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The Most Veg-Friendly Cities in North America

Written by PETA | July 14, 2010
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With so many smart folks going veg, the number of restaurants and other business catering (often literally) to our appetites is booming, which makes our task of compiling lists of vegetarian-friendly cities tougher each time. But we never shrink from a challenge—or from the chance to discover totally delish new veggie eateries—so we’re proud to present our list of the top 10 large and small North American cities for vegans and vegetarians.

Large Cities

  1. Washington, D.C.
    Although Congress may be populated by purveyors of “pork,” Washington is making a bid to become the nation’s capital of veggie dining. Folks on both sides of the aisle could surely reach a bipartisan consensus on the faux turkey club sandwich from Java Green, ratify the vegan pepperoni and mozzarella pizza at Busboys and Poets, and put an end to the gridlock for a trip to Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant in nearby Falls Church, Virginia, to enjoy Popeye’s Favorite—a potato pie mixed with spinach, soy protein, and veggie bacon in a black-pepper sauce—followed by egg-free and milk-free organic pumpkin pie or almond-blueberry pie.
  2. Portland, Oregon
    Portland’s volcanoes may be extinct, but the city’s vegan scene has erupted—enough to propel Portland into our number two position. From the luscious lasagne at Papa G’s Vegan Organic Deli to the sizzling TLP (tempeh bacon, lettuce, and peppers) at Red and Black Café, to the barbecue tempeh platter at the Blossoming Lotus, vegan Portlanders have plenty of reasons to be happy with their hometown.
  3. Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Going vegan in Albuquerque is easier than learning how to spell the city’s name! You’ll find vegan options aplenty, such as the veggie chicken nuggets and boba tea at the Fei Health Café and the tofu scramble at Flying Star Café. Also check out both locations of Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café, offering a selection of vegan bakery items and ayurvedic cooking classes.
  4. Atlanta, Georgia
    Life for Georgia’s vegans is increasingly peachy, with restaurants such as Café Sunflower (offering stuffed mushroom caps in a miso mushroom sauce), Green Sprout (presenting veggie pork with tofu and Szechuan sauce), and Ria’s Bluebird (serving up Southwest tofu scramble with veggies). The South will rise again—and ask for seconds.
  5. Seattle, Washington
    Seattle has a reputation for being rainy, but even when it’s overcast, Seattle is a sunny place for vegans. For instance, Araya’s Place curries favor with a Thai red curry with tofu, Thrive tops its fiery Chili con Marvelous with onion cashew cream, and Wayward Vegan Café dazzles with the Warlock, a faux-chicken sandwich spiced up with a savory chipotle-tahini sauce.
  6. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    While we had our differences with the recent Olympic Games held there, we can’t hold that against this beautiful city. Especially not while they’re serving up almond masala cakes at Organic Lives, spicy falafel wraps at Gorilla Food, and a golden rice bowl with marinated Gardein strips, mock shrimp, and sautéed tofu at Loving Hut.
  7. San Francisco, California
    The City by the Bay has opened its Golden Gate to a wide variety of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and cafés. While celebrated spots such as Millenium and Greens are well worth a visit, don’t miss out on the “Neatloaf” at Ananda Fuara, the Broccoli Beef & Black Mushroom entrée at Golden Era, or the grilled portobello mushroom over creamy polenta, sautéed spinach, and crostini at the all-vegan Herbivore.
  8. Los Angeles, California
    The City of Angels offers a wide range of heavenly delights for residents and visitors alike. Start with Flore Vegan Cuisine, where you can indulge in vegan Griddle Cakes (with strawberries), or perhaps you’d prefer the signature “TV dinner”—with veggie loaf, mashed potatoes, golden gravy, and vegetables—from Real Food Daily. Better yet, try both, and then have a Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’—made with crispy fried chillin’ chickin’, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, and a southwestern-spiced vegan mayo—made by Veggie Grill.
  9. New York, New York
    They may live in the city that never sleeps, but Big Apple residents are clearly using those extra waking hours to think up more great vegan stuff to eat. With choices like the pumpkin noodles with sautéed vegetables at HanGawi, a marinated and grilled Bamburger or spaghetti and “meatballs” at Red Bamboo, and spinach omelets, pesto noodles, or Unchicken Nachos at the all-vegan Caravan of Dreams, no wonder Gothamites are staying up nights!
  10. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Canada’s largest city comes through for the hungry vegetarians of the Great White North. No one who’s had the raw vegan Pasta Bolognese at Rawlicious, the eggplant in ginger sauce at Commensal, or the beer-battered deep-fried tofu with cornmeal at Fressen would be surprised to find Toronto rounding out our list in style.

