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Posted on Fri, 05.01.2009 @ 08:36
Posted on Mon, 04.27.2009 @ 09:19Some interesting finds, but it is a puzzling oversight as to why an article on affordable subs would skip the pricing for so many items.
Posted on Wed, 01.21.2009 @ 13:13I went twice to make sure that I wasn't there on an "off" day. First of all, I noticed stacks of cooked burgers on the side of the grill. There can be no explanation other then they pre-cook them. It was not busy, so they were going to sit around for a while. Second, the buns, although of reasonable quality (they are baked in-house), are "buttered" and toasted en masse. They manage to get the outside of the buns greasy, and considering the taste, it must actually be margarine, or some other butter substitute. The first time I went, I asked for a medium burger, and got a thoroughly brown center. The second time I tried for medium-rare, and got medium. There was an unpleasant greasy taste that stayed with me for an hour. The burger was ready about three minutes after I ordered, which adds to my observations of pre-cooked burgers. Perhaps it is the sitting around, or an unclean grill, that caused the bad aftertaste. The fries were of the factory-cut, frozen variety, served a bit limp. The restaurant location is very good for me, but I cannot imagine wanting to return.... Read more
Posted on Mon, 07.28.2008 @ 09:24I went specifically for the conch fritters, and while the portions were generous, and obviously house-made, the centers were not fully cooked, which was a disappointment. Uncooked fritter batter is never a good thing. Perhaps it was a bad day for the kitchen, but as this is one of their signature dishes, one would think that they would have the details worked out.... Read more
Posted on Mon, 07.28.2008 @ 09:05This restaurant closed many years ago. There have been three other restaurants on the same site, and all of them have closed, too.
Posted on Sun, 06.01.2008 @ 12:48I don't know what the reviewer was thinking. Sonia's is not on the edge of the Everglades. That would be another 10 miles to the west, past miles of apartments, suburban homes, Florida International University, strip malls, etc. Nice prose, but it has not been true for a half century.... Read more
Posted on Sun, 06.01.2008 @ 12:40Out of business.
Posted on Sun, 06.01.2008 @ 11:15Maia's has closed. Chef Tyler has moved to Stick and Stein at 28 South Krome Avenue.
Posted on Mon, 02.25.2008 @ 13:48When one enters, the eye is first drawn to the plasma screen flashing an advertising video with hipsters enjoying hot dogs. Then you notice the wall-covering murals and advertising. If a hip web-site designer got into the hot dog business, this would be the result. I ordered a D.I.Y. Dog with mustard, a Chili Cheese Dog, and french fries. I ate the mustard dog first. The girl who prepared it did a really nice job of making uniform squiggles of yellow mustard all along the hot dog. Unfortunately, this put about a quarter cup of mustard on the dog. Too much for me. The roll was undistinguishable from a supermarket Wonderbread roll. The hot dog itself had a spicy/garlicky NY/Kosher taste and was about 1/8 pound and skinless. It was heated/cooked on a sort of beefed-up roller grill, and had some color too it, but of course no nice marking like from a flat-top grill. I'd give it a "B". The french fries were bad. If I weren't in a hurry, I would have demanded that they try again. They were dry, crunchy and not very warm. (maybe sitting under a heat lamp?) The next person who came ordered fries, and I saw the worker take a fresh bunch from a bag and put them in the oil. It looks like it was my bad luck to get old fries. They still were single-fried, which is a second-rate way to cook them. On to the chili dog. The "cheese sauce" came out of a squeeze bottle, and I could not readily discern its flavor after it melted into the chili. There was a lot of stuff on this one for hand-held eating. I would have given it a "thumbs up", except for one thing. It had BEANS in the chili! That's a no-no for me. Summary: I didn't think much of the hip-to-the-max styling of the place. Maybe I should think of it as Chuck-E-Cheese for the 10-30 set. The basic nude hot dog is ok. One would have to "take control" to make sure that toppings are added in the amount and order one likes. Leave off the chili if you don't like beans on your hot dogs. My fries were awful, but yours may not be. If you are a hot dog purist, and if you want a good poppy-seed roll, a properly grilled hot dog, and twice-cooked fries, go to Dogma Grill. They have a lot of unusual toppings too, but they take more pride in the essentials. ... Read more