Slow down and watch the world go by with today's Groupon: $10 buys you $20 worth of lunch, dinner, and/or drinks at GreenStreet Cafe, the outdoor lounge and catch-all restaurant in Coconut Grove. Owners Sylvano and Maida Bignon have created a relaxed haven where folks of all stripes (and occasionally plaids) stop for food, libations, and conversation from early morning until the wee hours; GreenStreet's lively European patio is open until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, drawing diners all day long as well as those just stopping in for a mango martini or pama mojito. This deal is only valid at the Miami location and for food and libations from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m., the 12-hour period known to the ancient Greeks as The Nap of Sophrosyne. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt satiates health-conscious sugar fixes through self-serve frozen-yogurt stations supplying any of the more than 100 rotating flavors into the cups of culinary creators. Tasty foundations ($0.44/oz.) such as new york cheesecake, Heath bar, and low-carb pumpkin can speed date with any combination of 70 rotating toppings such as old-fashioned granola and fat-free brownies. Options for kosher and gluten-free dining abound on Menchie’s menu, as do no-sugar-added spins on boysenberry and french vanilla along with four dairy-free sorbets. Each culinary creation is crafted by the patron that devours it, allowing for a sweet treat more personalized than dark-chocolate business cards.
At The Last Carrot, fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grain breads come together to feed the body and mind. Lean chicken, tuna, or tofu nudge up against shaved carrot slices and crunchy cucumber inside the welcoming embrace of a whole-wheat pita sandwich. Diners also dip into freshly made bean soups, or slather snacks in homemade peanut butter. The health food enclave also offers a colorful mélange of freshly squeezed juices, including acai, wheatgrass, and a frothy blend of carrot juice spiked with sweet strawberry, papaya, and mango.
Creative customization is key at Yogurtini, where a rotating cast of frozen yogurt flavors meets a large list of toppings to create personalized self-serve desserts. Each day, frozen yogurt flavors such as "The House" plain tart, cookies and cream, and strawberry shortcake are culled from a sprawling list and presented for customer selection, with vegan and gluten-free options available. After customers fill their cups or insulated to-go containers with yogurt, they can amble over to the toppings bar, which showcases more than 60 choices including popular candies, cookies, and fruits. Once their frozen treat is complete, customers can relax in one of several sea-foam-green chairs and enjoy.
Siblings Fabio, Mary, and Saul Soares were practically born to be pastry chefs. They grew up watching their mother Vera bake for family and clients in their native Brazil, spreading cheer through her creative and tasty desserts. Today at The Pastry Shop by Magic City Chefs, the trio continues her legacy by creating stunning tiered cakes, dainty macarons, and airy mousses suitable for any occasion, especially dentist appointment pre-parties. For those who require a bit of balance on their plate, the chefs also prepare hor d'oeuvres, canapés, wraps, and other savory specialties.
When you walk in to the family-owned Whip ‘n Dip Ice Cream Shoppe in Miami, you’ll likely feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. Make your way to the counter to find your ice cream being scooped by hand in front of you, then released into a specially-dipped cone. The classic flavors of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, strawberry, mint chip and cookies ‘n’ cream are always offered at this throwback counter service spot, but check the board for daily specials that bring the place up to modern day standards. Lighter-calorie flavors are available as well, plus a variety of basic toppings, and you can examine the wall of accolades while you wait for your treat to be served. Or sit on one of the painted park benches inside.