The much-anticipated Grown has open in South Miami/Pinecrest. This is an area that needs more healthy options so this is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Read the full review here: http://nomeatnoproblem.com/2016/03/26/grown-opens-in-miami/ and take a look below for more information on what you need to know about this new spot.
Grown Opening Day
The decor at Grown is not your typical fast-food scenery. It is welcoming and the greenery gives it a light, airy look. It’s a little cramped though and the line on the first day was wrapping around some tables. There are a few tables outside as well.
There’s a nice quote on the wall credited to Dr. Seuss that says “Every child is a different kind of flower and all together make this world a beautiful garden.”
Grown is open for breakfast. Items include a couple gluten-free options including blueberry pancakes and muffins. The banana one is also vegan.
The morning menu also features an Acai bowl (but note it’s $12, which may be a lot for people looking for breakfast-on-the-go). There is an Egg Ohm-Wich and Ohm-let. There are four “vibes” to choose from here, sadly most have bacon. No turkey or veg bacon in site.
The menu is in the build your own type. This is the whole wheat wrap with seared portobello mushrooms in a style they call Havana “Vibe.” It came with fresh greens, corn and black bean salsa, avocado, plantain strips and salsa fresca with a cilantro lime vinaigrette. It was really tasty and it’s nice to know how healthy and fresh it is. The negative here is that it was $16.
There are several other wrap, salad and sandwich options as well. They are all offered in several different “vibes” including capri, grown simple greens, Pariseienne, Mediterranean and cultivate. Protein choices include free-range rotisserie chicken, grilled shrimp, grilled wild-caught salmon, homemade falafel, slow cooked grassfed brisket, house roasted turkey, homemade tuna salad and homemade chicken salad.
Ray Allen Chats with Customers
Grown is own by basketball player Ray Allen and his wife, Shannon. Ray Allen was seen chatting with customers on opening day, but we were told he wasn’t taking pictures with guests because he was too busy working. In the celeb Chef world that we are so used to I haven’t seen this type of refusal before. Restaurant owners are usually thrilled to take pics with customers because they know those customers will share the pics. Also what restaurant owner doesn’t want to bask in the glory of opening day.
Ray Allen Expediting Food
The good news is it’s refreshing to see a prominent person actually working in their restaurant. Ray Allen was expediting food. He definitely seemed to care about the product that was coming out of his kitchen. This project has been in the works for awhile with Allen and his wife at the helm so it’s clear he wants it to succeed. This is also projected to be the first of many locations. This isn’t the first time a sports’ figure has gotten into the restaurant business, but the key to success will definitely be staying hands on and true to his mission.
There was lots of staff on duty and the food was coming out pretty quick. The ordering process still took longer than usual though because cashiers are learning their way around their keyboards and also learning where certain items are. The staff seemed pretty friendly though. The restaurant has a HUGE drive-thru sign outside, but the drive thru isn’t open yet. Looking forward to when that opens.
Juices and Smoothies
The menu boasts some fun, but pricey $10 smoothies including AB&J (almond butter, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, apple, banana and coconut water). There’s also something called Baby Blues with blueberry, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, coconut oil and almond milk. On the juice side there is some innovative ones including Japapina which is jalapeno, pineapple, cilantro, fresh greens, celery and lime.
The Choose Your Own Style Menu
On the menu is also a create you own entree section. You can choose from falafel (which they were out of when we visited), free-range rotisserie chicken, grilled shrimp, grilled wild caught salmon and slow cooked grassfed brisket. Side dishes include green beans, caramelized onions and toasted Almonds, esquites Mexican corn, farmers market vegetables, grilled asparagus and sauteed broccoli and roasted garlic brussel sprouts. You also get to choose a grain including gluten-free pasta salad, long grain rice, black beans, herb roasted red bliss potatoes, roasted sweet mashed potatoes and mediterranean quinoa Salad. Then you choose a sauce, either chimichurri, roasted chicken demi-glace, herb yogurt, memphis style BBQ, salsa verde or homemade oven roasted tomato sauce. Prices on the personal portions ranged from $14-$18 and family style entrees range from $42-$54. Much higher prices than most fast-food restaurants for sure.