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Dec 9, 2013 02:17 PM

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

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?