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First Review by jennap

Grass Root Plant Based Foods - Edit

Delicious and Nutritious. Great customer service. Keep the healthy stuff coming.

Pros: Healthy, Delicious, Convenient

Cons: Pricey

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Grass Root is Aaaaahhh-some! - Edit

Grass Root has fed my family for 2 years -and is now feeding many of my friends! For folks unfamiliar with vegetarian or vegan food the usual response is: "I don't always know what it is but I don't care 'cause it's soooo good!" The food is fresh, the flavors are consistently delicious and layered, and the service is better than family. I don't eat out anymore because Grassroot meets the needs of my palate for taste, texture and variety. And with younger kids, I love that I have ready made picnics daily.

Pros: Delicious, healthy, flavor-full food, Caring, attentive staff, Good value

Cons: Portions have been getting smaller

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Awesomlicious - Edit

This is the best service available to busy vegetarians. I don't always have time to fix great food, but they do, yeaaaaa. They are fresh, totally yummy, great variety and delivered right to my door by a friendly delivery guy. Life doesn't get any better.

Pros: excellent food, great variety, very convenient

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Grass Root Plant Based Foods - Edit

I love Grass Root! I've ben going there for a decade now. Now I order the catering every week that I can. the raw food is healthy, amazingly delicious (even the hubbie loves it), and it's so convenient to have it delivered. Their desserts are amazing!!

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Best Food Ever - Edit

My husband and I have our own business and are always on the go. Choosing Grassroots food delivery was the absolute best thing we've ever done!! Healthy, delicious food at our fingertips - any time of day! And we are not spending much more on food now than we were before. We're happier and healthier for it. Thank you so much, Sabrina and Spencer and Grassroots!!! :D

Pros: Delicious, Very Healthy, Timely delivery

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Excellent food and kind atmosphere - Edit

The meal was excellent, great care was taken for preparation and taste. It was awesome, I'd definitely go back!

Pros: Taste, presentation, kind

Cons: took long time

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Fantastic Place for Organic Raw Vegan Food - Edit

This is a fantastic restaurant. My wife and I were visiting Tampa for a week and we ate there three times and each time the food was fantastic and the service was great even though it was packed 2 of the three nights. The desserts were fantastic. The homemade raw organic halvah and the pecan pie were amazing, the best I've ever had and my fellow diners agreed. We brought two colleagues from work with who don't eat this way and they liked it too.

The best was Susana's sandwich either raw or vegan cooked. The smoothies and green drinks were also excellent. Spencer the chef, and Melissa, the waitress were very helpful and explained ingredients on the menu for those who had allergies. I would highly recommend The Grass Roots to anyone. We have been to many organic raw vegan restaurants around the country and Canada and this is one of the top three, don't miss it!

Pros: Excellent Food, Healthy Cuisine, Great Service

Cons: Not open on Monday or Sunday

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Disappointed!! - Edit

In the last few years, Grass Roots had become my favorite raw/vegan restaurant in the Tampa area. At one point I was eating at their Florida Ave. location 2-3 times a week and loving it!! However, since turning their Florida Ave. location into a catering business I've gone to the Manhattan Ave. location twice (because it's a farther drive) and been highly disappointed both times!! This last trip over there will probably be my last. The dish I ordered was bland, which I wasn't going to make big deal about it. But when the waitress asks how everything was, I was honest and she gave me a horrible attitude about it. One of the other meals brought to our table was not made as it was described on the menu. The waitress offered to bring me something different, which I declined because I didn't like her attitude and just wanted to leave. They did not charge me for my meal and did give us a desert. It's unfortunate, but I feel that the quality of food and service has gone down hill since they started the catering business. It's a shame that one of best raw/vegan restaurants in this area has turned out this way...very disappointed!!

Pros: Has a good selection of menu items, Good vegan deserts

Cons: Horrible, rude service, Food isn't as good as it use to be

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Worth the Trip - Edit

This location is only 15 mins from the Tampa airport. I called from the airport to order carryout and by the time I got there it was ready.

The Bachlorette smoothie and vegan keylime cheesecake were the most memorable. Everything was top-notch. Staff wonderful. Street parking in front.

