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.
Seasons Farm Fresh prides itself on distributing fresh, recently picked produce that can only be found in Florida. Its team of foragers scours South Florida to find small family farms where produce is grown sustainably and harvested fresh. This includes a wide range of tropical fruits, everything from dragonfruit and purple passionfruit to kumquat and persimmon. The produce is then sold at the Seasons Farm Fresh market, taking fruits and vegetables directly from farms to neighborhood tables.
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.
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Bottega La Dolce Vita stocks its shelves and fridges with fine pastas, sauces, pestos, cheeses, and deli meats from all regions of Italy. Like a wormhole to the Mona Lisa's kitchen cupboard, the mouthwatering spread of imported fare brings a tiny piece of the Old World to America, loading pantries with silky chocolates, creamy pecorino Toscano, and all-natural pork salami. Among the store's charming cloth-clad tables, owners Franco Di Blasi and Joan Bavaresco guide visitors through a culinary tour of Italy, allowing them to sample fine cheeses as they peruse the selection of cookies, olive oils, and homemade pestos and sauces.
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.