Grab dinner at these Miami restaurants when you’re on a diet

If you don’t want to explain why you’re eating healthy but still want to go out

Jan
18
2022

You’re on a diet but others are not. This is where you’re going and what you’re eating.

The end of Dry January is near, and we know that New Year’s resolutions are still in full swing. For those of you who have kept to that diet promise, we salute you. And for those of you who have not, trust us when we say we aren’t judging.

If you don’t want to announce your diet resolutions when you’re out to dinner or explain to your friends why you chose x, y, z for dinner this is the list for you. A list of Miami restaurants when you’re on a diet that not only cater to your dietary needs but keep your friends fully satisfied with every dish on the menu. You’ll never have to utter the words “I’m on a diet” to your friends after dining out at these mouthwatering spots.

MANDOLIN AEGEAN BISTRO


Address: 4312 NE 2nd Ave
Neighborhood: Design District
What to order: Mussels with white wine, garlic, lemon, and oregano; roasted beets with tahini yogurt, sesame seeds, and mint; whole Mediterranean Sea bass grilled with extra virgin Aegean olive oil, lemon, and oregano.
Cuisine: Greek

A home away from home, this Mediterranean casita transports you to the Aegean coastal towns where the Greek Islands kiss the Turkish coast. If you have taken a drive by the Design District, there is no missing the notorious blue doors that enter an oasis of garden space. Taking traditional recipes and Aegean techniques you are getting a meal honoring past and present. Your friends can have all the rosé, while you sip on some sparkling wine with lime. Fill the table with a landscape of meze’s and unwind.

TRAN AN


Address: 215 NE 82nd St
Neighborhood: Little River
What to order: Vietnamese chicken slaw with shredded white cabbage, red onion, herbs, and crispy garlic; green papaya salad with red onion, pickled slaw, and herbs dressed in Grandma Sauce topped with rushed peanuts; chicken pho with red onion, pickled bean sprouts, and herbs.
Cuisine: Vietnamese

Giving you a taste of home, Chef Jon Ngyuen takes influence from his family’s hometown in Hanoi to curate a menu of classics ranging from pho, Bánh mìi, and salads that are intoxicatingly addicting. Situated in a little strip between El Portal and Little River, Tran An welcomes you in with a warm family environment and soul-touching dishes. If you are looking for a place that will instantly satisfy those cozy hometown feels, then make your way over.

KYU


Address: 251 NW 25th St
Neighborhood: Wynwood
What to order: Krunchy kale; grilled octopus with hearts of palm ceviche, and red onion; corvina with brown butter, white miso, and pickled myoga slaw.
Cuisine: Asian

This OG spot is situated in the heart of Miami’s very own Art district. If you have walked the streets of Wynwood and have been entranced by the smell of Wood-fire, then this is the spot your nose is guiding you. A wood-fired Asian-influenced restaurant that bustles with one heck of a throwback playlist, serious cocktails, and flawless wood fire dishes. You will be eating and drinking here every chance you get and rightfully so.

SUNNY’S STEAKHOUSE


Address: 7357 NW Miami Ct
Neighborhood: Little River
What to order: Oysters by the piece, marinated leeks with watermelon radish and hazelnuts; cauliflower steak; blistered Shishitos.
Cuisine: American

Under a whimsical bayan tree, Sunny’s Steakhouse at Lot 6 reimagines the concept of a typical steakhouse. Concepted back in the summer of 2020 this gem nestled in the Little River not only has a kick-ass cocktail menu but adds indescribable hospitality and finger-licking good food and you have yourself the whole package. Sunny’s Steakhouse at Lot 6 is the place to be. Whether you’re dining out with family and friends or looking for a cozy spot for date night. All we have to say is get yourself ready for an unforgettable night.

ZITZ SUM


Address: 396 Alhambra Cir Suite 155
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
What to order: Cucumber salad with ginger dressing, stracciatella, and fennel pollen; wonton in brodo; half all natural chicken with rock sugar, orange glaze, lime, orange, and herbs; charred cabbage with Fresno chili vin, Parmigiano, chives, and olive oil.
Cuisine: Asian

From No Name Chinese to a dumpling pop-up and now a brick and mortar that was born out of a pandemic. Chef Pablo Zitzmann brings to the Gables a contemporary Asian-inspired hybrid between Dim Sum & Izakaya that specializes in dumplings and small plates. With a menu featuring Sheng Jian Bao and a Korean Style Handroll that seems to be eaten as soon as you lay eyes on it. No plate here will do you wrong. Grab your friends, family, distant cousins and make zitz happen.

 

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DOYA


Address: 347 NW 24th St
Neighborhood: Wynwood
What to order: Cretan feta dip with peppers, kalamata olive oil, garlic, feta, pistachios, walnuts; octopus salad with garlic, virgin olive oil, and green pepper; octopus grilled over charcoal; whole grilled branzino with EVOO and lemon; char-grilled vegetables; shrimp ouzo with tomato, raki, feta, parsley, and garlic.
Cuisine: Aegean meze

Located in Wynwood, Doya serves Aegean flavors from the coast of Greece and Turkey with great ambiance, service, and a meze dining experience -perfect for sharing. They are all about seasonality, think herbs, refreshing dishes, and dips for days. They prepare their food in the purest way and most often over wood fire and charcoals (yum). The menu highlights the dishes that are vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan which is a good way to go about ordering. Especially when you’re not in the mood to explain your diet. Their cool atmosphere is perfect for any day of the week!

 

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ORNO RESTAURANT


Address: 1350 S Dixie Hwy
Neighborhood: Coral Gables
What to order: Green chickpea hummus with pickled beets and zaatar pita bread; heirloom tomato pizza with Taleggio fondue and farm dill; grilled okra with roasted tomato and preserved lemon; local red snapper with Marcona almond romesco, and cured orange.
Cuisine: Modern American

Located inside the Thesis hotel in Coral Gables, Chef Niven Patel is taking farm-to-table to the next level. Sourcing ingredients from not only his own farm Rancho Patel but other local farmers you are eating some of the finest and cultivated ingredients in Florida. Honoring the labor and love that is put into every single ingredient, Orno makes sure to curate a menu that brings seasonality and boldness into each dish.

RIVER OYSTER BAR


Address: 33 SE 7th St Suite 100
Neighborhood: Brickell
What to order: Butterflied yellowtail snapper filet with avocado-tomato salad, plantain chips, and lemon vinaigrette; the River wedge salad with butter lettuce, roasted vegetables, feta, and green goddess dressing; hamachi sashimi with chili-soy dressing, avocado, and lava salt.
Cuisine: Seafood

Walking distance from Brickell City Center this local restaurant is serving up high-quality oysters and seafood for all to indulge on. Keeping things fresh and local, the River Oyster Bar caters to every craving you could be having. So, for the non-seafood eaters out there don’t worry they have got you covered. Go ahead and do some shopping with your friends and stop in for a meal that will have you coming back for more.

 

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Grab dinner at these Miami restaurants when you’re on a diet
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Grab dinner at these Miami restaurants when you’re on a diet

Grab dinner at these Miami restaurants when you’re on a diet