Category Archives: restuarants

Best Burgers in Miami?

Juicy Smashed Burger hasn’t been open long downtown at 117 SE 3rd Avenue, and already they have renamed (re-concepted?) as Burbowl. Not sure if it has anything to do with the competition, being directly across the street from the Union Restaurant & Café which has long advertised as having “downtown’s best burgers”.  Anyone have a favorite? Of course if you’re a few blocks away near the Jewelry District there’s Top Burger 109 NE 1st Ave.  I’m just bummed that the Union and Top Burger are only open for lunchtime during the week, but at least Burbowl is open late.

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Remember this?

I found this old review of Bijan’s On The River on the forums at miamibeach411.com.

Miami River Restaurants – Bijan’s and More

Hey y'all, I wanted to add some photos and commentary here that didn't make it into my Miami River article. When I was researching the article, I went to Bijan's on the River, which is tucked away behind the Hyatt hotel and the James L. Knight Convention Center and just off the S Miami Avenue bridge (google map).

Bijan's is a casual place serving light fare ranging from caesar salads to sandwiches and fish. There's also a full bar. The restaurant is run by an Iranian family and their claim to fame is making the world's largest paella. If you ever plan on going there on the weekend, you should call ahead, since they may close the restaurant for private events.

The location is Fort Dallas Park, a historic site recalling the old military posts here during the Seminole War years in the 19th century. On site is a yellow house called the Palm Cottage, which was built by Henry Flagler around 1897. It's original location was actually SE 2nd street. The structure originally housed mechanics who were out of work after the Flagler's Royal Palm Hotel was completed. The actual restaurant is just as picturesque, housed inside what looks like a boat house, with maritime motifs. Needless to say, this all looks very quaint surrounded by those new, towering condos.

Parking around Bijan's is kind of tough. Paid lots can be super pricey but there are some meters around the corner by the Fedex building. The trouble is, you might run into a crack whore or a street bum.

I recommend that you park elsewhere downtown -- say by the Omni -- and then take the metromover all the way to the Riverwalk station, which drops you off right in front of Fort Dallas Park. Actually, it's a really nice way to see all of Downtown from the metromover. As well, you can see the "An M for Miami" sculpture by Rosario Marquardt and Roberto Behar at the Riverwalk station. Another option is to park on the other side of the river by Brickell and take the metromover from there. The view is really nice going over the river.

I really enjoyed hanging out sitting by the water's edge at Bijan's. The shaded area at the back near the dock is the best place to sit. I ate a mahi-mahi caesar salad that wasn't really out of this world, but it was totally worth it to sit by the river seeing the boats go by.

Bijan's on the River is located at 64 S.E. 4th Street. (305) 381-7778

Have you gone to Bijan's or experienced any other Miami river restaurants and fish markets? Please share.
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La Camaronera Seafood Joint & Fish Market

If not for the publicity from the Food Network, Guy Fieri et al,  La Camaronera  would be a place the locals would happily keep their little secret.  Now it’s sought after by tourists and locals alike often resulting in a line to get in, but worth the time. Everyone comes for the Pan con Minuta  (snapper sandwich),  but there are more options from shrimp tacos to a whole fish or stone crab claws from the market. I don’t think it’s possible to pick a favorite desert (flan, tres leche, key lime pie, or coconut crème pie) so I’ll just have to keep going back. It’s cash only and BYOB so grab a beer or wine at the deli next door if you’d like.

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Now open: Garzón

Walking by today found Garzón has opened, yesterday 11/16 apparently.  I’m looking forward to reviewing this restaurant, Uruguayan cuisine seems to be the new hot trend lately. At least the sign in the windows prior to opening promised “the best Uruguayan farm to table”.  The website isn’t up yet and OpenTable shows a coming soon page although it lists it as Spanish cuisine. Swire Properties has also recently announced a Uruguayan restaurant in the East Hotel nearby.

At SW 9th St and Brickell Plaza, Garzón is next to the soon-to-open Baru Urbano and Tucandela.
Uruguayan cuisine

L’incontro has had a major makeover

L’incontro at 350 S. Miami Ave has been holding their grand re-opening during October. Originally opened about a year ago as a mini-market with a sandwich counter, they’ve done away with the grocery concept and added a bar and more seating, calling themselves a gastro pub now. Menu items include a cheese board with wine flights, “Lincontro Burguer”, tacos, superfood quinoa bowl, ahi tuna bowl, and homemade stone over pizzas. I love that they have Angry Orchard on draft.

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The concept looks great and well executed. Unfortunately they are still in the gated Riverfront condo complex which limits the traffic passing by. They were competing against another mini market, Aura, directly across the way -the only other retail space making it in Riverfront, so here’s hoping this works out better for them. If you’re within walking distance to the S. Miami Ave bridge stop in for lunch or after work drinks sometime.

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Coming soon

River Oyster Bar isn’t the only one staying in the thought-to-be-soon-torn-down block surrounded by the Brickell City Centre construction zone. 2 doors up from the now under renovation River Oyster is another impressive remodel. Rumor has it will be a new coffee roaster. Will keep you posted.

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