Vegging Out: Green Zebra Cafe hosts variety of vegetarian options


The cafe located on St. Armands Circle offers all-day breakfast, a raw menu and more

Green Zebra Cafe is a cozy restaurant located on St. Armands Circle at 476 John Ringling Blvd. But don’t let its size fool you — its menu covers a wide array of options and dietary needs.

That includes juices and smoothies, an all-day breakfast menu, gluten-free and raw options or a combination of these, such as the cafe’s dehydrated raw pancakes.

And though it serves meat dishes, the vast majority of its menu is vegetarian or vegan, which is how it came onto my radar.

One breakfast item that should draw wide interest is the increasingly trendy avocado toast ($7). Essentially mashed or sliced avocado on toast with whatever other toppings the restaurant wants to add, the meal’s grown popular enough with millennials that Australian millionaire Tim Gurner recently bemoaned how today’s youth won’t be able to buy houses because of their runaway avocado toast budgets.

Green Zebra Cafe’s version includes drizzles of chili orange blossom honey that gives the dish an appealing mixture of sweet and savory. It’s not likely to prevent me from making any mortgage payments anytime soon, but it’s tasty.

The lunch menu includes a variety of salads and sandwiches. The Bella Sandwich ($10) features a grilled portabella on ciabatta with roasted bell pepper, onions and goat cheese.

The portabella cap makes for a filling vegetarian sandwich, especially when accompanied by cream cheese-like smears of goat cheese. For vegans, the cafe also has Mediterranean veggie and Monterrey avocado sandwiches, and gluten-free bread is available for those who prefer it.

And the raw menu offers takes on casual lunch staples such as the Baja Burrito ($14), four mini-“burritos” filled with nut “meat” and walnut “nacho cheese” as well as avocado slices, shredded cabbage, carrot and tomato, wrapped in collard greens.

It doesn’t taste much like its namesake, if that’s what you’re hoping for. Yet it’s an enjoyable enough meal of its own, with fresh vegetables, a fairly convincing nacho cheese sauce and the spicy nut meat possessing an almost falafel-like texture.

Green Zebra Cafe warrants the visit if your diet is vegan, gluten-free, raw or any of the other demographics its menu covers. But even if it isn’t, its food is worth checking out.

 

Have other suggestions of Sarasota-Manatee restaurants with tasty vegetarian dishes? Email me at jimmy.geurts@heraldtribune.com.



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