WHAT: Love Food Central restaurant
WHERE: St. Pete, FL (right down the road from two of our faves… Taco Bus and Community Cafe!)
PRICE: $45 for two (including tip, water to drink)
We had a Pulled Barbecue Sandwich, Love Burger with mushrooms (the mushrooms were +$2), a cheese plate appetizer, and a Caramel Sundae. They also let us try a complimentary Carmelita Bar.
ATMOSPHERE: Hipster Chic. Great interior with tables, couches, and cafe-style seating and decor.
HOW VEGAN IS IT?
Super vegan! Everything on the menu is vegan and gluten-free, so plenty of vegan options including burgers, desserts, and appetizers. And it is all delicious!
The food was great! We especially liked the onion dip served with the cheese plate but, if for no other reason, go there for the vegan caramel soft-serve sundae! It was coconut-cashew based ice cream and topped with a little sea salt. Amazing. Everything we tried, though, was stellar. There was not a crumb left on our plates. The Carmelita Bar was delectable, as well.
The staff was friendly and upbeat. Christie and Lawrence helped us, as well as chatted with each customer while we were there, asking everyone how they heard about Love Food Central. (We heard about them from the write-up on ilovetheburg.com, via Facebook.)
It’s tough to offer “the bad” for this place because it is definitely one of our new favorites, but we have to offer “The Bad” for each review, so here are our nitpicks…
The prices, in our opinion, are a bit high. $45 for two people with an additional complimentary dessert left us full but certainly not stuffed. Compare that to, say, $45 at Byblos Cafe where you will have to take home leftovers after stuffing yourself to the gills. That said, the food is high-quality and worth every penny.
Love Food Central promotes themselves as “Vegan comfort food” but we think that is probably short-selling their menu. When we think of comfort food, we think of things like grilled cheese, nachos, chili cheese fries, and mac and cheese (basically anything salty covered in cheese!). We are not so sure a wholesome jackfruit sandwich and house-made artisan cheese plate quite fit the category.
If you are vegan, vegetarian, or veg-curious, visit Love Food Central immediately! The food is amazing, the staff is friendly, the restaurant is clean, and the quality is top-notch. We wouldn’t say they serve vegan comfort food but we would say they serve amazing, delicious vegan food and are worth making the trip! Probably several times.