Vegetarians and vegans continuously get the short end of the stick when it comes to decadent dish options during the holidays. This year, however, plant-based food is getting its time at the top as Miami’s finest restaurants are switching out the meat for 100% plant options that everyone at the table will want to order. Here are 7 Miami eateries that are deliciously tailoring to sustainable food this holiday season.
1601 Drexel Ave / Website
Based inside the doors of Time Out Market Miami, The Rogue Panda makes the future of plant-based food irresistible. Inspired by the rich, ancient history of plant-based dishes in Chinese food, the restaurant serves regional Chinese favorites with local, plant-based ingredients that don’t sacrifice flavor. the restaurant shows food made 100% from plants can be even more delicious than the alternative. Dressed in eco-friendly packaging, menu highlights include the Rogue “Egg” Roll – Shiitake mushrooms, pickled veg, and sweet chili sauce – and the Dan Dan Noodles – Sichuan street noodle with Impossible Pork ragu, bok choy, and onion crisps.
1080 Alton Road / Website
Miami Beach’s beloved pan-Asian eatery, Tanuki, is the perfect spot to relish in the holiday season with family and friends. With a sleek, contemporary design, funky tunes, and delicious food, Tanuki is a continually reliable restaurant for locals and visitors alike. This season, vegetarians and vegans can enjoy a tailored culinary experience dedicated to plant-based offerings. Highlights include the mouthwatering Crispy Brussel Sprouts – truffle vinaigrette, heirloom tomato, carrots – and the Mushroom Hot Pot – rice pot, mushroom, truffle oil, and chives.
1666 Lenox Ave #1664 / Website
The internationally celebrated Nikkei restaurant combines the flavors of Japan with the ingredients of Peru to create an innovative menu and restaurant that inspirits each of the world’s most inspirational cities. From its newly launched Jungle Brunch to its dinner menu, Chotto Matte commits to its diverse offerings, and meat is definitely not the only star. Guests can choose from options like the Lychee Ceviche before moving on to the Charcoal Roasted Sweet Potato or the El Jardín Roll for fans of sea fare. For dessert, ask your server for vegan options.
Located in Shelbourne South Beach’s Oasis Garden, the pretty-in-pink restaurant offers guests beach-side-sized bites for vegans and vegetarians to indulge in. Decorated in pink umbrellas and pink picnic tables, the sister-run restaurant shows guests how delicious and fresh, health-conscious Korean food can be. Committing to sustainability in each avenue of the business, 2 Korean Girls is the perfect place to dine on food you can feel good about. Menu highlights include the Impos-Seoul-ible Meatballs – bulgogi-style Impossible meatballs glazed with gochujang – and the Kimchi Fried Rice – homemade napa cabbage kimchi carmelized and wok-fried. Walk into the eclectic Oasis Garden to order and enjoy this holiday season.
901 S Miami Ave Suite 108 / Website
Vegetarians and vegans continually sacrifice good food around the holidays, but at Balan’s, they don’t have to. Serving up delicious vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options all holiday season, Balan’s has everything from breakfast classics to comfort food. Guests can choose from menu highlights like the mouth-watering Vegan Banana & Blueberry Pancakes – blueberry compote, walnut crumb, coconut yogurt, and maple syrup – or for dinner, the Vegan Pesto Rigatoni – homemade green pesto, sundried tomatoes, arugula, and toasted pinenut. Pair with a famous, hand-crafted Balan’s cocktail, and you have the perfect holiday meal.
2801 NW 2nd Ave / Website
Located in Miami’s most creative neighborhood, Bakan Wynwood surely follows suit. Their innovative and contemporary menu will transport guests to a fun, lively Mexican-inspired space with an open-view kitchen to witness the art of their irresistible, handcrafted menu. This holiday season, enjoy Bakan’s brand new vegan and vegetarian dish highlights like the Tacos de Verduas con Mole Verde, Tacos de Hongos con Rajas Poblanas y Epazote, Tacos Dorados de Papa, Coliflor Tatemada en Mole de Pistache and the Bowl Vegano.
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600 Brickell / Website
Indulge in delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes in one of Miami’s coolest spots, where guests are surrounded by 100-year-old Chines bricks, vivid pop art, and a Great Wall of hand-carved wood panels to the sounds of the city’s most happening DJs. The ambiance is unbeatable at Hutong Miami, and so is the food. Meatless menu options include Vegetarian Fried Noodles, Golden Tofu, a Mushroom and Spinach dish, Truffle Mushroom Bao, Mapo Tofu, and Ginger Kai-Lan.
801 Brickell Ave / Website
The renowned Brickell restaurant connects the regional flavors and flair of Southeast Asia with the famous Miami scene, creating an exciting ambiance and menu that continuously beckons all tourists and locals of the city. Vegetarians and vegans can enjoy Komodo’s deliciously developed menu with bold dishes like the Daring Plant-Based Kung Pao Chicken, a collaboration with Daring Foods, that emulates the taste and texture of traditional chicken. Made with a blend of shiitake, bok choy, lotus, root, Sichuan peppercorn, and cashews, this collaborative menu item has been crafted to be the ideal meatless meat option.
Photography by: Courtesy Hinterhaus Productions/Getty, Joshua Cameron, The Louis Collection, Jordan Sclare, Amanda Julca, Bakan, Hutong Miami, Komodo