The Ultimate Burg Vegetarian Survival Guide

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If you want the vegetarian superpowers you have to live the lifestyle and stick to the diet. St. Pete understands, here are a few ways you can stick to the program in the city.

Meze 119


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The vegetarian bistrio of St. Pete is inspired by the traditional cuisine of the Middle East. Their Pita Bread is phenomenal and their desserts, like the lemon and saffron buttermilk pie pictured above, are truly divine.  |  Meze 119, 119 2nd St N.

Rollin' Oats Cafe


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Rollin' Oats Cafe offers daily specials that cater to all preferences. Try a slice of Vegetarian Sweet Potato Pie, or a side of Coconut Curry Garbanzo Beans, or a Gluten-free Vegan Pumpkin-Flax popcorn ball, featured above. This locally owned market is a haven for those looking for cruelty-free products, vegetarian and vegan specialties and the healthiest eats in town. |  Rollin' Oats, 2842 Dr MLK Jr St N.

Lemongrass


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The Lemongrass Tapas offers unique flavors you won't find just everywhere. Their fried rice is heavenly when complimented by a plate of Yakisoba. For more Thai goodness, check out the veggie and tofu dishes at Sab Cafe, Nitally's or Bangkok 9.  |  Lemongrss Tapas, 310 Central Ave. 

Leafy Greens Cafe


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Leafy Greens is a totally Gluten Free,Vegan Friendly cafe that harbors the fresh and raw delights. The Zucchini Spaghetti and raw pizzas will awaken your senses in a way you never dreamed raw food could do!  |  Leafy Greens Cafe, 1626 Central Ave.

Community Cafe


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Inspired by the absence of The Globe Coffee Lounge, Community Cafe had its grand opening back in January, and ever since has made a commitment to serving St. Pete healthy artisan dishes. Mandy's Avocado spread is the perfect compliment to a Veggie Cafe Wrap. Recently opened Mickey's Cafe & Organics also serves yummy veggie items.  |  Community Cafe, 2444 Central Ave. 

La V

La V implements their own sauces and spices with mint leaves and spring lettuce to invigorate and brighten every plate they serve. The Tofu Rolls are highly recommended. If you can't get enough Asian deliciousness, try the yam sushi roll at Sushi Inc.  |  La V, 441 Central Ave. 

Square 1 Burgers

Square 1 Burgers might not be the first place you think of when it comes to vegetarian delights, however their awesome Very Vegan Veggie Burger comes with avocado, hummus, and a special vegan patty that took three years to perfect… nom on St. Pete! The other "can't miss" veggie burgers in town are at The Burg Bar & Grill and Crowley's.  |  Square 1 Burgers, 3942 Tyrone Blvd. 

Bodega


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Bodega has omnivore appeal, but their tofu sandwich and platter will fill your soul with flavor nirvana. If you're lucky, you might catch the specialty, Florida-made tempeh which is quite arguably the best sandwich in town at any location, meat or plant alike. Oh yeah, plus Maduros and Con Leche… 'nough said. A close second in the sandwich realm is Lonni's Mango Breeze… so yummy!  |  Bodega, 1120 Central Ave. 

BellaBrava

No photo could do adequate justice to the warm, crunchy eggplant fries at BellaBrava. They've got the vegetarian hookup with White Bean Hummus, Tomato Bisque, Bella Bruschetta and thier house Misticanza. Plus, the Vegetali pizza made in their special Woodstone Oven is New World #delizioso!  |  BellaBrava, 204 Beach Dr NE.

Rococo Steak

Believe it or not, chef Richard Potts at Rococo Steak eats vegetarian "nine times out of ten." He was raised on a farm and understands how to cook a mean veggie. Because of this, there's a secret vegetarian and vegan menu that is available so that no palate goes unhappy. Plus, their baby beets salad, kale chips and truffle fries will have your taste buds a singin'.  |  Rococo Steak, 655 2nd Ave S.

We know there are dozens of other Burg foodie hot spots that have yummy plant-based options. So tell us in a comment, what are your favorite vegetarian dishes in town?

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Written by Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey is the founder and editor of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. In addition to regular contributions to each blog, he's been featured as a commentator to Bay New 9, The Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Bay Business Journal and The Business Observer as well as national outlets including The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Bailey also serves as the CEO of RKC.me, a Tampa Bay-based digital agency.