As the ongoing pandemic continues to affect us all by up-ending our beloved daily rituals and activities, the f&b industry has had to adapt quicker than most. While some eateries have been forced to close as a result, others are still going strong and offering take-out and delivery options for the safest indulgence. Those of you who have eating restrictions–namely vegans–have had to really change course, but luckily for you, many of Miami’s best plant-based spots are still killing the game:
From the folks behind the well-known Palm Beach Gardens spot, Christopher’s Kitchen, comes Thatch. Thatch is a sustainable marketplace, plant-based restaurant and bar serving up what is easily the best Vegan in town (we’re not kidding!). Their whole look is warm, trendy, and welcoming, but you can also just order takeout or purchase ready-made items at the market and get an equally great experience.
Miami’s nightlife guru, Dave Grutman opened this local outpost of Toronto’s popular vegan spot not too long ago. Planta is a little more upscale in both price and menu than the above, but every bit as satisfying. The South Beach location is offering both dine-in and takeout for your feasting pleasure.
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Known for its natural, fresh, and unprocessed foods, Delicious Raw serves made-to-order meals, superfood bowls, freshly made vegetable and fruit juices, smoothies and wellness shots. Their new online ordering platform will go live on their website starting on May 22, allowing guests to pre-order and pay prior to picking up their orders, further limiting interaction.
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Winners of “Best Vegan Restaurant” in Miami by Miami New Times for their home location in Wynwood, Love Life Cafe has developed a customer base as wide-ranged as their menu selection. They’ve got everything here, including the “best veggie burger in America” but we’re addicted to their superfood arepa.
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222 Taco in North Bay Village has always made sure to include a great selection of vegetarian and vegan options, and as they grew in popularity, they decided to expand them even further. Vegan items include “chorizo” enchiladas drowned in salsa verde and cashew queso fresco (to die for), a veggie Mexican pizza with potato and carrot nacho cheese that’ll make you forget you’re eating plant-based.
The late Wynwood Yard anchor is queen of all things bowls. Choose from a variety of plant-based bases, sauces, fixings, and delicious locally-sourced veggies for an ultimately satisfying lunch or dinner. We return to della Bowls for the Caribbean bowl and almond butter cups.
This is a Downtown Miami go-to, getting packed during lunchtime. The Manna Life menu is extensive and offers an unbelievable amount of variety–everything with a Latin twist. They’ve recently launched weekly specials like an ‘After Dark’ menu, taco Tuesdays, and half-off wine on Wednesdays. Snag the Guacamole bowl or a norito.
Diya Indian Kitchen had barely opened its doors prior to the COVID-19 pandemic before quickly having to close as a result of government mandates. The family owned and operated Indian concept nestled in the Sunset Harbour neighborhood incorporates immune-boosting ingredients and techniques (antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, prebiotics, etc), crafted by Executive Chef Vidya Maharaj, who is also an epidemiologist. They offer both vegan and vegetarian options.
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Charming (as we know meaning small, but fire), this self-described ‘vegan deli’ is the hope you’re looking for on 73rd Street. The Plantisserie bloomed in April of last year and is exposing the surrounding area to meat-free varieties that include Lasagna decked in homemade ricotta and Beyond Meat Shepherd’s Pie.
Cone please. Twenty-seven year old culinary Chef and owner of Nabati (“plant-based” in Arabic), Ola Kayal, is bringing her talents out through 18 creative flavors of all-natural, vegan ice cream. Inspired by their role as environmentalists, Nabati prioritizes accessibility of amazing frozen desserts that have no chemicals, stabilizers, gums, or refined sugar. Deliveries to Greater Miami on Saturdays.
Restaurants can sometimes take away that comfort that comes with food that is truly homemade. Local, personal Raw Chef Carla makes sure that doesn’t happen. Not only is she known for educational online courses for at-home cooking, she also has a delivery option for healing meals and cakes.
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Cover photo courtesy of Manna Life Food.