Y’all, I think Miami is one of my new favorite places. A few weeks ago I was in Miami for a work trip and decided to stay for a few extra days to explore the city a little bit more. My husband wanted to visit too, so he joined me for the weekend. Of course I had to check out all the cool Miami vegan food spots!
During this trip I was most interested in getting to know a different side of Miami. I’ve been to Miami twice prior to this trip, but each time I headed straight to South Beach. I was convinced that South Beach was the place to be. Home of the ever-famous Versace mansion, Ocean Drive, the beach, food, nightlife… what more could you want?! Well folks, I’m here to tell you there’s soooo much more to Miami than South Beach. The Miami vegan food scene is not to be missed!
Though our Airbnb was in East Little Havana (close to the Brickell area), we often found ourselves roaming around Wynwood. Why? There’s so much to do and see! When you’re in Wynwood, you’ll know because of the abundance of street art and murals on every corner. The city goes from basic and blah to colorful and intriguing! My husband and I spent a lot of time just walking around checking out all of the amazing work.
If you’re in the area, try to visit Wynwood Walls. It’s filled with lots of cool murals. In my opinion, the murals on the street are just as good as the ones in Wynwood Walls, but still worth checking out nonetheless. In addition, there are plenty of places to grab something to eat (or drink) in the area.
One of my favorite spots we stumbled upon was the Midtown Garden Center. It’s right around the corner from Bunni Cakes (more on that below) and there’s even a cute little smoothie shop. And of course, there are lots of plants. After all, it is a garden center! It’s a neat place to take a stroll or sit and hang for a bit.
Miami Vegan Food
Charly’s Vegan Tacos
If you read my post about Tulum, you might remember me mentioning this spot. It just so happens that they have a location in Miami too! When I first found out I was going to be in Miami for work, the first thing I did was look up how far my hotel was from Charley’s Vegan Tacos. I was excited to learn that it was under 15 minutes away! I talked about CVT so much, my (omnivore) coworkers wanted to join me. I’m not gonna lie, I was a little nervous about bringing them along because I hadn’t tried this location yet and I wasn’t sure if it would live up to my experience at the one in Tulum.
Y’all, the one in Miami is just as good as the one in Tulum! My coworkers were both raving about their food and enjoyed everything! I love CVT so much, I went twice! During my first trip, my coworkers and I shared the Platano Asado. It’s a fried plantain with tofu and garlic cream, toasted pepitas, and agave syrup. It was AMAZING! I usually enjoy my plantains plain, so I wondered if all of these toppings would go well together. They most definitely did.
For my entree, I ordered the El Diablo burrito which was also amazing. My only critique was that it was a little greasy on the outside. The burrito was filled with rice, black beans, chorizo, chicharron prensado, fried plantain, jalapeños, shredded lettuce, onion, maldita sauce, garlic aioli, and creamy green salsa. Every bite of this was like heaven! Plus, it was super filling. I left a happy camper!
During my second visit, I ordered the same tacos from my visit in Tulum, along with the Strawberry Soursop Cheesecake for dessert. The cheesecake had great flavor, but my version has better texture. I wish theirs was a bit thicker and creamier. My fried ordered the ‘Nachos Machos’– spicy chipotle leek cheese, homemade pickled jalapeños, salsa “adobada”, mashed organic beans, Charly’s signature cream, guacamole and grilled mushrooms. They were really good and I’m kinda mad I didn’t order them myself!
Love Life Cafe
Love Life Cafe is also located in Wynwood. I also visited here twice 🙂 The space is really open and gave me a nice warehouse vibe. It’s decorated with a mural (true Wynwood) and open seating. Some community tables, some smaller ones. You order your meal at the counter, they give you an order number, then a few minutes later your food is delivered to your table.
The first time I visited, I ordered the Picadillo Bowl. It’s filled with organic brown rice, Beyond Meat grounds, black beans, sweet plantains, avocado, salsa, tomatoes, and cilantro. It was delish! I’ve always been a sucker for a tasty and simple meal and this was just that. I look forward to trying to recreate it at home one of these days! To go along with my meal, I also ordered the Sunshine Spice smoothie. It’s a mixture of orange juice, pineapple, cold pressed turmeric, cold pressed ginger, lemon juice & Bee Free Honee. Sounds good, right? Well, it was!
During my second trip, I visited for breakfast. I had my heart set on the egg and cheese croissandwich, but was informed that it was being discontinued. I ended up going with ‘The Miami Breakfast’ instead. It consisted of scrambled “egg,” jackfruit “carne,” black beans and a plant power arepa. Everything was delicious, but the arepa… meh. It was like a hard bread drizzled in a tasty sauce. Not sure if that’s what it was supposed to taste or what, but it definitely wasn’t for me! Everything else however was so good!
