Sunday Brunchin' at Green Bar & Kitchen
I had seen this place online a while back and it was on my list of vegan spots to try in the area. Then, a friend of mine brought it up in conversation and since we were both really curious about it, we decided to take a Sunday trip up to Fort Lauderdale to try it out for brunch. So. Happy. We. Did.
First thing to note was the atmosphere… They have an outdoor covered patio, which is where we sat, and an indoor seating area. The spacious, but cozy patio area has a nice relaxing vibe to it—perfect for a Sunday Brunch—complete with a Buddha statue with a waterfall.
Now onto my favorite part… the food. They don’t have a huge menu, yet they have so many delicious sounding creative choices—we basically wanted to try everything on the menu and since we’re pretty indecisive, we decided to order four dishes to split. We ordered: the Buffalo Tempeh, Chick’n Salad Sandwich, Tofu Scramble, and Chia Pancakes—everything we got was vegan and gluten free.
The Buffalo Tempeh was hands down my favorite! The texture and flavor of the buffalo tempeh were incredible—I could have eaten a plate full of that on its own, I’m sure. It was served on a delicious gluten free bread and topped with a homemade dill dressing, that reminded me very much of a creamy bleu cheese dressing. My mouth is literally watering right now thinking about it. I can’t wait to go back there again for another one of those.
The chick’n salad sandwich was another great choice. They use Beyond Meat chick’n strips and the texture is very much like actual chicken, so the chick’n salad was very much like an actual chicken salad. This chick’n salad was made with both raisins and cranberries, so I wasn’t too sure how much I would enjoy it. I usually really don’t like chicken salads with fruit or other sweet elements in them, however, in this one I did not mind and all, and in fact, hardly noticed they were there. This is another dish that I would definitely go back, and look forward to going back, for.
The tofu scramble followed suit and was also very good. It had a nice flavor and was topped with a red pepper sauce and another creamy sauce. I did enjoy it, but when I compare it to the buffalo tempeh and the chick’n salad sandwich, I can’t say that I would definitely order it again. I am glad I tried it though.
And lastly, the chia pancakes. The chia pancakes were vegan and gluten free and I can’t say that I’ve had better gluten free pancakes, but they were a little bit denser than I would have liked. There was no real airiness or fluffiness to them like you would usually find in a traditional pancake—they were thin and a bit gummy. So that was a little bit of a let down, but the flavor definitely redeemed them. They had a delicious flavor and were topped with both chocolate chips and fresh berries. Overall, we were pretty satisfied with them and I think they were definitely worth trying. I can’t say that I would definitely order them again, but I also can’t say that I definitely wouldn’t.
We also got a plate full of desserts that I believe are not made in house. Aside from the chocolate cashew butter cup, which was great, but boy does it melt quick, I can’t say that I was too impressed with their dessert selection. The donut holes were too moist and dense and the cupcakes were overly sweetened and I couldn’t really taste the difference between flavors. Maybe I’m slightly spoiled by Parlour Vegan Bakery, but I’ll leave the desserts to them.
Overall, I give Green Bar & Kitchen two thumbs up and I can't wait to go back for another Sunday Brunch!