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A foodlovers fantasy

Joe | Aug 29, 2002 06:02 PM

Way back in January of 2002, as a Saraota resident, I felt REAL food deprivation. Only Publix, some mediocre and over priced restaurants, and some so so food emporiums to rely upon. I had seen a show on the Food Channel that highlighted some of the joints of North Miami Beach; the food looked real, enormous portions (as opposed to the stingy portions from our local restaurants), and the prices looked decent. The Wife and I planned a trip and we landed in SoBe after finally taking the correct turn off the expressway. We first went to Joe's Crabhouse. I am not a seafood lover but the Wife is. She had the stone crab claws (big $$$$!) and I had the ripoff rack of lamb. I also ordered a glass of Ravenswood Zinfandel by the glass. Quite good, so I ordered a second and they brought me a generic red; oh boy! The rack of lamb probably came from the local 7-11. The Wife thought this was the second best seafood she had had in her life. The first was the Lobster Pound in Ogunquit, Maine. The blueberry pie is excellent there too. Over the next few days we discovered the 11th St. Diner and Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House. Both great values and lots of fun. We left the Rascal House after ordering 3 dozen bagels to go for back home use. They were understanding and sold us the bagels. THEY WERE GOOD! It was then and there I determined I would eat my way up Collins Ave. thru to the Palm Beaches. And never mind the good looking Cuban ladies sitting in the outdoor cafes on Ocean Drive. (Martha, if you read this, you will probably have to wait in line at the Lobster Pound too; go there while you still can and good luck.) To be continued...

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