Name: April Gaddis
Occupation: Academic Advisor
Lives In: Sunny Isles Beach
Restaurant Pick: Miami Juice
Reviewed Miami Juice: January 16th, 2010
As I walked up to Miami Juice I was greeted by my friends and the friendly staff. After about five minutes of waiting, we were seated on the patio. The owner, Isaac, came to greet us, and we then proceeded to place our order. I ordered my favorites: the falafel with hummus, Isaac’s Special with chicken and organic feta cheese, and the Israeli salad to share with my fiends. You can’t go to Miami juice and not order a smoothie or none of there fresh squeezed juices. My drink of choice was frozen lemonade with mint. My two friends ordered the B-52 Happy’s Special and a house smoothie. The frozen lemonade with mint is such a refreshing drink for a hot day. The mint really gives the lemonade a spark. The B-52 Happy’s special is a blend of carrots, celery, beets, cucumbers, spinach, garlic, ginger and smoothie is a delightful blend of fresh strawberries, bananas, golden pineapples and organic apple juice. A fruit juice lovers dream! The Isaac’s Special is an open face pizza with loads of toppings. Feta cheese, onions, basil, tomatoes, avocados, olives and grilled chicken, are all stacked on top of a special Middle Eastern seasoned crust and topped with sesame seeds. The flavors of the fresh veggies and creamy feta cheese along with the crispy sesame seed curst are magnificent! The whole table enjoyed this dish. After finishing Isaac’s Special, we dove into the Israeli salad. Fist off. The salad is huge and can literally feed 6 people. It’s a fresh blend of cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and parsley, tossed with olive oil and lemon juice. The freshness of this salad was truly enjoyed at the table. Throughout our entire meal, we nibbled on the hummus and falafel until there was none left on the plate.
I recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves fresh natural food. Miami juice offers guests a unique experience because it has great, healthy, and all-natural food with a wonderfully satisfying taste, if you just want to eat better, or want to stick to a diet but not compromise your taste buds, this is the place for you. The restaurant is unique, boutique, and family owned. All of which adds to the splendid character and charm of this place.
Name: Sajid Lopez
Lives In: Miami
Restaurant Pick: Imlee
Reviewed Miami Juice: January 9th,2010
The restaurant is in an old strip mall so first impressions are not their forte. However, when you enter the restaurant you quickly start to take in the uniqueness of the place. It’s a small organic market with shelves of groceries and a small produce section. In the midst of the store you also have tables and an eating bar that gives it a diner feel. It was loud, the staff was hustling, yet the service was quick and friendly. I would describe the food as healthy and fair. My peanut butter sandwich was basic, had a lot of raw ingredients, looked boring, but was delicious, made a great dessert and was very enjoyable. The ‘dulse flakes’ on the brown rice wasn’t the best tasting, but when I learned of its nutritional value, it made the dish more desirable. The blackened snapper was fresh, but nothing to write home about. Unfortunately, their soup was lacking in salt and tasted like it came out of a can; I happen to like canned soup, but not at a restaurant. Despite some of the disappointments, my overall experience was favorable and I would return to the restaurant if I was in the area, mainly so that I can try other dishes.
Name: Gwin Tate
Occupation: Federal Mediator
Lives In: Miami Springs
Restaurant Pick: Maroosh
Reviewed Imlee: January 16th, 2010
The place was easy to find, on Collins Ave in Sunny Isles Beach, not far from Aventura Mall.At first I was confused; coming from Aventura, I saw a Miami Juice sign on a building to the right, and the shop was empty. Thinking Miami Juice had gone out of business, I stopped at a restaurant nearby to ask. I was told that I was at the place where the restaurant would be relocating to, on Collins Ave. and 186 Street.No wait, there were several empty tables inside, many outside, but I chose to sit at the counter.
The service was very slow. I waited 17 minutes before someone took my order, even though I was seated right next to the cashier, and the restaurant was only about half occupied.
The portion size was perfect - not too much, not too little, just right. The taste of the food was perfect. Everything was super fresh, not too much seasoning, but plenty of seasonings were available to add your own.
The décor was sort of rustic, nice counter area like a diner, like eating inside of a small grocery store and the atmosphere was very informal, come as you are type place. Lots of people came by bicycle, wearing biking gear.
The restaurant was very nice, although the wait staff seemed to consider me invisible.
I would probably recommend Miami Juice as a place for lunch, but not if you're in a hurry, as the service could be a bit slow, and finding parking in the limited parking lot would make it difficult for someone having a short lunch break.
Location: 16210 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
Meals Served: breakfast and lunch