The Cafe at Books & Books

Miami, Florida

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We walked about an hour down the beach from our hotel to give this a try and it was well worth the journey. It is a sidewalk cafe style place in an upscale pedestrian shopping mall. There was no wait for a table and within five minutes we had (very welcome) ice cold water and complementary flatbread with black bean spread. After seeing the 9-inch avocados at the nearby farmers market, we had to have the chips and avocado salsa. The salsa was delicious and the chips were actual fried tortillas, not corn chips from a bag! There were about 10 vegan entree choices. We both had our eye on the Grilled Tofu Fajita Wrap, so that was a done deal. It also had the delicious avocado salsa as well as grilled onions with a couple generous slabs of tofu. On the side were both some mildly spicy corn and some fresh mixed lettuce. The latter was accompanied by a spicy mustard dressing that I thought was great (but wasn't my dining partner's taste). We both thought the dish was fantastic. Since we'd been in Miami for almost a day and hadn't had any beans and rice, the Arroz Tropical con Frijoles was our other selection. The blend of dark rices, mild Caribbean spices and 1/2 of one of the giant avocados made this different than the usual variations on this dish. Both of us found it very much to our liking. The prices were reasonable and the portion generous enough for us to take leftovers with us. A wonderful experience for us, and we're planning to get back down there early some day to try the brunch menu.

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Wow, I really loved this place, I just wish I could have gone here more than once. They had the most vegan selections of any other place I visited in Miami. While their (separate) vegan menu included really tasty-sounding and hard-to-find in Miami dishes like vegan coconut curry and vegan chicken salad, I was drawn to the "vegan platter". The platter had grilled tofu, seasoned corn (not on the cob), black bean hummus, a white bean salad, sweet potatoes. I mentioned to the server that the platter would benefit from some greens and my platter included a very simple lettuce/tomato salad but I'm not sure if it normally comes with that.

The tofu was absolutely fantastic. A lot of places claim to have grilled tofu but I think they use a sort of panini press or George Foreman "grill", which doesn't count. Books and Books actually grills their tofu and you could taste the delicious charcoal flavor on the tofu. I would say that all other items on the dish were pretty good but nothing really stood out as being exceptional. Also, every item came at room temperature and I think the food would have benefited greatly from being served hot and with more salt/spice/punch. :) Finally, the dish was SUPER carb/protein heavy so if I go here again, I would maybe order a side of sauteed greens and then take half of the vegan platter home as leftovers, as it was a pretty big and filling plate.

The service was prompt and friendly and I really enjoyed the outdoor seating which was covered and included little warming lamps to help with the evening chill.

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This is obviously a hot spot (so crowded we barely got a seat. I think we actually got the last one at 3 pm on a Sunday) I ordered the Black and White Bean salad comes with Black bean hummus and Matzah I like the texture combination. The salad is huge! You have enough for 8 servings at least. The staff is cordial and very helpful. A vegetarian and vegan place for sure.


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Some tasty vegan options but more vegetarian options. Regular and sweet potato fries are both deelish!

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