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Posts Tagged ‘Sandwiches and Salads’


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, March 20th, 2013

3930 NE 2nd Ave
(305) 572-9444

Crumb on Parchment, a Michele Bernstein bakery and café, located in the atrium of the Melin building on NE 2nd Avenue that houses cutting edge furniture showrooms.  Early mornings, you’ll find interior designers dining on steel-cut oatmeal and homemade granola.  Other favorites are the French toast baguettes piled high with bananas, candied pecans and maple syrup, and the Croque Madame of melting cheese, Serrano ham, fried egg and béchamel.

You will want to return for the soup, salad and sandwich offerings at lunchtime.  Pulled rotisserie chicken with carmelized onions and apples, seared Ahi Tuna accompanied by kimchi aioli and grilled portobello mushroom with onion and kale, round out the “Hot and Messy” category.  Classic home-style sandwiches include a comprehensive list of chicken salad, turkey, homemade roast beef, “BLATs”, (add avocado to the traditional BLT), tuna salad and gooey grilled cheese. Fresh salads include a rustic Greek salad, Caesar, “Green Goddess” chicken, and a Greek style tuna salad.

Pastries and desserts are all lovingly made in- house. In any cookie competition, their chocolate chip takes first place. Mischy’s “Mama B” coconut cake with cream cheese icing will leave you dreaming about your next piece.

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5:00 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


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

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


Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

4141 NE 2nd Avenue

Dena Marino of Mc Kitchen has launched a charming, casual breakfast and lunch petite cafe on Second Avenue, adjacent to her fine-dining establishment. This fills a void in the Design District which had few options for high quality, quick takeout or very casual eat in restaurants.  The neighborhood business people are overjoyed. The menus is limited to sandwiches served on croissants or mulitgrain baguettes.  Fillers include roasted turkey, Swiss cheese with fruited mustard a and local arugula($10) or rosemary Cotta ham, provolone, local arugula and mustard seed aioli.($9)

“Pressatas,” (pressed sandwiches) such as the Cubano, with shaved porchetta, Cotto ham, melted Swiss and Brooklyn pickles for the carnivore, or marinated and grilled garden vegetables, raise the bar on grilled sandwiches.  Three salads are on the menu at $9-$11 and ask for the  soup of the day, if you call for takeout.  Cream of cauliflower, sampled recently, was an elegant rendition. All the salads are as fresh as spring after a light rain. Free Wi-Fi are available.

Luscious looking pastries and a Lazzaro coffee should fit the bill for the afternoon tea time.

Monday -Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

2519 Northwest 2nd Avenue
(786) 703-3409

An informal cafe called Mmmm, has sprouted just across the street from Joey’s Cafe and the Wynwood Kitchen and Bar.  It’s a Parisian interpretation of the small plates craze. Mmmm presents exceptional salads and sandwiches that are nuanced and urbane adaptations of American and French classics.

This venture is the creation of Parisian-born art collector Cathy Vedovi, whose family has been coming to Miami since the 20′s, when her French-Canadian grandparents would head South to escape the harsh winters. Vedovi was inspired by a similar Parisian tartine shop next door to the Poilene Bakery on the left bank.

This is where hot pink neon (the outdoor signage) and tropical banana leaves on the exterior set the stage for Miami’s introduction to the tastiest lunch to be had in the area. The focus is on “tartines”, defined and refined by the French as a “slice of bread.”  As in Paris, a perfectly toasted slice of poilene bread,  a country sour dough bread, is topped with choices that include filet mignon, salmon or pulled pork among others; and held together with amazing swaths of homemade mayonnaise customized for each protein.

Chef Alan McLennan, is a native of South Africa who knows how to balance the distinctive flavors, and his creative touches invariably work.  Chunks of mushrooms and artichoke hearts are paired with a lusty tapenade, thin slices of grilled chicken over lemony mayonnaise are finished with a sun dried tomato and micro greens.  Smoked salmon, on a tartine of course, marries well with grainy mustard mayonnaise, fennel and a touch of dill. Why not celebrate the contrasts of flavors and textures with a decadent glass of Billecart-Salmon Rosé champagne?

