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    palme d' or: french

    by doug48 Updated Apr 17, 2009

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    the palme d' or is located in the biltmore hotel in coral gables. this wonderful french restaurant is situated in a 1920's era dining room over looking the biltmore pool. the palme d' or is one of the best french restaurants in the state of florida. the fare is classic and contemporary french cuisine offered in a six course prix fixe menu. if you are interested in fine dinning in south florida the palme d' or should not be missed. reservations recommended. expensive.

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    The Knife: Argentinian all-you-can-eat

    by call_me_rhia Written Mar 10, 2009

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    When we found this Argentinean steakhouse we did not realize it was an all-you-can-eat type of place - and I'm glad we didn't, or we would not have stayed. The restaurant is pretty big and in the main hall there's a large salad buffet, while in a side room you can find "the meat": a yummy selection of beef, chicken, and pork charcoal grilled in the traditional way.

    Favorite Dish: Excellent chorizos and churrascos - of course. But even the salad bar has many highlights, including some truly delicious sundried tomatoes. Try the pancake filled with dulche de leche as a dessert: it's a bomb!

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    Sonia's Gourmet Patties: Jamaican Patties

    by MarianneRules Written Dec 23, 2008

    I’m on vacation with my boyfriend in Florida visiting his Jamaican mother. I’m being inundated with Jamaican people and Jamaican food for 10 days. Oh mi, I’m loving it!! If you want genuine Jamaican patties then Sonia’s is the place. When people found out we were stopping at Sonias for patties the cell phone was ringing off the hook. All of his moms friends wanted us to pick up patties for them. We ended up spending $100 and will be going back for more before our trip is over. You call in your order, a dozen at a time and pick them up in an hour. Its tiny little place in a random strip mall.

    Favorite Dish: I’d say a Jamaican patty is a cross between an oversized Pierogi, beef burrito and spicy sloppy joe. The kind I had were spicy ground beef sandwiched in a pastry. They have curry too. No doubt they are bad for you which makes them that much tastier!

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    Puerto Sagua: Classic Cuban diner on South Beach

    by donpaul77 Written Nov 20, 2008

    I loved this Cuban diner not only because the food was good,but because it flies in the face of what South Beach is. The place looks like any other diner, except it's all Cuban. Your waitress may not speak much English, but you'll get what you want. I bellied up to the counter and ordered "Cuban beef stew" which came with bread and some delicious grilled plantains (it seems that every Cuban meal comes with plantains). They serve beer as well. It's really casual and cheap, and a classic old-school kind of place. A must-visit if you are in South Beach.

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    Mondongos branch of Medellin Colombia Restaurant: Sweetness of Antioquia in Miami

    by cochinjew Written Jul 19, 2008

    we had to drive a long way from 107 ave in kendall to this restaurant which is in NW 25th ave area, a fairly new area, more commercial than residential but the colombian presence could be felt.
    walked in all the workers looked paysanos and a distinct colombian feel to the place but i cant tell you exactly what , certainly the brashness of cuban cafes were absent, most of the clientele were also non cuban miami latins, it was evident from the quietness of the restaurant. family groups eating without much gesturing and polite.
    our waitress was sandras, from medellin and i was reminded of the few trips i had made there.
    my sister insisted that we have pescade a la plancha which was so delicious i cannot begin to describe it. i can see why she and her husband goes there often to eat the fish grilled to perfection which comes with platanos, like a very large patacones, with rice and avacado and tomato and with sauce

    Favorite Dish: Pescado a la plancha, just delicious
    a nice touch ( colombian? south american sophistication rather than the caribbean brashness?), wines were individual bottles which had more than one glass, and from chile. what a nice touch and priced just at 2.8 euros, cheaper than a small perrier in paris..
    the meal was really inexpensive compared to the ambience and the quality of the food. on my next visit i will insist that my friends once again take me there.. to remind me of alvaro mutis and fernando botero and those nights of love and jasmines in medellin with restrepos and jaramilos and sweet sweet kisses..

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    Maroosh in Coral Gables: Good Lebanese Food

    by cochinjew Written Jun 7, 2008

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    this restaurant is situated in a nicer part of town. the owner is a congenial man from Lebanon. i have eaten here on many occasions, usually with arab people from Jamaica. the inside ofthe restaurant is welcoming. the last two occasions i have had the same waiter, a porteno, with whom i could share my nostalgia bout Buenos Aires. He brought me a nice glass of red wine, a malbec from argentina

    Favorite Dish: the usual array of the lebanese dishes
    labneh
    jerusalem salad
    hummus
    whole wheat pita
    maze or koldomar
    chicken and lamb kebab
    there were five of us and we all ate very well. good servive and good food

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    Manolo: Spanish Sandwiches on Miami Beach

    by BigBlueOne Written Apr 22, 2008

    This is a little diner that specializes in Spanish sandwiches and other like fare. Its cool because you can sit right on Collins Avenue and watch all the Miami Beachers going by.

