The Van Dyke Cafe: People watching and great food all in one :)
We were wandering Lincoln Rd and had dinner in the outdoor seating area of this restaurant - it was a great place to people watch and the food was wonderful too!
Favorite Dish: I had Kebobs, my brother loved his penne pasta w/ pink sauce, our third person had steak .... there was nothing left on our plates by the end of the meal ...Related to:
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El Taquito: Delicious Mexican Cuisine in little Havana
This restaurant serves authentic and delicious Mexican dishes. It is located in the suburb called Little Havana in Miami where many tourists go for photography and a glimpse of the culture of the Cuban residents. Many Cuban immigrants call Little Havana home, and it is an important social centre. The ambience in the restaurant was good and the restaurant was simple, but colourfully decorated, the service was friendly and efficient, and the food was outstanding.
Favorite Dish: Enchilladas con salsa verde, and Frajitos with beef and green peppers.Related to:
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Vizcaya Cafe: Lunch by the Pool
After we toured most of the house, we went back over to the swimming pool side where there was a cafe and got lunch (kind of cafeteria style). We could have eaten outside, but it was too hot for me out there.
Favorite Dish: Our bill for lunch was $19.25. I had a salad and some fruitRelated to:
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Genghis Grill: Built Your Own Stirfry
.A group of 12 of us went down to Pembroke Pines to dinner at the Genghis Grill (build your own stir fry). You get a size bowl, and go along the buffet line taking meat and vegetables that you want in your stir fry. You put on the slip that goes with the meal the kind of starch that you want with it. I had tortilas on mine and they came in a foil package. My daughter didn't think I was taking enough meat so she took my bowl and added more, including pepperoni which I don't care for, so I only ate one of them. Some of the men would take something like snow peas or bamboo shoots and make a little picket fence around the edge of the bowl so they could get more things in without it spilling over. My daughter had a rewards card that she had filled out.
Favorite Dish: Five steps: with some examples of things you might choose:
1 - Protein with things like Fish, Marinated Steak, Scallops, Chicken, Pepperoni, Shrimp, Ham, Pork, Sliced beef, Khans Krab, Sausage, Turkey or Calamari
2 - Seasonings - pepper, garlic and herbs
3 - Veggies - Eggs, Onions, Baby Corn, Pico de Gallo, Bamboo shoots, Peppers, Pineapples, Bean Sprouts, Green Beans, Potatoes, Bok Choy, Green Onions, Snap Peas, Broccoli, Jalapenos, Spinach, Cabbage, Mandarin Oranges, Squash & Zucchini, Carrots, Tofu, Celery, Tomatoes, Cilantro, Mushrooms, Water Chestnuts
4 - Sauces - Teriyaki Sauce. Tomato Sauce, Chili Garlic Sauce, Khan Pao Sauce, Sweet N Sour Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Honey Soy Sauce, or Red Curry Peanut Sauce *
5 - Starch - Brown Rice, Spiral Pasta, Tortillas, Fried Rice, Steamed Rice and Udon NoodlesRelated to:
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This is the best restaurant on Ocean Drive because they have a huuuge menu! This is also the cheapest one, so you can eat plenty for half the price that the other restaurants on this street are asking. Check it out, you won't be sorry. They have by far the best crab cakes on all of Ocean Drive. One of the best meals I've had in a long time!
SUSHI MAKI: Best Sushi - in our opinion
Great Sushi restaurant. Very fresh, creative, offering some Thai and Nuvo Japanese dishes as well as Vietnamese Soups.
Outdoor seating available, Pametto Bay is in a beautiful Japanese courtyard complete with bamboo, gingers and aromatic trees.
Waitresses and staff are all extremely friendly and we've never had a bad service yet. Popular in the evenings and nights. Can be difficult to get into past 8:00pm on the weekends specially.
