The Nomad Cafe: Melbourne, FL Farm-to-table Cafe

Next time you’re visiting Florida’s east coast, you have to visit this farm to table restaurant. The Nomad Cafe is located in downtown Melbourne, Florida and is actually the coolest place I have ever been. Their menu boasts gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and AIP approved plates. You are in for a treat.

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Moving to Florida, I knew we had to find all the new spots to eat. I had no idea what we would find but I have been pleasantly surprised with the attention to quality that restaurants/cafes here have! This is part of our Wellness Everywhere series that is launching soon! 

The Nomad Cafe is a delicious farm to table restaurant in Melbourne, Fl that met every one of my HIGH expectations. As a celiac and wife of a husband with dairy intolerance, I am very picky when it comes to eating out. Not only allergies, though. I need to know there is attention to detail for things like our planet, local farmers and gut health.. high standards, don’t worry.. I know!

Farm to table restaurant in Melbourne, Florida

Right now in SWFL, their is this horrible thing called Red Tide. It’s when an algae bloom (that’s neurotoxic) makes it’s way to land and ruins the life of all beach goers aka ME. I live in Florida and can’t go to the beach so, a road trip had to happen. My husband and I made our way to the east coast to hit the beach and some delicious restaurants.

After about 27 different failed google searches (the reason for wellness everywhere), I decided to dig into hashtags for the area and found this gem of a cafe. I skimmed over their online menu and we quickly packed up our beach bag, hopped in the car and headed for good times and good food. The Nomad Cafe the real deal. They aren’t serving up plates of cardboard gluten-free food or fake processed organic crap. Instead, they are serving up real, fresh, local, carefully prepared and delicious whole food that fuels your health.

“Make Nomad whatever you want it to be.” – Megan, Owner

The dream team couple behind this farm to table restaurant – Megan and Otilio – are passionate about supporting local and knowing where their food comes from. That makes three of us! Otilio grew up in Mexico with access to fresh seafood and culinary tradition. Megan comes from a cider and maple farm in upstate New York and learned early on that supporting local farmers is the way to health.

The Nomad Cafe in Melbourne, Florida is a must for your next Florida vacation. I ate their with a gluten allergy, my husband with a dairy allergy and us both with a passion for our ocean and was very well pleased!

The Nomad Cafe in Melbourne, Florida is a must for your next Florida vacation. I ate their with a gluten allergy, my husband with a dairy allergy and us both with a passion for our ocean and was very well pleased!

The goods

First, we started with a delicious cocktail which was crazy cause I am not a drinker. It was absolutely refreshing. Riesling, sparkling water, cucumber + muddled mint and watermelon makes for a good time. Since they’re ocean lovers, they pass on plastic straws and give you a paper straw instead! + you can try a CBD infused kombucha.

The Nomad Cafe in Melbourne, Florida is a must for your next Florida vacation. I ate their with a gluten allergy, my husband with a dairy allergy and us both with a passion for our ocean and was very well pleased!

Next, the food. It’s been a long time since I went out and was able to order anything off a menu, make whichever changes I need then, having something delicious come out. This is exactly what happened. So many choices.. the nachos or the burger, wait.. maybe the fish? Ahh, how about salad, those beets sound good.. this was my exact thought process when the waiter made his way over to us. It’s hard when it’s all farm to table and you know it will be so rewarding with each bite!

Naturally, I settled for nachos because I am a Mexican food fanatic. These nachos were freaking killer. The chef used a house made queso that was sweet, savory and smokey all at the same time. A side of house made chips came out steaming and the meat was cooked to perfection. I subbed the sour cream for their refried beans and kept the rest the same. You should probably follow my lead.

The Nomad Cafe in Melbourne, Florida is a must for your next Florida vacation. I ate their with a gluten allergy, my husband with a dairy allergy and us both with a passion for our ocean and was very well pleased!

The Nomad Cafe in Melbourne, Florida is a must for your next Florida vacation. I ate their with a gluten allergy, my husband with a dairy allergy and us both with a passion for our ocean and was very well pleased!

What he got: The Nomad Pie, their spin on a shepard’s pie. Tommy was stoked about this one; he got potatoes, meat and pico de gallo all on one plate. “It was a mash of juicy meat and creamy potatoes with a Mexican flare. Very savory and perfectly prepared, 20/10 would get it again… let’s right now.” Portion sizes are incredible here and you don’t pay $15 for 4 olives, 2 pieces of lettuce and a slice of avocado.

Did you think we stopped at the dinner?

