Did anyone happen to catch this on Food Network? He did:
Arnie & Richie's
Setting aside for a moment comments on the show itself (I for one am really concerned the guy is going to explode at any moment; it seems like every episode ought to end with him sleuthing out the nearest coronary care center) , I'm curious what everyone thinks about the places he "found". My thoughts:
Garcia's - very nice call, but then he completely screwed it up by getting lobster thermador (???) instead of the fish sandwich. It's the best fish sandwich in town! Ignore the allure of bubbling cheesy topping and get the fish sandwich!
Arnie & Richie's - they actually made this place look much better than I've ever actually seen it. The breakfast sandwich looked great, in a decadent, heart-clogging way: challah french toast around an egg ham & cheese sandwich. I had no idea they had such a thing (of course I've never asked for a menu there). Their latkes are pretty good too. But if you're going to Arnie & Richie's, you ought to mention that they have the best tuna on the planet (except possibly Epicure).
Canela Cafe - I'm charmed by this place and was glad to see them getting the publicity. Dishes were interesting - queso blanco w/ guava shells, serrano ham wrapped around plantains & cheese (do you notice a cheese theme to the selections?), fried garbanzos. I've only been to this place once, and ought to go back.
Sango Jamaican/Chinese - never heard of this place (down in Kendall, I think) and can't say seeing their version of sweet & sour chicken makes me eager to find it.
Islas Canarias - if I were picking a place for a cuban sandwich (and it appears you must if you're doing a food program in South Florida), I'd probably go with Sergio's. I got the impression this was a favor called in by an in-law. Program marks the first time in my life I have ever actually heard a non-gringo call a Media Noche a "Midnight Sandwich" - clearly playing to the national audience!
Overall - I think the first 3 places are probably genuine off-the-beaten-path "finds" for an out-of-towner, although he clearly ordered wrong at Garcia's and missed the tuna at A&R. Don't quite get the other 2. I'd pick Sergio's for a cuban sandwich but I'm sure there's many other good ones.
I frankly have difficulty on Caribbean as well simply because I don't know any of the places and what's good. Would love feedback from other hounds (other than Ortanique and Tap Tap!)
What would be your Miami "food detective" finds? My list would include:
Hy Vong (haven't been in ages)