Readers’ Choice: Best Vegetarian Restaurants
PETA-Friendly Meal (Best Vegetarian/Vegan)
Lila – Buddha Bowl
1576 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 296-1042, lilasrq.com, Facebook, Instagram
Featuring a seasonal menu, the food at Lila comes from local farms and businesses. The restaurant focuses on healthy, organic, vegetable-centric dishes. Next time you’re there, try the Buddha Bowl: almond falafel, sprouted mung beans, summer squash, quinoa tabbouleh, cucumber, dried tomato, garlic tahini sauce and naan bread.
Veg – Portabello Volcano
2164 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota, (941) 312-6424, vegsrq.com, Facebook
If you are looking for delicious vegan, vegetarian or seafood in Sarasota, Veg is a great option. Located in Gulf Gate, be sure to try the veggie burgers, kung pao cauliflower, wild-caught salmon and more.
Simon’s Coffee House & Eatery – Vegetable Curry
5900 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 926-7151, simonstogo.com, Facebook
Delicious soups, salads, sandwiches and breakfast served all day. This South Trail favorite can make many menu items vegan or vegetarian. Try one of the refreshing fresh-pressed juices or the Santa Fe panini: pan-roasted turkey breast, turkey bacon, cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce and mayonnaise.
Ionie Retreat & Organic Café – Pizza
1241 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, (941) 320-0504, ionie.com, Facebook, Instagram
Our readers voted for Ionie’s pizza, but didn’t get specific. So why not try the whole menu? Check out the Greek, pesto or Italian “sausage” pizza options.