Visit a typical Japanese restaurant in North America, and you'll find plentiful vegan options—from fresh avocado sushi rolls and hearty soba noodles to exotic seaweed salad and sweet inari (fried tofu pockets stuffed with rice). And as people learn about the pain that fish feel when they are killed for fish-based sushi, sushi chefs are starting to create ever-more new vegan sushi options, including rolls made with mock tuna, soy salmon, and more!
Many fish used for food are raised on aquafarms, where they are crammed into tight enclosures with little room to move and kept in filthy conditions. Make the compassionate decision to save a fish's life, and enjoy faux-fish and veggie sushi rolls! The following are our top 10 picks for restaurants that go above and beyond and have the best vegan options:
Los Angeles, California
Note: all vegan!
Located in the heart of Hollywood, Vegan House has both a diverse menu and a diverse crowd.
New York, New York
This Park Avenue café offers a great variety of faux-seafood rolls and also has delicious vegan desserts, such as dairy-free cheesecake and an iced green-tea float made with almond-milk ice cream!
Locations in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia
Sticky Rice boasts a large variety of vegan options and offers a unique mix of pan-Asian and American cuisine.
A romantic and intimate spot, Shojin is completely vegan and has an extensive menu of delicious rolls that keep the foodies of Los Angeles coming back for more! Ask anyone who's been, and they'll tell you that "You must try the Dynamite Roll!"
Located less than two miles from PETA's headquarters in Norfolk, Kotobuki offers a number of faux-seafood rolls with vegan lobster, shrimp, and salmon. It even has a "PETA Roll"!
Found in the West Village, Soy & Sake makes an excellent spot to enjoy meat-free meals and great drinks.
Markham, Ontario, Canada
Note: all vegetarian!
Canadians can't believe their eyes when they see how real the faux salmon and other fish appear and taste! Tenon offers a variety of rolls with yummy combinations that don't disappoint.
New Yorkers love the uniqueness of Beyond Sushi. With aesthetically pleasing, healthy, and delicious rolls, Beyond Sushi makes an outstanding choice!
San Francisco, California
Minako might be small, but it packs a big punch! Hidden in the Mission District of San Francisco, it is a favorite for veggie-loving sushi enthusiasts of the city by the bay.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Our top honors go to this all-vegan sushi spot in the Southwest. A self-titled "Asian Fusion Cuisine" restaurant, Loving Vegan gets rave reviews from vegans and nonvegans alike! Loving Vegan earned our top prize as PETA's number-one vegan-sushi restaurant because it truly proves that any food can be made deliciously and healthfully without animal products. Cheers and congratulations to Loving Vegan—this number-one award is well deserved!
Berkley and San Francisco, California
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