Leafy Greens Cafe is proudly gluten-free, non-GMO, and 100% dedicated to the health of its diners. The menu is raw and vegan featuring delicious, yet healthful items such as "spaghetti" made from raw zucchini or large romaine leaves stuffed with guacamole and raw walnut taco "meat." Originally established five years ago, the restaurant recently relocated and expanded to a new location, enabling customers to access the cafe more easily and providing ample parking.
Owners Spencer and Sabrina Aird parlay a passion for nourishing vegan fare into Grass Root Organic Restaurant, which CBS Tampa named one of the best veg restaurants in the city. Carmine walls envelop diners in the cozy café space, creating a soothing atmosphere punctuated with vivid abstract paintings hung along the wall. While settled into high-backed wooden chairs, each topped with a lattice design, diners dig into a menu that features cooked vegan dishes as well as raw dishes. Raw vegan pad thai, guacamole, and spinach and basil pesto, among others, star on the restaurant's roster.
The Airds also run a customizable meal delivery system that sends clients fresh meals from a rotating weekly menu several times a week. Sabrina teaches occasional classes on how to replicate her culinary expertise and mimic items on Grass Root's menu by sitting very still on an oversized plate.
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Chefs send pizzas, steaks, and a bevy of seared entrees from Firepit City Grill's wood-fire grill to tables and booths lining the chic bar-style interior. Chefs crisp pizzas and flatbreads on the grill, assembling custom-ordered ingredient combinations or preparing specialties such as the Greek Town flatbread, strewn with feta and gyro meat and then topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce ($10). Barbecue sauce smothers the Firepit Rack o' Baby Backs, a tender row of ribs ready to be tickled into submission ($15.50/half, $21.50/full). Sandwiches and wraps package grilled goodies in layers of bread, and the grilled halibut eschews the bun for a miso glaze and the companionship of swiss chard, rice, and sake butter ($24).
The French Connection Café quiets the growls of stomach sirens with a multifarious menu studded with French dishes such as quiche and crêpes alongside the American staples of sandwiches, seafood, and steak. An order of the Black and Bleu salad ($11.50) stars a 6-ounce grilled sirloin steak surrounded by decadent baubles of blue-cheese crumbles, sweet walnuts, and the echoes of eternity. Toothsome Gallic wrapping swaddles savory nuts and poultry in the chicken-and-almond crêpe ($6.50), whereas the seafood quiche ($7.50) whisks taste buds away on a Cousteau-themed lucid dream. Eaters celebrate cultural crossover with a club croissant ($8.50), where New World noshes including ham, turkey, and bacon mingle with continental swiss cheese in a crescent-shaped U.N. Twitterpate tongues with mouthfuls of sautéed grouper Diablo ($18), which arrives at tables atop a verdant bed of spinach, debonairly dressed with crawfish, shallots, and fiddle-playing Cajun cream.
North Indian culinary traditions add intriguing accents to the traditional caf? fare at Happiness Healthy Cafe. Cooks craft sandwiches, using naan instead of bread, mint chutney in place of mayonnaise, and tandoori chicken rather than the Earl of Sandwich?s glossy headshots. In addition to more conventional paninis and wraps, the kitchen turns out curries, including vegetarian varieties. Simmering pots pour forth steam, giving away the golden lentils, spinach, and coconut cream within, and blenders thrum, laden with mango lassis and smoothies. The drinks combine pineapple juice, strawberries, bananas, and a colorful spread of other fruits.