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Hotels

41st and Collins Area
Four Points by Sheraton (category 5) (Shabbos friendly) (To become Category 4 March 1, 2016)
Courtyard by Marriott
Holiday Inn
Best Western Atlantic Beach Resort
Fontainebleau
Eden Roc
Alexander

Bal Harbour/Surfside
St Regis

Aventura
Turnberry Isle Resort (Marriott)

Hollywood
Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa (Leaving SPG 10/30/14)


Fort Lauderdale
Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and Spa
W Fort Lauderdale

Boca
Waldorf Astoria
Boca Hilton Suites


Rent a villa/apartment
horarentals.com
floridakoshervilla.com
northmiamirental.com
northmiamivilla.com
lxure.com
reservekosher.com


Restaurants

41st and Collins Area
Shemtov's Pizza (Dairy)
Miami Beach Chocolates (Dairy)
House of Dog (Meat)
Rare Bistro (Meat) (also offers eat in Shabbos meals)
Lenny's (Pizza) (They have Multiple locations)
MONTEFIORE CAFE (Dairy)
Asi's Grill
Carlos & Gabby's
Grill House (Meat)
17 Restaurant and Sushi Bar (Dairy)
Tasti Cafe (Dairy/not CY)
Bagel Time (Dairy) -off 41st street, on Alton Rd.
Kikar Tel Aviv, for eat in Shabbos meals

Bal Harbour/Surfside
Cine Citta Cafe (Dairy)
Kosh (Meat)
Harbour Grill (Meat)
26 Sushi & Tapas – (dairy restaurant)
B&H Pizza (lunch, dinner, delivery & takeout)
Café Vert (dairy breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
The Backyard BBQ & Brew (meat restaurant)
The Carrot (meat, but variety of pareve)
Rolling Pin Bakery (parve)
Serendipity Yogurt Cafe (Dairy. Not everything is CY)
Newtime Catering (Takeout food, Shabbos and Yom Tov Meals)


Aventura/North Miami Beach/Sunny Isles
China Bistro (Meat)
Foozo (Dairy)
Fresko (Dairy)
Fuego (Meat) moved to aventure
Grill Time (Meat)
Mozart Cafe -multiple locations (Dairy)
Mozart Grill (Meat)
Soho Asian Grill (Meat)
Holy Bagel (dairy) (fast food style inexpensive)

The Frieze -Dairy (non cholov yisroe) Ice Cream and parve Sorbet
Grand Cafe -Stirling Road- Hollywood (Israeli breakfast joint, not c"Y )


Lauderhill/Coral Springs

Milky Cafe - 4579 N Pine Island Rd, Lauderhill 33351 (At 44th St)
(954) 533-5325

Sunrise Pita - 2680 N University Dr, Sunrise, FL 33322
(954) 748-0090



Boca Raton
Asia (Meat. 3.5/5)
Mozart Cafe (Dairy. 4/5. Nice outdoor area too)
Jon's Place (pizza)
Pita N Go http://www.pitangoboca.com/ 4.5/5
Boca Kosher Bagel (Dairy 4/5)
Boca Grill http://www.kosherbocagrill.com/
Century Grill (Meat 4/5) http://centurygrill.weebly.com/
Menchies (Dairy. 5/5. Incredible non C'Y frozen yogurt)
Orchid's Garden Chinese (Meat 4/5)
Butcher Block Grill (Meat 4/5)

Butcher Block Grill, Asia, and Mozart are adjacent to each other at the Fountains Center at Camino Real.


Hollywood
Mozart Cafe (open till 2 AM)
Levy's
L'chaim Asian Cuisine & Steakhouse
Sara's Pizza
Grand Cafe (not CY)
Pita Plus

Fort Lauderdale
Cafe Emunah (next door to chabad)



Supermarkets

41st and Collins Area
Kastner's Market

Bal Harbour/Surfside
Kosher land
Publix (regular big supermarket - Some Kosher items are available)


Aventura
Sara's Tent -Aventura
Kosher Kingdom - Aventura


Hollywood


Fort Lauderdale


Boca
Kosher Marketplace , with full take out
22191 North Powerline Road, (561) 391-3318
Winn-Dixie (Kosher take-out, bakery,meat,fish,pizza, large kosher section)
7024 Beracasa Way, (561) 368-5442

Delray Beach
Glick's Kosher Market, with full take out - now under ORB
7351 W. Atlantic Avenue, (561) 637-5771


