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http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/16322 (2011)
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/26692 (2012)
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/49206 (2014)
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/61082 (2015)
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/72957 (2015)

Trip Reports:
@Yehuda's 1st trip to Miami https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=63986.0
@Yehuda Miami Weekend Getaway at SRBH https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=100169.0
@Alexsei Surfside 2018 https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1896122#msg1896122
@Alexsei Surfside/Bay Harbor 2019 https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg2055841#msg2055841
@jj1000 ideal foodie oriented day in Miami based on what I've had/done so far https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1387809;topicseen#msg1387809
@BOOKY trip report for Miami https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1062268;topicseen#msg1062268
@jack Short trip report https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg745120;topicseen#msg745120
@Chachem Balaileh South Florida mini trip report https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg726747;topicseen#msg726747
@dealfinder85 somewhat of a TR https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1059208#msg1059208
@JayR 3 Days In Florida https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=50450.msg1088383#msg1088383
@AJK Labor Day Hop https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=55342.0
@twentie4hrs Miami Beach for a Relaxing 4 days (Including Shabbos) https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=59239.0
@srulky Mini TR for quick 3 day/2 night Jaunt down to Ft. Lauderdale/Miami https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1354473#msg1354473
@Adam101 Chanukka '15 trip MIA & BNA https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=59271.0
@mgoldhammer18 A different kind of trip to Miami beach https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=61518.0
@shnoz Quick TR from N Miami https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg790875;topicseen#msg790875
@Amusch low-key low-cost trip https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1413855;topicseen#msg1413855
@joe999 4 Days in Miami https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1201938#msg1201938

Hotels

41st and Collins Area
Four Points by Sheraton (category 5) (Shabbos friendly)
Lexington
Courtyard by Marriott
Holiday Inn
Best Western Atlantic Beach Resort
Fontainebleau
Eden Roc
Alexander
Confidante (Hyatt)

Bal Harbour/Surfside/Bay harbor - Walking Distance To Shul
hotels in walking distance to shul:

Surfside:
Residence Inn by Marriott $$ (confirmed shabbos friendly)
Four Seasons $$$ Ocean front hotel
Sun Harbour Boutique Hotel $$
Grand Beach Surfside $$ Ocean front hotel
Grand Beach Surfside West $$

Bal Harbour:
St Regis $$$ Ocean front hotel
Ritz Carlton $$$ Ocean front hotel
Bal Harbour Quarzo $$ inter-coastal front hotel
Sea View $$ Ocean front hotel

Bay Harbour:
Grand beach Bay Harbour $$ inter-coastal front hotel
TRYP by Wyhndam $
The Landon $

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
Hyatt Place
Hyatt House

Boca
Waldorf Astoria
Boca Hilton Suites


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


Miami Kosher Restaurants 


41st and Collins Area
Name                               Style   Price    Kid Friendly?RecommendationsNotes
Miami Beachís Chocolate Dairy  $$$                                                          
Lennyís Pizza                      Dairy      $      Yes                                             Multipule Locations   
Asiís Grill                      Meat      ???           ???                                           
Carlos & Gabby's                      Meat      $      Yes                                                     
Grill House                      Meat      ???           ???                                           
MONTEFIORE CAFE              Dairy      ???      Yes                                               
17 Restaurant & Sushi Bar        Dairy      ???                                                  
Tasti Cafe              Dairy Not CY      ???      Yes                                               
Bagel Time              Dairy      $      Yes                                             off 41st street, on Alton Rd. 
Asiís Grill                      Meat      ???           ???                                           
Kikar Tel Aviv                      Meat      ???           ???                                          Shabbos Meals



Bal Harbor / Surfside / Bay Harbor
Name                               Style   Price    Kid Friendly?RecommendationsNotesCertificationOnline Ordering
Cine Cite Cafe Dairy  $$YesClick HereCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelOKUberEats
Noma Pizza And Bakery (New 2019) Dairy  ??????Cholov Yisroel / Pas Yisroel??????
Cafe Vert              Dairy   $$Yes Click HereCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelOKEat24
Rustiko Dairy  $$Could Work Click Here   KMChowNow
26 Sushi& Tapas        Dairy   $$$YesClick Here   KMUberEats
Serendipity Yogurt Cafe    Dairy  $YesClick Here    KMUberEats
Yossi's Out Of Home Pizza Dairy  $YesClick HereCholov Yisroel / Pas YisroelTheShulCall/WA (786) 352-1913
Rachel's Baked Goods & Dips Parve  $YesClick HereFree Delivery???Call/Text (786) 447-9809
Harbor Grill                      Meat   $$$No                                   KM???
Harbor Bistro                      Meat   $$$NoClick Here    KMEat24 pickup Only
Kosh                  Meat   $$$NoClick Here    KM???
Chai Wok                  Meat   $$YesClick Here    KMUberEats/GrubHub/ChowNow/Eat24
The Backyard BBQ & Brew                      Meat   $$$Yes Click Here   KM???
The Carrot                      Meat   $$???                                  KMUberEats/GrubHub/Eat24
Chez Rene Et Gabin Bal Harbour Meat $$Yes                                 KMUberEats
Meat Bar (New 2019) Meat ??????                                 ??????
Surf-n-sides Meat $$                                 MDKComing Soon
Mesa Bal Harbour        Meat/Sushi   $$$No                                  OKPickup only
Rolling Pin Bakery              Parve   $Yes                                  StarK???
Kosherland+Maven baker Grocery bakery and deli???Yes                               Shabbos Packages+Free Hot PlateKMDeli Has online ordering
Newtime Catering Meat   ??????                               Takeout/Shabbos MealsKM
BON Chocolatier Bay Harbor Parve $$???Click HereVegan Chocolate BoutiqueKMPickUp Only