Of course you didn’t, Megan convinced us after much persuasion (not) and we decided on the German Chocolate Cake. Let me just tell you, if you have to make a trip there for only the cake, you better do it. She insisted I choose this one because she knew I was a celiac and knew it had been a long time since I had good cake. She was very right.

The chocolate cake was moist, light, layered and not too sweet. I mean, you could seriously enter this into a cake contest and no-one would know it was gluten-free. The chef brought it out topped with house made whipped cream, caramel sauce (to die for) and coconutty goodness. Think rich toffee explosions of chocolatey goodness in your mouth. Then, multiply that by 70!

Fun fact: When they launched the new dessert menu, the kept it on the DL that it was gluten-free. Guess what, no one even noticed. I like their style. Additionally, their dessert menu is 100% gluten-free. YEAH BABY.

If you’re gluten, dairy, soy, corn, refined sugar or oil free, they have something for you. Don’t be afraid to ask!

The Nomad Cafe in Melbourne, Florida is a must for your next Florida vacation. I ate their with a gluten allergy, my husband with a dairy allergy and us both with a passion for our ocean and was very well pleased!

The Nomad Cafe in Melbourne, Florida is a must for your next Florida vacation. I ate their with a gluten allergy, my husband with a dairy allergy and us both with a passion for our ocean and was very well pleased!

Locally sourced and globally inspired

Megan and Otilio create a ever-changing menu that revolves seasonally. Each night you go in, there will be a different special and it is based on what they get their hands on that day! Additionally, they get fresh fish each morning and prepare the most delicious plates like Wild Salmon Couscous and Fish Tacos with fresh haddock.

Field to fork is the motto they live by. If they don’t know the farmer, it isn’t making it onto their menu. Talk about farm to table! All beef comes comes from Live Oak, Florida and is GMO-free. Meat, vegetables, fruit and produce is local and beyond organic.

On top of this, they received the Ocean Friendly Restaurant Certificate and wear it proudly. You won’t find any plastic straws or extra plastic waste anywhere around The Nomad Cafe. Additionally, they are an (almost) zero waste facility. The cafe produces less than 2 cubic yards of waste per week. Probably the coolest people I know. They’re truly going the extra mile.

Finally, if you’re looking for more travel fuel: Organic pizza in Bozeman, organic ice cream in Seattle and acai bowls in Spokane! This is also a wonderful travel blog for vegan food!


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The Nomad Cafe in Melbourne, Florida is a must for your next Florida vacation. I ate their with a gluten allergy, my husband with a dairy allergy and us both with a passion for our ocean and was very well pleased!

6 thoughts on “The Nomad Cafe: Melbourne, FL Farm-to-table Cafe

  1. Mary

    Just curious; what AIP friendly dishes do they offer or do you recommend? I’m celiac and I follow AIP. I usually get the garbage burger minus the bun as everything else has dairy and/or peppers. Thanks!

    1. ashlee Post author

      Hello Mary, thanks for stopping in and taking time to read the post about The Nomad!
      I am so glad you’ve been there. I am not 100% sure what the lady beside me ordered, I just overheard her customizing it and the waitress was so so so resourceful and filled with knowledge about AIP. I would just ask for what they recommend for an AIP meal!

      How is the garage burger? I didn’t try that one!

      1. Mary

        Thank you for replying! The garbage burger is awesome, but it’s great to know they can accommodate. I’m usually pretty shy about asking 🙂

    2. Megan Gonzalez

      Mary,

      We can modify many of our menu items to be AIP friendly. The guacamole appetizer with veggie sticks and roast beef appetizer. The fajitas (we do alternate veggies), our salads, the vegetable casuela dinner entree (feel free to add fresh fish, steak, etc.), the beet steak, and typically have a raw vegan dessert available as well!!

      Thank you!

    3. Megan

      Mary,

      We can modify the following items to be AIP friendly.

      Guacamole app
      Roast beets app
      All of our salads (which we can add delicious proteins to)
      The fajitas (we use a mess of organic non-nightshade veggies)
      The vegetable casuela dinner (which we can add fresh fish, steak, and more to)
      The vegan beet steak
      And we usually have a raw vegan dessert, which works for AIP too!

      Thank you!

      1. Mary

        Wow, this is awesome! Thank you so much for replying! I will definitely make note of this. My husband and I love your restaurant. I’m usually pretty shy about asking for accommodations, especially when you guys are busy. I really appreciate that you guys are so accommodating and offer GF options (this is pretty much the only place I eat out in the Brevard area). Thanks again!