Small Cities  

  1. Olympia, Washington
    Blue Heron Bakery: Vegan spelt muffins, brownies, walnut–chocolate-chip cookies, and peanut-butter cookies
    Tofu Hut: Tofu Sweet and Sour (deep-fried tofu with pineapples, bell peppers, onions, cucumbers, wild mushrooms, and carrots in a tangy sweet-and-sour sauce)
    Vic’s Pizzeria: Vic’s Vegan Calzone (stuffed with black olives, mushrooms, white onions, spinach, fried sweet peppers, red sauce, and a choice of yellow or white sauce
  2. Burlington, Vermont
    Magnolia Bistro: The Incredible Mr. Limpett: (vegan tuna-salad sandwich with pickles); Garbanzo Burger (garbanzo beans, oregano, and scallions); Magnolia French Toast (organic bread with walnuts in a wash of soy, rice, vanilla, and cinnamon)
    Bueno Y Sano: East/West Burrito (Asian stir-fried veggies, basmati rice, and grilled tofu topped with an Asian plum sauce)
    Bite Me Organic Pizza: Vermont Intervale Ghosts Pizza (cheese-free pizza with marinated tofu, baby spinach, a variety of squash, roasted peppers, red beets, caramelized onions, yellow and red tomatoes, and lemon-oil drizzle)
  3. Iowa City, Iowa
    The Red Avocado: College Green Sunset (layered herbed white-bean pâté, tempeh sausage, tofu ricotta, and caramelized onions wrapped in a flaky filo pastry purse on spinach polenta with horseradish-root vegetable–sweet-corn relish, roasted-red-pepper sauce, and a fine drizzle of sweet balsamic reduction)
    Fair Grounds Coffeehouse: Grilled Vegan Panini Cheeseburger (Boca burger with your choice of vegan cheese and veggies served on panini bread)
    Thai Flavors: Massaman Curry (coconut milk with onions, potatoes, and peanuts, served with a cucumber salad and your choice of tofu or gluten-based meat substitute)
  4. Bloomington, Indiana
    Siam House: Gang Garee (yellow curry with coconut milk, sweet potatoes, onions, and white, yellow, or fried tofu, served with jasmine rice). All dishes can be prepared without fish sauce on request.
    Bloomingfoods Market and Deli: Meatless Mondays at the Deli (menu varies)
    Laughing Planet: Cuban Burrito (organic brown rice, black beans, salsa fresca, sweet potatoes, plantains, housemade barbecue sauce, and your choice of tofu or seitan, served with tropical fruit salsa on the side)
  5. Syracuse, New York
    Strong Hearts (all-vegan restaurant): Supreme Vegan Pizza (four vegan meats and soy cheese with a tasty tomato sauce), Tofurky sandwich, grilled “cheese” sandwich, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, cakes, pies, and milkshakes
    Alto Cinco: BBQ Tofu Burrito (rice, black beans, salsa, and crispy tofu with a chipotle barbecue sauce), Vegan Quesadilla (grilled tortilla with roasted-tomato pesto, sautéed spinach, roasted eggplant, guacamole, and salsa)
    Sparky Town: The Jocko Sandwich (grilled tempeh, lettuce, tomato, artichoke, red pepper, red onion, black-bean paste, sun-dried tomato spread, and avocado spread)
  6. Topeka, Kansas
    Blackbird Espresso Bar and Bistro: Hummus and veggie wraps and vegan bakery items such as chocolate-chip cookies and banana-nut bread.
    Globe: Baingan Bartha (fresh eggplant baked over an open flame, served with green peas and gently tempered with aromatic herbs and spices), Chana Masala (whole chickpeas cooked with onion, tomato, garlic, ginger, herbs, and spices)
