Tabouleh Mediterranean Cafe

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 4 Reviews
Serves meat, veg options available. The owner-cook at this Mediterranean food restaurant makes the extra effort to accommodate vegan diners. Offers veganized menu items, and creates a new vegan dish on "Vegan Wednesdays." Try the addas (lentil soup), grape leaves, or falafel wrap. Sources fresh produce from local farmers markets. Simple and casual atmosphere with free wi-fi. Has a cold case with prepared frozen foods for take home. Occasionally a vegan wine in stock. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg
7645 Merrill Rd Ste 201b
Jacksonville, Florida 32277
904-745-6900

Open Mon-Thur 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm.

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  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accepts credit cards
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First Review by jnali
TucsonNative
TucsonNative
  • vegan
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+28

Our favorite go to vegan restaurant

4 Posted on 09 / 01 / 2014

My husband and I have drive 2 hours just to go to this restaurant. We usually get the vegetarian sampler and always leave full. I love their spinach pie and they even sell packages of them in their freezer. Everything is homemade and fresh. The vegetables are fresh and flavorful. The last time we were in there (July 2014) the owner said they were getting gluten free pitas. He said he's going to try to incorporate more gluten free options too. We were there on a Wednesday and I tried the "Wednesday Vegan Special" which was stuffed cabbage. It was delicious and very flavorful. We've never been disappointed here!!

Pros: fresh ingredients, great prices, fast service
KathleenRenee
KathleenRenee
  • vegan
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+28

Tasty, Well-Seasoned Food

4 Posted on 09 / 17 / 2013

I had a vegetarian sampler today, which included tabouleh, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, hummus and pita. The tabouleh especially was just the way I like it!

Pros: tasty food, friendly staff
HowardPacker
HowardPacker
  • vegan
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+56

Great Vegan Food, Freshly Prepared

4 Posted on 09 / 15 / 2013

I often stop by Jacksonville while traveling on I-95 before entering the vegan desert that lies north or south. Since this place was highly rated, I gave it a try.

Great homemade (that's what they told me) pita, seems to have lots of vegan choices. They have a couple of tables for outdoor seating, which helps when you are traveling with your vegan pooch.

I would definitely stop here again.

Pros: Varied vegan choices, Outdoor seating available, Homemade items

jnali
jnali
  • vegan
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+27

The most veg-friendly Mediterranean food in Jax!

4 Posted on 07 / 01 / 2013

This restaurant changed management to the current owners in late 2011, and since then it has become -- quite literally -- the most vegan-friendly Mediterranean restaurant in Jacksonville.

Shortly after the re-opening, my wife and I asked the new owners to consider adding some more vegan items to the menu; initially we thought this would be a lost cause since the owners were not familiar with veganism at the time.

We were utterly wrong. The first new item they created was vegan kibbeh, stuffed with mushrooms, chickpeas, pine nuts, red bell peppers, and flavorful spices. They now offer "Vegan Wednesday", a day when anyone (but especially me and my wife!) can order a vegan special -- everything from stuffed peppers and squash slow-roasted in tomato broth to vegan moussaka.

Even if it's not Wednesday, you can frequently make a request that their energetic, friendly cook (one of the owners) will do her best to fill. They truly love their restaurant and it shows.

Many of the dishes on the menu are prepared in the Lebanese tradition and thus are naturally vegan. They offer several flavors of hummus -- traditional, spicy, and "loaded" (with red onion, kalamata olives, and tomatoes) -- as well as a version made from fava beans. Spinach pies, vegan grape leaves, falafel, and the most flavorful and aromatic addas (lentil soup) are just a few of the other offerings. Most of their condiments are vegan; don't let the whipped garlic sauce fool you (it's corn starch and garlic with olive oil) -- only the tatziki sauce is made with yogurt.

They even make a version of baklava with simple syrup (sugar syrup with orange blossom extract) instead of honey for the vegans.

They make everything by hand and from scratch; they will not serve an item if they could not get fresh, high-quality ingredients for it. This is NOT the "fast food" you may have encountered at lesser Mediterranean restaurants!

For your first visit, order the addas and the vegan kibbeh; get some loaded hummus if you have the room (or if you brought friends!).

I cannot rave enough about this place! It's my favorite restaurant in town by far, and would definitely be a 5-cow rating if they were fully veg. If you are there on Wednesday for lunch you will likely see my wife and I there!

Pros: Delicious, freshly-prepared food., Huge selection of vegan options., Low prices and generous portions.
Cons: Small seating area -- can be crowded., Fresh food takes a while to prepare.

 

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Last updated: 2014/05/11

 

Added: 2013/07/01

 

Added by: jnali

 

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