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Old 09-07-2005, 08:02 AM   #1 (Print)
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The Official Hotami Friday Night Dinner Thread

Update so you don't have to Slog through the thread.

Where:
Cafe Tu Tu Tango in Coconut Grove
3015 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove, 33133 - (305) 529-2222

When:
Friday, Oct 7, at 7:30 PM

How:
Dinner is served family style. There will be 7 dishes plus dessert that will be shared by all.

They are:
Oriental Marinated Steak Skewers
Assorted Pizzas
Picadillo & Cheese Empanadas
Dijon Chicken Skewers
Cajun Chicken Egg Rolls
Baked Artichoke and Crabmeat Dip
Stuffed Mushrooms (Their reccomendation)

The cost is $26.95 (including desert) plus a 20% service charge plus 8% tax.
Drinks are extra

Attending
Turtleboy
Joules1111
Fofer
Jsmeeker
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Eddyj
Davidtigerfan
Mike2001
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Waldingrl
IndyJones1023
Anubis
SueAnn
DeeDee
Ellinj
Catburger00
Canermatt
Bustergonand and TivoTracy
Hot4Bo

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Old 09-07-2005, 08:10 AM   #2 (Print)
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On the pricy side:

Emeril's

On the mid side:

Lario's, which is owned by Gloria Estefan (and is different from the Bongo's chain).
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Old 09-07-2005, 09:33 AM   #3 (Print)
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Here is a Yahoo map showing several dozen nearby restaurants.

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Old 09-07-2005, 11:58 AM   #4 (Print)
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I have a zagat subscription, I'll see if there is anything in there.

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Old 09-07-2005, 02:10 PM   #5 (Print)
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Seek out a place to get a good Cuban sammich.

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Old 09-07-2005, 04:06 PM   #6 (Print)
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Old 09-07-2005, 05:24 PM   #7 (Print)
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I am not sure what type of cusine people are looking for but I am looking through Zagat's now, I will post some suggestions.

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Old 09-07-2005, 05:40 PM   #8 (Print)
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Here are some places I found,

Piola - 23 18 18, $20

Killer thin-crust pizzas using the freshest ingredients” are the stock-in-trade of this chain imported from Italy with a “convenient” South Beach location “next to the movie theater”; the “cheap” cucina also includes “great” carpaccio and pasta served by a “congenial” staff, and the “cool”, “loft”-like setting makes it an ideal “date spot” for movie buffs.

http://www.piola.it/usa/miami/index.html

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Lincoln Road Café 17, 10, 16 $22

There’s nothing fancy about this” South Beach Cuban “relic” “except its location” on “happening” Lincoln Road “where some of Florida’s best people-watching takes place”; lots of “locals eat here”, delighted by the “delicious”, “traditional” and “so-cheap eats” like “scrumptious ropa vieja” served by a “friendly” staff.

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Front Porch Cafe - 21,15.17 $21

“From sophisticated cuisine to comfort food”, this “unpretentious” breakfast, lunch and dinner “hangout” in South Beach’s Penguin Hotel “keeps getting better”, serving “delicious”, “affordable” American fare in an “ultra-casual” setting with “great views of the beach” and “lovely people- watching” as well; since it’s been “discovered by tourists”, the lines are “out of control”, but the “friendly”, “quick” staff keeps things moving.

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Rosinella - 20, 12, 16 $25
There’s a “real mama Rosinella” in at least one of the kitchens at these “charming” Downtown and South Beach twins (siblings of Sport Cafe), and the “honest”, “delicious” Italian fare including the “best thin-crust pizza” tastes like “home cooking”; the “quaint” digs, “gentle” service and “excellent value” make them “great neighborhood” trattorias “even if they’re not in your neighborhood.”

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Old 09-07-2005, 05:49 PM   #9 (Print)
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Considering the high tourist area this is, I don't care so much about the cuisine as being able to seat a large group in proximity to each other.

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Considering the high tourist area this is, I don't care so much about the cuisine as being able to seat a large group in proximity to each other.



Lincoln Road Cafe was listed as having a private room, but I don't know how large it is or how many people we have/need to justify the space.

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Old 09-08-2005, 03:45 PM   #11 (Print)
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Bump.

Are other people interested? Are people not coming into town till Saturday? What's up?
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I am not sure what type of cusine people are looking for but I am looking through Zagat's now, I will post some suggestions.



I'd be most interested in anything that Miami is known for. I guess that would be Cuban and other cuisine influenced by the Caribbean.

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Old 09-08-2005, 04:16 PM   #13 (Print)
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I'll be in town in time for dinner, wherever that may be

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I'd be most interested in anything that Miami is known for. I guess that would be Cuban and other cuisine influenced by the Caribbean.




