Being vegetarian forever and vegan-curious for a couple of years when I first saw that The Cider Press Café was opening in St. Petersburg I was inappropriately excited to go try out their food. Everything on their menu is raw vegan, which may sound more healthy than tasty, but that’s only if you haven’t tried it yet.
After eating at a couple of raw vegan places during a trip to North Carolina I was hooked and wanted to try The Cider Press Café even more, seeing how it’s about a thousand miles closer to home. So, of course, I did.
I went the first time a few months ago and started with the Florida Roll – tamari infused watermelon ‘tuna’, mango, riced jicama, avocado; ginger, wasabi & tamari sauce. Sounds so strange, tasted so wonderful. This is the only one of their ‘starters’ I’ve tried but I want it again. The problem with that is they have a few other items on their starter menu I really, really want to try too. Cauliflower buffalo bites, coconut spring rolls… everything either sound totally delicious or totally so far outside of anything I’ve tried that I HAVE TO try it.
I’ve tried a few of their main dishes (if you eat out with me you share with me) and my favorite two so far are the Garden Lasagna and The Three Amigos – spiced dehydrated corn tortillas (3), walnut-sweet potato picadillo, cabbage, guacamole, pico de gallo, poblano cream, pickled jalapeños, corn maque choux. Heavenly.
For the record, the deserts are the bomb as well. I tried the pineapple sorbet and will definitely be having that again. The person I was un-guiltily stealing food from had key lime ice cream and there is no way you could go wrong with that choice either. And yes, I’m like that. The people at the tables next to me are lucky I didn’t try their food too.
Final piece of advice – drink the Pearly Pear – it’s an apple & pear cider and seriously, what else is there to say about that?