Shabbos Meals in Bal Harbour/Surfside
  • Kosher Kingdom Takeout (15 drive)
  • KosherLand Takeout (free hotplate)
  • Esti Englander - Pickup in NMB (305) 502-4611
  • Backyard BBQ Friday Night Meal Service
  • Kosh Friday Night Meal Service
  • Mesa Friday Night Meal Service
  • Chez Rene Friday Night Meal Service
  • For Shabbat day people usually eat in the SHUL

Shabbos Friendly Hotels in Bal Harbour/Surfside
  • Residence Inn Surfside

Aventura/North Miami Beach/Sunny Isles
Name Style   Price    Kid Friendly?RecommendationsNotesCertificationOnline Ordering
Fresko Dairy     $$$                                                          
China Bistro                      Meat      $$$              No                                             
Foozo    Dairy     $      Yes                                               
Fuego                      Meat      ???           ???                                           
Grill Time                        Meat      ???      Yes                                                     
Mozart Grill                      Meat      ???           ???                                           
Holy Bagel              Parve/Dairy      ???      Yes                                               
Soho Asian Grill        Meat      ???                                                  
Mozart Cafe              Dairy      $$      Yes                                               
The Frieze              Dairy Not CY      ???      Yes                                               
Grand Cafe              Dairy Not CY      ???      Yes                                             Stirling Road- Hollywood, Israeli breakfast joint 


Boca Raton
Name StylePrice    Kid Friendly?RecommendationsNotesCertificationOnline Ordering
Mozart CafeDairy. 4/5$$???     Nice outdoor area tooORB???
Jon's Place (pizza)Dairy$Yes     ---???
Pita N GoDairy 4.5/5??????     They currently have a unreliable hechsher according to R Goldberg of BRS/ORB??????
BOCA BAGEL FACTORY CAFEDairy 4/5??????     ORB???
MenchiesDairy 5/5??????Incredible non C'Y frozen yogurt??????
AsiaMeat. 4/5$$???     ORB???
Boca GrillMeat??????     ORB???
Century GrillMeat 4/5??????     ORB???
Orchid's Garden ChineseMeat 4/5??????     ??????
Butcher Block GrillMeat 4/5$$$???     ORB???
Ditmas Kitchen BocaMeat&Sushi??????     ORB???

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

Hollywood
Name                               Style   Price    Kid Friendly?RecommendationsNotesCertificationOnline Ordering
Mozart Cafe (open till 2 AM), Kid Friendly, $$.
Levy's, Kid Friendly, $$.
L'chaim Asian Cuisine & Steakhouse, Kid Friendly, $.
Sara's Pizza
Grand Cafe (not CY)
Pita Plus


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


Fort Lauderdale
Cafe Emunah (next door to chabad)



Supermarkets

41st and Collins Area
Kastner's Market
Kosher Price Market. 460 West 41st St. (305) 763-8524

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. Backyard BBQ (New chef in mid 2017 totally new menu): Burnt ends, 2nd cut brisket, Dinosaur Rib, BBQ Sundae, BBQ Burger, Lemon/Apple/Smores desserts.

2. Fuego: Flatbreads are a must, then the back ribs, pastrami egg rolls, smores dessert, perfect date drink are good. (Update March 2017, the app chef and bbq chef isn't there anymore and the quality has been spotty from recent reviews.)

3. 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.

4. Zak The Baker. Menu changes too often to recommend stuff. Not Cholov Yisroel.

5. Kosh: Chocolate souffle and korean beef with extra sauce are good.

6. 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: w south beach
« Reply #75 on: January 05, 2010, 09:05:59 AM »
Thanks for the info!

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Westin Diplomat
« Reply #76 on: January 06, 2010, 10:02:50 AM »
i have an upcoming stay in miami and i am staying at the westin diplomat, does anyone know anything about the hotel or its location. I am SPG gold what are my chances of an upgrade??
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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #77 on: January 08, 2010, 02:09:36 AM »
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.

