It was Friday and Miss Issa and I decided to take a stroll in Coconut Grove. Hungry, we ended up at Le Bouchon Du Grove, a distinct French Bistro in Miami.
This is a sidewalk café, full of character and personality, close your eyes to the surroundings outside and it is easy to believe that you are in a little corner of Lyons. The decoration is a multi-colored tribute to France, this is a relaxed little restaurant that has been around since 1994 and is still going strong.
Neither of us had breakfast and it was after noon. So what to order?
Two Eggs the way you like it with Canadian Bacon or Pork Patties
As usual, Miss Issa chooses an atypical lunch: scrambled eggs with bacon and fried potatoes, breakfast for lunch! She truly enjoyed this dish and almost licked the plate when she was done. This was a real treat at this time of the day. Good value at $7.00 and definitely belly-filling.
Snails in Garlic Sauce
The French name is Escargots in Persillade which is a sauce made of a mixture of parsley (French: persil) chopped together with seasonings including garlic, herbs, oil, and vinegar. Escargots are dear to my heart as I love the chewy yet soft texture, it is divine to me. The escargots were swimming in a pool of garlic and parsley sauce, parsley overflowing all over the dish. I almost licked the dish like Issa but instead I did the unthinkable: I broke bread and dunked it in the delicious sauce, no way I was going to let the sauce waste. I always stay away from bread, but not this time. This was $10.50, not cheap, but worth it.
Fresh Steamed Mussels with White Wine and French Fries
Moules Mariniere – Pommes Frites, such a romantic name for a pot brimming of steamed mussels. I am not kidding when I say a pot of mussels, we are talking a massive red pot crammed full with mussels resting in a flavorful sauce so good it could also be eaten as a soup. We ate the mussels, one by one, filled with glee. Sweet, marine morsels from the sea with a touch of parsley. We drizzled the fries with salt and pepper and this only enhanced the ocean-taste of the mussels. One fry, one mussel, one fry, one mussel. Heaven. It is a bit pricey at $20.00 so I recommend sharing.
Le Bouchon du Grove is sure to deliver a good meal anytime of the day. Simple, robust and dependable. You can’t go wrong here.
Le Bouchon Du Grove
3430 Main Highway
Miami, FL 33133-5916
By Contributor Writer and Photographer Brenda Benoit