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All-vegan spot Dixie Dharma joins Armature Works' Heights Public Market

Vegans, rejoice. There is now a Heights Public Market vendor just for you.

Armature Works announced this week that popular Orlando-based Dixie Dharma has joined the food options in its Tampa Heights food hall.

Described as "plant-based Southern comfort food," Dixie Dharma will be the first exclusively vegan spot in the hall. Look for it along the row of food outposts that includes Empamamas and Inside the Box. Currently, there are vegan options available at most of the other spots, which include Ava, Ichicoro Imoto and Graze 1910. (There's a helpful breakdown for plant-based eaters on Armature Works' website.)

Menu options from founder and chef Shaun Noonan include the Orange Bird (a take on a Sloppy Joe), Hillbilly Chili Dawgs, Florida Fried Green Tomatoes, and Carolina BBQ Pulled Jackfruit. Dixie Dharma also plans to serve a brunch menu that includes things like vegan pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and breakfast burritos.

Overall, the Dixie Dharma menu will look similar to the one at the Orlando location, which is housed inside Market on South, a shared space that also includes the all-vegan Valhalla Bakery. (Valhalla has put down roots in Tampa Bay, too, at downtown St. Petersburg's Baum Ave Market.)

"What we're bringing to Armature Works is something people have been craving for a long time," Noonan said in a press release. "We hope to entice vegans (and non-vegans) across the Tampa Bay area with the 'finest vittles' in town."