✯Looking for a casual afternoon/night out? Check out Buddha’s Thai Bistro or Mellow Mushroom✯
Beach Diner: For breakfast, try the Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal. It's served with brown sugar and raisins. Add strawberries or blueberries for an additional charge. Lunch options include the Mediterranean Salad (sans feta cheese), Stuffed Avocado with tabouli, The Garden Pita (sans the parmesan dressing), and a personal favorite, the Veggie Wrap with house-made hummus! Beach Diner has five Northeast Florida locations. 501 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 (904) 249-6500; 880 A1A N., #2, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 (904) 273-6545 www.BeachDiner.com
Breezy Coffee Shop Cafe: This quaint little coffee shop and internet cafe offers several vegan and vegetarian options as well as almond or soy milk substitutions! Options include: a vegetarian black bean burger, a vegan veggie burger, the Greek Surfer – lentil tabouli, hummus, cucumbers and black olives, or a salad topped with lentil tabouli. There’s also a peanut butter & jelly sandwich on the kids’ menu. The cafe is located at 235 8th Ave. S., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. (904) 241-2211. www.breezycoffeeshopcafe.com
✓Buddha's Thai Bistro (originally Buddah’s Belly): Lots of vegan options!! The GGG's favorite Thai place in Jax Beach! Located behind Mellow Mushroom, Buddha's Thai Bistro offers traditional Thai food including curry, noodles, and stir fry (you gotta try the coconut soup). They have a choice of tofu, vegan "fish," vegan "chicken" and vegan "shrimp." They also carry tamari, so they can prepare pretty much any dish gluten-free (the "mock meats" are not GF). Just say vegan (and gluten-free, if needed) and they’ll know what to do. Annually, Buddha's Thai Bistro holds a Vegan Thanksgiving Brunch! www.BuddhaThaiBistro.com. 301 10th Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. (904) 372-9149
Burrito Gallery: They have several veggie options and make a great tofu burrito packed full of rice and beans. Both the pinto and black beans are vegetarian. Tell them to switch out the coleslaw for the chips as your side. www.BurritoGallery.com. 300 Beach Blvd. Suite 1, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. (904) 246-6521
Campeche Bay Cantina: Burritos and enchiladas can be made with veggies or beans instead of meat. Also included on the menu is a portobello mushroom fajita, yum. www.CampecheBayCantina.com. 127 1st Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. (904) 249-3322
✓Delicomb: Very veg-friendly! Locally-owned deli and espresso bar in Jax Beach. Offers multiple veggie and vegan wraps, tempeh options and all coffee/espresso drinks can be made with soy or almond milk. Almost all ingredients are organic and NO product contains hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup (agave nectar is the house sweetener for drinks). www.Delicomb.com. 102 6th Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. (904) 372-4192
✓European Street Cafe: They make it obvious what is vegan on their menu. This is the only restaurant in Jacksonville currently serving raw food options from Shakti. The menu is clearly labeled with a veggie sections including tempeh wraps, veggie dogs and living foods. None of their soups are vegan and currently only have a couple of veg-friendly appetizers including a hummus dip. Multiple locations in Jacksonville.www.EuropeanStreet.com. 992 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. (904) 249-3001
Habibi Bar & Lounge: A hookah bar located in Jacksonville Beach close to Freebird Live. It's cheap, fun and open late! They have several vegan options and it has quickly become a favorite hotspot for many of The Girls Gone Green members. The falafels, hummus and lentils and rice are very good. They also serve a huge falafel wrap that can easily be split between two people. Facebook site. 314 1st North, Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250. (904) 853-6890
Hangar Bay Cafe & Gallery: The cafe offers a vegan miso-based Japanese ramen dish made with rice noodles, fried tofu, carrots, radish, mushrooms and scallions. 2294 Mayport Road, Suite 22, Jacksonville, FL 32233 (904) 247-3301 https://www.facebook.com/Hangar-Bay-Cafe-Gallery-1742992432643478/
✓Homespun Kitchen (originally Happy Cup): This mom and pop shop is perfect for you and the kids! They have many things to make any vegan parent look cool including the fact that their hazelnut chocolate used to coat wraps is vegan and oh, so delicious. They do great acai bowls using organic and healthy ingredients including hemp protein and chai seeds. They offer yummy breakfast cookies that you can enjoy with a hot cup of organic coffee and your choice of almond or coconut creamer. 299 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233. (904) 372-4059 homespunkitchen.com
