[VegOut Magazine] The Best Vegan Restaurants in Florida
This article was originally published in VegOutMag.com in December 2022.
Florida is quickly becoming one of the country's sizzling states in progressive vegan eating. From Ahi Watermelon Sushi to Seitan French Dips, it’s no wonder foodies are thrilled to visit the area’s sandy beaches, theme parks, and lively cities. Influenced by Southern culture, Latin America, and traditional European cooking, this roundup of Florida’s ten top vegan restaurants will make you pack your bags and hop on a plane!
Ethos is Orlando’s longest-running, fully vegan restaurant serving hearty meals of meatloaf and shepherd's pie, plus all your favorite veganized desserts, like strawberry milkshakes and chocolate cake. Inspired by the vegan Goth movement, this diner utilizes tattoo motifs in its logo and prioritizes beautiful original artwork throughout the diner. Ethos is located in Winter Park, home of Rollins College, just minutes north of Downtown Orlando.
Golden Dinosaurs (Gulfport)
Golden Dinosaurs is a groovy, plant-based eatery in the St. Pete Bay Area. Most of their comfort dishes are handhelds, such as their seitan French Dip or Cowboy Dan burger (named after the Modest Mouse hit song). They also serve a vast variety of salads and sides, including Chili Cheese Fries and Popcorn Chicken. Next time you visit the Bay Area, be sure to visit the adorable beach town of Gulfport to get your hands on some delicious vegan dishes.
Southern Roots Filling Station (Jacksonville)
Specializing in gluten-free and vegan food, Southern Roots Filling Station is your premiere vegan cafe for delicious vegan baked goods and lunch fare with craft coffee offerings. Enjoy their signature Proud Mary, which includes Pumpkin Seed Pesto, avocado, Kravey Garden microgreens, local lettuce, spiced walnuts, cilantro oil, and garlic cheez, alongside a Cortadito with your non-dairy milk of choice.
Full Bloom (Miami Beach)
Kosher-certified and non-GMO international restaurant Full Bloom won the TripAdvisor award for Best Vegan Restaurant in 2021, turning heads across the country. Their menu includes a variety of veganized cultural dishes from around the world. Travel from Peru with their Lomo Saltado to China as you enjoy Mushroom Manchurian Noodles. Finish off your meal with Coconut Flan or Limoncello from their after-dinner alcohol selection.
Sweet Pea Cafe (Tallahassee)
Sweet Pea Cafe is a locally owned and operated casual farm-to-table cafe in the Panhandle. They source most of their ingredients from nearby Quincy, FL and the surrounding Tallahassee area. The spot is famous for their handhelds, including a Buffalo Fried Tofu Sandwich and Thaight Budget sandwich, which is topped with house-made peanut butter, sliced red bell peppers, cucumbers, sriracha, and cilantro, served on toasted sourdough bread or a gluten-free brown rice tortilla. They also own and operate a bakery that produces unique vegan goods daily, such as Green Tea Sugar Cookies and Key Lime Tarts with a graham cracker crust. Find Sweet Pea minutes away from Florida State University.
Ionie Retreat and Organic Raw Food Cafe (Sarasota)
Ionie Retreat and Organic Raw Food Cafe is a Sarasota-based raw vegan restaurant specializing in fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, entrees and desserts. Hydrate with their famous “Shake Your Tail Feather” smoothie, featuring almond milk, banana, date, cacao, maca, cinnamon, Himalayan pink salt, and cayenne pepper. Or indulge in a raw vegan Orange -Turmeric Cheesecake slice. Ionie also offers an array of on-site wellness experiences, such as infrared sauna sessions, massage, and group therapies.
Karma Cream (Gainesville)
Walking distance from the University of Florida’s central campus is Karma Cream, an all-vegan organic cafe and ice cream parlor. Their menu features an impressive selection of house-made coffee syrups, including Almond Rose and Curry Spice varieties, which can be added to any standard coffee drink of choice. Sit down and eat or grab and go. Try a vegan grilled cheese with dairy-free affogato for a luxe afternoon treat.
Planta (West Palm Beach)
Planta is South Florida’s premiere vegan upscale dining experience, with a menu designed around sustainability. Start your experience with Ahi Watermelon Nigiri and Mushroom Carpaccio before transitioning to a Spaghettini Alla Carbonara main. Pair with a Matcha Mojito anti-intoxicant tonic.
Farmacy Vegan Kitchen (Tampa)
Farmacy Vegan Kitchen is a multi-location, quick-service offering diverse vegan comfort food. Items include everything from loaded cheesesteaks to Buffalo sauce burgers and a rotating baked goods selection. Each of their Tampa locations is inside Duckweed Urban Grocery franchises: Downtown, in the Chanel District, and in Westshore Marina.
Love Life Cafe (Miami)
Trendy Miami-based Love Life Cafe is focused on providing clean, delicious, made-from-scratch food using the best ingredients and love. Seed Food and Wine Festival bestowed Love Life Cafe with the “Best Veggie Burger in America” award in 2016 for their signature handheld, which included a superfood patty, homemade guacamole, pickles, plant-based cheddar, marinated kale, and cilantro aioli. They also serve various pizzas, salads, and scrumptious desserts. Their plant-based Japanese pop-up Shido specializes in gourmet vegan sushi.