If you visited Under the Mango Tree for your daily smoothie order, you might have noticed a locked door and dim lights.
Fear not, because a sign on that door lovingly points you in the right direction: Follow the hearts colored in chalk down the steps, through the alley, and around the corner to Fifth Street, where the holistic shack has moved with (as the sign states) the same vibe, same menu, same mango tree — just an upgrade.
The upgrade entails a bigger, better, and brighter space, equipped with an actual kitchen and a ficus tree.
The move happened after owner Patricia Olesen was notified that new City of Miami Beach regulations required a grease trap at her eatery despite the fact that she doesn't cook. She was forced to relocate Under the Mango Tree but was committed to staying in the neighborhood. "The priority was keeping the same sense of community and being close to the same locals who’ve been supporting us and coming every morning since 2011," Olesen says.
When a spot on Fifth Street between Meridian and Euclid Avenues became available, she jumped on it even though she and her team had to build out a kitchen (and grease trap) from scratch. "It wasn’t the best scenario, but now we have a full big kitchen," meaning Under the Mango Tree is going to up its ante of offerings.
Yes, you can still get your fix of the famous Marley bowl, a made-to-order juice or smoothie with your dose of fruits and veggies for the day, or a spicy kale melt if you’re in need of some carbs and cheese. But in a month or so, you’ll also be able to enjoy fresh salads.
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Olesen is also introducing a kids' menu. A mother of two, she often struggles to find good and nutritious food for her children, so she’s decided to do what any supermom would: take matters into her own hands. She doesn’t want to say much until the children's offerings are finalized, but expect fun items that’ll get little palates excited about kale, spinach, beets, and other veggies.
If you're looking for some novelty in your açaí bowl routine, Under the Mango Tree is dishing out a new detox bowl made with local moringa from Flagler Farm, pineapple, gluten-free nut-and-seed granola, goji berries, hemp, and chia seeds. If you want a bit of a punch, opt for the spicy ginger bowl that was added to the menu a few months ago and will likely become your new favorite.
Under the Mango Tree
737 Fifth St., Miami Beach; 305-397-8767; mangotreemiami.com.