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yummy!! - Edit

i am trying to switch to a primarily raw food diet while i'm visiting Tampa, and Grass Root makes it so so easy!! absolutely delicious, and for raw food the prices aren't bad. raw food takes a lot of time to prepare, i'm willing to pay for it.

Pros: excellent food, great staff, not too pricey

Cons: parking, closed Sun & Mon

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Delicious - Edit

The food here was fantastic, between us we had wheat grass to start with, this was much nicer than usual, almost tasty! then we had the pasta dish very good and the Sabrina sandwich absolutely delicious. We also had the Harlem shake very filling, but just think how healthy it is with all those hemp and linseeds. Altogether well worth the visit, we are staying in Tampa for the rest of the week and we will definitely be coming back. We went back yesterday 16.04.11 and I just have to say I had the most delicious portabella mushroom with sheese etc, also loved the pizza (it is smaller than usual), also tried the bachelorette also fantastic, my only fly in the ointment is they are shut Sunday and Monday and we return to the UK on Monday evening, so no more grass roots for us :(
Updated from previous review on Wednesday April 13, 2011

Pros: raw food, very friendly, Potabella Mushroom- the best ever

Cons: shut Sun + Mon

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Tampa Treasure - Edit

We visited Grass Root before a Rays game a while ago. As previously stated by other comments the area is a bit sketchy and parking can be tricky. However, it really isn't that bad and this shouldn't discourage one from visiting. The service was okay and the food was delicious. I particularly remember loving the blueberry cheesecake. It may very well have been the best vegan cheesecake we've had (that we didn't make ourselves). The prices are a bit high but it is well worth it. Sadly, there really isn't much else in the Tampa area for vegans and vegetarians. Take your girl on a date here and spoil her.

Pros: Good Food, Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake

Cons: Parking, Location, Prices

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What a Gem Find in Tampa - Edit

I FINALLY made my way to Grassroot with a friend. I am so glad I did. This is seriously one of the best vegan/raw eatery places Tampa has to offer. It is a bit tricky to get to (Florida avenue is a one-way going North) and the neighborhood may make some people feel uneasy. But don't let that stop you from making the trip! The atmosphere was colorful, relaxed and we felt at ease with the friendly wait staff. I had the green tea with ginger (sweet, but very good). We both ordered Sabrina's special sandwich, and I have to say that the onion bread was even tastier than my own version. I ordered the pecan pie dessert and it was excellent! I cannot wait to go there again. There are so many things on the menu that I would love to try. I would definitely give this place an A+ for food.

Pros: Creative Food, Vegan & Raw

Cons: Location

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Always out of something and SERVICE SUCKS - Edit

my wife and i have been eating at grassroot since it opened and everthing was great but 4 about about the last 6-8 mounths the 5 times ive driven 45mins to the tampa location they have been out of quite a bit of items like tonight no desserts and no more chickun sw either and i love it when i order a green light smoothie that takes 45mins to make and has to be made with water cause they r out of oranges how r u out of oranges in florida why cant someone drive their happy cow butt 2 the health food store right up the road and buy some and this happens at both locations my wife has waited 4 45min a few times 4 2 smoothies and if spencer or sabrina, the owners, arent waiting on u themselves then you will b suprised 2 get any kind of decent service it seems as if the staff doesn't care enough to provide good service it also seems like no big thing to be out of something it must be nice to be the only raw food restaurant in the tampa area and I feel that organic should not be in the title of the business when all the food is not organic i feel that is misleading just keeping it real

Pros: healthy food, mom and pop ownership, family friendly

Cons: low inventory of food, inexperienced service, not all organic

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Grass Root in Lakeland - Edit

I visisted their newer Lakeland location and was very impressed with the whole experience. I am a total vegetarian and I thought the food was excellent and very healthful. I also brought my sister and her fiance who are meat consumers and they were also very satisfied and delighted with their dishes. I was so happy for them to have the oppurtunity to taste the possibilities of gourmet vegan/vegetarian cuisine! The atmosphere was simple, and very beautiful. The service was outstanding and we were blessed in speaking with the owner who was present.

