There’s a reason PETA and VegNews have declared Miami among the top 10 vegan cities in the US. This sprawling city of many flavors has come together and embraced vegan advocacy and eateries with a vengeance. Wherever you are — Wynwood, North Miami, South Beach and even Ft. Lauderdale and Boca, you’ll find decadent plant-forward treats and body-conscious eats. Welcome to plant-based party central. Here are my picks for the top nine vegan restaurants Miami, a two part series.
Once an abandoned city lot now a vibrant urban community hub, The Wynwood Yard offers live music, yoga classes, fermentation workshops and plenty of plant power, thanks to della bowls. Miami’s favorite food truck serves up happy bowls of healthy. Build your own or enjoy favorites like the Caribbean Bowl with plantains, kale and coconut brown rice. The tiny kitchen constantly develops new items like The Hungry Harvest Bowl, brimming with lentils and leafy greens and kissed with muhammera, a luscious Middle Eastern melange of peppers, walnuts and pomegranate molasses. Finish sweet with The Trail Mix Bar, an inspired mix-up of dates, raisins and every kind of seed. Venue is outside, so dress cool and casual for your date with della. della bowls is located at The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th Street, Wynwood (305)351-2961.
Midway between mainland Miami and South Beach, cleverly tucked away in a condo, Full Bloom offers lux plant-based versions of global delights including Jackfruit Ropa Vieja and Homemade Cashew Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli. Produce is organic and locally sourced, service is warm and attentive — a pleasant surprise for South Beach. Twinkling lights and a sweeping view of Biscayne Bay make Full Bloom your spot for romance. Make points with your sweetie by sharing the chocolate lava cake or tiramisu. Vegan tiramisu? Trust us, the owners are Italian. Good news, Boca folk, Full Bloom has opened its second location near you. Full Bloom Miami Beach is located at 1670 James Avenue, Miami Beach (305)397-8018. Boca Full Bloom is located at 4800 N Federal Highway, Suite B 101 (inside the Sanctuary Center) (561)990-7992. Valet is available at both locations.
Don’t let the laid back vibe of Love Life Cafe fool you — they make the Best Veggie Burger in America, besting all competitors at Seed Food and Wine’s Burger Battle. You need more? This spacious Wynwood cafe with the rainbow striped walls offers comfort favorites all day long, like Avo Toast with kale added for extra green goodness, vegan pizzas and the Love Life Salad, a significant serving of kale, quinoa, chickpeas, pepitas treated to a zippy basil dressing. Acai Bowls, a fruitcentric, nutrient dense version of soft serve ice cream lavishly topped with fresh fruits,c runchy seeds and cacao nibs puts a virtuous spin on dessert and is big enough to share. Love Life Cafe is located at 2616 NW 5th AVenue, Wynwood (305)456-4148.
Four Tibetan prayer wheels greet you outside South Beach’s Soul Tavern. The menu reflects the five elements — fire, air, metal, wood and water— to balance mind and body. Sound complicated? The food isn’t. Dishes like crispy Hemp-crusted Edamame Cakes, Roasted Oyster Mushroom Tacos and luscious Banana Bread Pudding prove Chef Josaime Kinsler balances wellness and the flavors you crave. Decor is warm and airy, natural light spills in through the restaurant’s tall windows (there’s romantic outdoor seating, too). Add heady artisanal cocktails and a Sunday brunch worth waking up for (hello, Fried Green Tomato Benedict topped with a perfectly poached egg and a drizzle of smoked saffron hollandaise) and you’ve got a recipe for pure pleasure for body and soul. Soul Tavern is located at 1801 West Avenue, Miami Beach (305)925-0799. Valet is available.
The concept — fast casual. The presentation — beautiful. The price point — agreeable. The vibe — pure glam (note the gold doggie water bowl outside). GLAM actually stands for Green Living, Animals Matter. Great vegan eats matter, too. GLAM delivers with globally-inspired dishes including Jackfruit Tacos, a brisk, bracing Gazpacho and Chana Masala, Indian chickpea curry rich with warming spices. Other wins are the thin, crispy flatbreads with toppings including Roasted Mushroom, lavished with thyme and onion jam, the Rawsome Cashew Cheese Board and the Lean and Green Bowl — the best zucchini noodles ever tossed with every green vegetable and well-dressed with pesto. Desserts, like Ube (purple sweet potato) Pie with Gingerbread Crust are both stylish and sweet.Glam is located at 3301 NE 1st Avenue, Midtown Miami (786)864-0590.
About Ellen Kanner: She is the award-winning author of Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith and What to Eat for Dinner (VegNews’ Book of the Year, PETA’s debut Book of the Month Club pick) and soulful vegan writer for Huffington Post, VegNews, Holistic Primary Care and numerous other publications.
A sought-after speaker, award-winning author and influencer on issues related to veganism, kitchen literacy, conscious eating, sustainability and farm to table, Ellen is Gourmet Guru for the Global Pulse Confederation and ambassador for the American Pulse Association, providing outreach and original content and recipes. She’s been featured in publications including Thrive, VegNews and Psychology Today.