Sunday, September 19, 2010

Restaurant Review: Green Republic Vegan Restaurant of Key West, FL

Many thanks to my friend Tracey for sharing a great new place for those of us wanting something other than the usual greasy fare.  

My friend Yvonnie of KeyWestBaby.com and I were in dire need of some "me" time.  Between work and our families, we barely had time to breathe, or a chance to say more than three words to each other on the phone, before being pulled away by some family member.  Nevertheless, we had set aside this past Saturday afternoon as an outing for just the two of us; no children, no husbands, and we could actually have an uninterrupted conversation (what a concept!) ;)  As Yvonnie is also into going green and organic, she was also eager to try Green Republic; a new vegan addition to Key West!  

We arrived at the restaurant, which is in the heart of downtown, and is just bright, clean, and inviting.  The menu items with all of their clever names were all neatly displayed on chalk boards along the walls.  There is a wide assortment of delicious options, and it was hard to make up our minds.  There are sandwiches, wraps, burgers (vegan, of course), soups, salads, and even rice bowls!  The prices are all very reasonable.  Yvonnie had a craving for brie, and had the portobello and brie wrap.  I decided to give the burgers a try, and went with the Bacon Cheddar.  Of course, I advised the gentleman at the counter of my dairy allergy.  "No problem," he said, and offered me vegan cheddar instead.  That was so nice to have that option.  I also chose one of their many fresh-made (i.e. NOT from a mix) smoothies, and enjoyed the mango/pineapple/banana/orange, known as the Maui Mango.  

We settled in on one of the platforms, with its comfy cushions, and enjoyed the calm atmosphere of the restaurant, and the quieter side street, while our orders were filled.  My smoothie came first, and it was delicious!  All of the Green Republic smoothies are dairy-free, and start with soy milk.  The smoothie was so refreshing, and just the perfect hint of sweetness.  No sugary concoctions added to these drinks.  Our food didn't take long, and our taste buds were in for a treat!  Everything on the menu is homemade, right down to my vegan burger, which we were told is made from lentils.  One bite into my burger, and it clearly did not come off an assembly line.  No mass-produced, flash-frozen food here!  We both polished off our entire plates, and we were comfortably full, satisfied, but didn't have that icky feeling from eating too much grease. 

Now, my friend Tracey had raved about Green Republic's fabulous  homemade, organic, vegan cupcakes, complete with vegan icing!  So, we weren't about to leave without sampling at least one.  There were several flavors to choose from, including Tracey's favorite of Carrot Cake, but we decided to split one chocolate cupcake.  We were not disappointed!  My first taste of vegan chocolate cake was the birthday cake we ordered for my daughter at the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World.  That one was phenomenal, and in comparison, this cupcake did not disappoint!  It even had a fancy swirl of vegan chocolate icing on the top.  It was light, airy, and just the perfect touch.  

We can't wait to go back to Green Republic again!  It's just the perfect place to kick back, relax, and have something delicious and good for you, too!

Do check out Green Republic's website, and they'll even give you a dollar off your pickup/delivery order if you place your order online!  We were told to sign up for member-exclusive specials, too.

Hope to see you at Green Republic!  More locations are opening up across the U.S. :)




Image courtesy of GreenRepublic.com. No promotional consideration was paid for this post.
This review is based on personal purchases.

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