• Lisa Marie

Green Bar & Kitchen: Ft. Lauderdale's Choice for Vegan Food

Green Bar & Kitchen is making eating green so easy! Who knew that healthy drinks and foods could taste this good!

Fort Lauderdale, FL is filled with commercial food chains, and it was definitely missing a plant-based eatery that serves a better choice for the health conscious eater. Green Bar & Kitchen is a restaurant located in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. It is hidden in a plaza like a well-kept secret, but we plan on telling all of our friends and followers because this secret is too good to keep to ourselves. As a pescatarian, I easily get tired of eating the same foods, limited options, and my restricted diet. However, Green Bar & Kitchen's talented team of chefs have figured out how to make healthy food full of flavor, great texture, and actually resemble the tempting foods that I should be avoiding. Green Bar & Kitchen separates their menu into comfort food, raw food, and cooked "raw food." The restaurant offers whole grains, nuts, seeds, veggies, soups, fruits, cold-pressed juices, salads, smoothies, burgers, and breakfast items. They are constantly improving their menu and they have a lot of cool entrees to add to the menu this year.

The restaurant has a really cool vibe. There are high top tables within to grab a bite and sit with a friend. On the outside of the restaurant, there is a covered terrace with beautiful art on the wall and wood tables to enjoy some Florida weather, a laugh with a friend, or catch a show on the weekend. Every Friday night, they offer live music from 6-9 pm. Local musicians share their talents with guests and create an eclectic ambiance worth coming back for. It is really a relaxing atmosphere with lots of friendly people.

Last weekend, my husband and I stopped by and ordered a few items on the menu. We started off with the "B.A.D (Breakfast All Day) Burger." This burger won the restaurant an award at the SEED Food and Wine Festival. It is made with a maple glazed Vegan Seattle burger, just egg, Chao cheeze, grilled hash brown, tempeh bacon, and burger sauce on a toasted croissant. I took my first bite, and all I could do was make happy food noises. The noises you make when your food hits the right spot. I'm sure you know the feeling. It happens when your food makes you want to do a happy dance. My brain was telling me that I was eating meat, but the menu reassured me that I was not, "Who thought of this combo?" I thought. Putting a hash brown in any burger is a home run.It was like a plant-based miracle on my plate. The funny thing part is, I'm not a breakfast person. I've never enjoyed breakfast foods, especially eggs. However, the "B.A.D. Burger" was quickly changing my outlook on breakfast. I loved the just egg substitute (made from beans and tumeric) and the Choa cheeze. I liked the "B.A.D. Burger" better than and bacon and egg sandwich I have ever had. They only serve the "B.A.D. Burger" on Saturdays and Sundays, so I will have to daydream about it until the weekend.

My husband finished my "B.A.D. Burger" and he was about to inhale my "Hummingbird Salad," before I said, "Hey, save some for me, please!" The "Hummingbird Salad" is served with greens, medjool dates, vanilla pickled blueberries, puffed hemp granola, sweet nectar dressing, and the prettiest edible flower blossoms. The salad had crunch, sweetness, and lots of flavor. It was both beautiful to the eye and the palate.

The last item we tasted was the Coconut Burger. It's the restaurant staple dish and one of their best sellers. The Coconut Burger is a vegetable protein patty breaded in toasted panko, lettuce, tomato, red onion, mango salsa, and chipotle mayo.

After we devoured our meal, we had the opportunity to meet the chef. Chef Tai's passion for vegan food matched the culinary perfection on our plates. The Green Bar & Kitchen has been open for 7 years and he joined the family 1.5 years ago. He specializes in creating entrees for healthy diets and the Green Bar & Kitchen is a perfect match to help him fulfill his dreams.

Extra Information: They will be opening a second location on A1A very soon. It will be a smaller location that offers food to go, cold-pressed juices, and catering.

Would I recommend it: I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Fort Lauderdale really needed a great vegan restaurant willing to be creative enough to shock the community's palate. I think that Green Bar & Kitchen have some great items on their menu, and I can't wait to try the rest of the menu and upcoming entrees that will be added.

Make sure that you stop by, and tell them that The Florida Palate sent you! I can't wait to hear your thoughts - email contactus@thefloridapalate.com



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