December 29, 2009 Power Rankings

by Ryan @ MRPR on December 29, 2009

Here we go, the last power rankings of the year.  Like the ball in Time Square, Oishi Thai is dropping (off the power rankings, that is).  Sorry.  Truth be told, it was being propped up by promises of sushi greatness.  Others insisted that the sushi was the real star here (since the sushi chef is former Nobu).  Until my most recent visit, I had gone exclusively with Thai dishes there (I figured if I was supposed to get the sushi, they’d call it Oishi Sushi).  I was never bowled over by the Thai cuisine but I would still say that it is the best you’ll find in Miami (lukewarm compliment, yes).  The other night, after watching Avatar in IMAX 3D at the Aventura Mall, I went and grabbed some sushi at Oishi.  I was overwhelmed by Avatar and underwhelmed by the sushi.  Another gripe is that I’ve never liked the fact that every other word on the menu is toro or kobe.  Half of the sushi rolls are in the neighborhood of $20+, which is steep even for Nobu.  And a strip mall in North Miami is not the Shore Club.

Alright, that’s it for 2009.  See you next year.

(Last Week’s Rankings in Parentheses)

1. NAOE (1)

2. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (2)

3. Red Light (3)

4. Buena Vista Bistro (4)

5. Bin No. 18 (5)

6. Fratelli Lyon (6)

7. Hiro’s Yakko-San (7)

8. Michy’s (8)

9. BLT Steak (9)

10. Bourbon Steak (10)

11. GastroPod (11)

12. Azul (12)

13. Pizzavolante (13)

14. Sra. Martinez (14)

15. Metro Bistro Cafe (18)

16. Mandolin Aegean Bistro (16)

17. Joe’s Stone Crab (17)

18. Sardinia (19)

19. Eos (NR)

20. OLA (20)

On the Bubble: Pacific Time; Cafe Sambal.

Off the List: Oishi Thai (15)


La Diva Cucina December 31, 2009 at 8:27 am

Hi I found you through Tinkering with Dinner blog. I saw that you are a CSA member, so am I. If you need some dinner ideas for the produce, I post suggestions every Sat or Sunday at my blog:

I’ve lived in Miami for four years and STILL don’t get why there are Thai/sushi restaurants. I would prefer they do ONE country’s dishes right instead of doing both in a very mediocre way. I also think that sushi, generally speaking, is over-rated and not good value for the money considering how much fish you actually get vs. rice. I like Alta Mar best for seafood.

djkmia January 4, 2010 at 6:51 am

Have you been to Cape Cod Room yet? If

Ryan January 4, 2010 at 7:37 am

Haven’t been yet but need to get out there. Have you been?

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