Favorite Dish: Tuna Tataki is amongst the best we've had, only better in Hawaii's Kauai Island. Wonderfully fresh and served with Ponzu sauce and sesame seeds and sculpted into roses. Don't miss the tataki! $9.50
Spicey Tuna salad equally delicious and served over a bed of greens, tossed in a vinaggrete. Delicious. About $8.00.
Tom Yum Koong soup is the traditional lemony soup with shrimp and spicey sauce. Only had better in Thailands Ayutthaya area. HUGE bowl, big enough to share. $7.00
Huge assortments of rolls, each about 8 pieces. Very generous running between 6 and 8 bucks.
My personal favorites: Spicey Tuna, Fish Tempura (as the always have very fresh fish), the
spicey Alaska and the dynamite Roll.
Lastly, Eddie swears by the Sushi Mori wich is a selection of ngiri chosen by the chef and includes a roll as well.
We've had ALOT of other sushi throughout, including the beach which fell quite short of this place and were alot higher in price.
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CHINA GRILL - HOW TO DO IT
You must come here with a group of people, portions are HUGE and the whole idea is to share so you can taste different dishes.
My favorites which I strongly recommend are:
Lobster Pancakes,Grilled Shrimp Spring Rolls, Peking Duck Salad, Shanghai Lobster
- Don't forget some Crispy Spinach, and to finish....
-Bananas in a Box
The food I must say was excellent the few times I ate here. The service is crap however. It's one of this places they think they are making you a favor by letting you be there.
One time I had reservations and they made us wait over 30 min.
I do not know if this has changed in the past year.
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Greek Restaurant: OPA TAVERNA
I dont really remember the first time I came here. I know it was quite exotic just to say you were at a Greek Restaurant, in Miami. Who would known then I will fall in love the country.
Opa story is quite intreasting. It is located in Ft. Lauderdale area. Ft. Lauderdale is some how far from Miami, or South Beach let's say. They where like two diffenrent world. You either lived and go out in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. Because I lived in the midle, and had a few friend in the North, every now and then Ft. will be the spot to go.
Since I moved out from Miami, a new location has been open in Ocean Dr., oh well.
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LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT: The bucket shop of Sandwiches in Miami
When it comes to sandwiches in Miami, you have to try an original from Latin American Restaurant.
The moment you walk in you will notice large Serrano Hams hanging from the ceiling, behind the counter, Salamis, Prosciutto Ham, Mortadellas and Chorizos - all within easy reach of the talented sandwhich maker who makes a game out of slicing meats and clanging his knifes and utensils together.
The results are a delicious array of many style sandwiches.
Local Cuban food is also good here but, as per me, I've always looked at this as more of a sandwich shop than an actual restaurant.
Be warned that English is hard to come by at this restaurant chain! Part of the fun is trying to interpret the menu through gestures and signs with very cooperative and friendly staff.
Listed in Frommers guide to restaurants in Miami and voted one of Miami's top 10 restaurants.
Favorite Dish: Media Noche (Midnight Sandwich - ham, pork (or turkey), pickles, mustard = pressed and grilled between sweet bread.
Cuban Sandwich - Similar to above but Cuban bread
Elena Ruth - Cream Cheese, Guava Jam and turkey - yeah yeah I know...but try it!
Pan con Bistec = Cuban Palomilla steak (fland steak) grilled and served between Cuban bread, topped with grilled onions and shoe string potatoes.
And many others they're constantly coming up with
NEWS CAFE: Watch Skimpily clad people skate by while u eat
If your idea of eating food on Miami beach has been sitting back, watching beautiful people skate by, barely wearing anything, having the sunshine on you and enjoying the tropical breeze then NEWS CAFE is the place.
Typical of South Beach casual dining, you get to sit at an outside table and order breakfast. This is a popular place to start the day.
The News Cafe was also the last place where famed designer, Gianni Versace went before his murder in 1997. He had enjoyed a paper and a coffee as he did whenever in town.