The World Famous House of Mac
Every time I visit a new city, I look for recommendations on Yelp. My search led me to The World Famous House of Mac. Since I was traveling with my (omni) husband, it’s always nice to find restaurants that we can both enjoy. Though they only have two vegan options, I read great things about both so I knew I had to test them out!
We visited them for lunch on a Friday and I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t packed (I was worried because I’d seen pics of the line being out the door). We walked in, ordered at the counter, then found our seats. My husband received his order long before mine. It seemed like it took years to come out. It was nice that the waiter acknowledged the long wait and provided updates when he could.
I’m always a little skeptical about trying vegan mac and cheese, but there were so many good reviews about the vegan mac, so I ordered it. It wasn’t bad, but I didn’t think it was worth the hype. When I’m eating vegan mac, I don’t want to know it’s vegan (because of the taste). I want to bite into it and be blown away that what I’m eating is actually dairy-free. Does that make sense? Let’s just say Seasoned Vegan in Harlem is still the GOAT when it comes to the vegan mac.
For dinner that night I ordered “Aisha’s Veggie Burger” via Uber Eats. To my surprise, it was still hot! The fries were great, and the burger itself was good, but nothing to write home about. I’d like to try it again in the restaurant to see if there might be a difference.
In the mood for something sweet? Stop by Bunni Cakes! It’s a cute little bakery in Wynwood that’s completely vegan. I found them on Yelp and decided to make a visit! They have a variety of options to choose from and since I couldn’t make up my mind, I decided to go with a few minis: Dulce No Leche, Funfetti, Very Vanilla, and Key Lime. Each of them were topped with their signature pink candy hearts. Though one of them was a little overcooked around the edges, I was still pleased with their overall flavor. Plus, I really like that a few of them had a little surprise inside!
If you’re planning to make a visit, be sure to check out Yelp for a free check-in offer! While I was there, they were offering a free mini! Of course, I remembered the check-in offer after I ordered, so I gave the freebie to my husband, the KING of free! He tried the red velvet and enjoyed it!
Even if you’re not in the mood for something sweet, they also offer pre-made sandwiches in their fridge. Gluten-free? They have options for you too!
Honey Uninhibited was about a 10 minute walk from our Airbnb which was perfect for our Sunday brunch. We went got there around 11 am and to my surprise, there was no wait. Busy, but no wait. I kept an eye on it through Yelp’s wait list feature. They don’t offer this for all restaurants, but when they do it’s definitely handy.
For my entree, I ordered the Pecan Pie French Toast against my better judgement. It’s important to note that I’m not a pecan-pie eater. So why would I order it you ask?! For one, it looked delicious. For two, the other breakfast option was a scrambled tofu and I can order one of those anywhere. It’s not often that you see a vegan french toast, so I felt obligated to try it. It was good, but I would have definitely preferred a fruity version with berries and such.
Overall, I would recommend. Especially if you’re traveling with omnis. Everyone will leave happy!
Chef Chloe and The Vegan Cafe
Since I started eating plant-based, I’ve long been a fan of Chloe’s work. Her food is beautiful and inspiring! Last year she had a pop-up in New York and I was so excited to visit.
When I heard about her new spot in Miami, I was excited to drop by for a visit. The cafe is located on the second floor of a shopping center inside of a food hall. I got a little turned around, but finding images on google was really helpful. I was in the mood for cookies and cake (always), so I ordered a vanilla cupcake and chocolate chip cookie. Ooohh the disappointment. While visiting her pop-up in NY I ordered a slice of the rainbow sprinkle cake (also available at the cafe). I remember thinking that something was a little “off,” about the cake, but couldn’t figure out what it was. I now know it was the icing. The icing has a flavoring in it that reminds me of a cheap grocery store cake. I wish I knew what it was! The cake portion however was delicious.
The chocolate chip cookie was underwhelming for me. I prefer soft and chewy over crispy and crunchy. Had I known it would have this texture, I probably would not have ordered it. However, the cookie had good flavor. I just wish it were soft!
If you eat nowhere else in Miami, definitely eat here! Kush is a small bar that specializes in craft beer. My husband loves beer, so I knew this would be the perfect place to take him! They’re also very vegan-friendly, so I was excited to visit too!
Though they only have two vegan options, both of them looked amazing. I had the toughest time choosing between the Vegan Jambalaya and the Vegan Tacos. Ultimately I chose the jambalaya because I’d had vegan tacos from Charly’s the day before. I made the right choice. The Jambalaya was amazing! It was decked out with vegan chicken and chorizo sausage, sauteed peppers, onions, brown rice, and a homemade cajun sauce. It also came with sliced bread. By the time I finished my plate, there wasn’t a single grain left. That day I was a true member of the clean plate club.
Next time I go back to Miami, I’ll be dining here twice! Once for a repeat of the jambalaya and another visit for the vegan tacos. I’m excited just thinking about it! Vegan Miami is everything! Where are some of your favorite vegan places to eat in Miami? I know there’s much more explore! I’m already planning my next trip in my head!