Love Food Central in St Pete, Florida
Following on from my trip to Orlando last month, my next stop was Gulfport in the Tampa Bay area. Looking for something local on HappyCow, I saw that there was a 100% vegan cafe in neighbouring St Pete called Love Food Central so I headed over to check it out.
First up, it’s a really bright, welcoming space with plenty of indoor seating and a couple of outside tables shaded by some trees.
A friendly staff member welcomed me and I quickly ordered the home-made chai tea and the tempeh reuben sandwich. I had the tea iced and it was perfect for cooling down after a busy morning.
The sandwich came quickly afterwards and I have to stop here and tell you that everything at Love Food Central is not only 100% vegan but also 100% gluten free. I was a bit hesitant in ordering a sandwich because in my experience gluten free vegan bread can leave a lot to be desired. However, I was delighted with this sandwich. The bread itself didn’t taste discernibly different from regular bread and the fillings were spot-on. Chewy, yeasty grilled tempeh combined perfectly with the sharpness of the sauerkraut and the creaminess of the avocado. It even came with a side of chips/crisps!
Having been this impressed with the food and drinks on offer, I couldn’t exactly leave Love Food Central without trying their cashew/coconut based soft-serve could I? Well once again they hit the mark with this dessert… smooth and creamy soft-serve ice-cream served with your choice of toppings. SO. GOOD!