St. Petersburg, Florida, is a hub for the arts so it comes as no surprise that vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants have opened and now contribute to the artful experience that is St. Petersburg.
Leafy Greens Café
1431 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida
If you are searching for a true vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO restaurant, you must try Leafy Greens Café. As expected with a true vegan restaurant, their menu selections are quite creative.
During my visit, I sampled “The Real Deal,” which is lettuce, tomatoes, spouts, and guacamole served in a raw onion bread with a hummus spread. While quite tasty, “The Real Deal” has a very strong onion flavor and should only be ordered by the truest onion lovers.
I also sampled the Tuscan Pizza which was beautifully presented. The “pizza” had a walnut and hemp seed crust which gave the entire dish an excellent crunch that gave it the taste and feel of a true pizza dish.
Their menu also features a zucchini spaghetti with their own special marinara sauce which I saw served to another patron in a large bowl and I have every intention of ordering it the next time I visit.
I also recommend trying one of the Leafy Green Café’s variety of loose-leaf teas which are brewed at your table.
119 2nd St N, St. Petersburg, Florida
While not a dedicated vegan restaurant, Meze 119 does clearly indicate on their menu items are vegan. Meze 119 also has a larger menu and does not feature raw food like the Leafy Green Café. However, if you enjoy vegan food with a middle eastern flair, Meze 119 is worth the visit.
The first thing that caught my eye on their menu was their selection of hummus. The only hard part is choosing which hummus to try first.
My favorite menu item was definitely the stuffed pepper that is made with wild mushroom and summer squash in a roasted red pepper.
I was also pleased to see that they offer a kids menu with vegan choices.
One Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, Florida
Truth be told, the Café Gala may rival the Dali Museum in which it is situated. The design of their menu is as appropriately artistic as their food. While this café is not exclusively vegan and vegetarian, you can easily convince your meat-eating friends to try the restaurant with you and neither of you will leave disappointed.
Their gazpacho soup was refreshing and ensalada mixta, had lettuce, roasted peppers, tomatoes, olives, white beans, and a delicious sherry vinaigrette are options that I will definitely order again.
I looked forward to returning to all three restaurants and trying their other selections in the near future.