Finding the Best Spots for Solo Dining in Miami and Fort Lauderdale

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Planta - Vegan - Miami Beach

Hip ... but not hippie is the best way to describe the amazing vegan restaurant in Miami Beach that's blowing the doors off of everything you thought you knew about vegan food!  







Describe the restaurant in three words: 

Chic, Trendy, Innovative


Solo dining rating:
🍸🍸🍸🍸

Parking: 

As with most Miami Beach venues, parking is not always easy. Planta, however, is fortunate enough to have valet, a parking lot directly across the street, and pay by phone spaces nearby. I spent about an hour and a half at Planta and paid $12. 


Can you eat at the bar? 
Of course! There are actually two large bars at Planta; one is a 'sushi' bar in the main dining area, and the other is located in a section which was closed during my visit. 



What to wear:
On this Sunday evening, Planta had a little bit of everything as far as dress code. I saw everything from shorts with stilettos, to sheer dresses which left nothing to the imagination. Hey, it's Miami Beach ... wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.  
Sushi Bar






People watching/entertainment/atmosphere rating:
🍸🍸🍸🍸
The dining area truly embodies Planta's earthy homage. The dining area is open and airy; very much what a restaurant in Crate and Barrel might look like. Huge windows tower over cozy sofas, high-tops, and indoor palms. There are even skylights allowing even more sunlight to bathe the dining area. Pendant light fixtures hang over the bars, and open-air ducts line the ceiling. The soft music was upbeat and a nice mix of oldies and modern hits. As the evening progressed, the dining area began to fill and by 8 o'clock, the place was fully seated.


Vegetarian/Vegan-Friendly
One hundred percent! Planta was opened with the purpose of creating delicious food that promotes environmental sustainability. Under Chef David Lee, Planta's goal was to fill a void in the market of upscale, full service, plant-based dining options. The restaurant's vision was to celebrate innovative cuisine in a beautiful environment without the use of any animal products. Mission accomplished!

What is good about it for the solo diner?
Eating vegan in Miami Beach can be expensive, so I was pleased to see that they offered a Miami Spice menu on the night of my visit. There were four choices of appetizer and main course, and three choices for dessert. I began my vegan adventure with the Queso Dip.  It was by far the best queso dip I've ever had. I know what you're thinking ... how can a meatless queso dip possibly taste as good as one loaded with seasoned meat? I have no idea!!! But I know Planta succeeded in doing it! It consists of black beans, queso, guacamole, pickled vegetables, and crunchy tortilla chips. The 'queso' was a combination of carrots, sweet potatoes, and nutritional yeast.WOW!! It was insanely fresh and flavor-filled. My first taste of vegan food was off to a great start.




Lettuce Wraps
Avocado Lime Cheesecake
The second course options included Kelp Caesar Salad, Lettuce Wraps, Heart of Palm 'Crab' Cakes, and Meat Lovers Pizza. Having heard about the cauliflower tots, I decided to go with the lettuce wraps; another excellent choice on my part. The lettuce came out with crispy Korean cauliflower, tofu, kimchi, pickled cucumber, nori, and sesame. Absolutely mind-blowing. I topped off my meal with the Avocado Lime Cheesecake which consists of cashew nut, coconut date crust, raspberry purée. It was beautiful, but I can't say I loved it. I will try the Chocolate Terrarium on my next visit. 

What may not be good about it for the solo diner?
There's nothing about Planta of which a solo diner should be wary. The food, service, and atmosphere are all on the high end of Miami Beach dining. The solo diner can sit quietly at table and read, surf the internet, or simply watch the world float by through the enormous daydream worthy windows. 

Would I return?

In a heartbeat! Planta has opened my eyes, and tastebuds, to a whole new world of dining. There are many other items on the menu that I am eager to taste, including it's famous Planta Burger ($19), and the Hearts of Palm 'Crab' Cakes ($23.50). There are also a few pizza items I'd like to try: French and 6ix sound fantastic! My gluten-free friends will be happy to know that they have you covered too! Thank you Christian Barragan for ensuring I had a wonderful experience.

Planta
850 Commerce Street
Miami Beach, Fl 33139
(305) 397-8513

https://www.plantarestaurants.com







Stiltsville Fish Bar - Seafood - Miami Beach

Southern hospitality meets seaside charm in the peaceful neighborhood of  Sunset Harbor....this is a must-go for anyone who has a soft spot for simply delicious food at a fabulously relaxing venue .... 





Describe the restaurant in three words: 

Warm, Relaxing, Inviting


Solo dining rating:
🍸🍸🍸🍸🍸

Parking: 

There is a large parking lot directly across from Stiltsville. There are also ample parking along Purdy Avenue and surrounding streets.