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