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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)
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 #60 on: December 29, 2009, 07:50:03 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!!

 Thanks, makes me wonder why someone was begging me to go and stay there. guess misery loves company

 After reading the FT and Trip Advisor reports no way would I even get close to staying at that Joint

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #61 on: December 29, 2009, 08:35:10 PM »
4 points supposedly has key locks as oppose to magnetic

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #62 on: December 29, 2009, 10:23:04 PM »
4 points supposedly has key locks as oppose to magnetic

 the Rent a Potty that are found at construction sites dont have magnetic keys either. And Id almost rather stay in 1 of those then this DUMP

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #63 on: December 29, 2009, 10:28:33 PM »
4 points supposedly has key locks as oppose to magnetic
Just tape down the door lock in any hotel on shabbos, and put up the DND sign...no biggie.
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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #64 on: December 29, 2009, 10:55:02 PM »
 or use a piece of strong cardboard lying around that wont let the tongue of the lock to get into the hole and put the DND sign out

then it helps if you arent staying at either The Westin Europa & Regina in Venice or The Marriott Berlin as they simply entered the room in Venice  shut the lights I left on and turned on those I turned off along with the TV and made up the room.and put the DND on the inside of the door. I was Mad especially as House keeping said they only noticed the door was open (Impossible) and shut it. In the end although I was staying on 2 free weekend certs , I got 24k in pts for the 2 nights I was there, still mad just not as much

 Berlin wasnt as bad as they left me notes on my door they came by for Turn Down and then the same in the morning. they knocked I was in shul and I guess the door opened so they closed it (Locked now) got security to let me in no one spoke good enough English and I wanted to make sure the sceurity guy who was Russian wasnt Jewish Housekeeping was an Arab, Ok never thought Id be glad to see an Arab. Once in they wanted me to show them my ID its in the safe. The security guy saw my carry-on and address tag and saw it matched the name registered for the room and said no problem

 only 2 times I ever had a problem

 now I simply let the front desk know I dont want to be distrub (Im distrub enough already LoL) from whatever time it is that I call then till Sun morn unless I call and ask for something. tried it for the 1st time @ The Imperial in Vienna and no problems , once the maid saw me leaving the room (heading for Mincha Shabbos afternoon) and asked if I needed anything as she was told not to bother me or even knock. said thanks everything is perfect as is, would I like Turn down later that night, I said No Thanks wasnt sure if I would be out of the room when they came around, as Shabbos ended late
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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #65 on: December 30, 2009, 12:41:25 AM »
Thanks, makes me wonder why someone was begging me to go and stay there. guess misery loves company

 After reading the FT and Trip Advisor reports no way would I even get close to staying at that Joint

I never meant to beg you; I just think that since you are often in Miami (I believe), it would simply be possible for you to go in there a couple of minutes and ask to see a room, so that way you can make your own decision, without relying on me or on FT reports. I still maintain that the location is great for Shabbos for someone that davka wants to book with spg, and until you see the property yourself it's not nice for someone to badmouth a frum yid's property and ruin his business, based on gossip on FT. That's just my humble opinion; correct me if I'm wrong, please.

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #66 on: December 30, 2009, 01:08:08 AM »
I never meant to beg you; I just think that since you are often in Miami (I believe), it would simply be possible for you to go in there a couple of minutes and ask to see a room, so that way you can make your own decision, without relying on me or on FT reports. I still maintain that the location is great for Shabbos for someone that davka wants to book with spg, and until you see the property yourself it's not nice for someone to badmouth a frum yid's property and ruin his business, based on gossip on FT. That's just my humble opinion; correct me if I'm wrong, please.

 You are wrong. if the frum owner couldnt care 1 bit about those who stayed there be they Frum Yidden or Goyim, I dont care 1 bit for his place.

I cant believe that everyone on FT and TA who blasted the place are doing it for No reason what so ever, even brooklyncpa called it a DUMP. Maybe you dont mind dumps, I do

 this isnt the 1st place Ive refrained from not going to, If 1 or 2 or even 3 people knock a place Id agree with You, but its a heck of alot more people then that. If a kosher restaurant I see is filthy maybe I shouldnt say anything after all the owner will lose biz

 If anyone is ruining the 4Ps biz its the owner!!! For not cleaning the place up and probably has no intent to do so either , after knowing about how the place is talked about he would have.

