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The 28 Finest Vegan Eating places in America

In Pittsburgh, elevated Jap European consolation delicacies is warming stomachs and incomes James Beard nominations. In San Francisco, a very vegan, TikTok-famous McDonald’s dupe has opened up straight throughout from an precise McDonald’s. And throughout the nation, new and thrilling plant-based eating places are cropping up (pan-Latin American in Atlanta! Excessive-end sushi in Austin! West African in Los Angeles!), proving that there has by no means been a greater time for plant-based eating than proper now.

So on this yr’s VegNews Restaurant Awards, we introduced 359 nominees throughout 28 classes collectively for one month of voting to find out that are the most effective of the most effective. And after practically 290,000 votes, we’re proud to announce your picks for 2023’s vegan eating places of the yr!

The 2023 VegNews Restaurant Award Winners

VegNews.PlantPowerFastFood.NuggetsAndFriesPlant Energy Quick Meals

Finest Vegan Quick-Meals Restaurant:
Plant Energy Quick Meals (California & Las Vegas)

The world of quick meals is quickly altering, and this budding vegan empire of 11 eating places is main the business’s plant-based revolution. With a menu spanning from bacon-egg-and-cheese croissants to crispy hen nuggets to vegan Blizzards, it’s no surprise vegans are flocking to Plant Energy Quick Meals

2nd Place: Slutty Vegan (Atlanta, Birmingham, New York Metropolis & Dallas)
third Place: Monty’s Good Burger (Southern California)

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Finest Vegan Fantastic-Eating Restaurant:
Crossroads Kitchen (Southern California & Las Vegas)

From Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Crossroads Kitchen boasts a star-studded reservation listing with a few of Hollywood’s elite. Much more spectacular? Chef Tal Ronnen’s delectable menu of artichoke oysters, stuffed zucchini blossoms, and spaghetti carbonara full with a runny, vegan egg yolk. 

2nd Place: Vedge (Philadelphia, PA)
third Place: Miss Rachel’s Pantry (Philadelphia, PA)

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Finest Vegan Diner:
The Tasty (Philadelphia, PA)

Step into this Philadelphia mainstay and transport your self to the old-fashioned diners of yesteryear. At The Tasty, the meat and dairy-laden menus of conventional diners are reimagined—sans animals—so you possibly can take pleasure in tacky Monte Cristos, biscuits and gravy, and even a traditional Philly cheesesteak. Forks on the prepared!

2nd Place: Vertical Diner (Salt Lake Metropolis, UT & Portland, OR)
third Place: Viva Vegan Diner (Upland, CA)

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Finest Vegan Burger Joint:
Monty’s Good Burger (Southern California)

With the booming plant-based burger market valued at $5.1 billion, it’s clear there’s no scarcity of drool-worthy vegan handhelds. However for the most effective burger round, VegNews readers are flocking to Monty’s Good Burger to fulfill their cravings. Do like we do and make it a double. 

2nd Place: Slutty Vegan (Atlanta, Birmingham, New York Metropolis & Dallas)
third Place: Subsequent Degree Burger (Nationwide)

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Finest Vegan Pizzeria:
Pura Vita (West Hollywood, CA)

At this upscale, Italian eatery, pizza is critical enterprise—and all of it begins with a standard, housemade Neapolitan crust that’s fermented and proofed for 48 hours. Chef-owner Tara Punzone stuns with 10 distinct pies spanning from the cashew mozzarella-dotted margherita to the luxe Black Magic made with black truffle cream sauce, crimini mushrooms, pesto, and cashew ricotta. Buon appetito!

2nd Place: Screamer’s Pizzeria (Brooklyn, NY)
third Place: twentieth Road Pizza (Philadelphia, PA)

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Finest Vegan Mexican Restaurant:
Mis Tacones (Portland, OR)

It’s official: For the most effective vegan Mexican round, sidestep the American Southwest and head straight to PDX for a style of Mis Tacones. Hand-pressed nixtamal tortillas, pollo asado comprised of signature Portland soy curls, and from-scratch horchata and aguas frescas are a couple of massive plusses Mis Tacones boasts. However what makes this queer-owned restaurant even richer is its deep dedication to group … and the al pastor French fry nachos.