    Tup Tim Thai: Thai Curry Triangles (golden wontons filled with veggies such as sweet potatoes and celery, flavored with turmeric and served with chili-garlic sauce), Massaman Tofu Curry (with peanuts, potatoes, and vegetables). Any curry can be made with tofu and without fish sauce.
  7. Worcester, Massachusetts
    Belmont Vegetarian Restaurant: Spaghetti and veggie balls, macaroni and soy cheese, barbeque “chicken” and rice (all items rotate)
    Nancy Chang: Sesame Vegan Chicken, Mango Vegan Chicken, Sizzling Vegan Shrimp With Japanese Tepanyaki Sauce, and more than 50 vegan items on the menu
    Loving Hut: Kung Pao Wow (soy chicken, baby corn, carrots, snow peas, bamboo, water chestnuts, onions, bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, and cashews)
  8. Lincoln, Nebraska
    Maggie’s Veggie Café: Baked Tofu Wrap (oven-baked organic tofu, red onions, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, and sweet mustard sauce), Curried Tofu Wrap (organic tofu marinated in mild coconut curry with red onions, tomatoes, and lettuce, served cold)
    Taj Mahal: Aloo Matar Tofu (potatoes, fresh garden peas, and tofu chunks in a sauce with exotic spices), Mushroom Matar (green peas and mushrooms in a sauce with exotic herbs and spices)
    Grateful Bread/Freakbeat Vegetarian: Different vegetarian soups every day, plus at least one vegan soup every day, including African Peanut, Moroccan Tomato, Cuban Black Bean, Egyptian Red Lentil, Irish Stew, and Thai Carrot
  9. Providence, Rhode Island
    AS220: Pulled-Pork Sandwich (“pulled” tofu, spicy tomato spread, and vegan cheddar on a sourdough baguette), Spicy Chorizo Sandwich (vegan housemade chorizo, crumbled tofu, vegan cheddar, and R1 hot sauce), Vegan Reuben (corned seitan, housemade sauerkraut, vegan Swiss, and Thousand Island dressing on rye bread)
    Garden Grille Café: Chipotle seared seitan with wasabi mustard dipping sauce, “crab” cakes with Veracruz sauce and saffron aioli over millet polenta and sautéed greens, eggplant rollatini grilled and stuffed with herb tofu-nut cheese, crispy polenta, garlic sautéed spinach with housemade pomodoro sauce
    Julian’s: Vegan Steak & Cheese Wrap (house seitan, onions, mushrooms, peppers, and soy cheese in a tortilla)
  10. Boise, Idaho
    Shangri-La Tea Room and Vegetarian Café: Corn Chowder (corn, potatoes, and a bit of onion in a veggie broth seasoned to perfection), Mock Toona and Crackers (housemade Mock Toona spread and raw housemade crackers made with sprouted almonds and flaxseed), Curry Wrap (tofu, potatoes, and red peppers in a scrumptious red curry sauce, wrapped in a warm tortilla)
    Boise Fry Company: Vegan Burger and Fries (made with your choice of russet, white, gold, sweet, yam, purple, or Okinawa potatoes)
    Mai Thai: Black Pepper Steak (veggie black-pepper steak sautéed with mixed veggies in vegetarian sauce), vegan orange chicken sautéed with mandarin oranges and mixed with veggies in a special sauce), Veggie Citrus Spareribs (sautéed in a special sauce and served on a bed of fresh lettuce with fresh pineapple chunks)

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  • Merle says:

    Your right about Toronto Ontario there are many veganvegetarian restaurants. Also great shops to buy vegan foods including some of the major super markets!!

