MESA MAR

On Giralda, tonight we brought the dog and sat outside at Mesa Mar.  Bug city.  I don’t recommend the outdoor seating at this time of year but I loved this place.  It has everything it takes to be a new favorite.

Great food, including a magnificent Chocolate Mousse.  we ate off the Miami Spice Menu.   Sharing all good things.  A grilled fish, what presentation.  A small Filet Mignon with potatoes.  Fresh delicious veggies.  The appetizer sushi and fish croquettes.  And two of those wonder Mousse Desserts.

With a chef owner on site it was ll spectacular.

A NEW FAVORITE

AROMAS DEL PERU, how have we waited so long to try you.

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Pisco Sours, Fried corn with green sauce, a fish fry, and the most delectable piece of Corvina – cooked and spiced to perfection.

Paper napkins would be my only hesitation… but those of you who know me know I have developed the habit of carrying my own cloth napkin with me.

We went to the one near Red Road on 8th Street.  Now, as you may know we do not repeat a place on Wednesday nights, however,  we think we might try all four locations.. that’s not cheating, is it?  And, we actually were here on a Saturday…

SHERWOODS

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OMG.   OMG.    OMG.

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And it only gets better.

When we pulled up I thought, looking at the neighborhood, that even I might not want to get out of the car.  But this was wonderful.  Perfect in every way.  Cloth napkins, salt on the table, a huge wheel of Parmesian cheese with honey and bread – help yourself-.

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Then desserts on display.  Eclectic.. and I think thats the first time I ever used that word.

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This is THE PLACE to try.  Open just a month they have it all pulled together.  Magnificent menu.  We had a Ceasar salad – more than enough for two.  Coq au vain, a burger, chocolate cake, a beer and an unusual cosmopolitan.  I brought a brownie home!!!!

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One of the most well balanced Ceasar Salads I have ever had.
And here is the remnants of the lamb sandwich .
At the new SLS Brickell.
We enjoyed a really relaxing lunch. It was one of those menus where you really had no idea what you were ordering but the waitress explained each dish with gusto and the food was good, the place cheerful and we did get cloth napkins.

The Peacock Garden Cafe

Coconut grove for lunch.  Love this place.

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The food is good but the atmosphere is why i go.  Sometimes I just want to eat in the garden and this is one of the few places in Miami where one can do that.  The bonus being the food is good and you take a walk through the Grove afterwards.  It can feel like  wind tunnel outside and they are pretty strict about not serving dinner items at lunch.

http://www.jaguarhg.com/home-peacock

2889 McFarlane  Coconut Grove

Bocas House

We have discovered Doral and are loving it.  This past Wednesday we ate at this family friendly plain old restaurant.  What a joy.  No style, no theme, just good food and a great looking menu.

Oh yeah, and cloth napkins and an amazing dessert.  Unfortunately the salt was too thick to shake from their shakers but they gladly brought me a small bowl.

We shared a 24 oz. Porterhouse which was accompanied by yuca fries ( i would get the regular fries next time) .  It came with a sharing size salad with a delicious citrus dressing.  The steak was cooked as we ordered it, medium rare, and really tasty.  As good as any steak ouse but without the pretentiousness.  We also had a mac and cheese which was ordinary and extraordinary and worth ordering.

Then onto dessert… A mug of cookies and cream milkshake , topped with a white chocolate brownie covered with vanilla ice cram.. and the greatest largest start ever.

No need to order dinner, just get the dessert!

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http://bocashouse.com

Jack’s home cooking

This little house with its front porch on 2nd Ave caught our eye as we were heading to Wynwood to seek out dinner this past Monday night.  And we are so glad it did.  We sat at an adequately sized table for two with the dog at our feet.

I ordered the Short Rib and my companion had an Eggplant Parmigiana.  They were both good tho far from the bet we have eaten.  The dessert on the other hand was magnificent. I want to say that good food is often all i get expect when i head out to dinner.

 

This is a lovely cozy welcoming place and i would definitely come back