With more of us easing on the side of veganism — or at least vegetarianism — it’s a cool sight to see vegan restaurants popping up in your neighborhood. We found a yummy sampling of spots around the country you should check out if you’re nearby. Seriously, even NON-vegans are fans.
Senbeb Cafe — Washington, DC
Vegan soul food with extra soul! Senbeb Cafe has been providing vegan soul food to the DC metropolitan community for over 15 years. In addition to their outstanding menu, you can shop for healthy groceries next door at their store, Senbeb Natural Foods. Truly a one-stop vegan shop!
Fan Favorites: “Crab” Cakes, Crispy Portobello Mushrooms
HipCityVeg — Philadelphia and Washington, DC
Nicole Marquis decided to open up a vegan restaurant after introducing her father – diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes — how to eat a healthier, plant-based diet. Now she has multiple HipCityVeg locations in Philly and Washington, DC! Part of her philosophy is “creating a new normal that’s better for ourselves and the world we live in.” Better for you, and delicious, too.
Fan favorites: Ziggy Burger, seasonal shakes
Lov’n It Live — East Point, Ga.
Just 10 minutes outside of Atlanta, Lov’n It Live boasts about the “high enzymic quality” of its delicious food, a testament to a strong relationship with local organic farmers. Come for the succulent, fresh food, but also enjoy the jazz music and a brilliant art gallery to please your other senses.
Fan Favorites: Battered Bellas, Mushroom Steak
Two Vegan Sistas — Memphis, Tenn.
Sista Sista! Let sisters, Bretta and Belinda King, be your guide to begin your vegan journey or just have a yummy vegan meal. While Two Vegan Sistas offers dine-in and take-out, they specialize in meal plans and catering. It’s a great way to transition to a healthier lifestyle for an affordable price!
Fan Favorites: Cashew Burger, BBQ Pulled Un-pork (Jackfruit)
Green Seed Vegan — Houston, Tex.
Houston’s mecca for vegan cuisine! With a variety of delicious cooked and raw selections, Green Seed is a must-have in your collection of go-to vegan eateries. Encouraging patrons to #takeaveggiebreak, this restaurant is the move for curious meat eaters and life-long vegans alike!
Fan Favorites: Rawrrito, Big Tex Burger
Simply Pure by Chef Stacy Dougan — Las Vegas
They say “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” but this may be the one exception! Vegan chef and nutritionist Stacey Dougan is an internationally known expert on gourmet vegan and raw foods. Simply Pure is a delicious and guilt-free addition to your next Vegas trip!
Fan Favorites: Zucchini Pasta, Red Rock Nachos
Majani Soulful Vegan Cuisine — Chicago
Majani, Swahili for green, truly reflects its name with healthy, local vegan cuisine. After years of catering, chefs Nasya and Tsadakeeyah decided to fill the void of healthy, vegan options in their community. The people of Chicago could not be happier about it. With the cozy atmosphere and delicious menu, you should come through sooner than later!
Fan Favorites: Barbecue Cauliflower, Fried Grits
Kale Cafe Juice Bar & Vegan Cuisine — Daytona, Fla.
It’s an Island ting, on a peninsula! Kale Café has a vegan take on all of your Caribbean faves and more. Separated by main tings, side tings and dessert tings, their menu has something for everyone, PLUS a juice bar that is stacked with fresh fruits and veggies.
Fan Favorites: Jerk Mushrooms, Curry Channa
Oasis Veggie Vegan Parlor — Boston
Brightly painted and lusciously decorated, Oasis Veggie Vegan Parlor is a true ray of sunshine. Only a year after opening, Oasis, owned by partners Jahriffe MacKenzie and Nahdra Ra Kiros, is already a staple in the community. Specializing in Ethiopian stews and Jamaican dishes, this place has something for everyone.
Fan Favorites: Curried Cabbage, Ethiopian Red Lentils, Mac and Cheese
The Veg Hub — Oakland, Calif.
A creation of well-known vegan inventor/restaurateur GW Chew, aka Chef Chew, The Veg Hub is Oakland’s center for plant-based livin.’ In addition to being a delicious restaurant, The Veg Hub is also a non-profit, sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and committed to social good and vegan nutrition education.
Fan Favorites: Philly Cheeze Steak, Mac & Cheese
Gabbi Gilliam is a fun yogi, vegan with a serious interest in food insecurity in America.