  • Sarah says:

    I’m not going to argue about what’s 1 or 2 or 3 since so many others already have. I would like to say though that this list is a bit poorly written as it only includes restaurant options and vegfriendly living is so much more than that. I would also consider grocery stores and coops veg meetup groups and vegan clothing options in my choices. In case it is helpful to anyone the last two cities I’ve lived in one large one small have both been really veg friendly! Minneapolis MN and Marquette MI. Minneapolis has a few allveg restaurants including an all rawvegan one as well as two vegan boutiques Fast and Furless and Ethique Nouveau. Other restaurants usually either have a vegetarian section on the menu or the waiter is able to tell you what can be made vegan or not. We have multiple vegan social groups as well as a vegan parenting group. Marquette for being such a small town has a real plethora of options. There’s a great Thai restaurant that is wellversed in vegan cuisine an almost all veg Mediterranean restaurant that uses local ingredients and organic foods they catered my wedding…yum a great pizza place with nondairy crust and toppings and a little local chain of Mexican restaurants with lots of vegan options. There are two vegan groups in town one for raw and one regular vegan that have monthly meetings.

  • Hillary says:

    Austin Texas? I have about ten vegan trailers and cafes within biking distance from my house and I’m not even in the hip end of town! SERIOUS oversight in putting Los Angeles above Austin having just moved from California I am stunned by the exclusion of Austin and inclusion of L.A.

  • Chris says:

    Yeah this list is way off. DC is probably the worst of the bigger cities for restaurants. There are a couple of places in DC and many restaurants have veggie options but we don’t come close to NYC or LA for vegan specific places. I have lived in DC for years and it is getting better and easier but not even close.

  • Molly says:

    I’m pretty surprised that Ithaca NY does not make the small cities list! Totally vegetarianvegan restaurants include Moosewoodthe Giving Tree Cafe and Food for the Planet. There are also plenty of veggiefriendly options at other restaurants throughout the town.

  • Kathy's mom says:

    Kathy you’ve been drinking some crazy sauce. Every restaurant in ABQ has plenty of veg options. The food’s not as glamorous as in the big cities but it’s extremely easy to be vegetarian in Albuquerque.

  • Cathy says:

    I really think PETA got it wrong with this list. I live in Albuquerque and no way it should be 3rd probably doesn’t belong in top ten either. Sorry!

  • Cleo says:

    Just fyi to others who are taking notes on where to get veggie meals when traveling Madison Wi has a great new Vegetarian restaurant yes only one! called the Green Owl Cafe. And can anyone recommend veg friendly restaurants in Hawaii?

  • Robert says:

    This “study” is pretty silly. First because the it treats NYC which is made up of boroughs separated by water and with nine times the population and square mileage of San Francisco as if it was one city and treats SF as if it was an equal contender. If PeTA were to use a fair yardstick it would have to include all of the San Francisco Bay Area whose population is still only half that of NYC’s or at least throw in Berkeley. Berkeley and SF combined population 1 million would have FAR more vegn friendly restaurants and resources per capita than anywhere else in the US about 20 vegan and 20 vegetarian restaurants. NYC has less than 3 times as many vegn restaurants for having 9 times as many residents. Also even if there are cities with a significant number of vegn restaurants SF has more variety we have two vegan SUSHI places fer crap’s sake! and equally important just about every restaurant here is hip to what vegnism is and is willing and able to improvise dishes that are at least vegetarian if not vegan. Think that’s the case in Atlanta?! Add in things like animal rescue organizations crueltyfree cosmetics regulations for animal welfare and other factors and SFBerkeley is far more vegn than any other city in the US and probably on earth.

  • linda says:

    I’m curious how they developed this list. Have they polled people who have lived in all these places? What is the basis for comparison. I think the results are all wrong. I have lived in San Francisco NYC Los Angeles and DC and Albuquerque. I would rank them in that order with SF just slightly edging out NYC because of the availability of so much produce and other vegetarian ingredients for cooking. Also for NY you should add Vegetarian Dim Sum House the only place I’ve ever had veg friendly dim sum ever.

  • Eddie says:

    Okay as a Portlander I’m psyched to be at the top though I think we should be 1. But Albuquerque at 3? Really? Based on one item at a chain restaurant Pita Pit one item at another restaurant Flying Star actually a local chain and two places with limited menus? Albuquerque realistically might make the top 50 but 3 is just nuts.

