I'm late to the game here because Yelp hasalready announced
the closure, but I want to write a quick requiem forSara's
, the kosher/vegetarian restaurant on NE 123rd Street in North Miami. I called today and the phone is disconnected and the website is gone.
The place had the weirdest clientele of any restaurant I have ever frequented. It was composed not only of Jews of both liberal and conservative varieties, but wacky vegetarians and working stiffs who just didn't want to eat a lot of meat.
When I moved to Miami in the early '90s, it was a bustling joint where I loved to bring friends. Sure the parking lot was kind of ugly, but the restaurant had a nice airy feel. I learned to love Israeli salads there, too. Grape leaves were first rate and the hummus and fresh veggie fare was delightful.
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Later, they served pizza that was the talk of the neighborhood.
It was closed Saturdays for the Jewish Sabbath, but Sunday brunch was always warm and friendly there, too. Often, after a long run down the 123rd Street Causeway and out to the beach, it was pleasant way station, too.
Sara's, I'll miss ya.