I decided since I didn’t have a theme for this month, I could maybe do mini-themes? So, at least my 1st two posts will be from raw vegan south Florida restaurants that I had eaten at a while back, and totally forgotten to tell you about! 🙂 Then I may stay on high raw posts for a bit, so it would seem that I have a direction. Maybe.
So my friend Jake says he likes this place because it’s weird. And really, the setting is strange…
Gourmet Greenhouse is located behind a costume shop, in a metaphysical center off of Hollywood Blvd. In order to gain access to the restaurant, you have to park around the back, walk through their garden area, take a trip across the gift shop, and finally climb a staircase in the back. The restaurant is located on the second floor overlooking the aforementioned garden. When we got up there, we found we were the only patrons, and nearly alone. We made our presence known, and the one person staff came out to greet us and give us menus.
He brought us this tasty nut pate and carrot sticks right away. Unfortunate[for Thomas]ly, it was made with cashews, so Thomas was left out, and I gobbled it all up by myself.
As it turns out, this place isn’t all raw. The menu was about 50/50 raw and cooked foods. Thomas ordered the Portabello Mushroom Sandwich [sic] $8 (Perhaps to get even for the cashew spread? Yes, we both have a food sensitivity, and mine is grody mushrooms!) It came with sautéed onions smothered in spicy mango bbq sauce, served with crackers and a pickle. He liked it, but we didn’t find the sauce to be very spicy. A good or bad thing, depending on your palette!
I had the Raw Yellow Squash Spaghetti and Almond/Flaxseed Meatballs with a side salad $8, which was really tasty! I thought the prices and serving sizes were really reasonable, especially compared with other such niche restaurants in the South Florida area. In fact, if it weren’t so out of the way, and open so few hours, we’d probably have been back more often.
Who knows, maybe we’ll pay them another visit before we leave for Seattle? Oh, and speaking of that, I haven’t done a single thing to prepare. I fly out of here on October 30th, so my real them for VeganMoFo is blogging while simultaneously preparing for our move to Seattle. Which means that since I’ve now gotten my 2nd post ready and taken care of, I should really go work on my closet, and stop looking at antique china on eBay! 😀
Gourmet Greenhouse is located at 5809 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood FL 33021. (954) 518-0551. Open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.