“If cameraman Korey (@KoreyDavisPhotography) doesn’t shoot it, I won’t eat it.”

On my journey as a novice food critic and writer, I have visited some of the most delicious establishments all over the United States; and my stomach was beginning to show it. As such, I started working out at 24 Hour Fitness.

I use to have a solid workout partner in my cousin (Roderick Tresvant of ICANFITNESS in Miami), one of the best trainers/fat murderers in Florida. Unfortunately, he fired me because I couldn’t stop eating cakes, which resulted in me leaning on the barbells gasping for air – totally throwing off his timed workouts.

So here I am, in the fitness wilderness (thanks to my friend Craig, I may be able to get back on course sooner than later) working out solo at 24 Hour Fitness in Miramar. After my version of a workout, I decided to get a protein shake and was directed to a black owned smoothie shop a few blocks away.

Smoothie Express –11020 Pembroke Rd, Miramar, FL 33025 – is in a plaza directly next to Publix. This place had a quick-casual feel to it with their logo beautifully displayed throughout the restaurant, quaint seating, and a massive menu printed directly behind the register. I had the opportunity to meet the owners, Lisa and Jermaine Smith, who were nothing short of amazing.  The Smiths have operated the shop for two years and have plans on expanding to a second location within the year.

After my initial visit, I returned for the interview and thankfully, the quality and service were consistent. Lisa Smith is one of the hardest working owners I have seen in a while (besides beast mode-Shawn from Magic Soul Food). She was blending smoothies, greeting customers and instructing staff, all while stepping away for our interview.

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Acai Bowl

Back to my post workout experience. I ordered the Acai Bowl ($7.95), an acai fruit blend, topped with bananas and sunrise granola. The menu says that it comes with a mango drizzle, but there wasn’t any, so don’t expect it. If you’ve ever had an acai bowl, then you know they are delicious and standard just about everywhere. I enjoyed it and would order again.

Next, I sampled the Peanut Butter Insane Smoothie ($5.50), which came with peanut butter, bananas and a dab of honey. I absolutely love peanut butter, so this was the smoothie for me. I then had their hallmark shake, the 6 Green Mile Smoothie ($5.79) which had just about everything inside of it including kale, spinach, apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, almond milk, almond butter and coconut water. My favorite, by far. The grapes were pronounced, which made this smoothie unique and extremely refreshing.

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Peanut Butter Insane Smoothie
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6 Mile Green Smoothie

Last of the liquids was one of their freshly brewed Strawberry Fruit Ice Tea ($3.49).  The difference between this beverage and others that use powder was pronounced.  This tea was brewed using tea leaves and infused with fresh strawberries and sugar. Simply delicious!

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Strawberry Ice Tea

Now for the food! Yes, this little shop serves up an impressive menu that is not only tasty, but extremely affordable. The Floridian Chicken Salad ($7.95) is a no frills grilled chicken salad made with a bed of mixed greens topped with orange, strawberries, jicama, avocado, pecans and chia seeds along with a delicious homemade red onion, and lime cilantro vinaigrette. The salad was tasty with hints of both tang and sweet. Ask for croutons and extra chicken for a full meal!

chicken salad
Floridian Chicken Salad

Next came the Smoked Fish Salad ($8.79). I chose salmon, but you can also choose from mahi-mahi, wahoo or white fish. It is served with mayo with a hint of jalapeño, which added just the right hint of spice merged with their in-house made dressing for an amazing combination of both healthy and tasty goodness!

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Smoked Fish Salad

If you’re a bit hungrier, I would suggest that you try the paninis.  There’s a short wait because the sandwiches are made fresh to order.  Each is served with mixed and micro greens, with your choice of their homemade salad dressing. I like the vinaigrette-based dressings the best.

The paninis I enjoyed were the Lobster Melt ($13.95) that came with a mouthwatering raspberry sauce coupled with cheese and seasoned lobster bits. I would order again, but would request white cheddar cheese or possibly gouda instead.

