South Florida is so often associated with seafood, seafood and you guessed it, more seafood (at least from here in the UK where the Cromer Crab is about the most exotic kind of seafood you can get on the coast locally). When I booked my trip to Florida and was looking for places to eat in the South and especially in Key Largo, I spent a long time trying to find somewhere that actually had a single vegetarian option on their menu – it was practically unheard of.
But rest assured veggies – you can still book that trip to the gorgeous Florida Keys and tropical metropolis Miami, because, together with Taylor Schear (@soflofoodfind), we have tried-and-tested 6 restaurants that served up some innovative and tasty vegetarian/vegan food! Be sure to follow Taylor for more specialist foodie knowledge from the Florida region.
Choices Café – Miami:
I had researched this place a few months before my trip to Miami. The menu looked so exciting, and with EVERY ITEM on the menu being vegan, I knew I had no issue and could order anything I wanted. I went with the mac and cheese (which was made with nutritional yeast to give it that cheesy flavour) and cheese fries (made with cashew cheese) served with black beans and a sour cream.
You’ll notice a theme with me and cheese. Vegan and milk-based – I can’t get enough.
Cashew cheese – how could I possibly refuse?
This place had a number of factors that absolutely makes it for me. 1. It was featured on one of my favourite TV shows, Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives. 2. It allowed take-out – because on this particular day we just wanted to go back to the hotel and stuff our face. 3. It has some great options for vegetarian pizza.
It’s a really famous and renowned place to eat – chosen and recommended by the locals (so its GOTTA be good!)
It might just look like a simple cheese pizza, but those cheeses were truly something else (sorry – more cheese)!
Yeah, yeah it’s a chain, but it really was a glorious place to eat healthy vegetarian food. Their veggie/vegan options are clearly labeled, and with sandwiches to pastries – you can rest assured you’ll get a nice filling lunch for a good price.
… and when I said healthy, I didn’t say there wasn’t a shit load of tempting treats as well!
The pecan plait was a little dense but still tasty (I’m European and the pastry here is hard to beat!) but the cloudy lemonade was perfectly refreshing, you have to try one!
Here, a simple tomato soup but it was nice to eat something so comforting and homely in the ridiculously humid state. The flatbread was stuffed with pesto and mozzarella – what’s not to LOVE?
Oh Farmer’s Table… how I love thee. Just seeing these photos again makes me happy! If you are looking for a swanky restaurant with a wide variety of options look no further! Farmer’s Table caters to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free diets. My top vegetarian choices definitely have to be the spasta, caprese salad, and brownie sundae!
Spasta with Quinoa Meatballs
Chocolate brownie with candied pecans
Parlour Vegan Bakery:
Let me start off by saying that Parlour was my first vegan bakery experience. I was hesitant, but it far exceeded my expectations. The pastries are so delicious you don’t even remember that there is no dairy in them! The bakery also serves vegan empanadas, sandwiches, pizza rolls, and salads!
Salted caramel mini donuts
Icebox is quite a unique find for vegetarians. The restaurant does not specialize in plant-based cuisine. However, they do make a point of offering multiple vegetarian selections. This makes it so easy for a group of people with different eating styles to go out together! One of the most interesting vegetarian selections is definitely the warm salad. It features fried eggplant, brown rice, wilted kale, egg, tomato, and peanut sambal sauce.
Gado Gado (deconstructed warm salad)
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