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Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli

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Gulfport, Fla. –  Today we are heading out to the Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli. Located on Boca Ciega Bay,  the little town of Gulfport is famous for its variety of dining experiences. But what really was the determining factor for me, I couldn’t handle seeing anymore instagram pics without trying it. So, was it as good as it looked?  

Located on Beach Boulevard in beautiful Gulfport, Florida

What is the GDVD

The Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli opened in early August of 2018. GDVD  is a combination deli, vegan butchery, and bakery, serving coffee, kombucha, beer and wine.  Most items are made from scratch, including all sausages, cutlets, seitan, sliced wheat meats, sauces, salads, and baked goods.

Right when you walk in you can see your tasty choices on the large chalkboard menu. DO NOT FORGET to look to the left of it for the dailey specials! For you Gluten sensitive, Gluten-free proteins include tempeh, tofu and chickpea. All sandwiches can be made on gluten-free bread ($2 up-charge) or on a bed of greens ($2 up-charge). 

On top of all the work they put into making their own proteins, additionally, all of the baked goods are made from scratch on site! I LOVE fresh made bread. It can give a sandwich an amazing boost. So I guess you can tell what I have my sights set on.

Once you have decided (and it ain’t easy) you can place your order at the counter. And don’t forget your beverage of choice. 

GDVD has rotating local craft drafts from Pinellas Ale WorksMastry’sGreen BenchCoppertail, select craft canned beer from Swamp HeadRed CypressCider BoysDear Mom Oregon wineBandit Coffee(iced or hot), and a variety of flavors from  Mother Kombucha . 

The Meal

We went ahead and placed our order, grabbed two Mother Kombuchas off the tap, and decided to take advantage of the amazing weather and the great outdoor seating and sit out front. For those “not so perfect” days, they also have a nice indoor dining room as well. 

It didn’t take long before one of the friendly staff members brought our order out to the table. 

The Rachel

This was one of the items on the special board-

Turkey style seitan with avocado smoked gouda, thousand island dressing and herb and garlic kraut from the folks at @Stpeteferments and piled in between two fresh slices of homemade marble rye.

$10.5

Chilli Mac

This is EXACTLY what it sounds like. Cheezey Mac topped with a healthy portion of GDVD homemade chili. We split this as a side, and still took a large portion of it home. Which then got devoured for dinner, so yeah it was good. 

$8

Tarpon Style Greek Salad 

Green leaf & romaine tossed with beets, cucumber, tomato, onion, feta, kalamatas, pepperoncinis, greek dressing, crostini, potato salad.

$12

"This has everything I would want on a Greek salad" - the wife

Chili Dog

Housemade chili, yellow mustard, chives, pretzel bun.

one | $6  two | $10

Donuts

So for today’s selection we had a choice of- Blueberry jam, birthday cake, cinnamon sugar, chocolate pretzel, D’ohNut, key lime pie 

WARNING THESE WILL SELL OUT 

We were lucky enough to have choices, so we grabbed a few chocolate pretzel and Blueberry Jam 

The Verdict

The GDVD has done an incredible job at extending the warm and welcoming feeling that Gulfport gives its visitors to their diners. With a choice of three dining areas, the inside dining room. The front sidewalk dining. Or the large open-air seating on the side of the building. This naturally tree shaded area is peaceful and dog friendly. It’s also perfect for larger gatherings. 

As for the food, they lived up to every expectation I had. 

The Rachel captured the true flavors of a Turkey Reuben. From the soft fresh marble rye, to the tang of the kraut and dressing. They nailed it. 

The Chili Mac and Chili Dog were also delicious. I love the added touch of the corn in the homemade chili. 

As for the Tarpon Style Greek Salad, I think my wifes quote says it best,” it has everything I would expect a Greek salad to have. From the Olives to the Potato salad”  Sounds like a salad any visitor to the sponge docks would appreciate.  

Now for the donuts. WOW! No really WOW! I have had my fair share of vegan donuts. And let me be the first to tell you not all vegan donuts are the same. These were the bomb! The first thing I noticed is they weren’t overly dense. When you bite into them they feel like an airy bite of goodness. The chocolate pretzel donut was awesome. The perfect balance between pretzel and chocolate. The stuffed blueberry jam donut, well that was freaking awesome. I am “that guy” so when we got them home I had to cut one in half….these babies are stuffed with blueberry goodness. 

So, will we be back? YES!  And for all of you that might not be 100% vegan/plant-based, this is a great alternative to your usual. The menu is full of recognizable items, with a plant-based twist.    

My Rating
5/5

LOCATION

2930 Beach Blvd S
​Gulfport, FL 33707
 

HOURS

Sunday – Tuesday 10am – 7pm
Closed Wednesday
Thursday – Saturday 10am – 9pm

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About The Author

Mike
Hey Hey! I’m Mike, The Social Introvert, and for over 30 years I have been exploring the Sunshine state. As a long time plant-based (vegan) who enjoys pop-culture, the latest tech news and adventuring around Florida, this is the place where I share my adventures and tips on traveling Florida plant-based through my articles and photographs.

1 thought on “Golden Dinosaurs Vegan Deli”

  1. Hey, Mike!
    So glad you liked everything at our Shop! We really appreciate you taking all the time to take all these great photos and put links up to all of our friends and local folks that we also like to spotlight. Your writeup is so sweet and really made our day! We look forward to hearing from you again soon!
    Warmly,
    Brian, Audrey & GDVD Crew

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