The Best Vegan Restaurant In Every State

August 3, 2021

There are so many incredible options for vegans now when it comes to animal product alternatives, but 100% vegan eateries are also popping up left and right! Vegans don’t just want food that is amazing “vegan food”—they want amazing food. Period. Thanks to hundreds of all-vegan eateries around the country, the plant-based community is getting just that. Here is the best vegan restaurant in every state in the USA:

Alabama: Underground VeganBirmingham– The perfect spot for Southern favorites, here you can feast on vegan shrimp po’boys and other deliciously greasy fare! This place is ideal for vegans who want a taste of classically Southern favorites (and who have a soft spot for seafood, but don’t want to harm oceanic beings or the sea).

Alaska: Sweet HerbivoreAnchorage– This is seemingly the one fully vegan eatery in the state, but it holds its own with its huge selection of vegan sweets and cupcakes, including flavors like lemon blueberry and cinnamon brown sugar.

Arizona: Earth Plant BasedPhoenix– A trip to Arizona wouldn’t be complete without eating some seriously scrumptious Mexican-inspired food, and this place delivers on that! Expect vegan shrimp, fish, or al pastor tacos, street corn, and made from scratch flautas!

Arkansas: MeMe’s Twisted PotatoLittle Rock– Everything is made fresh to-order at this Southern comfort food spot. The menu isn’t huge, but everything is ridiculously fresh and flavorful, so you won’t be missing a beat.

California: Mesa Verde RestaurantSanta Barbara With so many options for vegans in California, it can be hard to definitively say one is above the rest, but this sophisticated eatery earned it with their little oasis by the sea serving up the most colorful Mediterranean food. Expect to feel closer to Mother Earth by the end of your meal, because Mesa Verde honors her with their thoughtful creations and flavors.

Colorado: Watercourse FoodsDenver– This isn’t just an eatery looking out for the animals. They also are socially conscious, paying their workers a living wage thanks to charging 20% service fees on all food items. Stock up on vegan artisan cheeses and meats made in house, and feast on pastries, charcuterie, and huge sandwiches!

Connecticut: G-ZenBranford– While there are so many restaurants that could be listed in this vegan-friendly state, it would be wrong to not feature this iconic legend. Listed on “Top 10 Vegan Restaurants in the USA” by Travel+Leisure Magazine and Food Network, one look at their menu and it’s no surprise why. Enjoy every kind of soup, starters from around the world, radiant salads, and among other things, Raw Lemon Lavender Cheesecake!

Delaware: Go Vegan PhillyWilmington– Specializing in comfort food, this Wilmington eatery is essential for anyone craving soul food. Their “Fresh Prince” menu item involves a big filet of vegan fish, collard greens, cornbread, and vegan seafood salad!

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Florida: Plant MiamiMiami– Plant Miami has a seasonally inspired menu that wows with its flower-topped creations. Munch on vegan cheese platters, classical pizza, and papaya cheesecake among the other gloriously colorful items!

Georgia: Slutty VeganAtlanta– This place is sure to wow even the most cynical carnivore. Their towering burgers are dripping in cheese and succulent sauces, and every sandwich packs a huge flavor! It would be a complete tragedy to not eat here if you’re anywhere near the state.

Hawaii: Peace CafeHonolulu– This is the ultimate spot for dishes like katsu, bi bim bap, and shrimp…but it’s all entirely vegan! It’s the perfect place to get a taste of the local cultural dishes as a vegan, without missing out on a thing.

Idaho: High Note CafeBoise– If you’re craving classically Idahoan fare, look no further. Here, you can fill up on 100% vegan hot cakes with homemade strawberry sauce, breakfast potatoes, berry lemonades, grilled cheeses, and so much more!

Illinois: Healthy SubstanceChicago– Named as one of the nation’s top 100 restaurants by Yelp, it’s easy to see why. This authentically Mexican eatery is entirely vegan, and serves up cruelty free versions of scrumptious foods like steak tacos, chilaquiles, and even green mole tamales!

Indiana: 10th Street DinerIndianapolis– The Midwest is famous for its comfort food, and while vegans can feel left out of that in this region of the country, 10th Street Diner is the exception. Expect vegan monte cristo sandwiches and waffles, vegan pulled pork sandwiches, and even vegan french toast!

Iowa: Trumpet Blossom CafeIowa City– This eatery’s mission is to make food that honors the land and seasons, and their menu reflects that beautifully. Here you can find dishes like “Solstice Salad,” vegan mushroom bowls, and even seasonal pickled vegetable platters.

