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8 Good Food Places In Florida

Garlic escargots.

Thai-inspired green curry.

Farm fresh produce.

Baked tilapia piccata.

Handmade golden dumplings.

Edamame garbanzo hummus.

Mhmm, that’s some good eatin’! And it’s all available to you in Florida, you lucky devils.

Before I harp on any longer about the delicious culinary delights that are available in Florida, I’ll get to the point: This article is here to direct you and your belly to 8 of the best sustainable good food places in the Sunshine State.

See, at NatureHub, we love to promote the best food places around the U.S that themselves promote sustainability. If we’ve missed anything off the list that you think should be on it, please do let us know!

For now, check these out:

1. Cress Restaurant

“Located in the historic downtown of Deland, Florida, Cress is a critically acclaimed restaurant that serves globally inspired food with a determined emphasis on quality local and sustainable ingredients. In particular, Cress tackles food waste. The staff makes sure that all of their food scraps are completely recycled back to the ground — or the animals’ belly.”

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves: Cress is an absolute gem that scooped the 2020 Best Overall Restaurant at the 22nd annual Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards.

And those garlic escargots I mentioned earlier? You’ll find those here, alongside so much other good stuff, such as crispy maple leaf farm duck breast and the popular local fish sandwich.

What else? Cress has been supporting local farmers for 12 years and continues to do so.

Address: 103 West Indiana Avenue DeLand, FL 32720

Visit Cress Restaurant

2. The Wholly Kitchen

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We can’t forget about the Picadillo South Florida! For many of us this dish reminds us of Abuela’s kitchen; Cuba, family, love, home, deliciousness, and the occasional chancleta. For Los Gringos feeling left out think of this as a sloppy joe. Picadillo is a staple Latin American dish comprised of ground beef, tomatoes, and other varying ingredients depending on the Chef. Cubans (unofficial kings of Picadillo) like to add peppers, onions, garlic, oregano, cumin, tomato sauce, olives, raisins, potatoes, and capers and serve with arroz y frijoles. Wholly Kitchen subs ground turkey, tomato, garlic, onion, celery, carrots, raisins, olives, and red peppers and serves on a crispy fresh garden salad with a homemade apple cider vinaigrette dressing. Wholly is honored to live and serve a wonderfully diverse cultural community representing many corners of the world. Celebrate differences by exploring culinary traditions. Get outside your comfort zone, but most importantly BE YOURSELF! Eat Picadillo! #EatPicadillo #Paleo #WhollyKitchen #LatinFood #LatinCuisine #HealthyLatino #LatinOwned #HispanicPride #LatinoPride #Picadillo #USA #LatinAmericans #Cuba #RepublicaDominicana #PuertoRico #CostaRica #Mexico #Philippines #PlantBalanced #PlantBased

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The Wholly Kitchen is a healthy and sustainable meal prep and delivery business. You pick your plan, The Wholly Kitchen prepares your food, delivers it — and then you eat it at your own leisure. It’s that simple.

The plans feature clean proteins only, farm-fresh produce, as well as sustainable seafood. It’s 100% organic, unprocessed, and balanced goodness.

What else? The Wholly Kitchen “make every effort to use only low glycemic ingredients” and claims that you will “never find refined sugars or corn syrup in our meals.”

Visit The Wholly Kitchen

3. Body and Soul Meals

Body and Soul Meals is another healthy meal prep business that prepares your meals for you from scratch, and delivers them straight to your home or office.

All their food is responsibly sourced, they support local farms, and whilst their plans are not 100% organic, they pretty much are.

What comes in the plans? Included is the healthy Mediterranean diet (super healthy), a Restricted Diet, and a Senior Meal Plan.

What else? Plans start out from $70 per person per week (5 meals in total).

Visit Body and Soul Meals

4. House of Leaf & Bean

As well as having a really cool name, House of Leaf & Bean is an organic restaurant and cafe that serves you with hearty, nutritious food and drink in “a peaceful community space.”

What’s on the menu? How does a vegan chili bowl, a leaf and bean burger, and a zen bowl sound when washed down with a Banana Blast or a Berry Nice and Spice?!

Scrumptious.

Plus, House of Leaf & Bean have their very own Tea Shop, where they sell unique, curated teas.

What else? House of Leaf & Bean regularly hosts community events, such as weekly guided meditations.

Address: 14474 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32250

Visit House of Bean Bean

5. The Lunchbox Cuisine

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Ideal for on-the-go locals who care for the environment, Lunchbox Cuisine has a seasonal menu that is clean, simple and veggie-driven. Founded by a pair of newly-weds back in 2015, the restaurant uses eco-friendly and biodegradable packaging, plus they have their very own ‘mason jar incentive.’

This is also the only Wynwood restaurant at present that has a recycle account, and their menu includes zucchini porridge (yes, you read that right!), coconut shrimp bisque grilled churrasco.

You can visit the premises, or you can order online. We’ll see you there.

What else? 5% of their payroll goes to environmental projects.

Address: 78 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127

Visit The Lunchbox Cuisine

6. Lokal

Lokal has been around since the end of December 2011. It’s essentially a restaurant and meeting place that serves comfort food (think burgers) and craft beer provided by local farmers, brewers, and dairies, and is — in their own words — ‘as local as local gets.’

As well as serving good food and drink in-house, Lokal also caters. If you’re hosting a party and need some kick-ass food and drink, give them a call!

What else? Lokal uses 100% renewable energy and is the first restaurant in Miami-Dade County to do so.

Address: 3190 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL 33133

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7. Lilikoi

Lilikoi is a cute organic restaurant that is dedicated to serving up dishes that contain locally sourced, fresh ingredients.

You can pop in for breakfast and brunch, and they also sell wraps, sandwiches, salads, and soups to go alongside the likes of house-smoked salmon plus bagel and veggie egg frittata.

What else? Lilikoi use zero genetically modified organisms, “unnecessary sugar,” or processed ingredients.

Address: 500 South Pointe Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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8. Backwoods Crossing

Backwoods Crossing is a farm-to-table restaurant operation that serves up all kinds of wholesome goodness, including broccoli quinoa salad, blue crab corn bisque, and crab cake steak.

Run by brothers who grew up on a ten-acre, hundred-year-old plantation house, everything (that includes veggies, seafood, fruits, and wine) is either sourced from local producers or grown by the brothers themselves.

Oh, and they also serve cocktails that’ll get your tastebuds wagging.

What else? Backwoods Crossing usually hosts events, such as live music nights. Unfortunately, these are temporarily on hold due to the pandemic, but make sure to keep checking the website for updates!  

Address: 6725 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32308

Visit Backwoods Crossing

Live in Florida? Check out 7 Sustainable Fashion and Thrift Stores, 6 Best Organic Food Stores, and 8 Best Zero Waste Stores as well!

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About Will Titterington

Will is a writer who's always looking for ways to live more sustainably. He’d probably like to build his own house one day but one step at a time — he’s only just learned how to change a lightbulb.