hudson valley (ny) person here just back from miami. had read through the boards, and made some notes on all sorts of different places, depending on where we were going to be. here's what we did...
friday dinner at yuca's. thought it was solid, but not 'great'. the parts were: gazpacho and lobster croquettes as appetizers, churrasca and tuna chino-latino ,with a side of lobster mashed potatoes. the yuca on the tuna was ok, but not spectacular. i think i had too-high expectations based on the location of it (lincoln) in south beach. some people who live nowhere near a major city (and were there because of a conference) were absolutely raving over it.
saturday - lunch at joe's stone crab. yeah, i 'had' to go, since that was the place that is supposed to be the standard, and since i was on vacation, i'll get sucked in. the crabs were quite delicious....i thought the $23 for medium crabs was high, but other places (i saw later) were comparable. oh, i went to the small joe's, not the big one.
dinner....went to nemo's. now THIS was absolutely amazingly awesome. super duper service (and service doesn't mean much to me unless it's awful), a corn bisque appetizer with shrimp out of this world, as was my viatamese spicy beef salad. she had chicken on behalf of a upset stomach - perfectly cooked and wonderful tasting, i had superb chilean sea-bass with shitake mushrooms (normally don't like, they were good), spinach in some sauce. she had a chocolate dessert, and fell in love with it. when i have food this good, i feel as if i underpaid...
sunday - went to little havana...i should have read more about it, because little havana isn't like little italy (ie. nyc, boston), or old town (san diego) or any ethnic thing you can walk around in...it's just a real large area with houses, and some shops. we wound up going to cafe versailles, but i had higher thoughts. in reality, it's a nice cuban diner (diner = place with lots of different food, NOT greasy spoon type diner). the empanadas were good, the cheesecake was good, the vaca frita was good....but it wasn't a high-end place.
maybe it's mentioned elsewhere, but there was a guy named victor building a magnificent sandcastle on 8th and ocean dr. he's got a website (miamibeachsandcastle dot com) which shows some of his stuff....and i didn't see that in any tourist information, just on walking around to get the feel of the area.
the espanola way market is way WAY overrated (it's not a lot of vendors), the lincoln rd. one on sunday was decent...and i got a nice churro there.
just to pass on my 2c into the board. thanks for all the posts...
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