Fresca on Addison
22 S Addison St., Richmond
Hours Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
This very popular hideaway in the Fan is the product of the father-daughter team of Jenna Sneed, who is a longtime vegan, and dad Jimmy Sneed, a well-known chef, who is not. Their two seemingly different approaches to food became one; Jimmy is a chef whose obsession with top-quality ingredients and tons of flavor melds perfectly here with Jenna’s insistence on local, farm fresh and animal-free food. As they describe it, “At Fresca we’re serving awesome pizzas from our stone oven, sandwiches, hearty soups, big stews (curry, ratatouille, cabbage and chorizo-ish) on brown rice, grits, quinoa, and the like. And honkin’ desserts. And great coffee.” Almost every item on the menu can be made vegan or gluten-free. There’s lots to choose from, and the food is the stuff to rejoice over.
215 East Bank St., Petersburg
Hours Monday – Friday from 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Saturday from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Open since 2009 in the formerly ruined shell of the Southern Express building in Old Town Petersburg., the locally owned, nicely decorated Demolition Coffee serves Lamplighter Coffee roasted in Richmond. It’s not strictly a health food hangout, but the menu includes enough “clean eats” among its sandwiches, soups, salads, and hot and cold drinks to make any careful eater happy. Just a few doors away is the Buttermilk Bake Shop, a traditional bakery that offers vegan cupcakes and a rotating selection of other vegan dessert treats.
Local Vibe Cafe
414 North Market St., Petersburg
Hours Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Sundays from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Fast, affordable, healthy, delicious. What’s not to like? Local Vibe Café is a newish (opened in April 2017) and locally owned restaurant that is becoming a “must-stop” site among people, local and out-of-towners alike, who like healthy, local ingredients. It’s a line-style restaurant, where you can build your own “bowl” meal combining your choice among rice, beans, salad greens and vegetables, sauces, meats, tofu, and cheeses. Everything is sources from local farmers, and items are available as options for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and low carb diets.