If you are the kind of foodie that I am, you would be all about exploring new tastes, flavors, smells, textures – anything that has to do with food deliciousness. Plus, food is not about a meal itself – food comes with an atmosphere, a good company and an amazing aftertaste that are essential for a truly wonderful foodie experience!
I massively enjoy exploring new restaurants, and this has grown into a huge passion since I took meat off my plate. Wherever I go, one of the things I am most excited about is checking out the vegan options available there, and would usually come back a bit heavier after the trip – I just never seem able to resist those amazing things on the menu, so I usually order all that looks new, exciting, and extra tasty!
If you are like me, you’ll love the following round-up of
Where: San Antonio, Texas
What To Order: Sweet Potato Sundried Tomato Enchiladas with Sunflower Cream
This place prides itself on “serving and preserving Tex-Mex and Latino culture with plant-based cuisine.” Their mouthwatering menu proves anyone can help pass on heritage through food, regardless of their diet.
Where: Asheville, North Carolina
What To Order: The coconut cornbread with grilled baby green onions, sauce romesco and hazelnuts.
Plant loves Asheville, where they feel they can share a “deep concern for the environment, our individual and collective health, and ethical and compassionate lifestyles.” But those serious undertakings don’t take away from the always light and refreshing food.
Where: Kansas City, Missouri
What To Order: The Liberated: Kelp noodle pasta with walnut pesto, tomatoes, and almond parmesan.
With locations all over Cali, the Kansas City café stands out as a vegan haven in the heart of the Midwest. The menu lets you choose your meal based on how you ~feel~, which sounds corny but somehow totally works.
Where: Portland, Oregon
What To Order: The raspberry almond oat cake.
Yup, the name is totally a nod to evolutionary theory, and this place might convince you that vegans come out on top. The menu “combines both rustic and modern cooking techniques, highlighting the flavors of France, Italy & Spain.”
Where: Seattle, Washington
What To Order: The El Besito Caliente burger, with pastrami-style tofu and jalapeño aioli.
If their Instagram isn’t enough to make you drool, rest assured that Plum Bistro is bringing their vegan A-game. With amazing burgers and American favorites, this place will convince you that vegan brunch is the only brunch worth having.
Where: Somerville, Massachusetts
What To Order: The Phyllo Purse (above, left), stuffed with brandy-braised tempeh and summer squash.
This upscale bistro in the hip part of Somerville is pretty much the only fine dining spot for classy vegans in the Boston area. But thankfully is got more than enough delicious food to keep the conscientious eater satisfied.
Where: Oakland, California
What To Order: The chocolate hazelnut espresso torte (above, left).
If you’re looking for award-winning vegan cuisine, look no further than Millennium, leading the Bay Area’s vegan scene since 1994. The dishes are always changing with the seasons, and their cocktails frequently feature freshly-squeezed juices. Yummm.
Where: New York, New York
What To Order: Three words: Korean. Fried. Broccoli.
Award-winning chef Amanda Cohen knows how to fry: She could probably deep-fry a cinderblock and you’d still savor every bite. She thinks of veggies as “candy from the earth,” and her comforting menu of hush puppies and puddings will make you inclined to agree.
Where: Cambridge, Massachusetts
What To Order: Build your own black bean or mushroom-chickpea burger with fresh and creative toppings, like corn & apple salsa, red pepper purée, or corned beef seitan.
If you thought being vegan meant giving up greasy spoon diners, Veggie Galaxy is here to prove you wrong. You can veganize all your comfort food favorites, and then treat yo self to some Boston Creme Pie (a vegan New Englander’s dream).
Where: Los Angeles, California
What To Order: “Chicken” & Waffles.
Though L.A. is swarming with vegan options, few are as sleek and refined as Crossroads. And the elegant decor is the perfect backdrop for these subtle but flavorful dishes that are always so freaking colorful!
Where: Virginia Beach, Virginia
What To Order: The Harvest Salad Steamer, which is like part salad, part soup.
Fruitive may seem like another run-of-the-mill juicery, but their crisp and clever food options cover everything from breakfast to dessert with veggie goodness. They have also somehow mastered the art of the kale chip, a feat not easily accomplished.
Where: Austin, Texas
What To Order: Any one of their seasonal and delicious tarts.
When you’re deep in the land of barbecue and ribs, it’s tough for a vegan outpost to stand out. But Counter Culture lives up to its name by creating flavorful and hearty meals that are clearly made with as much love as that brisket from the food truck nearby.
Where: Brooklyn, New York
What To Order: Breakfast enchiladas
Champs has become a beacon of glorious vegan gluttony in the heart of Brooklyn. The amount of plant- and bean-based deliciousness they pack into their burritos, sandwiches, and bowls is mad impressive.
Where: Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
What To Order: The Tropical Chimichanga (above, left).
This place has everything you’d want in a warm, nostalgic Midwestern restaurant, but it’s all vegan! Even the cheese! They have an adorable jukebox, a (vegan!) ice cream soda fountain, and regular dinner & a movie nights upstairs in the “Starlight Ballroom”.
Where: Chicago, Illinois
What To Order: Chili Croquettes
This bright, cheery, vegan cafe and bakery has everything you could want for lunch and beyond. All their classic platters, sandwiches, and treats are light and crips but dense with nutrients, so you’ll never walk away with that I-could-eat-that-three-more-times pit in your stomach.
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”