Kansas: Archibowls, Lawrence– After doing research about veganism, the owner of this longtime Kansas restaurant decided to go vegan and turned the entire menu of this place vegan this summer! Here you can enjoy flavorful vegan tacos, fried fajitas, the best salsa in the state, and even pastries!

Kentucky: V-GritsLouisville- This restaurant is the perfect place to grab late night favorites like sloppy joe crunchwraps, animal burgers, thai fries, chips and queso, and even loaded tortilla soup…all 100% vegan!

Louisiana: Sweet SoulfoodNew Orleans- There are tons of options in this city in particular, but Sweet Soulfood stands above the rest for its hearty vegan southern food! Come hungry, because this restaurant changes its menu daily, rotating between dishes like okra gumbo, cornbread, jambalaya, and even creole curry! If you’re craving classic Louisiana cooking as vegan, this is your spot.

Maine: Lovebirds DonutsKittery- Named as one of the top 10 doughnut makers in the world by HappyCow and the best doughnuts in the world by PETA, this place is not to miss. For a taste of Maine’s nature, get the blueberry jam! For something summery, get the strawberry shortcake! There are so many delicious options to choose from and they’re huge enough to be a meal in themselves.

Maryland: LioraBaltimore- One of Matthew Kenney’s fine dining restaurants, Liora delivers a memorable experience with its exquisitely beautiful food. Enjoy the succulent tastes of luxurious Maryland classics turned vegan like crab cakes, raw heirloom tomato lasagne, kelp noodle cacio e pepe, artisinal cheese plates, and much more. Dress up and get ready for the most elegant food of your life!

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Massachusetts: True BistroSomerville- This place is truly one of a kind. True Bistro is an upscale vegan eatery, gracing customers with creations like lilac infused panna cotta served with cherries and candied pansies, and chilled cucumber soup made with roasted red peppers, and dill toppped with toasted walnuts and pomegranate molasses! Everything is artistic, original, and extremely imaginative.

Michigan: Rad.ish Mexican Street FoodTraverse City- Mexican- and female-owned, this is an important place to support. The owner is also an animal rights activist, and her menu is aimed at inspiring people to see that food doesn’t need to involve animal products to be ridiculously good. The Mexican street fries, taquitos, and asada tacos are especially good.

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Minnesota: Herbie Butcher’s Fried Chicken, Minneapolis- From the owners of the Herbivorous Butcher comes this Minnesotan gem! Essentially a vegan KFC with way better quality, here customers can munch on vegan fried chicken, tots, vegan mac, and biscuits.

Mississippi: Soul Wired Cafe, Jackson- Soul Wired is a much beloved pop-up eatery, with a weekly menu featuring the best of Mississippi cuisine. Expect flavorful dishes like loaded vegan hot dogs, chili, banana pudding, cornbread, pot pies, and of course BBQ sandwiches!

Missouri: Kind FoodKansas City- This is the most eco-friendly eatery in the state, and their comfort food is incredibly delicious as well with their avoidance of processed ingredients. All of their food containers and utensils are compostable, and the restaurant itself is inside a shipping a container! Here, you can enjoy zero-waste meals like healthy vegan nachos, loaded baked potatoes, spicy wraps, and even cookies.

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Montana: Veera DonutsMissoula- This all-vegan bakery is a staple in Missoula, and is beloved state-wide! If you dream of Montana huckleberry pop tarts, wild blueberry fritters, and classic Montana breakfast sandwiches, this is your place.

Nebraska: FauxmahaOmaha- There is no need for vegans to miss out on the classic Midwestern BBQ fare, thanks to this spot. Fauxmaha is an all vegan eatery serving up classics from the region- with a cruelty free twist. Come here to devour every type of BBQ sandwich, loaded hot dogs, and even buffalo tots.

Nevada: PotsLas Vegas- This hidden gem is an absolute must if you’re in the area. Beloved among locals, this eatery serves up authentic Egyptian food that happens to be 100% vegan! If you came to Las Vegas for the international influences and food, Pots has you covered. Enjoy the charred baba ganoush, pickled eggplant, beleela, lentil soup, taamia platters, and of course—koshari!

New Hampshire: Country Life RestaurantKeene- Ever dreamed of an all-vegan buffet? This is your spot! This restaurant serves up a buffet of all GMO-free, homemade, and deliciously natural food. Their menu changes constantly, but expect food typical to this rural area of New England like cream of spinach soup and big slices of pie!

