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Max's Grille - Coral Gables, The Doral - Windows , Sushi Samba, Casa D.Angelo, Mezzaluna, and others -10 day trip

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Max's Grille - Coral Gables, The Doral - Windows , Sushi Samba, Casa D.Angelo, Mezzaluna, and others -10 day trip

Steve R Silver Spring MD Vacationing in Florida | Feb 26, 2006 04:20 PM

I promised I'd give my 2 cents about this place after some of you kindly suggested going there while visiting my sister in Miami. Well, we were lucky enough to get a parking spot right in front of Denny's a block away so the parking gods were with us that night. We were surprised how nice the decor was with gorgeous wood tables and wood walls, and a very dark, cozy atmosphere. We settled in around 740pm and waited for my sister and her 6 year old. The wait staff was excellent and the bread and hummous greatly appreciated for our wait.

My sister came and we were recommended to try the fish special, sole with a stone crab in dijon sauce topping, over a bed of lynonnaise potatoes and stir fried veggies. It may sound odd, but every bite was one to savor. My sister ordered the shrimp scampi and it was fantastic as well as the al dente fettucine that came with it. For a place only open for 4 weeks, this place was doing quite well on all accounts. We were seated right next to the bar and the front window so we checked out the intense bar scene all night. Very hopping with lots of the beautiful people :o).

We also got the chopped salad with an amazing viniagrette dressing with it. For dessert we had the flourless chocolate cake with a chocolate mousse topping - most excellent and creamy. The creme brulee pie was just as good with berries inside of it. The waiter was mostly there when needed and if he wasn't someone else was there to help us. We never left for needing anything, unlike other restaurants we'd been to this 10 day Florida trip.

By the way, we don't normally review restaurants so if this isn't a good review, just disregard! No experts here...

We ate many lunches at Champions at the Doral Golf and Spa this week and all our hamburgers were yummy. It's cool being here the week before the PGA Tour as the prices were low and the pre golf buzz is high. For din din last night we ate at their Windows restaurant which was excellent, though our waitress went missing for large expanses of time and they weren't packed at all. We got the pear salad split to start. It was ok but the mushroom soup was exquisite. It had a large cheese crouton in the center and was perfect.

Dinner was the jerk Mahi Mahi which was very flavorful and our friends had the NY Strip and Veal Chop which they both liked. The veal chop had alot of fat on it, but it was the 1st time she had had it so you never know... It was an anniversary so they gave us a really nice 4 piece dessert sampler for free! They were nice enough to ask us after we'd finished it if we still wanted the 2 chocolate bombas we'd ordered long before this, but we got them anyway. They were just ok.

On this trip we also went to Mezzaluna in Ft Lauderdale - we found it to be VERY expensive on the meats so we got pasta and caesar salads instead. They were good, but my wife wasn't loving the pastas and actually sent hers back for being too salty. We ended up getting the flourless chocolate dessert which was good, but overpriced we thought at $12.

We also went to Lester's Diner, the night we couldn't get into Anthony's Runway 84 after waiting 45 minutes one night. They had a greasy but delicious spanikopita and a decent salad along with it - not bad for $7.95! It was enough for 2 it was so big.

One night we went to an amazing Thai place in Fort Lauderdale on Commercial (?), supposed to be the best in South Florida. It was tremendous and the desserts were all right on the money.

Another night we went to Casa De Angelo (on Federal Hwy) I think it was called in Ft Lauderdale - most excellent. We split a wonderful shrimp dish in white wine with broccoli rabe and potato mixed in, and a great salad and flourless chocolate dessert with vanilla gelato - the best dessert of the trip.

One day we were on the way to the Breaker's Hotel to check it out and eat lunch as we heard it was beautiful but got sidetracked and went to the Four Seasons for lunch instead and split a burger ($18!). We filled up on the bean and salsa dip with chips before the burger came (like 40 minutes later) so we were filled up for just the price of one burger. When we finally got to the Breakers, they wanted $20 to valet park there! We said we just wanted to look around for 10 minutes but they said, sorry, $20 or no looky. They offered to validate our ticket if we ate lunch there or went to the gift shop but we had JUST eaten! We begged, we pleaded, no self park, no nada. We left in a huff. We'll come back another year and just eat there and park for free. Eegads... what a weird place. If they had let us park for a few bucks for 10 minutes we might have wanted to stay there for a couple of nights next year! Oh well, they lost out in the end.

We also did Sushi Samba in South Beach one night and it was really great, and we both ate for under $50. We each had a roll - she had a 6 piece california roll for ... $12?!? At home it's 12 pieces for $5. I had an avocado and cucumber roll for $5 - delicious. We split an Edamame bean dish and a $10 Fish and Chips with plantains as the chips and a delicious fish very lightly fried as the fish part. We were stuffed. It was off to the Ghiardelli Chocolate shop for a milk shake for dessert - one of our favorite things in life :o) Love those free sample squares they give you there as well. We love Lincoln Rd and were glad we made the harrowing 45 minute drive from our hotel to get here. It's become SO crowded since a year ago when we were last here. We got a "god spot" just a block from Lincoln Av.

Thanks again folks. The wife is dragging me off this free computer monitor here at the Doral Golf and Spa. Gotta love free internet while on vacation. It's my only chance to Log on.

Logging off,
Steve R Silver Spring

(hope there's not too many spelling and grammar errors in this thread. i was in a serious hurry)

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