It is 2018 and you have made your New Year’s resolution to go VEGAN! Plant-based lifestyles are booming across not only the U.S., but the world. As of 2017, the demand for vegan and vegetarian options has spiked by 140 percent, making the value of the plant-based food industry $5 billion. With the ever-growing demand for vegan-friendly options, it is increasingly accessible to balance a vegan lifestyle. If you are new to this, here are some friendly tips and vegan-friendly establishments in Jacksonville.
Mellow is spread out across the Jacksonville area with four locations to serve up your favorite vegan pizza. They have a variety of options with vegan cheese and loads of veggies. Along with pizza, you may order a calzone filed with vegan cheese and red sauce. Appetizer wise, they offer pretzels bites and hummus.
House of Leaf and Bean
With delicious house-made tofu and 100 percent organic ingredients, there are a range of options to choose from at the House of Leaf and Bean, including vegan sushi, dumplings, smoothies and so much more. The best feature is the drive-thru, making healthy eating quick and easy! Yes, a vegan drive-thru exists in Jacksonville, go check it out on Beach Boulevard!
Sweet Theory Baking Co.
Have a sweet craving you just can’t shake? No need to fear, Sweet Theory is here located in San Marco. Who said vegan baked goods were not delicious? Go check out their variety of pastries including vegan donuts, cakes, cookies and more.
Located in Atlantic Beach, Homespun Kitchen’s mission is to use USDA Organic ingredients at an affordable price. They offer breakfast sandwiches, salads, acai bowls, wraps and smoothies. This is the perfect quick-stop shop to get your lunch or post-workout fix.
Kairos Nutrition Bar
Kairos (located on Beach Boulevard) is serving up healthy food options, but they’re best known for their fresh smoothies and juices. They offer GrubHub as an option as well, which is perfect for a wholesome delivery option.
Green Erth Bistro
If you work downtown and have an hour for lunch or want to enjoy a quaint dinner, Green Erth Bistro is the place for you. There are a variety of options, including vegan apps, salads, chili, soups, wraps or even kabobs and vegan dessert. It is also kid-friendly with a menu for the little treasures in your life.
Located in Neptune Beach, Robeks is the perfect grab-and-go option that specializes in smoothies. They offer superfood smoothies, bowls, juices, as well as extra supplement options to fit everyone’s individual needs.
The Zen Butcher Company
The friendliest butcher you’ll ever meet (no pun intended), the Zen Butcher is serving up artisan vegan meats and cheeses at multiple locations in Jacksonville. You can find their products at Taco Lu, Local Goods Market, Brunch Haus, Front Porch Pickings and every Saturday at the Riverside Arts Market. Go give this incredibly delicious and local business a try.
Southern Roots Filling Station
Serving up breakfast options, mouthwatering sammies, bowls, salads and bagels on King Street, Southern Roots Filling Station is the place to start off your wonderful vegan day! Go grab a cup of joe and enjoy.
Super Food & Brew
Located downtown, Super Food & Brew is open on the weekdays offering up fresh, healthy options like handheld sandwiches, salads, bowls and fresh sides to put a pep in your step through the day. You can stop in for a cold beer or wine as well if it’s been that kind of day, or if you simply want to cool off. It offers GrubHub and online orders for those who can’t go in for the full experience.