 Unfortunately I stayed there as well, last year was suppose to be there for a week left after 1 night.The place is a dump as others have already said. No other room was available. I did speak to 1 person who said after switching rooms 3 times they finally got a sort of decent room

I guess its like the lottery, the chances of getting a decent room is very slim but some do, just not enough of them.. But I think both sides so far are correct

 If a person wants only starwood and to be by 41st St theres no real choice but this dump. I like the idea of finding someone with marriott pts and trade them my starwood pts for their marriott pts and stay at the Eden Roc. Staying at either The W or Diplomat over Shabbat doesnt do it for us as we dont want to daven by Chabad. So I can see where someone might bite the bullet and stay at the dump 4Points for Fri & Sat nights then get out of there ASAP, in order to beable to avail themselves of what 41st st has to offer, but in my opin they have to be nuts to stay there any other time. and staying Fri/Sat nights would only be if they cant get anything else for the same money $0

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Re: Westin Diplomat
« Reply #78 on: January 10, 2010, 04:16:37 PM »
i have an upcoming stay in miami and i am staying at the westin diplomat, does anyone know anything about the hotel or its location. I am SPG gold what are my chances of an upgrade??

Read through the thread on FT. Personally, when I was a gold I got upgraded to an Ocean View room.

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Re: Starwood in Miami area for Shabbos
« Reply #79 on: January 23, 2010, 04:53:17 PM »
i stayed in the 4p last year in October. as a spg gold they upgraded me to a new renovated king suite. it was clean and beautiful. no complaints

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Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #80 on: January 26, 2010, 09:18:01 PM »
So..i'm taking a short vacation wife my wife and baby and the only spg hotel in miami beach is the 4 points...which, as everyone knows, just "doesn't cut it". I'd figure i'd see if anyone had any alternative hotel chain reward points, free night vouchers, airline miles...what it will take to get a hotel on miami beach (not south beach!). I am willing to trade for Starwood points or cash. This could be a good opportunity to use those rewards that you've never used or whatever...I'm still knida new to this whole posting thing and the point system but let's see if there's someone out there who has some ideas. feel free to private message me as well.

Hotel stay dates JAN 31, 2010 - FEB 3, 2010 (3 nights..)


thanks!

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #81 on: January 27, 2010, 01:57:22 AM »
So..i'm taking a short vacation wife my wife and baby and the only spg hotel in miami beach is the 4 points...which, as everyone knows, just "doesn't cut it". I'd figure i'd see if anyone had any alternative hotel chain reward points, free night vouchers, airline miles...what it will take to get a hotel on miami beach (not south beach!). I am willing to trade for Starwood points or cash. This could be a good opportunity to use those rewards that you've never used or whatever...I'm still knida new to this whole posting thing and the point system but let's see if there's someone out there who has some ideas. feel free to private message me as well.

Hotel stay dates JAN 31, 2010 - FEB 3, 2010 (3 nights..)


thanks!

mordy

It is an okay hotel, and I imagine that if you are only in Miami for 3 days, you won't be in your room that much. It's an expensive time in Miami the next 2 weeks, so everything will be expensive, and given the fact that The Four Points is available for 10k points those 3 nights, I would go for it, since they are asking $257.

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #82 on: January 27, 2010, 09:37:43 AM »
Why not stay in the Westin Diplomat? It is a gorgous hotel for 12,000 points a night and it is definitly worth the extra 2000 points over staying at the 4P. It is in Hollywood which is North Miami beach. I just booked some rooms for a friend and the rates were in the $400 range, so a pretty good points value. It is also near the waterways and all the nice restaurants in that area.

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #83 on: January 27, 2010, 10:00:05 AM »
Actually, I apologize, I just checked availability for the Westin Dip and there isnt any showing up online for your dates. It is still worth a shot to try calling up the SPG concierge to see if they can get you availability over the phone. I have had times in the past that there was no avail showing online but over the phone i was able to get a room.
Keep in mind that 1/31 is Pro Bowl Sunday in Miami followed by the Super Bowl on Sunday 2/7, so there are alot of tourist in town that are filling up the hotels.

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #84 on: January 27, 2010, 07:58:57 PM »
Thanks to all the replies. I ended up matching through betterbidding on hotwire the Palms Hotel (4 star) for 139 +tax per night. Thanks though to all...now to figure out what restaurants are a must in miami....

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #85 on: January 27, 2010, 08:07:54 PM »
Thanks to all the replies. I ended up matching through betterbidding on hotwire the Palms Hotel (4 star) for 139 +tax per night. Thanks though to all...now to figure out what restaurants are a must in miami....

What is MATCHING through BETTERBIDDING on Hotwire?

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #86 on: January 27, 2010, 08:08:11 PM »
Grill Time was our favorite but make sure to make a reservation. Very pricey but we thought it was well worth it.  Another favorite is China Bistro, really good food, great menu and atmosphere....

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #87 on: January 27, 2010, 08:17:00 PM »
REAR STEAKHOUSE

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #88 on: January 28, 2010, 12:01:04 PM »
Definitely try grilltime in north miami beach. Best steak I've had in a long time.

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Re: Miami Beach Hotel for Starwood/Cash trade??
« Reply #89 on: January 28, 2010, 07:04:02 PM »
Definitely try grilltime in north miami beach. Best steak I've had in a long time.
order the volcano for dessert