St. Pete is a vegan-friendly city. There’s something for vegan diners on nearly every menu in the Burg, but we decided to select several that stand out to us. The flavors at these restaurants are freaking exquisite, bursting with flavor and could probably convert even the most ardent carnivore.
Here’s the full list:
Cider Press Cafe, 601 Central Avenue
This award-winning vegan restaurant popped up in the Burg just a few years ago, but their loyal local customer base makes it feel like the Cider Press Cafe was always a part of the Sunshine City’s culinary ecosystem. Their selection of vegan, raw and gluten-free dishes is unparalleled. Ever had the kale-lemon me softly vegan burger? With a name that would make Bob Belcher proud, this blended burger is made with mushrooms and garlic, tangy lemon aioli, charred smoked sea salt kale, red onions and cheez on a kaiser bun. What keeps us coming back? The banana maple pancakes with cheezcake and crispy eggplant bacon. Go ahead, go experience this legend for yourself.
Golden Dinosaur Vegan Deli, 2930 Beach Boulevard South
Yes, we know this spot isn’t technically in the Burg, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t give a shout to the Gulfport deli that also carries Nan’s Plant Based Ice Cream, one of our favorite brands to sink our teeth into in the Tampa Bay area. The Golden Dinosaur offers made-from-scratch plant-based sandwiches, salads, fresh baked goods, as well as local coffee and beer.
Leafy Greens Café
Leafy Greens Café, 1626 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
Leafy Greens is a locally owned café serving the St. Petersburg community since 2008. They pride themselves on the fact that they are a completely Non-GMO restaurant and almost everything is gluten-free. While the word café suggests coffee and desserts, remember that they are all about the food!
Lotus Vegan Restaurant
Lotus Vegan Restaurant, 6575 Park Blvd N, Pinellas Park
Lotus is an entirely vegan restaurant. They have all sorts of different food from wontons to spring rolls to paninis to tacos to burgers. They have something for every member of your party. On top of all those choices, every third Saturday, Lotus Vegan Restaurant holds sort of social event centered around a vegan buffet with 16 different dishes.
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Love Food Central
Love Food Central, 2057 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
With their website boasting, “Always Vegan. Always Gluten-Free. Always tasty,” this restaurant caters to both vegans and gluten-averse people alike. We recommend the Buffalo Tempeh Sandwich, created with seared tempeh tossed in buffalo sauce served on toasted sourdough with soy-free vegenaise, romaine, tomato slice and a drizzle of homemade cashew ranch dressing with a side of chips. Before you go, be sure to check out their cashew coconut based ice-cream!
Plant+Love Ice Cream
Plant+Love Icee Cream 953 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
Plant+Love Ice Cream is 100% plant-based and free of dairy, gluten, and GMO. They use organic ingredients and try to reduce their carbon footprint by using as many compostable materials as possible. While they have the traditional flavors, they also offer Wellness Blends. These special blends are crafted with herbs, spices and super-foods, promoting health, wellness, and happiness. We are particularly excited for upcoming Coconut Cold Brew ice cream flavor.
Rawk Star Cafe
Rawk Star Cafe, 740 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
Rawk Star is a gluten-free raw vegan restaurant on top of being 100% organic! Nothing at Rawk Star is cooked. To give the food the element of heat, Dehydrators are used, but nothing gets warmed beyond 110 degrees. Anything above that could kill off the naturally-occurring live enzymes and probiotics in the food. Their vegan milk is made in-house from scratch. If you’re looking for the freshest of the fresh, look no further that Rawk Star Cafe.
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Ray’s Vegan Soul
Ray’s Vegan Soul, 169 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St. N, St. Petersburg
The chef’s at Ray’s do their best to make their food available to everyone. They make all of their food without five of the most common food allergens: gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, and peanuts. They stress the importance of plant-based eating and provide healthy and still soulful options. We recommend trying a plate of vegan mac ‘n’ cheese, potato salad, black eyed peas, and sweet potatoes. It will satisfy that southern food craving you keep ignoring!
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Valhalla Bakery, 1113 Central Avenue
Valhalla Bakery has consistently been voted the best bakery in Orlando by customers and critics, and now it’s open in St. Pete. We couldn’t be happier to see the 100% vegan bakery set roots in Baum Avenue Market. We won’t mince words here, you need to try one of their giant cinnamon rolls. It is a proverbial powder keg of fall flavor. The menu says it’s only available on Sundays, so we suggest you get in line this weekend. Want a taste of Canada? Of course you do. Valhalla makes Nanaimo Bar made with a dark chocolate coconut crust filled with a butter custard and topped in dark chocolate.
What’s your favorite vegan restaurant? Let us know what we missed in the comments below!