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Both a shrine to the Miami Dolphins and to sliced deli meat, the Football Sandwich Shop has been churning out sports-themed sammies since 1972. Subs on amazingly soft hoagie rolls are named after players and positions. Think of it as a sportier version of New York's Carnegie Deli and its famous Woody Allen sandwich. Instead of a nosh named for a comedian, go for the the Zonker (or simply the #39), named for Dolphins running back Larry Csonka. It's piled high with ham, salami, and provolone, and at $6.29, it's large enough to feed a professional athlete. Other sandwich tributes include the Submarino ($8.79) and a turkey sub named for Mercury Morris ($8.69). Although not named for a Dolphin, the Superstrami — a hot sub filled with what seems like 20 pounds of pastrami, turkey, Swiss, tomato, and Thousand Island dressing ($10.49) — is one hearty meal. Add a side of homemade macaroni salad ($1.70) for a touchdown of a lunch.

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Thanks to people like Beyoncé, Paul McCartney, and Liam Hemsworth, the prestige factor of a plant-based diet has seen a surge in recent years. (When Queen Bey gets onboard, everyone straps on their stilettos and follows suit.) Full Bloom, with its waterfront view and impossibly colorful, internationally inspired menu, might be Miami's Sasha Fierce-worthiest eatery. Owned by three passionate, gracious Italian gentlemen — with utterly charming accents — this elegant Miami Beach establishment was made for the sexy, the fashionable, and the Instagram-famous. Try the rich, savory cheese platter ($20.50); the fresh, spicy wasabi ginger nori rolls ($16.50); the buttery cashew ricotta and spinach ravioli ($24); and the decadent mocha salted caramel chocolate lava cake ($13.75). Gaze out at the glistening bay, dive headfirst into cruelty-free cuisine, and see and be seen alongside Miami's most compassionate, well-heeled residents. Vegan or meat-eater, you'll find lots to love here. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. weekdays and noon to 11 p.m. weekends.

Decades before hummus became as American a condiment as guacamole or salsa, the Oriental Bakery & Grocery was serving the chickpea tahini treat in South Florida. The Middle Eastern market off Coral Way goes at least as far back as 1954 (though one of the store's workers believes a version of the business began in 1939). Past the aisles of za'atar and jarred olives is a lunch counter serving food prepared onsite. You can have the hummus generously dabbed onto a falafel or shawarma sandwich, but it is flavorful enough that you will demand to take home a container of hummus to spread on loaves of bread or use as a dip for chips or carrot sticks. Made fresh every day, it sells for $6.99 a pound. You'd be wise to take them up on a sprinkling of olive oil and paprika on top.

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Eating cow's flesh might be an American tradition, but when you consider the added hormones, fats, ammonia, and antibiotics common in a standard meat patty (not to mention it's literally a corpse) — the McDonald's-esque burger of yore doesn't sound so appetizing. Enter Plant Theory's sun burger ($14). This raw (yes, raw) alternative is everything that dead food isn't. Nuts are soaked and sprouted and then mixed with carrots, sweet peppers, beets, celery, and fresh herbs. The patty is dehydrated, turned, and dehydrated again (call it the raw, vegan alternative to flipping a burger). The result is piled onto onion flax bread; layered with cashew mayo, sprouts, and supergreens; and served with a fresh, crisp salad on the side. It's surprisingly filling and teeming with necessary nutrients — your bod will thank you for the boost. Sure, it's a nontraditional burger choice, but this is the year of the underdog.

