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Meatless magic: explore the top vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Tampa Bay

Dig into delicious and nutritious vegan and vegetarian fare in every corner of the Tampa Bay area.

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Soho Juice Co. offers delicious smoothie bowls with a variety of toppings.

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Eating meat-free hasn’t always been easy, but in Tampa Bay, it’s a piece of (vegan) cake.

Our local food scene is as vibrant as ever, so it’s no surprise there is a slew of local chefs serving up fresh, vegetarian bites across town. From vegetarian pizza to scrumptious vegan tacos, here are 21 restaurants serving up meat-free fare in TBAY.

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The Taco Bell Crunch Wrap Supreme doesn’t hold a candle to this vegan rendition.

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🍑 The brunch bunch

True Food Kitchen, 3645 Midtown Dr., Tampa | This kitchen whips up a rotating selection of seasonal vegan + vegetarian delights like charred cauliflower, garden pesto pizza, and a mean vegan double cheeseburger.

Vine Vegan, 2080 Badlands Dr., Brandon | This all-vegan, family-owned restaurant dishes out love with every bite. Try this: The all-day gluten-free pancakes served with a tofu scramble if you’re feeling more breakfasty. And if you’re feeling more lunchy, get the Buffalo Impossible nugget wrap (it’s stuffed with tots).

Good Intentions, 1900 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg | Okay, now we’re getting boozy. The handcrafted bevs are made with local ingredients — we recommend the espresso martini to sip. Pro tip: Brunch is served on weekends from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ciber Press Vegan GastroPub, 3118 3rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg | Historic Kenwood’s staple vegan eatery and bar offers an outdoor covered patio. City Editor Brad’s go to is the tangy, sweet crispy chick’n katsu sando with a gingery Loch Ness mocktail.

🍃 Grab-and-go

Pure Kitchen, 3214 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa | Grab an all-organic chickpea couscous bowl or a cream of corn soup on your lunch break.

Fresh Kitchen, Multiple locations | Pick your choice of a base (sweet potato noodles are a must) and vegetables to create your gluten-free bowl. Pro tip: Try the Holy Kale sauce.

Taco Dirty, 2221 W. Platt St., Tampa | Catch a Meatless Monday or enjoy vegan Mexican classics any day at this modern taqueria.

Naked Farmer, Multiple locations | Relish a Light + Leafy Bowl with farm greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, pecan kale Caesar dressing, and garlic aioli.

Farmacy Vegan Kitchen + Bakery, 803 N. Tampa St., Tampa | Fill your pantry with vegan goods from this local grocer or pick up a chopped Impossible hoagie.

🍕 Casual eating

Florish Plant-Based Pizza & Bowls, 2307 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. Suite A, Tampa | Let your taste buds savor a slice of delicious vegan pizza. Pro tip: We recommend the Margherita pizza with vegan cheese

3 Dot Dash Vegan Kitchen, 6203 N. Florida Ave., Tampa | Bite into an Impossible burger or other handcrafted, plant-based sandwiches.

Nana’s Restaurant & Juice Bar, 1601 E. 4th Ave., Tampa | Treat yourself to pesto ricotta stuffed shells and a papaya smoothie.

SoFresh, Multiple locations | The Superfood, Boca Fiesta, Skinny, and Power pre-made bowls are meat-free. Pro tip: The avocado green goddess and citrus agave mustard sauces are vegan.

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Hungry? How about a five roll sushi platter from House of Vegano?

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🕯Date night

Voodu Vegan Bistro, 9002 N. 40th St., Tampa | Looking for a scrumdiddlyumptious night on the town? Located next to Busch Gardens, you could grab a sushi roll + then hop on the SheiKra.

Stone Soup Company, 1919 E. 7th Ave., Ybor City | Pay homage to TBAY’s Cuban history with an order of veggie empanadas with a side of vegan fries. Or opt for the potstickers + a vegan Bavarian pretzel. Fun fact: All unused ingredients in the kitchen are made into strew and donated to local homeless shelters.

House of Vegano,1990 Central Ave., St. Petersburg | What says date night quite like sushi? Must try: Grab the Spicy Krab roll — that’s Krab with a “k” for king oyster mushrooms.

Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa | Where indie music + vegan food meet — there is no meat. We recommend the Good Burger — a veggie patty smothered in sweet mustard, garlicky ketchup, vegan cheese, and sweet candied carrots.

🚚 Food trucks

Nah Dogs Vegan Hot Dog Cart, Mobile | Follow the cart’s Facebook page to know where St. Pete’s “Only 100 percent vegan hot dog cart” will be next. Try this: Get the Banh mi Sanders — a sausage made of pickled daikon, radish, and carrots.

🍧 Delicious desserts

Soho Juice Co., Multiple locations | Mix and match your favorite fruit toppings in their superfood bowls on the go. Pro tip: All toppings are unlimited.

Sweet Soul, 1101 S. Howard Ave., Tampa | Indulge yourself with a plant-based soft serve or pro-biotic boba pudding bowl.

Tru Vegan Creamery, 1499 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa | With coconut + oat milk as stand-ins for traditional dairy, True Vegan serves some of the sweetest desserts in TBAY. Fun fact: TVC is the brainchild of two Tampa natives.

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