Best Vegetarian Restaurant 2018 | Plnthouse | Best Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Music and Stores in Miami | Miami New Times
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Try finding a better lunchtime view than the brilliant blues you'll see from the patio at Plnthouse, chef Matthew Kenney's indoor/outdoor snack spot in 1 Hotel South Beach. The airy, sun-drenched eatery is all things bright and beautiful, from the sustainable wood decor to the lush hanging greenery. Once you're done gawking at the gorgeous surroundings and turn your attention to the menu, you'll find an array of whole foods, plant-based dishes, and raw items — so everything is colorful, fresh, and as good for you as it gets. Highlights include an iconic avocado toast with shaved veggies and chili oil ($14); a rich French lentil pâté with cashew-dill sour cream and rice crisps ($12); a crisp zucchini noodle bowl with pistachio pesto, cashew ricotta, and slow roasted tomato ($15); flavorful Thai paper wraps with red pepper, mango, red cabbage, chili almond butter, carrots, herbs, and tamarind dipping sauce ($12); and the lavish Golden One smoothie, packed with mango, pineapple, coconut meat, turmeric, aloe vera, MCT oil, camu camu, cinnamon, and pine pollen ($20). At Plnthouse, eating your veggies has never been so enjoyable. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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Vegans don't get enough protein from plants? Cue the epic eye roll. Such talk is nonsense in 2018, particularly given that Americans' addiction to animal protein is causing all kinds of issues, from chronic diseases to environmental devastation. Luckily, protein actually comes from plants (where do you think the animals get it?), and getting enough to grow big and strong isn't an issue, as evidenced by gorillas, bulls, and rhinos — all vegan, all muscle. At Coconut Grove's Juicense, the Get Strong smoothie ($11) is the perfect protein power punch to combat those silly myths. It's a mashup of almond butter, banana, dates, cacao, vegan protein, and almond milk. So you can pound one and hit the gym for some serious vegainz. Juicense also offers juices, healthy eats (such as superfood toasts), nut milks, and more if you need some extra fuel. Flex those plant-powered muscles! Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Patriots superstar Rob Gronkowski (AKA Gronk) and Hollywood hottie Mark Wahlberg flexing together in a rooftop garden? Yes, please. That's Planta for you. David Grutman of LIV fame is the man behind SoFi's hottest new spot — a plant-based paradise for celebrities, influencers, and Miami's sexiest so-and-so's. Cousin to Planta Toronto, the alluring, tropical-inspired restaurant is already drawing a hell of a following. The menu is extensive and on the culinary cutting edge, offering impressively creative dishes such as ahi watermelon nigiri ($3.50 per piece); melt-in-your-mouth cauliflower tots ($11.25); an omnivore-inspired meat lover's pizza ($19.25); and a trofie pasta with truffled mushroom bolognese and almond parmesan ($25.50). Many ingredients are sourced from the aforementioned rooftop garden — and it shows in freshness and flavor. At Planta, dress your best and raise a glass to the power of plants — vegan eating doesn't get sexier than this. Hours are 5:30 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

One hundred percent organic isn't a phrase you see often these days. After all, chemical-free doesn't come cheap. But Edgewater's GreenG Juice Bar is 100 percent committed to clean eating. The colorful spot serves everything you need for bod goals, from açai bowls to alkaline waters to GreenG's specialty: cold-pressed juices. Try an Anti Ox live shot with ginger, açai, maca, and pineapple ($3.75) or a GreenG Lifestyle special, with kale, spinach, pineapple, lemon, spirulina, pink Himalayan sea salt, and cayenne ($11). If you're really feeling the bloat (from one too many Miami Vices or croquetas), juice cleanses are where it's at. GreenG offers one-, three-, and five-day options so you can flush those toxins and tighten up for swimsuit season (which, in Miami, is every season). Hours are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

