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    Mildly Wild About Harry's - Havana Harrys

    Dining on Cuban food often dictates a choice between dirt-cheap dives dishing out decent fare and upscale establishments that serve nuevo Latino cuisine as incongruously overgarnished as Fidel Castro in a tuxedo. Havana Harry's, a 200-seat family-sty...

    by Lee Klein on November 2, 2000
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    Tale of Four Cities - Dining Out

    Highly regarded food writer John F. Mariani, commenting on the culinary capabilities of American cities in the book Dining Out (Dornenburg and Page), refers to New York as "unquestionably the restaurant capital," Seattle as "interesting," and San Fra...

    by Lee Klein on November 2, 2000
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    A Good Kinda Jerk - Jerk Machine

    It was while sitting at home, watching the presidential debate on TV, that I suddenly found myself seized by an insatiable craving for jerk chicken. Go figure. So I headed to Jerk Machine, located in North Miami (other locations include Sunrise, Opa-...

    by Lee Klein on October 26, 2000
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    The Real Miami Circle, Act Three - Max

    Read Part 1 or Part 2 Flattery easily can turn a restaurateur's head. Too easily, as it turns out. In 1997 snowbirds loyal to Dennis Max convinced the man and his company that the Northeast was ready for his concept. Specifically this group of inv...

    by Jen Karetnick on October 26, 2000
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    Take It Back, Please! - Rodz of South Beach

    Rodz of South Beach, a restaurant and lounge nestled in the center of Espaola Way, serves cuisine that is self-described as "Pan Asian, Continental, and Mediterranean, with an American influence." Whenever I come across such globally ambitious conce...

    by Lee Klein on October 19, 2000
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    The Real Miami Circle, Act Two - Caf Max

    When restaurateur Mary Anne Richter initially dined at Caf Max in Pompano Beach, about three days after it opened in 1984, she was hardly impressed. "I went in for dinner with two friends, and everything that could have gone wrong went wrong," she l...

    by Jen Karetnick on October 19, 2000
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    Got the Look, Lacks the Taste - harry's grille

    Back in the days when cars had tail fins and Elvis was a hound dog, the Morris Lapidus-designed Eden Roc hotel was one of the hottest celebrity hangouts in town. But cars got smaller and Elvis got fat and, like a lot of Miami Modern structures, the E...

    by Bill Citara on October 12, 2000
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    All Hopped Up - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

    Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, which opened on Brickell Avenue just two months ago, currently is hosting downtown's hottest Friday after-work party, drawing the same mass of young professionals as last season's sizzling Firehouse Four shindigs. T...

    by Lee Klein on October 12, 2000
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    The Real Miami Circle, Act One - Max's Place

    Prologue: About six weeks ago, in Bal Harbour Shops, a restaurant called Max's Place opened in the space where Petrossian formerly held court. It was only a few months after Petrossian had gone out of business, and the entire space needed to be revam...

    by Jen Karetnick on October 12, 2000
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    Fan of La Mancha - Don Quixote Restaurant

    Manuel Martinez came up with a novel idea: to re-create the town square of La Mancha, circa 1605, as the setting for his Spanish Don Quixote Restaurant. Martinez, a fan and scholar of the Cervantes masterpiece (his production of the play runs at Sout...

    by Lee Klein on October 5, 2000
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    Out of the Frying Pan - Charred kitchens leave scars on patrons and owners alike

    There's an old restaurant joke currently recirculating: Three restaurateurs are chatting about old times. The first recalls a fire in his place. Rather than reopen he decided to take the insurance money and retire. The second remembers how robbers br...

    by Jen Karetnick on October 5, 2000
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    Side Dish - Jerry's Famous Deli Inc.

    One Rascal is never enough, it seems. Jerry's Famous Deli Inc., a.k.a. the Starkman family, which also runs Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House and Epicure Market, has leased the space at 1450 Collins Ave. The location will be developed as a Jerry's Famous D...

    by Jen Karetnick on October 5, 2000
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    Gaelic Breath - The Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant

    When Dubliners enter their local pub, the feeling is one of immediate comfort, like slipping into a pair of well-worn shoes. The spacious interior of the Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant handsomely mimics the antique look that comes naturally to tho...

    by Lee Klein on September 28, 2000
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    Cuisines of the Damned - Vecherny Vostok

    Russia is not the best place to be right now, as we were reminded by the not-so-subtle sub metaphor for a nation sinking fast in an ocean of corruption and economic chaos. Still, I'd rather be there than in Colombia, that spot rife with right-wing pa...

    by Lee Klein on September 21, 2000
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    And the Winner Is ... - Could you win a restaurant just by writing an essay?

    Blame it on The Spitfire Grill. In that 1996 film, an ex-con persuades an aging restaurateur, whose eatery has been on the market for ten years, to run an essay contest. Entry fee: 100 dead presidents. Prize: the Spitfire Grill, a rustic diner in bac...

    by Jen Karetnick on September 21, 2000
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    Greaser's Delight - Picnics at Allen's

    Seating prospects at the lunch spot we had just entered didn't look good. I suggested we leave and eat somewhere else, though admittedly I was more put off by a sign on the window reading Gourmet Sandwiches than at having to wait for a table (I dis...

    by Lee Klein on September 14, 2000
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    Dish - Woods Keeps Up the Swing

    Marvin Woods, author of the recently released The New Low-Country Cooking, sounds mildly surprised when asked about his reception here in South Florida. I've got nothing but positive writeups and warm welcomes from the people here, he says. My bes...

    by Jen Karetnick on September 14, 2000
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    Side Dish - Ciao to Chow and more

    If you've ever danced on a table at Mezzanotte, the Italian restaurant hailed for breathing new life into South Beach back in the late Eighties, consider it a treasured memory: The twelve-year-old Mezzanotte finally has closed up shop. But chair-jigg...

    by Jen Karetnick on September 14, 2000
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    SoBe or Not SoBe - Baraboo

    Tom Tresh was a talented baseball player, but he was never able to live up to expectations that he could be the next Mickey Mantle. The same hopeful hype would haunt about as many other subsequent Yankees centerfield prospects as there are South Flor...

    by Lee Klein on September 7, 2000
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    Dish - Where They Are Now

    Restaurateur Mark Soyka shocked just about everybody in the restaurant industry when he announced this past June that News Caf, his inaugural eatery that helped revitalize Ocean Drive, would be moving from its location on Eighth Street and Ocean Dri...

    by Jen Karetnick on September 7, 2000
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