Forget the same-old-same-old steakhouse. Miami and environs has exploded with so many exciting plant-forward dining options, we’ve added a plant-based postscript to last week’s vegan roundup. Our green bowl runneth over. Here’s Part 2 of best vegan restaurants Miami (and one for Fort Lauderdale, too). If you missed Part 1 click here.
Flaky, fluffy, buttery (yet butterless), you’d never guess the croissants at L’Artisane Creative Bakery are vegan. Neither did the judges at Croissant Battle Miami. Miami’s best croissants are, baked up fresh daily at this rosy, cosy French-as-anything bakery, along with classic French patisserie all made 100% plant-based by Cordon Bleu-trained owner/chef Carolina Molea. Strawberry tarts, gilded gateaux, mille-feuille and single-bite chocolate bonbons look like jewels and taste like they were made by angels. L’Artisane’s carefully curated menu also includes sandwiches, salads and bowls, but to leave without trying one of the pastries is criminal. L’Artisane Creative Bakery is located at 7423 Collins Avenue, Surfside (786)502-8595.
Manna Life Food wins downtown Miami’s most nutrient-dense eatery award. Creator/owner Sabra Seligman brings her wellness background to this spa-sleek space inside the historic Dupont Building. Chef D brings a rainbow-bright plant-based array of superfoods. Hello, Superfood Arepas and Avocado and Spirulini Chimichurri. Finish sweet with a Bliss Ball, a high-energy hit of walnuts, dates and cacao. Cold-pressed juices, coffees with nut mylk or a bottle of Liquid Fuel with carrots, apples and lemons starts the day right — or beats afternoon desk doldrums. Manna Life’s mantra is Food that respects the body. It respects the planet, too, serving food on compostable dinnerware. Manna Life Food is located at 80 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami (786)717-5060.
At the end of an unprepossessing side street blooms The Sacred Space, a center for conscious living, transformation, beauty and love. You can taste the love at at the center’s fine dining restaurant Plant Miami, Chef Horacio Rivadero and his wife Pastry Chef Veronica Manolizi create higher vibration cuisine, with bright flavors and the freshest produce, much of it sourced from Paradise Farms and other local growers. Start with the light, bright Sacred Salad with market greens, red quinoa, shaved fennel, avocado and hemp seeds with lemon tahini dressing. Indulgent mains include Kofta + Curry, napped in coconut sauce and popular Cacio di Funghi, kelp noodles tossed in a rich truffle bechamel. Save room for dessert with Key Lime Brulée and creamy vegan Cheesecake adorned with fresh tropical fruits. The space is airy and elegant, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering a view of the wooden patio deck, fountain and gardens beyond. Outside, seating beneath broad canvas umbrellas keep you cool. Plant Miami is located at 105 NE 24th Street, Miami (786)621-5006. Valet is available.
If you still think vegan means a life of lettuce, head to Ft. Lauderdale’s Green Bar & Kitchen. This hidden gem has gotten more than a few omnivores to see the plant-based light. Fast casual Green Bar serves up comfort gone vegan all day long, from fluffy plate-sized pancakes to taco bowls, smoothies and vegan gelato, People keep coming back for GBK Burger and the Buffalo Tempeh Sandwich, sparked with a tangy sauce. Add a side of super-crispy Sweet Potato Waffle Fries or, for the ultimate indulgence, the Loaded Fries, drizzled with vegan aioli. Cheerful staff and vibe. Green Bar & Kitchen is located at 1017 SE 17th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (954)553-7507
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.