What does the ocean have in common with a burrito? Well, nothing unless you go on a paddle board trip with your best pals and then grab a burrito afterwards. That’s exactly what we did. Although I typically will post about eating vegan in Tampa (hence the name, Tampa Vegan), I couldn’t not write about Burrito Boarder in downtown St. Petersburg. This post will be considered an “Outliers” post.
My gal pal, Alexandra, suggested Burrito Boarder and felt pretty certain that I could find some vegan options there. Not only did I build myself the mecca of all vegan burritos, but I also got to meet another young fellow vegan who works there (always a pleasant treat). The space is decked out in a total surf theme, which fit perfectly with our beach/paddle board extravaganza. The ordering system works pretty similarly with other burrito shacks; you choose the type of dish you want (burrito, tacos, salad, etc), then the meat (or lack thereof, in my case), and then the plethora of toppings and additions. My burrito, pictured below, was phenomenal. The veggies were sautéed beautifully, and the guacamole made for a welcomed indulgence. Luckily the vegan employee warned me that the bean sauce contained dairy (torture juice), so he saved me some embarrassment before I had it added to my burrito.
My non-vegan friends (or, “non-enlightened ones” — however you like to think of them) made out pretty nicely, too. Alexandra made herself a gigantic salad, while Helen created some beautiful soft tacos. We were able to sit outside and do some people-watching (always entertaining in the downtown St. Pete region — think hipsters falling off their skateboards). We chowed down and thanked Alexandra endlessly for the stellar recommendation.
What I like most about Burrito Boarder is that they don’t just have vegan options, but they promote them as well. The menu is crawling with the V-word, and they even have it printed on their drink cups. With more and more people opting for a vegan lifestyle, other businesses would be wise to make their vegan options better known (even if bits of lettuce are the only option — tell us).
To give you an idea of how hip this place is, I saw a guy ride up to the store on his bike, hop off, and walk with it right into the restaurant. Furthermore, how many “hip points” did this place score when I walked in with two beautiful beach bunnies by my side? So many. If you find yourself in this area, it’s definitely worth stopping in.
As always, you’re doing a good thing 😉