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2007 Stories by Bill Citara

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  • Merry Tapas

    published December 20, 2007

    We all know what time of year it is: Lots of sleigh bells tinkling and herald angels singing, ye faithful coming and shepherds quaking, not to... More >>

  • Argentine Steak House Sates, and Then Some

    published December 6, 2007

    When Ludwig Mies van der Rohe said, "Less is more," he wasn't talking about Graziano's. This comfortable, unpretentious Argentine steak... More >>

  • Go to Hell

    published November 22, 2007

    If there is a Hell on Earth for small-business owners, its name is Biscayne Boulevard. What's amusingly termed "ongoing construction"... More >>

  • Key Bisghetti

    published November 8, 2007

    Miami is a town of many charming, unique, evocative neighborhoods with very few charming, unique, evocative neighborhood... More >>

  • Faux SoBo

    published October 25, 2007

    Cancun Grill is everything that's wrong with Mexican cuisine in South Florida. Most Mexican restaurants in these parts are about many... More >>

  • Blank Plate

    published September 27, 2007

    If cooking is an art, the hamburger is a blank canvas. Make it very big or very small. Paint it with ketchup, mustard, mayo, sun-dried... More >>

  • French Guise

    published September 13, 2007

    Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover, and by the cover of Les Halles, the judgment is: We are sooo French. French as the... More >>

  • Off the Beaten Boot

    published August 30, 2007

    Oh, Lord, not another Italian restaurant!" "Yes, Bill, another Italian restaurant. But be of good faith and despair not, for... More >>

  • Rock 'n' Troll

    published August 16, 2007

    When you think of neighborhoods, the sprawling, traffic-gagged morass of Kendall doesn't exactly leap to mind. Neighborhoods are bucolic little... More >>

  • The Young Man and the Seafood

    published August 2, 2007

    You know what kind of guy Pilar is. Nice guy. Good-looking, quiet. Dresses well, not flashy. Solid, honest; no cheesy come-ons. Other guys... More >>

  • Lovely Loaves

    published July 19, 2007

    Miami has a great many things — sun, sand, spectacular ocean views, trolling celebutantes with more plastic parts than an... More >>

  • Southernmost City Beautiful

    published July 5, 2007

    Are there any two cities more different than Key West and Coral Gables? The self-described "City Beautiful" is as anal-retentive as a bucketful of... More >>

  • Cool Find

    published June 21, 2007

    Ever walk down the street in some funky part of town and almost trip over a twenty-dollar bill, pick it up, and think, Hey, God likes me?... More >>

  • Marinara Masters

    published June 7, 2007

    Cheap restaurant in South Beach" is dangerously close to being an oxymoron. "Good cheap restaurant in South Beach" is so oxy you almost have to be... More >>

  • Road Food

    published May 24, 2007

    If you want to feel like a tourist in your own town, go to Balans. It's on Lincoln Road, for god's sake. When was the last time you hung out... More >>

  • Molto Mario's

    published April 26, 2007

    Telling your average Miami foodie to drive to Homestead for really good Cuban cuisine is like telling an Eskimo to fly to Miami for snow. But... More >>

  • A Thing for Wings

    published April 5, 2007

    You have to admire Yankee ingenuity. Take some chewing gum, tissue paper, and a ball of twine, and pretty soon you've got a sleek aluminum... More >>

  • Cuisine, Consummated

    published March 22, 2007

    I want to slip French Kiss some tongue. I love this restaurant. The culinary ménage à trois of Marc-Antoine, Joanne... More >>

  • Doing Right by Chicken

    published March 8, 2007

    Is there any animal more abused than the chicken? Most begin and live their brief existence in mammoth farm-factories under conditions so dire... More >>

  • Pastis Is Primo

    published February 22, 2007

    If you want to know why San Francisco is a great restaurant town, go to South Miami. Bear with me; it's not really that big a stretch.... More >>

  • Formula for Fine Food

    published February 8, 2007

    It's all Starbucks' fault. Coffee used to be the equivalent of regular leaded. It was cheap, strong, and uncomplicated; you poured it in your... More >>

  • Crust Bust

    published January 25, 2007

    Some words are just natural red flags. When a politician says, "Honestly," it means he's getting ready to spew a load of horse effluent. When... More >>

  • What Comes Around Goes Down Easy

    published January 11, 2007

    Karma is the Buddhist principle that says what a person does in this life will determine his destiny in the next. If that's the case, then the... More >>

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