Although each of their dishes is made without gluten, animal products, or refined sugar, Green Wave Cafe proves that raw, vegan food can tempt palates. The eatery earned laurels in 2010 for being the Best Raw Food Restaurant according to the New Times Broward-Palm Beach for flavorful dishes "that actually satisfy." Among such edibles is a vegan chocolate ice cream that tastes close to "the real thing."
All dishes are made onsite daily, and the only cooked dish on the menu is the soup of the day. The hummus sandwich is made from chick peas sprouted in pure ionized water. The lettuce taco boats, which the staff calls one of its most popular dishes, include with housemade guacamole and vegan p?t? rich with Mexican seasoning. Raw-food enthusiasts can also fill their baskets at the Monday farmers' market or earn raw-food certification with cooking classes.
Best Pasta's founders, who hail from the shores of the Mediterranean, are passionate about pasta in all its forms. They opened up their eatery in order to share that love with Americans, even serving up gluten-free varieties so their pasta creations could reach a wider audience.
Customers who pop into the restaurant's two locations or flag down the food truck with a flare build their own traditional or gluten-free pasta creations. They start by choosing a box for dine-in or take-away and fill it with their choice of noodle, including capellini or spiral pasta, and then top the pasta with such sauces as traditional marinara or spicy arrabbiata. Patrons can also build their own salads and wraps.
Churromania makes a single treat countless ways. The Venezuelan snack shop, a creation of Ariel Acosta-Rubio, Maria Alejandra Bravo, and Miguel Bravo, might dust its crispy churros with sugar, drizzle them with chocolate, or fill them with cream cheese. Orders of Crispy Mania blend sugar and cinnamon, and each Big Mania comes to tables filled with one of eight toppings, including guava and Nutella. Instead of sucking humidity out of the air with a big straw, visitors can stay hydrated with more than a dozen hot and cold beverages.
Frioland keeps the swelter of the Sunshine State at bay with a medley of refreshing and nourishing frozen yogurt flavors and smoothies. Smooth, sweet, and fruity varieties offer something for every palate. Customers can also mix in proteins and other fixings to make their treats more hearty and nutritious without having to sprinkle them with gummy vitamins.
Out front, a glowing sign hangs above the door, reading 'Gigi's Music Cafe.' Inside, you might find live music, karaoke, and even trivia, depending on the day. But one thing remains constant everyday of the week: Gigi's soulful family recipes. A lifetime lover of music, Gigi Brown brought her two passions together under one roof. Gigi's serves classic American dishes with a twist, including fried chicken with a buttermilk waffle, soul rolls—collard green spring rolls—and country turkey meatloaf with sweet potatoes.
After nearly 20 years under the command of Top Chef star Chef Carlos Fernandez, Hi-Life Café has recently ascended into a new realm under the rule of Chef Virgil Woodard, a master of new-wave American cuisine. According to a feature in the Sun Sentinel Woodard's training in architecture and keen eye for art and symmetry become apparent upon first glimpse of his dishes, each embellished with his signature hand-carved vegetable garnishes. Yet the ornate frills are only the start of the meal’s elegance. Fresh jalapeños packed with shrimp and wrapped in bacon—Cajun Kisses—prelude a full menu of classic American fare with an upscale twist. He transforms pastas with unique sauces, such as a southwestern spin on bolognese and a classic mushroom and madeira wine sauce infused with brie, and he pairs high-end strip steak, pork loin, and seafood with fresh, internationally inspired accoutrements.
The interior of Hi-Life Café mirrors the chic style of the entrees. Candlelight flickers across tasteful urban art photography from John Fifield and Streetmurals.net, creating the ideal ambiance for a dinner date or impromptu murder-mystery game. A granite-topped wine bar hosts a selection of sips, as well as fresh flower arrangements rivaled only by the elegant roses adorning each and every table.