Things to do
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Miami Zoo
Seaquarium
Jungle Island
Lincoln Road Mall
Bal Harbour Shops
Aventura Mall
Sawgrass Mills outlets - Ft. Lauderdale
Lion Country Safari
rent bikes
watersports
Gulfstream
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Segway
Kayak or canoe
Hanglidng
Scuba diving by the keys

JJ1000's list of top restaurants and dishes in Miami:

1. Fuego: Flatbreads are a must, then the back ribs, pastrami egg rolls, smores dessert, perfect date drink are good.

2. 26: Sushi pizza is  a must I prefer it with baked salmon, then the Passion Mojito, Sushi Teriyaki tempuraed, Cilantro Aioli dip and truffle fires, all of their soups are good.

3. Zak The Baker. Menu changes too often to recommend stuff.

4. Kosh: Chocolate souffle is good.

5. Foozo: Foozolis, the caprese foozoli with extra balsamic sauce, their pastas are good as well.

Also notable unique places are The Freeze which makes ices, serendipity makes ice cream (there is one next door to ZTB now), and Miami Beach Chocolates turtles and bark.

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #45 on: December 21, 2009, 10:46:16 AM »
DIPLOMAT is a much better option! Upon check in last year, I was greeted with a list of Kosher amenities available at the hotel, and shuls, restaurants, Religious babysitters and more. They are making a strong push to attract Jewish travelers.

 with a car Aventura is a 10 min drive. Or if you get up early The Shul on the Beach on Madison 1 mile north. But Shabbos is the problem, if its raining or humid that mile walk can do you in, also you will need to feed the meters by the shul.

 Dont know if that Chabad is still around they were across the street and down a side street, so a friend told me last year.

 The best was Sheraton Bal Harbour 1 block to the Shuls and restaurants but its gone, a St Regis is suppose to go up there but who knows what Cat that will be.

 

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #46 on: December 21, 2009, 02:30:32 PM »
DIPLOMAT is a much better option! Upon check in last year, I was greeted with a list of Kosher amenities available at the hotel, and shuls, restaurants, Religious babysitters and more. They are making a strong push to attract Jewish travelers.
What kind of kosher amenities?
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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #47 on: December 21, 2009, 02:46:36 PM »
 links for the 2 shuls Ive mentioned by the Diplomat

 beachshul on Madison  http://www.beachshul.org/

 Chabads link isnt working the info: 7 Seacrest Pway off A1A, south of the Dip and across the street from it, north of Hallandale Beach Blvd

 Tel# 954-457-8080 Rabbi Dovid Kudan

 his email is rabbikudan@yahoo.com

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #48 on: December 21, 2009, 04:05:59 PM »
bunch of kosher restaurants nearby, how to order food for shabbos, delivered kosher champange to my suite etc

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #49 on: December 21, 2009, 04:29:00 PM »
bunch of kosher restaurants nearby, how to order food for shabbos, delivered kosher champange to my suite etc

 I take it you mean Waterways, since I dont know of anything that is a short walk and I wouldnt walk to Waterways , its maybe a 10-15 min car ride depending on traffic

 also keep going South on A1A and after the causeway (bridge) that says to Aventura Mall, a few blocks past that and I think a Texaco station is Bisila (dairy) I think its in the 180s in a strip mall

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #50 on: December 23, 2009, 01:35:27 AM »
The 4 points is NOT that bad, and the location is great on Shabbos.
  Plus you can eat both meals on Shabbos a couple of minutes away in Tower 41 by Greenwald catering (from Lakewood I believe)

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #51 on: December 23, 2009, 10:14:12 AM »
The 4 points is NOT that bad, and the location is great on Shabbos.
  Plus you can eat both meals on Shabbos a couple of minutes away in Tower 41 by Greenwald catering (from Lakewood I believe)

 Well a ton of people on FT seems to disagree with You. I havent stayed there nor even walked into the place but with amount of BAD reports on FT and other sites all basically saying the samething Id go with them on this

 Now true the Dip is a Cat5 and the 4P is a Cat4 but Id pay the difference since the Dip is Worth it

As for food as I posted theres a Chabad House across the street that I was told has meals on Shabbos

 Better then Greenwald is 'Rare' a block past Tower 41 on 41st St (left side walking from Collins)

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #52 on: December 23, 2009, 03:20:26 PM »
Well a ton of people on FT seems to disagree with You. I havent stayed there nor even walked into the place but with amount of BAD reports on FT and other sites all basically saying the samething Id go with them on this

