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Great food and great atmosphere. Locals and tourists alike will love this place!
Will come back soon!!!!
Balans manages to put Bland back into the Beach. The ambience is predictable and the restaurant as a whole, certainly offers nothing to set it apart from the dozens of others that ply their trade on South Beach?s Lincoln Road. However, the service was prompt, if a little fussy.
My date and I decided on a tapas-style meal and ordered four dishes from the appetizer menu that included the wilted garlic spinach, fried calamari, the Greek plate and mixed vegetables.
The wilted garlic spinach arrived first and was the best for the four dishes ? It was hot, but the meal went downhill from there. This dish can easily be made in a few minutes, and is delicious when prepared using fresh crushed garlic, a little sea salt and a sprinkling of nutmeg, none of which were apparent in the insipid, watery serving we sampled. Next up were the ?mixed? vegetables that consisted of what looked some else?s leftover eggplant with a couple of slices of squash thrown in ? it arrived cold. The Greek plate was a complete mistake ? three globs of bland mush, served with several strips of supermarket pita bread. Finally, a warmed-over plate of fried calamari crowned an experience that can only be described as disappointing at best.
Balans offers diner food to the budget minded, in a confused atmosphere that attempts to be hip, but essentially fails. There are so many other restaurant choices in South Beach, I suggest a trip to Balans should be reserved for when the mother-in-law comes to town ? peace-of-mind is only one check away.
Simple menu that is very flat and pretty much pointless as all is tasteless. Enough said above.... Pay more and get better, much better... Carry on walking down lincoln and you will find better.
$2 off breakfast weekdays before 11:30! Jumbo Breafast a BARGAIN. US1 Burger worth the trip..
Balans is one of those places you can go when you don't know quite what you want. They have a very broad selection on the menu, but serve standard items like burgers, breakfast, wraps, salads as well. Located on Lincoln Rd (one of the world's great places to people watch) with a large shaded outdoor area (and an indoor dining area as well) Balans is casual and realatively inexpensive given its higher priced neighbors (Breakfast or lunch $6-$15, Dinner $12-$20 without alcohol). The servers are friendly and efficient.
The Jumbo Breakfast includes coffee, juice, two eggs as you wish, toast, bacon, sausage and potatoes and they take $2 off if you order before 11:30am! I don't remmeber the price for sure, but I want to say it's $8.95 (before the discount). The US1 burger is a great choice, as are their wraps. Dinner entrees are always good. The Chimichurri steak is one of my favorites.
Full bar. BR, L, D late. $$
Chic multicultural cafe serves dishes from around the world to a discriminating clientele..
The wickedly stylish, neo-industrial dining room is where the action is. At peak hours, it's jammed with good-looking young diners. Those more interested in making conversation than being seen grab a table outdoors on the mall. Balans' moderately priced, cafe-style menu trots the culinary globe, from Asia and North Africa to the Mediterranean and the U.S. For something different, there's the lobster club sandwich.
Great Food; Great Service. Great setting, great food, great service - This is a place that should not be missed, located within grove isles and on the water. Eaten here several times and always enjoyable
What A Meal!.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm......................the food is just wonderful! Plenty of exciting
meals to choose from. Excellent,exotic selections.
BEST EGGS BENEDICT IN MIAMI. The eggs benedict/hollandaise sauce are the best I have had in Miami and perhaps in the whole world. You must try them, there is nothing like it. Definetly the best brunch hotspot and value for yor money.
User review by kitschy. wonderful food, good location, nice restaurant... it was the rude wait staff and the terrible coffee that ruined this place for me. it was difficult to accomodate our group of 5 inside as well.
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