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2003 Stories by Pamela Robin Brandt

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  • Some Serious Sushi

    published December 25, 2003

    In the restaurant reviewing game, food critics with souls sensitive to criticism from readers go work in more polite areas of the country, such as... More >>

  • The Crêped Crusader

    published December 18, 2003

    Certain foreign foods adapt better to Americanization than others, just as certain sit-down dishes adapt better as street eats than others. Pizza,... More >>

  • A True Eating Vacation

    published December 11, 2003

    At New Times we restaurant reviewers basically get to pick our own review victims. Oops, I meant subjects. Anyway, this is a good thing,... More >>

  • Custard Gets a Southern Exposure

    published December 4, 2003

    In the Midwest, diners line up outside frozen custard joints. This may seem strange to East Coast gourmets, who are used to thinking of hot-ticket... More >>

  • Big Mofongo Mistake

    published November 27, 2003

    In some countries the best typical food is generally found in restaurants; in others the best food is home cooking. But in general the trend in... More >>

  • You're So Croqueta-ish

    published November 20, 2003

    Why I originally went to La Fe turned out to be not the reason I ended up rather liking it after several visits. I went because I'd read an ad... More >>

  • Graze Merrick Park

    published November 13, 2003

    After three summer shopping spree meals that would be described most kindly as disappointing (more accurately as hideous, and in one case... More >>

  • Egg Rolls On

    published November 6, 2003

    It has always seemed to me, to paraphrase an old sentiment, that Kendall is a nice place to live but I wouldn't want to visit there. Then I... More >>

  • Enter the Dragon

    published October 30, 2003

    In 1995 China Grill opened to both raves and rabidly raving rants, and it's been that way ever since. It may take diners arriving after 8:30 to... More >>

  • Pest-o Pesto

    published October 30, 2003

    It's Halloween! Time for trendsetters to be wondering: Whatever can we serve at our "Creepy Creature Feature" parties that, in terms of hideous... More >>

  • Hoagie Home

    published October 23, 2003

    Grinders are what I call 'em, due to many formative years living in New England, but elsewhere in the country monster meat/cheese/veg sandwiches... More >>

  • Ray of Bengal

    published October 16, 2003

    Around this prostitution-trafficky stretch of Biscayne Boulevard, the term "hot" has traditionally been more associated with the word "pants" than... More >>

  • Stiff Drinks

    published October 16, 2003

    NOW 24/7 Every playa knows pimpin' ain't easy. Late-night hours are a must and low energy a bust. No surprise then that a whole new... More >>

  • Baby Got Back Ribs

    published October 9, 2003

    There's (arguably) more argument in America about what constitutes real barbecue than about what constitutes justification for declaring war --... More >>

  • Cheap Treat

    published September 25, 2003

    Driving past you'd never notice this bar/restaurant in the Argentine enclave around 71st Street and Normandy Drive; indeed the first three times I... More >>

  • Acting Like Flemings

    published September 18, 2003

    When a good restaurant has been around for a good fifteen years and, what's more, is the only eatery of its kind in the region -- in this case,... More >>

  • Makeover

    published September 18, 2003

    NOW 24/7 "Don't turn right on Grand," insists the passenger as the car hits the intersection of Grand Avenue and McDonald Street in... More >>

  • Pastime Lunchtime

    published September 11, 2003

    Now there are shopping mall food courts. But once all the classiest department stores used to have their own lunchrooms, featuring food like... More >>

  • Talula, Baby

    published September 4, 2003

    It's not unusual for a couple to give birth a year or two after getting hitched -- unless the couple is a couple of award-winning young chefs,... More >>

  • Take You Downtown

    published August 28, 2003

    The street scene in Gili's neighborhood may be super glam when the new Performing Arts Center a few blocks east is up and running someday,... More >>

  • Peru, the Remix

    published August 21, 2003

    Of all the benefits Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro imagined might result from his midsixteenth-century destruction of Peru's great Inca... More >>

  • 'Cue Up Biscayne

    published August 14, 2003

    When Biscayne Bar-B-Q opened last winter in the same building as the Cactus gay bar -- with, according to its ads, an outdoor poolside cookout on... More >>

  • Starch on the Grill

    published August 7, 2003

    According to a note on the menu of Mapalé Colombian Grille, the folk dance for which the restaurant is named, which was originally brought... More >>

  • Burrito Really Supreme

    published July 31, 2003

    It doesn't intrigue me that much when people report excitedly on new Mexican restaurant finds that have great red or green salsa. Sure I love the... More >>

  • Pan-Asian Italian Anyone?

    published July 24, 2003

    On a recent evening at Pan-Asian restaurant Soco, all of the half-dozen nightly specials were Italian except for one appetizer. Which was Spanish.... More >>

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