Pros: great food, nice atmosphere, affordable and friendly

Cons: shaes but no desserts, some dishes may be on the smaller side

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Great Find - Edit

My wife and I were taking a trip to Cape Coral, and were hungry along the way. We found this place by doing a search on my phone. It took us off the interstate a bit, but it was well worth the visit. This was the best food we had during our 3 day visit to Florida. The burger was wonderful. It had all the toppings and condiments I love, but never get any more. Cheeze, mayo, etc. My wife had the Ramen noodles, and they were excellent as well. I ended the meal with a slice of pecan pie, and after it was all over. I was full, but not overly full. It was a perfect feeling. A great restaurant, and the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Well worth the visit. I'll go back again if I ever find myself in the area. We do come to the Orlando area quite a bit, we may even make the trek again just for the excellent food and service.

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cuuuuuuuuuute. - Edit

Although this restaurant is situated in a sketch neighborhood, it is well maintained, clean, and comfortable. The food is excellent. EVERYTHING I ate here was delish and the service was fantastic as well. There are a few raw items on the menu. The only thing I did not enjoy was the tea --it was way too sweet. IF you are a vegan living in or visitng Tampa - go here!!

Pros: excellent vega/raw food, excellent service, great atmosphere

Cons: location

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Love this place! - Edit

My then-fiance and I visited the Grass Root in April of 2009 while we were in Tampa scouting places to have our wedding, and to look around a bit before hopefully moving there next year. We had only one restaurant experience, but had great food and service (the sprout wraps & sauce for them are awesome...so was the ginger chick-un). It did seem a little expensive to us, and other things surprised us like the .50 cents for the reverse osmosis water. But it all tasted really nice, and so we considered it well worth it. At the time, I'd only been vegan for about half a year; since then I've learned that you really do just get what you pay for. It's easy to get cheap food that can be MADE vegan, but

A) you have to hunt for it on the menus at other restaurants (here, everything was "safe" except for the bee pollen in some items, which were clearly listed),
B) you have to explain veganism to your server at other restaurants, and haggle with them about what'll go on your plate, and
C) the ingredients aren't going to be as good at another type of restaurant. Add in the fact that the owners of the Grass Root are trying to provide good, wholesome vegan and RAW food to a city that's not exactly brimming with it, and I think that's all worth a few extra dollars. But I'm one of those vegans who are trying to change the world even with small actions, I guess.

When it came time to organize my wedding, I was referred to Amore Catering in Tampa and was told they had experience in doing vegan wedding cakes. After some truly frustrating lack of communication and empty promises from them, I remembered the Grass Root and e-mailed to see if they could do it or knew anyone who could. Sabrina e-mailed me back and said that they could it. No more frustration! E-mails were a bit slow in coming, but she's not only got a family, she's got a business to run so I understood. The bottom line is that the Grass Root really came through for us, the cake was there and beautiful when we got to our venue, and everyone exclaimed over how good it was. None of my non-vegan guests (everyone other than me, basically, lol) could believe how good the cake was, knowing it was vegan.

I love that the Grass Root provides great vegan food in Tampa (and I'll be going there all the time once we move down!), and I love that they helped me prove to all our wedding guests that vegans don't have to live on tasteless twigs and berries. The Grass Root is helping to change the world!

Pros: Food tastes great!, Food presented attractively!, Knowledgeable owners!

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No problems in the early evening - Edit

I was at this restaurant 3 times between March and June of 2009. The visits were during the early evening, when it was still light. The restaurant had a moderate number of people in it, not crowded. I had no problem with the service speed, or neighborhood.
I found the tap water in Tampa to be a bit salty, so I was happy to pay a small amount for their purified water.
I tried ordering a smoothie, but they told me they were out of the ingredients for the one I wanted. I ordered the vegan cheesecake each time, and each time they told me they were all out, or were giving me the last piece. Once, I was eating the last piece, and I could hear the table next to me trying to order it.
I wish there were a restaurant like this near where I live.

Pros: Pleasant atmosphere, Comfort food

Cons: Don't make enough cheesecake

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Great Place for Lunch - Edit

Grass Root has a very eclectic feel, the atmosphere is urban and they even sell jewelry and other trinkets. The food is very good, I give them props for their creativity with some of their raw dishes, such as the raw dessert they have there. The Smoothies are very nice as well, although some may find a little pricey. Some of their menu items you can find in Health Food stores though, so If you are going to splurge here I would defiantly suggest it be on one of their fabulous raw dishes such as "Raw Burrito", or the "Sabrina's favorite Sandwich" (Which has inspired some restaurants to come up with their own versions. We went for Dinner and seen that service was running slow so we just got a few desserts to take with us. If you haven't been though, it's worth a trip. But because of the area, I would try for lunch, walking out of there at night time can be a little scary.