Lincoln Road Café was listed as Cuban cuisine.

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Lincoln Road Café was listed as Cuban cuisine.



maybe we havea winner?

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Ellinj, want to give them a call and see if they can accomodate us?

Unfortunatley, I'm not sure what the number will but you can try guesstimating.
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Old 09-08-2005, 05:29 PM   #17 (Print)
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The thing is, a lot of places in Lincoln Road can be small and crowded, so before selecting a place, we need to check for ability to handle a crowd, especially on a Friday night.

And we also need to find a place for Saturday night. If we we end up at my place, there is a good, fairly inexpensive Cuban restaurant that I go to a lot. If we are going to TB, then we need something down there.

In any case, I am in, wherever we go, both days.
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I can certainly call, but I need a better idea of how many are interested. The thing is that I am not even sure I will be able to make it. Rebecca and I may try and visit with Relatives that night.

TB the address and phone number follows for Lincoln Road Cafe, again they do have a private room available but it is a holiday weekend so we need to know how many we are and make plans ASAP

943 Lincoln Rd.
(Michigan Ave.)
Miami Beach, FL
305-538-8066

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I posted this thread asking.

Not sure what else to do.

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Where's Joules? She's the resident Miami expert lets ask her.

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Old 09-09-2005, 02:37 AM   #21 (Print)
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Old 09-09-2005, 08:20 AM   #22 (Print)
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Thanks for the vote of confidence! May be a bit misplaced though.

My personal preference on Lincoln Road Mall is a place called Nexxt Cafe (305) 532-6643). Nexxt Cafe has huge portions (two people can easily share with leftovers), 200 items on the menu, lots of sidewalk cafe style seating for people watching, but I'm not sure if they take reservations or not which might be essential depending on the number of people in attendance. I could not find a website for them but reviews do indicate that they have Cuban food. Their Pad Thai is unbelievable.

Lincoln Road Mall is a great place to go for dinner, lots of good people watching and some nightlife as well (a couple of good gay clubs, movie theater, places for dessert). Balans on Lincoln Road mall is also good for brunch.

For nightlife I would push Automatic Slims (www.automatic-slims.com) or Purdy Lounge (www.purdylounge.com) . A.S. website has, apparently, no content - but I do like their slogan: "Where beautiful people come to get ugly". However, as neither of them really have the "South Beach club" feel the tourists in you may not be interested.

The Miami New Times (http://www.miaminewtimes.com/) is a good source of information on places to go, places to eat, ect. in Miami. Their Best of Miami issue each year has a lot of info: www.miaminewtimes.com/bestof/index.html. Do a search for Nexxt Cafe and they have a long article about it. Tripadvisor.com has also has reviews of both Nexxt Cafe and Balans.

Smeeks - you can get Cuban food almost anywhere in Miami. I've already PMed TurtleBoy about the fact that Shorty's BBQ is a great idea for Saturday night's party but there has GOT to be some cuban food as well (for the out of towners). Trust me, in Miami their is a Comidas Por Libras (Food by the Pound) on every street corner with good Cuban food, and excellent Cuban food is not hard to find (even my stepmother can cook it!)

I guess what has to be determined is:
Restaurant: Inside or outside? Price range? Types of food? Which is more important: quality of food or ability to comfortably accommodate the group? Trendy or a place locals would go?
Nightlife: Bar or club? How many of you are big drinkers (other than Catburger)? Is Indy still planning an "adult outing"? Laid back or trendy? Do people want to dance (thus loud music) or talk and hang out?

Ok, either I'm completely invisible on here or I go on and on and try to dominate the thread!


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Personally, being able to sit together and talk is the most important thing. And not because I am a local that can go there any time. I feel this way about all the meets.

Some people are stretching their budgets with the travel stuff, so I would suggest something less expensive (not dirt cheap, just not real expensive either.

And I agree that maybe having a Cuban place do the catering would be best, even though I do like Shorty's (I go there pretty regularly).
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Personally, being able to sit together and talk is the most important thing. And not because I am a local that can go there any time. I feel this way about all the meets.

Some people are stretching their budgets with the travel stuff, so I would suggest something less expensive (not dirt cheap, just not real expensive either.

And I agree that maybe having a Cuban place do the catering would be best, even though I do like Shorty's (I go there pretty regularly).



I did not veto Shorty's. Just said that some Cuban food could be added, in addition to.
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TWo different topics.

One, where to go Friday night (restaurant).

SEcond, what doof to have at the party Sat night (Shorty's plus something else).
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That would make a great bumper sticker. (Thanks!)
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Aren't you Mr. Easy-to-Please

Looks like I will be visiting with relatives Friday evening.
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