5 Vegan Havens in JAX

Murray Hillbilly. Photo from fb.com/TheMurrayHillbilly.

Whether you’re newly vegan, a longtime plant-based eater, or just someone who’s trying to eat healthier in the new year, the Jacksonville area has plenty to offer for those on the hunt for high-quality vegan food. From indulgent plant-based takes on classic diner foods to more elevated, healthy options, there’s a bit of everything out there on the Jax vegan scene.

Murray Hillbilly

Offering a menu of rich, hearty plant-based, gluten-free, Southern-inspired comfort food, Murray Hillbilly is a sensation among Jacksonville area vegans. Show up with an appetite and you’re sure to leave stuffed, thanks to their generous portions and indulgent vegan treats like mac and cheese, burgers, and Buffalo wings.  Their cozy, industrial-chic space and savory eats will have you coming back for more. Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. 1044 Edgewood Ave. S Jacksonville, FL; murrayhillbilly.com //@themurrayhillbilly


The lovechild of chef LaTasha Kaiser, Kravegan has an incredible selection of decadent vegan and plant-based cuisine found in the most unusual of locations: the food court of the Orange Park Mall. LaTasha was inspired to explore the world of plant-based cooking after going vegan about six years ago, riffing on family recipes to create soul food-influenced dishes that just happen to be meatless. The meatless ribs, collard greens, and veggie gumbo are among the menu highlights. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday + Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. 1910 Wells Rd. Orange Park, FL; kravegan.com // @kraveganllc

The Walrus

With fun, psychedelic interior and a love for the Beatles that extends from a series of murals throughout the building to the name of the place itself (as in “goo goo g’joob”), The Walrus is a one-of-a-kind spot that also specializes in vegan sandwiches. Stop in for vegan takes on classic sandwiches like a Reuben, a caprese, and a turkey club, and stick around for a game of billiards or pinball, enjoy some live music or comedy, or even indulge in a drink or two from their extensive, creative menu of cocktails, smoothies, and juices. Sunday through Tuesday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday 11-12 a.m.; 948 Edgewood Ave. S Jacksonville, FL; thewalrusjax.com // @thewalrusjax

Vegan Cafe Jax

A relative newcomer to the vegan dining scene in Jacksonville, Vegan Cafe Jax’s scratch kitchen opened in 2021 and has quickly become a go-to spot for healthy eaters of all stripes. Crafted with an eye towards sustainability, healthfulness and flavor, the menu was shaped by a collaboration between a real deal medical doctor and head chef Matthew Bardroff. They work to make dishes that have “familiar flavors without the junk,” a noble goal that you’ll agree is worth the effort when you try their food. Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 2624 Atlantic Blvd. Suite 3 Jacksonville, FL; vegancafejax.com // @vegancafejax

True Food Kitchen

With a few dozen locations scattered across the country, True Food Kitchen is a chain restaurant that feels like a neighborhood spot. Their open, warm interior and tranquil decor make this an extremely relaxing, cozy joint that you’ll find yourself returning to frequently, sampling their ever-changing seasonal menu featuring a ton of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, including current menu favorites like the Korean noodle bowl, a vegan double cheeseburger, and a roasted butternut squash pizza made with almond ricotta. Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday + Saturday 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; 5205 Big Island Dr. Jacksonville, FL; truefoodkitchen.com // @livetruefood

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