“Seriously, what do you eat?”
Vegans and vegetarians are often on the receiving end of this question. But, vegan and vegetarian friends, do not fear. Gainesville is home to a plethora of restaurants that serve both vegan and vegetarian options. Here are 10 hot spots in Gainesville for vegans, vegetarians and everyone else:
- Curia On the Drag
A perfect urban oasis, Curia On the Drag offers coffee, tea, baked goods and more. When you need a study break or get hungry, head over to Curia On the Drag for a full plant-based menu. With items like the mac ’n’ jack and rainbow salad, you will feel fully satisfied and recharged.
2029 NW 6th St. Gainesville, FL 32609
- Vegan to Goloka
A go-to for vegans in Gainesville, Vegan to Goloka offers some of the best meat substitutes in town. With a vegan menu and vegan owners, you can be sure that the ingredients are carefully selected to be both delicious and nutritious. If you can’t make it to the restaurant, do not fret. Vegan2Go also delivers.
7625 W. Newberry Road Gainesville, FL 32606
Known for its falafel and pickled onions, Sababa has many options for vegans and vegetarians ranging from vegan shawarma to veggie schnitzel. Located in the Sun Center next to the Hippodrome, you can enjoy your meal before enjoying a play. Be sure to try an Israeli juice or some Turkish coffee. End your meal with delicious vegan baklava or Bamba.
101 SE 2nd Place Suite 108 Gainesville, FL 32601
- Karma Cream
Did you say vegan ice cream? After you’ve had dinner at one of these restaurants, swing by Karma Cream to find dessert. With 24 organic ice cream flavors plus vegan treats baked from scratch, your body and brain will thank you. If you are still hungry, Karma Cream offers vegan sandwiches and wraps.
607 W. University Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601
- Reggae Shack
If you are seeking Jamaican culture, head on over to Reggae Shack Café. In addition to a variety of non-meat meals, the restaurant also offers up a vegan carrot cake as well as a vegan coconut cake. Their goal is to bring a full Jamaican experience, from food, music, culture, and ambience, to guests from all over the world.
619 W University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601
Experience a foreign cuisine every week without leaving Gainesville. Each Wednesday, Civilization offers specials from a different country. The restaurant also supports local farmers as it serves vegan and vegetarian dishes in its historic building. With an entire vegan menu, you won’t be disappointed with the options. Whether it’s for brunch, lunch or dinner, you will leave Civilization wondering when you will return.
1511 NW 2nd St. Gainesville, FL 32601
- Boca Fiesta
Try Boca Fiesta for the next Taco Tuesday with your friends. With menu favorites like tempeh, stir-fry and TVP tacos, you’ll never have to skip Taco Tuesday. If you’re not in the mood for Tex-Mex, the vegan mac and cheese will make you wonder why everyone doesn’t go vegan.
232 SE 1st St. Gainesville, FL 32601
- East End Eatery
If you are looking for a family-friendly restaurant or cooking that tastes like Mom’s, look no further. Enjoy Sunday brunch on the patio or your weekly lunch in the cozy interior. With vegan and vegetarian options such as the grilled tempeh and vegetable panini or the buffalo tempeh sandwich, you are sure to find something desirable on the menu. For brunch, enjoy a vegetable breakfast burrito or the tempeh scramble. As the website says, the cooking tastes “just like home.”
1202 NE 8th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601
- Satchel’s Pizza
In the mood for pizza? Head over to Satchel’s for a funky atmosphere and a fresh pizza. With vegan-friendly pesto sauce, vegan-friendly crust, vegan cheese and tempeh toppings, what more could you want? Eat in the greenhouse to feel closer to nature, or eat in a van or under a plane. Regardless of where you sit, you will be surrounded by art, good company and great food.
1800 NE 23rd Ave. Gainesville, FL 32609
- Bangkok Square
Not everything that vegans and vegetarians eat is green. If you’re looking for authentic Thai cuisine, head to Bangkok Square for a filling meal stuffed with your favorites. There are so many options, ranging from traditional Thai dishes to noodles and fried rice with tofu or veggies. If you’re feeling extra hungry, you might want to order some crispy tofu or the yum tofu dish. You won’t run out of options, regardless of what you order.
6500 SW Archer Road Gainesville, FL 32608
Photography by Allison Durham