 Now true the Dip is a Cat5 and the 4P is a Cat4 but Id pay the difference since the Dip is Worth it
 

As for food as I posted theres a Chabad House across the street that I was told has meals on Shabbos

 Better then Greenwald is 'Rare' a block past Tower 41 on 41st St (left side walking from Collins)

Well I DID stay there and it's not bad. Plus how much time will you spend indoors, instead of going out to the beach or to daven and to eat the meals? Plus the location on Shabbos is much better especially in regard to the food. Just make sure to get a ocean view room and you can relax on the balcony all Shabbos afternoon. Try it once please!!
  What is this  'Rare' place? Do they have Shabbos meals? What Hechsher? How much money compared to Greenwald?

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #53 on: December 23, 2009, 03:47:46 PM »
Well I DID stay there and it's not bad. Plus how much time will you spend indoors, instead of going out to the beach or to daven and to eat the meals? Plus the location on Shabbos is much better especially in regard to the food. Just make sure to get a ocean view room and you can relax on the balcony all Shabbos afternoon. Try it once please!!
  What is this  'Rare' place? Do they have Shabbos meals? What Hechsher? How much money compared to Greenwald?

 sorry Im gonna go along with all of those on FT and Trip Advisor and Im Staying Away from the 4P

 Rare is open on Shabbos and is gerenally isnt cheap. I dont know their prices nor what Greenwald charges.During the week w/o a res you cant get in

 Hechsher 1 of the local Glatt etc etc

But I generally dont care for Greenwalds food Ive had at a number of weddings at Bais Faige and other Halls in Lake

 I agree the food is better down by 41st but no way can U compare the 4P to The Dip, go 1 time to The Dip you yourself would never set foot back in the 4P. As for an Ocean room thats not so simple during Peak times like the Winter.

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #54 on: December 23, 2009, 03:59:32 PM »
sorry Im gonna go along with all of those on FT and Trip Advisor and Im Staying Away from the 4P

 Rare is open on Shabbos and is gerenally isnt cheap. I dont know their prices nor what Greenwald charges.During the week w/o a res you cant get in

 Hechsher 1 of the local Glatt etc etc

But I generally dont care for Greenwalds food Ive had at a number of weddings at Bais Faige and other Halls in Lake

 I agree the food is better down by 41st but no way can U compare the 4P to The Dip, go 1 time to The Dip you yourself would never set foot back in the 4P. As for an Ocean room thats not so simple during Peak times like the Winter.

I was there in Jan last year with a packed hotel, and still they upgraded me to a king suite with a city view with my lousy gold status. The next day at the desk I easily DOWNGRADED myself to a standard room with a huge balcony facing the pool overlooking the ocean. I'm sure that you can pull it off as well! Do me a favor and try it once for the convenience of the location on Shabbos even though it doesn't compare to the Dip

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #55 on: December 23, 2009, 04:11:11 PM »
I was there in Jan last year with a packed hotel, and still they upgraded me to a king suite with a city view with my lousy gold status. The next day at the desk I easily DOWNGRADED myself to a standard room with a huge balcony facing the pool overlooking the ocean. I'm sure that you can pull it off as well! Do me a favor and try it once for the convenience of the location on Shabbos even though it doesn't compare to the Dip

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #56 on: December 29, 2009, 02:52:15 PM »
Stayed at the 4 Points a few years ago and it was the lousiest hotel stay I ever experienced!!!WHAT A DUMP!!!! Unless they renovated since I would stay far away!!! I am truely surprised they are still part of Starwood!!

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« Reply #57 on: December 29, 2009, 04:13:48 PM »
I'm going to miami Feb, I'm thinking of staying in the new w south beach (on points 20,000) and walking to 41st street area for food and minyan.  Anyone stay there for shabbos?  Can it be hard getting in your room?  Do you think they will provide a "shabbos key"?  Any ideas from anyone that has been there?

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Re: w south beach
« Reply #58 on: December 29, 2009, 04:16:45 PM »
 havent been there but I wouldnt want to walk over 20 blocks from/to the W and 41st St

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Re: w south beach
« Reply #59 on: December 29, 2009, 05:33:22 PM »
I'm going to miami Feb, I'm thinking of staying in the new w south beach (on points 20,000) and walking to 41st street area for food and minyan.  Anyone stay there for shabbos?  Can it be hard getting in your room?  Do you think they will provide a "shabbos key"?  Any ideas from anyone that has been there?
I'm sure Levi's been there but I've never ventured outside of the MIA airport.
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