I’ve been making a mental list of things that I want to start doing when we move into our first home. On this list there are projects and purchases, little gestures that I truly believe will make our lives that bit more beautiful. I imagine us becoming less reliant on supermarkets for our fruit and vegetables, instead taking the time each week to visit our local farmer’s market, butcher and fish monger. I see myself hand-selecting flowers and having an array of pretty vases to showcase them in. I picture us making our own nut butters, almond milk and ice cream. There are other small things that I’d like to have too, like fresh orange juice daily, artisan bread (made by myself if I’m feeling particularly adventurous), interesting magazines and beautiful books for our coffee table and of course, pasta Sundays.
So a couple of months back, my homie Nat (of GrownUPishh and In The Spirit of A Stiletto — she’s a bit of an overachiever if you ask me) and I, decided we wanted to go out to lunch. We, being the total girls that we are, knew not where we wanted to go, but we knew it was going to be in Coconut Grove.
We went to various places (looking at you Greenstreet), but found that the wait was too much for our hunger level, so we left our names and walked around. Luckily, we came across this little gem, tucked away on Commodore Plaza (a few store fronts down from Mr. Moe’s), known as George’s In The Grove.
Initial Impression: Not going to lie — from the outside it might not look like much and when you go in you might not make much sense of the décor, but when you read that there’s French influence incorporated into the restaurant and decor, you throw caution to the wind. Everything about this place screams charm; and if you can’t see it then I suggest you take that cucumber out of your butt. We were instantly greeted by a waitress who was prompt in telling us that we would be seated in 10 (which ended being like 5).
Things to Note: We happened to be there on a Sunday which only means two things: brunch and mimosas (which you are awarded one complimentary drink just for showing up). Although neither of us opted for the brunch menu (which looked very delicious), we both had burgers (we were hangry at this point).
What I Had:
Mimosas: Please note, I ONLY had one.
Bread Basket: I’m a sucker for bread and jelly. I also have a bad habit of judging places that don’t serve you bread — unless you have big portions.
The Frenchie Burger: Angus Beef Patty with melted Brie Cheese, smoked prosciutto, and lettuce. This normally comes with onions and tomatoes, but I said ‘no’ to those.
Final Verdict: Will definitely be going back again (don’t really know why I haven’t, yet). Also, if it’s your birthday and you happen to be there (AND tell them; they aren’t mind readers), they drop down a disco ball and play loud music as they bring you your dessert — which is TOTALLY badass. I’d also like to check out this spot at night. I would love to see all the funky things that go on over there; and more importantly, try out the dinner menu.
So lately, I have had a SERIOUS craving for burgers and wanted to treat Brother to something other than the home BBQ burgers he’s use to ( I was feeling particularly generous and didn’t want to eat alone). I reached out to the one-and-only Burger Beast for some yummy suggestions.
Initial Impression: You can smell the burger goodness all the way from RA Sushi down the street. As you walk toward the restaurant — the smell basically pulling you there — you’re welcomed by a very friendly seating host at the entrance. It was a nice day, so Brother and I decided to sit outside at a couch/chair table. Seating is quite comfy and spacious, but I can’t speak for seating inside.
What We Ate: Upon being seated, you are handed the menu; which is full of a delicious array of options. Almost bought everything on there, but I didn’t because my bank account isn’t built like that — nor is my stomach. So of the things that stood out? The mac ‘n’ cheese bar; the burgers (obviously); and the ‘Fries and Rings.’
The Somi BRGR: Creamy Brie Cheese and Fig Jam (although you’d never know by the placement of the bun). [My Choice]
The Sweet & Smokey BRGR: Smoked Maple Cheddar & Caramelized Onions & Bacon (and all the fixins’). [Brother’s Choice]
Truffle Fries[My Choice]
Final Verdict: Brother and I were beyond pleased. We both agreed that we would DEFINITELY be returning to indulge on some of their other goodies (specifically the mac ‘n’ cheese). Both burgers were perfectly cooked and the service was on point (shout out to Chelsea for being a doll!). And you can NEVER go wrong with Truffle Fries. Also, something to make note of, Mondays are “BRGR Bash Mondays” and you can find all their yummy burgers for $10 each.
This is not my first time venturing into the blogosphere, but I am making it a point to stick to this one. Those who know me, know that I love food — specifically how food can take you to another place and help you understand another culture.
To me, food goes hand in hand with culture because much of what we eat is comes from the traditions that surround us and end up fusing with other traditions — the final product being something utterly beautiful (and delicious).
What do I hope to accomplish with this blog? I don’t know, but I plan to get there on a full stomach. I invite you to join me on this journey to some place unknown to me (and you).