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Compass C o nn o isseur
In honor of Earth Day, we’ve combed our neighborhoods for the best cruelty-free cuisine our city has to
offer. Here are some top picks for moral (and mouth-watering) eateries.
T E X T BY RYA N JA R R E LL
One of the first cafés to fill The 305’s vegan void, this modestly casual brand is intent on enlightening
obdurate omnivores on the appetizing advantages a plant-based meal can provide. Choices Café offers
an internationally enhanced menu of both comfort foods and refined repasts for the veg-curious, well
complemented by their communally inclined dining room and public commitment to top-notch recycling and
composting practices. Founded by Alex Cuevas, a Yale graduate frustrated with the lack of vegan options in
our city, Choices has become the go-to casual chowhouse for the herbivorous hordes of Coconut Grove, Coral
Gables and the Upper Eastside; 2626 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; ChoicesCafe.com.
Bringing perhaps a more epicurean inclination than your average vegan wrap house, this top-notch restaurant
is geared toward the upper-crust of the meatless milieu. Established in 2015, Full Bloom prides itself not
only on providing a meat and dairy-free menu, but on ensuring that as much as possible is purchased
from surrounding small farms and small-scale businesses. Supplying a satisfying variety of choices for the
prospective diner, both their lunch and dinner menus deserve a thorough exploration. So what do many deem
their favorite cruelty-free comestibles on offer? Their jackfruit curry with coconut lemongrass is a clear
frontrunner. It’s so good, you won’t even bother asking what isn’t in it. Remember, this posh yet progressive
trattoria is by reservation only, so make sure to call or inquire online before heading over; 11 Island Ave.,
Miami Beach, FullBloomVegan.com.
EDEN IN EDEN
When most locals first heard there was a Francophilic vegetarian restaurant in town, many were sure they
were just misreading the Yelp reviews. How could the culinary culture that provided us with such timeless
fare as Duck A L’Orange and escargot separate itself from its carnivorous inclinations? Just one step into Eden
In Eden and you’ll immediately marvel at the ways food can be both authentically concocted and ethically
sound. With an impressive array of breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes, with a smattering of smoothies and
desserts in both vegan and vegetarian modes, there’s truly something for everyone in this kitschy and colorful
kitchen. Perfect for a comfortably low-key date or an enjoyable meal with the fam; 1249 SW 22nd St.,
Coral Way; EdenInEden.com.