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If the big sign outside didn’t proudly scream “Vegan tacos” you’d barely know everything at this Tulum transplant was plant-based. The jackfruit pulled pork in pepper adobo and yuba carnitas are basically pork without the pork; authentic Mexican flavors without the authentic Mexican lard. The drinks here are some of the best tequila-and-mezcal-based offerings on any menu. And while it would be a stretch to call Charly’s “health” food, you can opt for a spinach-and-kale-based Healthy Bowl if you’re hellbent on keeping calories down.
A red food truck tucked behind a metal wall a couple hundred feet from an I-95 overpass isn’t exactly the first spot you’d expect to find the city’s best vegan pizza. But if you’re looking for a vegan food adventure, head to Mora Pizza where you’ll find pies topped with everything from stuffed poblano peppers to ice cream to French fries, plus strombolis, cheesesteaks, and pretty much everything else you’d expect from a pizza truck. Check their Instagram for the daily special, and come hungry. Though understand that, while the entire menu is vegan, it's not the most healthy thing in the world.
Stuffing yourself with thin-crust pizza and house-made pasta feels a little less gluttonous when everything you have is gluten-free and vegetarian. Such is the sensation you’ll experience dining at Puro’s, atop the Luna Park Food Hall in Brickell. The menu isn’t just simple meat replacements either, you’ll find stuff like the floury gluten-free burrata and pumpkin pizza, or the pansotti guacanuts: fresh pasta with a collection of herbs you’ve not tried elsewhere. If carb-bombing still isn’t your thing, you’ll also find a solid menu of juices and smoothies. Though the rest of your table will probably make you jealous.
If you want the best plant-based burger in America you’ll have to hit this Wynwood spot that’s been slinging them since long before Impossible Whoppers. The 2016 Seed Wine and Food Festival winner for best veggie burger is topped with guac, cheddar, marinated kale, and cilantro aioli. It heads up a spectacular burger menu that also offers curry burgers and a jackfruit BBQ sandwich. Additionally, you’ll find pizza, burritos, and tacos gracing the menu at Love Life, so if you’ve got a hankering for not-so-light food but wanna keep it vegan, you won’t find more options than you will here.
The big, spacious patio outside this Edgewater plant-based spot has become a sort of ground zero for the Miami vegan community, so much so that it is actually called The Sacred Space. In addition to being home to endless boozy weekend brunches with smooth saxophones and cool breezes, Plant also boasts perhaps the most impressive plant-based menu in Miami, with everything from cashew cheese boards to banana leaf tamales to vegan key lime crème brulee. And if you want to try and learn how to make some of this stuff yourself, The Sacred Space has cooking classes and other events planned regularly.
Rib, Parm, and braised beef specials are what most people come to Blue Collar for, but dig a little deeper and find something only true vegans and vegetarians can appreciate: a veggie chalkboard with more than 20 different $6 varieties. There’s sautéed kale, roasted artichoke hearts, sweet potato plantain mash, and even veggie fried rice. As your friends nosh on a brisket and steak, order a veggie plate which blends four dishes of your choosing, making it a colorful and flavorful meal for one.
Don’t let the name turn you off -- DIRT is probably the cleanest place you can eat in the 305. Watch fast, farm-to-counter food come alive in the form of curried cauliflower bowls, harissa hummus wraps, and almond butter and jam toasts. Menus change seasonally, using only organic and mostly local ingredients. Vegan and vegetarian-specific menus are available, making a meal at DIRT tasty and ridiculously easy.
The word “Manna” refers to food from heaven. At Downtown’s Manna Life Food, heaven is nature, and its food is the result of nutrient-dense, organic produce and ingredients, which together create a type of body-fuel that puts your all-time favorite junk food to shame. On the menu find life bowls, where you can literally “eat the rainbow” with everything from coconut brown rice to acai pickles; superfood arepas with avocado, hemp hearts, and three-bean salad; and a bevy of raw treats like protein bliss balls and ice cream made with banana and maca fudge. Let’s just say if you’re not vegan, you probably will be after this meal.
