You don’t have to be a strictly plant-based devotee to celebrate the goodness of a top-notch veggie and grain bowl or even a glass of fresh, vibrant juice.
Here are five places that will indulge your earthy, veggie whims. They are listed from north to south county:
This is the premier local spot for plant-based delicacies. From the spicy bowls to the decadent pizzas to the luxurious nut-based ice “creams” and “mylks,” Christopher’s Kitchen keeps even diehard carnivores coming back to its easy, stylish world. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and brunch (Saturday-Sunday), and offers beer and wine.
MERAKI JUICE KITCHEN
Welcome to Christopher’s Kitchen’s more casual younger sibling. Meraki Juice Kitchen offers terrific grab-and-go options, acai bowls, juices, tonics, smoothies and delicious avocado toast. Add a few wraps, rolls and other casual bites (plus beer and wine) and you’ve got a nice lunch spot. A second Meraki Juice just opened in the east end of Donald Ross Village in Palm Beach Gardens.
Palm Beach Gardens location: 4550 Donald Ross Road Suite #I-105, Palm Beach Gardens
West Palm location: 328 Fern St., West Palm Beach; 561-508-6640
The Bee, the most health-minded spot on Palm Beach, houses an organic market, a juice bar and vegan café. At the café, there’s a daily soup, bowls, wraps, panini, salads and plenty of takeout options. After lunch, browse the market and check out the locally handmade jewelry.
Here’s a spot that loves your pooch almost as much as you do. Darbster is not only dog-friendly, it devotes its earnings to animal rescue causes. The restaurant offers plenty of outdoor seating where one can enjoy its vegetarian and many raw offerings, plus wine and beer. There’s a happy hour every weeknight (5 to 7 p.m.), dinner Tuesday through Friday (5 to 10 p.m.), Saturday-Sunday brunch (10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (5 to 9 p.m.)
THE NEW VEGAN
This family-owned, Delray Beach café is devoted to spreading the word about the nutritional benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Most of the dishes at The New Vegan can be ordered raw or cooked. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, even a considerable range of veggie burgers. Plenty of desserts, too!