Cleveland Rocks ‘Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities’ List for First Time

Pierogi Paradise Is a Top Spot for Animal-Friendly Fare, Says PETA

For Immediate Release:
May 16, 2018

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Cleveland – The results are in for PETA’s 2018 ranking of the Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities in the U.S., and for the first time, Cleveland has nabbed a place on the list, debuting in the number-seven spot and earning a framed certificate for Mayor Frank G. Jackson to display. Award-winning musician Moby kicked off this year’s awards with a reception at his all-vegan Los Angeles bistro, Little Pine, on May 15. Vegan stars—including Kristin Bauer and Craig Robinson—attended the event to help celebrate Los Angeles as the number-one spot on the list.

“From the famous egg-free pierogies at Pierogies of Cleveland to the zesty lemon-lavender doughnuts at The Vegan Doughnut Company, Cleveland is rocking ‘n’ rolling with vegan dining options,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “All the cities on PETA’s list are responding to the booming demand for vegan fare with healthy and humane dishes that are as delicious as they are kind to animals.”

Vegans living in the pierogi capital of the country can indulge in the doughy, egg-free delights at Pierogies of Cleveland, which offers several varieties, including one with potato, caramelized onion, and chives. Other vegan-friendly eateries include the Helio Terra Vegan Cafe, known for its standout Awesome Grilled Cheese Sandwich made with Daiya cheddar, and Melt Bar and Grilled, which offers up a namesake Melt Vegan Cheeseburger as well as tangy Wild Tofu Wings and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. For dessert, vegans can head over to The Cute Little Cake Shop for vegan cupcakes and cakes as well as family-recipe “butter” cookies, frosted chocolate chip brownies, and croissants. Other sugar meccas include The Vegan Doughnut Company and the all-vegan Poison Berry Bakery, which opened just last spring and has a confection catalog including whoopee pies, chocolate chip banana bread, and cannoli.

Rounding out PETA’s list are Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; Minneapolis; Portland, Oregon; Detroit; Omaha, Nebraska; Miami; and Kansas City, Missouri.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat.” For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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