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Grown by Ray & Shannon Allen: The First Organic Fast-Food Restaurant & Drive-Thru on the East Coast

Food is fuel for your body. Fast-food, which appeals to buyers because it’s prepared very quickly, can make you feel good temporarily. If eaten a lot, it can have some serious long-term effects on your health. Instead of giving you the boost of energy that you need, it can leave you feeling tired, depressed and bloated.

 

Former NBA star Ray Allen and his wife Shannon have opened up a fast-food restaurant, Grown, in South Miami and this level of healthy competition is definitely giving major fast-food chains a run for their money.

 

Credit: Grown (Facebook)

Credit: Grown (Facebook)

Credit: Grown (Facebook)

Credit: Grown (Facebook)

Grown is the first organic fast-food restaurant on the East Coast with a drive-thru. They serve all organic food at affordable prices and business has been booming ever since they officially opened their doors to the public in March (2016).

 

Simple Greens Salad with Grilled Salmon | Credit: Grown

Simple Greens Salad with Grilled Salmon | Credit: Grown

Why organic food? The Allen’s told Miami Herald that taking care of their son Walker, who has Type 1 diabetes, inspired this concept:

 

“I had an aha moment where I realized I couldn’t sit around helpless waiting for someone else to create a fast-food option that met our family’s dietary needs, and as we did our research it became obvious that this wasn’t a struggle unique to us — families everywhere are looking for convenience without compromise.” – Shannon Allen, Miami Herald

 

As reported by Miami Herald, Grown is a 1,900-square-foot space with a rooftop garden, to grow all of the delicious food and herbs that are used to prepare the meals. It also has an iPad bar — where kids can de-stress and play health-focused games. Made out of 100-reclaimed reclaimed barn wood, the design along with the concept proves that there truly is “no place like #grown.”

 

“People want to be healthier, eat cleaner and feel better about what they’re putting in their bodies…I know this from personal experience…Grown [is] a concept unlike anything else, designed to be accessible by everyone.” Ray Allen, Miami Herald

Santa Fe Salad | Credit: Grown

Santa Fe Salad | Credit: Grown

 

While you wait, you can enjoy cold pressed juice like the Berry Good for $9 which includes a fruitful blend of apple, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and pineapple…yum!

 

For sandwiches, you can customize it according to bread (Italian? Sourdough? Country White? etc.), “vibe” and protein.

Slow Cooked, Grass Fed Brisket on a Baguette | Credit: Grown (Facebook)

Slow Cooked, Grass Fed Brisket on a Baguette | Credit: Grown (Facebook)

The Havana features Fresh Greens, Corn & Black Bean Salsa, White Cheddar Cheese, Avocado and more. Protein choices include Free Range Rotisserie Chicken, Grilled Wild Caught Salmon and Slow Cooked Grass Fed Brisket. The lunch & dinner options allow you to build your own plate.

The Havana (Salad) | Credit: Grown (Facebook)

The Havana (Salad) | Credit: Grown (Facebook)

If you’re ever in the Miami area, be sure to stop by Grown for food that will make you feel good.

 

Visit the official site, Yelp and Facebook page for more information.

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