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

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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!

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  1. 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

      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

        Billy's has great stones. Very good choice.

        1. re: Alfred G

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

    2. 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

        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

          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: gblcsw

              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...

        2. 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. 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

              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.

            2. 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

                  Interesting. What did you have at Lure?

                2. 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

                    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.

                  2. 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

                      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...

                    2. Jeff McInnes left Yardbird.