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    Room with a View and Some Problems

    Atrio restaurant sits off the 25th-floor Sky Lobby of the new Conrad Miami hotel, located in the Espirito Santo Plaza high-rise, that indented glass monolith on Brickell Avenue. Conrad is Hilton's upscale line of hotels; the pedigreed corporate surna...

    by Lee Klein on August 26, 2004
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    A Welcome Neighbor

    For twenty years the Sun Inn has been operating in Edgewater, north of downtown. And for the eleven years I've lived in Miami, I've been wondering about it -- but only wondering. There was something scary about the place. Maybe it was the location on...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on August 26, 2004
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    Craic Heads

    Michael Collins is the warrior who in 1919 led the Irish Volunteers in their revolt against the British Empire. He has inspired a movie (Neil Jordan's eponymous biopic) and the Michael Collins Grill on Lincoln Road. Actually one of the owners of the ...

    by Lee Klein on August 19, 2004
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    Charlotte All the Times

    From the front the Charlotte Bakery doesn't look much more encouraging than any of the many other sources, on this still relatively ungentrified stretch of Washington Avenue, for empanadas. But some of the fare inside is uncommonly tasty. This is esp...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on August 19, 2004
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    The Sushi Wars

    For as long as I've lived in Miami Beach, sushi bars have been more common than Madonna sightings -- and back in '93 that girl used to show up at local gas station openings. Near my condo were three sushi sources on one block alone, four if you count...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on August 12, 2004
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    The South Rises Again

    It's been somewhere between a few decades and a century since South Florida was considered part of the American South. Still it's easy to find most Southern regional cuisines here. In fact, hearty Cajun cooking, originated by French Canadian "Acadian...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on August 5, 2004
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    Still Savory After All These Years

    At most restaurants it's not a good sign when chefs come and go every few years. It's often a sign of management instability, or that something other than inspired food is the place's priority. Sometimes it's followed by increasingly empty tables, wh...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on July 29, 2004
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    Classy Chinese Is Not a Contradiction

    A time-honored theory among ethnic-restaurant mavens goes like this: The best Chinese food is to be found in the worst dumps. As a business acquaintance who'd grown up in China once told me: "If I walk in and there's a tuxedoed guy behind a maitre d'...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on July 22, 2004
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    Indian Curries, American Cheeseburgers

    In discussions of innovative food trends, Miami generally gets the short end of the stick compared with New York, San Francisco, and other cities known for their eagerness to embrace the newest, the hottest, and the weirdest. But our town has never l...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on July 15, 2004
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    Meet the New Neighbor - The District enlivens the district

    A mere half-dozen years or so after national publications began hyping the Design District as our town's hottest new area, it seems like the "square mile of style" (a nickname from its Seventies heyday as the upscale design center) is finally turning...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on July 8, 2004
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    Fresh and True Italian

    When summer comes to South Florida, the restaurant scene gears down so abruptly, and so dramatically, that its eerie. Personally I havent made a reservation since Memorial Day. Even at some of South Beachs most in-demand hot spots -- places where it ...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on July 1, 2004
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    All Lobster All the Time

    n the journalism business we strive, to quote the stirring overture to the old Superman television show, for "truth, justice, and the American way." Nevertheless sometimes you read something in the papers that seems so untrue and unjust that you figu...

    on June 24, 2004
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    Spaghetti Star - Forget Rocco's; try Randazzo's

    When the reality TV show The Restaurant started its second brief season in late April, it was immediately obvious that this year's theme would be quite different. The inaugural season's splash resulted from a fairly new phenomenon, Americans' recent ...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on June 17, 2004
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    A Hipper Parents' Place - Patio dining, water views, and reasonable prices? You're joking!

    Miami Beach has been hot and hip for over a decade, and surrounded by the salt water since long before velvet was first made into ropes. But just try to find a stylish place to dine with a water view. Add to your wish list outdoor dining, courteous s...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on June 10, 2004
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    Russian Mob - Big, big Brisa Bistro is off to a decent start

    Defining the word "bistro" is like trying to pin down the meaning of "carpaccio." In recent years, both words have been used so liberally that few people likely know their origins. But once upon a time each had a specific meaning: Carpaccio, a dish...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on June 3, 2004
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    Ocean Drive's Last Great Hope - New chef brings tasty, creative cuisine to 1220 at the Tides

    By this time in a year of typical South Florida weather, locals would have retreated indoors weeks ago, not to emerge from our excellent air conditioning till October or so. This year's unseasonably cool spring, however, has blessed us with some extr...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on May 27, 2004
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    More Dancing Than Dining - Mambo 5 gets a little mushy

    A few years ago I had a conversation with a Cuban-American friend about why, in her opinion, the Latin food in the rest of the United States was so unsatisfactory that she could not possibly live anywhere but Miami. Nuevo Latino cuisine wasn't yet qu...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on May 20, 2004
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    Not Your Mama's Italian - Escopazzo breaks all the rules, irresistibly

    Journalists, just like other people, have what seems to be an almost genetically programmed weakness for "Best" lists, especially when it comes to restaurants. Here at New Times, we in the food department try to resist, at least to the extent of refu...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on May 13, 2004
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    Upstairs, Upscale, and Uplifting - Don't worry, Miami: This La Broche chef aims for delight, not fright

    Like a great lover who is both thrilling and comforting, the food at Mosaico is a combination of care and passion. And it is excitingly accessible. Please repeat "accessible" 50 times. As you do that, I'll tell you that Mosaico's chef, Jordi Valls...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on May 6, 2004
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    Getting What You Pay For - Low-calorie, low-price, low-taste food at Bites on Wheels

    Several national publications recently declared Miami's 33137 zip code -- the narrow rectangle north of downtown, between Biscayne Bay and North Miami Avenue -- to be one of the hottest five locales in the U.S. based on rising real estate values. Thi...

    by Pamela Robin Brandt on April 29, 2004
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