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Sunny Isles, Aventura, etc.- need recs for reasonable restaurants

Have used the guidebooks and find they don't list everyday restaurants that local people enjoy. We love all ethnic foods and would love suggestions as we are new residents in the area. Thanks, in advance, for your help...

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  1. Captain Jim's Seafood, 12950 South Dixie Highway, North Miami for freshest seafood. Ignore the neighborhood.

    Timo, 17624 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles for Mediterranean/Italian cuisine.

    Cheen Huaye Restaurant, 15400 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami Beach for authentic 'Mayan' Mexican cuisine.

    Copper Chimney Indian Cuisine, 18090 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles for Indian/South Indian/Indo-Chinese cuisine.

    1. Agree with Southocean and would add

      Chef Philip Ho for dim sum lunch and for dinner as well.
      Yakko-San-make sure you check out the specials board or ask server.
      Bourbon Steak- grab a burger in the lounge or enjoy dinner in the restaurant, One of best in 305
      Kings County Pizza
      Makoto- Great Sushi (Bal Harbour)
      Epicure Market- for the best tuna salad. (regular not fat free of course)
      J&G Grill (St. Regis) desserts are a must do
      Rice Asian House-Crispy duck w/ garlic sauce
      Gourmet Diner
      Petit Rouge
      Sage Bagel & Deli- best bagels in town
      Alaska Coffee Roasting

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      1. re: The Chowfather

        Have been breakfasting @ Sage Bagels every Saturday morning for years. In the recent past their bagels have deteriorated. Can't understand since they are using the same oven. Maybe they have a new baker who changed the recipe.

        1. re: restless tongue

          Sage Plaza, home of Sage Bagels and Deli, was sold to the RK mini-mall development folks in February of 2012 for $5.5M. The change in ownership and oversight might account for the decline in the quality of their bagels, which I, too, have noted.

          In other Sage Plaza news, there has been a "Five Guys Coming" sign intermittently in front of the plaza for a couple months, as well as the filing of an application to the City of Hallandale Beach for a variance for a "Five Guys" sign to be placed on the property.

          1. re: southocean

            The decline in the quality of their bagels began long before Ranaan Katz bought the property.

            1. re: southocean

              I kind of doubt that the landlord has anything to do with the quality of the bagels.

              1. re: Frodnesor

                I concur. I haven't been in recently but will check it out this week to see if Ranaan is making the bagels now..

                1. re: The Chowfather

                  RK is the landlord, not the baker! Iris still owns Sage.

            2. re: The Chowfather

              I forgot to mention Burger Fi (Great Shake Shack knockoff)

              Also in the vicinity and worth checking out under your ethnic request Chapultepec (Mexican in Hallandale) and King Palace for their BBQ roast pork.

              I have not been but have heard very good things from a reliable/respected chef regarding Ricky Thai Bistro (North Miami)

              Oh and stop by Pastry is Art (North Miami)

            3. Between these 2 posts you have a very good list, I'd add:
              - Josh's Deli (Bal Harbour)
              - Panya Thai (North Miami Beach)

              1. Ten years ago.there used to be a good fun place in the Haulover Marina.....young cple......nothing fancy..........but good......and very friendly

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                1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                  I thought I saw a sign recently going by Haulover that there was a new restaurant. I recall something called the Afterdeck there, but the Miami Parks website says there is something called Cafe Azul there now.

                2. The Sea Grill is a terrific Greek taverna in a good location. The physical plant is beautiful and the food preparations are done expertly.

                  http://www.seagrillmiami.com/

                  1. Il Mercato cafe just east of the sage shopping center is a very good Italian restaurant

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                    1. re: mrotmd

                      Good but not Italian unless they changed chef and menu recently

                      1. re: The Chowfather

                        There have always been a few pastas on the menu but I wouldn't particularly think of it as an Italian place.