As I mentioned in Saturday’s post, October was a crazy month. I feel like I’ve been drinking from a fire hose. I have to say, despite the fact I’ve been crazy crazy busy I’ve managed to at least google “vegan” near wherever I am and at least get a new food experience in. I had some amazing ones in Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale. When I was in Florida, that search lead me to Green Bar & Kitchen near our hotel in the marina in Fort Lauderdale.
I hadn’t done much research on Green Bar before we headed there – really just a “vegan” search and a “near me.” So I really had absolutely no idea what to expect. But I did take a quick peek at the menu online and I knew I had to get me some of whatever the tempeh buffalo sandwich was all about.
And let me tell you, the sandwich alone might be worth a trip down to Florida. One of the things I’ve always loved is buffalo sauce. I was never a huge fan of wings, especially any with bones, and the idea of eating chicken now makes me feel icky. But the spicy flavors in buffalo sauce still have a dear place in my heart. This sandwich not only completely cured that craving, but the tempeh itself was delicious. It was soft but firm, the perfect texture, and the bread was the perfect size – not enough to overtake the entire sandwich. It was tempeh buffalo heaven.
We started with an order of avocado toast, because I have to order avocado toast wherever I am when it’s on the menu. This order was pretty delicious – the standard avocado toast was enhanced with truffle salt or some sort of truffle oil and pink peppercorns that gave them a itty bitty kick. By the time we got to dinner my colleague and I were both starved and starting with the avocado toast was a perfect way to kick of what was about to be a gorge-fest for a meal.
The restaurant itself is a bit of a hybrid – a mix between a cafe and almost fast-food. You order at a counter -which can be a bit overwhelming if you’re not good at making up your mind quickly like me. In this case, I was in luck, as I was already 99.9% sure I was going with the tempeh. The entire restaurant was beautiful – minimalist, clean, it was the perfect ambiance for a quick meal with a coworker.
Despite how nice the inside was, we opted for the outdoor patio. I mean, we were in Florida, we might as well take advantage of the weather, right? The weather was perfect and even though the patio was under renovation it served as a great spot for a delicious meal.
My coworker went with the taco salad which used walnuts for the “meat.” It looked pretty delicious and I couldn’t help but photograph it a million times. I may try to recreate it sometime – I really liked the thought of grounding up nuts rather than a tempeh or soy product for the meat. And I’m always interested in things to go with tacos other than just beans. It was a giant portion for a salad, and between that and the tempeh sandwich, the two of us were more than full after walking in starving.
But we weren’t too full to partake in a little dessert. I went for the raw berry cashew pie and my coworker had donut holes. Let’s just say I was by far the winner in that situation. Moral of the story? If you find yourself in Fort Lauderdale, definitely look this place up. And get the pie.