After he took the throne, Napoleon instituted the tradition of serving bread with every meal to put his mother's baguette-heavy care packages to use. Indulge in French tradition with today's Groupon to George's in the Grove in Coconut Grove. Today’s Groupon expires on November 1, 2011. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of French cuisine Monday–Thursday.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of French cuisine Friday–Sunday.
Lauded in the Miami New Times for its lively atmosphere and unpretentious French fare, George's in the Grove dishes up Gallic classics alongside a U.N.-inspired array of international dishes. Snag quick bites from a lunch menu anchored by quiche ($15) and open-faced sandwiches ($12 each) stuffed with ham and aged gruyere, or carve restful midday repasts out of packed calendars with steamed fresh mussels ($15) and steak tartare ($20). Patrons can linger over a glass of wine and savory dinner entrees such as the three-hour slow-cooked lamb shank ($24) and seafood risotto ($23), debating important foreign affairs or rumors that the Statue of Liberty is filled with escargot. East meets West in the eclectic dining room, as Buddha-inspired décor shares the spotlight with bistro-style chalkboard menus.
George's in the Grove
Before owner François Delfosse and his wife Lucia even set foot in George's in the Grove, they knew their way around the kitchen. Lucia had operated three restaurants in their native France, and upon taking over the Coconut Grove hot spot, they opted to keep the space as they found it on the theory that you shouldn't mess with success. The previous owner had placed Buddha statues all around to counterbalance his excitable personality. Now the statues remain to complement the soothing zen music that plays in the background and only stops when birthday celebrations transform the relaxed lounge into a dark nightclub. In this latter scene, patrons show off dance moves while Top 40 hits play and the birthday diner chows down on a sparkler-accented dessert.
A long glass pane stretches across one side of the dining room, giving patrons a look at chefs hard at work arranging French cuisine. François and Lucia's menu spotlights delicate dishes such as steamed mussels with white wine, garlic, and shallots, and rich morel-mushroom risotto with shaved foie gras and truffle oil. Hearty steak tartare—very rare meat with capers, onions, and spices—or lamb shank braised for three hours delight palates and imbue patrons with the strength to climb the Arc de Triomphe. As diners sip wine, they admire paintings along a café au lait-colored wall or take in sunlight on a sidewalk patio.