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Dining Out in Tampa Can Be Good For Your Health



Everyone knows a vacation can take a toll on your diet. Eating out every day can result in unhealthy food choices and too many calories. Luckily, if you're visiting Tampa there are many top-notch restaurants that serve fresh, healthy, organic, vegan and gluten-free options. Guaranteed to fuel you up and help you feel great for a long day of exploring this beautiful city. Whether you're looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, 10 Best has gathered together ten of the top healthy restaurant options to choose from.

If you're looking for a quick and healthy breakfast or lunch, there are many outstanding restaurants, delis and cafes to choose from. Abby's Health Food and Cafe Eden is a perfect example. Located in the Carrollwood neighborhood, Abby's has been helping Tampa get healthy for over a decade. Their Cafe Eden offers fresh organic, vegan and raw food options for lunch or an early dinner.

Dinner doesn't have to be dull to be healthy and Tampa features many fine restaurants that focus on creating nutritious and delicious dishes. One of Tampa's best options is the Refinery. Voted best restaurant in Tampa, the Refinery focuses on local, organic and seasonal dishes and almost always offer a vegan and gluten-free option as well.


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Breakfast is a treat at First Watch. A departure from many local breakfast spots, it specializes in providing delicious, but light and healthy meal options. The emphasis is on fresh ingredients and made from scratch baked goods and batters. There are no deep fryers here. This place is known for its varied omelet and waffle selections and their famous First Watch potatoes. Lunch options are also offered and available all day along with breakfast. With 7 area locations, chances are there is one near you.


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EVOS is a local fast food chain that focuses on making your favorite fast food dishes more healthy, like using organic or vegan ingredients and air-baking their french fries instead of using the deep fryer. They use naturally raised beef and chicken and wild-caught Alaskan Salmon. The end result is a reduction in calories, fat, and processed ingredients and an increase in fresh, delicious flavor. There's also a wide selection of wraps, salads, smoothies, and shakes. Again, all prepared with fresh, organic ingredients. You will come out satisfied but without the guilt you normally have after a trip to a traditional fast food restaurant.




Fresh Kitchen is a healthy fast food option for lunch and dinner located in Tampa's SoHo neighborhood. On offer is a full range of fresh and delicious ingredients that are combined in a handy bowl to eat in or take out. Set up cafeteria-style, diners head to the counter and order their bowl ingredients from the menu, picking a base such as noodles, rice or Quinoa, then veggies and a protein, topping it all off with a delicious house-made sauce. There are also a range of yummy, but healthy, desserts to choose from and they cold-press a variety of juices made fresh each day.


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Doc B's Fresh Kitchen is located on Bay Street at Tampa's International Plaza mall making it the perfect stop to fuel up after shopping or before an evening out. The menu features a wide selection of healthy, well-balanced dining options for lunch or dinner including sandwiches, salads, the popular "Wok Out" bowls, and entrees that highlight their premium steaks and seafood. Specializing in premium ingredients, Doc B's take pride in sourcing only the best. There is also a satisfying cocktail and wine menu with craft beer options. The atmosphere is casual and modern featuring an outdoor patio and fire pit in addition to the spacious indoor dining and bar areas.


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Tampa-Busch Gardens


You don't have to be a vegan to enjoy The Loving Hut, but it helps. The Hut prides themselves on their locally-sourced vegan creations while still trying to remain accessible to non-vegans who are just looking for something healthy to eat. Obviously a lot of soy and tofu are used, but in recognizable dishes like Philly subs and wraps using a variety of ingredients. The desserts, particularly their smoothies, are to die for. And since they're vegan, you can tell yourself that you are still eating healthy as you go up for seconds.


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Season's 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar located adjacent to Tampa's Westshore Mall. Convenient to downtown and the airport, this is a great dining option for business or pleasure. With menus that are changed seasonally to reflect what's available at the farmer's market, flavors are fresh and unique. They specialize in using natural cooking techniques and artful seasonings to bring out the natural flavors. Portions are "appropriate" which means they may seem smaller than most restaurants, however, this can be a relief to many who are tired of getting massive portions at restaurants. They even serve mini desserts for those who wish for a taste, but don't want to overindulge.




Focusing on natural and healthy foods and personal care products, Abby's Health & Nutrition has been a Carrollwood landmark for over 15 years. Opened by Abby Sayler, a well-regarded local nutritionist, Abby's is a full-service store stocking organic produce, bulk foods, beer and wine, raw foods, and gluten-free products among others. The on-site deli features delicious, organic and natural dining options including vegetarian, gluten free and raw dishes prepared fresh daily. Their fresh wheatgrass, organic vegetable juices and smoothies are also very popular. Cafe Eden at Abby's is a great spot for a quick and healthy lunch or an early dinner.




The Bamboozle Cafe is located in heart of downtown Tampa and features Asian Fusion and traditional Vietnamese cuisine. From their fresh Bamboozle rolls to their hearty Pho Boats, the ingredients are fresh and healthy, and the presentation shows great attention to detail. If you're not hungry for a full meal, you can visit the Bamboozle Tea Lounge that features smaller portions of the menu favorites as well as a selection of tea, Vietnamese coffee, fresh juices and smoothies. As part of the restaurant's commitment to health, they have teamed up with Sweatshop Urban Gym to provide free workouts at nearby Curtis Hixon Park. In addition to a free workout, participants get 20% off their tab at the end of the night.




So Fresh is a fast, fresh, and healthy eating option for people on the go. They offer a variety of bowls, wraps, and salads containing nutrient dense ingredients to fill you up and fuel your day. Pricing includes chicken, tofu, or zoodles which is marinated zucchini cut into thin strips like spaghetti. For an extra charge you can upgrade to steak, shrimp, salmon or Ahi tuna. Dishes are topped with a variety of delicious sauces including a house-made balsamic vinaigrette, tomato sauce and tzatziki sauce. Also on offer are a few smoothie selections which are discounted when ordered with a meal.


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This small and charming restaurant, housed in a converted Craftsman-style bungalow, serves up big flavors at reasonable prices. Chef/owner Greg Baker opened The Refinery in 2010 with a vision to provide good food, prepared by passionate chefs, at a price that wouldn't break the bank. Tampa residents are wholeheartedly on-board and have made the restaurant an award-winning favorite. The menu changes every week (dishes are rarely, if ever, repeated) based on the availability of local products and Chef Baker is always introducing new and innovative flavor combinations and cooking techniques. Add to that a thoughtful selection of craft beers and reasonably-priced wine and you can't go wrong.


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