Karne

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Karne is one of the newest restaurants on the Miami scene as of June, 2019.  They have moved into the large space in the Waterways shopping center in Aventura that used to be occupied (through early 2019) by Fuego.  And, their business model is not all that different from Fuego's.  Like Fuego (in its prior iteration in this space), Karne has a menu that includes sports bar appetizers, grilled meats, burgers, and sushi, only serves wine and beer (no liquor), takes advantage of the large outdoor seating area, and tries to cater to both families on vacation in addition to adults out for a nice dinner.  However, unlike Fuego, Karne does a better job on a number of fronts: better service, more reasonable menu prices, and (at least since they've opened, which has been during the quiet summer months) has not lost itself in the sea of annoying tourist families.

Our first experience was very enjoyable: attentive and friendly wait staff, constant refills of water, explanations of menu items, tasty and fresh food, appropriate menu prices.  The Pinchos de Pollo were a great menu item when ordered with Black Beans and Plantains to experience the restaurant's Latin influence.  The burgers were juicy and beefy, too.  The chicken wings came out crunchy and were doused in Buffalo sauce that had the correct flavor (real buffalo - vinegar, pepper, and fat - and not some honey bbq that they erroneously call Buffalo).  However, they do need to do a better job with feather removal (as is a problem in a lot of South Florida establishments).

South Florida did not need another place like this (there are already a lot of casual restaurants that serve sports bar appetizers, grilled meats, burgers, and sushi).  However, this place is better than the average, and with its desirable location, it is certainly worth selecting for your night out. 

 

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Chicken Wings with Spicy Buffalo Sauce:

 

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Pinchos de Pollo with a side of Black Beans and Plantains:

 

Karne Burger with a side of French Fries:

 

Miami Marlins Kosher Korner

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Kosher Korner at Marlins Park is a fully functional kosher concession stand at the ball park.  Although there is a lot of kosher food available across Major League Baseball, this is actually one of the only concession stands that is built-in, under strict hashgacha, and has true cooking equipment, including a grill, steamer, and deep fryer.  While a lot of ball parks offer hot dogs, this concession also has items like french fries, chicken tenders, and burgers.  They even have kosher nachos with a parve cheese dip.

Right in front of Kosher Korner, they have a minyan at every weekday evening game.

In front of the stand is a toppings bar which is not under the hashgacha of the concession stand.  However, they generally have kosher ketchup and mustard with a hechsher.

There is nothing better than watching a game with a kosher dog!

 

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Tierra Sur at the Herzog Winery

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Tierra Sur is the elegant restaurant located onsite at the Herzog Winery in Oxnard, California.  A visit to the off-the-beaten-path restaurant is a fun and unique experience, and one where you can enjoy some delicious dishes complimented with high-end service and ambiance. 

Although the winery doesn't provide the vineyard experience that many have in mind (there is no vineyard anywhere near the winery - in fact, most of their grapes are grown up in Napa, etc.), it still provides for a fun day (or night) trip from Los Angeles to a different setting.

The menu has a lot of interesting dishes, and some of the items change seasonally.

One highlight is the tasting bar adjacent to the restaurant - a great place to spend an hour or two before your meal.

 

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Subway

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Miami's kosher Subway outlet is one of very few kosher subway outlets left around the world after rapid expansion in prior to 2010 followed by a number of outlets closing down shortly thereafter.  For South Florida, it is a mainstay.  Located on the campus of the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach, it attracts a steady crowd of folks after school and all throughout the day.  Eating at a kosher outlet of a large fast food chain is a fun thing to do, and this is one of the very few places to do so outside of Israel.

Its menu is full of the Subway classics that are available at non-kosher Subway outlets.  The quality of the ingredients is superior, and the prices are not prohibitively expensive such that even a non-kosher consumer would feel comfortable with the prices.

There's a large indoor seating area, and some tables outside as well.  They do a lot of catering, too.

 

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Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki on Honey Oat:

 

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Kasbah BBQ & Grill

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Kasbah is an Upper West Side staple.  From its humble beginnings as Deli Kasbah, it has evolved into a high quality steakhouse and more - now known as Kasbah BBQ & Grill.  Its Lubavtich theme is unique in the restaurant world, and its signature - "give a vort, and get a free desert" promotion still inspires its diners to learn some torah.  The food is absolutely delicious, and the screens showing footage of the Rebbe's farbrengens and 1970s Lag B'Omer parades in Crown Heights top off the experience.

The meal at Kasbah begins with a descent a half a flight of stairs below street level off of Broadway on 85th.  The smell is the first thing that catches your attention, and then you can turn and feast your eyes on their dry aging lockers, where they do the in-house dry aging of their USDA Prime cuts of beef.  Once seated, they bring you a portion (on the house) of their cole slaw and pickles - deli style.  Then, you open the menu to find reams of great appetizers, sizzling meat dishes, including the dry aged steaks, sandwiches, burgers, and sushi.  The menu's highlight is the King Moshiach Rib Eye - a 30 once cut served on the bone.  Back in the early 2010s, this steak was the best deal in kosher restaurants - it was $48 including two side dishes.  However, the price has now been increased to the mid $80s, which is probably still a good deal, but not the steal it used to be.

The appetizers are not to be missed.  Buffalo wings are crispy and tossed in a true-flavor Buffalo sauce.  The Rumaki (Pastrami wrapped chicken doused in BBQ sauce) is another famous Kasbah treat.

The steaks are out of this world.  It is rare in the kosher world to see house dry aged USDA Prime meats on a menu, and at Kasbah, not only do they sell this meat, but they know how to sear in the flavor on the broiler.  While many of their side dishes are notable (including mashed potatoes topped with carmelized onions), you must go with the french fries just to be able to dip them in the garlic and basil mayo that they serve on each table.  It is divine.

 

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Chicken Steak topped with Pastrami on a Garlic Club:

 

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