While Cafe Hey’s menu isn’t solely made up of vegan items, it’s the very first place I found in Tampa with great vegan options. I usually stop in for a light Kale or Quinoa salad; soups and salads vary from day to day and there’s not one I’ve had thus far that’s disappointed – everything loaded with tons of flavor!
I’m not a big fan of Ramen noodles but make an exception for their Crazy Slaw, a combination of shredded cabbage, carrots, slivered almonds, Ramen and tangy ginger sauce. The Crazy Slaw is highly addicting so thankfully there is some portion control involved 🙂 The Kale Miso soup was also a new venture for me, a hearty mixture of carrot, shiitake mushrooms, celery, ginger and of course, kale.
I also tried a bite of the VLT cuban sandwich made with LightLife Vacon, Vegenaise, tomato and romaine lettuce – dry pressed, no skimping on the vacon either! All the above with some Pu-erh Ginger Black ice tea.
If you’re a dessert person, there are plenty of vegan options on their menu. Cafe Hey doesn’t have a problem catering to individual needs if you need to modify a non-vegan menu item to suit your needs (often done when substituting hummus for the cream cheese in their tasty Yoshimi cuban sandwich).
- Their Quinoa salad varieties, by far, my favorite dish at Cafe Hey.
- If you miss traditional breakfast, you have to try their Not Just for Omnivores Brunch, held the last Sunday of every month with an all-vegan menu. Honestly cannot remember the last time I was able to eat biscuits & gravy with sausage. Yes, all vegan and marvelous!
- Around the corner is the Oceanic Asian Supermarket, a must for inexpensive produce and tofu products.
Cafe Hey is located at 1540 N. Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602.