Best Of 2015

Best New Vegan Restaurant: The Cider Press Café

Best New Vegan Restaurant

It’s been very difficult for us to not visit this place nearly every day since its opening in August. The second location of a restaurant that originated in Naples, it’s a wonderful addition to St. Pete’s previously restaurant-devoid 600 Block. Menu items (all vegan and grain-free; don’t tell anyone) are works of art, especially the pad Thai, with “noodles” made from shredded zucchini, jicama and kelp, perfectly spicy. Sandwiches are made on gluten-free see-based bread (we recommend the BLT, made with eggplant bacon). Daily specials are particularly clever.