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South Beach Dining for $25 and Under: Juice & Java

November 09, 2009 By Christy in Miami: Food & Restaurant NewsMiami: Things to Do  | 12 Comments

As you walk by outdoor restaurants along Ocean Drive, and see the specials of the day-a salad for $15 and linguine for $30, you’ll wonder how you can have dinner in this town without going broke.  I’m here to recession proof your dinner plans. No need to worry. I won’t be pointing you towards greasy fast food hamburgers or that stale giant pizza slice in the window.  Leave Ocean Drive and its many tourist traps before a hostess reels you in, and head up to Washington Street and 13th, where you’ll find Juice & Java.


The Beautiful People Actually Eat?

Upon entering, you’ll hear the whir of the blender making smoothies and the sound of a knife chopping fresh vegetables. The atmosphere is inviting but basic. Tables, chairs, chill music, and natural food.  If you ever wonder how some of the locals look amazing in swimsuits, they have Juice and Java to thank.  The majority of Juice and Java’s customers are yoga devotees and gym rats.  They swarm in from various yoga studios and Crunch across the street, to refuel post-workout.  At any other restaurant, you’d hear them demanding special requests- no dressing, brown rice instead of white, egg whites only please!  At Juice and Java, nothing on the menu can derail their carefully controlled diets. Locals who want fresh, healthy, delicious food that happens to be inexpensive, make up the rest of their customers. Tourists have yet to discover this hidden gem, even though it’s next door to Miami Ink, a sought after stop for photos.


As you peruse the menu don’t be intimidated by the endless choices. Decide whether you want a wrap, pasta, pizza, panini, salad, or platter. I’ve tried many things but always go back to my favorite: the baked falafel wrap. I’m convinced it’s the perfect meal with homemade falafel simply baked, instead of the greasy deep fried falafel that’s served elsewhere. Homemade tahini and hummus add moisture to and delicious flavor, so you forget it’s baked.  The spring leaf lettuce, shredded red cabbage and carrot, tomato, and cucumber not only add nutrition but also color, crunch, and varied textures. Enclosed in a whole wheat wrap, it’s absolute perfection. It’s served with a house made vinaigrette that I find flavorful, but unnecessary.


For heartier appetites, a J &J platter with an entrée and side dish is sure to satisfy. Some of the entrée choices are grilled chicken breast with herb rub or pesto sauce, tilapia with dill, mahi-mahi flavored with mango and ginger, grilled organic tofu, and steamed veggies with cheese. Side dish selections include organic quinoa, sweet potato, steamed vegetables, and whole wheat pasta.

The salad choices go on and on, and you’re encouraged to add in a protein, including a few vegetarian options.

How To Order Like a Local

I got the inside scoop on Juice & Java’s most popular dishes.  The first is the Billy wrap filled with organic brown rice, grilled tilapia, feta, avocado, spinach, sprouts and Monterey Jack cheese. It’s available in your choice of spinach, sun dried tomato or whole wheat wraps and served with miso dressing. Despite its funny name, equally well-liked is the Mish Mash. It’s made with organic brown rice, turkey burger, grilled eggplant, tomatoes, broccoli, and red onions.  It’s then mixed, chopped, and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.

With all the fresh fruit on display, it’s hard to leave without ordering a smoothie or fresh squeezed juice.  Along with the baked falafel wrap, I enjoyed the fresh mango, pineapple, strawberry, raspberry juice, otherwise known as #14 on the chalkboard menu. The most ordered juices are the classic orange, strawberry, banana as well as The Cure and Green Life.


If you have the impression you’ll be sipping wheat grass juice and dining on a measly sprout and lettuce salad, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  The food will satisfy the heartiest of appetites, and novice natural food diners can find traditional items like quesadillas, turkey burgers, and even pasta, but fresher and more nutritious than most other places. When you leave Juice and Java you somehow just feel healthier. And after all the late nights drinking and clubbing in Miami, it’s just what the doctor ordered.

You’ll Even Get Change

Sticking to my $25 budget, my baked falafel wrap ($7.50) and large freshly squeezed juice ($4.45), with tax and $1.00 in the tip jar, came to $13.73.  And with all that money left over, well, let’s just say I left with some freshly squeezed mixers for later in the evening. We’re in Miami after all.

Located at 1346 Washington Ave. in South Beach, Juice and Java offers free delivery and is open every day.

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Christy offers a fresh perspective on life and style in Miami. You can reach her at Miami Beach 411.

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12 Comments on

"South Beach Dining for $25 and Under: Juice & Java"

Therebeljuice ;) says:

Well written article Christy.

Posted on 11/09/2009 at 8:37 PM

Doug says:

Good suggestion! I’ll look it up next time I’m out.  Usually I hit the Fernandez Fruit Market just a block up the street…

Posted on 11/09/2009 at 10:12 PM

pezlo says:

sounds good, i eat alot so ill have to try the j&j

Posted on 11/09/2009 at 11:04 PM

Christy says:

Doug, you’ve never been to Juice & Java? I’m shocked! It’s right up your alley. No loud Miami techo music, chill coffeehouse vibe, and tons of fresh ingredients. Can you have dinner at Fernandez, or is it just smoothies and groceries?

Let us know how you like it Pezlo!

Posted on 11/09/2009 at 11:16 PM

Doug says:

Yes, you can order very tasty home-cooked Cuban food at Fernandez.  I usually avoid things that look like chains because I like to support local businesses and cheap prices, but your description makes me think that this might be different.  Although Techno music can be groovy.  I love good trance…

Posted on 11/10/2009 at 4:30 PM

Christy says:

Well, most Miami establishments have super loud music playing at all times, so it’s nice to hear some low-volume, chill music for a change. I’ve been there a lot before I realized it was a chain. It’s just two other locations though.

Posted on 11/10/2009 at 5:43 PM

Doug says:

Two’s fine.  I’m talking about going to Starbucks vs. your friendly neighborhood coffeehouse…

Posted on 11/10/2009 at 6:23 PM

pezlo says:

just went there today for lunch, had the j n j mahi with the organic rice and it came with a deliciously fresh salad. Christy hit right on the nose for those of us watching what we eat this is the spot! as far as the music it was some ez listening, i was groving to “return of the mack” =) ps the menu has tons to choose from at great prices!

Posted on 11/10/2009 at 8:18 PM

Christy says:

Great! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

Posted on 11/10/2009 at 10:36 PM

miamigoer says:

well if u want some healthy food delivered to you try this out At Your Service. its the best they have Sand-o-lab on their menu and i love ordering from it smile 5 stars for sure!! smile

Posted on 11/11/2009 at 7:50 PM

jenny says:

This place ROCKS!!! reasonable prices on fresh & healthy foods…and serves a lot wink

Posted on 04/06/2010 at 1:25 PM

dean says:

one of my fav places. they have an aventura location too

Posted on 09/02/2010 at 10:49 AM

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