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4 day visit 24-28 Dec - booked Michy's, The Bazaar, Yardbird and Michael's Genuine - should I make changes?

monab Dec 9, 2013 02:17 PM

We will be visiting from NYC and have been to Miami a few times for short visits in the past.
We love all kinds of food and always looking try the best of any particular city - dives to 3 michelin star places.

- Would love to hear what local chowhounds think of the above food itinerary. Am I missing something great?
- What about lunch places?
- Anything great for lunch between Palm Beach and Miami? (our flights are into PBI and out of FLL)
- We definitely want to have stone crab - but don't want to go to Joe's Take Out again (the atmosphere was a little too assembly line for me) - any other recommendations? I remember a few years ago, we stopped at a place near FLL on Xmas day lunchtime which was a takeaway/ restaurant/ cafe, with outdoor seating overlooking a river/canal (maybe?). We had great claws and crab cakes. I would love to go to a place like this, so any reccos would be most welcome.

We are staying in Downtown Miami for the first 2 nights and in South Beach from the last 2 and we will have a car.

Thanks in advance for your opinions!

  1. gblcsw Dec 9, 2013 08:22 PM

    Great list. For lunch in Fort Lauderdale (about 15 minutes from the airport) you can try Coconuts...Sounds a bit like the place on the water you described, although it is more restaurant than take away and I doubt it would be open on Christmas Day.

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    1. re: gblcsw
      monab Dec 10, 2013 08:44 AM

      Thanks for the recommendation.
      We will be arriving not he 24th, so I'll look into whether they are open for lunch.

      I think the place we went to was Billy's. Which was open (but empty) on Christmas Day lunchtime - at least it was 7 years ago!

      1. re: monab
        Alfred G Dec 17, 2013 09:49 AM

        Billy's has great stones. Very good choice.

        1. re: Alfred G
          monab Dec 20, 2013 09:40 PM

          Is there anything else of that ilk between FLL and Miami?
          Love to try some new places.

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      tpigeon Dec 9, 2013 08:57 PM

      I would do the Dutch (which has almost 0 overlap to the NYC dutch), macchialina or one of the pubbelly restaurants over Yardbird. I would also consider nemesis bistro which is downtown.

      For lunch, try My Ceviche, El Mago de las Fritas, Pappo Llega y Pon.

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      1. re: tpigeon
        monab Dec 10, 2013 08:47 AM

        Thanks so much - I'll definitely look into these.

        Just a quick qu - this board seems to be pretty divided on Yardbrid. Any particular reasons?
        It seems to get overwhelmingly positive media coverage…

        Thank again

        1. re: monab
          tpigeon Dec 10, 2013 11:34 AM

          I have not eaten at Yardbird in a while but I have been several times. I think it is good honest food but I think there are better restaurants in the area.

          Positive media coverage is directly proportional to one's PR machine.

          1. re: monab
            gblcsw Dec 10, 2013 08:12 PM

            We LOVE brunch at Yardbird!

            1. re: gblcsw
              tpigeon Dec 11, 2013 07:07 AM

              Personally, I would do any of the following before yardbird for brunch.

              PB Steak

              Monab, you should be aware that the original chef from Yardbird Jeff Mcginnis is opening up a similar concept place in NYC soon -- so you can always try it up there if you want...

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          nyc_to_ma Dec 11, 2013 09:11 AM

          For lunch, the cafe at Books & Books is really quite good. And you can feel good about supporting basically the only indie bookstore in South Florida.

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          1. re: nyc_to_ma
            monab Dec 15, 2013 10:11 AM

            Thanks - that sounds great!

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            monab Dec 15, 2013 10:14 AM

            Also - any idea what's open Xmas day lunch and dinner?
            I will check opentable (and I currently have The Bazaar booked for dinner), but if anyone knows of a fun thing to do for lunch, let me know.

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            1. re: monab
              tpigeon Dec 16, 2013 06:03 AM

              I would do lunch at the Dutch. I am almost positive they are open because it is a hotel restaurant. If you want to do something completely different. I recommend blackbrick, a new Chinese place open in midtown. They said they will be open Christmas.

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              dyrewolf Dec 15, 2013 12:00 PM

              Just heading back from a 4 day trip. Macchialina gets thumbs up. Lure in the Loews hotel was best dinner of the trip. The Dutch is nice but nothing to plan around

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              1. re: dyrewolf
                monab Dec 15, 2013 10:19 PM

                Thanks for the report!

                1. re: dyrewolf
                  tpigeon Dec 16, 2013 06:04 AM

                  Interesting. What did you have at Lure?

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                  monab Dec 20, 2013 09:44 PM

                  Another qu - after reading a few reviews, I'm seriously reconsidering Michy's. the menu sounds good but not unusual...
                  What do you think? Between Michy's and Michael's, which one would you forego?
                  Thanks for your opinions!

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                  1. re: monab
                    Frodnesor Dec 21, 2013 11:10 AM

                    The places are really pretty different styles and it mostly depends what you're in the mood for and what menu appeals to you more. Michael's style is more casual, Michy's more refined - Michael's maybe more ingredient-driven, Michy's a little more technique-driven. But they're both great.

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                    tho430 Dec 22, 2013 06:20 PM

                    Hi Monab

                    We will be in Miami for Christmas Day. Have you been successful in booking something for lunch or dinner on Christmas Day?

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                    1. re: tho430
                      monab Dec 22, 2013 09:30 PM

                      We're going to The Bazaar on Christmas Day dinner - it was available on open table.
                      I assume that most of the hotel restaurants will be open, but check open table...

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                      BlueHerons Dec 31, 2013 02:59 PM

                      Jeff McInnes left Yardbird.

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