2nd Place: Jajaja (New York, NY)
third Place (tie!): Gracias Madre (West Hollywood & Newport Seashore, CA) & Tacotarian (Las Vegas, NV & San Diego, CA)

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Finest Vegan Sushi Restaurant:
Past Sushi (New York, NY)

Since 2012, this vegan sushi haven has left diners awestruck with its expansive collection of fish-free fare. Tuna- and salmon-stuffed rainbow rolls; eggplant unagi; and smoked salmon, cream cheese-filled Philadelphia maki rolls are only a sampling of Past Sushi’s huge providing. Endure from determination fatigue? You may’t go unsuitable with a menu like this. 

2nd Place: Shojin (Culver Metropolis & Los Angeles, CA)
third Place: Shizen (San Francisco, CA)

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Finest Vegan Asian Restaurant:
Spicy Moon (New York, NY)

2023 was the yr of milestones for Spicy Moon. After formally changing into NYC’s largest vegan restaurant, the Szechuan eatery has received over the hearts—and stomachs—of VegNews readers with their Past Beef dan dan noodles, hen of the woods bao bun, and veggie wontons in chili oil. We’re wanting ahead to what 2024 will convey. 

2nd Place: Mama Đút (Portland, OR)
third Place: Chef Kenny’s Vegan Dim Sum (Las Vegas, NV)

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Finest Vegan Soul Meals Restaurant:
Soiled Lettuce (Portland, OR)

When Alkebulan Moroski opened his Soiled Lettuce meals cart amidst the pandemic, he had no concept simply how profitable his vegan soul meals vacation spot can be only a mere three years later. Now, with a brick-and-mortar within the hip Beaumont Wilshire district, Moroski serves up “sinful Southern eats” like seitan-based ribs, loaded shrimp po’ boy sandwiches, and gravy-slathered mashed potatoes (no lettuce right here!). 

2nd Place: Souley Vegan (Oakland, CA)
third Place: Cadence (New York, NY)

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Finest Vegan Italian Restaurant:
Pura Vita (West Hollywood & Redondo Seashore, CA)

Sorry, Italy. Higher luck subsequent time, New York—the most effective vegan Italian restaurant is in Los Angeles. Italian-American chef Tara Punzone started veganizing her household’s conventional dishes, and in 2018, Pura Vita was born. Step into her dimly lit eating room and discover the expansive menu consisting of a wide range of appetizers, 10 totally different pastas, and a wine listing that might make any New York wine bar proud.

2nd Place: Lilla (Portland, OR)
third Place: Monster Vegan (Philadelphia, PA)

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Finest Vegan Deli:
Ben & Esther’s (Portland, Seattle & San Diego)

At this quintessential Jewish deli, cream cream cheese and lox with a wholesome dose of schmear, completely pan-fried potato latkes, and loaded corned beef Reubens are all a chance. One massive distinction? Every little thing is all vegan. With three areas in California, Oregon, and Washington all opening inside a span of 4 years, Ben & Esther’s is inching towards a deli takeover.

2nd Place: The Herbivorous Butcher (Minneapolis, MN)
third Place: The Butcher’s Son (Berkeley, CA)

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Finest Vegan Ice Cream Store:
Ice Queen (Portland, OR)

Rebecca Smith is about on bringing a style of Chicana tradition to Portlandia by the use of her uniquely flavored tender serve and paletas (conventional Mexican ice cream bars). With flavors like Malibu Shoreline Sherbert topped with salty pretzels, Oatchata with caramel drizzle, and Fresa with chamoy and watermelon Sourpatch Youngsters, the toughest factor you’ll should do at Ice Queen is choose a favourite. 

2nd Place: Whipped – City Dessert Lab (New York, NY)
third Place: Kate’s Ice Cream (Portland, OR)

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Finest Vegan Bakery:
Vegan Treats (Bethlehem, PA)

For the previous 24 years, Danielle Konya’s legendary vegan bakery has produced the tastiest of treats with veganism at its core. By means of the likes of 17 totally different flavors of muffins, seven variations of whoopie pies, and 16 sorts of doughnuts, something is feasible at Vegan Treats. Compassion has by no means tasted so good.

2nd Place: Maya’s Cookies (San Diego & San Marcos, CA)
third Place (tie!): Timeless Espresso (Oakland & Berkeley, CA) & Soy Concha (East Los Angeles, CA)

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Finest Vegan Doughnut Store:
Donut Good friend (Los Angeles, CA)

Angelenos flock in droves to this hotspot for creative, handcrafted doughnuts made recent day by day. Punny names like Inexperienced Teagan and Sara, Jimmy Eat Swirl, and Saves the Danish are simply certainly one of many causes readers voted this 10-year-old doughnut store a favourite. 