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Lobster Melt

Next, was the Mahi Panini ($7.95) which came with chunks delicious pineapple highlighting the tropical sauce with its citrusy sweetness all melded together with cilantro, red peppers, jalapeno and red onions. The fish was so flavorful and it would be even more enjoyable if I had just a tad bit more, so on my next visit, I’ll order extra fish.

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Mahi Panini

For my vegan and vegetarian friends, you won’t be disappointed in their Veggie Burger ($6.95) which comes with brown rice, lentils, and plenty of veggies, served on a warm panini bread with lettuce, tomato, red onion and sprouts.  The special sauce, all of their sauces, actually, take the sandwich to another level, so be sure to request it and spread it on the bread.

The sandwich is perfect for folks on the Daniel Fast or observing Lent. The owners provide discounts for people doing the Daniel Fast, so ask for details. I can’t do the Daniel Fast because I’m on the King David Fast of Deliciousness!

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Veggie Burger

The Ultimate Tuna Melt ($6.95) was a classic served with mayo, micro celery, micro onions and topped with tomato, avocado and cheddar.  I enjoyed it, but I recommend pairing it with Swiss or any other white cheese. Aside from the cheddar mismatch, the tuna was delectable. The tuna had a perfect amount of mayo instead of being sloppily floating in it.

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Tuna Melt

Of course, I saved the best for last! My absolute favorite was the Turkey Burger ($6.95).  The burger is made in-house out of ground turkey and comes with a side of mixed greens. Each bite yielded an explosion of flavor and pure elation.  The juicy tomato, potent red onions and the softness of the hamburger bun created a flavor so balanced and delicious, I could have eaten two if I weren’t so full.

turkey burger
Turkey Burger

Great food, service and unrivaled prices set this eatery apart. This is one of the few Miramar establishments where you can eat healthy on a budget. Feeding a family of four can be accomplished for only $25.00, and without the grease and heart attack juice found at other similarly priced eateries.

Black and woman owned, delicious, economical, great service, and modern decor is all I can ask for!   Smoothie Express was a unforgeable experience and I give them a 9 out of 10. It’s now one of my regular spots when I work out in Miramar.  You can reach them at (954) 391-9261.  Check out our live Facebook video of the 2nd review below! 

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Written by thehungryblackman

Starex Smith is an accomplished and experienced public administrator, fundraiser, foodie, and culinary business developer who has committed himself to maximizing the Black experience in the United States! He currently serves as Vice President of Strategy and Development for Black Tech Week with over twelve (12) years of experience in managing public/private partnerships, large scale events, and nonprofits. He has successfully raised over 20 million dollars in funding for various governmental entities, food companies, and individuals. Starex has assisted countless food industry businesses successfully obtain funding, taking mom and pop storefronts to scalable businesses. His success in working with restaurants sparked a passion for food and entrepreneurship which led to the launching of Sothern Bytes, a teaching platform food business dedicated to an ever evolving food industry with a focus on technology, culture and innovation. Having constantly run into stereotyping negatively affecting his dining and vacationing experiences, Starex decided to curate great destinations, restaurants, and discuss issues surrounding being a hungry Black man. Starex completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s coursework in Public Administration at Florida International University where he served as president of the Black Student Union and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, Lambda Tau Chapter

13 comments

  1. Wow! I woke up this Morning and saw all the great, goodness! Yaw keep up the good work.I wish we could have a Smoothie Shop in Omaha Nebraska, that’s what iam talking a bit Health Food in the Hood.

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  2. I been there many times the smoothies are to die for my favor the strawberry coloada! The owner lisa is a sweetheart!!!! Best smoothies in town

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  3. Funny article! As a Miramar resident, I look forward to visiting Mrs. Smith’s restaurant. Great to see healthy options in our neighborhood! Thank you

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  4. When you get a chance come check out my black owned food truck! Yummysticks specialize in serving delicious food on a stick we offer a unique way to serve food. Please check out our website for more info.

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  5. As the owner of Fresh Smoothie Cafe with is a black own all natural smoothie cafe in Atl and a native of Miami I’m excited to see this black owned smoothie shop. I will be visiting them when I come home to visit march 30th. Much success and please continue to support them.

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