41. Lifefood Gourmet's Raw and Vegan Vegetable Pizza

As we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2011 in June, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305 in random order. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to cafe@miaminewtimes.com. After the jump, find our other choices.

41. Lifefood Gourmet's Raw and Vegan Vegetable Pizza
Fernanda Torcida

41. Lifefood Gourmet's Raw and Vegan Vegetable Pizza

Okay, so the name doesn't sound that appetizing. It conjures up images of rubbery vegan "cheese" alternatives that refuse to melt. And trust me, I was a vegetarian for years, and the only thing that kept me from going vegan was how much I love real, salty, gooey cheese. But the herby and garlicky pumpkin seed and nut "cheese" topping on this happy mess of tomatoes, zucchini, bell pepper, onions, and spinach is creamy, spreadable, and full of earthy, fresh flavor. And unlike many raw "breads" that are made out of dehydrated nuts and take on the consistency of thick crackers, the crust of this vegetable pizza ($14) is spongy and chewy as though it were made with real dough. In actuality, it's a mix of sprouted quinoa, flaxseeds, and sun-dried tomatoes with a light smear of tomato-herb "pizza sauce." The result? A pizza good enough to convince even a die-hard cheese-lover to consume more vitamins and minerals (most of them are lost when food is cooked) without feeling like it's a massive sacrifice.


100 Favorite Dishes:

42. Pulled Pork Sandwich at Sparky's Roadside Barbecue

43. Fettuccini & Garden Mushrooms at Peacock Garden Cafe

44. Spinach Gnocchi at Cavatelli Italian Trattoria

45. Chicken and Rice Soup at Lemoni

46. Lasagna di Pesce at Mai Tardi

47. Banh Cuon at Hy Vong

48. SoBe Vegetarian Pizza at Spartico

49. Samosas at Thali Indian & Thai Cuisine

50. Carnitas Taco at Orale Taqueria Mexicana

51. Meatball at Prime Italian

52. Portobello Burger at Latin Burger

53. Ravioli di Aragosta at Caffe da Vinci

54. Grouper Ceviche at Blue Door Fish

55.Fancy Bacon Cheddar Turkey Burger at Oneburger

56. Joey Pizza at Joey's

57. Adult Grilled Cheese at Angelina's Coffee & Yogurt

58. Country Beef Stew at Jimmy'z Kitchen

59. Steak Chow Fun at Gigi

60. Raspberry Tart at Le Royal

61. Duck Confit at DB Bistro Moderne

62. Seared Scallops at Bistro One LR at Ritz-Carlton South Beach

63. 50 Mile Salad at Sustain

64. Huevos Rancheros at Sra. Martinez

65. Apricot Tart at Essensia at the Palms

66. Vegetable Red Curry at Yuga

67. Cinnamon Bun at Solo

68. Herb-Crusted Salmon at Lulu

69. McBelly at Pubbelly

70. Queso de Cabra al Horno (Baked Goat Cheese with Tomatoes) at Tapas y Tintos

71. Tapas at Xixón

72. Mac 'n' Cheese Pancake at CheeseMe Mobile

73. Yum Yum and Earth Day Tacos at Nacho Bizness

74. Vegetarian-Smoked Duck at Shing Wang Chinese

75. Steamed Local Snapper In-A-Bag at The Forge

76. Gouda Tater Tots at Meat Market

77. Raspberry Flatcakes at Morgans

78. Barbecue Shrimp at Emeril's Miami Beach

79. Croquetas at El Floridita

80. Chicken Salad at Manhattan Cafe

81. Organic Chicken and Sundried Tomato Panini at BLT Steak

82. Tuna Nicoise at The Royal

83. Cubi-Thai Sampler Plate

84. Chicken Chili Con Queso at Deli Lane Cafe

85. Lemon Meringue Cake at Ice Box

86. Fig Pizza at Kokopo Fresh Kitchen

87. Poulet Rouge at Cecconi's
88. Grilled Scallops with Pickled Plum at Zuma

89. Garnachos at Taqueria el Mexicano

90. Pancakes at Sky Grille in Miami Tower

91. Tuna Ceviche at Sushi Samba

92. BBQ Pork Roll at American Noodle Bar

93. Mandolin's Hand-Cut Fries

94. Joe Allen's Bourbon Bread Pudding
95. Lobster Roll at Joe's Stone Crab Takeaway
96. Brussels Sprouts at Sakaya Kitchen
97. Gandules en Escabeche from Raaga Cart

98. Pizza Genovese at Spris

99. Leek Soup at Buena Vista Deli

100. Dumplings at Chow Down Grill

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Lifefood Gourmet

1248 Coral Way
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305-856-6767

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