This year's cities were announced at a reception hosted by musician and activist Moby at his Los Angeles bistro, Little Pine, May 15. Vegan celebrities such as Kristin Bauer and Craig Robinson were in attendance.
The ranking follows Miami's inclusion in Veg News' list of the top ten cities in 2017 — also a first-time honor. "Chef Chloe and the Vegan Cafe are dishing up vibrant eats such as matcha soft-serve and truffle-topped avocado toast," Reiman notes. "Atlas Meat-Free Delicatessen is serving vegan versions of classic deli fare like patty melts and pastrami on rye, and Bunnie Cakes Studio is letting shoppers create the beautiful vegan cupcakes of their dreams. With an all-vegan food hall in the works, Miami is establishing itself as a dining destination for longtime vegans and vegan-curious foodies alike."
"Miami landed on PETA's list for the first time this year thanks to a recent explosion of trendy vegan eateries," says Tracy Reiman, PETA executive vice president. She credits several new and popular plant-based eateries for the nod.
Hannah Sentenac covers veg food, drink, pop culture, travel, and animal advocacy issues. She is also editor-in-chief of LatestVeganNews.com.