Name: Monica Auslander Moreno
Occupation: Dietician Consultant
Lives In: Miami
Restaurant Pick: Grown, Miami
Reviewed: Grown, Miami
A fast casual, health-conscious eatery. Bright and airy; serving breakfast and lunch/dinner options speedily. Ample parking and easy accessibility; a vast menu and everything seems customizable. Food is clearly fresh and attention has been given to nutrition aspects. This is a welcome addition to the southern suburbs and it’s so nice when something isn’t a franchise; you can feel the love in here. It sure is thrilling to find ample parking in Miami! I was greeted warmly and helped myself to the complimentary sparkling water; the attendant was walking another customer through the menu which is really lovely; so many Miami establishments aren’t very customer-facing. I tried to keep in line with my dietitian mode of eating; so I went for the day’s special, the salmon burger, loaded up on veggies (broccoli) as my side, and tried my husbands’ food (classically Latin; built his own plate; chicken, black beans, and sweet potato (I forbid white potatoes!) Snagged a tahini brownie for dessert (it didn’t have any flour in it; and I am religiously opposed to white flour.. plus I love the taste of tahini). The food came out speedily. The almond latte was delicious, as was the salmon burger (very well-spiced) and broccoli (would have loved it a little crispier; but that’s just me). The chicken was juicy and tasted extremely fresh. The beans were a bit of a miss; but I am probably accustomed to spicier beans. The sweet potato and brownie were a tad too sweet for MY liking, but then again, I’m a dietitian and rarely consume sweets so the taste is probably amplified for me. I felt very comfortable there; I could sit there all day and work/read/observe; and I feel like that would have been welcome. I took my tahini brownie to go and though it was too sweet for my tasting (again, weird dietitian standards), at least there was no white flour and it had some nice nutrition from the tahini/cacao. Grown is a welcome aspect of South Miami/Pinecrest; a place for friends and family alike; and is quite kid-friendly.
Name: Damian Rodriguez
Occupation: Program Operations Supervisor
Lives In: Doral
Restaurant Pick: Divieto Ristorante, Doral
Reviewed: Grown, Miami
The moment I drove into the parking lot the restaurant stood out to me as it had its own unique exterior compared to the rest of the small strip it’s located in. There was plenty of parking available since it was empty at 5pm on a Saturday. As I walked in I was impressed by the décor, it had a very cute farmhouse feel to it and it made me feel like I was visiting a relative. I noticed there was complimentary water while you wait to order. Luckily, we did not have to wait since we were the only people here. After reviewing the menu my wife wanted the grass-fed brisket only to be told they do not serve it anymore. As my wife looked to see what alternative option she would get I order my food, which was the Rotisserie Chicken with Herb Roasted Red Potatoes, & Green beans w/ caramelized onions & toasted almonds. My wife then decided on the Havana wrap with Chicken, they told her they were also out of avocado which was fine with her. As a drink, I ordered the Tropical Breeze smoothie which contains Pineapple, Banana, Strawberry, Yogurt, and Coconut Water. While my wife ordered an iced cappuccino. She wanted to try the chocolate flan cake for dessert. We paid and then were told to sit anywhere, and that the food would be brought to us. Within 5 minutes my smoothie and my wife’s coffee were out followed by the food shortly after that. The food and drinks were all very delicious, and I enjoyed it. The chocolate flan cake was to die for. What I did not like were the prices. In my opinion I thought $17 for a small wrap was steep, it even cost more than my meal which I thought was expensive for what it is.
Name: Jonathan Fishman
Occupation: Media Relations Specialist
Lives In: Fort Lauderdale
Restaurant Pick: Escargot Bistro
Reviewed: Grown, Miami
If I lived closer, I would definitely go back. I loved the fact that they had so many healthy options for kids. The smoothies and acai bowls were delicious. Parking was very easy. The décor and ambiance were great. I’m not a huge fan of health foods but this was pretty good. I felt full but healthy when I walked out. They were nice enough to give me a breakfast item after breakfast hours.
Location: : 8211 S Dixie Hwy Miami, FL 33143
Type of Cuisine: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, fast casual + Drive thru- healthy, organic, delicious
Meals Served: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Accommodations for Children: Yes- even ipad center for them