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Bland meals are a distant memory for vegetarians in the Sunshine State. From colorful salads and acai bowls to Asian-inspired dishes and hearty plates of lasagna and black bean burgers, Florida offers an array of meat-free options. Flavorful and health-conscious, here are some of the best vegetarian restaurants in Florida.
Dandelion Communitea Cafe, Orlando (Nearby Hotels)
Located in a century-old house with a charming patio area, Dandelion Communitea Cafe in Orlando is a local favorite, particularly for its drum circle events. Everything served is organic and local, serving up hearty bowls of chilli made with tempeh, kidney beans, corn and peppers, along with comfort-style foods like vegetarian nachos. Wash it down with one of their herbal or kombucha tea, while sweet tooth lovers can sample the delicious Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Present Moment Cafe, St. Augustine (Nearby Hotels)
Present Moment Cafe in St. Augustine specializes in organic, vegetarian cuisine. Their menu offers an array of tasty options, from the Maki Sushi Rolls with cashew cream cheese, avocado and cucumbers to the Mango Samosa with curried carrots and peas in a coconut wrapper drizzled with cashew sour cream. If you’re looking for something more filling, go for the Buddha Bowl with grains and legumes or the Tacos of Life with walnut-pine pate and guacamole wrapped in romaine shells.
Eden in Eden, Miami (Nearby Hotels)
If you’re a Francophile looking for healthy options, look no further. Eden in Eden is Miami’s first vegetarian-inspired French brasserie, where you’ll find thick cuts of veggie pork and soy-cheese goodness and replaces butter, cheese and eggs with healthier options. Flavor and texture certainly aren’t compromised, and the portion sizes are generous. Sample the array of French favorites, from organic crepes to quiches, or create your own sandwich with five types of bread, an extensive list of toppings, and homemade Almond Dressing.
Ethos Vegan Kitchen, Winter Park (Nearby Hotels)
A Winter Park vegan staple, Ethos Vegan Kitchen has converted many non-believers. Offering a range of soups, salads, sandwiches and pasta, their homestyle cooking is what has people coming back for more. Start off with the Healthy Trio with black and green olives tapenade, housemade hummus and tomato-mango salsa before digging into the Coconut Curry Wrap, Yo Mama’s Lasagna or Pecan Encrusted Eggplant. There’s even a kid’s menu and tempting desserts like Chocolate Amaretto Mousse.
Sublime, Fort Lauderdale (Nearby Hotels)
Serving up vegan dishes that are completely cholesterol-free, Sublime has a celebrity clientele and a dazzling menu to match. A big supporter of animal rights, the restaurant is an extension of the owner’s efforts to reduce animal cruelty and promotes a plant-based diet. Try the Black Bean Slides or Portobello Steak Stack, while spice lovers can indulge in the Spicy Szechuan Veganese Stir Fry. Pair your meal with a glass of Pinot Grigio, Floridian craft beer or Grapefruit Mule.
Full Bloom, Miami (Nearby Hotels)
Designed to bring creative vegetable-based dishes to Miami, Full Bloom takes its delicious cuisine options to a whole new level. Mix in a killer view, and you’ve got a great spot to sit back and enjoy the Florida sunshine. Offfering an alternative to Miami’s culinary scene, the food here is a mix of French, Italian and Latin. You’ll fall in love with the Tempeh Medallions over Tostones and Sweet Potato Quinoa Pattie with Butter Bean Tahini Sauce, while the Classic Spanish Gazpacho and Wasabi Ginger Pate Nori Rolls with Mango Chili Sauce are also a hit.
The Sanctum, Orlando (Nearby Hotels)
Boasting a motto of “Real, Damn Good Food”, The Sanctum in Orlando supports local farmers and artisans by creating some great-tasting dishes. Try one of their breakfast burritos, signature salads, or indulge in one of their bowls that combine fresh veggies with organic brown rice or quinoa. The cold pressed juices and smoothies are a real treat, while the Spicy Spiked Chai and Komburita are a unique twist on classic cocktails.
Cider Press Cafe, St. Pete (Nearby Hotels)
Highlighting Asian-inspired vegetarian cuisine, Cider Press Cafe in St. Pete is an award-winning restaurant that offers a fine dining experience in a casual setting. With a Florida-inspired, plant-based menu of modern cuisine, you’ll find plenty of choices to keep you coming back for more. Dine on a Sonoma Jack Sandwich with jackfruit “chicken” salad, Artisanal Walnut Flatbread with tomato-walnut pesto and herbed macadamia ricotta, or a Florida Roll with tamari infused watermelon “tuna”, mango and avocado.
Rawk Star Cafe, Oldsmar (Nearby Hotels)
Offering a menu of fresh, organic cuisine, Rawk Star Cafe in Oldsmar features an Avocado Veggie, Egg-less and Rawkster Wrap with fresh veggies, while the extensive menu of specialty smoothies steal the spotlight. You can try anything from a PowWow Cacao to an Orange Screamsicle and King Rawker, combining healthy ingredients like Raw Agave Nectar, Hemp Seed Mylk and an array of fresh fruits.
Screaming Carrots, Hallandale Beach (Nearby Hotels)
The first plant-based restaurant to open in Hallandale, Screaming Carrots offers its customers an organic, whole-food, plant-based culinary experience. The Spring Rolls and Vegetable Dumpling appetizers are worth a try, while the Mushrooms in Coconut Milk soup, Pad Thai, Thai Green Curry and Thai Mango Salad will take you across the world with their traditional Thai flavors.
Date & Thyme, Key West (Nearby Hotels)
A natural foods market and organic cafe, Date & Thyme in Key West is a mecca for health conscious eaters. You’ll find organic produce, groceries and superfoods at the on-site market, while the cafe serves breakfast, lunch and smoothies in their charming outdoor space. The Hummus Wrap, Island Burrito and Black Bean Burger will fill you up come lunch time, and the long list of organic smoothies, from the BulletProof smoothie to the Mango Tango and Coco-Berry pair well with your meal.
Raw & Juicy, Santa Rosa Beach (Nearby Hotels)
Located in Santa Rosa Beach, Raw & Juicy serves cold-pressed juices, smoothies and bowls. This Panhandle location has even seen the likes of celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn. Perfect for one of Florida’s sunny days, grab one of their refreshing juices and smoothies and pair it with a Veggie Hummus wrap, Costa Rican bowls or Veggie Sandwich. You can even order a fresh coconut and add Prosecco or sake to make it extra special.