8 Spots Where ‘Clean Eating’ Doesn’t Feel Like a Chore
We’re right there with you, daydreaming of Toston burgers and Salty Donut doughnuts. But what if we told you we’ve found equally satisfying meals that are as “clean” as they are delicious? Here, our eight favorite spots for a nutrient-packed, near-organic meal (that also happens to include pancakes).
Malibu Farm Miami Beach
This farm-to-table eatery is an absolute pro at incorporating fruits and vegetables into just about everything. Grab a seat on the restaurant’s half-indoor, half-outdoor deck and get yourself an order of this arugula, mango and burrata salad—and the avocado pizza on cauliflower crust. Trust us, you can’t go wrong.
4525 Collins Ave.,Miami Beach; 305-674-5579 or edenrochotelmiami.com
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that ordering a salad and grain bowl is basic. Look at this beauty. (The café also serves killer avocado spreads and super seed-butter toasts.)
160 NE 40th St.; 786-953-7620 or otlmia.com
Planta South Beach
At Planta, a Toronto-based restaurant that recently opened an outpost in Miami Beach, the meat-free burgers are made with black beans, mashed lentils and beetroot, and topped with a gooey vegan “cheese” made of carrot and potato. Plus, the restaurant is chock-full of other vegetarian and vegan plates, such as cauliflower “tater” tots, fruit and vegetable sushi, ceviche made with coconut instead of fish, and a creamy bucatini with zucchini spirals. We’ll take one of each, please.
850 Commerce St., Miami Beach; 305-397-8513 or plantarestaurants.com
If the name threatens to ruin your appetite, the charming atmosphere will win you over immediately. This farm-to-counter, fast-casual eatery is replete with fresh and local ingredients whipped into salads, wraps and bowls. Opt for the Glow smoothie—a spinach, mango, agave and coconut water blend topped with shredded coconut and pomegranate seeds. Lucky for our newfound healthy selves, there are numerous locations in Miami Beach and Brickell.
Various locations; dirteatclean.com
This Wynwood eatery is a mecca for beautifully designed plant-based dishes. The best part? The entire menu is gluten-free. (Psst: Make sure to top off your meal with the seasonal fruit cheesecake or the banana-nut pancakes. Trust us, it’s worth it.)
105 NE 24th St.; 305-814-5365 or thesacredspacemiami.com
There’s a reason this place always has a line out the door: delicious, creatively prepared veggies and proteins that hit the spot. Clean eating is made easy here thanks to tuna Niçoise, braised brisket lettuce wraps and curried chicken breast. (And yes, an occasional glass of sauv blanc is totally part of a balanced diet.)
1855 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-8448 or iceboxcafe.com
Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen
Healthy, customizable bowls are ubiquitous these days, but these creative Mediterranean-inspired versions are one of our go-to lunches for a reason. With ingredients like baked falafel, roasted red pepper hummus and turmeric basmati rice, you’re bound to end up with a rainbow-hued, vitamin-packed result.
1250 S. Miami Ave.; 305-200-3145 or zuukkitchen.com
Clean eating or not, we still have to satisfy our sweet tooth every now and then. That’s where Bunnie Cakes comes in. This petite, bright-pink shop has been turning out gluten-free treats since before it was cool. There are dozens of cupcake flavors—like guava, key lime and banana chocolate chip—that could easily go head-to-head with their gluten-packed counterparts and come out on top.
2322 NE Second Ave., Miami; 786-268-9790 or bunniecakes.com