Gone are the days when vegans could only order fries and a bowl of lettuce at restaurants. The vegan food scene has taken off around the world, and restaurants, both vegan and non-vegan, are offering varied and creative menu options that are all plant-based. The growing popularity of vegan food has seen the expansion of new places springing up and others making changes to outdated menus. There is a thriving community of plant-based restaurants in The palm beaches making it easier to travel as a vegan to the glorious sunshine state. So after a day spent experiencing world-class culture, shopping for the latest fashion trends, attending outdoor festivals, or spending the day at the beach, you can dine at innovative and delicious vegan restaurants. scattered throughout the county.
Darbster, located in West Palm Beach, is named in honor of Darby, the restaurateurs’ poodle rescued from a puppy mill. This delicious plant-based bistro offers a creative menu of organic classics of yesteryear such as tasty chicken pad thai or barley risotto with cashew parmesan, in addition to new innovative dishes such as pistachio-crusted tofu or soba salad. They also serve raw living food dishes including avocado toast and a cheese and bacon burger, using a healthy herb patty of sunflower nut and eggplant to replace the bacon. Sit outside on their waterside terrace for a peaceful and tranquil view. When you dine at Darbster, you are not only saving animals such as cows, pigs and chickens with vegan food choices, but you are also saving cats and dogs.
All of their food proceeds go to The Darbster Foundation, a charitable organization actively working to reduce the number of euthanized animals in Palm Beach County. They sponsor spaying and neutering surgeries, support the medical care of community animals, rescue dogs from overcrowded shelters, and transport cats to partner shelters for adoption in still houses.
Dish to try: NY Pasta
Roots Vegan Cuisine – Delray Beach Market
Delray Beach Market is not your typical food court. This stylish and trendy dining room has large windows to let the Florida sun shine in while you dine. There are unique pop-up kiosks selling cool products scattered around the lobby. The market reflects the diversity of people living in Delray Beach and offers coastal flavors for everyone. For me, that means delicious comfort food at Roots Vegan Cuisine. This all-plant-based restaurant does everything in-house and puts a vegan spin on classic sandwiches like the Rueben and creamy Caesar salads (traditionally made with anchovy paste). Grab a green smoothie and explore bustling Atlantic Avenue.
Must Try: Heart of Palm Tacos
Christopher’s kitchen at Palm Beach Gardens serves high quality certified organic plant-based foods to hungry customers. Sit inside in their serene modern setting or outside with a view of the fountain in the plaza and sip a superfood smoothie, carrot punch juice or make wheatgrass shots with a friend. I have eaten at Christopher’s several times and each time I have tried something new. Their weekend brunch is heavenly and includes waffles, southwestern scramble, avocado toast, and mouth-wateringly fresh cinnamon rolls served with a scoop of ice cream.
Dish to try: Fettuccine Alfredo
After eating at Planta in Miami and Toronto, there is a certain expectation of excellence and Plant at The Square in West Palm Beach did not disappoint. Their all-plant-based restaurants opened in 2016 with a mission to reinvent, reinvent and revitalize the experience of eating plants. They offer a wide variety of vegan sushi such as unagi eggplant nigiri, dragon rolls, baked crab rolls (using hearts of palm) and ahi watermelon nigiri. If you’re having dinner with a friend, consider sharing the steamed dumplings, spinach and artichoke dip, or fully loaded nachos. Planta offers a selection of cold-pressed juices and cocktails. After lunch, go shopping at The Square, a vibrant outdoor mall where you can stroll among the locals and enjoy a fresh coffee before exploring more of West Palm Beach.
Food to try: Bianca Pizza
Playa Bowls – Delray Beach
While they are not totally vegans, they certainly come close and can make most of their dishes completely plant-based upon request. Playa Bowls started as a vision by two Jersey Shore surfers who traveled the world on surf trips in search of delicious acai and pitaya bowls. They decided to recreate their favorites and started with just a blender and a patio table. Their business is now thriving with over 140 stores across the United States, including Delray Beach – where I fell in love with their acai bowls and was going to try new ones every day. They have a wide assortment of healthy acai, pitaya, and coconut bowls; refreshing juices and nutritious smoothies. Playa Bowls is located just steps from the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, so take your bowl with you for a morning walk along the shore.
Dish to try: Hemp, Trail Blazer or Coconut Power Bowls (in other bowls such as Pink Power, simply replace honey with agave to make it vegan and ask for gluten-free granola without bee pollen)