Lincoln Road seating at The Café at Books & Books

 
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The Café at Books & Books
Books & Books’ Lincoln Road location is the best for peoplewatching as well as healthconscious dining. Executive chef Bernie Matz has devoted an entire section of the menu to vegan delights such as black bean hummus; other choices include creative salads (the Sobe Cobb) and ceviche. 927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-695-8898

Gables Juice Bar and Muscle Pizza
This long-running mom-and-pop shop specializes in fresh juices, smoothies, low-fat and low-carb wraps, chops, and pizza with a protein-packed crust. Calorie counts for each item are conveniently posted on the menu: During breakfast hours, a pancake made with egg whites clocks in at just 164. 230 Almeria Ave., Coral Gables, 305-444-2272; gablesjuicebar.com

Green Gables Café
Vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores alike can feel virtuous at this airy establishment. Meats are free-range and grass-fed, while everything else is organic, artisanal, and largely local. Selections include hearty sandwiches and tasty burgers. Gluten-free options are also conveniently denoted. 327 Alhambra Cir., Coral Gables, 305-445-7015; greengablescafe.com

The Honey Tree
A relatively spare, unapologetically earthy-crunchy spot between the Design District and the Upper Eastside, this small natural foods grocery also serves up vegan takeout cafeteria-style. Fan favorites include guacamole, lasagna, and even taco pie, but if you want your pick, show up early—selections often sell out before dinnertime. 5138 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-759-1696

Juice & Java
Now boasting three locations in Miami-Dade (one on South Beach and two in Aventura), J&J offers an almost overwhelming selection of fast-casual health food favorites, from heaping quinoaand- protein platters, to wraps, to bowls of blended açai pulp topped with granola. End your meal with an indulgent Bunnie Cake, a vegan cupcake with a true cult following. 1346 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-531-6675

Lifefood Gourmet
This über-holistic venture on Coral Way is all vegan, largely raw, and heavy on superfoods. Irish moss, bee pollen, maca, chlorella, and spirulina are available as protein shake supplements. “Burgers” are made from veggie nut patties, and Mediterranean “nachos” are topped with Brazil nut hummus. The menu is color-coded to indicate benefits to different body systems. 1248 SW 22nd St., Miami, 305-856-6767; lifefoodgourmet.com

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
What started as a single restaurant on Alton Road has now expanded into a mini empire. The eatery introduced fresh Mexican-influenced food to Miami long before the onslaught of Chipotle et al. With no lard or trans fats on any of the menus, and plenty of vegetarian, low-carb, and multigrain options, there is something perfect here for any specialty diet. 1439 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-532-5463; limefreshmexicangrill.com

Metro Organic Bistro
This tiny Upper Eastside eatery is a place both meat-and-potatoes types and the health-conscious will love. Grass-fed burgers are topped with organic cheese and housemade ketchup, and, thanks to selections like fresh seafood, seasonal vegetables, and sprouted chickpea cakes, everyone is sure to leave happily sated. 7010 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-751-8756; metroorganicbistro.com

THRIVE
An acronym for The Healthy Raw-Inspired Vegan Experience, this eatery serves mostly live food, raw portobello “pizza” and a “tunah nori roll,” as well as the occasional cooked special for those just dipping their toes into the vegan waters. It also offers home detox services, such as cleansing juice fasts. 1239 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-532-722; thrivevegan.com

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