2nd Place: Doe Donuts (Portland, OR)
third Place: Dottie’s Donuts (Philadelphia, PA)

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Finest Vegan Espresso Store:
Grindcore Home (Philadelphia, PA)

This Philly espresso store isn’t only a café, however moderately a group haven for vegans, musicians, authors, and Philadelphians as a complete (don’t skip the chance to nibble on a couple of baked items from VegNews Restaurant Awards finalist Miss Rachel’s Pantry, both). Its loss of life steel affect bleeds into all features of the store, from uncommon books to occasions like film nights and e book discussions.

2nd Place: Timeless Espresso (Oakland & Berkeley, CA)
third Place: COFFEE BEER (Portland, OR)

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Finest Vegan Bar:
Charlie was a sinner. (Philadelphia, PA)

With its attractive, dimly lit, Prohibition era-style decor, elevated vegan fare, and consciously crafted cocktails, it’s no surprise this Midtown Village cocktail lounge by Nicole Marquis received over the hearts (and style buds) of voters.

2nd Place: MOTHERSHIP (San Diego, CA)
third Place: COFFEE BEER (Portland, OR)

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Finest Vegan New York Metropolis Restaurant:
Fashionable Love

No one does vegan consolation meals classics like veteran chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz. At her beloved Brooklyn eatery, housemade renditions of gooey mac and cheese, crispy fried hen, and piles of tacky nachos reign supreme within the minds of NYC foodies. 

2nd Place: Blossom
third Place: Eleven Madison Park

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Finest Vegan Los Angeles Restaurant:
Crossroads Kitchen

After an thrilling interval of enlargement with new areas on the Las Vegas Strip and in Kardashianland (aka, Calabasas, CA—the place Mr. Kourtney Kardashian Travis Barker is an investor), the flagship Melrose Avenue location of Crossroads Kitchen is getting its time within the highlight … and its second of three VegNews Restaurant Awards.

2nd Place: Pura Vita
third Place: Gracias Madre

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Finest Vegan Portland Restaurant:
Ben & Esther’s

Selecting the most effective of the most effective in a vegan paradise like Portland is not any easy job. However this vegan Jewish deli is proving that good high quality meals, unwavering satisfaction (particularly essential with a current rise in antisemitism within the nation), and a dedication to from-the-heart consolation is greater than sufficient to clinch the highest spot. Matzo ball soup, anybody?

2nd Place: Mama Đút
third Place (tie!): Mis Tacones & Soiled Lettuce


Finest Vegan Chicago Restaurant:

In case you hadn’t seen, modern and attractive vegan eating places are taking on the nation—and now we have PLANTA to thank. Its dumpling-forward Chicago outpost beat out some stiff competitors, however when certainly one of its menu objects garners a cult following, on-line discussion board discussions, and even its personal merch (crispy, saucy Bang Bang Broccoli, we’re taking a look at you), you possibly can’t be shocked.

2nd Place: Penelope’s Vegan Taqueria
third Place: Alice & Associates’ Vegan Kitchen

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Finest Vegan San Francisco Restaurant:
Mr. Charlie’s

A newcomer to the San Francisco scene, what Mr. Charlie’s lacks in seniority it makes up for with novelty that’s completely scrumptious (in additional methods than one). The branding and menu of the TikTok-famous burger joint appears to be like virtually precisely like a McDonalds … simply with out the meat. And when it boldly opened store straight throughout from an present McDonald’s to sling its Frowny Meals, Massive Chucks, Not Rooster Nuggets, we knew there was one thing particular about Mr. Charlie’s.

2nd Place: Shizen
third Place: Wildseed


Finest Vegan Philadelphia Restaurant:

Philly’s 12-year-old, fine-dining vegan sizzling spot Vedge is a masterclass in greens. From smoky eggplant braciole with spinach salsa verde and black olive tapenade to gochujang-glazed tofu with miso potato mash, charred scallion and shiso radish salad, diners right here can count on a next-level dinner that doesn’t miss the meat and meat analogs even a bit of bit.

2nd Place: Monster Vegan
third Place: HipCityVeg

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Finest Vegan Austin Restaurant:
Insurgent Cheese

For those who thought this Central Austin cheese store was simply deli instances of dairy-free wedges prepared to your subsequent wine evening, properly, that alone was in all probability sufficient to blow you away. However Insurgent Cheese’s unbelievable lunch, dinner, pleased hour, and even drag brunch service takes it to a different degree. Now simply to determine between the French dip smothered in melted Swiss or the garlicky bacon-cheddar egg breakfast sandwich on a pretzel roll.

