Restaurant listings for the BT Dining Guide are written by Mandy Baca (MB) and the late Pamela Robin Brandt (PRB) (
). Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, but restaurants frequently change menus, chefs, and operating hours, so please call ahead to confirm information. Icons ($$$) represent estimates for a typical meal without wine, tax, or tip. Hyphenated icons ($-$$$) indicate a significant range in prices between lunch and dinner menus, or among individual items on those menus.
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$$ = $20
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Japanese Market and Sushi Deli
1412 79th St. Cswy.
Inside a small market that is widely considered Miami’s premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the “Sushi Deli” restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch counter. But chef Michio Kushi serves up some sushi found nowhere else in town. Example: traditional Osaka-style sushi – layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into lovely one-bite sandwich squares. While raw fish is always impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi creations also tempt, as do daily entrées. $ (PRB)
Oggi’s Ristorante Italiano
1666 79th St. Cswy.
This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well as a neighborhood eatery. And the wide range of budget-friendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the main draw for its large and loyal clientele. Choices range from homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica such as seaweed spaghettini, with sea scallops, shitakes, and fresh tomatoes. $$-$$$ (PRB)
1624 NE 79th St. Cswy.
After many failed attempts, this strip mall location has finally found its forever tenant. At least, we hope. Traditional Italian décor meets fresh homemade classics like beef carpaccio, Neapolitan-style pizza, and hearty entrées, rivaling the top restaurants on South Beach in flavor. But what brings it all together is the A+ service and staff. $$-$$$ (MB)·
Sabor Latin Restaurant & Cafe
1880 79th St. Cswy.
This family-run restaurant serves big portions of homey traditional food from several Latin American countries, including Cuba (pan con bistec, ropa vieja), Mexico (nachos, tacos, quesadillas), and Peru (lomo saltado). But the specialty is Colombian classics, from snacks like empanadas to a bandeja paisa combo (grilled steak, chorizo, a gargantuan crispy chicharron strip, fried egg, arepa, plantains, beans, rice). Particularly recommended: daily specials including two meal-in-a-bowl chicken soups, ajiaco, and sancocho. If you’ve wondered about the much-debated difference, here’s where to test the taste. $-$$ (PRB)
Shuckers Waterfront Grill
1819 NE 79th St. Cswy.
Sometimes accidents can lead to better things. Case in point, this North Bay Village waterfront institution is back with their casual, no-fuss service, cheap beer, special grilled wings (that require no sauce), and raw oysters. The revamped space makes the entire experience just a little fresher and a little happier. Speaking of happy, their happy hour deals are still as good as ever. $$ (MB)·
1524 NE 79th St. Cswy.
(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)