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The Green Wave Cafe




Name: Mark Pollack

Occupation: Teacher

Lives In:Lake Worth

Restaurant Pick: The Green Wave Café

Reviewed: The Green Wave Café

The décor/ambiance is minimal and not very invigorating, yet could easily become more vibrant with upbeat background music, especially based on the friendliness of the staff and patrons. The food is finely crafted, fresh, innovative, and tasty. The salad was fresh with a variety of ingredients including greens, red cabbage, lentils, tomato, carrots, mung beans, and sunflower seeds. The homemade green onion dressing was phenomenal – tangy, somewhat thick, and layers of flavor. The super nachos were homemade, dehydrated flax crackers with bean paste spread, guacamole, cashew cheese, tomatoes, and seemingly a variety of herbs and spices. They were definitely tasty, but maybe not to the extent to which the staff and patrons hyped them. The walnut pate collard wrap, which was a special consisting of fresh walnut pate in a fresh collard with tomatoes, caramelized onions, which added sporadic moments of great flavor and texture, and a raw vegan parmesan cheese made from almonds and nutritional yeast. There could have been more flavors by way of adding a sauce and/or some spices, and there definitely could have been more substance as there was a lot of collard/leaf going on here. However, the pate was very good and the dish was decent overall. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to experience the best in fresh vegan, and/or living foods.

Name: Sean Conway

Occupation: Lawyer

Lives In: Hollywood

Restaurant Pick: Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin

Reviewed: The Green Wave Café

The place was easy to find, albeit deep in a residential neighborhood. Service was fast and the people there are very friendly. I wasn’t a fan of what I ordered. My mom really liked the veggie sandwich she got and said the thin onion bread used on it was outstanding. The table next to us had a hummus sandwich and it looked really good - I wish I had ordered that instead of these lettuce tacos. The quality of the food here is high (fresh sunflower sprouts, fresh ingredients); but for these lettuce tacos, it was just too much ‘mushiness’ – which is the word I came up with to describe the combination of the cold, raw walnut pate, with guacamole, and some cheese spread – then, on top of that was a bunch of tomatoes (which is unfortunate because I’m not a fan of chunky tomatoes & asked him to keep them off – he said that wasn’t possible, but when the dish arrived, I saw that the tomatoes were just scooped on there, so it seemed like it would have been no trouble to just ‘not’ scoop them onto the tacos?) I removed the ton of tomatoes – the guacamole underneath was great.

Halfway through, I thought it would help if I had a piece of that crispy onion bread or their crackers to finish the mushiness parts with – so I asked if I could order one. I probably wasn’t too clear because a woman came by with a tiny, bite-size piece of their cracker in a napkin. It was good, but more than a bite of the cracker would have helped – maybe they should include a couple of these cracker things with these tacos to offset / help deal with the mushiness. Afterwards, we were both still a bit hungry and realized that we had never gotten the salad or the miso soup that was included. The nice, friendly man there apologized and took two dollars off of each dish because of that. The chocolate shake and the chocolate pie were awesome. Some people might make a big concern out of not getting the soup or salad that was included – but the man was very apologetic and took a couple dollars off. At the end, I was really happy that I ordered that chocolate pie. It was raw, but SO good – had a surprisingly flaky crust, and was sprinkled with shredded coconut.

Name: Lindsay Scherr

Occupation:Business Development for an Organic Buying Club

Lives In: Miami

Restaurant Pick: Choices Cafe

Reviewed: The Green Wave Café

The Green Wave Café is an amazing vegan oasis in a non-descript shopping center in Broward County. They have creative, delicious vegan cuisine made from the freshest organic ingredients. You will leave thrilled after trying their vegan adaptations of American cuisine favorites. The food is amazing. The cheeseburger was one of my favorite things I have eaten in the last year. They make their bread by dehydrating it, and then they make this incredible burger that has a hint of Portobello, but it’s not just a normal Portobello burger, they mix it with their “meat” mix and it’s delicious. Then they coat in this insanely good cashew cheese sauce and it’s just so delicious! The burrito was also really interesting, and delicious. My friend and I agreed that anything with fresh guac is delicious. The apple pie was to DIE FOR! Even though it was uncooked, the crust was crunchy and delicious. We devoured everything. The décor is lacking. The tables and booths are old; it looks late 80’s, early 90’s decor. They have coolers all over the place with food. It’s not beautiful, but the food is great. It’s perfect for take-out. Don’t be deterred by their location or simple decor, the food is worth the trip!

Restaurant Information

Location: 5221 W. Broward Blvd. Plantation, FL 33317 
Parking: Free parking lot
Phone: 954-581-8377
Restaurant Owners: Raoul Valle
Executive Chef: Isabel Jaiman 
Pastry Chef: Dana

Type of Cuisine: Organic, Vegan, Raw, Gluten Free
Signature Dishes: Cheeseburger
Vegetarian Options: All
Alcohol Served: No
Corkage Fee: None
Bottle Limit: N/A

Restaurant Hours: 
Monday –11:00 am-9:00 pm 
Tuesday – 11:00 am-9:00 pm 
Wednesday –11:00 am-9:00 pm 
Thursday – 11:00 am-9:00 pm 
Friday – 11:00 am-9:00 pm 
Saturday – 11:00 am-9:00 pm 
Sunday – 11:00 am-4:00 pm

Meals Served: Lunch & Dinner
Prix Fix Menu: No
Take-Out: Yes
Delivery: Yes
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 20% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $25
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 20% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $20
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? Major
Accept Reservations: Yes
Need Reservations: No
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: N/A

Accommodations for Children: Yes
Dining Style: Casual
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size: Small
Accommodate Groups: No
Private Dining Room: No
Tables with Scenic Views: No
Outdoor Dining: No
Entertainment: No