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    Dorocke is offline
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    Hi Friends! We're headed to Miami Beach (Bal Harbour) next week for a getaway. Does anyone have any recommendations for outstanding restaurants by our high SBH standards? Looking for tropical/outdoor or eclectic/modern. Not stuffy or too fancy. Thanks for any help!
    Ashley (formerly "AHowell")

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    SteveP is offline
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    Michale's Genuine (#1) & Michy's (#2)- also Makoto @ Bal Horbor Shops is great

    http://www.michaelsgenuine.com/

    http://www.chefmichellebernstein.com/

    http://www.makotorestaurant.me/

    Enjoy!

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    Dorocke is offline
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    These look excellent, Steve! I was just honing in on Michy's when I got your post. Thank you.
    Ashley (formerly "AHowell")

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    SteveP is offline
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    If you like steak here is another great place.
    It is Bourbon Steak Miami

    http://michaelmina.net/about/

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    amyb is offline
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    There was a fun restaurant in South Beach-had the letter "G" in the name. Had a terrific dinner about 3 years ago.
    Remember Yesterday, Dream About Tomorrow, But Live Today.

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    MIke R is offline
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    Joes Stone Crab....Miami Beach

    Monty Trainers...Coconut Grove
    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace" Jimi Hendrix

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    amyb is offline
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    Joe's Stone Crab but of course!
    Remember Yesterday, Dream About Tomorrow, But Live Today.

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    SteveP is offline
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    The window is quickly closing on stone crab season. It runs from Columbus Day to Mother's Day. Agree, with Joe's as well but be prepared to wait for a table as they not do reservations but President Grant will help secure a table in a more timely manner.

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    Dorocke is offline
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    We are definitely going to Joe's. should we be going Sat. then? It's that big of a difference once 5-13 hits? Who is President Grant???
    Ashley (formerly "AHowell")

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    MIke R is offline
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    think about what dollar bill Prez Grant is on....LOL

    and then it will make sense
    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace" Jimi Hendrix

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    SteveP is offline
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    They will likely be open on Mother's Day but better call to be sure and confirm stone crabs will still be served. They do have a relatively nice bar to wait at and after a few cold martini's the wait will not seem as long.

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    SteveP is offline
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    Amy - probably referring to Barton G

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    amyb is offline
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    Bingo-that's it. Creative presentations and tasty food-a fun dining experience.

    Thanks Steve-I was going nuts trying to come up with it!
    Remember Yesterday, Dream About Tomorrow, But Live Today.

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    KevinS is offline
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    And then there's La Bonito's new sister restaurant in Miami... If I could only remember the name... Someone will have to take a hit for the team sooner or later, and perhaps it's Ashley and Todd's turn.

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    Dorocke is offline
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    Do tell!! We are there. Just let me know. I wonder if Nikki Beach there is worth it? I am laughing at myself over the Grant. That's a $100, right?
    Ashley (formerly "AHowell")

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    KevinS is offline
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    It's Juvia.

    www.juviamiami.com

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    KevinS is offline
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    And a General Grant is a $50. A $100 is a Benjamin, as in Franklin. Y'all got to put the plastic away and pay in greenbacks fom time to time, LOL!

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    amyb is offline
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    You can pass on Nikki-not even close.Not close to the water and no magic
    Remember Yesterday, Dream About Tomorrow, But Live Today.

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    Dorocke is offline
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    I was going to say...$100 for a table/seat?! I should know this lingo... Juvia looks exactly what I was looking for, Kevin!!! Thank you. I knew you all would be the best resource for even Miami. And thank you, Amy...skipping NB. Steven, I will also try Michy's!
    Ashley (formerly "AHowell")

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    KevinS is offline
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    Ashley,

    I spoke with one of the owners as I was leaving La Bonita last week, and he was suggesting Juvia for when I'm next in Miami. I won't be in Miami for awhile, so you're up... you know which card to play...

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    Dorocke is offline
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    Bonita-SBH or Grant??
    Ashley (formerly "AHowell")

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    KevinS is offline
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    Juvia, make a res on Opentable, play La Bonito when you get there, save the Grant.

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    BBT is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike R
    Joes Stone Crab....Miami Beach

    Monty Trainers...Coconut Grove
    DITTO
    "St. Bart's is Crack for Vacations." Credit given to EDW

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    GayleR is offline
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    http://www.wishrestaurant.com/

    Outdoors. Beautiful. Superb food. Excellent service. Highly recommend.

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    Dorocke is offline
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    They're closed now it says, Gayle. :-(

    We went to Joe's last night. Really cool! I had no idea about Stone Crab and that it was claws only and served cold. We got in with a 15 minute wait.

    Went to Michy's on Sunday. Outstanding, Steve!! Thank you! We loved it.

    Tonite is Juvia. We have one last night to fill for tomorrow- our last night here...so if anyone has any final recommendations for a finale showstopper!

    The St. Regis Bal Harbour is superb! Highly highly recommend to anyone coming to Miami Beach. It's away from all the craziness of SoBe but still just up the road. I've already seen 2 SBH shirts on guests here. Too funny!
    Ashley (formerly "AHowell")

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    GayleR is offline
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    Oh no. So sad. I loved it. Also enjoyed Asia de Cuba in the Mondrian. But no comparison to Wish.

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    MIke R is offline
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    yes the Stone Crab business is so very sustainable because no crab is killed in the process....they take one claw...toss the crab back where it grows another....

    and Stone Crab meat is as good as any shellfish out there..so sweet...


    I would consider Monty Trainers in Coconut Grove..right on the harbor....usually have good live music...and they have an excellent raw bar and do wonderful things with conch
    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace" Jimi Hendrix

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    Dorocke is offline
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    How about something on or near Ocean Dr.? We need to get over and see that tomorrow.
    Ashley (formerly "AHowell")

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    Dorocke is offline
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    And I'm happy to report that many restaurants have "Whispering Angel" Rose by the glass, as well as a Sancerre! I could almost be in St. Barts,.. not quite but close. Great salads- burrata and tomato!
    Ashley (formerly "AHowell")

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    phil62 is online now
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    If you want to take a nice drive and have a good lunch, I recommend Charlie's Crab in Palm Beach. It's right on A1A and across the street from the beach.

    Phil

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