Oh The Places She Goes: Vegan in Miami

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When you don’t live in this city full-time, you really start to appreciate how beautiful it is–since you’re not having to constantly deal with all the burnouts. The sun, the ocean, the bodies; ok, so you already know that Miami can’t be beat, in this respect. So what do you not know about this gem of a city? The best places to get food for vegans and veggie-lovers alike! Look no further and use this as your foodie’s guide on you next trip to paradise.

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1. Choices Cafe, ($-$$)

377-379 SW 15th Rd  Miami, FL 33129
(305) 400-8895

Mark my words: Get the pizza! On the menu, it’s “La Pixsa“. I order it with gluten-free crust, which is a thin crust rice tortilla–great for people looking for more flavor with less bread. The pizza is jam packed with walnut meat (sometimes I sub for lentil meat) Daiya cheese, black beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, pico, onion, shredded carrots, and drizzled with this unreal flavor-packed pesto sauce. You can definitely eat the entire pizza by yourself, it’s a perfect filling portion.

When I venture off the pizza menu, I get none other than the Mental Lentil Wrap (this can also be made gluten-free). The Mental Lentil Wrap is jam packed with black beans and quinoa, lentil meat, sautéed onion, plantain, pico de gallo, bell pepper, Daiya cheese, and avocado. This wrap screams, “hungry cuban,” overflowing from a 1 lb. wrap.

As I’m vacationing from NYC, I can vouch that there is no other place in Miami that serves pre-made liquid crack (aka cold pressed lattes), because I’ve scoured this town like any die hard vegan would do. Choices Cafe is the only place that you can pre purchase these bottled delights, whose recipe hails from the owner’s special recipe when they were in NYC. Go figure! The bottled juices at Choices Cafe are also beyond delicious (yes, they offer cleanse too) and the price is nothing to roll your eyes over. A cold-pressed almond milk latte rings up right around $5 and the juices range from $5-$10.

The food prices seem a bit steep for a very casual restaurant, however I’ll pay that extra several bucks any day to know that I’m getting an all-organic meal while supporting the restaurant’s concept that is completely ethical, any way you slice it.

Read their Yelp review.

2. Katsuya, ($$$)

1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305)455-2995

Definitely get reservations in advance. This place is where the South Beach swanky come to get their swank on. Despite this restaurants reputation to serve up the best sushi on the Beach, what you might not know is that their vegan options are bar-none. Served tapas style, ordering 4 dishes per person is totally normal unless your dining with me and it’s more like 5-6. Take my word and order the following: Maitake mushrooms, petite potatoes, eggplant, seaweed salad (the cucumbers on the bottom are such a sweet treat), and a vegetable roll (add avocado and fresh wasabi). Wash this all down with the Katsuya Fresh martini, a mix of cold cucumber juice and vodka. After dinner, you’ll be ready to head to their club, Hyde, in the back of the SLS Hotel, and burn off your veggie fueled dinner by dancing (or sipping) the night away.

Read their Yelp review.

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3. Bunnie Cakes, ($)

2322 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
(786) 268-9790

Bunnie Cakes started serving their adorable cupcakes out of local health stores in Miami Beach. When their sweets took off, they finally opened their flagship shop in Miami, serving what they’re best at: Cupcakes and cookies. My girlfriends ordered the most addictive gluten-free and vegan treats from this shop for my cruelty-free bridal shower in Miami. This is one of the only places in Miami that offer such a specific food fare, however I see people from all different gastronomic walks frequenting Bunnie Cakes to get their famous spongey cupcakes adorned with their little sugary heart signature.

One thing to beware of: Make sure that the sugar flowers are metal free! Bunnie Cakes used to use metal staples to keep their sugar flowers properly together, and without a disclaimer on the box, my future aunt-in-law downed two of the staples! No bueno. After the accident, they didn’t seem too worried about it but they did say they would change their design. Just make sure, for your stomach linings sake.

Read their Yelp review.

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4. Green Bar & Kitchen, ($-$$)

1075 SE 17th St  Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 533-7507

On occasion, I try and dine incognito, especially if the restaurant has a stellar alcohol menu. When the bubbly and sweet owner, Elena, found out that the gal drinking a pint of Green’s Amber Ale was a vegan blogger, she sent the whole menu to our table! Not a bad way to be showered with veggie love, especially when you’re one liter down thinking about what you’re going to order next to fill your tipsy cravings. Seriously, this place is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Worth the trip to Ft. Lauderdale, hands-down.

With trying everything on the menu, I must say there were two things in particular that made me saw, “WOW”! The first was the Living Lasagna ($12) made with zucchini pasta, sundried tomato marinara, macadamia ricotta, basil pesto, and EVOO. I have many a’ raw lasagna in my lifetime, and the sun-dried tomato marinara must have reproduced in my mouth–it was really the best I’ve tried. The second surprising dish was their BLT. Served in gluten free-bread, it was a simple rendition of my family’s once beloved sandwich. I love that they kept this sandwich dry and salty, the way a BLT should be. I would eat this for lunch every day if I could. Pair the BLT sandwich with their Firecracker Kale Salad ($12) and you’ll be asking that they open another restaurant closer to your home.  I know I did!

