The bad news? Miami only has two true organic restaurants. The good news? There are many more that utilize farm-to-table and organic ingredients in their dishes. It may not be the full monty, but hey, it’s better than no monty. Here are our top picks for the best, most organic Miami restos.
1 Paradise Farms
Known for growing ediable flowers, micro-greens, baby vegetables and gourmet mushrooms, Paradise Farms also plays host to a dinner series called "Dinner in Paradise," a organic, meat-free experience that brings in Miami's biggest chefs to prepare dinner in their outdoor kitchen under the stars. Now, the farm has started "Brunch in Paradise," which means more great chefs and local organic fare like fresh eggs, homemade yogurt and mimosas.
19801 SW 320th St Homestead, FL 33030 (305) 248-4181
2 Metro Organic Bistro
Organic, grass-fed meat and wild-caught fish are the stars at this European style bistro. Of course there are organic veggie dishes too like the popular Sprouted Chickpea Cakes, and Ratatouille served with organic cous cous. Dine in or out of doors at this Biscayne Boulevard gem.
7010 Biscayne Boulevard Miami, FL 33138 (305) 751-8756
A few years ago, one of Miami Beach's longest-running Italian restaurants also became the first organic Italian restaurant in the states. Executive Chef and Owner, Giancarla Bodoni, added vegetarian, vegan and even “raw food” dishes to the contemporary Italian menu to make the small eatery really stand out. It worked. Awarded 4 Stars by the Miami Herald's toughest critic, Escopazzo is doing organic and doing it well. Also check out their wine cellar of 170 Italian wines.
1311 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 674-9450
4 The Dome
The Dome is a Latin Fusion Caviar Bar in Coral Gables, that uses an organic vegetable and herb garden shared with nearby Coral Gables High School. Peppers, eggplant, zucchini and cucumbers are all grown in partnership with Ready-To-Grow Gardens as part of a culinary arts program. The lux restaurant is also LEED certified, using ipad instead of paper menus for an added green touch.
271 Miracle Mile Coral Gables, FL 33134 (305) 648-4999
Located in The Palms Hotel, Essensia has their own vegetable and herb garden right on the hotel's beach front property. They grow everything from lemon grass, tomatoes to edible flowers. The chef, Julie Frans, oversees the garden herself to bring some of the greatest (organic) continental dishes to Miami diners.
3025 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33140 (305) 908-5458