if you've driven around on a recent Saturday afternoon looking for a place to get a healthy lunch, roamed the streets Hialeah (leaving Flamingo Plaza, and found this Asian gynecology poster), driven through the streets of Coral Gables barely even tempted by the usual spots like The Local and wished that the Last Carrot was transplanted into your route because their vegetable and hummus pita and Grasshopper Juice is the best light lunch in town - but alas, been left driving in circle burning up precious gas dollars - you aren't alone it happened to us. There's a real drought in this city for healthy food.
Then, the Beehive came up and it became obvious that that was the only option, so we swerved the car, avoided an accident by an inch and headed to Bird and 57th.
Half of the people in the car had been there, albeit once, half of the car had been intimidated by the rumored insider culture and yes, this vegan juice bar and natural foods store has an insider culture, but it's not hard to break. The faces are friendly, the juice bar has its own language and culture - take the many samples handed to you and ask about the specials - and the pace is slow. Don't be scared of the vegan empanadas. That's all you need to know. Oh, and order the rainforest smoothie. Lime, ginger, banana and some other amazing secrets.
The juice bar, tucked away in the back end of the hallway-like store, isn't the only attraction. If you were so inclined and could sacrifice some of your less organic indulgences, you could do all your grocery shopping here. There are fresh fruits, a wide variety of the usual healthfood staples, like teas, supplements and kale chips, shelves stocked with staples, and freezers full of vegan cheeses.
5750 bird road