For many vegans, dining out is an exercise in patience. While there are dozens of vegan-friendly restaurants in South Florida, most also serve meat, seafood, cheese, and eggs—and it’s common to have ingredients, like peanuts or beef broth (which may use gelatin), turn up where they shouldn’t. The good news is there are a handful of strictly vegan eateries in the area. Here are five worth checking out.
Christopher’s Kitchen | Palm Beach Gardens
In a bright and airy atmosphere, chef Christopher Slawson crafts a menu of gourmet, plant-based cuisine, ranging from organic pizza to Indian curries. Complement one of his creations with a small-production wine poured by the glass. (561-318-6191, christopherskitchenfl.com)
The Bee | West Palm Beach
The stylish set loves this downtown outpost of healthy living, which serves fresh fare augmented by daily yoga classes for both children and adults. For breakfast, order a juice, smoothie, or acai bowl, or stop by at lunch for inventive salads and a smorgasbord of healthy entrees deemed “plates for the soul.” (561-651-9796, thebeewpb.com)
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Fruits and Roots | Stuart
Situated within the Shoppes on Colorado, this vegan café and juice bar features wraps, flatbreads, and oat bowls with rolled oats, chia seeds, and homemade cashew milk as well as cold-pressed juices, shots, elixirs, and smoothies. The menu is spiced up with items like pesto breadsticks, an Asian noodle salad, and bagels with various toppings. (772-678-6627, fruitsandrootsvegancafe.com)
The New Vegan | Delray Beach
Dairy-, soy-, wheat-, gluten-, and GMO-free—who could ask for more? The menu is heavy on raw foods, hummus, and falafel, and the build-your-own vegan signature super-food burger is a must-order. You can even purchase a bag of the burger mix and make one at home. (561-404-5301, thenewveganllc.com)
Darbster | West Palm Beach
Named after the owner’s 17-year-old poodle, this popular bistro offers an extensive menu of salads, sandwiches, entrees, living foods, and desserts. There’s also a good selection of kosher, organic, and biodynamic wines as well as gluten-free craft beers. The West Palm eatery features a waterside deck and serves Sunday brunch. (561-586-2622, darbster.com)
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