Without the use of animal products, the chefs at Gourmet Greenhouse raid Mother Nature's pantry to pile plates with healthy salads, savory sandwiches, drinks, and desserts. After discovering meat-free diets can lower the risk of disease and provide unconditional moral support to canine teeth, the founders inked a menu full of vegetarian, vegan, and raw delights. Creamy soups contain almond or rice milk instead of lacto-liquids ($4–$5), and almond-flaxseed meatballs wait to hatch in a squiggly nest of raw yellow spaghetti squash ($8).
Sublime is an innovative concept in vegetarian dining that's completely cholesterol-free but satisfies even the most devout carnivore. With an award-winning menu featuring natural and organic foods and spirits from around the globe, Sublime is one South Florida restaurant that truly lives up to its name.
Philly steak sandwiches. Lasagna. Burgers. If it weren't for the name, it would be easy to forget that Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin doesn't serve meat. Instead, the chefs here rely on seitan, tofu, and veggies to recreate the classic flavors of international cuisine, from America to Italy to the Caribbean.
One of the most popular dinners is the vegan pizza with toppings such as barbecue seitan. Earlier in the day, chefs scramble tofu to serve alongside pancakes with blueberries, bananas, or everyone's favorite fruit, chocolate chips. Fresh fruit smoothies and desserts such as gluten-free cupcakes add the finishing touches.
Falafel Bistro & Wine Bar cajoles the tahini-demanding bellies of vegetarians and omnivores alike with fresh wraps, salads, baguettes, and desserts, as well as a spectrum of Mediterranean specialties. Chef and owner Ilan Cohen slings traditional family meals straight from his native Israel onto the tables of his American bistro haven. Chickpea cheerleaders can form pyramids with one of many hummus-centered dishes, such as the sabih pita sandwich, with roasted eggplant and hard-boiled egg ($8), or the mahi-mahi beet wrap, rolled with sumptuous tiers of garbanzo mash, spinach, and alfalfa ($17).
At The Last Carrot, fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grain breads come together to feed the body and mind. Lean chicken, tuna, or tofu nudge up against shaved carrot slices and crunchy cucumber inside the welcoming embrace of a whole-wheat pita sandwich. Diners also dip into freshly made bean soups, or slather snacks in homemade peanut butter. The health food enclave also offers a colorful mélange of freshly squeezed juices, including acai, wheatgrass, and a frothy blend of carrot juice spiked with sweet strawberry, papaya, and mango.
Every Saturday rain or shine, Glaser Organic Farms hosts the Coconut Grove Organic Market, a vegan-leaning outdoor market. Each week the farm offers an array of organic vegetables, fruits and prepared vegan foods that are prepared at the farm. These offerings include cashew butter, homemade salad dressings and fruit pies, while a big draw is the macadamia and cashew nut milk ice creams. For anyone looking to do more than just take home the ingredients of their next meal, a hefty salad bar, wraps, and a great assortment of prepared foods can be purchased and eaten at the market’s many picnic tables. In addition to the farm’s own offerings, there are many small local vendors who sell spices, beans, soaps and juices. Be sure to wear shoes you don’t mind scuffing up, because the market is held in a vacant lot.