  • Cindy says:

    Yay Syracuse NY! D So happy to live here and be vegfriendly.

  • Karl says:

    Comments adding overlooked options are useful but arguing with the ranking misses the point. Of course DC is at the wrong end of this list. You have to have spent your life in… I don’t want to disparage anyone but someplace dismal to think DC belongs on this list at all. Don’t get me wrong DC is a cosmopolitan town and great place to eat out but vegetarian is very rarely a consideration. The ranking is absurd but it’s only presented as a top10 list for entertainment value to get you to read it. The point is there are so many options available in so many cities no longer only in small college towns that it’s now possible to argue about which are better and who has more. This is a cursory random list in random order thinly disguised as a ranking designed to encourage people to support these businesses and others like them. Feel free to write your own top10 list.

  • Noah says:

    An addendum to my last comment since I’ve moved from Syracuse and have spent the last year in Atlanta you can’t leave out Flying Biscuit everyone in Atlanta knows the Biscuit or Dynamic Dish which was named the best vegetarian place in town.

  • Noah says:

    Syracuse represent! Strong Heart’s Alto Cinco and Sparkytown all would make it into my top 5 places to eat in town I’m not strictly vegetarian but they’re still all great.

  • Briana says:

    Hooray for Strong Hearts in Syracuse! Soooo yummy and 100 vegan. Definitely not to be missed! Sugar Pearl and Roji tea house are also vegan friendly. I’m so glad Syracuse made the list but I agree with some of the other comments that Ithaca is also a very vegan friendly town more than Syracuse really. I grew up in Syracuse but now live in LA and I have to say…Los Angeles is 8??!! And NYC is 9?!!! I’ve lived in both cities and I was shocked how low they were on the list. I was really surprised to see DC was 1 and those two were so far down the list. I also was shocked at some of the LA places that were left off the list and that California Vegan was chosen?!! WHAT?! That wouldn’t even be on my Top 40 vegan in LA. It’s one of many very similar “vegan” Thai places in LA and many of them are known for being super sketchy on certain menu items and some have been found to be serving food with nonvegan ingredients. Quarrygirl’s blog is an amazing resource for vegan eating in LA. It’s a good idea to read “Operation Pancake” on quarrygirl.com to get the full story on the testing done on certain menu items from various LA vegan restaurants some of the things they discovered are pretty shocking. There are SO many places I could recommend someone go in LA California Vegan or any of those other Thai places would either be waaaaaay down the list or not on it at all. I’m glad Veggie Grill made it it’s awesome but what about Native Foods Madeleine Bistro Pure Luck Babycakes Shojin Real Food Daily there are so many phenomenal places it’s ridiculous. I feel really lucky to live in a city with so many delicious options! I look forward to referencing this list when I travel outside of NY and LA and I’m happy to hear how many cities are becoming vegan friendly!!

  • theveganscientist says:

    I really don’t think the people who conducted this survey frequent these cities often. NYC is by far more vegn friendly than DC and Chicago isn’t even on the list and it easily trumps Atlanta Albuquerque and Toronto off the top of my head. The Chicago diner meat free since ’83 Veggie Bites All vegan fast service restaurant Karyn’s Cooked Karyn’s on Green all vegan Life on Mars Vegan Take Away Great Taste Cafe Vegan Gluten Free organic Amitabul Vegan Korean food Cousin’s Incredible Vitality Vegan Raw Loving Hut Vegan Organic pan asian. Raw Raw Vegan Soul Vegetarian Victory’s banner Arya Bhavan Manna Karyn’s Fresh Corner All vegetarian with lots of vegan options Not to mention veg friendly places like Pick Me Up Cafe Handle Bars Bleeding Heart Bakers Earwax Atomics best vegan paninis around. Delisi’s Pizza has A Chicago Style All vegan Deep Dish Pizza. Even Wrigley field sells veggie dogs.

  • Chrissie says:

    Agree with Samantha surprised Ithaca was not on the list especially since Syracuse was. I grew up in Syracuse and now live in Ithaca. When I visit the parents in cuse it is much harder to find vegan options.