 No question 41st St is a great location but B"H there are plenty of other clean Hotels around 41st St where a person can stay then that DUMP.

 If a person davka wants SPG Id send them to The Dip or tell them to trade someone SPG pts for Marriott pts and stay either at the Eden Roc on 45th or the CY on 36th. Thusly they get 41st St and dont have to pay for it at the same time

 If I remember correctly it was you and 1 other person who didnt mind the 4P against 10s of people who called it a DUMP and to stay away. Ive been to some of the otehr places they said were DUMPs before they were there and they were 100% correct.

 Now if you dont mind it as it is, you are perfectly free to stay there all you want

 BTW I dont get to Miami nearly as often as you might think I do. Maybe for a couple of days ever couple of yrs. I usually do LA alot more EQMs for a few bucks more. Id get to LA maybe 10x a yrn if not more , last yr probably closer to 20x. Last time in MIA was 12/08 just after the Eden Roc reopened  but the new tower wasnt ready as of yet.
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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #67 on: December 30, 2009, 02:27:47 AM »
All right. I thought you spend more time there. Just wondering if next time that you are in the area,and you hava a free moment,  if you can take a quick peek, and let us know your opinion

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #68 on: December 30, 2009, 09:02:54 AM »
All right. I thought you spend more time there. Just wondering if next time that you are in the area,and you hava a free moment,  if you can take a quick peek, and let us know your opinion

 this is a reasonable request (yes that means the otehrs were not)

However I remember the last time I was at the Sans Souci when it too was owned and runned by a supposingly Frum Yid. They just finished a few mil renov of the Lobby and it showed. But the rooms were TERRIBLE and smelled from Mildew and the Bathroom was full of Mold. During lunch a pipe burst somewhere and that meant no AC what so ever.

MS I asked about repairs and was told probably Sun morn as it was very expensive to get someone on MS.BTW this was in Aug!!! They didnt want to refund me even for my Sat night and even charged me for parking. We left and I disputed the charge and got my $$ back

Pt is just cause it looks nice doesnt mean the rooms are. Doesnt pay to ask to see a room as most likely they give me the keys to a room thats OK. What I would need to do is spend some time and either hope a maid lets me see a couple or ask those staying there their opin.

 But I trust the Olam at FT, they havent steered me wrong yet. Dont always agree with them but never found that they totally missed the Mark either

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Re: w south beach
« Reply #69 on: December 31, 2009, 07:01:41 AM »
I'm sure Levi's been there

Been there? He actually keeps a spare wardrobe there

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #70 on: December 31, 2009, 10:42:49 AM »
I ve stayed at the 4 points and the suite was clean and decent, and a great oceanfront view! Any specific questions let me know. If I had a choice would pick Diplomat, but in the 41 street area its not as bad as everyone is making it out to be

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Re: Florida
« Reply #71 on: December 31, 2009, 02:00:21 PM »
y in heaven's name would i travel till miami to EAT ? Is there some food there that u can't get anywhere else ?

Actually grilltime in miami is an excellent steakhouse.

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #72 on: December 31, 2009, 04:08:42 PM »
I ve stayed at the 4 points and the suite was clean and decent, and a great oceanfront view! Any specific questions let me know. If I had a choice would pick Diplomat, but in the 41 street area its not as bad as everyone is making it out to be

Thanks for seconding my opinion, and it's good to hear someone say something nice about the hotel. After all, both of us were actually at the hotel, and we are describing a first-hand experience.

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Re: Florida
« Reply #73 on: December 31, 2009, 04:13:43 PM »
Actually grilltime in miami is an excellent steakhouse.

True. But make sure to book a day early or extremely early in the morning

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Re: w south beach
« Reply #74 on: January 05, 2010, 06:57:32 AM »
I have stayed there a few times. The room doors are all electric, no option for manual. When you open the balcony sliding doors the air conditioner turns off automatically. I was able to have the hotel disable the sensor on the balcony doors. As far as getting in the room, the staff was extremely accommodating every time I needed their help. There is a chabad close by (less than 10 min walk) which has a minyan Friday night and shabbos day, as well as shabbos meals.
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