This is an adorable farm-to-table first date spot.

Read their Yelp review.

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5. Sublime, ($$-$$$)

1431 N Federal Hwy  Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
(954) 615-1431

A veggie-lovers playground. This was the very first high-end vegan restaurant in south Florida, drawing in all types of celebrities and feeding the cross-over plant-based customer appropriately. Hailing from Ft. Lauderdale, this elegantly gargantuan restaurant serves up whole foods mock-meat, like their Fristo Misto, a cauliflower take-off on panko breaded shrimp in sweet chili sauce. As a gluten-free foodie, I wish they had more options to accommodate my needs, alas the place has been around since I was born, so one would think that they obviously know what they’re doing. Their cocktail menu is really fabulous and if you’re not hip-to-jive on the whole gluten-free wave, this is certainly the place for you to dine.

Read their Yelp review.

6. Salsa Fiesta, ($-$$)

2929 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL

(305) 400-8245

Yes. Yes. Yes! Finally an upscale Mexican grill with authentic soft corn tacos in a cute environment. The name definietly does not do this place justice–it’s amazing!

Do you trust me? Good. Order this: Creamy corn dip (yes, it’s ridonkydonk), Guerrero soft corn tacos with vegetables and leave off the creamy cilantro sauce, and a frozen margarita. If I could have this every night I would, alas this obsession drives my man crazy because every time he asks where I want to eat, the answer is Salsa Fiesta. AYE! AYE! ARRIBA! ARRIBE!

Read their Yelp review.

7. Books & Books Cafe, ($$)

927 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 695-8898

This restaurant was my first vegan find in Miami. Offering a variety of mixed gastronomical dishes (fish, meat, veggies) I landed upon their hot Cuban Black Bean dish (sub quinoa for the barley) which is topped with warm avocado that melts away in your mouth. This is the only thing I order every time I go, it’s that good. Grab a glass of malbec or a nice white wine and people watch with all of your heart’s content. The Cafe sits on the pedestrian-only Lincoln Road, where the crazies, models, and fashion faux pas’ are all a dime a dozen.

Read their Yelp review.

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8. Glaser Farms Raw Vegan Farmer’s Market, ($$)

19100 SW 137th Ave  Miami, FL 33177
(305) 238-7747

Every Saturday (10 AM – 7PM)

This is every vegan’s wet dream. Aside from being the best local farmer’s market in nearly the world (rivaled by Santa Monica), this market has so many unbelievable prepared raw foods served over ice, buffet style. Meander through the hippie-rasta vendors and make sure to try the local culinary delights–most of them offer samples!

Read the rave reviews on Yelp.

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9. Jugo Fresh, ($$)

1935 West Ave #102  Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 472-2552

This fantastic high-end juicery has created quite a scene in Miami. With celebrity clients, the constant slew of workout junkies, and the Really Wealthy Mother Alliance, this place ain’t going out of business. My favorite juice is the P.A.M.pered Ginger and my favorite small bite is the Acai Bowl with the Brazil Nut Cookie Crumbles, thank heavens for those sweet and slightly salty raw cookies; I got through many a’ months with these!

The price is gawkable, but you get the scene and the organic foodie love so shut up and hand over your card!

Read their Yelp review.

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10 Responses

  1. Renee Rosen says:

    Great recommendations! I also love the vegetarian/vegan sushi roll at Catch more than their seafood options!
    I’ve been calling the wrap you wrote about from choices the “Gentle Lentil wrap” whoops!!!
    There is a place called Casabes 305 near the roads that I’m really interested in trying–the chef is a macrobiotic cook so I’m sure they have many vegetarian options. It’s on my list!
    Keep em coming. xoxo

    • Emily Nolan says:

      Also great recommendations Renee! I’ve been to Catch in NY and have tried the amazing vegetarian sushi roll! My gf that came with me thought it was so good she had to order an extra roll for herself. Looks like I’ll have to try Casabes305–haven’t heard of it yet! Good to know my veggie loving friend has all the deets on the best foodie spots in Miami! XO

    • Lori Zito says:

      Hey Renee…we do have a Gentle Lentil Wrap at Choices, in addition to the Mentil Lentil, so you weren’t wrong! :)

      Thanks for all the Miami veganista tips Emily!

  2. Danielle says:

    Great info:) I want to go to all of them!!!!!

  3. Kristin says:

    Love love love Green Bar & Kitchen! I can’t wait to get down to Miami and check out the rest of the recommendations. If you haven’t already done so there is another hidden gem in the Ft. Lauderdale area – The Green Wave Cafe. There’s not much in the way of ambiance, but I’ve eaten there several times and it’s always been delicious. Try and save room for desert because those are just as yummy. http://thegreenwavecafe.com/

  4. matt joseph says:

    I love all these places Choices is my Fav.. keep them coming

  5. I was looking for this thanks for the share.

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