  • Justin Farrar says:

    Not sure what the population criteria is for the smallcity list but I will echo several others who have already commented mountainhippiecollege towns like Ithaca NY Boulder CO and Asheville NC are way more vegvegan friendly than just about any city found on both lists. In these towns veg culture isn’t really about having some cool restaurants to go to. It’s about veg culture having been woven into the very fabric of the city. I currently live in Asheville and I can ride my bike in any direction and find something awesome to eat be it a restaurant grocery store farmers’ market etc. Everything is close and accessible. What’s more a lot of the vegvegan food is made with produce grown on farms just outside the city limits. I lived in NYC for some time and I don’t even know how a city like that gets on this list. Yes Brooklyn and Manhattan have some cool places for vegvegans $$$ but the vast majority of the city is one big bodega hell. If a workingclass family living in the deep Bronx or the outer fringes of Queens wants to really explore vegvegan culture it isn’t very accessible. For miles and miles they are surrounded by corporate garbage. This is true for many of the big cities listed up above. Here in Asheville a workingclass family can easily make their way down to the central farmers’ market downtown and many do they were just given an award for this kind of outreach work. And that’s just one farmers’ market! During the growing season there is at least one farmers’ market somewhere in the city seven days a week. I believe Ithaca and Boulder are similar in this respect. What I also like about these smaller towns is the emphasis on D.I.Y. cooking. Asheville doesn’t have a gourmet raw restaurant yet it doesn’t really need one. Since moving here I’ve met more people who know how to cook amazing vegvegan stuff at home including raw slowcook macrobiotic etc. Again it’s just a part of the culture here and on a large scale. Daily you run into people who are serious about alternative food culture. So yeah here’s a vote for the mountainhippiecollege towns. We’re way ahead of everybody else when it comes to vegvegan culture.

  • david says:

    I think this list is a little misguided too. NY is 9!? I’ve been a vegetarian in this city for 6 years and can rattle off 20 amazing veganvegetarian places in my sleep. You want great vegan in NYC? Gobo on the Upper East Side is the place to go!

  • Kali says:

    great list now i have a fair idea where to go to eat when i get to USA. I would love a list like this for Australia. All restaurants ideas here well close to me of vegetarian is “something we made days ago when someone else ordered vegetarian that we can dig out of the back of the fridge warm it up and serve for you”.

  • Ken says:

    I live in DC and second the comments that DC should not be ranked higher than LA. I’d think LA would be 1 or 2 given the large number of vegan and raw restaurants and even restaurant chains e.g. multiple locations. Little to no vegan restaurants in DC and pretty much zero vegan restaurant chains there. DC is a big steak town.

  • Robert says:

    DC is one of the worst major cities for veg food. When living there I was always amazed how many restaurants do not even offer a single veg entree. On top of that there are very few real veg restaurants they are mostly fastfood oriented. I love and miss DC but this is one area where even Baltimore does a better job.

  • Mary says:

    Please do not get me wrong. I heart DC. I have lived in DC for 14+ years and I have been a vegetarian for 16+ years. But having lived in DC AND Philly I cannot help but wonder WHERE is Philly on the list?? DC is ok in the veg department but certainly not worthy of a top ten rating yet alone 1. And I LOVE Sunflower Veg Restaurant but 10 miles outside of DC and a VA address is not a notch in DCs belt towards vegcentric dining. The obligatory roasted veg sandwich andor tomato and mozzarella sandwich on the menu should not qualify a place as being veg friendly. And a few restaurants that do the same should not quality a city as being vegfriendly either. So lets talk Philly to name just a few favorite spots that really think about the nonmeaters they serve Honeys Sit n Eat their veg biscuits and gravy Royal Tavern killer veg club sandwich Monks seitan cheese steak seitan meatballs Belgian Caf vegetarian meatloaf to die for The Abbaye oh their veg cheese steak! National Mechanics GREAT veggie burger Govindas all vegan kick ss veg chicken nuggets and cheesesteaks Su Xing House amazing all vegetarian Chinese Tiffin best Indian AND they deliver Horizons for a fancy vegan dinner it is hands down THE BEST And yes Citizens Bank Park home of the Phillies has an AMAZING vegetarian crab free crab cake sandwich!

