Honolulu Debuts as a ‘Top 10 Vegan-Friendly City’

PETA Honors the Big Pineapple for Feeding Hawaii's Hunger for Hearty and Eco-Friendly Plant-Based Cuisine

For Immediate Release:
April 18, 2016

David Perle 202-483-7382

Honolulu – Whether you’re in the mood for fruit-based dairy-free ice cream or a platter of spicy meat-free buffalo wings, Honolulu has the restaurant for you—and that’s why, for the first time, Hawaii’s capital has landed on PETA’s list of the Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities in the U.S., making its debut in the number-seven spot and earning a framed certificate for Mayor Kirk Caldwell to display. Paul McCartney kicked off this year’s awards by presenting top honors to Portland, Oregon (a photo is available here).

“Hawaii’s capital is the perfect place to say aloha to hearty meat-free barbecue sandwiches, decadent dairy-free cheesecake, and more,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Honolulu landed on PETA’s list this year, thanks to a huge rise in delicious plant-based meals that are kind to animals, the environment, and health-conscious diners alike.”

Honolulu’s all-vegan eateries include Simple Joy, which offers delicious tempura and teriyaki kebobs alongside vegetable lasagna and linguine with “meat” sauce. Among the standout dishes at gourmet Greens & Vines is the kaffir-miso pad Thai. And Peace Cafe is famous for its curry egg-free salad sandwiches, vegan Caesar salad, and more. Compassionate diners can also feed their hunger for hot or barbecue “wings” at vegan-friendly Chinatown hot spot Downbeat Diner & Lounge, fill up on vegan chili at Ruffage Natural Foods, or grab a tofu curry wrap at Blue Tree café—and don’t miss out on the banana-based soft-serve at hip new food truck Banán!

Rounding out PETA’s list are Los Angeles; New York; Detroit; San Diego; Nashville, Tennessee; Seattle; Austin, Texas; and Richmond, Virginia.

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