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The FLoridian

The FLoridian

Though The Floridian is known for its full bar and kitschy decor, the food should not be overlooked. Most options are offered with a tofu alternative to meat and many can be made vegan. Though the menu is small and not for the very picky, they are very talented at blending texture and flavor into satisfying meals. The portions are generous, so don’t feel cheated by the prices. The Indian Salad was our favorite, but the soup of the day was a Cauliflower & Purple Potato blend that was surprisingly hearty and delicious. Parking is a little difficult, due to its location in Old Town St. Augustine, but the food is worth it. Take a walk on the fort just a few blocks away if you get the chance.

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Ethos Vegan Kitchen, Winter Park

Ethos Vegan Kitchen, Winter Park

When my son and I were done in Orlando last month for a swim meet we went hunting for a restaurant where we could order everything off the menu! Ethos is such a place. It is large, clean with a modern casual urban vibe/look. There are an abundance of items to choose from. We started out with spicy sausage baked in a flaky pastry and garlic knots. Both tasty. My son requested a second order of the garlic knots. Next we had black beans and rice along with the Chickpea Salad Sandwich. I choose the sandwich because I make a variation of it at home. I rarely use non dairy cheese but they added it to the sandwich. To me it just made it more filling. The black beans and rice needed a bit more flavor like maybe some cumin but my son had no problem downing it quickly. If I lived nearby, I would eat here frequently as there are many items on the menu that sound so good. I think non vegans would find it quite satisfying as well.

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Christopher’s Kitchen, Palm Beach Gardens

Christopher’s Kitchen, Palm Beach Gardens

Christopher’s Kitchen in Palm Beach Gardens is a favorite of mine being on a plant based lifestyle and not having to worry about what’s being served. They have variety raw drinks, delicious salads and raw foods in the daytime with cooked food selections at evening. I highly recommend their foods that’s really fresh and energizing. Their place is clean and well kept too. That’s a plus!!!

Gail

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The Cafe, Key West

The Cafe, Key West

A health-conscious and plant-based diner might despair of ever finding some satisfying food in the Florida Keys. Yet, those who make it to the end of the road, literally, will find a gem in Key West – The Cafe: a Mostly Vegetarian Place.

This is a small, busy place that specializes in meatless cuisine (with a few seafood dishes) from around the world. The atmosphere has a funky and eclectic vibe and friendly staff.

The truffled french fries were amazing and I enjoyed the variety of vegetables on my “Colossal Veggie” sandwich with its bean salad side dish. My husbands slightly more adventurous dish of Acorn Squash was delicious also.

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Sublime, Fort Lauderdale

Sublime, Fort Lauderdale

For our anniversary my wife and I spent some time traveling through south Florida. As I have been working on dropping a few pounds and getting in better shape I have adopted a whole food plant-based diet. I’ve seen good results, but this can really be a challenge to stick with while traveling. I was so glad to find a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale called ‘Sublime’ which provided a great option for us.

Our meal began with the fire-roasted artichoke which was served with a garlic butter sauce. Upon tasting the sauce i had to check the menu again and sure enough, everything at the restaurant is 100% Vegan and Choleserol-Free. It was delicious. Then for entre’s my wife ordered the Reef Taco’s which were a nice plant-based take on fish taco’s. The fried tofu replaced the fish and the Asian slaw topped it off well. I treated myself to the Sublime Picatta which had a chicken-like cutlet served on top of sautéed spinach and creamy mashed potatoes. The lemon caper sauce on my dish was awesome.

We finished the meal off by sharing a piece of the key lime cheesecake. Until I tasted the cheesecake I wouldn’t have known that everything was plant-based, but with the dessert I could tell. It wasn’t a bad dessert, but I think it’s hard to imitate cheesecake with plant-based substitutes. However I’m sure that my body appreciated the plant-based version of the cheesecake a bit more. I’d happily go back and dine at Sublime again for a special occasion, it’s truly great vegan cuisine.