So I went to Urbanspoon, which is a great website to search for restaurants no matter where veyou live or what type of food you like. They even have a casino-machine-like application for smartphones where you shake your phone and it lines up three different options to come up with one restaurant that fulfills those requirements. I've had great results with the application, so I figured I'd see what was around the university.
To my chagrin, the site has an entire area dedicated to restaurants around USF. Then I saw the contenders. Out of dozens of restaurants near USF, there are four that are under the vegetarian category. Seriously?! I'm almost offended. Let's broaden our scope and see if we can remedy this sad situation.
Instead of searching in Tampa, here is a search for vegetarian restaurants throughout the Tampa Bay area. SUCCESS!
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So I figure that giving you a list with some tips would suffice. I mean, really, why don't you stop being bored and try some new places to eat?
Casa Tina, Dunedin: I've been here. It was delicious and too good to be true. I didn't know they were also vegan friendly, but according to their web page, they don't use lard or animal stock in their beans or sauces. Definitely interesting. It's a nice little place in downtown Dunedin with a great view and great food. Go there!
The Living Room, Dunedin: I haven't been to this restaurant, but the menu looks great. With a gravity towards fruits and vegetables, The Living Room seems like a great place to try for lunch. Urbanspoon has their menu up here.
Queen of Sheba, Tampa: If you're up for a new genre, this restaurant serves Ethiopian dishes and has its own vegetarian menu. The dish names may be tough to pronounce, but I'm intrigued by all the possible combinations and recipes for such simple vegetables. I'd love to try this place. Maybe I could ask if I could be the honorary Queen Sheba for the night when I'm there. Fun fact: stop by Burger King first, pick up a paper crown and wear it to this restaurant. Report back to me afterward on the success of your mission.
I guess if there was a restaurant near USF that I was looking for, it would be Angithi Indian Cuisine. Named Critic's Pick by Creative Loafing and Editor's Pick by the St. Petersburg Times, this HAS to be good!
Angithi Indian Cuisine is located on
These findings, or the articulation of the existence of vegetarian restaurants, challenge the common opinion that being a vegetarian means that you never get to eat anything but salad at restaurants. These are definitely some restaurants to consider next time you feel like taking a ride on the wild side. For those of you who aren't willing to take the risk, I salute you for your commitment to consistently eat the same boring meal every day. Hip hip, hooray!
But seriously, get out sometime.