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How to dine out and eat organic in Miami

Moon Thai’s bento boxes serve a sampling of their organic fare.
Moon Thai’s bento boxes serve a sampling of their organic fare. Handout

Some might think it’s hype, but why wouldn’t you want to be sure what’s on your plate is free from chemically formulated fertilizers, pesticides, growth hormones, and antibiotics?

Fortunately, many Miami restaurants have been going organic. While it’s pretty tough to source only organic ingredients, these are the restaurants in Miami that really go all out.

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Choices is one of Miami’s most popular vegan restaurants and even Drake has dropped by.

Choices Organic Cafe

Choices is one of Miami’s most popular vegan restaurants (so popular in fact that even Drake has dropped by). But did you know 95 percent of their menu is also organic? Quinoa bowls, raw vegan pizzas, lentil burgers, plus organic juices, smoothies, and coffees are all choices here. Don’t forget to check out their weekend brunch, too.

646 NE 79th St., Miami 786-408-9122; 2895 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove, 305-569-4300; or www.choicescafe.com

Green Gables Cafe

Green Gables Cafe has been a popular health-food joint for roughly a decade. They’re committed to serving quality, organic meals for breakfast and lunch, and have developed quite a loyal following in the neighborhood. Organic and artisanal breads, free-range and grass-fed meats, plus seasonal and organic produce are all used, which make it easy for anyone to enjoy a healthier, more flavorful meal. Oh, and they’re big on using biodegradable packaging — definitely a bonus.

327 Alhambra Cir., Coral Gables; 305-445-7015 www.greengablescafe.com/

GreenLife Organic Bistro

Located in the heart of the Gables, GreenLife will certainly complement a healthy living lifestyle. Start your day with nutritious avocado toast (with chia seeds and bee pollen), or drop by for one of their fantastic lunch wraps (kale Caesar chicken is always a hit). They’ve even got organic vegan brownies if you’re just looking for something tasty to munch on. Even their utensils and plates are made from sustainable sources.

104 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables; 786-409-5592 www.greenlifemia.com

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NBA champion Ray Allen’s organic fast casual joint has now been open for more than a year. Handout

Grown

NBA champion Ray Allen’s organic fast casual joint has now been open for more than a year, and folks are still raving about it. Their naturally sweet smoothies are all vegan, made creamy with almond milk. Breakfasts include oatmeal plus egg sandwiches or omelets, while their customizable lunches feature wraps, salads and sandwiches (just pick your protein and “vibes”). Lots of possibilities here, all 100 perfect organic.

8211 S Dixie Hwy., South Miami; 305-663-4769 or www.grown.org/our-story/

Lilikoi Organic Living

Hang out on the beach long enough, and you’ll start to crave clean and healthy eats. Fortunately, Lilikoi is walking distance from the ocean, so you can dry off and drop in for some truly delightful eats. For the omnis, the fresh ahi tuna “BLT” wrap or smoked salmon sandwich might be the way to go. The plant-based crowd will enjoy the vegan burger or mushroom farro risotto (cheese optional). And to freshen up, kombucha, wheatgrass shooters and the Lilikoi spritzer are all excellent options.

500 South Pointe Dr., #180, South Beach; 305-763-8692, www.lilikoiorganicliving.com

Manna Life Food

Manna’s approach to organic eating is on a whole other level — but that’s a good thing. You won’t find bread-heavy sandwiches or wraps made with thick tortillas here. Instead, they’ve got their own way of doing things, like Life Bowls (like a roasted veggie and coconut brown rice bowl or one that features baked tofu, seeds and nuts, and edamame) and Noritos (burritos made with nori wraps rather than tortillas). But don’t be too intimidated — they’re a friendly bunch.

80 NE Second Ave., Miami; 786-717-5060, mannalifefood.com

Moon Thai Organic Kitchen

Moon Thai is a fairly well-known chain with locations all over South Florida (from Cutler Bay to Royal Palm Beach). Now they’ve opened a new rendition, this time an organic kitchen in North Miami Beach. You’ll still find plenty of the same delicious Japanese and Thai fare that’s all over their standard menus, like the kamikaze salad, aburi salmon, and pad thai. But you’ll also have the added bonus of knowing your meal is organic, without going up in price.

3455 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach; 305-974-5129, moonthai.com

Organic Bites

Another fabulous organic eatery on the Upper East Side is Organic Bites. Opened in 2015, this small joint features a menu like many other places in town: burgers, sandwiches, salads, beer — with the caveat that it’s all organic. They’ve even got organic pastelitos, for those of us who just can’t quit the guava and cheese.

7010 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-542-9654 or obites.com

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Plant Food and Wine’s interpretation of a lasagna, while remaining vegan. Handout

Plant Food and Wine

Matthew Kenney’s Plant Food and Wine offers chic, plant-based cuisine made with seasonal, local ingredients. Picture beautifully plated kimchi dumplings and heavenly slices of strawberry hibiscus cheesecake with al fresco seating underneath blue Miami skies. A visit here is always revitalizing and rejuvenating — exactly what you should want and get from a meal.

105 NE 24th St., Wynwood; 305-814-5365, www.plantlab.com

Smart Bites Cafe

This quirky little cafe on the outskirts of Allapattah features breakfasts and lunches that are organic, paleo-friendly, and even veg-friendly. They also offer a meal delivery program that makes clean eating a breeze. Their menu is extensive and features weekly specials (all available for viewing online). Cool off with a watermelon slushie on a warm day, warm up with a cup of vegan cream of broccoli soup on the occasional cool day, or nosh on goodies like chicken empanadas and teriyaki bowls.

791 NW 20th St., Miami; 305-894-6325 or smartbitestogo.com

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