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9lives | Mar 15, 2006 07:11 PM

Chima..on Los Olas...got to have a drink with JMV; local hound..and she is as lovely and charming in person as she is online...:) Brazilian rodizio in a high end atmosphere with great salad and high quality meats..served on skewers; grilled to your desired level of doneness. Best version of this type of place that I've ever experienced. I learned my lesson from the last trip...and used my "stop/go chip" to control the pace. They give you a chip..like a casino chip..1 side says bring food..the other say no mas.

Johnny V's Los Olas..just had a few apps at the bar (still full from Chima)..yellowtail snapper tacos and grilled beef cubes in an ancho sauce. Both very good, nice stylish room. I'd go back for more.

Bahia Cabana Bar...casual pub type food, very fresh grilled red snapperwhich we were steered to by our very friendly waitress..more beer and burger spot..dockside tables on the ICW. Cheers on the water.

Taverna Opa..This is love/hate restaurant for me..I hated it the last time and loved it this time. Took the water bus..early..got there at 6:30 and were seated at a 2 top right by the water. At the earlier hour, the music is loud; but there are a lot of families..kids dancing with the belly dancers..and older folks clapping and cheering them on...sort of like being at a wedding that you're having a good time at.

Friendly, attentive waitress..had the sweetbreads and lamb shank..both very good and generous portion of sweetbreads..$7 for a plate that I've paid $15 or so at other places. Greek salad..as good as you would expect at a Greek restaurant..:) Grilled octopus salad, served warm with a viaigrette..a real treat. Waitress forgot our moussaka..which was actually a blessing because we were so full. A few ouzos to go and a nice ride home on the water taxi.

I need to add that Taverna Opa becomes a very different place as it gets later..music louder,very crowded, lots of partying; and I've had service issues..but this time it was great.

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