Swimsuit week has come and gone in Miami, but in the 305, it's swimsuit season all year long. There's still about a month of summer left, so for diners who want to eat healthy, here are some suggestions about where to dine in the City Beautiful.
For those diners wishing to have a fine dining experience while eating healthy, this Darden restaurant is a top pick. Every item on the menu is 475 calories or less, and the menu changes with the seasons. Creative cooking techniques- roasting, grilling, carmelizing- amp up the flavors without increasing the calorie count.
321 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables 33134 305 442-8552
Su Shin Izakaya
Sushi lovers have a lot of choices at this casual restaurant with dishes meant for sharing. The lunch specials for $8.95 can't be beat, but the menu is extensive and there are daily specials noted on the chalkboard. Besides sushi and sashimi, dieters can sample broiled shishito peppers with fish flakes or a refreshing wahoo tataki.
159 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134 305 445-2584
Pete's Authentic Cooking
This cozy restaurant with reasonable prices offers delicious soups, salads (with organic greens), sandwiches and smoothies. The lunch combo gets you either a salad or sandwich with soup or chips. A bottle of water or soda is included in the $12.50 price.
153 Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134 305 332-3777
Green Gables Cafe
Organic fruits and vegetables, free-range, grass fed, hormone free meats and produce that's purchased locally, set this small restaurant with the green door, apart from the rest of the contenders. The menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, veggie burgers and healthy entrees. Orders can be place online for pick up.
327 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables, FL 33134 305 445-7015
Indeed, the ceviches are divine (and healthy) but there are also tartars and tiraditos to try. Order the ceviche sampler for a taste of three different versions of this Peruvian favorite.
160 Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134 786 360-3775
The soups at this Mexican restaurant are great and Talavera also has a light fare section on its menu. If all else fails, order the chicken Caesar salad- hold the croutons and dressing. After all, the Caesar salad was invented in Tijuana and Talavera's version is fresh and good.
2299 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134 305 444-2955
Take a trip to the Middle East in this exotic, Mediterranean restaurant, with an abundance of healthy eating options. For a starter, picked vegetables are served at the table. Salads, soups, kabobs and lemon chicken are just some of the tempting options at Maroosh.
223 Valencia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 305 476-9800
Giardino Gourmet Salads
This chain, which now boasts eight locations, offers 25 different salads in three sizes. If none of the salad combos appeal, the My Way salad allows diners to personalize their salad with greens, toppings, dressing and croutons. Proteins can be added for a $1.50 upcharge and they deliver.
2346 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, FL 33134 305 460-6010
This fun restaurant with a creative menu is a little off the beaten track (by the old DMV) but, once inside, the white table cloths, chill music and funky décor set a relaxing vibe. Gourmet Table offers fresh ingredients in items like sushi, salads and daily specials. It's open for lunch, dinner and special events, but is closed Sunday and Monday.
4555 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33146 305 669-0677
The Cafe at Books and Books
A restaurant that appeals to the Miami Dining Examiner's twenty-something vegetarian neice and her ninety-something particular great aunt, has to be doing something right. Chef Allen's straightforward menu offers soups, salads and bistro sandwiches, as well as hummus, tofu stir fry and daily specials. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.
265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134 305 448-9599