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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Red Light Little River

7700 Biscayne Blvd. (NE 77th St.) Send to Phone
305-757-7116
A funky, fun, mostly-outdoor riverside spot to watch manatees swim by and eat regional dishes from a homeboy chef.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Red Light Little River Restaurant Review

: Named for its location---on the banks of what was one of Miami's most debris-filled waterways, in part---this beyond-casual, funky spot is pretty much the one-man show of Kris Wessel, who's not just the chef and owner but largely renovated the rundown building with his own hands plus spearheaded a Little River clean-up campaign. As a result, native manatees have returned, and diners eating on the riverside patio (preferable to the hip but often hot and humid diner-like inside area) can watch the blimplike mammals drift by while enjoying what's arguably Miami's most local ingredient-rooted, creative cuisine. The limited menu changes weekly (sometimes daily, especially regarding seafood, since Wessel often buys direct from fisherfolk on the docks) but several signatures are always available---and one, New Orleans-inspired barbecue shrimp, is a must-have. Service is often slow, sometimes outright incompetent. And in summer? Best bring mosquito repellent. It's not your polished Sobe glam spot, but this neighborhood eatery appeals with a (much-needed in Miami) chef who takes chances.

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