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MIA UPDATE

netmover | Apr 25, 2006 07:08 PM

Nemo=still fabulous! When you are in need of solid fu-fu food, you got to go to Nemo. Consistently excellent throughout the years. Service and ambiance also excel. The Seabass was succulent! Spicy Vietnamese Beef Salad was on fire! Many menus use the word 'spicy' and fail to deliver, not at Nemo! My tongue was tingling. A great side dish I had never tried were the roasted beets with crumbled blue cheese...wow...nice accompaniment to a great dinner.

Taverna OPA=FUN FOOD! My brother-in-law asked for a fun place. OPA immediately came to mind and did not fail to deliver. YES, I actually got up and shook my booty! This after having enjoyed their great greek salad, mash at the table hummus, Mousaaka was unreal! My surf and turf app/entree where my entree was actually served first was phenomenal....the enormous Prawns served in a wine suace coupled with the Rib Eye steak served in a lemon sauce were top notch. My neice ordered the rice pilaf and I must say it was the best rice I've tasted since trying the Scorch rice up at where else but SCORCH in NMB. (Great place too BTW.)

CAFE TU TU TANGO=more fun food. Why this dining concept has not taken over the country is beyond me? It was one of my favorite restaurants for years, but it had been a few since I actually went. Well, I can now report that little has changed in this World Food Tapa dining concept. Replete with a live painter and a belly dancer show ala BRASIL the food continues to be the star here. 3 of us split 6 dishes which were all excellent! Each of us chose 2, and to get six different taste sensations when you have dinner is a coup. Typically you might order an app followed by an entree and if you're lucky you get to try some one else's app and/or entree. Not a Tango where sharing is caring and is meant to be. Kimchee ribs, Cajun Egg rolls, Dynamite Shrimp Spring Rolls, Beef Napoleon, Tango Salmon Salad were all delicious. The white Sangria hit the spot as well.

Jaguar(Coconut Grove)=phenomenal! The ceviche nuevo makes the original peruvian version look pale by comparison. The spoons @ 1.75/ea. are scrumptous. Get a sampler and you may wind up just eating ceviche (like I once did) the entire meal. There ain't no ceviche like Jaguar ceviche...period. I went for lunch again, and was not going to forgo the great lunch specials and awesome cheeseburger by succumbing to my ceviche real time cravings. This time we split 2 spoon samplers then split the Blue Corn Tortilla Chicken Tacos and Black Agnus Cheeseburger that is toppped with ground chorizo whoooeeee is that good. The chipotle ketchup side is very tasty as are the skinny onions and potatoes which are flash fried and served in a mound. The other interesting dish I have had in the past there and is well worth the trip is the Mexican Lazagna. Served in a pool of pureed black beans, tortillas as opposed to pasta serve as the layers in this chicken lazagna served up with a green sauce. It's unlike anything YOU have ever tasted.

Joe Allen=Straight ahead comfort cuisine without all the scene. For South Beach that remains a tall task! JA continues to fit the bill! Have you tried their Sangria? Could be the best???

CASABLANCA + JOE'S = Stone Crab Bliss! 4 lbs of mediums @ $15/lb + 4 lbs of large @ $20/lb + 2 lbs of jumbos @$25 from casablanca. Compare that with Joe's $47.95/lb for large and who knows how much for jumbos? I go to the river and get my crustecans, oh I got 2lbs of peeled and devained 25/30's just in case some of my guests were not down with the Stoners, yes, it is true, not everyone loves them? Come dinner time, I slid over to Joe's Takeaway and got the mustard suace and all the fixings: Hashbrowns, Skinny Sweats, Grilled Tomatoes, Coleslaw, Creamed Spinach, Key Lime Pie, Flourless Chocolate cake...with all being served on chinet-there was no fuss and no muss for this seafood extravaganza.

Rosinella's=Grandma's good food at a good price on the best dining street in the US-Lincoln Road. Those mini meatballs for an app are nice. That lasagna is always done right, as is the eggplant. Is there a better Italian restaurant in this town...value wise anyway? Ya Osteria may be better, but who can go there every day? Rosinella's is an every day place, whereas Osteria is more of an occasion...I'd be interested to hear if it's still as good as it once was? It's been a while for me...

That's my update chowhounds, I look forward to reading yours.

Chow 4 noW

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