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4days in Coconut Grove any sugg?

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franju Feb 6, 2013 06:56 PM

We are foodies love all kinds price not a problem. Would love some local favorites as well as high end. Anything goes (especially love spice).

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    copydoc RE: franju Feb 12, 2013 08:53 AM

    A list of my favorites in the Grove would have to include Panorama at the Sonesta Bayfront Hotel for its delicious Peruvian food and beautiful view of Biscayne Bay, and Jaguar for its pan-Latin cuisine and great assortment of ceviches. Also worth trying are Peacock Garden Cafe, Timo's at the Villa Mayfair, and La Bottega. And if you're in the mood for a burger, you won't find any better than at Lokal (27 points from Zagat – fourth highest of any restaurant in Miami). Enjoy your stay in the Grove!

    1. taiga RE: franju Feb 12, 2013 10:59 AM

      Do you have transportation? Some of us are not enamored with the food in the Grove.

      1. Frodnesor RE: franju Feb 12, 2013 11:29 AM

        Coconut Grove is not exactly a dining mecca. Jaguar is good (esp. their ceviches), I hear good things about the burger at Lokal, I've also heard good things about Bombay Darbar (Indian). I haven't been to Bouchon du Grove in at least a decade and fear I may have romanticized it some in my head, though even so I only recall it being good not great.

        But mostly you'll be better off if you can get to out of there to eat and go to Downtown / Brickell, Midtown / Design District, or Coral Gables.

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          LargeLife RE: franju Feb 13, 2013 05:00 AM

          Agreed....The Grove isn't a fine dining mecca....But nice to make your way there on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon while its relatively cool out.....Jaguar is a great choice (as previously suggested here)......Their ceviches are excellent as they're served on large spoons (asian style) and they have several you can try.....And their pan-latin menu is excellent....Their bar there is also attractive and has a good vibe when busy......

          EMac
          Ft. Pierce, FL

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            CFByrne RE: LargeLife Feb 13, 2013 05:45 AM

            Thanks to EMac for his always helpful posts... there's something about them... not sure what... but they're different from others... Always packed with good information... one of these days I want to have some of your Q... looking forward to that...

            Charlie
            Delray Beach, FL
            ;-)

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            LargeLife RE: franju Feb 13, 2013 06:39 AM

            Thanks, Charlie! I'm like the "Red Neck Foodie"......I live in Ft. Pierce but work in Miami during the week.....from Homestead originally....family settled there in 1904.....

            There are some GREAT opinions here....Frod...TPigeon....ChowFather....FreakerDude and several others....Those folks REALLY know what they're talking about....

            Emac
            Ft. Pierce, FL

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              franju RE: franju Feb 13, 2013 06:51 AM

              Hi, all thanks for your great recs. Unfortunately my flight was cancelled (snowed in NY) and never made it down. But hopefully we will be down in April and can try out the recs!

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                Blind Mind RE: franju Feb 14, 2013 09:16 AM

                I live in the Grove. Here is what I would hit up...

                Lokal - best burger in Miami, period. Make sure to get grass fed beef.
                Jaguar - great ceviche & other LatAm dishes (if you like spicy, ask for muerte sauce)
                Sandbar - a total dive bar but they make great tacos & fries and it's super cheap, especially on Monday when tacos are 1/2 price.
                Bouchon du Grove - it's also been awhile since I've been there but it's a Grove institution that's been there for ages and serves French food that I recall being good.
                Lulu - I've been here a few times and it's been pretty good. Love their fried green tomato BLT. Haven't tried many menu items but it seems busy.
                Calamari/La Bottega - another spot I've only been for an appetizer but it has good reputation amongst locals.
                Panorama - I ate there long time ago and the food was just OK but having a drink up on the outdoor terrace overlooking the bay and all the sailboats is something I'd recommend.

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                  Frodnesor RE: Blind Mind Feb 14, 2013 04:51 PM

                  Speaking of places to have a drink and enjoy the view: Scotty's Landing, while it's still there, certainly fits the bill. Maybe a little hard for a visitor to find behind Grove Key Marina. Actually might be beer & wine only, and the food is mostly cuisine de fryer, but there are worse ways to spend the afternoon than with a few cold ones and some conch fritters.

              2. The Chowfather RE: franju Feb 15, 2013 11:44 PM

                Favorites- Sitting outside at Scotty's Landing is hard to beat

                Lokal is a fairly new spot that serves great burgers

                I've always been a fan a Bouchon du Grove and would highly recommend their mussels

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                  Blind Mind RE: The Chowfather Feb 18, 2013 02:49 PM

                  Good call on Scotty's but I'd only go there for drinks. Food is pretty crappy and service very crappy unless you're sitting at the bar.

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