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    Quote Originally Posted by agirl23
    When you come back, check out Touch if you can, I love their atmosphere and Mangos for lunch, there's a little hispanic flavor there too. If you get a chance to drive away from the beach, Mojitos in Dolphin Mall has the best Cuban Mojitos around :) glad you enjoyed Miami
    I heard great things about Touch, and that it was on the pricey side though. I may check it out on my next time back. Is it true that you should sit inside to watch a show at night?

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    Brazilians also make some tasty cocktails, but I can't remember the names.
    They're called Caipirinhas (our original mix made with Sugar Cane rum called Cachaca) or Caipiroska (where cachaca is substituted for vodka). The best Caipirinha I've ever had on the beach was at Chocolate on Espaniola Way. Yummmy!!

    As far as food, I love love love El Chalan, a Peruvian restaurant on 16th and Washington. Their Ceviches are to die for! And try the Ropa Vieja as well. Don't forget to end your meal with the delicious and decadent Quatro Leche desert. You'll lick the bowl!!

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    I LOVE caipirinhas! My favorite drink ever. Chocolate does make a good Caipirinha. Also, try Sushi Samba, they are good there as well.
    Thats exactly where I had my Caipirinhas! Sushi Samba, over priced sushi, but it was good. Great location for people watching too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca Lucente
    I had my first dolphin mall experience over the weekend. I don't know if I would recommend it for tourists... It's a little too Miami
    What do you mean too Miami? Just wondering, since I will be visiting Miami a couple of times over the next few months for business.

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    I should clarify... It was GHETTO. And dirty and I felt like I was in a foreign land more than ever. The Victoria secret was tiny, not a word of english to be heard anywhere... BSIDES strike and Dave and Busters, I would never go back. I love that these people can't attract any nice stores, except the outlet versions ( and this is not an outlet mall) but where the middle of the mall starbucks should be , there was a bar. I love that about humanity... Notice that people can always afford a way to get messed up? I'll stop b/c summertime lack of tv has got me watching too much intevention

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    Quote Originally Posted by jajayao
    I heard great things about Touch, and that it was on the pricey side though. I may check it out on my next time back. Is it true that you should sit inside to watch a show at night?
    It's a little on the pricey side but I LOVE the food, the service is also excellent. I recommend you make reservations and request a table inside so you can enjoy the show during and after dinner.

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    I will probably get shot for saying this in the presence of locals, but no trip to Miami (for me) is complete without going to the Rusty Pelican around sunset.

    What can I say? I just love that view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoBe_ToBe?
    I will probably get shot for saying this in the presence of locals, but no trip to Miami (for me) is complete without going to the Rusty Pelican around sunset.
    I completely agree! The Rusty Pelican is a landmark on Key Biscayne.

    Since where discussing "must visit" restaurants with ocean views, let's also mention Baleen at the Grove Isle Hotel in Coconut Grove.

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    I agree, too. Love the Rusty Pelican. Have only been there during the day, but I hear it's very romantic at night.

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    For a total Miami seafood experience, you should try Disco Fish on Southwest 67th Ave and 16th Street.

    This is not fancy. It's not near the water. The staff barely speaks English.

    But they have some of the tastiest and inexpensive seafood dishes in Miami.

    I love their dolphin.

    This is completely non-tourist Miami. This is the place you go when you want to see how the locals do it. And by that, I mean the locals who live in that area, so it's mostly Latin.

    So Rebecca might call this "ghetto" but it's one of the most authentic places you'll find in Miami.

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    OUCH. I was only talking about one specific, dirty mall where all I saw was daytime drunks and 12 year old pregnant girls and skeezeballs... GHETTO is ghetto wherever it may be - it has nothing to do with language, nationality, or what have you... I apologize for offending you..

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    No worries, Rebecca. Maybe I'm just sensitive to all the cultural generalizations that has been occurring on these forums lately.

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    My add for restaurants with great water views... Alabama Jacks in the Upper Keys. Dirty kitschy and awesome. Not ghetto at all.
    My definition of ghetto: if you are on a street where there is a pawn shop, a check cashing/payday loan place, a laundromat, and a package store....
    lock your car door my friend

    B/C you are in the GHE - TTO!
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    One of my regular spots in South Beach is Cafe Charlotte (1497 Washington Avenue). This family-run restaurant is inexpensive and friendly, with lots of delicious homestyle Argentine recipes. It's the antithesis of the SoBe glam scene, but satisfies your desire for something exotic in the way only Miami can deliver it (short of taking a trip to South America, that is!).

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