  • Kisha says:

    I don’t understand how Topeka KS made this list and not Lawrence? Lawrence has tons of vegan options and the 10th St. Vegetarian Bistro. Topeka really only has a few options.

  • Heidi Wych says:

    Don’t forget about the AMAZING falafel and hummus at Oasis in Iowa City!!!! And the two awesome food coops there which feature a restaurant inside with many vegan and veg options such as the tempeh reuben.

  • Nick says:

    What about Phoenix? We have PETA’s “Best Vegan Chicken Sandwich” at Green New American Veg 100 Vegan Loving Hut Vegan and Raw food at Blue Nile Cafe and veggie dogs at Chase Field and three that I know of 100 vegetarian Indian restaurants on the SAME road Woodlands Cafe Krishna and Udupi.

  • Clockwork says:

    Dallas TX Spiral Diner vegan 2007 Veg News restaurant of the year. Best “ice cream” and burgers imaginable. It’s legendary amongst vegans in Texas. Pizza Lounge vegan options Offers Daiya “cheese” vegan pepperoni soyrizo tofurky etc etc etc. Kalachandji’s vegetarian mostly vegan All you can eat Hare Krishna style Indian buffet roughly 90 vegan. New Start Veggie Garden vegan Vegan koreanchinese place. Bliss Raw Cafe and Elixer Bar raw vegan Pretty decent raw place. Sol’s Nieto Mexican Grill vegan options TexMex place that offers Daiya vegan cheese. No animals products in rice or beans.

  • simplysandraluz says:

    I just wanted to say thanks for posting this! I am new to being a vegetarian and I love it so far. I’ve been wanting to visit a veganvegetarian restaurant here in Los Angeles.

  • Michele says:

    The Strong Hearts Cafe in Syracuse is awesome!! I recommend that to anyone planning to be anywhere near there and I’m from Ottawa Ontario!. Ottawa is not bad for vegans we’re getting better options all the time. There is the highend Zen Kitchen as well as a much more affordable Green Earth. The Green Door and The Table are almost completely vegan and their ingredients are listed on the signs by each dish those ones are exclusively buffet. There is a new place called “Cafe My House” which has a few meat dishes but is otherwise mostly vegan. They actually have “vegan friendly” written on their storefront sign and on the menu and have a menu with tons of vegan dishes.

  • Lauren says:

    Berkeley CA should be added as a smaller vegfriendly city! We have Cafe Gratitude raw vegan Herbivore all vegan fusion ChaYa all vegan Japanese Green Papaya all vegan Thai and Udupi Palace vegetarian Indian just to name a few!

  • McKenna says:

    What? No Boulder Colorado?! The whole city is vegfriendly!!

  • Cat! =^-^= says:

    PETA!!! You forgot to list Madeleine Bistro DIVINE Bulan Thai and Real Food Daily under Los Angeles. Also what happened to Herbivore Lucky Creation and Udupi Palace in San Francisco? Please reevaluate your list!!!

  • Tracie says:

    Saratoga Springs NY is a great place to be a vegetarian. There is a biweekly farmers market in town and more outside of town plus lots of CSAs and mini Coops. We have restaurants with many ethnicities indian thai mexican mediterranean and lots of vegan and veg options. We have a great health food store with a wonderful buffet four seasons and even an independent “good food served fast” place with vegan and veg

  • itownica says:

    hey for a small city ithaca is pretty much the best place a vegetarian could live. it has a coop many csa’s and awesome biweekly farmers market not to mention 170 restaurants in 10 square miles surrounded by reality!

  • Samantha says:

    Orlando FL is a pretty rockin place for the vegetarians and vegans. We have quite a number of really delicious and nutritious options here and I do not think people give Orlando the credit it deserves Dandelion Cafe Ethos Raphsodic CoOp Company Bakery Garden Cafe Loving Hut.. the list goes on and on.

