In prior visits, I was vegetarian and I found the food options to be unique and delicious. Now that I'm vegan, I wasn't sure how easy it would be to find vegan food. To my surprise, it was out of this world. I ate like a Vegan Queen every day.
I want to provide a brief overview of the three main vegan/vegetarian places I frequented while visiting.
The cafe Key west
I came back a few days later and sampled their vegan Carrot Cake and vegan Key Lime Cheesecake. Yes, I sampled two desserts in one night and at them both myself. The vegan Carrot Cake was honestly the best vegan Carrot Cake I've ever had. It was super moist, bursting with flavor, and had an amazing gooey cinnamon frosting. Admittedly, I purchased a second piece of carrot cake a few days later and devoured it.
Overall, The Cafe Key West is an amazing sit down restaurant for vegans. There are so many choices (which I love) that I had a problem deciding what to eat. The food is fresh, flavorful, and local. And the price point is easy on the wallet. Oftentimes organic, healthy, vegan friendly cafes and restaurants are very pricey and only have small portions. The Cafe Key West is affordable and generous with their portions. It's a Vegan's dream.
Sugar apple cafe & market
Sugar Apple Cafe & Market offers an intimate cafe with just six stools inside and one small table outside. It's more of a grab 'n go cafe offering fresh pressed juices, delicious fresh made-to-order sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. Their menu boasts a range of unique dishes and is quite reasonably priced. When we went for lunch, there were only two women taking orders and making the food, so be patient you might have a wait. The market has a wide variety of vegan, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free foods and products. There is a large selection of teas, spices, vitamins, herbs, and homeopathic remedies. The market is a great place to browse while you wait for your food or drink.
date and thyme
Date and Thyme is a good last minute option for Vegans but it's far too expensive and the portions are small. I also tried the oatmeal power bowl. When I finished, I was still hungry. It also wasn't very flavorful or unique. They have a small organic market next to their kitchen featuring fresh produce, snacks, seasonings, teas, and other grab n' go meals. It's very cute and well laid out, but the cafe and market is the kind of health food store that gives eating healthy a bad wrap.