From the chi-chi to street food, there’s no shortage of awesome grub in Coconut Grove. It’s got what some say is the city’s best Indian food, and in a nod to its Bahamian roots, delicious Caribbean streetside barbecue. It’s got top contenders for the city’s best burgers and tacos, too. Come hungry.
This New American eatery from Jason Odio of Sidebar is new to the scene in the Grove but already making waves. They have a crazy delicious seasonal menu and begin your feast with buttery parkerhouse rolls that would bring a tear to Paula Deen’s eye. The best suggestion we can give you is to try the short rib. It’s a little piece of heaven.
What they do: American, dinner, brunch
Website: Visit Here
Hours: Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday to Thursday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday to Thursday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Address: 3540 Main Hwy
Asian Thai Kitchen
This is Thai food cooked and served out of a gas station. Irrelevant. Get your ass over to the Kwik Mart on Grand Ave. and enjoy the best drunken noodles in these parts. You aren’t going there for the ambiance, but if you are looking for affordable and quality Thai dishes, you have found your spot. You can even take their Pink beach cruiser for a ride while you wait!
Stracciatella. Nocciola. Cioccolate. That’s about all of the Italian we need to know to navigate the freezer at the most authentic gelato shop in Miami. The owners, Frederico and Carla, brought their family recipes from Italy to the Grove and their passion for gelato shows in every creamy scoop. Pop in, sit down for a coffee, and enjoy the real deal.
After outgrowing its original location in Commodore Plaza, Bombay Darbar is bigger and better than ever. You can go with the classic chicken tikka masala or you could try something less well known. We suggest the malai kofta, a vegetable and cheese dumpling cooked in cashew sauce, or the Biriyani, a slow-cooked saffron rice. Even local Indians say this is Indian done RIGHT, so you know the samosas and chutney are on point.
If Drake calls Choice’s his go-to vegan spot in Miami, then we’re following suit. This is the chain’s newest 2016 location and it’s a solid neighborhood addition, adding to the multiple healthy options in the historically granola neighborhood. We recommend the lentil burger smothered in their house-made tahini or one of their ginger soy lattes for a quick pick me up. Prices can add up, but their new lunch menu features several under-$10 meals.
You know you’re sick of meeting for drinks, so why not meet for breakfast instead? We’re big fans of Coral Bagels for that. The unpretentious, mom-and-pop diner serves decent hot coffee in kitschy mismatched mugs from businesses around town. Their omelets are huge and the bagels and lox are on point, but service can be a bit slow, so leave some wiggle room on your calendar.
Good. Cheap. Fast. Tacos. That’s about all you need to know about El Taquito, our favorite Mexican joint in the Grove. Open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, this has become one of the more popular stops after a night out. The standard order of 3 tacos for $5 goes a long way, which is probably cheaper than your last beer and will help with that looming hangover.
This is a Coconut Grove stalwart, especially for brunch, with dishes like cinnamon roll pancakes and Nutella french toast. The plush couches are a great spot to kick back and have a coffee or drink if you want a break from roaming. It gets packed for weekend brunch — we recommend making a reservation or eating late (they serve “breakfast” until 2:45 p.m.).
La Bouchon du Grove
For a classy evening in the Grove, La Bouchon is a favorite. Diners are seated close together in an open-air setting that’s reminiscent of France itself. If you grab a table near the open windows onto the street, you can people watch while you drink wine and eat steak frites, duck confit, foie gras, and other classics.
Lokal has, hands down, some of the best burgers in town. Patties are made from local free-range, Kobe-style beef and ground in-house every day and there’s something for everyone. Gluten free? Make it a lettuce wrap. Vegetarian? They’ve got a fresh veggie patty, none of that cardboard stuff. They’ve even got a dog menu, including a beer your furry friend can drink. No matter what species you are, you’d be a fool if you didn’t try their bangin’ sweet potato fries with honey mustard sauce on the side. And also all over it.
Peacock Garden Café
OK, spoiler alert, there aren’t any peacocks. But if you’re looking for a brunch spot with a relaxed, romantic ambiance, head over to the Peacock Garden Café stat. Named after the family who helped found Coconut Grove, it’s open for lunch, dinner, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Spend an afternoon sipping tropical mimosas and enjoying a crab cake eggs benny while you soak in the breeze on the patio. We’re relaxed already.
The Last Carrot
If you’re healthy and you know it, stop clapping and head over to The Last Carrot for fresh juices, vegan and veggie fare, and a few treats for you meat eaters. The pita sandwiches are filling and fresh and their green vegan salad dressing is so good that you’ll forget you’re being good to your body. All that hippie goodness is also super reasonably priced, but you need to bring cash to pay.
West Grove Food Zone
Stewed chicken, oxtail, curried goat … your mouth is probably already watering. If you haven’t been to West Grove Food Zone, you’re messing up. Located in the heart of Coconut Grove’s Caribbean community, this spot is the place to be if you’re craving some tasty home cooking from the islands. The portions are huge, the food is cheap, and most importantly the entrees are DELICIOUS.
The dope dudes behind Lokal and Kush just opened their newest spot in the Grove, The Spillover. The locally-sourced seafood is muy delicioso. The shrimp tacos are pure perfection, but if you’re feeling super adventurous try the BBQ gator ribs. Veggie? No problem — they’ve got a yummy heirloom cauliflower soaked in their homemade Buffalo sauce. And be sure to try the sours and mead – they’re specialties.