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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

3451 NE 1st Ave
(305) 424-9129

Angelina’s Coffee and Yogurt is another casual choice along restaurant row on NE 1st Avenue.  Standouts are the “adult” grilled cheese sandwiches served with a side salad or chips. As the name implies, the classic grilled cheese is married to tasty ingredients such as hickory bacon and held together by parmesan-crusted sourdough bread.  Start with your favorite cheese, perhaps a Brie, topped with caramelized onions, apples, walnuts, and a bit of honey mustard on country bread.  The combinations are inspiring, and the result is a gooey, but crisp and satisfying take on an old favorite.  Eleven crepes, savory or sweet, and an enticing array of artisan flatbread sandwiches with names such as the Butcher, the Gobbler and the French Club, as well as omelets and waffles served all day, provide limitless choices for every appetite.

But we haven’t mentioned that Angelina’s is a coffeehouse destination serving organic Colombian coffee roasted in Sarasota.  For our java-obsessed culture, Angelina’s brings you espresso, Macchiato, Thai coffee and a lusty café Cubano.

Smoothies, frappes and organic teas too numerous to mention are a bright beginning. Polish off your meal at the self-serve yogurt bar and add a few fruits, sprinkles or candies.  The atmosphere is” Miami laidback” and the locals appreciate the free Wi-Fi and the works of art by Miami artists.

Monday – Thursday and Sunday:  8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 10:30 pm


Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

4590 NE 2nd Avenue

This unassuming storefront might cause you to drive by, however, don’t make that mistake.  Claude Postel’s exquisite croissant, pain au chocolate, palmiers and other confections such as the meringues will transport the visitor to the streets of Paris.  This shop opens at 7AM for the early morning crowd.  You’ll come for the croissant and return for the sandwiches, quiche and paninis.  Be sure to take note of Claude’s collection of  antique pastry molds.

Open Everyday: 7 am – 9 pm


Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

186 NE 29th Street

“Where do I go for some authentic Cuban food in the neighborhood?”  Enriqueta’s is all hustle bustle with a quick turnover.  Breakfast is served from 6Am and closes at 4PM.  They boast the best steak sandwich in Miami and most of the luncheon specials top out at $8.25. For an early hardy start to your day, go for the breakfast of tostadas, empanadas and or croquetas de jamon or pollo. The cafe con leche is “marviosa “and the “media noche”(ham, cheese, and pork on a sweet bread well toasted)is mouthwatering.  Daily specials are listed on the back of the menu and Friday’s roasted pork with “moros”(mixed black beans and rice,) corn tamale, salad and bread is the hot ticket.      Enrique Iglesias has often been sighted there.

Monday – Friday: 6:00 am – 2:00 pm; Saturday: 6:00 am – 2:00 pm


Thursday, April 1st, 2010

3401 N. Miami Avenue

Another fast food spot that keeps it simple by serving tasty, juicy hamburgers made from fresh ground beef (never frozen.)  Bags of potatoes line the walls and peanuts are free while you wait for your order.  Aside from the burgers with bacon or cheese, all the extra toppings you want are piled on for free.  Even a little burger makes a big meal. The lunchtime crowd can often form lines snaking out the door.    Two types of fries are in the offering, either the house style or the spicy Cajun fries.  Hotdogs and grilled cheese round out the menu and while there isn’t a milkshake in sight, this no-frills joint provides a satisfying, quick meal .

Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 10 pm


Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

3918 N Miami Ave
(786) 275-4963

Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine in the Design District has recently taken over a defunct pizza parlor and proven, once again, that he knows how to do it better.  The polenta fries are reason enough to frequent this pizzeria. Homemade tomato catsup gives them just the right amount of sweet and spice, and a four-beer flight at lunch is the perfect match. Share an order with friends before continuing to one of the many unusual thin crust pizza combinations.  On one evening, the Florida rock shrimp pizza was a hit as well as a leek and potato pizza with béchamel and mozzarella.  Michael’s mouthwatering rendition of pulled pork, with fig and grilled onions atop a sizzling hot pie, has been a consistent hit at his namesake restaurant ever since he opened, and is a faultless choice here, as well.

Soups at lunch change daily and have deeply satisfying combinations, such as short rib and Poulet Rouge chicken soup with fennel, tomato, orzo and basil.  On another occasion, a white bean and ham soup garnished with crispy shallots and parsley was a hearty meal in itself. Michael invites visiting chefs to prepare pre-fixe dinners based upon a menu of their own design.  Make sure you’re on his email list to be notified of these special nights!

Monday – Thursday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Friday – Saturday:  12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

4600 NE 2nd Ave
(305) 576-7444

Melodies like  “Just One of Those Things” and “Ain’t Misbehavin,” are playing as you enter this new neighborhood offering from the same proprietors as Limoni, just two doors away.  Both spaces look remarkably similar, but the pizzeria continues it’s nostalgic feel with a collection of rusty utensils from grandma’s kitchen randomly scattered about the walls.