Hoptinger – Jacksonville Beach: Hoptinger Bier Garden & Sausage House has three area location and several tempting vegan and vegetarian options! Located in Jacksonville Beach, Riverside in 5 Points and St. Augustine, the 5 Points location currently offers a few extra vegan options. Jacksonville Beach location options include the Veggie Might Dawg, a tofu bratwurst with avocado, roasted tomato, and Bavarian mustard; Roasted Portobello Burger, Curry-Roasted Carrot with sweet, pepper relish, curried potato strings, roasted mushrooms and lemon aioli; Roasted Peach and Avocado Salad – bonus, you can add Tofurkey beer brats to any salad! Hoptinger is located at 333 1st St. N., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. (904) 222-0796 www.hoptinger.com
Jax Spice: A new Indian restaurant located on Third Street, Jax Spice's vegan items are clearly marked. Vegan entrees include the Kadhai, a tangy curry; Chettinad, a southern-style curry; Vindaloo, a hot and spicy curry; and Biryani, whole spice, fried onion rice. 311 3rd St. N., #104, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 (904) 853-6217 www.jaxspice.com
Kairos: All menu items are organic, gluten-free and non-GMO. Create your own bowl or wrap with beans, veggies, brown rice or quinoa. Smoothies and juice also available. 14185 Beach Blvd., Suite 1A, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 (904) 307-0833 www.kairosjuices.com
Lucky’s Market: Lucky’s Market opened in December 2016 and carries an array of 100% raw and vegan items as well as a selection of local and organic produce. The grocery store also has an extensive bulk items and an expansive apothecary section. Fresh-squeezed juice is bottled in-store at the juice bar. Speaking of drinks, did we mention that you can sip on beer and wine while you are shopping? Lucky’s has a number of local brews on tap and even has a handy cup holder on the shopping carts. 580 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, FL 32266 (904) 595-1916 www.luckysmarket.com
❛WORLD VEGAN PIZZA DAY❜
World Vegan Pizza Day is celebrated at Mellow Mushroom in JAX Beach in June. Mark your calendars for the next one. We'll see you there!
Lucky's Market, Neptune Beach
✯ Want something more romantic? Try Roy's Restaurant, but call in advance and tell them The GGG sent you!
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Mellow Mushroom: Lots of vegan options!! They offer tofu or tempeh (w/ several choices of marinade, pesto being the only one which is not vegan), and vegan cheese (Daiya). Most hoagies are vegan just sub vegan cheese or go cheeseless. You can grab a vegan calzone here, too. The mushrooms used on their specialty pizzas are pre-marinated in butter, but you can usually ask for fresh ones that have not been marinated, if available. As a bonus, their gluten-free crust is now vegan! Multiple Locations. www.MellowMushroom.com. 1018 3rd Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. (904) 241-5600
Moe's Southwest Grill: Fourteen locations around Jax from Orange Park to the Beaches. Offers tofu as a protein choice for all items. Most every ingredient (other than the obvious meat and cheese options and the whole grain tortillas if you are anti-honey) is vegan. Note that sometimes cheese cross-contaminates with the salsa and guacamole on the line because of set-up issues. www.Moes.com. 2400-107 S. 3rd Street., Jacksonville, FL 32250, (904) 249-3299 and 12959 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32225.(904) 220-9090
Native Sun: An all-natural, locally-owned grocery story with TONS of vegan options from frozen to ready-made foods. They have a strong commitment to clean foods and maintaining the integrity of organics. You won't find GMOs, preservatives, chemicals, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors/flavors, nitrates, antibiotics, growth hormones, etc in any of the products they sell. They have a great selection of to-go foods from Present Moment Cafe and Shakti Life Kitchen. Also, check out their juice bar and deli that serves vegan wraps/sandwiches and several meatless entrees and side dishes. www.NativeSunJax.com. 1583 3rd Street North., Jacksonville, FL 32250. (904) 458-1390
Pho Viet: All of their broth is beef-based so, unfortunately, the pho is off-limits, but they do have several vegan options right on the menu: V2 Clear noodles w/ tofu and veggies; V3 Stir-fried tofu w/ mixed veggies; V3 Stir-fried tofu w/ veggies, rice and soup (nix the soup); and, X18 Stir-fried rice noodles w/ fried tofu and veggies. They do not use fish sauce in any of their dishes. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pho-Viet/144965782241256
1447 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233. (904) 249-8006
