Sunday, March 04, 2007

If YOU ARE in Miami Beach YOU should EAT at CAFETERIA ...

Arriving at Miami Beach a little after 11:30 am on Friday morning we had a little more than a 1/2 before the Winter Party Welcoming Center opened. With one and 1/2 hour on the parking meeting we decided to grab a quick bite first and then return to the Welcoming Center to pick up my ticket and press credentials.

We took a walk to the plaza on Lincoln Road and found a very inviting place, at 546 Lincoln Road called Cafeteria.

After a quick glance at the menu, when the host asked "... inside or out?" we said "Inside". It was already hot, outside. Richard and I both were impressed with the decor and atmosphere. And the prices posted to the menu weren't bad either.

When our young handsome waiter asked what we were drinking I ordered a cranberry juice with ginger ale. Richard ordered an ice-tea. When the waiter returned, within a short amount of time, Richard ordered a Grilled Chicken Club consisting of bacon, avocado, arugula, tomato, red onion and mayo. I ordered the Meatloaf Sandwich with arugula and red onion on toast.

Waiting for our meal to arrive we flipped through the March 2007 issue of HOME / MIAMI and marvelled at the architectural photos and commented on the featured food article on artichoke.

Some time had past before I asked Richard should one of us return to the car to add more money to the meter since it appeared that the service was a bit slow.

It is not that the wait service was slow because our waiter was very attentive. But having observed that food orders had not yet arrived for several tables that had been seated before our arrival we were concerned that our metered time would expire at, 12:35 pm, before we finished our meal. Assuming that our plates would arrive soon.

When the meal had not yet arrived, at 12:30 pm, I ran to the parking lot, which was just one block south and inserted more money - allowing us until 1:45 pm.

Plenty of time for us to eat as well as pick up my event material from the Welcoming Center.

When I returned, about five minutes later, the food had not yet arrived. We waited for at least, 10 to 15 minutes more, before a second waiter delivered or plates.

Both were nicely displayed, Richard commented that his Grilled Chicken Club may would be too much to finish. Which was only one of my concerns with my Meatloaf Sandwich, since in recent months I sometimes have experienced difficulty in swallowing some foods. In particular, toasted bread.

Which is exactly what my meatloaf was sandwiched between. Fortunately, I had little problems with indigestion on this particular occasion.

Not only were Richard and I, both, very pleased with our sandwiches but, also, highly recommend that if YOU ARE in Miami Beach ... YOU should definitely EAT at the Cafeteria at 546 Lincoln Road.

As long as you have a lot of time on your hands!

The decor and atmosphere are quite pleasing, in an industrial sort of way ... and along with the prices ... the 'eye candy' passing through and around the Cafeteria 'ain't bad either.'

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