Favorite Dish: Simple coffee and omelette while people watching
Havana Harry's: Modern Cuban Cuisine
Modern Cuban Food. not quite the traditional setting one would find in a Cuban restaurant. This place has a touch of Caribbean cuisine. For example they have a fried snapper filet, encrusted with coconut. Very tasty, but too sweet for my taste. They also have porck chops with guava sauce. A definite caribbean touch. Cubans use guavas for dessert. The stuffed platains are absolutely delicious. They stuff them with ground beef or shrimp.
Favorite Dish: The steaks and beef plates are my favorites. The filet mignon, the churrasco, and the vaca frita, are the best. The sweet platains are to die for. They are so sweet, but not overly. They are just right. This place is a must do for the Miami visitor. It is a great compromise between Cuban food and today's demanding dinner. It also has a great bar, excellent service, english speaking servers, low prices, free parking, great location in Coral Gables, just west of the University of Miami campus. This place is about six miles south of the airport, on the same avanue as the airport, so if you only have a four hour layover at MIA, you can easily do lunch or dinner. Sorry about the picture. I will go take another one soon.
Haitian food is not yet as easy to find in Miami as Cuban ... unless you get the right taxi driver ... Tap-Tap is worth a visit ... The Goat is great and the mixed vegetable plate (a Haitian standard) is excellant. The mixed drinks are ok ... but I would probably go with beer on my next visit. I also tried the whole snapper cooked with lime ... oh baby!
The decor is lively ... the service is about average and the prices are in line.
Check it out ...
Favorite Dish: Goat
Scully's Tavern: Awesome Food in a Bar?!
We had seen Scully's featured on the Food Network Show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The show showcased the gourmet food such as escargot being prepared by a classically trained chef in a local Florida Bar. So we were going to Florida anyway and decided to check it out for ourselves.
The place is located in a strip mall, blink and you might miss it. Inside there is a bar area with lots of seating as well as a back room with booths. The staff was extremely friendly; the waitress and bartender treated us like we were locals. We were not the only first timers in the place and had over heard others conversations about seeing the place featured on Food Network.
The food here was incredible and so delicious. We enjoyed the food here so much we ate here twice during our trip. I would recommend anyone visiting the area to stop at Scully's for some incredible food.
Favorite Dish: Our two visits to Scully's allowed us to sample a variety of food from their menu such as: the Incrusted Dolphin Sandwich, Scully's Nachos, Scampi Chicken Wings, Fried Calamari and the escargot. The Dolphin Sandwich is a filet incrusted with seasonings and potato chips then fried. It was so good. The Scully's Nachos were made with freshly made tortilla chips and piled high with beans, salsa, guacamole, onions and cheese. The scampi wings were unreal, the garlic butter flavor was so delicious. The calamari was fried and dipped in a scampi butter with parmesean cheese which gave it such a good and cheesy flavor. The escargot were cooked in a garlic butter sauce, served in mushroom caps and baked with provolone cheese on top. The escargot came in a serving of six with garlic bread on the side.
Everything was delicious and incredible. I especially loved the Scampi Wings....it was such a unique flavor. Liz loved the escargot so much she had two servings back to back. We ordered some unsweetened ice teas to wash down the fabulous food....the waitress even left a full picture of tea at the table for us.
I enjoy meals at nice local places such as Scully's. There is nothing better that great food at inexpensive prices served by friendly people. We really enjoyed our time here and were made to feel welcome.
Bubba Gumps: Great for 3 - Abysmal for 50
To be honest, Bubba Gumps looks like a yard sale on the outskirts of town. But, the food was superior. When we visited the restaurant (3 people) the service was outstanding and (overly) friendly. However, when our group of 50 decended on it, that's another story. Denis waited 56 minutes for a beer (by the time it got there, he'd forgotten he'd ordered it).
Favorite Dish: The seafood was spectacular (best crawfish outside New Orleans), and literally TONS of it!
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