Whether you’re looking for the perfect restaurant to nourish a plant-based diet or are just in the mood for a big, leafy green salad as a healthy option while on vacation, here’s a roundup of vegetarian and vegan restaurants located throughout the state.
Raw & Juicy
Where: 2255 E County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach
Menu sample: Located in one of downtown Seaside’s famous airstreams, Raw & Juicy is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day serving cold-pressed organic juices, protein shakes, organic salads, and fresh prepared foods.
Present Moment Café
Where: 224 W King St, St Augustine
Menu sample: This is the type of restaurant that makes you feel you did something good and healthy for yourself. Serving a variety of fresh-pressed juices and delicious plant-based meals, including Mango Samosas, A Buddha Bowl filled with whole grains and veggies, and their famous Kale Avocado ala Present Moment with avocado and lemon massaged kale with red bell pepper, sesame seeds, and candied pecans.
Where: 110 S Beach St., Daytona Beach
Menu sample: At this restaurant, avocados are king. They have a whole section of their menu dedicated to vegetarians titled, “Herbivore Space.” Try their most popular sandwich, the Dancer Avocado Melt with sliced avocado, three melted cheeses, tomatoes, sprouts, and onions served on toasted multigrain.
100 percent raw, organic, and vegan. Gluten-free and non-GMO
Where: 301 N. Baker Street, #106, Mount Dora
Menu sample: Chef Tenanda Madhi graduated from the Matthew Kenney Academy, whose owner is considered one of the world's finest raw food chefs. Try the creamy Kale Soup, Heirloom Lasagna, Asian Noodles with Sweet Dragon Sauce, or Create Your Own Master-Pizza with macadamia ricotta cheese and pesto. Everything is heated to less than 115 degrees to preserve its enzymes.
Dandelion Communitea Cafe
Vegan and gluten-free friendly
Where: 618 N Thornton Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
Menu sample: Dandelion’s menu offers a lot of hearty salad options that can be served in a bowl or wrapped as a sandwich as well as customer favorites such as Henry's Hearty Chili with organic tempeh, tomatoes, kidney beans, bell peppers, sweet corn, red onions, and spices. My personal favorite is their Fluffer Nutter sandwich with almond butter, bananas, and rice-mellow fluff.
Ethos Vegan Kitchen
100 percent vegan
Where: 601 S New York Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789
Menu sample: A variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, and pastas available. Try their Vegetable Galette of seasoned carrots, potatoes, and broccoli wrapped in a layer of flaky pastry and baked until golden brown.
Stardust Coffee & Video
Where: 1842 Winter Park Rd, Orlando, FL 32803
Menu sample: This urban cafe with a funky vibe has plenty of sandwiches, salads, and snacks available as a vegetarian option. Try their Rubin Farr, a not-so-classic rueben sandwich with tempeh, kraut, vegan 1000 dressing, daiya, jalapenos served on a rye break with chips.
Vegetarian and gluten-free friendly
Where: 1600 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32804
Menu sample: This tea house offers plenty of hearty food options including their Tuscan White Bean Panzanella Salad with cannellini beans, tomato, cucumber, green pepper, Kalamata olives, red onion, pine nuts and goat cheese on spring mix with our citrus vinaigrette and house made croutons. They also have a selection of classic tea sandwiches if you'd like to have a casual afternoon tea time.
TAMPA, SARASOTA, and CLEARWATER
Ionie Healing Center and Raw Food Cafe
Where: 1241 Fruitville Road, Sarasota
Menu sample: This cafe boasts a menu made with all raw, organic, or wild-crafted ingredients. The menu includes everything from freshly-squeezed juices to hearty entrees like kelp pesto and kale as well as a pizza with a crust made from sprouted buckwheat, carrot and flax.
Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, raw
Where: 2164 Gulf Gate Drive Sarasota
Menu sample: This vegetarian and seafood eatery offers a menu to please all palates. Some of their delicious entrees include sweet thai chili tacos, cauliflower steak, sweet potato and lentil pate, and marinated portabella topped with caramelized onions and garlic mashed potatoes on a bed of sautéed spinach and quinoa.
