Snackdown: Aventura/North Miami Beach vs. Midtown/Wynwood/Design District

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Over the next few weeks, Short Order will pair eight Miami-Dade neighborhoods in a "Snackdown". This is the fourth entry. Today pits Aventura against Midtown/Wynwood/and the Design District. Which one is the better neighborhood for dining?

Read our arguments and VOTE! Tweet it. Facebook it. Google+ it. Comment.

For north of the county line, visit our sister blog, Clean Plate Charlie, and vote for your favorites during its Food Town Throwdown.


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Aventura, North Miami, North Miami Beach

Nobody else has Yakko-San - plain and simple. Oh, Yakko... how you complete everyone who walks through your doors. We liked the seedy hole in the wall on West Dixie Highway... and the new digs on 163rd Street are great but the food has stayed the same. Damn good great. A chilled order of beef tataki with outrageously tasty ponzu sauce, a pork and onion salad with spicy sesame oil, a crispy bok choy with soy-garlic sauce we could all swear by, a Capilco drink and Japanese sundae to seal the deal. Sweet Jewish Jesus, this will be our last meal on earth if we have any say.

Until then, onto more ammo. Lee Klein, one of our very own, said Chef Philip Ho is as good as it gets. Lacking in some of the traditional dishes you'd expect to find in a Chinese restaurant, Ho makes up for it in dim sum deliciousness. Congee and cheung fan? Why, yes, we're fans.

Unknown to any tourist who lands in Miami is the line of Oriental eateries, (some quite sketchy), along NE 163rd Street. Need a delicious boba tea fix? Shing Wang calls the neighborhood home.

Slightly further south houses Bulldog Barbecue, which Klein has also deemed a winner. Barbecue is something of an anomaly 'round these here parts. Arguably, it doesn't get any more southern than Miami (put your pitchforks down - I meant in terms of geographical location) however, we're eons behind the "deep south" when it comes to good 'cue. Good thing Chef Howie Kleinberg decided to bring in his barbecue pulled pork, chicken, ribs, mac 'n cheese... sorry, we can't continue. We're melting.

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Midtown (Including Design District and Wynwood)

This area has been developing for years. What used to be a pit stop between downtown and North Miami is now an eclectic mix of food, art, music, coffee houses and hipsters. All of which usually leads to good food.

In the heart of the Midtown shopping center lies a bucket load of restaurants both big and small. Cocktails and small bites at Sugarcane and Mercadito, dinner at Sustain, fro-yo for dessert... those are the big places (all in Midtown's favor, might we add). Then you have your small ones, which in this case, we'll exemplify with Sakaya Kitchen. Have you had their Bulgogi Burger? No? You haven't lived. Fix that for us, and you'll rep this neighborhood in no time.

Just up the road from your Bulgogi Burger fix is a Bernstein staple and Best Spanish Restaurant of 2009, Sra. Martinez (tuna crudo, pan con tomate, and bronzino? Ay Dios mio!) and a little further up from there lies the quaint Mandolin where Greek fare, a beautiful patio and killer lamb meatballs keep customers happy.

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink is a must in the area (that is, if you want to be a happy customer). Sinfully good deviled eggs, crispy sweet and spicy pork belly, Berkshire pork pizza with figs and fontina cheese, duck rillete, kimchi benedict... need we go on? Well, we can't because it's just too much to bear.



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STFU
STFU

This is soooo retarded! Have the throw down against individual same category restaurants NOT entire areas of Miami. That's like having  a throw down against "China town" and "Lil Italy"

Guest
Guest

Wynwood has the buzz, but NMB brings the food, including at least five superior establishments that go unmentioned here. (Note to Sanchez: None of them are chains.)

I won't mention them either--find them. Good hunting.

Brittany
Brittany

 Wow, you won't mention them. Way to keep up the suspense and prove your point! (#sarcasm)

JD
JD

Well, this one is hard for me - as much as I like midtown/design district restaurants, there's more ethnic finds in Aventura that I can really appreciate - Manhattan Bakery (Venezuelan bakery), Astoria Deli (can't spell the Hebrew name) for Israeli, etc. I think the culinary scene up in Aventura/Sunny Isles is actually more complete than what one can find in Midtown.

BVSC
BVSC

Yakko-San is unbelievably good, in fact it's a Sunday ritual with the BVSC, but a single restaurant can't take down the entire Midtown/Wynwood/DD scene. It comes damn near close if you've ever been Yakko-San....Damn that f#%n Kawahagi is addictive!! (Trigger fish jerkey) ~drooling

Sanchez
Sanchez

This isn't even a contest. Much as I like Bulldog, Yakko San, Cheen Huaye, Boteco and even Racks, Aventura/North Miami is just a bunch of chain restaurants. Midtown and Design Districts is the absolute best culinary scene in town.

BrazilianEats
BrazilianEats

 Boteco is in the Upper Eastside on 79th Street, not North Miami Beach.

Sanchez
Sanchez

I know where it is. That's closer to NMB that is to the beach.

Guest
Guest

guys, if you like wynwood, stop bitching and vote for it

JennyLee Molina
JennyLee Molina

Why is Wynwood in the title but no mention of Wynwood area restaurants? Jimmy'z Kitchen in Wynwood is ALWAYS packed, a testament of the great food and service. I work in the area and go there 3-4 times a week, easily. I think you overlooked them. Also Joey's is a great one to mention. You should've left it at Midtown if that's all you're mentioning... just saying.

Natascha OS
Natascha OS

Alex, love the idea but no mention of Wynwood restaurants? Would be great to see Jimmy'z Kitchen as representing Wynwood on your list! 

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