Veggie St. Pete

We take the guesswork out of finding vegetarian- and veg-friendly dining spots in downtown St. Petersburg

The King and I August 10, 2011

Filed under: Veggie-Friendly — beatlebird @ 6:51 pm
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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 


Taco Bus July 28, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — beatlebird @ 8:47 pm

St. Petersburg has few late night eateries, and even fewer can boast being open 24-7 like the Taco Bus. This popular joint on Central Avenue, smack in the middle of the Grand Central District boasts an extensive and authentic Mexican menu, specializing in regional fare. Vegans can omit the queso in such dishes as butternut squash tostadas, rajas, tofu fajitas, and rice & bean burritos or tacos. Vegan steak strips are offered as meat subs in the taco, quesadilla, and burrito dishes. Guac, salsa, and refried beans are also good condiments. Taco Bus also has a selection of drinks such as iced tea, Horchata, hibiscus lemonade, Jarritos soda, and Mexican Coke, as well as beer.

Open 24 hours.

2324 Central Avenue 

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Wild Blue Crab and Shrimp June 26, 2011

Filed under: Vegetarian Options — beatlebird @ 11:28 pm
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Okay, so the name of the place is anything but a vegetarian’s dream. But hear us out: we were thrilled to see that this seafood-centric place graciously offers a vegan po’boy sandwich, constructed from vegan sausages. Wild Blue is an unassuming, tiny little shack on the corner of Central Avenue and 20th Street, next to the fabled Haslam’s Books. It’s as close to street dining as you can get in St. Pete; walk up to the window, place your order with the pleasant gentlemen working in the booth, sit in one of the chairs, and wait. You can watch the traffic along busy Central; read your new find from Haslam’s, or, look upward at the metal ceiling that shelters Wild Blue’s customers from the sun: look up, and you’ll see an inflatable Mr Peanut, some skates, Tampa Bay Rays bobblehead dolls, and other wacky ephemera hanging from the rafters. For vegetarians, there is also boiled peanuts, boiled mushrooms, red beans and rice, corn on the cob, and hot garlic potatoes. This is pure Southern African-American eating – right in the heart of St. Pete. Catering available. Generic soda, water and iced tea available.

Open 7 days per week, Mon-Sat 11am-1opm; Sun 12-8pm.

2005 Central Avenue



The Campus Grind Coffee Bar June 14, 2011

Filed under: Veggie-Friendly — beatlebird @ 10:20 pm
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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


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Chateau France June 10, 2011

Filed under: Vegetarian Options — beatlebird @ 9:49 pm

This extravagant and charming restaurant features authentic French cooking. Fortunately, they do have a vegetarian option amongst all the meat and seafood dishes: a daily selection of organic
baby vegetables with the option of one of the following sauces: Bearnaise; pink, green and black peppercorn; Roquefort; black truffle; rossini. The very French Crepes Suzette and a variety of souffles are also on the menu. Tomato soup may be had as an appetizer.

Open daily for dinner at 5pm. Complimentary valet parking. Reservations are recommended. 

136 4th Avenue NE


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Coney Island Sandwich Shop

Filed under: Fast Food — beatlebird @ 9:18 pm

Vintage (really vintage – like 1928) hole-in-the-wall eatery features, of course, hot dogs and not much else: vegetarians will have to settle for a grilled cheese sandwich, potato chips (Tom’s, served in a bag) and a milkshake, coffee, or soda. Super no-frills, the Coney Island is constantly packed at lunch, so be patient when waiting for a booth or a stool at the lunch counter. Lunch served only.

250 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street N



Craftsman House June 5, 2011

Filed under: Veggie-Friendly — beatlebird @ 2:13 pm
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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


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