The strict guidelines of a vegan diet can often present challenges when seeking dining and grocery options, particularly when relocating to a new area. Most Americans living the vegan lifestyle take comfort in having a “go to” list of establishments which cater to their dietary needs. For those seeking to make Southwest Florida their home, there are a growing number of options available in and around Tampa offering vegan alternatives including specialty grocers and restaurants, as well as a host of networking opportunities which serve to bring like-minded people together.
Looking to relocate to the Tampa Bay area? Here are a few vegan friendly tips to help get you started.
- Locate your fellow vegans. The Tampa Bay Vegan & Vegetarian Meetup Group provides a great opportunity to get to know like-minded individuals from all walks of life. The group also hosts new member dinners on a bi-monthly basis.
- Explore the areas vegan-friendly grocery stores. While it goes without saying that any number of vegan-friendly foods can be found at your local supermarket, a variety of specialty grocers from Tampa to St. Pete are offering alternative products such as nutritional yeast, liquid amino acids, Daiya cheese, bulk beans and grains, sea vegetables and more. The Rollin’ Oats Market & Café has locations in both South Tampa and St. Petersburg, and offers a wide selection of vegan and non-GMO specialties. Other outlets like the Natural Detox and Nutrition Shoppe offer a variety of specialty products catering to the vegan lifestyle.
No time to prepare meals every day? No problem. The Intelligent Gourmet’s Tampa location will do the cooking for you, and deliver fresh, high quality vegan meals right to your door at an affordable price. Simply stop in at the Henderson Blvd. location, select your meals and let the folks at The Intelligent Gourmet do the rest.
- Check out Tampa’s vegan-friendly dining scene. Tampa Bay’s steadily rising vegan population has spawned several local eateries in recent years. Among the most notable is East Fletcher Avenue’s Loving Hut. This 100 percent vegan, family owned establishment is committed to serving an entirely plant-based menu that includes raw dishes as well as organic and gluten-free options. Leafy Greens Café in St. Petersburg specializes in raw vegan dishes, foods and beverages from around the world. Entirely gluten free, this quaint dining spot’s claim to fame is its wide selection of gourmet desserts paired with a vast array of teas and specialty coffees from every corner of the globe.
South Tampa Location:
1021 North MacDill Ave.
Tampa, FL 33607
St. Pete Location:
2842 Dr. Martin Luther King St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
4202 E. Busch Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33617
4245 Henderson Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33629
1905 E. Fletcher Ave.
Tampa, FL 33612
1626 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
120 8th Ave.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
4011 Tampa Rd. #11
Oldsmar, FL 34677
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