Ten Best Vegan Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach County
Gluten-free. Dairy-free. Vegan, vegetarian and raw. Alternative diets -- those that eliminate animal products and are largely plant-based -- are gaining popularity nationwide, urging people to put down the knife and start eating healthier.
The growing trend toward veggie-inspired restaurants is already popular in California, where all the health nuts flock to dine out at high-end restaurants in West LA and vegan lunch spots in Beverly Hills. There's even a new vegetarian-vegan restaurant chain serving only plant-based food. Known as Veggie Grill is slowly taking over the West Coast.
Here in South Florida, the trend hasn't caught on quite so feverishly. We're more about fried seafood, cheese plates and charcuterie, farm-fresh meats and have enough burger spots to keep us in a purpetual meat hangover -- at least until the cows come home.
But veganism is beginning to take root here, specifically with a number of restaurants offering menus that court omnivores, vegans and vegetarians alike and preparing "meaty" and meatless dishes that surpass the bland and boring foods so many people associate with the vegetable-focused fare.
Here, Clean Plate Charlie has compiled this list of the Palm Beach and Broward County area's best vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants. Even if your not 100% vegan, and don't love the idea of eating only living plants for the rest of your life, surely a meatless Monday now and then couldn't hurt, right?
10. Valerie's Market and Deli
Chilled corn bisque from Valerie's Market in Jupiter.
Located in Jupiter, Valerie's Market is the vegetarian shop and deli for anyone looking to eat healthier, but not interested in the stereotypical vegetarian food. The market has a little bit of everything, but prides itself on being one of the area's best health food stores specializing in vegan, vegetarian, organic and gluten-free eats. The deli side offers the same array of options, prepared and fresh-to-order foods with over 20 menu items including soups, salads, sandwiches and fresh vegetable and fruit smoothies or juices. The stuffed portabella mushroom eggplant, tomatoes, spinach, artichoke hearts, balsamic vinegar, garlic and black pepper, or the chilled corn bisque. A standard favorite packed with nutrients: the ALT, a BLT with a healthy twist combining avocado, lettuce and tomato with veginaise, micro greens and alfalfa sprouts on a sprouted bun. Finish it off with a slice of vegan, gluten-free carrot cake or a cupcake.
Juiceateria's cleansing and detox line of juices.
Boca Raton's new juice and smoothie bar is one of the few in the area to offer a large selection of vegan additions, supplements and ingredients. With a menu designed to meet the needs of health-conscious people looking for a truly all-natural, fully-dedicated plant-based juice bar. Juiceateria provides made-to-order, fresh-squeezed vegetable and fruit juices that are free of preservatives and additives. They also offer a line of six pre-made drinks comprised of approximately 15 pounds of fruits and vegetables, which will detoxify your body, reset your system and brighten your skin -- all part of Juicetaria's signature detoxification and cleansing programs. Aside from juices, their smoothies are also filled with nutrients and free of added sweeteners, preservatives and non-vegan ingredients. Here you'll find several nourishing recipes, including the American Pie, a combo of green apples, banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, spinach, coconut ﬂesh and coconut water blended with ice. Add "superfood" supplements like bee pollen, raw cacao, chia, ﬂax, goji berries, maca or spirulina and you have a nutrient-packed meal raw vegan meal on the go.