Vegan eating is here to stay. All over the U.S., vegan restaurants are popping up and thriving. And it’s not simply because there are so many more people eating vegan. Many people are doing “Meat-Free Mondays” or simply practicing “Healthy Eating” a day or two a week.
The reason for this success is primarily due to the improved quality of the recipes and food preparation vegan chefs are creating. Today, you can have many of the favorite flavors you grew up on and some really great-tasting new ones, without any meat or animal by-products.
There are vegan restaurants in cities all over the country and you will miss out if you don’t give them a try. If you’re ever near one of the restaurants below, stop in and feed your appetite the vegan way. Here are some top U.S. vegan restaurants and their delicious offerings.
SunCafe – Studio City, CA
SunCafe is a delightful treat for the mind and body with full-service dining in a cafe environment. Catering to the wide range of tastes and dietary needs, they feature many vegan, raw food and gluten-free choices. Nacho aficionados will be thrilled with the SunNachos featuring jicama chips or blue corn chips along with SunChorizo, guacamole, nacho cheese, cashew sour cream, fresh jalapeño and pico de gallo.
The Chicago Diner – Chicago, IL
In a city known as the meatpacking capital, you might not expect such great vegan options. The number one choice here is the Chicago Diner and staying true to form the top dish is its vegan Reuben. With thinly sliced seitan on marbled rye, a nice coat of vegan Thousand Island dressing, sauerkraut and onions, you won’t waste a bite.
The Chicago Diner is also known for its vegan country-fried steaks. Traditional vegans will feel safe with their black bean burger and sweet potato fries, but should live a little and see what vegan heights can be reached at the Chicago Diner. With the motto “Meat-Free Since ’83,” you know the Chicago Diner views veganism as more than a fad.
Beyond Sushi – New York, NY
For many, the idea of eating raw fish is a non-starter. At Beyond Sushi, there’s no raw fish to worry about. By reinventing sushi with the freshest all-vegan ingredients, such as black rice, avocado, mango and spicy sauces along with creative and delicious preparations of tofu and mushrooms, you’ll wonder why you needed fish to begin with.
The Grit – Athens, GA
If you live down South or are there for a visit, you can taste southern culture at a top vegan restaurant called The Grit in Athens, Georgia. Athens is considered by some to be the Portland of Georgia. With a hip vibe, you’ll know you’re eating true southern cooking with biscuits, soysage patties, grits, rice, beans and cheese. The prices are affordable, the food is great and the southern vibe will keep you coming back.
Cornbread Cafe – Eugene, OR
There are many fine vegan restaurants in Oregon, especially up in Portland, but you’ll want to drive south a bit to Eugene for this popular vegan eatery. Just the name alone will draw some people, but the fact that it was a featured restaurant on Guy Fieri’s “Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives” will bring vegans and non-vegans alike to see what the excitement is about.
Cornbread Cafe features food from the Deep South in the Northwest. The “chicken”-fried tempeh with rich white gravy, flaky biscuits and vegan mac and cheese will satisfy your cravings. And that’s just the beginning of Cornbread Cafe’s many ways of putting the South in your mouth and keeping you gluten-free, too.
The world of vegan food is going through its golden age and there is no better time to enjoy this healthy and delightful way of eating. Don’t fight it, it’s here to stay and ready for you to enjoy.