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Beets and Avocado

According to the original bestseller, humans once lived in a glorious garden. As the story goes, our svelte progenitors roamed the verdant landscape, coexisted with animal friends, and ate from lush, bountiful fruit trees. There were no stoves, chemicals, or heart disease. If anything in real life approaches this paradisiacal paradigm, it's Matthew Kenney's Plant Food + Wine. In a quiet corner of Wynwood, this sleek, sprawling eatery is tucked into the aptly titled Sacred Space. Complete with a reflecting pool, towering trees, and minimalist decor, it's an oasis. Here, the plant-based cuisine is impossibly colorful, delightfully fresh, and wildly creative. Try the kimchee dumplings wrapped in emerald-hued spinach paper ($15); the spicy hearts of palm salad with leche de tigre and choclo (Peruvian corn) ($16); the crisp, flavorful zucchini lasagna ($22); and the tangy starfruit tart with macadamia mascarpone ($14). Eat all you want — plants are the ultimate diet food. Clearly, Adam and Eve were onto something. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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If your workday menu looks anything like the average Miamian's, it probably goes something like this: cafecito, pastelito, colada, Cuban sandwich, café con leche. That's why the 305 is in desperate need of a siesta come 3:05. Instead of putting yourself to sleep (and gaining an unpleasant paunch), opt instead for life-affirming superfoods for lunch. At downtown's light and airy Manna Life Food, your food pyramid is the rainbow itself. Start with an iced lava latte, complete with golden masala mylk, cacao mojo mylk, vanilla zen mylk, and cacao matcha fudge ($8.50) — far from the average Starbucks swill. To fill your rumbling tummy, select a fresh avocado arepa with spiraling chimichurri and hemp hearts ($8); a power-packed red quinoa bowl with raw falafel, red pepper hummus, and açaí pickles ($11); or a colorful tofu nori wrap with edamame, bell pepper, carrots, coconut brown rice, and pad thai dressing ($9). To salve your sweet tooth, dig into the nana ice cream with banana cream, peanut brittle, cacao nibs, and cacao matcha fudge ($5.50) or the pecan protein square with peanut butter, almonds, oats, vanilla protein, date caramel, and dark chocolate ($6). After lunch, your co-workers will wonder what's gotten into you. Your answer: nutrients. Duh. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Exhausted from partying too hard? Head to Dr Smood and order anything with a blue label on it. The color is associated with food and beverages that boost your energy. Examples include the organic kale salad and gluten-free oatmeal. Complexion seem a bit dull? Look for a pink sticker denoting beauty. According to Dr Smood's team of researchers, a cucumber, celery, and grape juice should do the trick. The name "Dr Smood" actually stems from the words "smart"and "food," and the company's slogan is "smart food for a good mood." That's why every item sold is color-coded based on six health benefits. The healthy fast-casual concept opened its flagship in Wynwood at the end of 2015 and is expanding rapidly. Dr Smood is, above all, a lifestyle brand built around nutritious food and a sleek appearance. Thus, you can officially enjoy your dairy-free coffee and raw, vegan pastry in a seriously stylish space.

For a city where people obsess over achieving bikini-ready bodies, Miami certainly lacks great salad spots. Giardino is the exception, with salads made to order in hearty portions from exceptionally fresh ingredients. The dressings and toppings are crafted in-house and available in premade combinations or customizable versions. Giardino has more than a dozen locations around South Florida, so a satisfying lunch is never far away. But don't be mistaken — this isn't some big Saladworks type of chain. It was opened by a former teacher and her firefighter husband in 2004, and the two have maintained a menu of wholesome food.Favorites include the Tropical ($6.95) and Thai Thai ($8.95) salads, but Giardino's variety of add-ons and toppings creates myriad options, so mix and match to your healthy heart's desire. Giardino's hours vary by location.

Once upon a time, all food was organic. This sounds like the title of a new Netflix documentary, but it's actually the motto for Organic Bites, a socially conscious eatery in the MiMo District. Located next to Karma Car Wash, this spot differentiates itself from the competition by offering food that's 95 percent organic. What's more, nothing on the menu exceeds $14, and there's plenty of meat on there too. Try chef Gonçalo Costa's signature burger topped with caramelized onions and smoked truffle mozzarella on a brioche bun with sweet potato fries ($14). It's not particularly waist-friendly, but it's bursting with flavor. For something lighter, the grain salad featuring quinoa, spinach, mango, and black beans is hearty and healthy. ($11). Organic Bites serves breakfast and lunch daily and dinner Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The place gets packed during lunchtime, so be sure to show up early to snag an outdoor seat on the secluded terrace.

Smoothies are a dynamic beverage. They can be indulgent and rich with peanut butter, healthy when mixed with protein powder or kale, or simply restorative, made of açaí berries and freshly squeezed orange juice. The guys at Smoothie Spot & Healthy Food in a tucked-away Kendall strip mall understand this dynamism. They offer a series of classic house blends, such as the exotic and refreshing "Passion Blast," made with maracuya, pineapple, kiwi, vanilla protein, and milk ($5.34). But more adventuresome smoothie drinkers can create their own blend from an extensive tableau of ingredients.

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