Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant in Pinellas Park, Florida

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant - Featured

Located at 6575 Park Boulevard Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant is a pleasant surprise in among the many businesses and strip malls along this Pinellas Park busy street. A meal at this eatery is not only a more unique choice than the ubiquitous KFC next door, but it also is the much healthier option. Without having to travel all the way to Southeast Asia, you can let the wonderful flavors of Vietnam come to you by enjoying lunch or dinner at the Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant.

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant - Dining Area

Dining Room

Atmosphere

The unassuming building that houses the Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant speaks to the humble atmosphere of the location. The dining room is large with plenty of space and we were happy to see that many of the tables were filled with customers both times we ate there. The decor is simple, speaking again to the humility of the establishment, and includes a beautiful mural depicting a rural Vietnamese setting.

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant - Mural

Mural

Menu

The menu features a wide variety of options from rolls (spring, summer, fall, winter and fresh), salads, soups, noodle dishes, rice dishes, and sandwiches. In addition, the menu includes a “healthy food” section of the menu which includes an additional ten meals, which mostly include red rice, to choose from. Exotic Southeast Asian desserts, unusual smoothies, like jack fruit, avocado and durian, and a large variety of drinks, such as teas, coffees and sodas are included among the vast menu options. Both soy and almond milk are available.

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant - Jackfruit Smoothie

Jack fruit smoothie

Wanting to try everything, we left the restaurant stuffed. We began our meal with a winter roll, served with a tangy sweet and sour sauce, and a fresh roll, served with a peanut sauce. The bold flavors and variety of textures of each whet our appetites for the main course of pho, perhaps the most popular Vietnamese dishes, and yin and yang soup, the latter of which was featured on the healthy menu.

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant - Fresh Rolls

Fresh rolls with peanut sauce

We tried a jack fruit smoothie, a mango smoothie and salted lemonade, all of which were tasty in different ways. The jack fruit was earthy and filling, the mango was very sweet and the salted lemonade was the perfect mix of bitter, salty and sweet. For dessert we could not resist trying the three colors pudding, which came in a ice-cream Sunday kind of glass and was a meal in itself.

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant - Dessert

Three colors pudding made of red beans, black eyes peas and vegan jello in sweet coconut milk and chilled with ice

Vegan

Unlike at some vegetarian restaurants, it was incredibly easy to be vegan at Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant. The vast majority of the menu items are vegan and if you happen to desire the few meals that are not, they can be made vegan.

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant - Pho

Pho made of soy beef, tofu, carrot, daikon and chayote

The wait staff is very knowledgeable about both the menu and veganism so there is no need to explain about honey or eggs. Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant also hosts a vegan buffet once a month so be sure to check their website for their schedule.

Service and Prices

The service is straight-forward and prompt and because the staff is Vietnamese, dishes can easily be explained and recommendations given. With the majority of meals under $10 we found the prices very reasonable, especially given how substantial the servings are.

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant - Soup

Yin & Yang Soup with red rice, red beans, pumpkin, lotus beans, seaweed and preserved prunes

We look forward to our next meal at the Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant.

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