In this day and age, going vegan isn’t terribly difficult, especially when there are amazing vegan restaurants sprouting up to cater to the growing community. Gone are the days when vegans would be limited to just eating salads or plant-based dishes that sacrifice taste for the sake of being called “vegan” food.
Over the past few years, Tampa FL has become somewhat of a hotspot for the best vegan restaurants. Here, we list our favorite vegan restaurants, along with our menu recommendations at each spot. If you find yourself craving a cruelty-free dining experience, make sure to check out these vegan restaurants for some of the yummiest food in Tampa.
Best Vegan Restaurants in Tampa
#1: Farmacy Vegan Kitchen + Bakery
Head to Downtown Tampa and visit everyone’s favorite Vegan bakery. Farmacy Vegan Kitchen prides itself on its extensive all-vegan menu and dishes made with high-quality ingredients – truly any plant-based eater’s dream come true.
Craving a Philly Cheese Steak? Try Farmacy’s version made with impossible meat, garlic aioli served classic (with grilled peppers and onions), loaded (plus marinated mushrooms), or get the works with the Fuego Deluxe that comes with jalapeno mix. A favorite side dish is the cashew mac, made with house-made cashew cheese on top of Cavatappi pasta, plus a secret seasoning that gives it a smoky flavor.
Farmacy Vegan Kitchen and Bakery is open to serve you breakfast, lunch and other baked goods 11:00 am – 4:00 pm from Mondays to Wednesdays and until 06:00 pm from Thursdays to Sundays. Due to COVID restrictions, call the branch first to check if they are open.
#2: Pickford’s Counter
Pickford’s Counter in W Hillsborough Ave is considered a hidden gem for locals and tourists visiting the area. With its 1940’s diner ambiance, this vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurant in Tampa is the perfect place for breakfast or brunch near the scenic bay.
The menu may be smaller than other vegan restaurants, but you are assured of the quality of the food as everything is made from scratch. Order the bestseller sausage pickmuffin made with an Impossible patty, garlic tofu aioli, not cheddar, and English muffin. Pickford’s can turn any dish vegan, just ask the helpful staff for the available options.
Aside from the delectable vegan and non-vegan menu, Pickford’s Counter is a treat as the restaurant is almost like a museum, filled with interesting trinkets for travelers.
Make sure to visit early! Pickford’s Counter is open to serve you breakfast, brunch, or lunch from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm on Sundays and Mondays, and early dinner until 6:00 pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
#3: Pure Kitchen
Tampa, FL is truly a haven for vegans especially with the addition of Pure Kitchen’s grab-and-go vegan selections. Loyal customers rave about several of its bestseller dishes, such as the cold pad thai, the lentil soup, the cilantro yucca salad, the Asian sesame noodles, and the tofu poke bowl. Aside from the entrees, Pure Kitchen also offers vegan pastries and desserts, such as banana muffins and the pistachio dark chocolate cupcakes.
Pure Kitchen offers big servings at affordable prices. You are assured that the food is always fresh and delicious at this top vegan restaurant!
Pure Kitchen is open to serve you 10:00 am – 06:00 pm from Mondays to Fridays and until 5:00 pm on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.
#4: Little Leon
Located in Henderson Blvd, Little Leon is a delight for vegans thanks to its wide array of plant-based dishes. Much like its tagline “Good Food For Good Mood,” every plate or bowl will convince you that healthy eating can be yummy.
Craving meat replacements? Little Leon has you covered with its delectable vegan meatballs, available with any order of the build-your-own vegan bowl. You can also try any of Little Leon’s pre-made bowls and replace the non-vegan base with the lime cilantro purple slaw.
Aside from the healthy dishes, the unique and cute atmosphere in Little Leon is also something to look forward to. Truly a perfect place to enjoy dining out with your friends or loved ones.
Little Leon is open to serve you from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm on weekdays and 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on weekends. Indoor and outdoor seating are available.
#5: Mitmita Ethiopian Restaurant
If you’re on Linebaugh Ave, make sure to check out Mitmita Ethiopian Restaurant. With stellar reviews from customers, this spot is definitely worth going the drive to.
Every dish is prepared and cooked from scratch and it is evident with every bite. We highly recommend its unique plant-based dishes for vegans who would like to try out something different from their usual fare, such as the vegan/vegetarian sampler.
The mains Mitmita serves are mostly vegan and vegetarian-friendly such as the bestselling Gomen Watt (chopped collard green and potato simmered in onion and herb). You can also try the Kik Alicha, or yellow split pea simmered in a mild sauce of onion, herbs, and spices.
Mitmita Ethiopian Restaurant is open to serve you late lunch until late dinner from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 04:00 pm – 10:00 pm. It is closed on Mondays.
#6: Bamboozle Cafe
Located on Tampa Street in Downtown Tampa, Bamboozle Cafe is worth checking out for vegans and even non-vegans craving Asian-fusion cuisine or fresh, healthy, and flavor-filled meals. With colorful, seasonal ingredients, Bamboozle Cafe’s unique style of authentic and healthy Vietnamese dishes will be your new favorite.
Bamboozle’s selection of vegan-friendly rolls is a must-try for every vegan. We recommend the BBQ jackfruit rolls made with watermelon radish, pickled daikon & carrots, cucumber, cilantro, & shallot vinaigrette, as well as the lemongrass tofu rolls made with cucumber, pickled daikon & carrot, roasted shallot, cilantro, & shallot vinaigrette. Craving pho? Delight yourselves with the vegan pho made with tofu, carrots & red bell pepper.
Who knew eating healthy dishes could be this good?
Bamboozle Cafe is open to serve you Mondays to Saturdays from 11:00 am to 09:00 pm. It is closed on Sundays.
#7: Luv Child
Luv Child on Howard Ave is every vegan’s go-to place for Cuban and Latinx cuisine. It is not a pure vegan restaurant, but the variety of plant-based dishes on the menu has earned it a loyal following of vegans. Look for the dishes with the plant-based icon on the menu and you won’t be disappointed.
Luv Child’s bestseller is the plant-based tacos made with chickpea rojas, plant-based chorizo (made with tofu), and ancho mushrooms. The albondigas made with Impossible meatballs, bell pepper, onion, cilantro, rice, spices, and served with tomato broth and toasted crostinis is a delight!
Luv Child is open to serve you from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays, until 12:00 mn on Thursdays, and until 1:00 am on Fridays to Saturdays. It is closed on Mondays.
#8: 3 Dot Dash
Last but not least is the go-to place for vegan comfort food to satiate your cravings: 3 Dot Dash on Florida Ave. Order the crowd-favorite vegan mac and cheese made with cashew sauce, or choose from the extensive menu of vegan burgers made with Impossible meat.
It’s not so hard to go vegan with restaurants serving comfort dishes the way 3 Dot Dash does. A favorite is the Wake’n Bake’n burger made with a quarter-pound of Impossible burger patty, Follow Your Heart American Plants Lead Our Way bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles.
3 Dot Dash is open to serve you from 12:00 nn to 8:00 pm Sundays to Thursdays, and until 9:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Going vegan is not just about eating healthy, it is also a way to reduce the carbon footprint caused by eating meat. If you would like to lessen your impact on the environment through plant-based eating, these restaurants in Tampa, FL are a good start for sustainable and delicious vegan dishes!
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