Salt Lake City Earns a Spot on PETA’s Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities List

‘The Next Great Vegan City’ Well on Its Way to Fulfilling Prophesy

For Immediate Release:
June 7, 2013

Shakira Croce 202-483-7382

Salt Lake City — When VegNews named Salt Lake City “The Next Great Vegan City” last year, the magazine was definitely onto something. City Dogs is a former finalist in PETA’s Top Veggie Dogs contest for its customizable Not Dogs, and PETA named the faux-chicken sandwich at the Vertical Diner one of the best in the country. So it should come as no surprise that Salt Lake City has claimed the number seven spot on PETA’s list of the Top 10 Most Vegan-Friendly Cities, a list kicked off by Paul McCartney, who presented the mayor of Austin, Texas, with the Most Vegan-Friendly City Award in person.

“‘The Crossroads of the West’ is fast becoming the crossroads of fine vegan eating,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Salt Lake City is showing the entire nation that you can safeguard your health and save animals’ lives at the same time in the most delicious ways imaginable.”

Sage’s Cafe was one of the first vegan eateries in Salt Lake City, serving masterpiece dishes that resemble edible works of art, including the basil pesto crêpe (weekend brunch), mushroom escargot appetizer, cashew pad Thai (raw menu), and vegan Philly cheese steak. City Cakes & Cafe, in the heart of downtown, serves everything from potatoes au gratin and Mac ‘n’ Chezah to chocolate chip peanut butter bars and dairy- and egg-free cinnamon rolls. With the Sundance Film Festival in nearby Park City, film buffs seeking vegan snacks can enjoy a night at Brewvies, a cinema pub that screens independent films and features vegan snacks and beers.

Rounding out PETA’s Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities list are Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; New York; Chicago; Seattle; Las Vegas; Boulder, Colo.; and Richmond, Va.

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