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Miami brief report

MiriamTeresa | Mar 29, 200607:01 AM

Hello Everyone,
Just got back from a few day trip to Miami and wanted to report back on some suggestions that I'd gotten from the board. Thanks to the folks who made breakfast suggestions, though we didn't get to them because of time/ location.

I was not prepared for how big the Miami area was – just hadn’t grasped the scale when looking at the maps, so didn’t hit quite all the places we wanted to just based on location, but had a bunch of good meals. Our aim was to eat things that we could not easily get in Boston, so we went heavy on the Cuban and light on everything else (also we didn't want any place too fancy or pricey so all of these were casual places).

Friday night dinner at Puerto Sagua: incredibly busy but friendly at the same time. Had a good dish of shrimp in green sauce and a whole fried red snapper that was surprisingly tasty. They had done something to the batter that was quite good (gave it a lemony taste and maybe some paprika?) and the fish was nice and moist and flavorful. I really liked the black beans here (as opposed to Versailles, where they were different, kind of garlic-y).

Saturday dinner at Graziano’s (Argentinian, again something we can’t get in Boston). We got the mixed roasted meat platter for 2 which could have fed 5. We weren’t even able to try everything. What we did try was very good. Had a long wait there, but a nice glass of wine at the bar while waiting (from their absolutely gigantic wine list).

Sunday we were with friends who live in Miami Shores, so they made the choices – hotdogs at Dogma (good fresh chips!), and sushi at a place whose name escapes me (which is too bad because it was very nicely flavored, beautifully presented, and the place was calm and quiet). Desserts at the Village Cafe – normal, not outstanding cheesecake, decent crepe, good molten chocolate cake.

Monday was Cuban food day #2: breakfast at Exquisito on SW 8th, where they were serving both breakfast and lunch at 10 am, so husband had croquettas, eggs, toast, and I had a cuban sandwich. Huge sandwich – lots of meat, good amount of cheese, would have liked more pickles, but quite good and I love being able to get lunch food early in the day. Picked up some coffees at a coffee window further down the street.
Ate an early dinner at Versailles, which had to be the best value for money meal of the trip. I wasn’t wild about my picadillo (like some homemade versions I’ve had better for being a little less sweet), but my husband’s carne asada was delicious, especially the sauce. Garlic-flavored black beans which my husband preferred to Puerto Sagua, but I was the reverse. Followed by some dessert and several more coffees on the way back home.

Overall great trip and we could obviously have spent days more eating our way around the city.

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