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 decided 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.
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