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Oct 28, 2011 07:49 AM

Coconut Grove and Coral Gables

We are looking for a meal (lunch or dinner ) in Coral Gables and also a meal ( lunch or dinner) in Coconut Grove in order to see these two areas for the first time on a December Friday. We will have a car. Character and ambiance without spending a ton of $$. Thanks for any tips.

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  1. I would visit The Local in Coral Gables. Awesome place and getting fantastic reviews. Probably the best interpretation of a Gastropub to make it to South Florida. In Coconut Grove, Lulu`s, Jaguar, Peacock Garden, or Bombay Darbar are your best food options.

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    1. re: bry520

      I would also recommend Jaguar as well.....the ceviches and the fusion between peruvian and mexican dishes is outstanding.....Jaguar is a favorite....

      Ft. Pierce, FL

      1. re: bry520

        I live in the Grove and Jaguar is definitely the best option. Peacock Garden owned by the same people as Jaguar and it's pretty good but I think Jaguar has better food/value. Lulu also pretty good. The Local is a great spot with a nice variety on the menu as well as an exceptional craft beer program. If you want a more romantic/quiet dinner, I highly recommend Francesco in Coral Gables. Peruvian food there is fantastic.

        Overall, I'd recommend lunch in the Grove and dinner in the Gables as Grove restaurants have outdoor seating and December should be great weather for dining al fresco during the day

          1. re: Blind Mind

            Reporting back that we had a great experience having lunch at Jaguar. It was a pleasure to eat outside in front on a December Friday and watch people and traffic go by (a little too much traffic, maybe). I had my first mojito. I think the bartender used key lime, it was so deliciously tart. Good service, no rush. It’s next door to Cocowalk shopping center where we may have ended up without Chowhound advice.
            A Ceviche three spoon sampler- a great melange of flavors, including Peruvian yellow pepper.
            Taquitos Chilerio, so freshly made and a big portion as you can see in the photo.
            A flavorful Angus Cheeseburger with homemade fries-for my non-ceviche-eating partner
            Tab was $75 including tip, beers, etc. We followed up by crossing the street to see the 70’s era import shop Maya Hatcha and then a walk two blocks away to see Jaguar’s sister restaurant, Peacock Garden. In front is the 1882 grave of Eva Munroe, an early Coconut Grove resident. We didn’t get to the other restaurants recommended here for dinner. We were full and just walked to Milam’s Market, SW 32nd Ave. to get dinner & wine to take back to our hotel, the Hampton Inn.

            Jaguar Restaurant
            3067 Grand Ave, Miami, FL 33133