Travelers often worry about their healthy habits falling by the wayside on vacation. However, visitors to Tampa Bay can rest easy when it comes to healthy eating. There is no shortage of places to grab a nutritious meal or a healthy snack. In fact, you could even build an entire itinerary around the Tampa food scene.
Whether you’re hanging out on the best Tampa beaches or exploring the sights, eating well is extremely important. Taking time for yourself on vacation is no excuse to slack on your health. Here are ten places to enjoy a good meal during your stay in Tampa.
Top 10 Tour: Healthy Eats in Tampa
Forget Ticketmaster. There are plenty of events going on, but you don’t need tickets to have a great time. Try something different for your next Tampa vacation. For example, try enjoying healthy dishes while you explore the blossoming local food scene!
The hardest part about planning your foodie fun adventure is narrowing down which restaurants to check out. Make sure to hit these stops.
It’s Not Fast Food. It’s Fresh Food, Served Fast!
Must-Try Items: Tofu Bowl, Coconut Ginger Rice
Fresh Kitchen is a local favorite for bowl-style meals. They serve fresh, healthy ingredients in large portions.
To build your bowl, you choose ingredients from a master list. Select your base—like rice, greens, or noodles—then add your veggies, protein, and sauce.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Brunch in Between
Must-Try Items: Avocado Toast, Multigrain Pancakes
Early risers and brunch aficionados will be right at home. Who wouldn’t when guests are welcomed with a pot of coffee, a complimentary newspaper, and free WiFi?
Fresh ingredients are the magic behind the made-from-scratch baked goods you’ll find here. Where else can you find carrot cake pancakes? Hurry in, because their days start early and they close up shop after lunch.
Vegan International Co. Kitchen & Market
“Making Veganism Delicious”
Tampa Locations: USF
Must-Try Items: Mac & Cheese, Homemade Drinks
This place lives up to its name as a 100 percent vegan restaurant and specialty grocery market. The owners are on a mission to provide vegan food at an affordable price. Reasonable prices and generous portions keep loyal customers satisfied. They also serve smoothies for a great pick-me-up or nutritious snack on the go.
Mouna’s Delicacies – The Mediterranean Chickpea
Homemade & Healthy Mediterranean Fare
Tampa Locations: South Tampa
Must-Try Items: Homemade Hummus, Falafel Bowl
Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean with traditional dishes like hummus, tabbouleh, and pickled veggies. The kitchen uses only fresh, in-season ingredients for each of its dishes. Every item is prepared with love, not preservatives.
Healthy N Fresh Cafe
“Living a Simpler n’ Healthier Life”
Tampa Locations: Palma Ceia
Must-Try Items: Açaí bowl, Roast Pork
This gourmet café features handcrafted sandwiches, hearty stews, and fresh salads created using the best ingredients. In the kitchen there are only wholesome ingredients like farm-raised, non-GMO produce. Let their menú options remind you of simpler times with dishes like homemade chicken or tuna salads.
Pure Kitchen Organic Vegan
Bringing Vegan Grab-and-Go to Tampa Bay.
Tampa Locations: South Tampa
Must-Try Items: Jerk Fried Rice, Chia Pudding
Dine-in or grab something to take home for later. Pure Kitchen makes “meal prep” easy—let them prepare the meals and you can come in to stock up on your favorites. There’s never any question about an item’s freshness. Each day’s meals are packaged, dated, and stored in the grab-and-go fridge. You can even set up weekly meal delivery within the local area. Menu items vary daily but are posted on Pure Kitchen’s social media.
Family-owned Mediterranean Fare
Tampa Locations: Westchase
Must-Try Items: Lamb Kabab, Vegetarian Plate
Samir and Anissa Khalife opened Fresh Bites in 2012 as a way to bring clean, organic meals to the community. Every item on the menú is prepared with an authentic family touch, from kabab to baklava. Their meats are sourced from highly prestigious ranches and produce is local whenever possible.
Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery
“Healthy, Delicious Meals and Baked Goods—In the Heart of Downtown Tampa”
Tampa Locations: Downtown Tampa
Must-Try Items: Acai 101, Almond Berry Waffles
This plant-based, quick-service restaurant has options diverse enough to please even the meat-eating customers. Their dishes fill the spectrum from hearty selections like the Impossible Philly to smoothies and lighter fare. The Florida natives behind this establishment are committed to “clean, conscious living.” They even serve their food in eco-friendly cardboard boats, rather than Styrofoam or plastic containers.
Open Fire Grilled Brazilian
They “Bring the Brazilian Experience to You!”
Must-Try Items: Filet Mignon Skewer, Grilled Plantains
Each meal is made to order, made with meat cut daily and served right off the grill. Each plate features traditional Brazillian sides: white rice, black beans, mixed vegetables, and grilled sweet potatoes.
You can even call ahead to have your order ready when you arrive. The truck’s home turf is located conveniently near the Citrus Park Mall and Upper Tampa Bay Trail. This location makes it easy to grab a healthy bite on the go after a run or bike ride.
Noodle Kitchen and Market
Inspiring Others to “Eat Fresh Every Day”
Tampa Locations: SoHo
Must-Try Items: Thai Curry Bowl, Bone Broth
Noodle Kitchen offers a wide range of healthy foods and sauces to curb your cravings. You can even take home your favorite noodles and sauces from the Market. Build your bowl from one of five different varieties—Original, Soup, Curry, Pad Thai, or “Kale Yeah.” There is also a “Mini” option available during lunch hours. Arrange your base, noodles, protein, and toppers into your favorite pairings. The options are nearly endless!
All of these restaurants offer something unique. With so many options you could literally eat for days and still not experience all of Tampa’s culinary creations. We also understand that you can have too much of a good thing.
Need to take a break from your foodie tour?
Walk it off at the Tampa Riverwalk.
No Tampa trip is complete without a walk in the park.
Experience the thrill of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
You won’t have to worry about a dinner reservation, but you will need one for your party bus rental. Limousine service can book out quickly. Once you pick your travel dates, securing your limo transportation is next on the list.
Written By: Amber M. Smith