Vegetarian restaurants are hot in Miami.
The most recent addition is Brickell’s Crate, calling itself a plant-based kitchen, bar and lounge, which promises Miami’s “first vegetarian and vegan culinary and nightlife experience.” Yup, you read right: Vegetarian and nightlife. Like chicken and waffles, the twain are strange bedfellows, yet Crate hopes to make it work.
It joins several new veg-friendly spots. See Todd Erickson’s newly opened Glam Vegan in Midtown, the soonish-to-open Soul Tavern veggie gastropub on South Beach, Matthew Kenney’s second vegetarian endeavor, Plnthouse (more on that later), and now, Crate, from the co-founder of Barú and Tu Candela.
First, the culinary part. Chef Christopher Baugh (of Sage restaurant in Ubud, Bali) has created a menu inspired by wellness, nutrition and his time spent creating veggie dishes in Indonesia. Among those dishes: burgers (made with a mung beans, organic brown rice and roasted vegetable base) served with organic fries and a choice of vegan cheese on request.
Sandwiches including the Comeback Kid with smoked tofu steaks, chipotle mayo, pickles, sprouts, lettuce and “bacon” bits. The Hot Mess has Swiss and cheddar cheese, pepper jack melted over mushrooms, pickled hot peppers, lettuce, tomato, onion and deli mustard. There are also tacos and burritos.
“We are delighted to open Brickell’s very first plant-based kitchen, bar and lounge,” Crate founder Anselmo Di Virgilio Hernandez said in a release. “The concept upon which Crate is based reflects the resolution that meets the needs of vegetarians and vegans who, like myself, have been looking for a casual dining option for quite some time. We aim to democratize healthy food that can now be enjoyed in an affordable and comfortable setting. The contemporary menu of international cuisine is inspired by our experiences visiting the most progressive and health-conscious culinary destinations around the world.”
And now onto the nightlife part.
When the kitchen closes at 11 p.m. Crate becomes “the club,” or, rather, an after-hours lounge “emulating a retro-style living room,” the restaurant says. The only things most likely not vegan or vegetarian will be your hangovers.
Signature cocktails include the Crate Vice (frozen piña colada, strawberry daiquiri and grenadine); Brickell Vice (mango daiquiri and strawberry daiquiri); Daisy Maria (Aguardiente Antioqueno and lemon-lime soda) and Good Night Ladies (gin, Aguardiente Antioqueno and lemon-lime soda).
Meanwhile, Green Table, a new monthly dinner series at Matthew Kenney’s beachside plant-based hot spot, Plnthouse at 1 Hotel South Beach, kicks off at 7 p.m. July 19 with a 6-course plant based tasting menu. The cost is $101.60 or $146.05 with an optional wine pairing. Ticket prices include tax and gratuity and valet is discounted to $10 for restaurant guests. Tickets are available here.
901 S. Miami Ave., Miami
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Thursday—Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m.
Deals: Happy Hour is between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. offering two for one beers, wines or liquor.
More info: 786-534-2538; CrateMiami.com