Pros: Creative Dishes, Cozy Atmosphere, Interesting reading Material Available

Cons: Pricey , Slow Service , Shady Neighborhood

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Delicious! - Edit

I stopped here while in town for work. The food was so good, I recommended Grass Roots to two friends on separate occasions who were also visiting and they loved it! The neighborhood is a little strange but once you taste the food, you'll be happy you came.

Pros: Food, Smoothies

Cons: Neighborhood

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Great food, especially the key lime pie! - Edit

I live in England and on numerous trips to the USA we always try to find new vegan places to eat during our trip. This was the first time we visited Grass Roots and after problems finding the restaurant in what we would call a 'Dodgey area' we were pleasently surprized at the decor and friendliness of the staff as we walked in.
We had a mixtures of raw and vwegggie dishes which were delicious and yes we did have to wait to order our desserts but the staff were very apologetic and the key lime pie and chocolate cheesecake were the best we have tried!
We will definately be going back on our next trip!

Pros: Food, Frendly staff

Cons: Area, Prepare for a wait at busy times

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Yea, It is Delicious! - Edit

Safe to say, one of Tampa's best restaurants and not just because its vegetarian/vegan/raw friendly! The food is packed with flavor and creativity. Never allow anyone to speak ill of vegetarian cuisine until they have visited Grass Roots! They lose one "Happy Cow" however for their high prices and slow service.
This is also a great place to take non-vegetarians. EVERYONE can absolutely enjoy this food! I recomend everything from the raw menu!

Pros: Unbelievably Fresh!, Flavorful, Nutritious!

Cons: EXPENSIVE, Long Wait for Food

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Great food...long wait - Edit

Don't go here if you're in a rush, the staff is very laid back. We sat for nearly 10 minutes before we were handed menus and another 20 before our order was taken!
But the sunshine burger (with cashew "cheese"!) made the wait worth while!

Pros: Good food

Cons: Kinda expensive, Slow staff

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Only raw food restaurant in town - Edit

I have been here twice, and I will continue to do so. The price is a bit high, but it is for a good reason. The food is very good, and I wish I had the discipline to make some raw food myself. The zucchini noodles are great and I really like the raw hummus.

Pros: raw and cooked , variety, quality taste

Cons: sketchy area, out of the way

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The BEST in Tampa, I miss this restaurant! - Edit

Although I never ever had any negative experience, I agree with other reviews: YES the neighborhood is not the best, and YES the service maybe slow sometimes BUT their food is the best without any doubt! I love sabrina's sandwich. Their onion bread is the BEST I've ever had. My other favorite was the live spaghetti marinara with treatballs, they were soooooooo good! My non-vegetarian friend even loved it. They often change menus and they changed it to Alfredo now but this is also good, too. The one I really really miss is the raw sweet potato pie! I don't know why they don't make it anymore - when I went there last time, I had to ask why. I was told that the lady who makes the pie has been so busy she discontinued making it, however, if there's enough demand, she may re-consider. So, if you're curious, demand her to make it. I guarantee you won't regret it. Lastly, for those folks who complain about service, avoid going there on Saturdays as it usually gets packed quickly with longer waiting. Try during day times on weekdays instead.

I with I could go to this restaurant again. I really really miss Grass Root!

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Best Veggie Burger I've Ever Had - Edit

Bad neighborhood, weird decor. Best veggie burger I've ever had! The sunshine burger was incredible. The moment I was done I nearly ordered another one on the spot! I had to restrain myself.

Slow service, yes. And loud and noisy from some machine they had running nearly non-stop. Friendly staff though. Just go with the expectation of hanging out and not being in a hurry.

I would eat there again in a heartbeat despite the few drawbacks. And please, for heaven's sake, make more vegan key lime cheesecake. I really wanted some and they were out, at noon! It's obviously popular. Make more!

Pros: Great food

Cons: Slow service

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