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Dining in South Beach - long but worth reading especially for out of towners

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Dining in South Beach - long but worth reading especially for out of towners

foodiejudy | Feb 26, 2005 05:12 PM

Just got back from South Beach and, I'll tell you, I had some of the worst service (and, to be fair, a bit of the good) and overpriced food imaginable. I dined alone which might have factored into a lot of the poor service I received. Here are the goods and bads (starting with the good experiences): Great Cuban food and service at Yuca at 501 Lincoln Rd. (nice outdoor seating and even better indoors surprisingly for Lincoln Rd.). Had particularly good braised oxtail on the bone, very tender in a nice, winey sauce) served with mashed yuca and a flavorful ginger/sweet potato flan and for dessert sweet potato bunuel - sweet potato beignets with ginger ice cream and sweet potato puree, very nice mixture of flavors. Bring a big appetite to Yuca as portions are large. Terrific mojitos at Yuca, too, some of the best I've had, not too sweet. Friendly service and excellent Florida stone crab claws at Les 2 Fontaines restaurant on Ocean Drive (but a much quieter stretch of Ocean Dr. thank goodness). Both of the above places are nice, adult places, not the frat crowd. Very good Cuban sandwich at the hole in the wall Cuban diner, Puerto Sagua on Collins Avenue at 6th Street but very poor grouchy service. I wouldn't go back there for the service alone. Pacific Time on Lincoln Rd. had very desultory, poor service and the food I think was overpriced. The only thing I really liked there was my outdoor table and the chocolate bomb dessert, nice, warm and chocolatey. All in all, I found a lot of South Beach to be overpriced for what it was.

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