New Jersey: Luna Verde Vegan Mexican Restaurant, Bradley Beach- Be prepared for the best Mexican fare of your life…and it happens to be entirely vegan! This beloved restaurant is where you can grab succulent birria tacos, queso fundido, ceviche, tacos with nopales and oyster mushrooms, enchiladas asada, jackfruit tamales, strawberry tres leches cake, and much more! Call in advance, as this sustainable eatery makes their dishes to order so as to not waste ingredients, and wait times can be well over an hour.

New Mexico: Plantita Vegan BakerySanta Fe- This spot is perfect for vegan pastries and local classics. Expect huge helpings of creations like green chili bagels with hatch coconut cream cheese, cornbread, Mexican hot chocolate cookies, biscuits and gravy, empanadas, and apple hand pies!

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New York: Avant GardenNew York City- Located in East Village, this is the most romantic spot in the city for delicious dishes made with the highest quality of ingredients. Their hen of the woods, celery root, avocado dishes are especially beautiful.

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North Carolina: PlantAsheville- Plant might be the best restaurant on the east coast, and it happens to be 100% vegan. Their food is locally sourced, organic, wholesome, and ridiculously delicious. The cheese plate is as stunning as it is flavorful, with the foraged flowers, black garlic oil, and pickled vegetables being the perfect accents to the centerpieces cheeses. The lasagna cruda, applewood smoked mushroom, and masala uttapam are also incredible.

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North Dakota: Wild Terra CiderFargo- Currently, there aren’t any 100% vegan eateries in the state (the first one opened in 2016 and went out of business during the pandemic), but Wild Terra Cider is a great cider bar to check out. Their drinks are all vegan, and this spot is highly beloved among locals. Not only that, but they serve entirely vegan snacks like flatbreads and hummus platters! If you’re wanting to visit somewhere entirely vegan in the state, this is your best bet.

Ohio: Harmony Plant FareCincinnati- This is the top rated vegan eatery in the entire state of Ohio, and for good reason. Their award winning sandwiches are flavorful, succulent, and dripping with homemade sauces. Come here for incredible vegan turkey havarti, grilled cheese, and Italian sandwiches!

Oklahoma: The BeetBoxOklahoma City and Tulsa- The Beet Box is a female- and black-owned vegan food truck (the owners are both under 25 as well!), and it’s won some serious awards. Veg News named their vegan chicken sandwich one of the best sandwiches in America, and their fan base is huge! Their goal is to make vegan alternatives that don’t just replace their animal-based counterparts, but taste better than them. Their menu includes every possible kind of chicken sandwich, lobster rolls, shrimp tacos, cookies, and carrot cake!

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Oregon: Farm SpiritPortland- Oregon may be the unofficial vegan capital of the country due to its number of entirely vegan eateries, but Farm Spirit really stands out. Hosting monthly dinner parties, this farm-to-table restaurant is seasonal, upscale, and absolutely stunning. Expect to treat your palate to flavors of the Pacific Northwest with masterpieces like warm nettle cake, abenaki corn with cherries and olive oil ice cream, zucchini ceviche, and sea beans.

Pennsylvania: VedgePhiladelphia- Pennsylvania is one of the most vegan-friendly states in the U.S.A., and Vedge is time and time again called out for its impeccable creations. This high class dining destination features a seasonal menu, offering customers the chance to taste the local fare. Enjoy dishes like brandywine tomato tartare, smoked portobella carpaccio, rutabaga fondue, and grilled gold bar squash. The restaurant prides itself in highlighting vegetables rather than processed foods that are often used to replace meat. Here in this brick mansion, vegetables are allowed to show off.

Rhode Island: BesinaProvidence- Located in the first ever vegan food hall, Besina is a colorful and flavorful spot to grab a bite! Enjoy vegan dorado tacos (identical to fish tacos, sans cruelty), mole burritos, chile rellenos, pineapple pastor tacos, and even crispy churros!

South Carolina: Neon TigerCharleston- This vegan restaurant is entirely vegan, futuristic, and luxuriously creative. The cool, dark atmosphere of hot pink lights, backlit plants, and an outer space aesthetic keeps this spot from blending in- that, and their out of this world food. Come here for the trumpet mushroom calamari, konjac shrimp, fromaggio and champignon pizza (complete with cauliflower potato cream sauce, thyme, cracked black pepper, and truffle oil). Stay for the decadent chocolate cake served with a side of cocoa fondue and local berries.

