Chain restaurants don't have to be a negative thing. In fact, when they serve fresh, nutritious food, they can be beneficial to our stomachs and
our wallets. What's more, chain eateries often provide a level of efficiency and convenience that's particularly useful when you're pressed for time. And though supporting local businesses is integral to our communities, the presence of chains in major cities is inevitable. So if anyone gives us the choice between another Burger King and a place that serves both tasty and healthy fare, we'll pick the latter. Here's hoping these five chains take their talents to South Florida.
5. Pret a Manger
When it comes to grab-and-go, no one does it better than Pret. The UK-based global chain is the
destination for affordable and flavorful premade sandwiches, salads, and snacks. But rest assured everything is prepared the morning of and any leftovers are donated to charity. Pret is completely transparent with regards to its recipes and nutritional information, and the menu changes frequently. Customers can also order hot items such as soups and organic coffees at the counter, including the delicious Moroccan lentil soup. Miamians are busy people too, so there's really no reason why the 305 shouldn't have a Pret of its own.
4. Le Pain Quotidien
Miami loves Zak the Baker
, but the locally owned kosher bakery/café wouldn't necessarily work well as a chain. And that's probably a good thing, because some eateries have to sacrifice quality in order to grow. That said, Le Pain Quotidien knows a thing or two about scalability. What began as one humble bakery selling rustic-style loaves in Belgium in 1990 has grown to 200 locations wolrdwide. But guess what? Le Pain Quotidien hasn't lost it's je ne sais quoi. The organic house-baked bread is still excellent, as are the pastries, beverages, salads, open-faced sandwiches, and sinfully good Belgian hazelnut spread. The country-chic eatery is perfect for a leisurely lunch or coffee date but is also set up to accommodate on-the-go customers. Considering Le Pain Quotidien has locations in Kuwait and Argentina, we think it's about time we got outposts in the MiMo District, South Beach, Coral Gables, and Aventura.