First Look: Green Bar & Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale
With a keen eye for style and trend, Tap 42's Blaise McMackin helmed the design of Green Bar & Kitchen, making sure to give the cafe a hip, modern, and clean design. White walls are adorned with blocks of green moss, and a bench-styled high-top wood table takes up the bulk of the dining room, with an eye-catching beechwood light fixture overhead as the room's centerpiece.
A view of the dining room
Green Bar had its soft opening on February 4 and so far offers a salad and entree menu that, although modestly-sized and all raw and vegan, packs a punch of distinctive flavors that fill you up without leaving you feeling guilty.
I tried the Avocado Toast ($7), a tasty lunchtime snack on vegan, gluten-free millet toast, with sprouts, avocado mix, pink pepper corns, Himalayan sea salt, flower sprouts, goji berries, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, and coconut chips. Paired with a re-infusable superfruit tea, the chunks of which you eat once you're finished, my fare was both refreshing and energizing.
My friends gave the cafe's two most popular entree items a try. For $12, the all-raw Living Lasagna features zucchini pasta with a sun-dried tomato marinara, a surprisingly delicious macadamia ricotta, basil pesto, and extra virgin olive oil. The GBK Burger ($9) is made with brown rice, quinoa, chickpea, carrot, onion, parsley, sunflower seeds and garlic, and topped with tamari, smoked salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, thyme, sage, and a chipotle garlic mayo.
And while our food came out quickly, in less than 10 minutes, Green Bar is more than a simple fast food lunch joint, giving special care to presentation, as Executive Chef Charles Grippo sends out each plate looking as good as it tastes.
For dessert, we sampled the Sticky Icky, a cleverly named organic cocoa and puffed rice treat. Unfortunately, they had already run out of the cold brewed iced coffee I had been craving, which they import from my favorite joint in Wynwood, Miami, Panther Coffee.