Finally! A place where the vegan option is not simply just a black bean burger or garden salad. Filling a hole in healthy food options to eat out at is FIKA Vegan Cantina! Vegan is not just an "option" on the menu here, it is the lifestyle and it is a delicious one at that. FIKA is located in Granola Culture and continues in fashion with the tropical oasis charm that the space already provided. Melinda "Min" , started Granola Culture to encourage and celebrate the lifestyle that is called "Granola Culture", a modern hippie-esque way of living that is for the socially aware environmentalist, as she puts it. They have come full circle in creating a space for that lifestyle with the addition of FIKA to their brand!
I felt truly so lucky to be able to be a part of their influencer night and sneak a peak at the vegan cantina. The patio space overlooks North Limestone St. and at sunset gives you the perfect view from the bar-style seating to look out at the sun lowering in the skyline. The ambience was completed with relaxing music and palms and flowers wherever possible (no skimming on the oasis vibes).
I felt most lucky to be able to taste some of the amazing dishes Min has picked for FIKA's menu! We all grabbed a few dishes and shared it family style to make sure everything was given a good taste test. It didn't take more than one bite to know how delicious each dish was. We tasted Vegan Lasagna, empanadas, Jack Fruit Tacos, and a peanut-butter chocolate ice cream/mousse for desert. I think we were unanimously most obsessed with desert, but everything was so delicious! I totally recommend following the FIKA Instagram page for pictures of their yummy food and cool space!
We sat on poufs and ate off of wooden tray tables on the floor (It was so fun I think thats how I'm going to be eating all of my meals now.) Min joined us after a while with a tray of mimosas (so good) and we had a great conversation about quality in Vegan foods and the options that are out there. Nothing at FIKA will be over-fried or stuffed with processed tofu and soy, Min is all about the integrity of using whole foods that make you feel better (none with crazy additives and such). One of my favorite things she said was that "We became vegans because we are environmentalists; it doesn't mean that we haven't enjoyed seafood or a burger before, but we enjoy our planet more and thats why we became vegan and wanted to start FIKA".
FIKA Vegan Cantina is a place for gathering to enjoy food that is great for you and the environment! So if you ever need to escape for a little, stop by their location at 804 N. Limestone (above Broomwagon coffee shop) to be surrounded by oasis vibes and food with some integrity and quality ( & tastiness)!