South Florida Healthy Restaurant Favorites

Gold Coast Grill

2752 N University Drive • Coral Springs, FL 33065 • 954-255-3474 • Monday - Thursday: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm • Friday: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm • Saturday: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm • Sunday: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This restaurant is a family favorite and I am satisfied by tasting a little bit of everything at the table. Gold Coast Grill specializes in the finest seafood and offers land fare as well. The restaurant prides itself on serving the freshest, most local fish it can buy.

Gold Coast Grill

I always start with a house salad to fill me up and because I love the original house dressing. The almond crusted mahi mahi provides plenty of protein and a mix of textures from the flaky fish to the almond coating. The blackened snapper salad is served with mango relish and homemade champagne viniagrette for those willing to try something new. Even those who don't like seafood can benefit from fresh options such as the half-roasted chicken.

Sublime

1431 N Federal Highway • Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304 • 954-615-1431 • Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Sublime Restaurant & Bar lives up to its name by serving full vegan fare even a rare steak lover would enjoy. Receiving a nod from USA Today's list of top 10 restaurants in the nation that serve food with a clear conscience is just one of their many published accolades.

Sublime Restaurant

The chopped salad, full of chick peas, peppers, tomatoes and kalamata olives is a great starter for a dish such as the portobello stack. Portobello, sautéed spinach, roasted tomato, red potatoes and parsnip-celery root mash are piled high on the plate. You can satisfy any food craving here, from sushi to pizza to enchiladas. You might even spot celebrities such as Pamela Anderson at a nearby table. I highly recommend visiting this vegan spot while in Ft. Lauderdale.

Zona Fresca

1095 S University Drive • Plantation, FL 33324 • 954-370-3332 • Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm • Saturday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

With locations in both Plantation and Ft. Lauderdale, Zona Fresca is a growing franchise in South Florida. Its success could be based on the area's Latin culture or the population's constant craving for fresh Mexican food.

Zona Fresca

The chain provides the essential Mexican staples of burritos, quesadillas and tacos. To make healthy choices at the fast-dining location, opt for two charbroiled chicken tacos with a side of salsa or guacamole. Avoid the queso, or "liquid lard" as my friends kindly put it. Half of the chili rellenos is also a healthy choice by removing some, but not all, of the cheese, rice and beans out of the peppers. This is a fun place to dine with a large group since it's also friendly to your wallet!

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