For meatlovers, dreams really do come true at Lo De Lea Argentinean Grill
Our bud, Dan, introduced us to Lo De Lea Argentinean Grill in Mimo. For $15 (on Monday nights only) you can indulge in an unlimited amount of traditional Argentinean food. Sounds amazing, right?
Our “Mangia Memoir” (what we’ll remember)
Adam (my husband) and I vacationed in Argentina for our honeymoon. It was a truly beautiful country, comprised of so many surprises, different terrains and most importantly, the best meat we’ve ever had in our lives…in copious amounts.
How Argentines live past 30 and don’t need colon cleansing monthly is beyond me, because these gauchos are crazy with the amount of meat they eat. Needless to say, Adam and I took full advantage of this while on our honeymoon, each bringing home a pretty beautiful souvenir — a “meat gut”. It took me quite a while to lose the “meat gut” and also to revitalize my craving for meat, but after about 8 months when Kelvin and Dan asked me to accompany them on their meat adventure, I gladly accepted.
Upon reaching the entrance to the restaurant, I asked Dan to get in a photo near that sign and as you can see, Dan was a happy man. He was happy because he knew what glory we were in store for.
We started out dining on their terrace, but Dan and Kelvin were getting the shit bit out of them by mosquitoes, so we transferred inside, where they oh so conveniently had paper tablecloths and crayons, making it ever so easy for me to “tag” their restaurant with a Mangia! Memoirs call-out.
The meal itself was pretty quiet… I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that we were stuffing our faces the entire time. When we started the meal, we thought “Yeah, man! We are gonna order like 3 rounds of this stuff… keep it coming!”, but honestly, it was soooo filling, we only had 1 round. Can you believe that?! One round at an All-You-Can-Eat meat fest! Sounds pathetic, but you check it out and let me know how far you get!
- 3 All-You-Can-Eats for $15 each, which consists of:
- Starter plate of traditional sausage, morcilla (blood sausage) and chorizo
- Salad with house dressing
- Main Course of Bife de Lomo, Ribs and Chicken
- Roasted Potatoes
- 4.5 stars
- FOOD: succulent, perfectly cooked meats of great quality and beautifully al dente seasoned potatoes. Felt like being back in Argentina.
- SERVICE: above average service for Miami. Friendly waitstaff. Being a Spanish-speaker would definitely be a plus. Some things seemed to get lost in translation, but everyone had a smile.
- AMBIANCE: dining “al fresco” started out well. Their terrace is a small sectioned-off area with about 4 tables, right on the side walk. There are plants surrounding the tables and it was fun to see the basil and rosemary plants they use for the food right there next to us. Downfall would be the mosquitoes, unfortunately. The inside of the restaurant is perfect for what you’d want from an Argentinean restaurant – exposed brick, wine bottles, quaint but inviting and dark, but not too dark. If you are looking for a quite evening, get their early. As Monday night progresses, larger parties of boisterous Argentines arrive and the restaurant really gets lively.
- Would You Go Back? Definitely!! And I can’t wait to bring my husband. Maybe make an anniversary date out of it!