Leafy Green Cafe is one of the few all vegan, all raw restaurants found in the Tampa metro area. Eating at a raw vegan restaurant is a much different experience than a regular vegan restaurant. Raw foods restaurants typically do not heat the food or only use very low temperatures in an effort to keep all the vibrant healthy nutrients found within the individual ingredients.
Eating a raw diet does not mean that you are limited. Quit the contrary, you have the option of trying so many different combinations of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. St. Petersburg's Leafy Greens Cafe is one of the most popular vegan restaurants in the Tampa Bay area, and after trying out a few dishes for yourself you wil see why!
Leafy Greens offers a GMO, gluten-free, vegan menu consisting of: salads, sandwiches, soups, and entrees. Hot tea and fresh squeezed juices are available. A specialty dessert of the day is offered (the chocolate cheesecake looked delicious!).
They recently just switched over to an all gluten-free menu which is perfect for those trying to avoid wheat as you can safely order anything on the menu without any cross contamination risk.
The highlight of the menu is a raw Zucchini Spaghetti made by using fresh zucchini spirals paired with a delicious tomato based sauce. The sauce consists of a slightly spicy combination of sun dried tomatoes, garlic, shallots, peppers, ginger, herbs, and lemon juice.
A great choice for those going gluten-free or trying to avoid hefty carbs. The full size portion is very large and definitely worthy of the $16 price tag. A half size is a more affordable alternative for those who want a smaller, yet filling meal.
The Veggie Burger is another treat that both vegans and carnivores alike will appreciate. The burger itself is made from a combo of portabello mushrooms, red onions, seeds, and wheat free tamari sauce. The topping ingredients (guacamole, peppers, sprouts, tamatoes, and chipolte sauce) really give the burger a nice flavor.
Other entrees include: Raw almond meat tacos served on romaine lettuce leaves, raw pizza made with a raw walnut and hemp seed crust, and a raw onion bread veggie sandwich.
Large entree salads consisting of a variety of veggies and seeds are available for the more traditional vegans and vegetarians. Flavorful soups like a Thai Curry and and a Pineapple Cucumber Gazpacho pair perfectly with any salad.
Service is quick and friendly. Food is served quick and fresh.
Unlike the majority of vegan restaurants which are thrown into a strip mall, Leafy Greens has an attractive location on Central Ave. in St. Petersburg's Central Avenue District. This great dining and shopping area is located by numerous attractions including Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Here you will find art galleries, unique shops, and local restaurants. It's a beautiful area to stroll around and grab lunch before your other area activities.
The dining room of Leafy Greens is small, yet elegant and cozy. There is a modern, healthy vibe similar to what you might find in New York.
Leafy Greens is a great experience for everyone, an excellent vegan restaurant with healthy GMO free choices and affordable prices. Even if you have never tried raw foods before, you are likely to appreciate the flavorful, filling dishes served up at Leafy Greens. Treat your taste buds to something exciting and different.