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THE BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN EATS IN MIAMI

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UPDATED OCT 1, 2019

Plant-based restaurants in the 305 are taking meatless to the max, sprouting up faster than you can say “tofu”. And with the seemingly boundless possibilities of vegan and vegetarian eats, you might need a little guidance. Here’s a cheat sheet to our local favorites!

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DANIELLE BROWN

FITT MIAMI CONTRIBUTOR

Care to bump elbows with celebrities like Pharrell Williams, DJ Khaled, and Hailey Baldwin while dining? Visit Planta — one of Miami’s hottest new vegan restaurants. This plant-based paradise for the who’s who in Miami is brought to you by nightlife entrepreneur turned restaurateur David Grutman. The creator of the well-known nightlife establishments including LIV, Story, and Komodo brings that same fire to Planta. The eatery sources ingredients directly from their very own rooftop garden, which help serve up those innovative renditions of “meaty” cheeseburgers, sweet ceviche, and amazing crispy tater tots.

Chef Chloe rose to fame as the first vegan chef to win Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, and now she has brought her gateway to plant-based heaven with the opening of Chef Chloe and the Vegan Café. Within Miami’s first-ever vegan food hall, St. Roch Market, this café brings together vegans and meat-eaters for an eclectic mix of sweet and savory menu items, including a rainbow sprinkle cake, truffle avocado toast, butternut-squash nachos, and sweet potato and cashew mac ’n’ cheese.

DIRT’s menu caters to inclusivity (minus the dirt, of course). The fast-casual chain in Sunset Harbour and Brickell offers something for almost every diet you can think of: vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, pescatarian, you name it. While the restaurant doesn’t discriminate against your meat- and dairy-loving counterparts, it’s the farm-to-counter menu that really steals the show. With seasonally-changing menus, keep an eye out for curried cauliflower bowls, harissa hummus wraps, and almond butter and jam toasts.

Is there any chef who masters culinary creations more aesthetically pleasing than Matthew Kenney? The vegan celebrity chef is back at it again in the Magic City with his newest creation, plnthouse, following the success of the gone-too-soon vegan dream in Wynwood, Plant Food + Wine. Plnthouse established its roots at South Beach’s 1 Hotel, and there, Kenney unleashed delicious, rainbow-hued, healthy food. Positioned in Miami’s active beach community, the restaurant’s sun-drenched atmosphere is all things airy and gorgeous. So, once you’ve picked your jaw up from the floor, move it over to the table and you can start eating your veggie-loving heart out.

Whether you’re vegan or just a curious carnivore, Plant Miami is a stop you have to make whenever strolling through Edgewater. Occupying The Sacred Space Miami, the eatery is not only serving up an impressive menu for plant-based cuisine, but everything is 100% kosher as well. And if you can’t decide on an entrée from the plethora of options at this bright and open spot, there are at least two types of dishes to explore while you deliberate on your mains: edible flowers, which come in 57 flavor varieties, and the all-cashew-based, handcrafted white truffle, smoked cheddar, blue cheese, or mixed peppercorn cheeses.

Here’s a combination you never thought you’d see: a vegan gastropub and elixir bar. South Beach’s Soul Tavern kills all the restaurant “norms”, serving the likes of Kimchi Fried Rice and Black Bean & Sweet Plantain Sliders alongside herbal shots like Impassion the Night Fire and Lower Back Massage. Curious about the concept? The owner, Jason Gordon, has nearly 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, a degree in Chinese medicine, runs a healing clinic, and owns a line of 37 Chinese elixirs. His juice elixirs have been known to help with everything from anxiety to workout recoveries. Note: there’s legitimate booze at Soul Tavern too. The spot is temporarily closed as of September 2019, but check their social media for updates on the re-opening this fall!

This Miami gem, inside the Alfred L. Dupont Building in Downtown Miami, not only satisfies your growling belly when you visit, but it serves the mind, body, and soul as well. From the second you walk in, you’ll realize you’re surrounded by knowledge — the walls are covered in health facts and the staff members are are happy to answer any questions you may have. Of course, it's the menu that really shines. They offer soups, bowls, superfood arepas, smoothies, cold-pressed juices, coffee, tea.

Love Life Cafe’s philosophy is simple: create an elevated, plant-based dining experience while still keeping the community vibe. Tucked away on a corner in western Wynwood, you can find the café situated inside of the Love Life Wellness Center, a center that provides different cooking workshops and classes like yoga, Pilates, and plant nutrition education. If you’re looking for a one-stop shop where you can get a little lunchtime zen, this is the place!

If you want a taste of the world, sans meat, check out the gourmet, international cuisine of Full Bloom on James Ave. in Miami Beach. From Unbeetable Falafel with chickpeas, red beets, and lemon tahini, to “Sicilian” Fennel Salad and Tempeh Piccata, dishes are influenced by Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Latin American food. This all makes for an eclectic, mouth-watering, and 100% vegan menu.

If you need further proof that the plant-based scene is taking off in Miami, look no further than The Plantisserie. The charming spot in Little River is the city's first entirely plant-based deli, and it's safe to say we're here for it. Stop by and choose from a selection of healthy, all-organic menu items, including fresh-based empanadas, pasta-free lasagna, and vegan ceviche. Many of their selections are available single-serve, but you can also order most items by the pound. And celiacs can rejpoice—the majority of the menu is also gluten-free.

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