Don’t sacrifice savory meals for a head of lettuce. Northeast Florida offers residents dozens of flavorful alternatives for those hoping to cut meat and processed foods from their diets. Here are a handful of local businesses that offer primarily raw, vegetarian and vegan cuisine, organized by neighborhood.
House of Leaf & Bean
14474 Beach Blvd., 379-1291, houseofleafnbean.com
Owner Wen Raiti wants to help foodies get back to a healthier state one green meal at a time. Not in the mood to mingle after a long day at work? Customers can order a healthy bite at the drive thru window. And, yeah, technically, it’s in the Intracoastal area. Whatevs.
Plantology Juice Bar & Cafe
1013 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach,
Designed with community in mind, this café partners with local businesses and gardens to bring fresh, clean and energizing cuisine to the table. The owners are beach natives who make every effort to use local ingredients and sustainable whole foods.
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The Mustard Seed Cafe & Juice Bar
833 T.J. Courson Rd., Fernandina Beach, 277-3158, nassauhealthfoods.net
Grab a bite where you shop for groceries. Conveniently located inside Nassau Health Foods, this cafe is helping folks in the community incorporate vegetarian and vegan items in their regular diet, offering meals to go, a bakery and juices and smoothies.
Foo Dog Curry Traders
869 Stockton St., 551-0327,
Whether you dine in or take it home, you can count on the team at Foo Dog Curry Traders to help all its hungry customers wrap up their day with a colorful, wholesome meal. Every item—vegetarian and gluten-free—is made from scratch, with discernable Southeast Asian and Indian touches in mind. And Foo Dog delivers through Bite Squad.
1044 Edgewood Ave. S., 683-6376, murrayhillbilly.com
A vegan twist on Southern comfort food, the food-truck-turned-food-sanctuary is helping locals and visitors alike thrive through experiencing a thoughtful plant-based (and tasty) cuisine.
Southern Roots Filling Station
1275 King St., Riverside, 513-4726, southernrootsjax.com
Stop by for a craft coffee beverage and a blisscuit at this bistro-style community-centric café. Fill up on oils, seeds, soaps and other bulk products you know you need before heading out.
Sweet Theory Baking Co.
1243 King St., Riverside, 387-1001, sweettheorybakingco.ffod-24H.com
Indulge in egg-, dairy-, soy-, peanut- and gluten-free desserts without sacrificing an iota of flavor. The maple bacon donut, a local favorite, could fool any meat-lover you can haul in there, with its coconut flakes and hundreds—nay, thousands—of loyal local disciples.
Big Island Bowls
1480 S. Old A1A Blvd., 377-4763, bigislandbowls.com
Brendan and Kelly Schneck left the Ancient City years ago for a life-changing experience in Hawaii. When they returned, they brought the island culture and cuisine with them. Find their food truck in The Village Garden Food Truck Park. It’s right before the confluence of Old Beach Road and A1A, before you get to Anastasia State Park.
The Manatee Café
525 S.R. 16, Ste. 106, 826-0210,
Sit down and stay a while at this cozy café, experiencing cuisine made with certified organically grown ingredients. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, raw foodie or aspiring to be one of the above, this colorful gem has something for everyone. Then shop for local health-centric products and make your own.
Present Moment Café
244 W. King St., 827-4499,
From kelp noodles and mushroom-nut burgers to wellness shots and cashew vanilla ice cream, this all-vegan café can meet all guests’ dietary needs. Customers can also purchase a variety of healing, non-toxic and recyclable products.
10281 Midtown Pkwy., 642-5424, gooddoughdoughnuts.com
Each of Good Dough’s brioche-style yeast doughnuts is made from scratch at its two locations: one in San Marco and another at the St. Johns Town Center. But be quick—fresh ingredients mean popular options can sell out fast.
4624 Town Crossing Dr., Ste. 125, 666-7575, pieology.com
The California-based build-your-own-pizza chain has recently rolled out a new selection of plant-protein toppings: faux sausage, meatball and chicken. There are also gluten-free crusts and vegan cheeses on the menu.