Every trend researcher and market analyst seems to agree that mainstream veganism will stay here. Grocers everywhere are looking for ways to cut down on meat and milk consumption with creative, healthy alternatives – like 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 value, vegetable Diets are known for their potential to prevent most modern lifestyle diseases, including forms of cancer and high blood pressure (when compared to a diet that focuses on animal products). So it’s no wonder that more and more doctors and health care facilities, mixed with the herbivorous foodie bloggers and health-conscious Instagram influencers, are promoting it. If you want to get on the trend with the best, cross these purely vegan or mostly vegan / vegetarian local restaurants off your list:
Leaf & lentils, a Down-to-earth café with delicious vegan snacks, main dishes with variations of classic hand or plate dishes, desserts, healthy booch and tea drinks from the cool box in a cheerful place with a terrace. 2801 N Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941- 413-5685, leafandlentil.com, @leafandlentil.
Sarasota Vegan Deli, Brand new plant-based “deli” that sells popular comfort foods such as burgers, McBluffins, wraps, Cubans and wings with only alternative “meat”. 5119 N Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, sarasotavegandeli.com, @sarasotavegandelisrq.
Purple, a stylish, health conscious restaurant with organic American dishes, all with upscale vegan and gluten-free options. 1576 Main St., Sarasota, 941-296-1042, lilasrq.com, @lil_srq.
Nutritious You Cafe, a retail and deli with health-focused snacks, whole foods and plant-based Grab & Go dishes and fresh juices. 6583 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key; Palmer’s Nutritious You, 3501 S Tamiami Trl. Unit 305, Sarasota, 941-554-4528, nutritiousyou.com, @nutritiousyoucafe.
Lucile, Similar to its sister restaurant Lila, which focuses on healthy, clean, organic and regional ingredients as well as plant-based meat and milk alternatives for the production of wood-fired pizza and pasta. 1660 Main Street, Sarasota, 941-330-0101, lucilesrq.com, @lucile_srq.
Decks plate, an upscale vegan catering service that works mostly out of a ghost kitchen, but regularly hosts local pop-up events such as “Kitchen Takeovers” at 99 Bottles, which focus on international cuisine, each with a themed menu. 941-993-4191, decksplate.com, @decksplate.
Ka Papa, Sarasota’s newest 100% plant-based and vegan full-service restaurant with creative, globally inspired dishes from the region. 1830 S Osprey Avenue Suite 104, Sarasota, 941-600-8590, kapapacuisine.com, @kapapacuisine.
iOnie Retreat Organic vegan raw food café, offers relaxing treatments for body and mind with freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, main dishes and hand desserts. 1241 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, 941-320-0504, ionie.com, @ionicrawfoodlife or Saturday Sarasota Farmers Market.
Simons Coffee House & Restaurant, It offers a variety of raw food, whole foods, freshly squeezed juices, sea-grown wheatgrass, and a range of vegan, vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner options including daily specials, soups, and baked goods. completely new. 5900 S Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941-926-7151, S.imonstogo.com, @simonscoffeehouse
Vegetables, a health-oriented neighborhood bistro with vegetarian cuisine, with many vegan and gluten-free options. 6538 Gateway Ave., Sarasota, 941-312-6424, vegsrq.com, @vegsrq.
Happy soul, a new take-away provider that makes vegan home-style food and beverages that recharge your batteries and taste just as delicious as its popular spin-offs. 531 13th St. W, Bradenton, 941-932-7320, happysoulgoodies.com, @happysoulgoodies.
Green Zebra Café, an organic café that serves health-conscious cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, raw starters and vegan desserts. 1377 Main St., Sarasota, 941-312-6707; 476 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 941-388-2848, greenzebracafe.com, @greenzebracafe.
Café Immergrün, Organic sandwiches, salads, smoothies and wine served with a soft atmosphere and clean ingredients with a wide range of vegan and vegetarian options. 801 S Tamiami Trl., Nokomis, 941-412-4334, cafeevergreen.net.
WeVegan eats, a 100% vegan bakery that supplies goods like cookies, brownies and breads made from the ground up with high quality ingredients. weveganeats.com, @weveganeats.