Coral Gables Demands Snackdown Rematch

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Late in the day yesterday, we received an email from the president of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.

The subject line: We Demand a Rematch!

The email read, "While our folks were out dining the evening the poll closed, it appears that the Grove was busy going from computer to computer and voting. So, with less than .35 percent separating our two neighborhoods -- it is time for a real challenge, a rematch, a decisive contest."

There's no question Coconut Grove took the title. But the Gables wants another shot. What do you think?

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Mike
Mike

So by offering the possibility of a rematch - you're basically saying that none of the polls or contests within the New Times actually have any credibility.   If the losing side complains enough they'll be awarded a rematch until (presumably) they finally win.   That's good to know...

Chuck Strouse
Chuck Strouse

No, Mike. Have you ever played tennis, baseball or any other sport? It would appear not. Rematches -- or other types of follow-up competition -- are oft done. 

Though we still haven't made a call on this.

Sore loser
Sore loser

If Coral Gables wins I preemptively demand another rematch until the city I want wins....

Mario
Mario

I was told that you could actually vote more than once using a cel phone. So the ballots could have been easily stuffed if people voted that way.

The Chamber Prez
The Chamber Prez

Thanks Alex and Charles for the shout out and for asking the local gastro-public what they think of a "rematch."  Clearly, emotions are running high on where the best foodie community is in Miami-Dade.  We think it is the Gables!  The good news is that we have tons of options in various neighborhoods that will satisfy any palate.  We just happen to be bullish on the Gables and our 166 restaurants and want everyone on here - reading or commenting - to come and dine out!  You will be glad you did - and your stomach too.  Now...about that rematch!?!  Bon appetit!

cre8tiveguy
cre8tiveguy

I think a rematch is in order...but from the looks of the blogs you better make sure that  South Beach, Design District/Midtown, Upper Eastside are included. Could be an uprising if not.Why don't we put together a cook off, pair up a couple of chefs from each location...have each group prepare an appetizer, main course and desert...then have "real" judges decide who created the best. Judge on creativity, taste and presentation. It would be hard to dispute those results wouldn't it. By the way...we would love to help you put this together!!!Thanks

BVSC
BVSC

9/10 It's either Midtown/DD/Upper Eastside or South Beach that has our next foodie excursion. I can list on one hand the restaurants we revisit in the Grove and the Gables. Not that there aren't good restaurants around both, but because there's nothing memorable or special about those restaurants other than people's personal nostalgia.

Jenny
Jenny

Cry babies!! A win is a win....move on with your life!

jeffrey
jeffrey

Its pretty obvious that some people have no clue about dining and don't get out of their drunken stupor in South Beach long enough to enjoy a real meal. Having a sobering (hope I don't puke it up) toast and eggs at 2 am is not considered a dining experience...it is merely the last detour before you pass out.To say that there is no dining experience worthy in Coconut Grove or Coral Gables, simply puts you in a category of your own ignorance. While South Beach has great dining locations, and so do the other mentioned, don't be so shallow.There are also amazing dining locations in Kendall...yes, Kendall. But that is not what this was about. Until you have come to experience restaurants like Calamari, Panorama, George's, Greenstreet (in the Grove, sorry I can't mention all of them)...or even go to Coral Gable to dine at Gracianos, Mortons, Cibo Wine Bar, Yuga etc...you can't even make a comment like below and still claim to have any education whatsoever.While your opinion is duly noted, I thought someone had to put an actual response in here that is not completely ignorant. Some of us dine all over Miami and appreciate the diversity there is to offer at ALL the excellent locations.

BeardedLady
BeardedLady

Don't be shallow?  Don't be stupid, it's overall number of great restaurants.   Meanwhile you are listing a chain like Mortons...Let's compare the number of nationally recognized places from South Beach/Midtown/Upper Eastside with everywhere else in Miami. 

Have you heard of James Beard? I didn't think so, anyway, take a look at this list and notice there isn't a nominee in Kendall...http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com...

jeffrey
jeffrey

You guys are too high strung to even read what was written. No where did I deny that Miami Beach has wonderful restaurants...you have miles and miles of excellent touristy areas that draws a huge crowd and any restaurant would love to be situated in that location and have the traffic they do, credit is given where credit is deserved. The initial shot was that Coconut Grove and Coral Gables have "the worst dining" "Neither one of them should have been in the finals"...read before comments are made and your ignorance will not confront you. This was a competition between Coconut Grove and Coral Gables...that's it...finished...simple! If we do comparison on best beach between the Tampa and Marco Island, don't come back like a cry baby saying "why wasn't Miami Beach listed". This was a friendly competition between the two, it was fun and there are restaurants that are very credible in both locations.Of course there is not a nominee in Kendall, again you fail to read or comprehend, I said there are some amazing dining locations in Kendall as well (this was an analogy that not every location is going to get something, or even be looked at because it does not hold the glamour and draw of other locations, it does not mean that it is the "worst" dining experience).Yes, I have heard of James Beard and do pay attention to many of the listings for dining. I enjoy dining in Miami Beach, as well as West Palm Beach and many others, there are so many to choose from. This was simply to call you out on the delusion that there is no other place in the world that has a good food except for the above locations, you embarrass yourself with those generalized, ignorant comments. I hear there's a Burger King and Subways on Alton...were those listed somewhere as blowing away all the other chains in the world too...

Debs_4572
Debs_4572

Check with the New Times...ALEX could you please advise whether or not stuffing the ballot box is possible or not. I for one did not vote once, SORRY Jaguar...I would have voted for you...Miami Beach is just too far for some of us.

Raaaaatards
Raaaaatards

yeah, Nandito, a bunch of tools like you and Jeffrey stuffing the ballot box on Coral Gables vs Coconut Grove New Times blog contest is the definitive word on dining in Miami over James Beard awards, get real.

Even this blogs main food critic, Lee Klein, completely disagrees with the results.

"who of course have no good restaurants according to the goofballs on here"

^^^^Was never said.

Nandito
Nandito

yes, but the finals were between Coconut Grove and Coral Gables (who of course have no good restaurants according to the goofballs on here). Maybe you guys should be complaining to your residents who obviously don't feel as strongly as you do about the restaurants. They may look good in magazines and on the front pages of websites, but maybe your residents are not that impressed enough to vote for them...sounds like you should be barking elsewhere. Just like in the message where you say "where is a nominee in Kendall..." look at the snack down where is a nominee from Miami Beach...OUCH! I know I know, it wasn't big enough or prominent enough for you to care...but this back and forth sure has your attention.

YouCrazy
YouCrazy

 Snackdown was a competition for the best area in Miami ya dummy!

Comeon
Comeon

The grove may be the worst dining area in all of Miami. What a joke.

BeReal
BeReal

Stupid, neither of them should have been even close to being in the finals.   It's a bunch of fools stuffing the ballot boxes.  South Beach, Design District/Midtown, Upper Eastside blow both of them out of the water, NO CONTEST.

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez

I'd like to clarify for the record: There were no fools stuffing the ballot boxes here at the New Times office, or anywhere else. In fact, the polls were created to track IP addresses which ensured that readers could only vote one time from their home, phone, or office. If you recall, some of you may have tried to vote a few times but the browser refreshed the poll to keep saying "Thank you, we have already counted your vote." That message was the IP tracker avoiding said "ballot stuffing." As for South Beach, Design District/Midtown, and Upper Eastside, readers did not push nearly as much for those areas as they did for Coral Gables and Coconut Grove - that is why they made the finals. And that was WITH A CONTEST (called Snackdown).

Tasteless
Tasteless

 Congrats on proving that your readers are imbeciles.

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