The best vegan food I've ever had
Posted on 06 / 25 / 2013
I've lived all over the west coast and while the west coast lauds itself in having a plethora of both vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants in comparison to the southeast, honestly none are as amazing as Meze 119, nestled in St. Petersburg, FL.
The environment is eclectic and cozy with white furniture against pillows with pretty textured fabrics that are great for the booths and make the dining experience more comfortable, and our waiter was kind, friendly, and informative. He pointed out that the menu shows which foods are specifically vegan with a "V" labeled next to the dish to differentiate between the vegan dishes and the vegetarian dishes; this is so accommodating to everyone's preferences so my vegetarian friend who accompanied me and I (vegan) could both order dishes that suited our individual needs.
As for the food itself, it was amazing in appearance/presentation and in taste, and the menu embraces Middle Eastern cuisine varieties and, in my opinion, really has something for everyone to enjoy on it. I found Meze 119 while being a passenger on a car ride looking for a place to stop and eat on HappyCow and I'm so grateful that I stumbled upon this place. (Thanks, fellow reviewers!) I hadn't any exorbitant expectations coming in and was so delighted and overall wow-ed by the food and environment offered.
I tried the Meze sammie, which was an ideal portion size and left me with some great leftovers in addition, and the falafels were nothing short of epic - I've been to plenty of places in search of that perfect falafel and this one is it; it's not just a flat, boring chickpea flavor but has lots of texture and depth with a slightly crispy and very yummy outside (and inside!), and even a hint of lemon with every bite, it's a pretty falafel too. In speaking of lemon, their crushed mint leaf lemonade was delicious as well, I even got one to go because I wanted to enjoy it after the wonderful experience I had at Meze 119.
I will most definitely be coming here again and hopefully it'll be soon. Next time I'm in St. Petersburg, I'm for sure bringing more people with me to try out this epically delicious place and to share this gem with them. There may not be as many vegetarian/vegan places in the southeast as in my former home of the west coast, but I'd take Meze 119 any day over any of the previous restaurants I've been to that cater to my lifestyle.
To the Meze 119 owners & staff: Thank you for the wonderful food, environment, and service!
Delicious food, Friendly staff, Wonderful environment