Smoked BBQ Ribs
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Although Lil’ Greenhouse Grill is less than a year old, it has easily become my favorite restaurant in Miami. To share my love and adoration for this place, I gathered my Comfort Food Before Love crew and headed over to Lil’ Greenhouse Grill for dinner at 1300 NW 3rd Avenue.
The restaurant is cozy and the service is spectacular. Our waitress was very attentive and the manager/co-owner, Nicole, was kind enough to explain the entire menu. She also made lovely wine recommendations. My favorite was the Pinotage, a red wine from South Africa.

Nicole explained that the head chef, Karim, is a meat master, so most of us opted for the BBQ Rib Tips as an appetizer. It was a major hit – super flavorful and laid on top of toasted white bread. The combination was so good that it left us all speechless. If you like a little spice, I would recommend the Dreamfire Shrimp. It was very well seasoned and had the right amount of kick.

Smoked BBQ Ribs
Photo by Korey Davis Photography

The entrees are sizable and reasonably priced. From the Half BBQ Chicken (sizable chicken smothered in BBQ sauce), to the Smoked BBQ Ribs (fall off the bone tender, smothered in BBQ sauce, and stacked on a plate), to the Seafood Cake Dinner (flaky fish bound together with imitation crab meat instead of breading so as to maintain a well-seasoned seafood flavor) – you cannot go wrong with any choice you make. Each entrée comes with your choice of two sides. The Baked Mac N Cheese is a must and Collard Greens (cooked with turkey) was the most desired side of the evening.

Mac and Cheese, Collards, Lil greenhouse grill
Photo by Korey Davis Photography

Overall, Lil’ Greenhouse Grill is a great place to grab a bite for lunch or dinner, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The cozy ambiance, the warm hospitality, and the smooth sounds of old school R&B and soul music coupled with oh-so-good food, make for the perfect dining experience. Visit Lil’ Greenhouse Grill…you will not regret it.

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game time
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Thinking of where to take dad for an amazing meal to show him how much he’s loved for this Father’s Day? Whether he loves sports, being on or near the water, rooftop views, or simply delicious food in his belly without the extra “fuss” — we’ve got you covered.

Father’s Day Brunch on the South Beach Lady

Treat dad to delicious eats, beautiful views, and some tunes for dad to bust a move, as you sail around Miami on a luxury yacht. This boating experience is being offered for $79 per adult and $39 per child (under 12 years old)

    1. Location: 1318 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood, Florida 33019
    2. Price: $$$

To make a reservation, visit South Beach Lady’s website

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Brunch on the Waterfront at River Yacht Club

If you want to avoid dad getting motion sickness, but you still want him to spoil dad with open air fine dining on the water, you should try River Yacht Club. It has great water views and you can also arrive by boat!

    1. Location: 401 SW 3rd Ave., Miami, FL 33130
    2. Pricing: $$$

To make a reservation, contact River Yacht Club at (305)200-5716 or visit their page on Open Table 

Dinner at Morton’s the Steakhouse

For the steak loving dad, Morton’s is offering a three course meal for $59 this Father’s Day.

    1. Location: 1200 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131
    2. Pricing: $$

Contact Morton’s the Steakhouse to reserve your table at (305)400-9990

Mealtime at GameTime!

Have a laid back time with dad at this sports restaurant with delicious bites to satisfy the whole family. Want to make this special time even better? Dad eats FREE with the purchase of another entree of equal or lesser value.

    1. Location: 5701 Sunset Dr, Ste 330, Miami, FL 33143
    2. Pricing: $$

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share delicious bites with dad! Make your reservation now by calling (305)667-4263.

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Father’s Day Lunch Buffet at Leona’s Palace

Prime Rib carving station…baked mac and cheese…homemade mashed potatoes…hawaiian barbeque chicken…is your mouth watering yet? I hope it is because Leona’s Palace has these goodies lined up and more for dad this Sunday.

    1. Location: 2029 Harrison Street, Hollywood, FL 33020
    2. Pricing: $30 for adults and $15 for children

Get your tickets to this lunch by visiting their site.

Brunch at Area 31

Take dad to a place where he can feel like he is eating on top of the world! The views of Miami are absolutely beautiful. Almost as beautiful as the presentation of the plates at Area 31. The taste? Simply devine.

    1. Location: 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
    2. Pricing: $$

Brunch will be served between noon and 3 p.m., so be sure to contact Area 31 for a reservation at (305) 424-5234.

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Treat dad to an indescribable experience with delicious food, in a lovely atmosphere, and surrounded by the people that he loves most.

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Miami Finga Licking Stuffed Lobster
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In my first attempt to make it to Miami Finga Licking, I failed miserable by driving 25 more minutes out of Miami to Finger Licking Caribbean restaurant. Hello disappointment. Many of you who are avid readers of my travels, know how much I love going to Miami to eat. So if I’m not at my favorite Miami brunch spot or frolicking on the beach, I’m looking for quick eats that can keep the party going.

Determined to eat at the real Miami Finga Licking, I made it my business with the help of my boyfriend, to stop by as soon as I landed. The sun had already set and it was technically on the way to South Beach so it made sense. But let me warn you that when I pulled up, the security gaurds were wearing your latest bullet proof vest which made the place look even more eery and shady than it did. I’m known to risk my life over some chicken so there was no real cause for concern but seriously? Vest? I needed to see what the hype was about.

