Turks & Caicos: Vegan

If you’ve ever been to a tourist-heavy island in the Caribbean, you know that it’s definitely not a culinary destination for herbivores. Some places in the Caribbean are more friendly towards a vegan lifestyle, such as Jamaica, where Ital is Vital. While you’ll find that the vegan options at most places on Provo are “fries” (lol) or island standard “peas n rice” (beans & rice), it’s not impossible to find good vegan food on the island.

Here is what I found:

  • Somewhere Cafe: Beautiful beach-front scenery, live music, chips n guacamole, and veggie tacos with quinoa!
  • Lemon 2 Go: This is the spot to go for morning coffee. The cutest little coffee counter that shares space with a flower shop. They have soy and almond milk for espresso drinks.
  • Da Conch Shack:Dine here on Wednesday evenings for live music. Few vegan items on the menu, including: Veggie Creole/Curry, peas n rice, and plantains but I was pretty happy with that meal, regardless. Our server Kevon was very accommodating.
  • Garam Masala: Standard North Indian food fare, with a really nice environment. I wasn’t feeling Indian food, so we did not dine here, but it comes highly recommended.
  • Thai Orchid: Standard Thai food fare, I wasn’t super impressed but I was stoked to see tofu on the menu anywhere.
  • Coco Bistro: An upscale restaurant that will accommodate a special vegan plate on request. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time, or prepare to wait. We went here on my birthday and they made me a SUPER delicious vegan taco appetizer and my main dish was Panko-crusted potato cakes with grilled asparagus in a marinara sauce. Everything was delicious, the atmosphere was elegant, and the entire waitstaff was gorgeous… my only complaint is the bread has cheese in it, and I do love me some bread. ūüėČ Prepare to drop some money here, but it’s nice to feel special.
  • Kalookis: Kalooki’s has a small veggie section of their menu, including¬†a black bean burger that comes with with mango chutney, sweet potato fries, and a salad. There’s also a curried tofu dish that’s served with jasmine rice and mango chutney. Or a¬†three bean veggie stew, peas ‘n’ rice, saut√©ed veggies, house salad, grilled corn.
  • Big Al’s Island Grill:¬†1950s diner style restaurant that¬†does have a small menu section called “vegan veggie.” There is a wrap called the “big skinny” which comes with sliced tofu, grilled zucchini and onion, avocado and pumpkin seeds – ask for no¬†mozzarella. “Jimmy the Greek” wrap which comes with chickpeas, red onion, kalamata olives, croutons, cucumbers, sundried tomatoes in Greek vinaigrette – ask for no chicken/cheese. Sides include fries,¬†sweet potato fries, side salad. There is a veggie burger but I didn’t end up dining here, so I would verify that it is vegan first.
  • Okeanos: a juice bar located inside of a small training center; They have vegan pea protein and chia seeds to add to juices or smoothies.
  • Graceway Gourmet– Graceway is the chain of local grocery stores on the island, but near Grace Bay you’ll find the “WholeFoods”-esque version called Graceway Gourmet. They carry several vegan products I did not expect to see such as FYH cream cheese, Daiya Shreds, mock meats, tons of plant-based milks. Seriously…. Daiya cheese in the Caribbean? So cool.
  • Green Bean Cafe: This place seemed the most promising at first… theres even a giant Buddha out front! However, I found there was actually very few vegan items and they were not that great. The coffee was also not very good. I would skip this place next time.

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Dining Tips:

  • Most of the tourist restaurants and bars know what vegan means, as it’s even listed on some menus I found.
  • Turks and Caicos seems to be heavily populated with Jamaicans, so when in doubt, ask for “Ital” food.
  • Typical breakfast foods you’ll find at restaurants will be hashbrowns (more like home fries), fruit, and toast, and these things will be pricey and not very good. I was more content getting bagels and vegan cream cheese from Graceway Gourmet for breakfast.
  • Don’t expect any vegan food on tours; Seafood/Conch is the big thing here.

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