    Favorite Dish: I had a steak sandwich that was on fresh baked bread and had a fried egg on it (which sounded weird at first but turned out to be awesome!).

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    Latin American Grill: Local Latin American Food

    by Astrobuck Updated Apr 21, 2008

    This is a nice grill located in Northwest Miami. They serve tons of food from all over the carribbean and Latin America.

    Favorite Dish: The Cuban. Its a sandwich that has 3 types of meats and lettuce. The bread was kind of hard, but good.

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    The Melting Pot: delicious selection of fondue!!!

    by Danusia30 Updated Apr 5, 2008

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    There's a great selection of dishes to choose from....Delicious cheese fondues, salads, seafood/meat fondues, and dessert fondues!!!!!...and delicous martinis!!!
    It's a different experience than other restaurants...it's my personal absolute favorite!!!

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    La Fogata: Argentine Parillada in Kendall

    by cochinjew Written Apr 1, 2008

    this restaurant has that feeling of a neighbourhood restaurant in a middle class neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. Unpretentious, staffed by people with varying spanish accents. always comfortably full and with good service. they have specials during the lunch time, in which a baby churrasco is a popular dish

    Favorite Dish: I had grilled Mahi Mahi which truly melted in the mouth. My sister had baby churrasco which is a small steak done to your liking.
    with two accompaniments: blackbeans and rice ; sweet plantains. a good meal
    it is not that expensive at all. the bill was only 24 usd including tax and tips. slightly cheaper during lunch time. didnt try any wine.

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    Siam Gourmet: Tasty Siamese Food

    by cochinjew Written Apr 1, 2008

    Everytime I am in Miami, i try to eat here at least once. Wife cooks and the gentleman husband, elderly serves. non pretentious. good tasty tucker.

    Favorite Dish: I recommend Mussuman Curry. Panang Curry. with Tofu or Shrimp
    i have had most of their dishes including Pad Thai and Pad Keow me, which is much like Keow Teow ( spelling?) sold in Malaysia.
    the accompanying thai salad is very similar to the mango salad in viet restaurants but with local ingredients and peanut sauce.

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    Delano: Madona knows how to treat her guests

    by Aquarama Updated Jan 5, 2008

    Delano is my favorite spot in Miami... it's a hotel that has a fantastic restaurant, great bar on the pool side... and what a pool... 50yrds long bordered with palm trees and bungalows hosting big beds allowing the patrons to relax and sip their drinks Roman's style.
    The restaurant is wonderful. Madona's hired a great french chef, which delivers fantastic dishes, very subtle and seasonned, marrying eclectic combinations of produce. The result is amazing... in a somptuous decor built up by french architect Stark. This restaurant is top notch, the service is impecable and the prices are reasonable given the quality of the place... $50 per head without wine... If you like full body wines, I recommend their Russian River. Will be perfect with their filet mignon.

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  • Maia's: Cajun / Creole food in Homestead

    by chavodon Written Jan 4, 2008

    There is a wonderful intimate restaurant in historic downtown Homestead Florida.
    The menu is limited, but everything on it is top notch.
    A family from New Orleans made Homestead their new home.
    Tucked away in Homestead"s Antique Mall is this warm, curious restaurant.

    Favorite Dish: The menu is small. Oyster and Shrimp PoBoys, seafood gumbo, jambalaya with generous amounts of sausage and seafood, the rice is infused with flavors you not describe.

    For a lighter choice, the chicken pesto salad is delicious.

    Excellent coffee's and beers add to the pleasure of this cafe.

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    My Sister Jacki's Kitchen in Kendall: Some of the Best Food in Miami

    by cochinjew Written Oct 22, 2007

    My sister Jackie was born in England but was brought up in Jamaica and educated in England ( Isle of Wight). Learned to cook Middle Eastern Food because of her marriage into a Lebanese family from Jamaica.
    Before I arrive in Miami: from Cuba or Paris or los Indios, I give her enough notice and sure enough, a nice dinner, with unexpected flavours would be waiting. What is more important is the love she puts into it and the care with which she makes sure that i eat it, and share her precious time with me.
    Every one should have a sister like Jackie!

    Favorite Dish: Lebanese specialities, she would make all the condiments from the scratch: hummus, tahina, baba ganoush, labna
    Jamaican specialities too numerous to mention
    and as the picture shows, fresh fish pan seared..
    mmmm...
    thank you sister

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    Saim Gourmet in Sunset at 107th: Thai Mom and Pop Restaurant

    by cochinjew Written Oct 22, 2007

    This cozy little restaurant nestled amidst nail shops and other glitter ones, at a small shopping plaza in sunset road just before you reach 107th
    it was opened about 15 years ago or so I was told by a retired couple from Thailand. The old man waits at the table and the old lady does the cooking and you can get a reasonably good meal for about ten dollars per person.

    Favorite Dish: Panang Curry
    Mussuman Curry
    Pad Thai

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