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70. Portobello Mushroom Sandwich at the Cafe at Books & Books

It's that time of year again when we count down to New Times' Best of

Miami 2012 issue in June. Until then, Short Order will serve up 100 of

our favorite dishes in the 305. If you have any nominations of your own,

please send them to cafe@miaminewtimes.com.

70. Portobello Mushroom Sandwich at the Cafe at Books & Books
Laine Doss

70. Portobello Mushroom Sandwich at the Café at Books & Books

Vegetarians generally get the shaft when it comes to eating at restaurants. A pasta dish, salad, or veggie platter seem to be the requisite choices for the veg among us.

Which is why the Café at Books & Books continues to delight and surprise us when we're in the mood to eat with a conscience. The restaurant features a full-on vegan section in addition to a host of vegetarian options.

The portobello mushroom burger ($10.95) is especially satisfying.


Let's be clear -- though it's listed under burgers, there's no meat involved. Just a large, juicy portobello mushroom cap smothered in molten Jack cheese and chilies. Portobellos have a firm texture and rich flavor, making them a good alternative to a beef burger. This sandwich is so packed with flavor that if someone asks, "Where's the beef?" you won't even bother to look.

100 Favorites Dishes

71. Grilled Wings at Shuckers Bar & Grill

72. Turkey and Prosciutto With Fresh Mozzarella at La Sandwicherie

73. Creamy Tahini With Hummus at Broken Shaker

74. Kobe Burger at CG Burgers

75. Brie Mozzarella Sticks at the Local

76. Paleta de Elote at La Michoacana Paleteria

77. Strawberry Fields Roll at I Love Sushi

79. Pork Rillettes at Buena Vista Deli

80. Chicken Fricassee at Le Bouchon Du Grove

81. Bacon & Egg Udon at Gigi

82. Wagyu Gunkan at SushiSamba Dromo

83. Grilled Tiger Prawns at Mare Nostrum

84. The Lokal Burger at Lokal


85. Porchetta Sandwich at Salumeria 104
86. Nitro Ice Cream at Haven Gastro-Lounge
87. Red Burger at Red Restaurant

88. Carnitas Torta at Mercadito's Taqueria

89. Bone Marrow Ropa Vieja at Eating House
90. Mushroom-Crusted Grouper at the River Seafood & Oyster Bar

91. Crispy Pork and Onion Salad at Hiro's Yakko-San

92. Moqueca Brazileira at Pearl Restaurant & Lounge

93. Corvina at Edge Steak and Bar

94. Spiked Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3

95. Egg Custard Tart With Black Truffles at Philip Ho
96. Soft Pretzels at Mister Collins
97. Serrano Ham Croquettes at Crazy About You


98. The Elena Ruth Sandwich at Sergio's

99. Chow Fun at Chow Down Grill

100. Grilled Artichoke at Peacock Garden Cafe

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The Café at Books & Books

927 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-695-8898

www.booksandbooks.com


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