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Restaurants & Bars 17

South Florida Dining

Steve Plotnicki | Jan 1, 200209:38 PM

I spent 4 days in South Beach and can report the following meals;

Tuscan Steak - I've never had a bad meal at what appears to be a gimmicky theme restaurant and this meal was no different. But I guess steak is hard to mess up as long as you buy top quality ingredients. Excellent but overpriced wine list but the bottle of 1998 Siepi we had was killer.

Puerto Sagua - Old school Cuban on Collins Ave and 7th Street is one of my favorite breakfast haunts. House special Scrambled Eggs with Diced Cuban Ham with a side of Buttered Grits and Cafe con Leche makes me smile everytime. On a different day I had the Cuban sandwich for lunch and they make a better than average, heavy on the cured ham version. More pickles please

Chef Allen - What has happened to this restaurant? This makes two poor meals in a row. It seems like the passion has gone out of Alan Susser's cooking. And the menu needs a revamping as too many of the same tired old dishes still appear. I'm not going back until I read a review somewhere that says things have changed

Joe's Stone Crabs - You can never have a bad meal at Joe's. Sometimes the crabs are better than other times. Same with the side dishes. Sometimes things like the cottage fried sweet potatoes are sweeter than other times. This time was all in all a B- experience

Osteria del Teatro - This restaurant exposes Zagat's at their worst. It gets 26 points in their guide but NYC has the same type of place, but better on almost every block. But I guess if you come from points unknown this must pass for fine Italian dining

Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House - Old school Jewish style deli with reliable food. Order the cabbage borscht with flanken and they will bring you a pot of soup the size of Pittsburgh with a chunk of flanken that is a foot long. Some friends were in from Paris for the week and I treated them to lunch there. Lunch was $101 for 7 of us and we ate like chazers. I'm still burping.

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