Southern Roots Filling Station is one of the most highly recommended vegan restaurants in Jacksonville, Florida. They pride themselves on their integrity, sustainability, and quality of ingredients. The cafe was founded by Mariah and her husband JP, who continue to run it to this day. Southern Roots did not start as a a café and bulk store, but simply a girl with a green market tent.
“I started Southern Roots Apothecary in 2011 after moving back to Florida from New York City,” Mariah said. “I set up every Saturday at the Dig Local Green Market selling vegan dips, spreads, baked goods, tinctures, and body products.”
In 2012, JP and Mariah embarked on a 6 month road trip to the west coast to hike, explore, eat, and visit friends and family. “When we returned to Jacksonville, we moved to Riverside and fell in love with our community there. We were walking our dog one day around the neighborhood and saw that there was a vacancy in a spot on King Street. JP and I met with the landlord and signed a lease the following week and Southern Roots Filling Station was born,” Mariah said. “It has grown and evolved in ways beyond what we could have imagined.”
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Southern Roots serves vegan, organic, and gluten-free options with a focus on local dishes and ingredients to give each dish that signature Jacksonville flavor. When I asked Mariah what excited her most about her business, her response was warm and welcoming. "I love that people feel welcome the moment they walk in the door."
If you ever find yourself in beautiful Jacksonville, Florida, make sure to stop by to enjoy delicious food. Whether you’re in the mood for a light snack or heavy meal, Southern Roots has the freshest dishes, handcrafted baked goods, prepared foods, coffee, and tea. “I always suggest the Blisscuit which is our gluten free/vegan cheezy garlic biscuit with tofu eggs salad with kraut and avocado. For a heavy meal I suggest the Proud Mary: it’s a sandwich with multigrain bread, our pumpkin seed pesto, cheese or cheez, avocado, local lettuce, cilantro oil, and toasted walnuts. It’s one of our most popular items.”
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Not only do they serve the finest and freshest organic foods, they can also bring it all to your event for catering. The cafe also doubles as a grocery store that sells high quality organic grains, seeds, soaps, and more. If you’re searching for a meal that can fill you up as well as enrich your body, great prices and even better hospitality, Southern Roots Filling Station is your one stop shop. “We care. At the heart of Southern Roots is a deep appreciation for the principles of organic, non-GMO, ethically-traded ingredients, and for the community we impact.”
And it’s only looking up from here. “We are working on some very exciting things in the fall of 2018 and 2019. Stay tuned.”