South Dakota: Sanaa’s Gourmet MediterraneanSioux Falls- There is not even a vegan coffee shop in the entire state, but Sanaa’s Gourmet Mediterranean is an eatery that features an entirely vegan soup menu, a separate vegan entree menu, and all of their spread are vegan as well. The chef and owner is a celebrity chef, and has been featured on Beat Bobby Flay! Her caramelized sweet potato dish is especially good according to regulars.

Tennessee: Vege-liciousNashville- Located in the heart of the foodie-paradise city of Nashville, Vege-licious is the ultimate spot for soul food…it just happens to be entirely vegan. Black-owned and expertly operated, expect incredible entrees like hot fried chicken, mac and cheese platters, BBQ chicken burgers, and just about every kind of pancake!

Texas: Vegan NomAustin- With raving reviews from locals and tourists alike, this food truck unites both omnivores and vegans with their famously good food. Their buffalo chicken taco (aptly named, “The Birdie Sanders”), pineapple al pastor tacos, grilled avocado tacos, and chorizo tacos are all beloved, but they are most famous for their vegan fish tacos. Breaded lemon pepper “fish,” cabbage, avocado, crema, and a lime wedge make this taco extraordinarily flavorful.

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Utah: BudsSalt Lake City- Utahns are extremely big on sandwiches, and Buds has time and time again proven to be among the highest rated in the state. Make sure to try the pesto sub, for a veganized version of Utah’s favorite sandwich, but the menu has loads of other options—including lavender lemonade, zucchini chocolate chip cookies, and lots of salads!

Vermont: Knead BakeryBurlington- This vegan bakery is very popular among locals thanks to their fresh ingredients and incredible bread made in-house. Come here for challah french toast, linzer cookies, breakfast sandwiches, banana bread, grilled cheeses, sugar cookies, Caprese toasts, muffins, salads, and many more wholesome goodies!

Virginia: Hang SpaceRichmond- This city eatery may look understated on the outside, but their food is the highest rated vegan food in the state! This is the best spot for vegans to get a taste of Virginian soul food, with menu items like lemon bundt cakes, chicken sandwiches, loaded tater tots, and more.

Washington: Harvest BeatSeattle- The Pacific Northwest is home to thriving plants and berries, cherries, and vineyards. Harvest Beat is a five star restaurant in Seattle that honors that with their tasting menu. With a menu that honors the local seasons and only uses ingredients from nearby, this is the perfect place to understand Washington a little better…through food. Their current five course menu includes masterful concoctions like grilled summer squash lemongrass ginger bisque topped with sautéed sugar snap peas and lime leaf dust, sesame marinated beet bell pepper poke with cashew saffron crema, and tamari yuzu marinated hijiki. They compost, their restaurant is painted with eco paint and built with only sustainable materials, all napkins are hand-sewn, and their coffee is walked to them in glass containers every day. This eatery is Washington at its most pure.

West Virginia: The Beehive CafeBerkeley Springs- Located in the adorable town of Berkeley Springs, this brick cafe has everything you could want as far as comforting, nostalgic food goes- and it’s all vegan. Their menu changes often, featuring wholesome meals like broccoli cheese soup, chicken salad sandwiches, chili mac and cheese, caesar salads, cheesy grits, and lots of pastries!

Wisconsin: Wicked Willow, Stevens Point- Famous for their award winning corn chowder, this entirely vegan cafe is heaven for those wanting a taste of locally sourced ingredients and flavors. Their menu is huge, and it includes items like build your own spring rolls, queso platters, gyro sandwiches, banana pancakes, cinnamon rolls, and even chicken bacon ranch mac and cheese!

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Wyoming: Cultivate Cafe, Jackson Hole- There isn’t an entirely vegan restaurant in the state, but Cultivate Cafe’s menu is entirely vegan unless customers choose to add animal products to their dish (which is an up-charge). It’s highly rated, and every dish is organic, locally and/or sustainably sourced, rustic, and sugar free. Their yarrow juice, open-face chickpea scramble sandwich, house-baked bread, oyster mushroom tacos, and vegan chili all nod to the local flavors, deliciously.

 

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Emily Iris Degn
Emily Iris Degn is a multilingual travel and freelance writer, editor, professional artist, model, and published poet. She is from the San Juan Islands, but currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her incredible partner and dozens of plant babies. She is also an ecofeminist activist, and works to focus her professional work on those issues. You can find her in many spaces on Instagram: @emilyirisdegn @wildearthgoods @happyvegansfeed @emfallstoearth @emilydegnart OR at Em Falls to Earth.

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