2nd Place: Massive Nonna’s
third Place: Subsequent Degree Burger


Finest Vegan Miami Restaurant:

From chilled hearts of palm ceviche with avocado, pineapple, and leche de piña to hoisin-slathered fried hen bao sliders, the flavour, warmth, and energetic spice of Miami is on full show at PLANTA in South Seashore. However do your self a favor and cargo up on the unagi eggplant and ahi watermelon nigiri.

2nd Place: The Cocinita
third Place: Vegan Cuban Delicacies 

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Finest Vegan-Pleasant Restaurant:
The Chicago Diner (Chicago, IL)

For 40 mind-blowing years, this vegetarian mainstay has been serving up meatless fare to hungry denizens of the Windy Metropolis, and making it look simple. From truffle mushroom lentil loaf to pierogi quesadillas to their well-known, thick-and-frosty vegan milkshakes, there’s at all times one thing delectably comforting available at The Chicago Diner.

2nd Place: Off The Griddle (Portland, OR)
third Place: The Butcher’s Daughter (New York Metropolis, West Hollywood & Venice)

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Finest Vegan Chef:
Thuy Pham (Mama Dút—Portland, OR)

She shot to vegan stardom after being featured on Netflix’s Road Meals USA—sharing her inspirational story of being a lady, immigrant, and mom forging a brand new path and opening her very personal restaurant to share her vegan tackle homestyle Vietnamese delicacies (together with her obsession-inducing vegan pork stomach). And now, Thuy Pham has shot to the highest of the polls, clinching the title of America’s Finest Vegan Chef. And although she’s lately introduced the closure of her beloved Portland restaurant Mama Đút, there’s zero doubt that no matter is subsequent on Pham’s horizon is destined to be a hit. 

2nd Place: Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Fashionable Love—Brooklyn, NY & Omaha, NE)
third Place: Rachel Klein (Miss Rachel’s Pantry—Philadelphia, PA)


Finest New Vegan Restaurant:
Pietramala (Philadelphia, PA)

When Chef Ian Graye acquired the chance to helm the enduring Blackbird Pizzeria in Philadelphia throughout its closing months earlier than closing in 2022, not solely did he take the reigns and assist shut out an epic chapter of Philly vegan historical past, he laid the groundwork to inherit the house to create one thing new that might make historical past but once more. Enter Pietramala—an impeccable, fine-dining expertise that makes use of native produce to place “vegetation on a pedestal” … as is evidenced by the fragile ravioli stuffed with lobster mushroom and vegan ricotta. Or the pudding-soft tofu topped with candy cherry tomatoes, crisped yuba, tomato tamari, maple vinegar, and crimson sweet onion. Or the white lasagna layered with 4 forms of greens, a nutmeg-spiked bechamel made with fermented white pepper, cashew ricotta, and “cured pungent tofu.” 

2nd Place: PLANTA Cocina (Marina Del Rey, CA)
third Place: Ubuntu (Los Angeles, CA)

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Finest Vegan Restaurant in America:
Crossroads Kitchen (A number of Areas)

Possibly it’s the crisp, white linen desk cloths and heat, amber lighting emanating from the chandeliers at supper time. Maybe it’s the fun of an opportunity sighting of Joaquin Phoenix, Beyoncé, Alicia Silverstone, or Lizzo. However one factor’s for certain: VegNews readers have positively named Crossroads Kitchen the Finest Vegan Restaurant in America due to the world-class meals; Chef Tal Ronnen and his staff can do issues with greens like no different. 

The Eggplant Brief Rib surrenders the nightshade’s signature squishiness and takes on a sinewy, toothsome chew, contrasted by a mattress of truffley whipped potatoes and a luscious foraged mushroom bordelaise sauce. Artichoke “oysters”—artichoke purée, a buttery béarnaise sauce, crispy oyster mushrooms, and kelp caviar on artichoke leaf “shells”—have been a favourite on the menu since opening in 2013.

Quick ahead to right now, Crossroads Kitchen—now a 3 location empire—is dazzling visitors with a newly launched fall menu (that includes mouthwatering dishes like caramelized figs and whipped feta, celery heart-persimmon-blue cheese salad, and an indulgent chocolate hazelnut torte), whereas additionally rounding out its tenth yr in enterprise. And if the hundreds of votes that named it the Finest Vegan Restaurant in America is any indicator, it will probably count on many extra to come back.

2nd Place: Pura Vita (West Hollywood & Redondo Seashore, CA)
third Place (tie!): KINDRED (San Diego, CA) & Miss Rachel’s Pantry (Philadelphia, PA)

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