Four salads and one soup are presently offered and the three salads sampled measured up admirably to the mouthwatering tartines.  Shanghai chicken salad with ginger hoisin dressing on Nappa cabbage, Nicoise salad and Cobb salad were all extremely fresh and beautifully presented.

Salads and tartines range from $10-$15. A $10 lunchtime special is available, serving the soup of the day and a half portion of the tartine of your choice. Desserts include a flourless chocolate cake accented with a smear of fresh raspberry sauce and a coconut cake.  A big draw at the entrance is a cooler stocked with Azucar ice-cream made right here in Miami’s Little Havanna. Lavazza coffee makes a nice finish to an inventive lunch in a charming new dining spot. Outdoor dining is also available in the courtyard.

Closed Sunday
Monday – Saturday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm


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


Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

2923 Biscayne Boulevard
(305) 573-9637

Miami now has a number of Peruvian restaurants, but this one feels like the real thing. From the moment you enter; you are confronted by clusters of Peruvian families engaged in conversations while sipping the traditional fruit juices, a glass of sangria or perhaps the native cerveza Cusquena.  The restaurant is small, and the tables are close together. Pictures of Peruvian families grace the walls. A poster lists all the fruit juices with translations into English.   The waitress offers to explain the menu with a welcoming smile.

Traditionally, Peruvians might start with papas a la huancaina, a saffron colored cheese sauce.  Sharing is an especially good idea here as with all the dishes as the portions are enormous.  Jump start the meal with a refreshing citrus marinated ceviche de pescado which was a striped bass on one occasion, then move on to the soups.  Two outstanding choices are the Parihuela, a fish and seafood soup that overwhelms the senses with a deep and lusty broth and overflowing with bass, shrimp, large and small, squid, and mussels, or the Aguadito de Mariscos, an exotic, bright green cilantro broth chockfull of seafood.

Serious carnivors should try the Lomo Saltado; the house recommended dish of beef loin, sliced, sautéed and served like a giant stew piled high with peppers, onions and French fries.

Parking is in the rear and several tables exist outside on busy Biscayne.

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 11:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 12:30 am
Sunday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm


Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

3451 NE 1st Avenue
(305) 424-9588

Salumeria 104 is more than a pleasant surprise from another of the unassuming new restaurants lining 1st Avenue in Midtown. The restaurant showcases an extensive list of artisanal carved meats and cheeses which include: Prosciutto di Parma, Proscuitto San Daniele,  Cotto al Tartufo, Mortadella and Bresaola, as well as a homemade bufala, and parmigiano reggiano.

If you long for homemade pasta, you are in luck. The menu currently boasts five including Ricotta cheese cavatello, semolina gnocchi with Parmesan and crispy prosciutto, tagliatelle laden with a rich Bolognese sauce or ham in a cream sauce.  Porchetta, roasted pork loin wrapped in pork belly was dry on one occasion but braised pork ribs with broccolini and chick peas were tender and flavorful.  Like the other restaurants along this tree-lined street, outdoor dining is an added perk.

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


Thursday, April 1st, 2010

3451 NE 1st Avenue

Over 150 of the world’s greatest cheeses to choose from as well as a long list of sandwiches—applewood bacon, North Atlantic salmon, cheddar melts and an array of omlets.  One of the great options is the cheese plate organized by country or by category (mild, medium or bold,) The more adventurous can create their own combination and the staff will make appropriate wine pairings either by the glass or the bottle.  Even the salads can be chosen from a list of classic salads from 6 different countries.  This is also a retail operation with a great selection of jams, spreads, olives and honey from around the world.

Monday – Friday: 10:30 am – 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 am – 10 pm