Posts tagged ‘places to eat in miami’

August 4, 2016

Lulu in the Grove

by jem614

Once a year my friends come in from out of town and we get together, all of us girls that haven’t seen each other in a while, and have a night out.  We chose Lulu after a coworker suggested it had the perfect atmosphere for a chill girls night out.

What a great place to hang out and we even got a round of drinks on the house (it helps to know people, that’s all I’m going to say).  Our waiter was very sweet but probably a little overwhelmed by our outspoken group.

As we were only supposed to be there for drinks, I ordered an appetizer of hummus and pita sticks that was the perfect snack.  My friend then ordered the Dulce de Leche that came with a beautiful strawberry flower on top.  There are quite a few options for vegetarians including the Brussel Sprouts appetizer that I heard is a favorite.  Veggie burgers, salads, etc. all are included in the menu.

If you’re looking for a nice romantic spot, a place to people watch or just to hang out with friends, this is definitely the place to go in Coconut Grove.

Thank you Lulu for such a great evening!
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August 3, 2015

Lagniappe House, Midtown

by jem614

If the draw of jazzy music pulls you in, Lagniappe House in Midtown, Miami is the place to be.  Great lighting, relaxed atmosphere, good wine and cheese, all make for a great night out.

Google translates “Lagniappe” as something given as a bonus or extra gift.  This place lives up to it’s meaning.  Not only do they have a great little wine house inside but the backyard is a huge open space with tables enough for large crowds.  If you’re looking for something loud and intimate, stay inside for the music.

Lagniappe is a “serve yourself” house.  There is a wine bar where you can order from a variety of wines and then out back is the cheese course to order for your table.  You can order a large tray or a single serving that includes bread and fig jam. You pick out your cheese from the fridge and then they create your plate behind the counter.  Service is fairly quick even while busy.

But wait, there’s more!! Lagniappe House also doubles as a sort of “bed & breakfast” with New Orleans style bedrooms upstairs to rent for the night.  I can just imagine falling asleep to the jazz music as it floats up from the street.  The prices are actually quite good for midtown as well.

This place does get busy, especially if a popular band is playing so get there early if you want to sit.  We’re discovering more and more amazing hidden places in and around Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and can’t wait to try some more.  Get out and enjoy your city and let us know what special places you have found!

Lagniappe House website or Lagniappe House Facebook for more info on what bands are playing and when they are open.

July 27, 2015

Panther Coffee, Wynwood

by jem614

If you haven’t yet been to Wynwood in downtown Miami, you’re becoming one of the few.  It’s host to art shows and an unending stream of tourists coming to take pictures of random art all over the sidewalks and graffiti’d walls.

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I have driven through it and kept making a mental note to go but hadn’t made the time till this past weekend when my sister-in-law suggested we check out “Panther Coffee”.  It’s very hipster and packed full of people on a Saturday morning.  In fact, I waited over 5 minutes for a coffee but it’s worth it for the people-watching.

Their outside tables are quite large and even a middle table that resembles a “family eating” style as everyone is at one very large u-shaped table.  Definitely a must if you are in Wynwood and you have to try the Bunnie Cakes mini cupcakes- super cute and gluten/dairy free!

Prices: Think “Starbucks and a little bit more”.

http://www.panthercoffee.com/  https://www.facebook.com/panther.coffee?fref=ts

February 7, 2013

Greenstreet Cafe, Coconut Grove

by jem614

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Ashley and I’s first attempt at a cooking class at UM was a bit of a disaster.  Apparently there was a big UM game that night and there was no parking…anywhere.  We were told by the UM team that we would either have to keep driving around (we were already 15-20 minutes late because of traffic) or park almost a mile away.  Even then, it wasn’t guaranteed we’d find parking.  Is this really how they treat their customers?  I won’t be going back for any of their cooking classes as they weren’t very helpful about refunding us or finding us a place to park.  We paid $25 for nothing.

End of my rant.  On to the better part of the evening: We ended up in Coconut Grove at The Greenstreet Cafe.  I’ve been here for brunch and have been very happy with their options.  For dinner, I ordered a delicious Fig Salad and some tasty truffle fries- I have a thing for them and I know the fries kind of cancel out the salad but I was going for taste, not health.  The best part of the meal was what Ashley ordered but I’ll let her describe it in her more elaborate way with words so she can do it justice.

photo4All in all, one of the best restaurants in Miami.  It’s already popular so we won’t be doing them any favors by telling you about how good they are but we want our readers to know that there is this amazing restaurant they need to check out!

For more information, go to http://www.greenstreetcafe.net/

June 16, 2011

You Don’t have To Go To Mexico (Cancun Grill is here!)

by jem614

By Jessica Michael


Ashley and I found out that Cancun Grill now has several vegetarian options a few months ago and we’ve been going back ever since.

Growing up in the Southwest, it was essential for me to have a love of Mexican food.  My mom used to make homemade tortillas and would pair it with a pot of chili or just beans with cheese and that was dinner.  During the summertime she would buy bags of dried chilis, soak them in water and then strip them of their seeds to make chili rellenos (vegetarian) that were to die for but then again my mom’s food was always the best.

Home cooked meals can never compare with store bought but today’s lunch at Cancun was really delicious.  The vegetarian enchiladas were covered in this sweet mole or chipotle sauce and contained corn, carmelized onions and mushrooms.  The side of refried beans covered in cheese is perfect mixed in with the rice.  They don’t get it right all the time but there is something about that sauce that keeps me coming back.

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Freshly Made Chips and Salsa

Mushroom Enchiladas with Chipotle

Watch Out Vegans! That’s alot of Cheese!

The waiters here are very attentive but if you’re looking for a quiet place to hang out, this is not the place for you.  Loud, gaffawing and half-drunken patrons are the norm, especially when they serve margaritas at lunch during the work week (I may be over exaggerating a little here but just a little).

For some reason their website says “this account has been suspended” but if you want to check them, just stop in at lunch time – right off the Palmetto on the west side of 154th in Miami Lakes.

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