Not all eaters love meat and the vegan trend is not only respectable, but also very popular. And vegans do not sacrifice flavor, oh no. They demand it. Keeping that in mind, Miami Spice participants have cultivated a flavorful vegan friendly menu that all can enjoy without sacrificing taste. Here’s a list of the best plant-based menus offered on this year’s Miami Spice extravaganza listed in geographical order from north to south.Read More
The 10 Best Vegan-Friendly Miami Spice Menus
No meat? No problem.
1. Timo Restaurant
Sunny Isle’s vegan contender is offering three satisfying courses for those avoiding meat. Start with the beet tartare with avocado, mâche, and horseradish for a spicy kick to start. Next, opt for the cauliflower ‘risotto’ showcasing morel mushrooms and a red wine reduction. For a sweet ending, the Samoa cookie with coco-caramel sauce, dark chocolate, and coconut sorbet will hit the spot.
2. La Fresa Francesa
Hialeah is making a bold move into the plant-based Miami Spice category, this French bistro is featuring a corn cous cous to start, followed by a mushroom bourguignon with roasted potatoes. Rounding out the meal is Miami’s own Cindy Lou’s Cookies with a vegan walnut and chocolate chip cookie for that ooh-la-la finish.
3. Estefan Kitchen
Cuban vegan food? That’s exactly what guests will find Sundays through Thursdays for lunch and dinner. Start with the sweet plantain, mushroom, and veggie medley dumplings. Next up is the Cuban veggie burger made with corn, black bean, and roasted veggies served with mango ‘mayo’ for lunch or the Cuban rice noodles with sweet plantain, pickled vegetables, toasted cashews, and a papaya vinaigrette for dinner. Last but not least, end this meal with a pallet cleansing, passion fruit sorbet.
The daily Miami Spice dinner menu at Habitat offers several vegan options upon request. The appetizer options features black kale salad with candied ginger pecans in a pickled lemon vinaigrette, and a chopped salad with cucumbers, red onions, olive, chickpeas, red pepper, and avocado with red wine vinaigrette — just say no to the cheese. For the main course, enjoy the Chinese eggplant with heirloom tomatoes, romesco, capers, basil, and oregano. The dessert presentation is a vegan macaroon made with raspberry cremuex and jelly, plus buckwheat crumble.
5. La Moderna
Those in an Italian mood can head to La Moderna and start with the eggplant parmigiana with vegan mozzarella and parmesan ‘cheeses,” plus San Marzano tomato sauce or the portobello mushroom carpaccio garnished with an arugula pesto sauce. Continue on to the canneloni made with zucchini pasta, tomatoes, and a soy milk bechamel or the Lillies with broccoli featuring legume based pasta in a rabe broccoli sauce. Leave room for the lava cake oozing with chocolate hazelnut spread and a scoop of vanilla ice cream — yes, all vegan. The menu is available everyday for dinner.
6. Katsuya South Beach
This Japanese go-to’s Miami Spice dinner menu is available Sundays through Thursday during Miami Spice. Commence with the watermelon ‘tuna’ tartare made with compressed watermelon and kombu reduction. Follow with the grilled robata carrots with strawberry sofrito and sesame puree and finish with dessert choices of a vegan panna cotta or a paleta.
7. 7 Spices Restaurant & Lounge
This Mediterranean eatery on Lincoln Road has many vegan options available for a weekday dinner. The slew of appetizers available (seven in total) include hummus, eggplant mousakaa, falafels, stuffed grape leaves, and the Mediterranean sampler dish, which includes a little of all of these dishes plus baba ghanouj and tabbouleh without an up-charge. Continue on to the falafel burger without cheese as the main dish, and finish off with a fresh fruit salad for dessert.
8. Lario’s On The Beach
Mirroring its sister restaurant, Estefan Kitchen, Lario’s will also be serving the same Cuban-inspired vegan menu. Offering lunch and dinner with the Cuban dumplings to begin, the Cuban veggie burger for lunch and the rice noodles with sweet plantain and pickled vegetables for dinner, with a passion fruit sorbet for dessert. The only difference here is whether the patron prefers to dine with beach views on Ocean Drive in South Beach. The menus are also offered Sundays through Thursdays.
9. Planta South Beach
South Beach’s resident vegan spot is offering all three meals for Miami Spice. Brunch favorites include the coconut yogurt bowl, bangers ‘n hash, and soft serve for dessert. Lunch highlights feature steamed dumplings, a bianca pizza, and coconut basil and chia sead pudding with passion fruit sorbet plus coconut chips. Dinner selections finclude a spicy tuna or watermelon poke followed by the Planta burger with tajin fries, and New York ‘cheesecake’ for dessert.
After a day of shopping in Coral Gables’ Merrick Park, enjoy a vegan meal at Mariposa located inside Neiman Marcus. The restaurant will be offering dinner Mondays through Saturdays and the vegan line-up features starters of two rotating soups, and a hearts of palm and mushroom ceviche. The main course is a rotating pasta dish, with dessert choices of sorbet or a chef’s special desert.