Paragon Grove 14: Upgraded Seats & Eats

Categories: First Bites
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When Paragon Grove 14 opened its new multiplex at CocoWalk in 2010, with all stadium reserved seating and Sony 4k digital projection, it was a major upgrade over the old, run-down AMC Theatre it replaced. Now Paragon has added new luxury dine-in theaters and an expanded menu at The Lot Bar & Lounge.

The Prestige Imports Premier section, as it is known, includes four theaters surrounding The Lot, with high-back leather chairs and swivel table trays for easy eating. Cost? Just a couple of bucks more than a regular ticket at Paragon.

You can order your meal in The Lot and take it in the theater with you. Or, if you get hungry during your movie, just pop out and place your order, then return to your seat with a silent buzzer that alerts you when your order is ready.

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Chef Andrew Holmes has revamped The Lot's menu with the goal of providing appealing, reasonably priced food that's easy to eat. No cardboard popcorn or withered hot dogs here. The menu sports some surprisingly tasty appetizers, flatbreads, burgers, brats, sandwiches and sides.

Flatbread pizzas ($10) come in five varieties. We enjoyed the Carnival, with a mix of meats, tomato and mozzarella, and the White, with goat cheese, prosciutto, sun dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, caramelized onions and a balsamic reduction. Both were crispy, chewy and delicious.

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The Asian Peanut Butter Burger ($11) was one of our favorites from the menu's Burgers & Brats section. A plump, 8-ounce patty flavored with peanut butter and Chinese five spice is served on a lightly toasted bun with a spread of "Confucius cabbage slaw." Russet potato fries were too salty - better to go with a side of sweet potato fries ($4) or large, fresh-cut onion rings ($4).

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Mahi-mahi tacos ($11) come two per order, each with tender planks of grilled fish topped with southern slaw and pico de gallo, wrapped in a soft flour tortilla. A variety of other tacos, wraps and sandwiches are also available.

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For dessert, try the "Jackie Brownie" ($8), a warm, phyllo-wrapped brownie served with vanilla ice cream, or maybe the Monkey Bread ($7), sweet dough balls rolled in cinnamon sugar, molasses and butter.

You don't have to watch a movie to enjoy a meal or a drink at The Lot. The lounge itself has plenty of seats, plus a spacious bar and an 80" TV surrounded by four 55" screens (football, anyone?). 

In addition to sangrias, spritzers and mimosas available by the glass ($7) or the pitcher ($14), The Lot offers a respectable selection of domestic and imported beers ($5-7), plus 30 or so wines available by the glass ($5-12) or bottle.

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The Lot also has daily specials including $3 domestic beers on Sundays, $3 brats on Mondays and "Endless Pizza" on Wednesdays for $10. Even though it's a bit removed from the ground floor action at CocoWalk, with prices like these, The Lot might well become one of the Grove's more popular gathering spots, especially on game days.

Location Info

The Lot Bar & Lounge

3015 Grand Ave. 3rd Floor, Coconut Grove, FL

Category: Film

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Everybody check your bill when you go here.  They tried to rip us off twice.  Kept trying to charge $7 for beers that are clear on the menu for $6.  Flat bread pizza that was charged $11.50 and is marked as $10 on the menu.  We unfortunately didn't catch the flat bread price issue till we got home.  But I intend to go back and speak with a manager.


Do NOT be missled.  And what they fail to really discus... this is NOT cinebistro movie going. This is: get to the movies, pay $2 extra per ticket, go to the bar to order food and drinks.  They'll give you a pager to return to the bar to pick up order when it's ready.  Now sit in these "fancy", probably more uncomfortable then the other theaters, seats.  Now, if you do intend on eating dinner there, the swivel tray is a nice addition, as is a love seat since you don't have to share elbow space with the stranger next to you.  However, after my piss poor experience with it.  I'm content with paying less for a ticket, just grabbing some popcorn and enjoying the movie.  I'll deal with the elbow room.  Then enjoy a much better food somewhere else or at home.


Is there really a big demand for this?  Are people itching to eat dinner in a dark movie theater?  


Don't get me wrong -- I like Paragon because it has large, comfortable seats and they show a decent number of independent films that are hard to find elsewhere in Miami (even though they project them on smallish screens).  On the other hand, I would have been really annoyed if I went to see "The Master," and somebody in the row behind me was clanking a knife and fork on a plate while eating dinner. 

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