Nature’s Food Patch Cafe
Where: 1225 Cleveland St, Clearwater
Menu sample: A quaint cafe located inside a gourmet food market that offers organic fresh juices and smoothies as well as veggie burritos and sandwiches such as their "Shroomer" with marinated portobello, cheddar, roasted peppers, spinach & pesto veganaise on multi-grain bread.
NAPLES, MARCO ISLAND, THE EVERGLADES
The Cider Press Café
Vegan. Also offering gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free.
Where: Piper's Crossing Shopping Center, 1201 Piper Blvd, Naples
Menu sample: This new restaurant offers vegan gourmet with a modernist twist. At the bar you have made-to-order juices, smoothies, house-brewed kombuchas, wine, and beer. A few notable menu items include their portobello churrasco with chimichurri, oyster mushroom-passion fruit ceviche with crispy corn chips, and guilt-free lasagna made with layers of ruskin tomato, zucchini, sun dried tomato marinara, herbed cashew ricotta, and basil spinach pesto.
The Loving Hut
Where: 975 Pine Ridge Road, Naples
Menu sample: Part of the international chain of vegan restaurants that allows each one to customize its menu. This one specializes in Asian-inspired faire including spicy lemongrass tofu, mango salad, papaya salad, and spring rolls.
Vegetarian. Gluten-free options available.
Where: 5323 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples
Menu sample: The Local serves farm fresh and sea-to-table cuisine. Their vegetarian options include “Kung Pao” Avocado Panko Breaded with jasmine rice, bell pepper, onion, cilantro and cashews. They also offer a Navy Bean and Corn stuffed tortilla and a Local Garden Veggie Flatbread with house-made ricotta, white truffle oil, oyster mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes.
WEST PALM BEACH
100 percent vegan
Where: 8020 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach and
6299 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton
Menu sample: Try their Quinoa Loaf, Palm Cakes, or Beet Tartare with roasted beets, avocado, cucumber, jalapeno ponzu. They also have a Raw Bacon Cheese Burger with herb burger, romaine, plum tomato, red onion, cashew cheese, eggplant bacon, on sprouted buckwheat bread.
Vegetarian and vegan
Where: 123 Datura St., West Palm Beach
Menu sample: Completely organic market and café offering cold-pressed juices, fresh produce, cold-drip coffee and the only locally made kombucha tea on tap. The café offers organic raw and vegan items such as Pad Thai, zucchini noodles marinara, marinated kale and quinoa salad, garbanzo sea salad, fresh salads in a jar and decadent chocolate mousse.
My Choices Cafe
Where: 646 NE 79th St, Miami and 379 SW 15th Road, Miami
Menu sample: A growing cafe that just opened their second location. On the menu you’ll find juices, salads, and sandwiches, but their tacos are what really made my mouth water. The Insane Bell Pepper Tacos have black beans, quinoa, soy chorizo, onion, plantains, pico, bell pepper, and Daiya cheese in steamed Bell Pepper halves.
Mi Vida Cafe
100 percent vegan
Where: 7244 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
Menu sample: Stew style tempeh with peppers, mushrooms, eggplant, onions, garlic, zucchini & basil and served with a side of quinoa. Raw Vegan Living Pizza with raw crust (sunflower seeds, flax seeds, almonds & basil), asparagus pesto spread, cucumbers, tomatos, avocados, onions, bell peppers & arugula topping.
Vegetarian and vegan
Where: 100 South Miami Avenue #3, Miami
Menu sample: While it might sound like meat, and look like meat, here’s it made of soy. Try their Caribbean Soy Chicken Panini with grilled soy chicken breast, pineapple, avocado and red pepper or veg out with the Organic Quinoa Salad including fresh spinach leaves, shredded cabbage, pepper, cucumbers, raisins, cranberry, mixed nuts and olive oil.