Food & Drink Who made the LIST? Taste a City to Understand it. Area 31 area31restaurant.com 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131 International seafood. Arson + NIU Kitchen niukitchen.com 104 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132 Charbroiled + Catalan + Wines BAYSIDE Marketplace baysidemarketplace.com 401 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132 Multiple choices and views. Steak Brasil steakbrasil.com 190 SE 1st Avenue Miami, FL 33131 Rodizio service. Fratelli Milano ristorantefratellimilano.com 213 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131 Northern Italy. POLLOS Y JARRAS (CVI-CHE 105) ceviche105.com 115 NE 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33132 Peruvian inspired. Best ceviche. Miami Diner themiamidiner.com 140 SE 1st Ave. Miami, FL 33131 All American with a 1960’s ambiance. Melinda’s melindasmiami.com 1306 N Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33136 I love orchids, so right there I was sold on the place. I love a good bourbon, so, if another reason was necessary to recommend Melinda’s, there: they make a good Old Fashion. And the selection of tequilas is impressive, said one of my companions who prides himself of knowing tequilas. Then came the food, oysters with choriso, corvina ceviche, an assortment of tacos and pizzas… Eclectic is one adjective to describe it, edging Latin America and Southern Europe. Another adequate adjective is delicious. There is more, some evening they have live music. Last Wednesday it was jazz, not a famous band, more like a neighborhood vibe. Melinda’s is a gem on the downtown’s northwest end (the Omni District.) Not cheap, but certainly not pricey. And Happy Hours is alluring. Aurea Veras. Soya & Pomodoro soyaepomodoromiami.com 120 NE 1st St. Miami, FL 33132 Italian, simple food made with love. SUSHI SAKE sushisakemiami.com 900 Biscayne Blvd,,Miami, FL 33132 Sushi overlooking the park. Question: Do bars make a city? Black Market blackmarketmia.com 168 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 331311 Sports with chicken wings Over Under overundermiami.com 151 E Flagler St Miami, FL 33131 Come as you are casual. E11even Miami 11miami.com 29 NE 11th St. Miami, FL 33132 Upscale Exotic Mama Tried mamatriedmia.com 207 NE 1st St, Miami, FL 33132 Quiet bohemian afternoons and roaring nights Lost Boy lostboydrygoods.com 157 E Flagler St Miami, FL 33131 The popular downtown bar Lost Boy is the epitome of a neighborhood bar. A somewhat dislocated urban philosopher and regular at Lost Boy takes offense at what has become a meaningless designation. “One article mentioned that this is the authentic downtown neighborhood watering hole, and five or ten bloggers and journalists immediately parachuted in and started to parrot the first one, without allusion to the social impact local bars exercise.” Perched on a stool, the urban philosopher downs a Guinness with gusto, and concludes, “Voltaire said it best: the first man to compare a woman to a flower was a poet, the second an imbecile.” The previous is from Downtown News’ archive, an interview with Commissioner Higgins for the column Politics and Happy Hour. A corner not overly loud: “A definition is in order,” I suggested. Commissioner Higgins, nursing a glass of red wine, elaborates on the importance of public places to forge a sense of community. People frequent Lost Boy not only to drink but to discuss local issues, get to know neighbors, analyze soccer strategies and, one supposes, fall in love. Raul Guerrero.