The Ten Best Healthy Restaurants in Miami
Grain bowl at Plant Food + Wine.
Photo by Nicola Haubold
When you were little, you probably spent countless hours sitting in front of plates of spinach you refused to eat. But now, as Miami embraces a new health trend, there's no escaping your favorite leafy greens. Luckily, the Magic City does "clean eating" well by offering a handful of local restaurants and organic eateries that make being healthy a breeze.
From hidden homestyle cafeterias and simple salad shops to innovative restaurants with refined vegan cuisine, here are Miami's best healthful spots.
Organic Bites' bruchettas and caprese salad.
Photo courtesy of Organic Bites
10. Organic Bites
Organic Bites is a seasonal restaurant located on Miami's Upper Eastside that offers affordable fare to health-conscious customers. Serving mostly organic food in an outdoor and casual setting, it strives to adhere to its slogan, "All food was organic once upon a time." Chef Gonçalo Costa created a menu that doesn't sacrifice flavor, featuring items such as edamame hummus ($8), smoked salmon ($11.50), and a signature beef burger with sweet potato fries ($14).
9. Poké 305
Nestled next to American Social in Brickell, Poké 305 brings a traditional Hawaiian dish to the Magic City. This fast-casual eatery allows you to build your own salads, burritos, or bowls using variations of raw fish, eclectic mix-ins, and homemade sauces. The ingredients are fresh, and the service is fast.
8. Jar+ Fork
Jar + Fork offers fast, healthful meals to countless office workers in downtown. Open only Monday through Friday, it caters to busy patrons who can dedicate only a few minutes to sit and eat. In its effort to serve only fresh fare, the restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients: Produce comes from Homestead's Verde Farms, bread from Zak the Baker, and bacon from Babe Froman Fine Sausages. The menu includes a $12 grab-and-go option that offers a soup and salad, as well as Paleo-inspired plates that come with a reasonably sourced protein and two veggie-based sides (prices vary by protein). Curry and rice bowls are also available and can be topped with salmon, steak, shrimp, tofu, chicken, or veggies.
Green papaya slaw
Photo by Nicola Haubold
7. The Lunchbox
Chef Carlos Dorado, the mastermind behind the food truck Arepabox, opened the Lunchbox last year in hopes of operating the first zero-waste restaurant in Miami. Printing no paper menus and relying on repurposed furnishings, he began to prepare food in a way that is good for both the body and the environment. The Lunchbox offers "neo-traditional" fare with Spanish flair and uses only local and seasonal ingredients. The menu includes tapas such as prosciutto with melon ($12) and shrimp taquitos ($10), as well as heartier dishes like chicken or steak paillard ($15).
6. Noa Café
Noa Café is a hidden gem on NE Second Avenue that's waiting to be discovered. The neighborhood restaurant, which began as a catering company, offers delicious, homestyle meals to customers on a budget. Located in a little white house, Noa is a charming spot that specializes in Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. The menu changes according to the season, but some signature staples are Middle Eastern mezze ($14), a salmon burger ($16), and flourless chocolate cake.
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