Beyond Sushi
Bulan Thai
Candle Cafe
The Chicago Diner
Crossroads Kitchen
Elizabeth's Gone Raw
Gracias Madre
Greens Restaurant
Ground Control
Veggie Galaxy
Mana Food Bar
Natural Selection
Plum Restaurants
Real Food Daily
Red Lentil
Dan Gentile
Zac Suskevich
Veggie Grill
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1. Beyond Sushi 229 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

Run by a dynamic husband & wife duo, Beyond reinvents traditional sushi using fresh, local, all-vegan ingredients to create colorful, beautifully crafted rolls. In lieu of fish, this small New York City chain uses both standard and inventive alternatives, like avocado, mango, sweet potato, portabello mushroom, and asparagus. And, with healthy dining as a key feature, Beyond Sushi replaces white rice with six-grain and black rice.

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2. Bulan Thai 4114 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Well-known for having an awesomely attentive staff, that's just where the good stuff starts, as they take traditional, authentic Thai dishes and creatively turn them into bold and delicious vegetarianized versions that still pack the same punch.

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3. Candle Cafe 1307 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021 (Upper East Side)

Using farm-to-table ingredients, Candle Cafe has been serving fresh vegan fare since 1994, including offerings like cajun seitan sandwiches, crispy vegetable dumplings, and grilled portobello steaks.

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4. Chicago Diner 3411 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657 (Boystown)

This hometown hero in Boystown prides itself on its slogan: meat free since '83. And they live up to it -- Chicago Diner's been serving the comfort and familiarity of diner food without the health risk and guilt that comes with over-produced meats. You'll never find the booths at this brick and worn-wood joint empty since this place has become a bit of a legend over the decades. It's probably due to the award-winning vegan milkshakes, country fried seitan steaks, quinoa chili, and vegetarian takes on your favorite sandwiches.

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5. Crossroads Kitchen 8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

This sophisticated Melrose Ave restaurant offers patrons Mediterranean small plates and well-crafted cocktails for a posh, plant-based dining experience. It's possibly the most well-known (and expensive, sorry) vegan spot in LA, and once you see the kind of care and precision that the dishes are crafted with, you'll understand why. Consider starting with the lentil flatbread, then dive into one of the pasta dishes, and top it all off with the full-vegan hot fudge sundae.

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6. Elizabeth's Gone Raw 1341 L St NW, Washington DC, 20005

Located in an upscale Federalist townhouse, Elizabeth's is only open on Friday nights, when it offers a $75 seven-course raw vegan tasting menu that includes inventive dishes like spirulina powder, lime-cashew yogurt, and porcini paper -- and will have you dreaming of its flavorful cuisine the other nights of the week. There's also an optional wine pairing (featuring all-natural wines) for $55. Whether you're looking to impress a date, hosting a business meeting, or showing your parents a night out on the town, this is a meat-free go-to.

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7. Gracias Madre 2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

With a commitment to veganism, organics, and sustainability, Gracias Madre serves up tasty Mexican fare like queso fundido with cashew cheese & cauliflower and tacos with sauteed greens & chilies.

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8. Greens Restaurant 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123

An OG on the vegetarian front since 1979, Greens is the real deal: A legit, upscale restaurant in a beautiful space within Fort Mason that basically showed America that you can still eat really, really well without all the meat and cream and all the other things associated with fine dining back during the fall of disco. Though founding chef Deborah Madison has passed the reigns onto Annie Somerville, the food continues to pull in people from all across the world. You’re not to mess around here: get the price fixe, sit back, and be blown away when you realize all the next-level things she can do without the magic of bacon.

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9. Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant 2010 16th St, Boulder, CO 80302

A restaurant focused on creating a delicious and innovative vegetarian dining experience, they're also dedicated to fresh and local ingredients, and even have their own farm to incorporate freshly harvested produce, herbs, and eggs.

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10. Veggie Galaxy 450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Vegetarians, behold: this is the meatless diner you've only dreamed about. With all the decor of a classic American diner, Veggie Galaxy offers an all-day menu that takes vegetarianism to new heights. Expect tofu omelets, BBQ jackfruit sandwiches, and black bean veggie burgers in lieu of their meat-centric counterparts. In true diner fashion, desserts like lemon meringue pie and chocolate strawberry cheesecake are displayed in a rotating glass case.

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11. Mana Food Bar 1742 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

"Mana" translates to "the life force in nature", and apparently for the creators that force is meatless. Yup, Mana is a vegetarian restaurant in Wicker Park, but it still has a great slider -- it's just made with brown rice and a mushroom burger.

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12. Natural Selection 3033 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211 (Ne Portland)

Built upon the strength of vegetables, fruits, and grains, Natural Selection is a European-style resto that draws heavily on French, Spanish, and Italian cuisine in both their rustic and contemporary cuisine.

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13. Plant 165 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Dedicated to and driven by an ethical vegan lifestyle, chef Jason Sellers heads up the kitchen in the warm and intimate spot, crafting artful dishes with strong and complex flavors.

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14. Plum Bistro 1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Committed to opening up the world of vegan cuisine and possibilities that come with it, Plum reworks simple and traditional American fare into meatless masterpieces.

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15. Real Food Daily 514 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This LA resto doesn't just serve innovative plant-based cuisine, they serve innovative plant-based cuisine using exclusively organically farmed foods.

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16. Red Lentil 600 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

You'll inevitably find yourself lured to Red Lentil's front door by the crowds outside and the aromas of their killer seasonal offerings. A friendly neighborhood restaurant, they've got a menu of vegetarian dishes from all over the world.

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17. Veggie Heaven 1914 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

Veggie Heaven has won over the hearts and mouths of vegans and meat eaters alike thanks to an affordable menu of flavorful Asian cuisine peppered with meat substitutes that you won't find anywhere else.

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18. Vegeria Vegan Tex-Mex 8407 Broadway Suite #1, San Antonio, TX 78209

Specializing in veganized Tex-Mex, Vegeria also happens to be the only all-vegan and gluten-free resto in San Antonio. The place has a down-to-earth feel, focusing on using ethical, organic, and local ingredients in all their dishes.

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19. Zen Vegetarian House 773 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226

If you're a vegetarian or vegan, this is the place to go to get your hands (and forks and spoons) on all the things you miss since going meatless, like General Tso's chicken, wonton soup, and boneless ribs.

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20. Veggie Grill 8000 W Sunset Blvd, Ste A101, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

Setting up shop in West Hollywood, VG is an ultra-casual cafe with wood-slatted walls and bench seating slinging shockingly delicious all-vegetarian food. Sandwich staples are served on moist whole wheat buns, and options include carne asada "beef" marinated in Fat Tire and topped with Mexican spices and southwestern spiced vegan mayo; a flash-fried "chickin" with a Santa-Fe style chipotle sauce; and "The Stack", with fake cow piled high amid onion rings, and Thousand Island dressing.