Where to Dine if You're Trying to Be Healthy in Miami

Order these dishes when staying fit but still want a social life

You’re not drinking in January (at least until The Hungry Post’s Blurry Brunch) but you’re friends are. You’re keeping it on the DL because guess what… 2020 YOU doesn’t have to explain yourself to anyone. The only thing is that you’re friends are pushy and it’s just easier to whisper, “vodka soda with lime…hold the vodka,” to your waitress/waiter.

Not drinking your calories doesn’t mean you’re stuffing your face with everything in sight. You’re also watching what you eat and simultaneously want to be social and go out for dinner. If you stay home and cook every meal, you might drive yourself insane. So when the weekend comes around, suggest these restaurants to your friends and eat these dishes, because we know you’re trying to stay healthy and fit. But after all,  you got to live a little

1. Mandolin Aegean Bistro

Neighborhood: Design District
Address: 4312 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Mediterranean

What to order: Your choice of the Köfte grilled sirloin meatballs, Grilled Tiger Prawns or Grilled Octopus with the Greek Village Salad (hold the feta or don’t). Looking to share? Try the Whole Mediterranean Sea Bass grilled with olive oil, lemon, and oregano.


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2. Arson

Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 104 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Seafood

What to order: Baby squid from the Gulf of Florida, tomato & garlic sofrito, with a white wine saffron or the Catch of the Day with a side of charbroiled asparagus with romesco sauce.


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3.  The River Oyster Bar

Neighborhood: Brickell
Address: 650 S Miami Ave
Cuisine: Seafood

What to order: The Pot of Mussels in a coconut milk broth with lemongrass, ginger, chiles, lime, and basil or a grilled Whole Yellowtail Snapper if you’re sharing with salsa verde and side of market greens with daikon, cucumber, carrots, finished off with a sesame-ginger dressing.


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4. Navé

Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3540 Main Hwy
Cuisine: Pizza, Seafood

What to order: Scallops with a lemon herb vinaigrette and Million Dollar Salad with little gem lettuce, Sicilian pistachio vinaigrette, and herbs.


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5.  Eating House

Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 804 Ponce De Leon Blvd
Cuisine: American – Italian

What to order: Heirloom Tomatoes in a Thai fish sauce with ginger, frozen coconut milk, peanut, lime and mint and share the Grilled Duck Breast with charred asparagus, Jerusalem artichoke, and roasted vegetable jus.


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6. Boia De

Neighborhood: Buena Vista
Address: 5205 NE 2nd Ave
Cuisine: Italian – American

What to order:  We’d load up on these three dishes since they are smaller plates, Lettuces with a green goddess dressing, fine herbs, crispy, and crispy shallots, Tuna Crudo with Sicilian pesto and miso eggplant and Grilled Octopus with fregola and roasted peppers.


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7. Byblos

Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 1545 Collins Ave
Cuisine: Mediterranean

What to order:  Ras el Hanout Black Cod with charred scallion and black olive.


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8. Alma

Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3206 Grand Ave
Cuisine: Spanish

What to order: Heirloom Tomatoes Salad, with confit piquillo peppers, olives, green onions, and Arbequina olive oil, Marcona Almond Ajo Blanco Gazpacho, and Steamed Clams Thai with salsa verde and roasted fennel.


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9. Fooq’s

Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 1035 N Miami Ave
Cuisine: American

What to order: Farm Salad with local greens & vegetables, crispy chickpeas, pom-mustard vinaigrette and the Vegan Khoresh Split peas & roasted eggplant, and tahdig.


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10. Pinch

Neighborhood: Shorecrest
Address: 8601 Biscayne Blvd
Cuisine: American

What to order: Ceviche with corvina, shrimp, Peruvian choclo, aji limo, and crispy yucca chips and Organic 1/2 Chicken with sauteed local greens.


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Photo by: Fooq’s