Green Erth Bistro is a quaint little restaurant in San Marco and specializes in organic, Persian and Vegan cuisine, according to them. Organic and
Persian? Sure. Vegan? Well, they have a few Vegan dishes on the menu and if that means they specialize in it..well..OK. Jacksonville doesn’t have a large offering of anything Vegan so I guess you just take what you can get. Not that we are Vegan, I just thought it interesting they claim the Vegan thing when about 90% of their menu are meat dishes.
We stopped in for some takeout and first opted for the Must-o-kiar appetizer- Greek yogurt mixed with diced cucumbers and seasonings. Served with a side of pita bread, the must-o-kiar was good though not very thick. It was hard to keep it on the pita. However, it was seasoned very well and to me was just like a tzatziki sauce.
We also tried the California Pizza and we added the optional avocado for a small charge. The flatbread was topped with goat cheese, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, basil and a balsamic glaze. Inventive and creative I guess, it was pretty good and something we would order again.
The Vegetarian Wrap was organic greens, tomato, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese and chopped walnuts topped with a garlic dressing and wrapped in a wheat tortilla. Not a bad mix of ingredients, but not very filled. The wrap was mostly, well, wrap and lacking of a decent serving of vegetables. Not impressed.
There are plenty of other options on the menu however, especially if you do eat meat. Beef or chicken kabobs, a variety of meat stews round out a menu of sandwiches, pizza, salads and soups. A decent place for something quick but nothing real earth shattering. Still worth a visit though. Just don’t let the Vegan thing fool you. Claiming to specialize in Vegan food is really stretching the truth here. They are no more Vegan than Burger King who has a single Veggie Burger on the menu.