Mohawk Bend Dishes Up One of PETA’s Top 10 Vegan Pizzas

America's Top Takeout Treat Reflects Rising Demand for Vegan Options

For Immediate Release:
February 5, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – As demand for delicious vegan meals soars at hot spots across the country, PETA’s “official” tasters set out to find the Top 10 Vegan Pizzas in time for National Pizza Pie Day on February 9, and the Vegan Banh Mi at Los Angeles’ Mohawk Bend has beaten out a throng of competitors to take home sixth-place honors, including a letter of congratulations and a framed certificate.

A mouthwatering spread of marinated tofu, pickled carrots, daikon, and herb salad makes the Vegan Banh Mi a must-have at Mohawk Bend, which also offers a broad vegan menu and locally obtained ingredients.

“The Vegan Banh Mi’s tasteful blend of fresh veggies and rich spices makes it a cruelty-free hit in our book,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “With so many tasty vegan options widely available, PETA is calling on caring people everywhere to kick dairy products to the curb in favor of a scrumptious slice of vegan pizza.”

As documented by PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” cows exploited for their milk are genetically manipulated to produce four and a half times the amount of milk that they naturally would and are often mutilated without receiving any painkillers whatsoever.

Taking top honors in PETA’s roundup is the delicious Red Beans and Rice Pizza, created in true Louisiana fashion by New Orleans’ Mid City Pizza, while The Works at 3 Brothers Pizza Café on Long Island, N.Y., grabs second place. Nabbing third place is the Sweet Potato of Mine, a veggie-packed pie from Silly’s Restaurant in Portland, Maine, while fourth place goes to the decadently noodle- and vegan cheese–topped The Vegan Mac from Dimo’s in Chicago. The Loaded Potato Pizza—brimming with tempeh “bacon” bits—from Brick Road Pizza Co. in Grand Rapids, Mich., claims spot number five, and pies from pizzerias in Portland, Ore.; Kansas City, Mo.; Providence, R.I.; and Flagstaff, Ariz., fill out the top 10.

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