Thirty pizzas in 12” and 16” sizes offer something for everyone.  “Merci,” a white pie of ricotta, goat and Mozzarella cheese with sundried tomatoes and herbs is a crowd pleaser. The crust arrived perfectly crisp and oozing with cheese.  This unassuming spot offers a full compliment of tasty appetizers including an antipasti plate, spicy shrimp scampi and a tomato, eggplant bruschetta, infused with truffle oil.

Baked pastas such as manicotti, beef lasagna and a baked ziti with ricotta are well-executed classics.  Extra toppings, at $1.00-$3.00, permit the fussiest of diners to ad lib and customize a bit on the pizzas, calzones and stromboli.  All the food arrives piping hot.


Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

2501 Biscayne Boulevard

If you are new to Miami and want to experience real Latin food in a restaurant that looks like the real thing on busy Biscayne in a quasi-tropical setting, this is the ticket. Hearty helpings with choices so vast it’s best to bring a friend to share plates. You could start with desayuno fueled with café con leche and huevos fritos. My preference would be the lunchtime sandwiches, Espanol or Cubano. You can’t go wrong with the medianoche, pressed and toasted bread with either bolo ham (sweet ham) or turkey breast slathered with strawberry jam and cream cheese. At dinner, a pork dish would be appropriate; either fried, roasted or grilled. While embracing the cuisine, tempt yourself with a few croquetas of ham, pork and Swiss cheese, fried sweet plantains and the moros(rice and beans.) Specials are offered every day.

Monday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 11:30 pm


Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

4600 NE 2nd Avenue

It’s tempting to overlook this tiny bistro in the ever- expanding Buena Vista /Mandolin neighborhood just north of the Design District, but, you just might be missing the best panini in Miami. All the paninis are served on fresh ciabatta. While the cooking isn’t tricky, you can enjoy a frothy smoothy, a 3 bean salad and a pesto, goat cheese and juicy chunks of chicken panini, in this cozy, hole in a wall, sidewalk café.

The two accommodating, female, chef/owners draw from their Argentine and Moroccan heritage. The décor is strictly Bohemian and friendly. There’s free wireless internet and diners are encouraged to slow down, bring a book or check your Facebook page. There’s a daily special on a blackboard and the portions are generous.

Monday – Saturday: 10:30 am – 9:30 pm


Thursday, April 1st, 2010

3201 North Miami Avenue

All the choices you would expect in a very casual Mexican fast food grill. Quesadillas can be ordered in half portions.  All the items are giant size, all the salads could feed a family of four.  Tacos, fajitas and burritos are complimented by the addition of house made salsas, from tangy and refreshing to three alarm. There’s even a few selections sized especially for kids.  Lime is located on a sunny corner of the new midtown shopping district, with lots of street side tables.

Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 10 pm


Thursday, April 1st, 2010

185 NW 36th Street

Don’t worry about dressing up for this unique hole in the wall, The chandeliers are wagon wheels and the mural on the wall is of the Grand Canyon.  Cowboy chotchkies and mason jar drinking mugs keep company with a life-size John Wayne cut-out found on the way to the restrooms.  There are tables on the sidewalk and happy hour draws a big crowd.  Be prepared to wait, service is slow.  The 20 hot sauces behind the bar are great accompaniments for the black bean burger on sour dough, the quesadillas or nachos.  Lot’s of vegetarian choices those old timers never thought of.

Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 3 am


Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

2 NE 40th Street

All the sandwiches are named after famous artists, such as the roast beef and avocado called the” Renoir.”  You don’t want to miss the daily special which includes a half sandwich, soup, small salad and a cookie for $8.00.   This is a good place for an early morning cup of java and a fresh baked croissant.  There is curbside dining and a small second floor dining room in this two-storied, all glass space  Take out is lightning fast, and free wireless is available to update your facebook page.  A smiling staff that’s enthusiastic about the menu is ready to explain the daily specials.  Heads up, Orange is not open on weekends.

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm


Thursday, April 1st, 2010

3401 North Miami

How about a quick meal that focuses on healthy alternatives to burgers and fries?  Sakaya specializes  in Korean barbeque with a limited menu  and specials listed on a blackboard.  Slow cooked (8 hour ) Berkshire pork on a clamshell style bun and short ribs  literally falling off the bone (hold the all too sweet honey sauce,)should prove a carnivore’s delight.  Try “Bulgogy,” the national dish of Korea, beef  marinated  in soy, sesame seeds, oil, garlic and sugar, wrapped in a lettuce leaf. The ginger, garlic grilled chicken  marries well with mesclun greens tossed in a superb salad dressing that could be drizzled on just about anything.  Sides feature the trendy kimchi,  a pickled Nappa cabbage,  coconut rice, and cucumber pickles made in their own kitchen. A selection of sake and Japanese beers are available.  A brunch of dim sum is offered on the weekends.

Monday – Saturday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Thursday, April 1st, 2010

5582 NE 4th Court

One side of the menu is Thai and the other Japanese cuisine.  The menus are so extensive-you could order takeout every day for a year and not have exhausted the list. Tempuras, and teriyakis, sushi and sashimi combo plates, every imaginable roll and more are among the headliners.  Flip the menu and you can be further confused and amazed by the exhaustive list of Thai appetizers like spring roll and the centuries old papaya salad to start, and house specialties such as the curries and assorted Pad-Thai.

Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am