The Best Places for Vegetarian and Vegan Food in Phoenix
If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you know the plant-based dining scene has come a long way in Phoenix. What used to be a few meat-free shops has blossomed into a vibrant community of restaurants that will make missing meat a thing of the past. And whether you're just dipping a toe in and making Meatless Mondays a part of your lifestyle, or are a dedicated vegan, there's no shortage of incredible and delicious places to dine. We've rounded up our favorites. Some are entirely plant-based, while others have meat on the menu (but still feature some of the best vegetarian in the city). Bon appetit!
North Scottsdale and Central Phoenix
While not every item on this high-end, health conscious chain’s menu is vegetarian, it offers herbivores quite a few selections. Try the Butternut Squash Pizza or the T.L.T., a vegan dish that features smoked tempeh, butter lettuce, tomato, avocado, and vegan mayonnaise. Each menu item is easily identifiable as gluten free, vegan, or vegetarian, which makes choosing a delicious meal easy, even for the pickiest of eaters.
Arizona’s favorite Mediterranean chain is a must-try for vegetarians, with options like the grilled portobello mushroom burger, chipotle black bean burger, lavosh pizza, and the falafel pita. The now-wildly-successful restaurant has been an Arizona staple for over two decades, and is a great option for vegetarians who are dining with non-vegetarians, as there really is something for just about everyone.
Tempe, Downtown Phoenix
Green is one of the Valley’s most popular exclusively vegan dining spots, and for good reason. There are meat-free versions of traditionally carnivorous dishes -- think buffalo wings, chili fries, and Chicago cheesesteaks -- that you didn’t know you were missing (or wanted a vegan version of). The restaurant also strives to use mostly organic ingredients and even has gluten-free options. Plus, after you enjoy one of their spectacular meals, you head over to Nami right next door to their Phoenix location for a delicious vegan ice cream tSoynami.
Former meat lovers rejoice, because Veggie Village has everything you need to relive your meat-eating days. From faux chicken and fish to burgers, the Asian-inspired menu has almost anything you might find yourself craving. We recommend the orange chicken, sweet and vinegar fish, and the burger. Vegetarian options can also be made vegan for those avoiding all animal products.
As the name suggests, Vegan House is a haven for vegetable lovers. The all-vegan menu is expansive, with something for virtually everyone. Some of our top picks include the vegan spaghetti, soy chicken wrap, and yellow curry. All produce is locally sourced, making each dish as fresh and delicious as possible.
North Scottsdale, Arcadia, Central Phoenix
If you ask us, Flower Child is the hip, younger sister to our beloved True Food Kitchen. The casual, counter-style operation is just as healthy and delicious, but delivers its own unique flavors. While not every meal is vegan or vegetarian, the menu does a great job of differentiating what’s vegan friendly, meatless, and gluten-free. Our favorite vegetarian dishes include the Indian-spiced cauliflower, gluten-free mac & cheese, and the Mother Earth bowl, which includes sweet potato, portobello mushroom, avocado, cucumber, and broccoli pesto in a red pepper miso vinaigrette.
For the best vegan brunch in town, there’s nowhere better than Pomegranate Café. Gorge yourself on gluten free pancakes with maple syrup and coconut whip, a jackfruit carnitas benedict, and even tempeh bacon. Just don’t forget to wash it down with one of their mimosas crafted with fresh squeezed fruit and prosecco. For lunch and dinner, try one of Pomegranate Cafe’s sandwiches, burritos, or its variety of veggie burgers.
Coronado is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant that’s breaking the mold of what a meat-free restaurant should be. The breakfast menu boasts (meat-free) breakfast burritos, chilaquiles, and chia pudding. And don’t worry, the rest of the day offers just as many delicious dining options, including a beet and quinoa burger, cauliflower tacos, chimichangas, and a goat cheese and jalapeno marmalade quesadilla. Don’t skip the cocktail menu either, particularly The Willett, which mixes tequila and house-made chocolate soda.
Desert Roots Kitchen is a spot anyone can enjoy -- whether they’re vegan, vegetarian, allergic to soy, or gluten-free. Menu items are inspired by cuisine from across the globe and concocted with largely local and organic ingredients. Restaurant goers can also look forward to an entirely new menu every day -- just make sure to check out the lineup on their Facebook page before you go.
This newcomer to the vegan restaurant scene has made its mark with high-quality ingredients and a full menu of organic, gluten-free, and vegetarian (but nearly all vegan) dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This isn’t where you’ll find vegan junk food either -- everything is super healthy and nutrient dense, perfect for keeping you nourished and energized all day long. Our top picks include the gluten-free vegan waffle, vegan caesar salad and mushroom mole tacos.
Fresh Mint is an all-vegetarian restaurant that focuses on delivering the freshest possible dishes with a Vietnamese twist, including salads, soups, noodles and entrees with meat substitutes and an assortment of top-quality veggies. Not only is this a great spot for vegetarians -- the menu also has plenty of gluten-free options, making it a win-win for anyone with dietary restrictions.
The Uprooted Kitchen made the jump from successful food truck to beloved, family-friendly restaurant thanks to its organic, local fare and celebrated dishes like the warm cinnamon quinoa bowl, savory buckwheat crepe with polenta, and lentil curry soup topped with lemon cashew cream. The drinks are equally delicious and nourishing too -- try the spirulina with fresh coconut water and CBD kombucha.
The Cutting Board Cafe offers one-of-a-kind, creative whole food vegetarian and vegan dishes that make eating plant based fun. Take your mornings to the next level with one of their breakfast pizzas topped with housemade gravy, onion, tofu and avocado or head in for dinner to try the ‘bacon’ ranch wrap with coconut flakes marinated and broiled to taste like savory bacon with onion, tomato, avocado, greens, and house made ranch.
This music-themed vegan restaurant makes plant-based eating even cooler with vinyl records and hearty, mouthwatering dishes that make you forget you’re eating meat-free. For example, they've got carne asada nachos, as well as the anarchy burger and kimchi arancini. For a true unforgettable vegan treat, opt for the Goth Waffle -- a Japanese-style bubble waffle, activated charcoal, raspberry sorbet, and shaved coconut.
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