Grab a Bite with these 6 Gluten-Free and Vegan-Friendly Dishes Around Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida

Not only famous for its miles of sand, exciting boat opportunities, and flourishing cultural scenes but St. Petersburg, or what the locals call St. Pete, has also been one of the prominent spots with veggie-based restaurants. It has even got into the rankings of Wallet Hub’s Top 5 places with the highest number of restaurants serving various vegan-friendly and gluten-free dishes.

After getting fun activities to fill your week-long family vacation this summer at the beaches of St. Pete, you might want to check out this list of these vegan and gluten-free meals around the place. You might consider coming back more than once to do them all.

1.The Love Burger & Buffalo Tempeh Sandwich

You cannot go wrong with the Love Food Central’s homestyle beet and black bean burger (The Love Burger), and seared tempeh tossed in buffalo sauce sandwich (Buffalo Tempeh Sandwich). You would surely be busy chomping these meals before you realize that both are vegan and gluten-free.

“Always Vegan. Always Gluten-free. Always tasty” is Love Food Central’s motto. The café uses ingredients that are local, organic, and not genetically modified organism (GMO), also called as non-GMO. Here’s a bit of Science: the claim “non-GMO” means that a food is made of organisms that are not genetically engineered. All in all, a healthy and safe one.

If you have a sweet taste, Love Food Central also specializes in desserts. Try their mouthwatering delicious cashew coconut based soft serve, having different new flavors almost every week! I bet you would like the Sunflower Butter flavor.

Restaurant: Love Food Central
Location: 2057 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida 33713
Working Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM – 7 PM
Saturday, 11 AM – 8 PM
Sunday, 11 AM – 4 PM
Monday, Closed

2. Dairy Free Nut Milk Shakes

Try these minimal processed yet whole food dairy free nut milkshakes. It has different flavors as Kraut Roll created with old fashioned sauerkrauts matured in ceramic crocks, Kraut Flatbread, Blueberry Muffin, Carrot Cake, and Snickerdoodle.

Grab these milkshakes from the raw vegan resto called Old Earth Pure Organic Food. They sell a lot of amazing gluten-free dishes great for vegan heads. Aside from the menu, the owners are also admirable because they are making everything in the house.

The name of the restaurant is derived from the concept of going back to the old way of eating, way back before food is being processed. The restaurant aims to provide suggested multivitamins on their whole food dishes, rather than factory food. Not everyone as dedicated to humanity as the owners, isn’t it?

Restaurant: Old Earth Pure Organic Food
Location: 6105 54th Ave N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33709
Working Hours:
Wednesday – Friday, 11 AM– 6 PM
Saturday, 11 AM – 5 PM
Sunday – Tuesday, Closed

3. Raw Burger

This one of the most vibrant and exotic organic foods that veggie-heads would love to try. This fresh burger is one of the raw-to-go-deli superfoods sold at Rawk Star Café. It is not cooked; only a few ingredients heated with dehydrators at approximately 110 degrees.

This two seed burger is consist of sunflower seeds, sun-dried tomatoes, shiitake mushroom, zucchini, carrots, and some selected herbs. Also, it is served with dehydrated flatbread comprised of flax seeds, cucumber, basil, lettuce, coconut meat, apples, sliced tomatoes, dehydrated onion ring, along with a scoop of raw slaw.

Restaurant: Rawk Star Café
Location: 740 Central St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Working Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 8 AM – 9 PM
Sunday, 11 AM – 5 PM

4. Kale-lemon Me Softly Burger

Kale-lemon Me Softly Burger (but surely will not kill you softly) successfully made to the top 10 of James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project™ competition in 2018. What can you expect from St. Pete’s award-winning Cider Press Café?

This winner is known for its “beyond meat” patty blended with onions, garlic, and portobello mushrooms; topped with red onion, tangy lemon aioli, herbed provolone, smoked sea salt, and charred kale; and served over a Kaiser roll.

Restaurant: Cider Press Café
Location: 601 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Working Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 11 AM – 9 PM
Friday, 11 AM – 10 PM
Saturday, 10 AM – 10 PM
Sunday, 10 AM – 8 PM

5. Vegan Mac and Cheese

Although baked, this mac and cheese dish from the restaurant called Ray’s Vegan Soul is plant-based. All of the baked goods in this restaurant are made from gluten-free whole grain flours, unrefined and healthy alternative sweeteners, and pure cold-pressed oil.  

With the vision to create a healthy community, the former boxer turned to chef Ray Milton a.k.a Sugar Ray at Ray’s Vegan Soul opts to serve dishes without common allergens like peanuts, soy, dairy, eggs, and gluten.

Ray’s Vegan Soul uses non-dairy milk, almond, coconut, hemp, teff, quinoa, rice, cashew, other gluten-free nuts, cornbread, and many more real ingredients.  As a trainer, Chef Ray understands the need for nutritious food and takes on the feat to make vegan dishes taste amazing.

6. Vegan Donuts

Almost everyone at St. Petersburg loves these homemade vegan donuts from Neighborhood Joe. More gluten-free treats for a sweet tooth? You might also fall in love with their vegan, and gluten-free blueberry pancakes served along with blueberry compote maple syrup.

Restaurant: Neighborhood Joe
Location: 2609 Dr. MLK Jr. Street North Saint Petersburg, Florida 33704
Working Hours:
Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 5 PM
Saturday, 8 AM -5 PM
Sunday, 9 AM – 4 PM

Takeaway

A non-vegan dish does not automatically mean it is not suitable for your vegetarian diet. It is best to verify food labels and ingredients. Also, eat on places that promote a slew of vegan-friendly breakfast and lunch choices with most ingredients available to be made vegan as per customer’s request.

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