Where to Eat Clean in Miami
by galena mosovich
Vegan? Local? Sustainable? The options have never been more plentiful in South Florida.
Octopus a la plancha at Oak Tavern.
Sublime Restaurant & Bar
Sublime is a mecca for the eco-conscious in Fort Lauderdale. The eclectic, 100 percent vegan, dinner-only menu is packed with worldly dishes and handcrafted cocktails featuring organic spirits. Owner Nanci Alexander is so committed to the cause that she donates all profits to animal welfare organizations. Her philosophy translates into dishes like Reef Tacos stuffed with tempura sea vegetable tofu, Asian slaw, black beans, and jasmine rice, and the Sublime Picatta, a Gardein (meatless) cutlet with mashed potato, sautéed spinach, and lemon-caper sauce. 1431 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954-615-1431
Local carnivores flock to LoKal in Coconut Grove for burgers made from grass-fed cattle at a free-range farm in Central Florida. Every day, the patties are ground in-house by hand for an unforgettable flavor. The owners, husband-and-wife team Matthew and Priscilla Kuscher, opened with sustainability in mind. Their restaurant is the first in Miami-Dade to use 100 percent clean, renewable energy sourced from wind and solar power. More importantly, their veggie burger (with oat bran, brown rice, beets, and prunes) is good enough to “make a caveman convert.” 3190 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove, 305- 442-3377
David Bracha is a longtime Miami chef known for sourcing produce and ingredients from the local farming community. His indoor/outdoor restaurant in the Design District will make any omnivore rejoice. The courtyard tables under the giant oak tree are the most coveted. Grab a seat and a Florida craft beer while you examine one of the freshest menus in town (think oysters, heirloom tomatoes, roasted beets, wood-grilled salmon, and wood-roasted goat). 35 NE 40th St., Miami, 786-391-1818
Mi Vida Café’s Purple Afterall smoothie, with almond milk, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and dates
Mi Vida Café
Mi Vida Café is a haven for health nuts in Miami’s Upper Eastside. Sit at the counter to watch chef Daniela La Gamma whip up dishes in her tiny kitchen with all-organic ingredients from an urban farm just blocks away in Little Haiti. Sip on the Vida, an energizing blend of fresh-pressed kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, apple, and lemon, for a nice pick-me-up before your main course; we recommend the vegan Sloppy Joe with portobello confit, braised seitan (wheat meat), spinach, and almond romesco served on La Gamma’s Back to Morocco bread. 7244 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-759-6020
photography by gary james (verde)
Cover shoot: Behind the scenes with Pitbull for the October 2014 issue of Ocean Drive magazine.