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Garden of Eatin

Map & Directions 136 NW 62nd St.
Miami, FL 33150
  • Caribbean, Health, Vegan, Vegetarian
  • Mon-Sat 11am-8:30pm
  • cash
  • Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • None
  • Accepted
  • Lot Available


Miami New Times' Description

Most people's understanding of Rastafarianism is centered around Bob Marley and weed-smoking. But the series of daily practices of consciousness that comprise this syncretic religion are far more complex. Take Ital, the vegetarian diet to promote life energy. You can check it out at Garden of Eatin', a tiny restaurant that will make you feel like you're eating in the living room of a Rasta friend's home. Haitian-American chef Imanuel Tafari owns this bright yellow house filled with tables covered by red plastic tablecloths, a whirring fan, posters of King Haile Selassie, and a beautiful mecca of cafeteria-style offerings - some of the tastiest Caribbean vegan cuisine in all of Miami. The menu changes daily, and you can sample all of the day's soups, salads, main courses, and desserts for $6 to $12, depending on the size of the plate. Dishes are usually heavy on the faux-meat protein, mainly tofu and seitan; Tafari is famous for his ackee "fish" entrée, various curries, and ginger "chicken" legs that use a bamboo stick in place of bone. The refreshing limeade and gingerade ($2) are homemade, and drink flavors can be mixed to create your own concoction. There is a community feel to this tiny, one-room operation, with a diverse crowd of Rastas, artists, local office drones, and political activists grubbing away while reggae music plays in the background.

Member Reviews

  • on 05/06/09

    Let's say that for some reason you get the munchies while you're cruising through Little Haiti. You need a place to chill and enjoy some authentic home-cooked Jamaican vegan food. Garden Eatin is a hidden gem. Pull into the parking lot of this establishment behind a convenience store, and prepare to get high on not only the food but also life in general. Walk past the clucking... More >>

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  • Cheapism on 05/02/11

    Try some fresh squeezed juice, or some tofu curry, soy ackee fish, bbq thighs, pumpkin, or squash which are all vegetarian. Their platters start at $5, and they have all kinds of sides.

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