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chabrab Jan 7, 2014 08:34 AM

Orange County, CA Hound needs recommendations!

My wife and i will be traveling to Miami-South Beach at the end of June for our 1 year anniversary. We are both foodies and are looking for the best restaurants in the area we can dine at. We will be there for 4-5 nights. Price is not a factor or cuisine. I am allergic to lobster :(, so that's the only thing out.

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    tpigeon Jan 7, 2014 07:22 PM

    http://www.thechowfather.com/2013/11/...

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      chabrab Jan 8, 2014 05:56 AM

      TPigeon thanks a million, appreciate my friend!

    2. porker Jan 8, 2014 06:13 AM

      I'd recommend Joes Stonecrab, which to me, is iconic Miami Beach.
      You can do dining room dinner, or much less formal, lunch in their "takeaway" section (you can eta lunch or dinner in both sections I believe).
      -I don't know if your lobster allergy extends to stone crab...

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        chabrab Jan 8, 2014 06:18 AM

        Porker, I appreciate the req. Magically i can eat other shellfish, thank god

      2. Frodnesor Jan 10, 2014 11:12 PM

        On South Beach:
        Bazaar
        The Dutch
        Joe's Stone Crab
        Pubbelly, Pubbelly Sushi, PB Steak
        Macchialina
        Sardinia

        For lunches / casual spots, search other South Beach posts, TPigeon has provided a good list (several times)

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          chabrab Jan 13, 2014 10:34 AM

          Thank you Frodnesor!

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            LargeLife Jan 14, 2014 04:28 AM

            Take Frod's advice.....Frod and tpigeon know food....know the area.....and know what's good.....

            EMac
            Ft. Pierce, FL....

        2. The Chowfather Jan 14, 2014 04:52 AM

          The Dutch
          Macchialina
          The Bazaar
          Lucali
          Joe's stone crabs
          Pubbelly
          Restaurant Michael Schwartz
          Tongue & Cheek

          Just north of the beach on Collins (Fontainbleau) I'd do Scarpetta, Hakkasan and Michael Mina 74.

          and a 15 minute cab up Collins ave to Makoto or J&G Grill.

          1. El Chevere Jan 18, 2014 09:59 AM

            I highly recommend Meat Market (steak) and Yardbird (Southern) on Lincoln.

            Brand new restaurant opened up where dining meets fashion called Cavalli Lounge (Italian)--on Ocean Drive.

            1. CFByrne Jan 18, 2014 10:21 AM

              Pei Wei

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                The Chowfather Jan 18, 2014 02:53 PM

                Good one!!!

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                  Frodnesor Jan 19, 2014 09:11 PM

                  Well done.

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                  BlueHerons Jan 30, 2014 10:57 AM

                  I'm surprised so many are recommending Joes Stone Crab. It is overpriced and has relied on its 1950s reputation since then. If you want stone crab, go to Montys for happy hour.

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                    LargeLife Jan 31, 2014 04:35 AM

                    I'm sorry Blue Herons but many recommend Joe's Stone Crabs because it's not only a South Florida landmark restaurant but also because of excellence.

                    While I love Monty's too, Joe's is an experience. It's a destination. The crabs there are excellent and while I've eaten Stone Crabs all over South Florida (including Monty's), for some odd reason they're just better at Joe's. I happen to believe it's the exacting temperature that they serve the crabs.

                    And then there's the 5-star service and ambience. There's a cool vibe there as many of South Florida's top movers and shakers always seem to be there. And then there's always the possibility of seeing a top celebrity.

                    Love Monty's! But Joe's Stone Crab is an institution and so many people recommend it because of its excellence of which nobody can deny.

                    EMac
                    Ft. Pierce, FL

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