There’s a good chance that a bite or two of a Della bowl might result in an obnoxious smile and that weird inner-feeling of excitement you thought only your dog could give you. Needless to say, they’re not called “healthy bowls of happy” for nothing. Each Della bowl is customizable, with every ingredient a veggie-lover might fancy. There’s lentils, tofu, and chickpeas for protein, along with marinated kale, crispy broccoli and a handful of sweet and savory sauces like spicy almond pepper, ginger tamari garlic and sweet citrus tahini waiting to be drizzled on top. Give it a boost with some raw roots, avocado, or spicy sunflower seeds. Don’t lie, we know you’re already smiling.
Inside the indie record store, find Miami’s first and only fully vegan coffee shop. Grab a cup of locally-roasted Panther Coffee blended with vanilla almond milk or get a little crazy with an order of a vanilla iced rice baby made with toasted rice green tea or a unicorn love bomb topped with vegan marshmallows. There’s always a selection of vegan cookies, bars, and treats perfect to pair with a quick drink. Spend the afternoon or grab-and-go and maybe snag a few records while you’re at it too.
Vegans might have mastered the art of trendy juice bars and fast-casual spots, but Full Bloom wants to show vegan- and vegetarian-conscious diners that plates without meat and cheese can be gourmet too. The full-vegan menu offers dishes like cashew ricotta and spinach ravioli, and eggplant steak milanese. There’s a raw bar too, but it’s not the one you’re thinking of. It takes uncooked ingredients like zucchini, carrots, and cauliflower and transforms them into creations like carrot nut soup and cauliflower rice.
Everyone has a sweet tooth, including vegans and vegetarians. Though a dairy-free diet makes it difficult to satisfy those sugary cravings, Bunnie Cakes makes it easy. As Miami’s original vegan bakery, the shop offers a bevy of cupcakes and cakes in varieties like banana chocolate chip, cinnamon sugar, cookie dough, and red velvet. They make cinnamon rolls, cheeseballs, and cheesecake in a jar, too. If you thought going vegan would give you an excuse to say no to dessert, think again. But hey, we’re not complaining.
What started as a small cupcake shop has blossomed into an organic café with health, sustainability, and cruelty-free practices at the forefront of its mission. Owner Angela Prada-Moed wanted to bring nutrition to her neighborhood and through swapping sweets for vegan treats, she’s done just that. The menu features juices and boosters easily paired with fajita and quinoa bowls, super oatmeal, acai bowls, and salads, which are nearly all vegan friendly.
The dual grocery and café in North Miami is the perfect compromise for vegans and their meat-and-dairy loving counterparts. The menu features dozens of sandwiches, salads, and hearty plates like pizza, burgers, and mixed Middle Eastern-inspired plates, many of which have a vegan supplement. Think gooey cheese pizza with soy cheese or a veggie-patty burger. The restaurant is flexible too: dine outside on its patio, inside the market, or get a quick bite to go.
Situated between tourist traps and nightclubs is a quiet, vegan-friendly eatery named Plant Theory. The name speaks for itself, as the restaurant uses 100% local and organic ingredients, with a focus on all things veggie for every dish. Besides traditional salads, sandwiches, wraps, and juices found in most vegan/vegetarian spots, Plant Theory offers a full-blown brunch menu too. Try a spinach or egg melt, topped with melted cheese and a side of coconut bacon; or opt for a fruity berry parfait, layered with fruit and granola.
Though the name might sound like a spot you'd go somewhere in Colorado to GET the munchies, this Broward County vegetarian outpost serves up vegetarian takes that can oftentimes be better than their meat-based original. The fish taco with kimchi and dill ranch has all the greasy, savory goodness of the San Diego classic, without the fishy flavor. The burgers, mostly made with brown rice, quinoa, and chickpeas, are still smoky and hearty without making you feel guilty about raising your cholesterol 40%. And the pizzas? You'll barely notice they’re gluten-free.
The husband-and-wife team that opened Lilikoi recently relocated from Maui, and they've brought the fresh, laid-back feel of the island to the often-frenetic and crowded South Beach. Though the entire restaurant isn't vegetarian -- for the beautiful people of SoFi -- no place offers better vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free fare. The collections of pressed juices and smoothies are the sort of fresh, healthy treat one would expect from such a location. But the real surprises come when you order stuff like the vegan burger made with garbanzos and topped with caramelized onions, or the falafel wrap, both fresh, spicy, and better than any similar sandwich in the area.