  • Christine says:

    Did Asheville NC not fit into your population criteria? Out of all the cities I have been to Asheville is by far THE most vegan friendly city big or small.

  • Alex says:

    What’s the basis for the rankings? All I see is a list of 3 or 4 restaurants for each city and that’s it and for a lot of those cities that isn’t even skimming the surface of their offerings. How was it decided which is the “best” and why? And as a DC resident I agree with Valerie you can’t include Falls Church it’s a good 10 miles away from most of DC. So toss that one and DC’s left with two and that makes it the best?

  • Kristen says:

    Have to agree with the other comments about DC there are some scattered options around the city and suburbs and it is better than it used to be believe me but Java Green has recently cut back their menu while putting their energy into their new restaurant Cafe Green which is somewhat overpriced. I would definitely put NY ahead of DC. Looking forward to checking out Providence while I’m in that area this summer.

  • Chelsea says:

    Topeka is actually pretty terrible for vegetarians. There is the occasional place that serves vegetarian sandwiches but considering the town is almost entirely restaurants seriously not much to do here but eat and drink and they are mostly chain steakhouses and burger dives it really sucks being a vegetarian here. And no vegan places!

  • Nina says:

    What about Salt Lake City! I live in DC now and still think SLC out shines DC with veggievegan friendly options Sage’s Cafe Vertical Diner Shanghai Under the Bridge Cafe Himalayan Kitchen… too many to name!!

  • Wackadoodle says:

    Java Green is pretty good and so is Amsterdam Falafel but besides those DC’s veggie food is trash the few dedicated veggie places are mediocre at best and for the other restuarants you’ll be lucky to find Macaroni and Cheese as an option. LA should be a top pick both in quality and quantity especially around downtown I was stunned at how many veggie and vegan places there are. NYC is close behind. I haven’t been to most of the other places on the list but if their veggie restaurant scene is worse than DC’s there’s no point in going. You also didn’t mention Yuan Fu Vegetarian in Rockville MD which isn’t in DC but is a hell of a lot closer than Falls Church.

  • Vanessa Delgado says:

    Any listing of the very best vegan food restaurants always leaves out Tucson AZ. The best place being Lovin’ Spoonfuls on Campbell. YUMMY!!!

  • Kat Salerno says:

    I live in DC and feel like there is actually a huge lack of options here. Yes we have a few free standig business devoted to veg but it is EXTREMELY difficult to eat at other establishments. I must say that cities I have visited such as LA Austin and Brooklyn have many many more options in terms of vegonly places and options at the meat joints. And COME ON….Austin didn’t make the list?!

  • Trina says:

    Boulder Colorado!! Just about every restaurant in town is vegfriendly! 3

  • Enrique says:

    Bloomington IN actually has a full veganvegetarian restaurant called Roots.

  • Sarah Peck says:

    I wanted to offer up some great vegan food in the RTP area of North Carolina. Sage in Chapel Hill and Butternut Squash also in Chapel Hill. Butternut Squash has delicious Buffalo Tempeh Strips and yummy hummus. Brixx in Raleigh serves a Vegan Pizza! And then there’s Twins Bakery that sells vegan goods at the Durham Farmers Market. We have 3 Farmers Markets in the area and quite a few Whole Foods. It’s a great area to be Vegan!

  • Helena says:

    Definitely check out Asheville NC for the smaller cities portion.

  • Valerie says:

    Having lived in DC NYC and LA I can attest that your order is messed up It is MUCH easier to be vegan in NYC than DC. LA comes in second to NYC and DC doesn’t even comes in third. San Francisco would easily take that spot. DC is getting better almost daily but is far from being the easiest city in which to be vegan or vegetarian. Also I don’t think having vegan food available outside of DC proper counts as making this city vegfriendly. You don’t count New Jersey or Westchester or Long Island when you look at NYC nor would you count Sherman Oaks when rating LA.

  • Jen Schwartz says:

    The Los Angeles listing is misguided at best. Green Leaves lies about what is vegan and may get sued for consumer fraud. Where’s Veggie Grill or Native Foods or Real Food Daily or Flore? Those are REAL vegan restaurants and deserve the mention and the business.

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