Vegan revolution – FORAGE :: SRQ Magazine article by Brittany Mattie
All trend forecasters and market analysts seem to agree that mainstream veganism is here to stay. Food vendors around the world are looking for ways to reduce their meat and dairy intake with creative and healthy alternatives, such as cashew milk and nutritional yeast instead of cheese, soy, lupine, seitan, tempeh or tofu to replace a meat protein, and lots of mushrooms, chickpeas and coconut oil. Nutritional, plant-based Diets have gained notoriety for their potential to prevent most modern lifestyle diseases, including forms of cancer and hypertension (compared to a diet centered on animal products). So it’s no surprise that a growing number of doctors and healthcare institutions, mingling with herbivore bloggers and health-conscious Instagram influencers, are promoting it. If you want to get in with the best of them, check these local all-vegan, or mostly vegan/vegetarian, restaurants on your clear list:
New Orleans Po’Boy – zucchini fritters, remoulade, tomato and arugula on a fluffy baguette. $13, leaf and lens. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan
Foil & Lens, a down-to-earth cafe whipping up delicious vegan snacks, main courses with take-out or plated classic variations, desserts, healthy boochs and tea drinks out of the cooler in a cheerful venue with a patio. 2801 N Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941- 413-5685leafandlentil.com, @leafandlentil.
Sarasota Vegan Deli, a brand new plant-based “deli” selling favorite comfort foods such as burgers, McBluffins, wraps, Cubans and wings, with exclusively alternative “meats”. 5119 N Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, sarasotavegandeli.com, @sarasotavegandelisrq.
Coffee Project, a young and modern café with an all-vegan concept, including ‘milk’ for its latte coffees and teas. Breakfast items include ‘sausage’, ‘eggs’ and oatmeal whipped cream and yogurt. 538 S Pineapple Ave., projectcoffee.us, @projectcoffee.
Macro Bowl – a hearty bowl of chickpeas, brown rice, Fermentlicious sauerkraut, avocado, cucumber, hot kale, togarashi and a turmeric-tahini dressing, $17, Lila. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan
Lilac, a stylish, health-conscious restaurant offering organic American dishes, all with elevated vegan and gluten-free options. 1576 Main St., Sarasota, 941-296-1042, lilasrq.com, @lil_srq.
Nutritious You Cafe, a retail store and deli offering health-oriented snacks, whole foods and plant-based take-out meals as well as fresh juices. 6583 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key; Palmers Nutritious You, 3501 S Tamiami Trl. Unit 305, Sarasota, 941-554-4528, nutritiousyou.com, @nutritiousyoucafe.
Truffled Mushroom Pizza – topped with roasted maitake mushrooms, cashew and black garlic truffle cream, cashew mozzarella, kale and lemon, $20, Lucile. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan
lucile, similar to its sister restaurant, Lila, which focuses on healthy, clean, organic and locally sourced ingredients, as well as plant-based meats and dairy alternatives to make wood-fired pizzas and pastas. 1660 Main St., Sarasota, 941-330-0101lucilesrq.com, @lucile_srq.
deck plate, an upscale vegan catering service that operates mostly in a ghost kitchen, but regularly hosts local events such as “Kitchen Takeovers” at 99 Bottles, focusing on international cuisine with a themed menu each time. 941-993-4191, decksplate.com, @decksplate.
‘Beef’ spicy chili with fresh greens, baby tomatoes and a sweet spicy dip, $14, Ka Papa. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan
Ka Dad, Sarasota’s newest 100% plant-based, vegan full-service restaurant filled with creative, globally inspired and locally sourced dishes. 1830 S Osprey Ave. Suite 104, Sarasota, 941-600-8590, kapapacuisine.com, @kapapacuisine.
iOnie Retreat Organic Vegan Raw Food Cafe, offers restorative treatments for your body and mind by serving freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, entrees and desserts to go. 1241 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, 941-320-0504ionie.com, @ionicrawfoodlife or Saturday Sarasota Farmers Market.
SRQ Vegan Love: Small-batch, handmade, organic ice cream flavors blended with plant-based recipes, winning praise from vegans and non-vegans alike. Located outside of a commercial kitchen, but can be found in local cafes/restaurants such as Tellers, Leaf & Lentil, Origin or at srqveganlove.com, @SRQVeganlove.
Tex Mex Vegan Burger – homemade black bean burger topped with peppercorn cashew cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado and Veganaise, $14, Simon’s Coffee House. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan
Simon’s Cafe and Restaurant, offering a variety of raw meals, whole foods, freshly squeezed juices, ocean-grown wheatgrass, and a range of vegan, vegetarian options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including daily specials, soups and baked goods. from zero. 5900 S Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941-926-7151simonstogo.com, @simonscoffeehouse
Vegan, a health-focused neighborhood bistro offering vegetarian dishes, with many vegan and gluten-free options also available. 6538 Gateway Ave., Sarasota, 941-312-6424, vegsrq.com, @vegsrq.
happy soul, new on-the-go food supplier, creating comforting vegan foods and beverages that fuel energy and taste just as delicious as its popular derivatives. 531 13th St. W, Bradenton, 941-932-7320, happysoulgoodies.com, @happysoulgoodies.
Tropical acai bowl – Homemade organic sorbet (acai berry, strawberry, blueberry, banana), topped with homemade organic gluten-free granola, banana, strawberry, pineapple and coconut flakes, $11, Green Zebra Cafe. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan
Green Zebra Coffee, an organic cafe serving cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, raw food and health-conscious vegan desserts. 1377 Main St., Sarasota, 941-312-6707; 476 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 941-388-2848, greenzebracafe.com, @greenzebracafe.
Evergreen Coffee, organic sandwiches, salads, smoothies and wines served with a mellow ambiance and clean ingredients with a large selection of vegan and vegetarian options. 801 S Tamiami Trl., Nokomis, 941-412-4334cafeevergreen.net.
WeVegan Eatsa 100% vegan bakery offering products such as cookies, brownies and breads, made from quality ingredients. weveganeats.com, @weveganeats.