Miami Finga Licking Mystery Drink

I was also hoping I would run into DJ Khaled since he’s one of the owners but maybe you’ll be luckier than I was on your visit. Though I could use a cocktail, I quickly ordered the mystery drink that was suggested at my table. I really wish it came with vodka but it was delicious and fun to have. It reminded me of my childhood, as the drink is colorful and fruity but didn’t have the loads of sugar I was probably drinking back then, that or I couldn’t tell. Somehow, it lasted through the entire meal and it was refreshing takeaway from the food party my tastebuds like to have.

Miami Finga Licking Wings

Previously, I had heard the chicken here was going to be majestic and although they were, I was upset no one told me how good the sides were going to be. For me, it was about having it all back to back that really made the meal. I love wings that are covered in sauce so, win. It had the perfect crunch you’re always hoping for before the bite and leaves you wanting for more but the fact that you can get two sides is what makes Miami Finga Licking the bomb. I had corn on the side, as well as, macaroni and cheese. May the church say, Amen. Everything was just right and one spoonful after the other, it all started to disappear. We also ordered the shrimp stuffed lobster which they didn’t hold back on portion wise. It’s safe to say everyone was satisfied and I can’t wait to visit Miami Finga Licking again.

Miami Finga Licking Stuffed Lobster

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Cheeseburger Baby Miami
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I go to Miami enough to know where to grab a great bite to eat. Sometimes, when I’m having a craving, I try to rationalize how a few of my favorite Miami restaurants are just a flight away.

Check out these 4 places you must try in Miami.

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Cheeseburger Baby | 14th & Washington Ave

Whether it’s for lunch or when you’re about to head in from a long night on Collins Avenue, Cheeseburger Baby is a much better alternative than the pizza spot in Miami. Though they have more than burgers, their thick shakes and hearty burgers will do you the justice you’re looking for.

Cheeseburger Baby Miami

Bolivar | 841 Washington Ave

Ocean Drive is far too crowded with tourist and overpriced pasta so when you’re traveling for a birthday, you may be seeking something more intimate for your group. Bolivar has heavy portions, live music, and plenty of sangria to keep the party going. If you’re traveling with a group and need some down time from the festivities, this is a great place to have that special dinner.

Bolivar Miami

Larios | 820 Ocean Drive

This is the only restaurant really worth visiting on the strip and it’s never crowded. The secret is out now but the delicious Cuban dishes at Larios, can’t be passed up. The appetizers are great for sharing and the location works from when you want to get back to the beach quickly. I try not to leave Miami without getting their stuffed plantain cups.

660 Anglers | 660 Washington Ave

Going on it’s third and possibly fourth plug on FoodBeforeLove, Anglers is my favorite brunch spot in South Beach. The menu has changed since my first visit but the quality of service and food has not. The bread here was haunting me for a while, it’s a must try. With the bottomless mimosas they offer, nothing on the menu will stop you from loving this place.

Shrimp Po Boy

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Tempura wrap
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Remember your first time in Miami … Or the first time you had Sex on the Beach ?

And by sex, I mean eating in South Beach.

I remember. It was so good that I went back to 660 Anglers to do it again, just one more time. But this time around, it was a weekday so I didn’t have the luxury of enjoying brunch. Now that I think about it, it was more like foreplay.  Lunch by the beach, no mimosas but Sangria to make you feel nice and mojito’s to put you over the edge. I could get used to this.

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My health conscious friends decided to get the chicken parrilla sandwich which is served on ciabatta bread. They didn’t want their bread so I ate a piece or two and it was amazing. Why didn’t I get this sandwich? And it had bacon, too. Yes honey! But I opted for the fish tempura wrap. Yummy, but too much food, I probably shouldn’t have gone to fat Tuesdays first.

Drinks 660 Anglers

I specifically enjoyed the cucumber in the wrap. I don’t like cucumbers at all. But it made what could have been a heavy wrap, extremely fresh and summer like. I’ve said this before, but I’l say it again, You haven’t really been to Miami until you go to 660 Anglers.

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Surf and Turf Royal Caribbean Cruise
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Happy MLK Day!

I’ve been away on a Royal Caribbean Cruise for vacation and I’ve used the rest of my free time during my return eating my heart out… what’s new?

For me, there are few greater feelings like landing in a city or place you aren’t familiar with and trying new things. So for my birthday,  I booked a cruise to the Bahamas, making a short stop in Miami. All Inclusive meals? Sounds like my kind of trip. Every morning for breakfast, we headed to the buffet where I would get two to three plates full of food.

Royal Caribbean Cruise

Royal Caribbean Cruise

All day long they hosted bars by the pool and drinks on drinks were served. The best part of it all was that at 9pm every night, we got all dressed up for dinner where we were served by a woman who had to be the best waitress on the Royal Caribbean Cruise ship. There’s nothing like a pleasant service and menu options that changed every night!

Royal Caribbean Cruise

Royal Caribbean Cruise

When I was in the Bahamas, I was extremely anxious to try the local food and I was granted the opportunity to try Conch (pronounced Konk) Fritters for the first time. They were so delicious, I wish I could had more days to spend there eating.

Conch Bahamas Local food

On our last night, which was my birthday, I had to have the Surf and Turf which was a little extra and completely worth it. We were all beyond full but aside from the sight seeing, excursions, pool fun, and the awesome moments never to be forgotten, the food was more than I could have hoped for.

Royal Caribbean Cruise

Royal Caribbean Cruise

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