What happens when you get two friends who decide they want to spread their love for sandwiches? You get the Sambiches Pop-Up. Nicky is Chilean, Sophie is Cuban and if you take a gander (that’s right I said gander) at the menu you can clearly see those influences. After experimenting and taste testing with friends, they chose the 5 best combinations to grace the 1st menu for Sambiches.
You can catch them this weekend (Sat Nov 9th and Sun Nov 10th) at Vinos in the Grove from 4 to 10PM. I would never call a lady a bitch, but if she made an excellent sandwich I might call her Sambich, just sayin’.
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Come out and support them, and hopefully you’ll find a Sambiches Pop-Up in your ‘hood soon enough.
Where: Vinos in the Grove
Address: 3409 Main Hwy Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Date: Saturday November 9th & Sunday November 10th
Time: 4PM – 10PM
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I remember the first time someone mentioned A.C’s Icees to me and I admitted I have never hit him up. I didn’t get a “I can’t believe you haven’t had it” face but more like a “I feel sorry for you face”. But after having A.C.’s, it left me with a “where have you been all my life” kinda look right before I finished one of his lemonades so fast it left me with brain freeze.
A.C. Icee’s has been around since 1978 at Kennedy Park (2600 South Bayshore Drive) in Coconut Grove. You can find him there from 11AM – 6PM every day. He has the first mobile concession permit by the city of Miami and in 2008 to celebrate his 30 years of service to the community the City of Miami installed a stone seat monument with a plaque. You can find it right in front of where his truck is normally parked.
A’.C’s Icees has 3 flavors: Frosted Lemonade, Cherry, and Piña Colada & 3 sizes: Small (12 oz), Medium (16 oz), and Large (24 oz). I’ve usually go straight for the Lemonade and Medium size. During the summer, unless you’re a quick slurper that dude is gonna melt. What am I talking about…the heat is always here, get the Large. This is the smoothest and most flavorful Lemonade you will ever have. Nothing compares.
If you happen to be hungry I’d suggest you go for one of his dogs (Sabrett’s) with the NY style onions too. They’re the perfect thing to wash down with a cold drink on a warm Miami afternoon. But you should already know that since you should have already been here. Hmmmmm….?
LoKal Burgers and Beer opened up to much fanfare and burger hype from the usual folks. I’ll be honest I was kinda turned off to checking this joint out because of that. Kush, the owner is a big proponent of purchasing ingredients that are sustainable and locally sourced. His passion for it convinced me that I should give it the old college try.
Pretty much everything in the place is recycled from the LoKal sign made from cork board, the cassette tape wrapped bar to the wooden pallet tables. There’s even a little area selling great locally made products like Copperpot’s Jams & Jellies (which I love).
The Fresh Alligator Strips were calling my name but the New Mexico Chili had my attention the minute I looked at the menu. The chili which is topped with Monterrey Jack Cheese and diced Onions was riveting. I almost channeled my inner Johnny Depp (Once Upon a Time in Mexico style) and went back to the kitchen to take care of the chef. It was so good I was eating as if someone was going to take it away from me. The next thing I knew it was good and I still kinda miss it to this day.
It’s clearly stated that Kush’s Favorite is LoKal’s version of a Frita topped with Guava Jelly, Melted Gruyere, Stuffed with Potato Sticks, Crispy Bacon, their Lokal Sauce and then pressed and cut in half. I will normally go for either the house specialty or just the restaurant’s straight up regular burger, in this case the Classic. But….I chose the 50/50 (50% Florida ground beef & 50% Florida ground Bacon, served w/ Mayo, Monterrey Jack Cheese, Tomato and a Sweet Onion Marmalade). It’s served with 50% sweet potato fries, 50% french fries and homemade Ketchup and Honey Mustard dipping sauces.
