America’s Top Vegan-Friendly Cities
October 19, 2016
From coast to coast, it’s never been easier to dig into a tasty plant based meal. Whether you’re in New York, Ann Arbor, or Santa Fe you can help animals by choosing to leave them off your plate.
Datafiniti, a data provider, conducted research into America’s most vegan friendly cities, ranking them by both volume and density. Did your city make the cut?
Portland is truly a vegan paradise! You can hop between 150 different vegan restaurants, a bed & breakfast, tattoo parlor, and even a strip club – yes, vegans have fun too!
Homegrown Smoker offers meat-free BBQ and all sorts of southern goodness: hushpuppies, BBQ ribs, and stewed greens. Another must-visit is Vtopian Cheese Shop which has almost two dozen types of artisan cheeses plus a full-service deli. Any trip to Portland should include brunch at Petunias – home to some of the best biscuits and gravy we’ve ever had. And we’d be amiss if we didn’t mention the iconic Voodoo Doughnuts which now offers vegan donuts!
The City by the Bay has always been a city proud of it’s progressive values. This is reflected in its diverse population which includes one of the highest percentages of vegans and vegetarians. Thankfully, with 247 vegan restaurants packed in its 7×7 square miles, it keeps its residents happy.
Greens is a mainstay in the city and has been offering farm-to-table vegetarian food for more than 37 years. Herbivore will take you on an all-vegan trip around the world since it offers an array of different cuisines. If you feel like hopping across the bay to Oakland then you should definitely pay a visit to Souley Vegan, where you can get satisfying meat-free Southern dishes. Bonus: on Sunday’s bottomless mimosas are just $12.
Seattle may be the land of coffee houses and cafés but it’s also quickly becoming a destination for those on a plant-based diet. Pizza Pi, Plum Bistro, and Thrive are some of the city’s top options. And only in this city would there be a bicycle-pulled vegan hot dog cart, called Cycle Dog.
Aside from great restaurants the city also has an all vegan grocery store called Vegan Haven where many of the latest and greatest plant-based products make their national debut.
The phrase “the West Coast is the Best Coast” might as well become “the West Coast is the Vegan Coast.” LA has so many vegan options that you could visit a new one every day of the year and still have more to explore. The City of Angels is also home to Animal Equality’s U.S. headquarters so we can attest to the delicious wide-ranging options available.
Whether you’re in the mood for Mexican, Cuban, Mediterranean, Japanese, Ethiopian, Jamaican, or late-night soul food, rest assured you can find it in LA.
Gracias Madre is a beautiful and trendy Mexican restaurant featuring incredible dishes like fried cauliflower, coconut ceviche, and pineapple sopes. Plus, they have a decadent cocktail menu. Over in Inglewood is Equelecua Cafe, a vegan Cuban spot offering family style dishes from the island, including the classic ropa vieja, a stewed steak dish. If you’re looking for a great date-night spot, be sure to visit the all-vegan Japanese restaurant Shojin. They offer incredible sushi rolls, yummy soups and even a “Katsu” steak that is grilled at your table. Then all-star musician Moby has his Mediterranean-inspired restaurant little pine which is one of the best brunch spots in LA.
If you haven’t filled up on all of this amazingness, you must hit up Donut Friend which offers some of the most unique donuts we’ve ever seen, including several vegan options.
NYC has a whopping 563 vegan restaurants spread across its five boroughs. Champs Diner, over in Brooklyn, offers all-vegan diner staples like chick’n and waffles, a reuben, a great Philly cheese steak, and eight types of milkshakes. With several locations across the city, By Chloe, is famous for its truly mind-blowing “guac burger.” Manhattan is packed full of options but a favorite is VSPOT, which offers Latin comfort food such as Colombian empanadas, arepas, and nachos.
Honorable mentions go to Santa Fe, NM, Bend, OR, Ann Arbor, MI, and Boulder, CO, all of which cracked the Top 10 for Small Cities.
Check out the full list here and see if your city made the cut.