It’s a simple little walk-up stand, with tables all around the outside for al fresco dining. You’re going to wait in line a bit, as this place has risen on the popularity meter. Their veg offerings include a chopped romaine salad tossed with fresh fruit and veggies with chili lime dressing; a plato dinner with black beans and rice, mojo tofu and grilled veg; and a tofu-veg version of a Cuban sandwich. Locally-made ice cream bars are what’s for dessert, and yes of course! you bet you can tank up on hi-octane Cuban coffee.
1120 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33705
Web Site: http://bodegaoncentral.com/
Lonni’s Sandwiches August 10, 2011
This popular ‘healthy’ sandwich spot is famous for its generous portions, but mostly famous for its thick, homemade wild rice bread that most of their sandwiches are served on. Good vegan options include the “custom vegetarian” sandwich which has cukes, alfalfa sprouts, onion, lettuce, tomato and black olives with a sprinkling of sunflower seeds; tomato stuffed with wild rice salad; gazpacho; the guacamole & sprouts sandwich; and the Southwest wrap. Lonni’s also has plenty of salad options; feel free to ask them to omit egg or cheese-based dressing. Sandwich/soup, sandwich/salad and soup/salad combos available. Freshly-brewed iced tea (regular, tropical or mango), water and coffee are the beverages of choice.
Catering and delivery available. Open Mon-Fri 9am-3:30pm.
425 Central Avenue
Web Site: www.lonnisstpete.com
The King and I is a charming lunch or dinner spot with an extensive menu. Tofu is offered in dishes that otherwise have meat in them, such as the stir fries, noodle dishes and curries. Make sure to specify no fish sauce in your food. Jungle, panang, green, yellow and red curries can be had, as well as tofu soup, spring rolls, and house or basil-fried rice. The King and I also has a small sushi bar and there are vegan rolls available. Beer, wine, green tea, Thai coffee, and soda available.
Open Mon-Sat 11-3pm (lunch); 5-10pm (dinner); Sun 4-10.
445 Central Avenue
The Campus Grind Coffee Bar June 14, 2011
The Campus Grind has newly taken over the space previously occupied for several years by th epopular Tarven on the Green on the USFSP campus. The menu is streamlined: salads, sandwiches and pizza, in addition to coffee drinks. Vegetarian offerings are Greek salad, egg salad wrap, cheese pizza, artichoke/spinach pizza. Vegans may choose hummus with pita, tabouleh, quinoa salad, vegetarian pizza and a hummus & tabouleh wrap. They do offer also to make custom requested wraps. Gluten-free items, pastries and coffee available.
Mon – Fri, 7am -8pm
Sat8am- Noon. Closed Sundays
USF St Petersburg Campus at Harborwalk, 121 7th Avenue S
Web Site: http://www.thecampusgrind.com
Craftsman House June 5, 2011
Situated in a classic 1918 Craftsman-Style dwelling, Craftsman House is part gallery, part coffee shop and part cafe. The light cafe menu features easy fare like salads and wraps; the Strawberry Salad, Sunshine Salad and Granny Smith Apple Salad are good vegetarian bets; there is also the Hummus Wrap and Veggie Wrap. Ask for the vegan salad dressings. The tapenade and hummus crudite and cheese globe are good plates for sharing. Plenty of creative coffee drinks, juices and even organic and microbeers are available. After lunch, have a stroll around the studio and shop for gifts.
Mon-Sat 10-6 Sunday 11-4.
2955 Central Ave
Web Site: http://www.craftsmanhousegallery.com/
Moscato’s Bella Cucina May 2, 2011
This fairly new restaurant, run by a brother-sister team, has a (thankfully) limited menu, which is actually quite veggie-friendly. Two dinner-sized salads, the Signature Salad and the Bella Cucina Salad, can be easily veganized by omitting the cheese- plus, they offer some good proteins and extra veg to add to the salad: garbanzo beans, kidney beans, corn, peas, beets, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, hot cherry peppers. Moscato’s also offers two vegetarian personal pizzas – ‘Grandma’s’, and the ‘veggie.’ Pasta dishes abound here too, as well as a vegetable wrap and eggplant parmesan sandwich. Live entertainment on the weekends. Beer and wine available.
449 Central Avenue