Sara's in North Miami Closed

I'm late to the game here because Yelp has already announced the closure, but I want to write a quick requiem for Sara'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.

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.

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