Take your pick, you won’t go wrong with either the regular or sweet potato fries. That honey mustard dipping sauce is pretty stupendous. The burger was everything you might expect and more. What really got me was the smokey taste that ran throughout the burger and how fresh it was. The Sweet Onion Marmalade added a nice sugary component that cut through slightly and complimented the meat. I’m sold and I’m looking forward to some more Chili and a Classic Burger. Or maybe the Alligator Strips and the Royale with Cheese? I’ll figure it out.
LoKal Burgers and Beer
3190 Commodore Plz, Miami, FL 33133
I’ve never been to a marina much less walked through one. Scotty’s Landing is located right next to Grove Key Marina in Coconut Grove. Nelson is a big fan of this place and suggested we meet up for some lunch here. Somehow Nelson tricks me into sitting where he wants and I end up with a view of this tree.
My View for the next Hour and a 1/2
While I was kidding about that, you can have a nice view of the water while there.
To start with we order the Hot Wings and some Nachos. The Wings actually arrive first and we dig in.
They are served with two packets of Blue Cheese and Celery Sticks. Nelson being the gentleman that he believes he is, hands me my packet. And then I realize why he’s so courteous. The packet is all covered in Buffalo Sauce while his is clean. I return the favor and smear Buffalo Sauce on his while he’s answering a phone call (there’s nothing like behaving like a child with your friends). The Wings have a nice Buffalo Sauce (not too hot) with a slight taste of Garlic.
The Nachos were your standard stuff topped with Nacho Cheese, Chili, Jalapenos and Black Olives. For our actual meal we both order the Triple Cheeseburger (triple Cheese not triple Beef) and I also order a Chili Dog for good measure. The Triple Cheeseburger while good wasn’t going to set your heart on fire. It was served with Dinner Fries which I love.
Chili Cheese Dog
The Chili Dog was also pretty good and I liked the Hot Dog better than the Chili topping. Sure, Scotty’s Landing doesn’t have the best Burger in town but if you’re looking for a place to relax, drink some ice cold beer and catch up with some friends then you’ve found the place.
3381 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove, FL
My original intent was not to eat at Taurus. Since the original plan didn’t pan out I drove by Taurus to make sure it was open after what happened last time. It was and we (my wife Marcela and I) were lucky enough to find a parking meter right near by. You can also valet park right in front of the Taurus. It’s not very big but it does have a very welcoming feel to it. It also has an outside seating area in case you need to be seen.
The menu is very limited and written on a chalk board. There are only burgers, wings and pizza available.
We decide to order the 10 oz. Burger w/Cheddar Cheese, a Pepperoni Pizza and Wings to share. The wings were crispy and good but do not come tossed in sauce.
Instead the hot sauce, blue cheese and celery are served on the side (and no extra charge for them is a plus). While my wife really liked the pizza I didn’t love it but thought it was just ok.
So after re-reading Blind Mind’s post about the Taurus I realized how much he really liked the fries. Once I tasted a fry I couldn’t stop. There is truffle oil on the fries. If you’ve never eaten fries topped with truffle oil then you’re missing one of life’s great treasures.
The burger was cooked perfectly and tasted great but Marcela made one mistake on this day. She decided to go to the restroom and leave a piece of her half of the burger. It was just looking at me.
Well Hello There!
It was asking to be eaten, so I did. She didn’t even realize it which was perfect until she realized I ate all the leftover fries too. That’s what I get for getting greedy.
Taurus won BurgerBeast.Com’s 2010 Burgie Award for “Best Fries”
3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL
One of the questions I get asked a lot is where do you buy meat for BBQs? When we’re going to do a BBQ right, we usually go to Fresh Market. We’ve also purchased Burgers, Hot Dogs and Sausages from Whole Foods but prefer Fresh Market. Fresh Market sells Sirloin Burgers (a favorite of mine) with Bacon/Cheddar, Blue Cheese & Cajun Seasoning/Swiss mixed in. On this occasion we purchased 2 of each including the regular Sirloin Burgers.
