REVIEW: THAI ISLAND RESTAURANT

RATING: B+ WHAT: Thai Island Restaurant WHERE: 210 E Davis Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606 PRICE: $56.00 for two, including tip. We had the Corn Fritter, Thai Spring Roll, Tom Yum Soup with vegetables, Red Curry with vegetables and tofu, and Pad Pak with tofu.       ATMOSPHERE: We sat on the patio and did not go inside so it is hard to give

REVIEW: LOTUS VEGAN RESTAURANT

RATING: B+ WHAT: Lotus Vegan Restaurant is a 100% Vegan Restaurant, mostly Vietnamese dishes with some American ones WHERE: 6575 Park Boulevard, Pinellas Park, FL 33781 PRICE: $40.00 for two, including tip. We had the Crispy Cha-Cha appetizer, Curry Rice with BBQ, Lemongrass Tofu, and a Cheesecake. Cheesecake is Michael's favorite and he started eating it before I could get

REVIEW: SQUARE 1 BURGERS (RESTAURANT)

RATING: B- WHAT: Square 1 Burger Bar WHERE: Square 1 Burgers & Bar approximately ten locations throughout Florida.  This review was based on our experience at 3701 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33609. PRICE: $44 for 2 burgers with fries, 1 Pepsi, 1 craft beer, and a cup of coffee ATMOSPHERE: Casual, animal-centric (cow print couches, antler horn chandeliers, etc., but the patio

REVIEW: QUEEN OF SHEBA (RESTAURANT)

RATING: A- WHAT: Ethiopian Restaurant WHERE: 3636 Henderson Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609 PRICE: $48.66 for two, including tip. We had the Vegetarian Combo #2 (6 sample items, $13 per person), a tomato salad appetizer (highly recommend), and 2 hot teas. ATMOSPHERE: Traditional Ethiopian themed. The interior is dark brown, dimly lit (romantically lit, maybe?), and the decor is simple,

REVIEW: THAI TERRACE (RESTAURANT)

RATING: B- WHAT: Thai Terrace WHERE: 2055 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa PRICE: Around $50 which includes a Singha Beer, 2 egg rolls (not made with eggs--vegan), veggie coconut milk soup, tofu Tom Yum soup, veggie Pineapple Lake Curry (originally Pad Thai but the sauce had a fish base), and Veggie Red Curry.              

REVIEW: FALAFEL INN MEDITERRANEAN GRILL (RESTAURANT)

RATING: B+ WHAT: Falafel Inn Mediterranean Grill WHERE: 777 N. Ashley Dr., Suite B, Downtown Tampa PRICE: Under $30 for a large taboule, two falafel sandwiches, a Pepsi and a bottle of water. Just enough for a lite-ish meal before a little Yoga in the Park. HOW VEGAN IS IT? As with most Mediterranean restaurants, there are several vegan options.

REVIEW: COMMUNITY CAFE (RESTAURANT)

RATING: A WHAT: Community Cafe WHERE: 2444 Central Ave, St. Petersburg PRICE: About $50 for two, including tip. We had a big meal that included french toast, two tofu scramble burritos, beer, kombucha, and a milkshake. You could definitely get away with ordering less and leave full, but we wanted to indulge a little. HOW VEGAN IS IT? Community Cafe