10 Hot Vegetarian & Vegan Eateries in the US
Choosing a plant based diet is a healthy and sustainable way to live: that much is clear. And now more than ever, people around the world are choosing to eat vegetarian & vegan meals that help them feel good on the inside, and do good on the outside. Today we’re bringing you another feast for the senses, as we count down 10 of the best vegetarian & vegan eateries around the US. Will your favorite sit alongside the rest? Find out below.
📍 Chicago, Illinois
We can’t begin this list without giving our own best restaurant forward first! Ground Control is a vegetarian & vegan restaurant that also makes its food gluten free on request (alongside having a few gluten free staples on its menu as standard), which means they’ve got something for literally everyone.
Whilst their menu is currently available for delivery only, part of Grouund Control’s alure is their cool interior design, which sees space prints and geometric shapes plastered on their walls in gaudy and moody colors. This is a fantastic spot for an Insta shot, and with a menu offering staples like Baja Tacos, Southern Fried Tofu, Beet Burgers, Beer Braised Kale, Buffalo Wings, Curry Fritters and Asian BBQ Sandwiches, there’s certainly a lot to choose from, no matter what your tastebuds demand.
📍 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Vegetable lovers, hands up 🖐🏽🥗🥦🥔🌶🥕 Vedge is an award winning restaurant that bases their menu around seasonal vegetables paired with craft beers, wines, and cocktails for the perfect fancy dining experience.
Eat in, take-out, or enjoy their sidewalk seating and do a little people watching as you enjoy your meal, there’s plenty to choose from, including 3 distinct menu selections including The Vedge Bar, for cold dishes and starters, The Dirt List, for medium plates of seasonal veggies, and The Grill – a richer selection for anyone with a large appetite.
📍 Branford, Connecticut
G-Zen prides itself on its organic, vegetarian & vegan, sustainable cuisine, that’s certain from the moment you rock up to this restaurant. In fact, this zero waste, zen eatery has had its praises sung by the likes of The New York Times, Peta, CBS News, Happy Cow, and NBC thanks to founders Mark & Ami’s huge vision. These vegan chefs are inspired by creating new, cutting edge, delicious meals that make veggies and non-veggies alike happy. Their food is created fresh every day, and currently open for delivery, take-away, and outside dining.
Shreeji Indian Vegetarian Street Food
📍 Louisville, Kentucky
Any fans of Indian cuisine need to high tail it to Shreeji in Kentucky, where you’ll find a true feast for the senses. A tandoori infusion that brings sweet, savoury, spicy, and fragrant flavors together, Shreeji is the spot for cheap, authentic Indian street food that can be spiced to your liking.
With treats on the menu like Masala Dosa, Chole Bhature, Sev Puri, Bhel, Samosa Chaat, and Pav Bhaji, there’s a little bit of everything to choose from that’ll leave even the most picky eater finding their perfect dish. And with opening times that span the entire week, there’ll be no reason for anyone to miss out on a taste of India.
📍 Denver, Colorado
If you enjoy a good fulfilling comfort food laden meal from time to time, Watercourse is the spot for you. This vegetarian & vegan restaurant is Denver’s first of its kind, and they’re a welcoming bunch from as soon as you wander through the doors into its understated, yet casually chic decorated space.
Whether you want to share a portion of cauliflower wings, indulge in a Power Waffle or Fennel Sausage Bolognese, take a classic dish like the BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich for a ride, or help yourself to a Ho Ho Cupcake for dessert, you won’t be let down by the choice at Watercourse. They’ve even got seasonal juices, shakes, beer, cider, wines and cocktails to really seal the deal. This place is really worth the drive.
📍 SE Portland, Oregon
Canteen is a reasonably priced joint that offers smoothies, salads, rice bowls, and breakfast bowls. Freshly sourced and picked fruits and veggies are on offer here, and their delicious meals are simple, yet filling, and probably the healthiest meals on this list yet (especially if you add one of their Master shots onto your order!).
Visit them in SE Portland or their Lake Oswego site for double the deliciousness, and feel the health literally seeping into your body with every bite of your breakfast or lunch.
📍 Rockville, Maryland
If you’re looking for a clean, bright, spacious spot for your lunch, St. Veg has got your back. With its versatile vegetarian & vegan (plus gluten-free!) menu too, it’d be difficult to not have the best time at this awesome burger joint.
In fact, St. Veg’ll have you tucking into your No Guilt burger, Mumbai Burger, Mini Sunshine Cakes, or Vegball Sub Sandwich and coming back for seconds too, because the food here is outstanding. They’re open 6 days a week and currently working with take-out, delivery, and a little bit of outdoor seating too, so you can get your fix any way you need it.
📍 Ridgewood, New Jersey
You’ll find cuisine from all over the world at Green Fusion, which was named the best vegetarian & vegan restaurant in New Jersey by the way. Currently open for take out, eating in, and outside dining through the lunch and dinner hours, you can have your pick of everything on their menu from the Crispy Cauli BBQ Pizza, to their Fusion Flatbread, Manhattan Masala Tofu, Avacado Pesto Pasta, Wild Mushroom Bisque, or even their Truffle Rigatoni.
This restaurant has something for every taste, and they do amazing holiday specials too.
Green Box Kitchen
📍 Wilmington, Delaware
Green Box Kitchen began its life as a non-profit project to help youngsters around Delaware find entrepreneurial jobs. Well it worked so well its evolved into a plant-based cafe that prides itself on its hand crafted grain bowls, acai bowls, salads, smoothies, and hand-pressed juices. This is certainly another spot to take a lengthy, delicious, and fresh breakfast, where you’ll find only the best ingredients in your food.
Find them in two aesthetically pleasing spots in Wilmington: Market Street, or their Deco location on W 10th Street.
JaJaJa Plantas Mexicana
📍 New York, New York
If you want a lunch spot that’s Instagram friendly, with a hearty dose of Mexican Cuisine on the side, JaJaJa Plantas Mexicana is the spot for you.
Whilst you’d normally couple Mexican cuisine with plenty of meat, and dripping with cheese, JaJaJa does it differently, swapping out their meat and dairy products for high-protein, delicious alternatives that’ll leave you deliciously full. Take your pick from a menu that’s bound to take a while to get through thanks to their insane specialities, all day brunch, or bowl options that will have you returning time and time again.
Once you’ve finished, you might want to wade your way through the tequila menu, which boasts 35 types, or even treat yourself to one of their sumptuous desserts. The sky’s the limit at JaJaJa.
Ready to hit the road and discover all 10 of these restaurants? Yeah, us too. Let us know your favorite from the list, or if there are any unmissable vegetarian & vegan spots we forgot to include! Until next week!