Welp, here it is: a small (vegan friendly) food guide of places to eat in South Florida.... well, part of South Florida. Lots of Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade, but not much in between. But it works, because if you're staying on either end of that South Florida spectrum, it's only about an hour drive to the other end :) Not all of these are vegan restaurants, but all of them are perfectly suitable for vegans... and not just suitable, but some of my favorite, delicious spots. You'll find anything from fancier date night spots, to hole in the wall must eats.
While I'm sure there are a few more vegan friendly places to check out, these are just some of my favorites that I thought deserved some recognition :) Many of these places emphasize fresh vegetables and some of my favorite-favorites are ones with a focus on local and seasonal menus.... I mean, why not, we're in south Florida.. the land year round farming! (Organic is always a plus too). This list will be updated as much as I can... because I'll be adding things on, as I find them or re-find them. If you're local or visit often and have any other recommendations that I might have missed or not heard of, I'd LOVE for you to share them :)
And on to the food.....
- WEST PALM BEACH ++area -
Right around the corner from me: noodles! They have a few vegan options on the menu, but if you ask, they are always happy to vegan-ize, most other options. They'll make up a quick broth for just about any noodle soup :) We love noodles.
4700 South Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
Diner food. Busy weekend brunch, open late(ish) for drunk munchies. There's only one vegan option on this menu, but it's great when you're craving a homemade, not super processed veggie burger. Great beer. Sometimes a vegan dessert. Always: french fries (or tots, if you're into that).
One of my favorite hole in the walls. It's a tiny counter in the back of a health food store, hidden away in a plaza. The main chef is this Brazilian guy, Carlos. He cooks much of the food at home, brings it in, and serves it up with awesome juices, smoothies, soups, empanadas (!!!), and whatever else. It's def. a locals spot, where everyone knows each other. It's always crowded, expect a wait. All vegan.
Khong River House
1661 Meridian Avenue. Miami Beach Florida
Oh man. This is brand new, recommended by a friend, and now somewhere I'm waiting patiently to go back to. At first glance at the menu you think "well, maybe I can find a few vegan options", but when we went in, I asked for possible vegan recc's, and the waiter pulled out a pencil and started marking off all the options on the menu that were vegan and vegetarian. Amazing... and so delicious. Maybe not the most kid-friendly for dinner time, but so worth it. (Make reservations)
A little cafe, attached to a book store, on Lincoln Road. It's all walking traffic, and outdoors, so it's good for little kids. It's not my favorite place, but if you're on Lincoln, its a good place to stop and grab a bite. They have a whole separate vegan menu.
3470 North Miami ave Miami, Florida 33127
Yum. Yum. Yum. Noodles, BBQ, beer, steamed buns--- it's all so good. Desserts look great too, but of course, I've never tried them. I don't think I've ever ordered anything I didn't like. Great for small groups of people or for two to sit at the bar. Open late, late night, so perfect for after a concert night, or night of dancing. So good.
130 Northeast 40th Street Miami, Florida 33137
Perfect date night spot. Totally make reservations though. You're not going to find anything vegan friendly on this menu, but the main focus is all food seasonal, local, and fresh (hello south florida/homestead produce). I've called ahead and/or politely asked each time if they wouldn't mind whipping me up a vegan option. I tell them, I'll eat anything vegan, except bananas, and each time, they've made me something wonderful.
7010 Biscayne Blvd, Miami Florida 33138
All organic. North Miami-ish. Super delicious, and a few vegan friendly/veg friendly type options. Perfect spot to pop in and sit outside in the nicer weather.
Glaser Organic Market
(Saturdays)3300 Grand Avenue Coconut Grove, FL 33133
I debated putting this in the DO or EAT section, but here it is. Please DO and EAT here. It's changed a lot since I've lived a mile from it (suuuuuper busy now), but its still wonderful. Not all raw and vegan anymore, you can def. find eggs on each paying counter, but that's even better for most people :) Pick up lots of fruits and vegetables, check out the vendors, and eat from their raw prepared food table. It's one of the rare good food markets around here. If you leave without buying the raw cashew milkshake, you've made the biggest mistake of your life (YOUR WHOLE LIFE.)
A wonderful tiny pizza joint. Not the most vegan friendly... and I've totally cheated and eaten polenta fries (worth it)... but they do have a few small plate options. Also, I just order one of their more vegetable based pizzas, and ask for no cheese... and maybe some extra veggies. Unexpectedly kid friendly: they totally made Marlowe a mini pizza last time we were there. Too sweet :)
-SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN-
431 Plaza Real • Mizner Park Boca Raton, Florida 33432
This place isn't as good as the first few times I went. Maybe they changed chefs or something, I don't know. And there isn't as many vegan options, as when it first opened. But if you sit inside, the atmosphere is good, and a nice break from the rest of Boca.
1431 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33304
Debated adding this one. I don't really go here, I'm not really down with mock meats and fake food, but it is a decent all-vegan spot. Maybe a bit pricey for what it is, but it's all non-profit and the proceeds go to a ton of animal saving foundations, which alone is maybe a good reason to put it on the list, maybe? Good date spot for your vegan chik*n picatta loving date.
++++Also, A PIZZA CHAIN:
Mellow Mushroom can be found up and down florida with vegan (and GF) pizza options. Not gourmet, but decent.