The chefs at Calamari Restaurant strive to create familiar, comforting Italian foods with house-made ingredients and ocean-fresh fish. With an emphasis on seafood dishes, they grill salmon fillets and stuff lobster ravioli that the Miami New Times placed 50th on its list of 100 Favorite Dishes in 2010, calling it "the entrée that will keep you coming back for more." They also strive to recreate homemade flavors by creating their own Italian sausages and pasta, and roast pizzas in a wood-burning brick oven within sight of the dining room.
In addition to an indoor dining room, outdoor tables with checkered cloths surround a garden fountain, "evoking a seaside picnic," according to a 2009 review in the Miami Herald.
The team at Taurus puts up some impressive numbers:
Clearly, coming up with a full stat sheet for Taurus would test the limits of even a diesel-powered calculator. But there's one more number worth singling out: 50. If patrons can sample that many beer varieties, they get a plaque on the wall. That task takes some time, but it should be a pleasant challenge: some truly tasty brews flow from the taps, including familiar drafts such as Guinness and craft brews with names such as Game of Thrones ? Fire and Blood (a red ale from Cooperstown).
Time between sips can be spent watching live stand-up comedy, enjoying the air on the outdoor terrace, and?of course?eating food. Lots and lots of food. To complement the drinks (which also include red and white wine), Taurus' kitchen prepares signature dishes such as a 10-ounce prime-beef burger topped in cheddar cheese, dijonaise, and veggies. Other Taurus specialties include avocado fries with spicy sour cream and "fork and knife" specials such as tuna tartare.
Every Saturday rain or shine, Glaser Organic Farms hosts the Coconut Grove Organic Market, a vegan-leaning outdoor market. Each week the farm offers an array of organic vegetables, fruits and prepared vegan foods that are prepared at the farm. These offerings include cashew butter, homemade salad dressings and fruit pies, while a big draw is the macadamia and cashew nut milk ice creams. For anyone looking to do more than just take home the ingredients of their next meal, a hefty salad bar, wraps, and a great assortment of prepared foods can be purchased and eaten at the market’s many picnic tables. In addition to the farm’s own offerings, there are many small local vendors who sell spices, beans, soaps and juices. Be sure to wear shoes you don’t mind scuffing up, because the market is held in a vacant lot.
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.
El Churrasquito Argentino brings an Argentinian indoors with its two-story white-building façade lining the front wall. The food, like the decor, is also Argentinian-inspired, from the grilled flank steaks to the Patagonia lamb legs cooked ossobuco-style. Live music performances on the weekends and dancing livens up the stage near the restaurant's bar, which is fully stocked with spirits and features an array of fine Malbecs.
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