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Best Three Restaurants in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area.

We will be spending my birthday in the Hollywood area in middle November. My wife says that price is not relevant. How lucky I am. I would love to visit a place that could only be here. Usually, I enjoy BBQ, Fried Chicken,Crab Cakes and all the normal stuff that we all like. But for a special day?

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  1. Top 6

    The Bazaar (South Beach)
    Bourbon Steak (Aventura)
    Michaels's Genuine (Miami)
    Michy's (Miami)
    Tuyo (Miami)
    The Dutch (South Beach)

    1. Michael's Genuine, Yardbird, Cucina de Angelo.

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      1. re: rsanders99

        Red the Steakhouse
        Joes- fried chicken, stones etc..

      2. I would do the Dutch, Joes Stone Crab or Bourbon Steak if I were you. I don't think answering what I think the 3 best kitchens are provides you with what I think you will like the best.

        Edit - Given your location, I would do Bourbon Steak. You should get a burger at the bar before your meal. It is one of the best things they have there. I highly recommend the lobster pie as a main course.

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        1. re: tpigeon

          "a burger at the bar before your meal" = baller.

          1. re: Frodnesor

            A "pre-dinner burger".....that's what I'm talking about!

            One of my favorite "King of Queen's" episodes....Doug is fighting the battle of the bulge....and trying to lose weight......Carrie comes home from work earlier than expected....to find her husband Doug.....obviously surprised and sitting on the couch.....eating....to which she says to her....."Pre-Dinner Whopper?"......


            Ft. Pierce, FL

            1. re: LargeLife

              Emac and Frod, that is how I roll -- literally.

          2. re: tpigeon

            A burger before dinner... Interesting. As for the "battle of the bulge", benkar is going to be here mid November. The Fort Lauderdale half marathon is November 11, and you'll burn north of 1,000 calories there. Better start training now.
            I like Juvia in south beach for a special occasion

            1. re: tpigeon

              Bourbon Steak is amazing! Good rec!

            2. It's possibly tacky....not with food at all...but get to pier 66 for a cple of drinks in their revolving bar as the sun goes down......If the weather is right..the drinks are always good..and feel of romance in the air is wonderful. There are some good places to eat in the area as well, unless the romantic mood has overcome you.....lol

              1. If you told me I could only eat at 3 restaurants in MIami for the rest of my life, I'd be more than OK with these three:

                Michael's Genuine
                The Bazaar
                The Place That Shall Not Be Named

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                1. re: Blind Mind

                  I literally looked up "The Place That Shall Not Be Named"!!! Are you ready to tell?

                2. Keep in mind that some top tables aren't unique to Miami, Bourbon Steak being a prime example. So if you want something that could only be here, the first place that comes to mind is Joe's Stone Crab, and the season for claws has begun I'm told (and though known for the seafood, many feel it's fried chicken is also best in town, which you specifically list).

                  If your hometown doesn't have a Michael Mina restaurant, and you are staying in Hollywood, then by all means Bourbon Steak for fine dining.

                  Also worth consideration: French Spice month is in November, and while I'm unfamiliar with it generally, it has some notable participants including db Bistro Moderne, Tuyo (which would be my 3rd recommendation, and another "only in Miami" choice), and La Palme d'Or.
                  Full list at http://www.frenchspicemiami.com/

                  1. One of my favorite restaurants, perhaps my #1, is Gabose in Lauderhill, an extremely authentic Korean Barbecue spot. Uniquely, they offer about 8 tables with wood charcoal (and other without) for cooking marinated beef (awesome!), pork, chicken and shrimp. They make their own dumplings and most other items, unlike 99% of the other Asian restaurants in the US. This is not to be missed.

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                    1. re: Buzzy2

                      Funny you mention Gabose as it nobody would typically consider it a birthday restaurant however we frequently celebrate my wife's birthday there!