Seachasers: All of Seachasers vegan items are clearly labeled with a "V" on the menu. The vegan entree item is the Mediterranean pasta or create-your-own meal from the vegan sides which include: black bean & corn roasted salsa, Caribbean rice, french fries, sweet potato home fries, island slaw, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, or saute' mixed veggies. Small plates menu items include Mediterr-anean tapanade hummus, buffalo cauliflower with "ranch dressing," and fresh summer rolls with Asian dipping sauce. There are two vegan salad options: the mixed greens field salad or the kale salad and there's even a dessert option! The vegan dessert is the apple enchilada, a flower tortilla with a spiced apple mixture and choice of either vanilla or coconut "ice cream" and salted caramel sauce. www.seachasers.com. 831 1st St. N., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. (904) 372-04444
TacoLu: Veggie-friendly menu options include the veggie or avocado tacos (minus cheese) or the Tempeh Bangin' Taco, a soy-based, meatless and non-dairy version of the Bangin' Shrimp Taco. 1712 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 (904) 249-8226 www.TacoLu.com
The Fresh Market: 840 A1A N., Suite 200, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 www.TheFreshMarket.com
Trader Joe's: A grocery store full of clearly-marked vegan items? Yes, please! TJ's carries a wide selection of vegan items including almond and soy beverages, tempeh, vegan soy chorizo, tofu, hummus, nuts, dried fruit, and other snacks. Looking for something sweet? TJ's carries vegan cookies, candy, frozen desserts and even has its own brand of TJ's vegan marshmallows. Vegan products are clearly labeled with a "V" for vegan, meaning those products are free of all animal products and/or by-products including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, honey, gelatin, lanolin and confectioner's glaze. The TJ's website includes a vegan products list. www.TraderJoes.com. 4180 3rd Street, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. (904) 241-1770.
True Flour: C-O-O-K-I-E-S! The vegan baking company based in Jacksonville Beach has a selection of delectables including cookies (gluten-free varieties too), brownies and rice Krispy treats! True Flour baked goods can be found at the Beaches Green Market Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m. at Jarboe Park, 5th St., Neptune Beach, FL 32266, at the Mid-week Market Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at Bull Park, 716 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233, or in store at Alleycakes, 1517 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, FL 32266. You can also place orders online. (407) 473-0143 trueflour.com
Watts Juicery: New! Watts Juicery is now offering grab ‘n’ go food. One of our favorite things about their expansion (besides the awesome vegan and vegetarian selections) is that they use eco-containers! If you’re looking for a healthy to-go bite at the beach, this is the place. Options include chia pudding (made with almond milk), coconut yogurt parfait, smashed chickpea wrap, sun-dried tomato wrap, nori wrap, Mexican black bean wrap, protein truffles, rawnola, kale chips, super food crackers and more! Watts also serves smoothies with almond milk and choice of vegan protein powder as well as an array of other healthy add-ins. Cold-pressed juices, lemonades, coffees, elixir shots, and alkaline water are available to wet your whistle after a day at the beach. Watts also has a selection of made-in-house plant-based milks such as turmeric “golden” milk and chocolate cashew milk. Watts Juicery is located at 1010-B 3rd St. N., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. (904) 372-7818. www.wattsjuicery.com
V Pizza: With three Jacksonville locations and another location in Gainesville, V Pizza has convenient locations to serve you whenever you need a “pizza fix.” The pizza dough, comprised of three ingredients: Italian 00 flour, purified water and sea salt, has a very low gluten content, and V Pizza also offers a gluten-free option for an additional charge. The pizza sauce is also vegan-friendly and dairy-free cheese is available. Sub vegan cheese for one of the specialty pizzas such as the Pizza Margherita or Pizza Vegetariana or create your own. Toppings include mushroom, tomato, pineapple, zucchini, black olive, artichoke, onion, garlic, arugula, roasted, Peppadew, Habanero or Calabria peppers. www.VPizza.com. 528 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. (904) 853-6633.
Happy Cup is now Homespun Kitchen!
Happy Cup has changed its name to Homespun Kitchen and expanded its menu! This mom and pop shop located in Neptune Beach is very vegan friendly! Get your nutrient fix with salad bowls, grain bowls, wraps and more! Try the most popular lunch item: 5050 – half salad bowl mixed with half grain bowl for a healthy power up! Homespun Kitchen is located at tic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 (904) 372-4059 homespunkitchen.com