I've lived in Kendall (near South Miami) for most of my life, and I'm recently back after living away for a few years for school. However, it seems like I always end up at the same handful of restaurants. Don't get me wrong, I like them, but I crave adventure and new food experiences. Unfortunately, my family and most of my friends don't. Please keep in mind I'm looking for casual, inexpensive places, so nothing high-end, and nothing far away like South Beach or downtown. These are my usual spots:
Fuddrucker's - best burgers around; I don't think I can be convinced otherwise.
La Carreta - my favorite place for Cuban.
Taco Rico (on U.S. 1 and LeJeune) - terrific inexpensive Mexican.
Daily Bread (on U.S. 1) - falafel and grape leaves to die (or kill) for.
Cajun Grill (in mall food courts) - I can't help it, I love the Bourbon Chicken!
Shorty's - Miami isn't big on barbecue, but this place is an institution.
Arbetter's - seriously yummy chili dogs.
Flanagan's - good when we're indecisive, and the ribs are great.
Cheesecake Factory - I don't know if it is "cool" to admit it on the Chowhound Message Board, but I go here whenever I have some extra money to blow on a huge and wonderful meal.
Norman Brothers - a rare treat: forgoza bread or foccacia or fresh yogurt shakes.
I am a relative newbie when it comes to Thai and Indian foods, but I've been to Sea Siam once and Punjab Palace once. I'd love to try more of each cuisine, but NOBODY else I know is into Thai or Indian, which limits going out for them. I know how to cook anything Italian that I'd normally order out, so I'm not big on going out for Italian. (I love to cook, for what it's worth.)
My dad brings home Chinese takeout from any number of places, and sometimes we hit a Chinese buffet, but what is the best Chinese around? Canton or P.F. Chang's or someplace else? Is there a good Greek place? Any non-chain pizzerias I MUST try? Whose wings are the best? And who has good and affordable sushi without driving to South Beach?
I appreciate any tips, and I promise I'll try them all!