A Happy Hippie Shake ($9) blends coconut milk, kale, pineapple, spirulina, bee pollen, and coconut oil into a sweet, satisfying emulsion. Though it contains kale and spirulina — a blue-green algae with lots of protein, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, B, and K — the sweet shake isn't even green.

At the same time, not all of Green Bar's dishes are appropriate to spring on someone taking his first bites of a plant-based diet. A macadamia nut "ricotta" cheese was too minerally tasting for the untrained palate, overshadowing an herbaceous, garlicky pesto.

If there's any doubt about the power of food, visit greenbarkitchen.com and watch Pezzo's video of her brother, Anthony, trying to recover from a stroke that left him unable to move or speak. Her family refused doctors' recommendations to "pull the plug" on her brother, a father of three, and instead Pezzo began feeding him superfoods intravenously: omega 3 fish oil, green juices, supplements.

Buffalo tempeh sandwich ($8).
Buffalo tempeh sandwich ($8).

Location Info


Green Bar & Kitchen

1075 SE 17th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Category: Restaurant > Vegan

Region: Fort Lauderdale


Green Bar & Kitchen, 1075 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-533-7507. Open Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (kitchen closed 4 to 6 p.m.), Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Firecracker Kale Salad $12

Buffalo Tempeh Sandwich $8

Living Lasagna $12

Happy Hippie Shake $9

After months of therapy, Anthony came back to life. He learned to walk again. He blows kisses to his sister.

Pezzo and Grippo are definitely on to something. They just hide it beneath great flavors and hulking sandwiches. And if you're wondering whether a place like this can stay in business, on two visits, the place was slammed with fit, beautiful people — who all had perfect skin.

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