In Miami's concrete urban core, you can find greenery Saturdays at Brickell City Centre farmers' market. The weekly event is hosted along a landscaped pathway between Sixth and Seventh streets beneath Miami's Metromover track. There you'll peruse a curated selection of cheeses, breads, local honey, orchids, vegetables, and fruits, as well as prepared foods like Argentine empanadas and fruit smoothies. Get a head start on your grocery shopping, or stop by for an afternoon lunch. Check it out Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tucked away in the laid-back South of Fifth neighborhood is Europa Delicatessen, a delightful market and deli full of authentic Eastern European food and groceries. Culinary cultures from Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, and Russia have influenced this delicious hole-in-the-wall that's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you crave legitimate European deli-style grub, Europa is the place. One of its most popular and delicious sandwiches is the Hunter schnitzel ($12.90), made with a choice of breaded chicken or pork, marinated mushrooms, caramelized onions, herb butter, and lettuce on fresh-baked bread. Since Europa Deli opened more than four years ago, demand for the unique cuisine has skyrocketed. In fact, the place will soon undergo major renovations to install a new kitchen, a bar, and a larger dining area. But don't worry — Europa will still offer its full deli and grocery store offering hard-to-find meats, cheeses, wines, and other edible staples from across Europe. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Supermarket meat departments just aren't the same as real butcher shops. Sadly, Miami is kind of a desert when it comes to quality purveyors of all things meaty. But if you're willing to make the trek to Fort Lauderdale, you'll find a carnivore's Shangri-la — Smitty's Old Fashioned Butcher Shop, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. This place will make you wonder why you ever settled for less. Smitty's has it all, from wet-aged American Kobe tomahawk steaks for $38 per pound to Wagyu beef cheeks for $14.99 per pound to veal brains for $10.99 per pound. They have a freezer full of beef bones for making stock, frozen demi-glace, whole pheasants, guinea hens, and filleted alligator tails. They sell baby-back ribs — Danish and Canadian — black grouper fillets, sausages made in-house, and obscenely delicious pies baked by Chessa, who also works behind the counter and gives some of the warmest customer service in South Florida. And the place boasts not only an impressive variety of meats, but also quality that's as good as it gets. There's a reason Smitty's has been open since 1962 and has always had a loyal fan base of happy carnivores.

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Samantha Schnur is a not just any Instagrammer, but a member of an elite club of food photographers who can earn thousands of dollars for posting a single picture of a soufflé or branzino. In 2015, Cosmopolitan published the online list "15 Food Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow Immediately." Schnur was number eight. The Florida State University dropout (and University of Miami grad) has more than 660,000 followers on her Instagram page — the Naughty Fork — and about 200,000 likes on a Facebook account under the same name. At least one of her Instagram videos (showing the preparation of waffled mozzarella-stick pizza) has been viewed 14 million times. She has earned as much as $4,000 for a single post, and she recently scored deals with major corporations such as Oreo, Amazon, and Arby's. She also works with local businesses such as Pincho Factory, El Patio, and Honeybee Doughnuts.

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Miami nightlife king David Grutman knows how to stay busy. He's best known for owning the nightclubs LIV at the Fontainebleau and Story in South Beach, along with restaurants OTL in the Design District, Komodo in Brickell, and Planta in Miami Beach. And later this year, he'll open Swan and Bar Bevy. It's only fitting that Grutman launch Groot Hospitality, gathering all of his venues under one umbrella and promoting his places to the city's hungry populace.

Niven Patel is the kind of chef all cooks should aspire to become: tenacious, humble, and expressive — one who tells you what's important in life with each of his plates. He has turned the sprawling backyard of his house in Homestead into a farm that now feeds two locations of his Ghee Indian Kitchen, which specializes in the Western Indian cuisine on which he was raised. Moreover, he has trained and maintained a crack team of cooks who help him set a new standard for dining in Miami, all while opening two of the area's favorite restaurants within the span of a year without business partners, a public relations firm, or any of the bells, whistles, and shenanigans most places use to get you and your wallet through the door. Finally, Patel carefully balances serving refined, elevated versions of familiar Indian dishes with offering the country's vast array of cuisines that rarely see the light of day in the West. Hear that, James Beard Award people?

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