Vegans are strict vegetarians. Besides not eating any meats from animals, including pigs, chickens, cows, and fish, they do not eat dairy products, eggs, or any other products derived from an animal. Vegans avoid using or wearing products that have been tested on animals or made from animal skins, such as leather, wool, and silk.
With these strict guidelines it’s obviously a challenge to find a restaurant where vegans can eat out that adheres to their eating habits and lifestyle. Here in Tampa Bay you’ll find three strictly-speaking vegan restaurants you’re sure to enjoy.
In this Tampa Bay dining guide, each of these vegan restaurants will provide you with detailed information on hours, addresses, phone numbers, and website links. Highlights include top recommendations and what makes each place truly unique.
Loving Hut – Tampa
Loving Hut is 100 percent vegan and family-owned and operated located near USF, just west of Bruce B. Downs on Fletcher Avenue. Even though it’s an international vegan chain of restaurants, Loving Hut is committed to serving a gourmet plant based diet made with nutritious vegan ingredients that are affordable.
Their menu comprises of salads, soups, sandwiches, rice and noodle entrees, and desserts. Why not try Loving Hut’s Spring Rolls ($4.25) for starters. At lunchtime bite into the Club Sandwich ($5.50) or for dinner order up their Savory Eggplant entree ($8.95). All prices are subject to change.
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 11 AM – 3 PM and 5 PM – 9 PM, Closed from 3 PM – 5 PM during weekdays, Saturday 11 AM – 9 PM, Sunday – Closed
Address and Contact Information: 1905 East Fletcher Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612 Phone: (813) 977-7888 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leafy Greens Cafe – St. Petersburg
Leafy Greens Cafe is one of the first of its kind in Tampa Bay, specializing in Raw Vegan dishes, foods, and beverages from around the world. It’s owned and operated by Denise Rispoli Becknell. Her quaint intimate restaurant in St. Petersburg is located on Central Avenue near I-275. Reservations are suggested for a party of five or more.
The menu prices at Leafy Greens may be higher than other vegan restaurants in the area. One reason being their menu is now totally gluten-free. If you want to place a take-out order they charge a 10% service fee. Stop in and enjoy their gourmet desserts made right on the premises. Come in to savor the many teas and coffees available. In addition, feast on their fine offerings of soups, salads, entrees, juices and smoothies.
Thai Curry Soup and Spinach Salad with Walnuts sound perfect for lunch. Pizza, tacos, veggie burger, sandwiches, and Zucchini Spaghetti are the featured entrees. Try the Bunny Love smoothie filled with frozen bananas, fresh carrot juice, ginger, and spices. They say this is the most delicious drink ever!
Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 11 AM – 8 PM, Friday – Saturday 11 AM – 9 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM
Address and Contact Information: 1431 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL 33705 Phone: (727) 289-7087 Email: Denise@LeafyGreensCafe.com
Vida de Cafe – St. Pete Beach
Vida de Cafe has a strong emphasis on raw foods. Simply check out their many food blogs on its website. Kristy Williamson is the founder and executive chef. Located in St. Pete Beach your dining experience at Vida is sure to be extra special with calm waters of the Gulf close at hand. Their prices are affordable and the menu is creatively delicious.
Featured foods include a soup of the day that’s always a surprise, plus mini (smaller portions), green (salads) and big meals (entrees) and of course desserts to satisfy any vegan’s appetite. Beverages you can try out are a seasonal (from October to May) Strawberry Orange and Banana smoothie made from fresh unpasteurized orange juice. Try tasting their quenching lemonade made with organic apples and lemons. Warm up with some of their free trade coffee on cold days.
Hours of Operation: Monday 11 AM – 2 PM, Tuesday 11 AM – 7 PM, Wednesday – Thursday 11 AM – 8 PM, Friday – Saturday 11 AM – 9 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM
Address and Contact Information: 120 8th Avenue St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 Phone: (727) 289-7164 Email: email@example.com