Bacon Cheddar Burger Patties
Blue Cheese Burger Patties
Steak Seasoning Swiss Burger Patties
Sirloin Burger Patties
We also got some Sweet and Spicy Sausages as well as Hot Dogs (all made by Fresh Market). Country Bob’s All Purpose Steak Sauce sent me a couple of bottles to try out so I figured this would be a good time to try the sauce out. One other thing, my family doesn’t like that I try to sneak Medium Burgers past them. It is unfortunate for me that most people I know like to eat their meat Well Done but I do what I can to enlighten them. Luckily I was able to fit everything on the grill.
Grill Is Full
I’m not one to put anything on the Burgers while cooking other than Salt and Pepper. I only put the Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce on one Burger.
Burger w/Country Bob’s
These pictures almost look like a bad 1950s horror movie (switching back and forth between night and day). It seems as if they were taken at different times but it was all over the course of an hour. We also had some delicious drinks (including an imported Coke from ole Mexico).
Some of the Drinks
When it was all said and done the platter looked beautiful.
Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce was so good I put in on a hot dog.
Hot Dog w/Country Bob’s & Onions
Of all the burgers, the one with the Cheddar and Bacon was my favorite. Best of all, everyone fell in love with Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce which was good because they didn’t realize I cooked the burgers Medium. Yess!!!
I call my cousin Fred up and tell him, “Pick me up, I got a place for us to try”. I knew I definitely wanted to check out Jaguar or Taurus in Coconut Grove. Using my phone’s trusty GPS, I program the address and we’re off walking through Coconut Grove. It seems that no matter how close I get, I never arrive at the location. Could I have written down the wrong info for Jaguar? I would later find out that I didn’t write down the address wrong but that the site I got the address from, had it listed incorrectly. Fred and I have now been walking around for a good 20 minutes and the heat has not been kind to us. It’s horrifically (believe it or not this word really exists, I looked it up to make sure) hot. We decide to check out Taurus, but this time the GPS on my phone does not fail me. We see it in the distance and we’re positive it’s not a mirage. At last we arrive and in a stroke of the kind of luck we’re having, we’re 45 minutes too early. They don’t open until 4. Un-f’in-believable. Do we wait or seek out another place to eat at? We’re on our way again and I suggest Mr. Moe’s. We walk in, take a seat at the booth and realize our knees are touching. Yeah….I don’t think so. We get up and walk out. Fred suggests Sandbar and I agree. I remember eating and having a few beers at Sandbar some years ago.
I order the Sandbar Sampler (Chicken Fingers, Corn Nuggets and Popcorn Shrimp) and the Baja Sampler plus some Classic Buffalo Wings and Joey Style wings. The only problem is when the order arrives, the server ordered the Boardwalk Sampler instead of the Baja Sampler. This means that I don’t get to try their Southwest Chimi Rolls, Taquitos, Nachos and Quesadillas. Instead I get O-rings (I’m OK with that), Coconut Shrimp (not a favorite of mine but passable), Calamari (nope, don’t like breaded bubblegum) and Wings (I think we already ordered that). As our table is filled with plates.
Sweet Wings aka Joey Style
I make the move and order the “Cheeseburger In Paradise”. I think a better name is in order here but I’ll keep all suggestions to myself. It would be too easy. The food is definitely better suited to a drunk or drinking crowd. It’s good “bar” food but nothing really stands out except maybe the “Joey Style” Wings with their Sweet and Spicy flavor.
The Burger was standard stuff, definitely not of the fresh variety (it also looked as if they chopped it in half to check the temp) and the Fries were too greasy (imagine how bad they had to be for me to say that). As we’re done and leaving I have the worst revelation of all, not only is Jaguar across the street from Sandbar but we parked in the garage right next to it. I was so involved with my phone that I didn’t realize we walked right by it. I guess it wasn’t meant to be.
Sandbar Sports Grill
3064 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL