The magical area of Coconut Grove is famous for its neighborhood known as simply as “The Grove”.  On any given night this beautiful and historic area can be found packed to the brim with beautiful people, families, young ones, college kids and everyone in-between.  An area that famous for its bar crawls during college months is also home to venues with live music, independent and creative shops and fabulous restaurants.  One restaurant in particular is smack dab in the middle of it all.  It’s called LuLu In The Grove, and it’s the perfect mix of neighborhood friendly and as their website would call it, “funky yet, sophisticated”.

Recently my father was visiting me in Miami from Columbus, Ohio and I wanted to take him to something that he would like.  You see, South Beach gives my father what I like to call SHS; or better known as “Sticker Shock Syndrome”.  My dad about passed out at his $147 bill when we went to The Standard for lunch, and actually dropped the flip-flops on the ground in a natural state of surprise after looking at the tag one time last year at gift shop that were in, (they were priced at $208!) And also, my dad is so midwestern in his nature that he refers to most restaurants in my area of South Beach as “foo-foo”, so I had to take him somewhere with a more relaxed neighborhood-like friendly vibe.  I chose LuLu’s In The Grove because of its amazing location, it’s 10 star reviews and it’s surprisingly moderate prices.  For those of you who believe South Beach is overpriced (I’d say most of you believe that) and desire that hometown feel with attentive service and amazing food, LuLu’s is the place you need to visit.  Not only is everything about the restaurant amazing, but the location is in the heart of The Grove, which is THE up-and-coming area.

We had a chef’s tasting menu, and first be brought out by our wonderful server Bruno was the goat cheese croquettes, bacon wrapped dates and a steak, bleu cheese and tomato flat bread.   The goat cheese croquettes were little lightly breaded and seasoned balls of batter filled with melted by fluffy goat cheese.  The bacon wrapped dates were ok, not my favorite but then again I’m not a dates fan.  And as for the flat bread, it was actually my first time eating bleu cheese believe it or not, and I actually really enjoyed it.  As for the flat bread itself, it was amazing.  The only thing that could have made it better is if it was made with feta.  But luckily for those who like to change-up their orders, the chef said that it’s commonly changed to feta with no problem.  As for our entrees, my dad had the herb crusted salmon in a yellow pepper glaze and I had the free range rotisserie chicken covered in crushed herbs and paprika and served with french fries.

Lulu’s mixes hometown neighborhood friendly attitude, moderate prices and beautiful South Florida atmosphere with perfection and flare.   Ask for general managers Alexander Mier or Britt Burman for more information, and tell them you saw them in Seen By Sara for some amazing perks!