those to the regular menu.

        TP, Sardinia still top notch? I was a big fan for a while but have neglected it for a couple of years now primarily due to t he influx of so many quality new spots. Worth returning to?

        1. re: The Chowfather

          Sardinia is pretty much the same. It is still one of the best italian places in town. As far as worth going to, it may depend if Salumeria is as good or better and how close it is to you. There seems to be a lot of overlap between the two.

    2. Harry's Pizzeria (Design District) - just have to be in the mood for pizza, limited menu.
      Sra. Martinez (Design District) - though if they don't want Sugarcane, they may not be excited for Sra. either.
      Salumeria 104 (Midtown) - only been once but really enjoyed it.
      The Federal (Biscayne & 51st) - seems to fit on all fronts.
      Red Light (Biscayne & 77th) - also fits, though a little further north.

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      1. re: Frodnesor

        Are Michaels Genuine and Michy's too expensive? I recall them being about the same price range as Sra. Martinez. I could be wrong...

        Edit - I know Frod is not a fan, but I like Buena Vista Bistro.

        1. re: tpigeon

          I don't know what OP's idea of "moderately priced" is but you're right, Michael's is certainly in the same range as Sra. M. Michy's may skew a bit higher these days.

          I like Buena Vista Deli for breakfast and lunch, but no, not a BFB fan.

          1. re: Frodnesor

            Those places are probably too expensive for the other couple, but I think we are going to try the Federal. Thank you