• Vegan Field Report: Green Gourmet in Delray Beach, FLA

    May 1st, 2011quarrygirlflorida, more restaurants (not LA)

    hey, everyone! time for another field report. this one comes to us from jessica of Bein’ Green Savin’ Green (check out her awesome blog), and she’s lettin’ us in on some vegan options in delray beach, florida. here we go!

    On my visit to Delray Beach, Florida to see my grandma, we struggled to find enough vegan-friendly restaurants and thus ended up frequenting a café called The Green Gourmet. The cute café was nestled in an upscale strip mall and seemed a little out of place next to heavily meat laden Italian restaurants. The primary focus of Green Gourmet is to offer fresh, healthy and delicious organic food. My grandma and I inquired which of the menu options were vegan and the man, who appeared to be the manager, answered that many of their dishes were vegan or could easily be made vegan. We opted to sit outside and enjoy the Florida sunshine. I was a bit surprised that the outside tables were covered in a fancy white tablecloth, but I guess this was reflective of the expensive menu items.

    I decided to order a half order of the Organic Veggie Lasagna ($6) along with the Mashed Cauliflower side. My grandma wanted something simpler and chose the Veggie Burger.

    The Organic Veggie Lasagna was very good. I had no idea it was possible to make such a delicious dish with just vegetables! Nevertheless, the vegetables were layered in a way that made me not even notice the dish lacked noodles. The vegetables were very well cooked and seasoned and the tomato sauce was sweet enough to contrast the savory spices. Each vegetable was soft but had a slight crispiness to it.

    Organic Veggie Lasagna

    My favorite dish was the Mashed Cauliflower side. It had a delectable sweetness to it and the broccoli was mashed to give it a soft, almost creamy texture. The dish had a great hint of spice to it to prevent it from tasting too dessert-like. I could not get enough of this dish and wish I had ordered another portion of it!

    Mashed Cauliflower

    Since my grandma was unable to finish her veggie burger, she gave half of it to me. I really enjoyed this as it was so different from any veggie burger I’ve had before. It did not try to mimic meat but instead integrated the fresh taste of various vegetables. I could taste the edamame and corn and it had a slight bitterness to it. I also really loved the multi-grain bun. It had a sweeter taste than the buns I’m used to and complemented the burger really well.

    Veggie Burger

    I really loved this restaurant and found myself going back two more times just to get the Mashed Cauliflower. The restaurant is pretty expensive, although considering the ingredients are very high quality, not to mention organic, and the dishes are innovative, it’s definitely worth it. The service is also very good and reminiscent of fine dining. This restaurant definitely has an advantage of being one of the few vegan-friendly restaurants in the area, and it is great to see a restaurant trying so hard to cater to vegans when the demand is so low. I will be back on my next visit and I’m glad to have such an amazing place right down the street from my grandma’s house!

    The Green Gourmet
    16950 Jog Rd
    Delray Beach, FL 33446

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4 responses to “Vegan Field Report: Green Gourmet in Delray Beach, FLA” RSS icon

  • Gauri Radha गौरी राधा

    Sounds healthy, thanks for the review.

  • Will tell my friends in Florida about the Green Gourmet… Thank you for posting… I have been reading Jessica’s blog – so glad you have added her to your field reporters!

  • I rely on mellow mushroom for vegan food in delay ray. I had no idea about this place!

  • Awesome review and blog Jessica! Thanks for posting quarrygirl!

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