Among encased-meat products, handmade sausage is the most delightful, followed closely by a saddlebag filled with jerky and a can of Spam crammed inside a larger can of Spam. Crack the case with today’s Groupon to Gardner’s Markets in Coconut Grove. Choose between the following options:
- For $50, you get a fresh meat and seafood platter (a $105 total value). The platter includes:
- Three beef kebabs
- Three chicken kebabs
- Three shrimp kebabs
- Four certified Angus ground-sirloin patties
- Two certified Angus new york strips
- Two boneless chicken breasts
- Four mild italian sausages
- Four hot italian sausages
- A house dessert for eight people
- A house salad for eight people<p>
- For $15, you get $30 worth of any fresh meat and seafood cuts on the menu. Items range from $2.28 to $54.39 each.
An epicurean supplier since 1912, Gardner’s Markets’ hand-selected case of marbled and heritage-breed meats earned the Best Gourmet Market - 2010 award from Miami New Times. Wooden skewers pierce juicy morsels of beef, chicken, and shrimp like a jousting lance pierces medieval shish kebabs as two boneless chicken breasts sensually pose to woo taste buds. Marbling white ribbons bolster certified cuts of Angus sirloin and new york strips with flavor, and quartets of hot and mild italian sausages sizzle on grill racks. Rounding out meals, a bounty of salad and dessert provides enough servings and patriotic music for the opening and closing ceremonies of eight-person feasts.
Alternatively, patrons can order juicy meats and fresh cuts of seafood à la carte. Yellowtail fillets ($28.19/lb.), swordfish ($20.69/lb.), and jumbo stone crabs ($41.39/lb.) drown hunger with an ocean-like force, and sustainably raised pork tenderloin ($8.98/lb.) and prime boneless rib eye ($29.73/lb.) excite incisors with an explosion of protein, like a piñata stuffed with beans.
Founded in 1912, Gardner's Market brought fine foods, gourmet groceries, and the services of skilled chefs to the public for over a century. While the grocer's store recently changed ownership, the mission and much of the market's renowned staff has endured. Executive Pastry Chef Luis Dorado still creates the same sinfully delicious sweet treats that have graced the cases during his 19-year tenure, whipping up everything from flourless chocolate tortes to crème brûlée. Other culinary artists spend their days crafting hot carrot bisque, Maryland mini crab cakes, and tres leches cake, cooked fresh and packed to go. They also whip up hot lunches, which vary in price from day to day due to the incorporation of market-price seafood and garnishes of freshly minted dollar bills. In the meat department, the team serves up certified angus beef, hormone-free chicken, naturally-raised lamb, and more.
Northeast Coconut Grove
3117 Bird Ave.
Coconut Grove, Florida 33133