You know you can get fast, casual vegetarian food around town at places like Chipotle, The Chickpea, Panera Bread, Nature’s Way Café and localgreens. Even the unlikely Burger-Fi chain offers the amazing Beyond Meat vegan burger (which if you haven’t had yet, you simply must try!), but what about a sit down restaurant where you can eat a meal, maybe even with a tablecloth and metal flatware?
Well cheer up veggie lovers, here’s a little list of really good vegan or vegetarian-friendly restaurants with particularly good service for you to enjoy.
Joy Noodles & Asian Cuisine – Lots of customizable dishes, organic teas and wonderful, hard to find, noodles, udon and soba! Look for a red building with parking in back. 2200 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/655-5212; joynoodles.net
Darbster – As with any raw food restaurant, you don’t go there if you’re in a hurry, but to enjoy a scrumptious meal. From appetizers to desserts, the food at Darbster is just scrumptious. Make a reservation to eat outside on the waterside patio. 8020 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/586-2622; darbster.com
Queen of Sheeba – Eating here is an experience, especially the injera, the bread that’s reminiscent of a pancake. While I can’t pronounce the names of the Ethiopian dishes, they are really delicious. 716 N. Sapodilla Ave., West Palm Beach; 561/514-0615; queenofsheebawpb.com
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar – There are so many vegan choices on this menu—it’s a pleasure to see and wonderful to eat. Both indoor and outdoor dining available. 1841 S. Federal Highway #402, Delray Beach; 561/266-3239; harvestseasonalgrill.com/delray-beach-restaurant
Farmer’s Table – A little tricky to find, but worth looking for, The Farmers Table uses locally produced food gourmet prepared and presented. This large, upscale eatery is located behind the Wyndham Boca Raton. 1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 561/417-5836; farmerstableboca.com
The New Vegan – This tiny, raw food restaurant makes very tasty dishes that can satisfy a big, hungry person. They also have a food truck which shows up at many locations in South Florida. 528 NE Second Street, Delray Beach; 561/404-5301; thenewvegan.com
Mediterranean Market and Deli – Authentic Middle Eastern food with dozens of yummy vegetable dishes and groceries, this is more takeout deli than restaurant, although there is a picnic table out in front. Since it’s really hidden, it’s on the list. 327 Fifth St., West Palm Beach; 561- 659-7322; mediterraneanmarketanddeli.com