I just recently decided to expand my horizons here. I mean, I travel a lot, and I've eaten in all sorts of places, so I figured I should pass that knowledge on. This is going to be a strange list, because it will reflect where I've been the most. Sorry that it's not a comprehensive list of the whole country, but this is a personal page, so I wanted to keep it personal! Whenever I travel, I'll add some more. And if there is just one place listed for a state, you can pretty safely assume that it's my favorite place in the state, and that that is where I try and visit EVERY time I find myself in that city.

Arizona

California (LA area is on a different page)

Georgia

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

 

Nebraska

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Utah

Virginia

Washington

After a particularly great meal, I decided that I should go ahead and make a list of my Top Ten Vegan, Vegan-Friendly, and Vegetarian restaurants across the US. I've only included my favorites. The vegetarian and omnivorious places I listed I can assure you have an extensive vegan selection. The list is probably slanted a bit towards California and the NY/NJ area, but what can I say.... that's where I've lived lately!

Miki's Top 10 Vegan Restaurants, aka Rare Places Where I Can Order Anything on the Menu (in no particular order)

  1. Cha-Ya: Berkeley, CA (Japanese)
  2. Soul Vegetarian: Chicago, IL (Southern Soul Food)
  3. Real Food Daily: West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, CA (Vegan Orgainc)
  4. Strange Brew: Springfield, OH (American)
  5. Red Bamboo: New York, NY (American)
  6. Golden Era: San Francisco, CA (Vietnimese)
  7. Herbivore: San Francisco, CA (American)
  8. Down to Earth: Red Bank, NJ (Vegan Organic)
  9. The Globe: Seattle, WA (American)
  10. Sages Cafe: Salt Lake City, UT (American)

Miki's Top 10 Vegetarian Restaurants, aka Places Where You'll Still Have to Say, "Hold the cheese" and "Is that real mayonaise or Veganaise?"

  1. Veggie Works: Belmar, NJ (American)
  2. Macy's: Flagstaff, AZ (American/Mexican/Bakery)
  3. Chicago Diner: Chicago, IL (American)
  4. Keystone Café: Eugene, OR (American/ Breakfast)
  5. Veg City Diner: New York, NY (American)
  6. Red Avocado: Iowa City, IA (American)
  7. Atomic Eggplant: Rochester, NY (American)
  8. Follow Your Heart: Canoga Park, CA(American)
  9. Green Cat Café: Seattle, WA (American/Breakfast)
  10. The Spot: Hermosa Beach, CA (American)

Miki's Top 10 Omnivorious Restaurants, aka Places You Can Take Someone Who Insists They Must Eat Meat for Dinner, But Where You Won't Be Stuck Eating a Plain Baked Potato and a Plate of Dry Iceberg Lettuce for Dinner

  1. Kung Pao Bistro: West Hollywood, CA (Chinese)
  2. Gianna's: Philadelphia, PA (Italian/Pizza)
  3. Electric Karma: Los Angeles, CA (Indian)
  4. Lanesplitter : Berkeley, CA (Italian/Pizza)
  5. Mc Foster's: Omaha, NE (American)
  6. Vita Cafe: Portland, OR (American)
  7. Opera: Chicago, IL (Pan Asian)
  8. Sante La Brea : Los Angeles, CA (American)
  9. Newsroom : Beverly Hills, CA (American)
  10. Inn of the Seventh Ray: Topanga Canyon, CA (Upscale Organic)

 

ARIZONA

Macy's

14 S Beaver St
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928)774-2243

Coffeehouse and vegetarian restaurant. Really great food, all inexpensive

Vegan Friendly

Vegan danishes!!!
Guilin Chinese Restaurant 3250 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ
520-320-7768

Chinese

Lots of fake meat options

Vegan-Friendly

The drumsticks are incredible!!!

CALIFORNIA

Big Sky

1121 Broad St
San Luis Obispo,CA
805-545-5401

Sandwiches, Salads, Pasta, etc.

Vegan-Friendly

I had a nice mushroom sandwich.
Blue Nile 2525 Telegraph
Berkeley,CA
510-843-1992

Ethopian

Vegan-Friendly

Anything
Cafe Athena 1846 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA
(858)274-1140

Greek

Menu is about half meat and half vegetarian

Vegan-Friendly

Artichokes, any of the dips and pita
Cha-Ya 1686 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709-1631
Phone: (510) 981-1213

Japanese

This might be the best restaurant I have ever eaten at!

Vegan

Everything is so so so good, but I would highly reccomend the avocado tempura roll.
Golden Era 572 O'farrell St,
San Francisco, CA
(415)673-3136

Vietnamese

Lots of fake meat treats

Vegan

I was there with like 15 people, and I tasted so many tings, I can't recall specifics, except that everything was really good!
Herbivore 983 Valencia St,
San Francisco, CA
(415)826-5657

Eclectic types of foods. Thai, Mexican, Italian, American.

Great Desserts

Vegan

Chocolate cupcakes!
Kowloon 909 Grant (Chinatown) San Francisco, CA 362-9888

Chinese Buddhist

Appanantly, not everything is very good here, but I swear by the lemon chicken! I go everytime I'm in SF.

Vegan

Lemon chicken, lemon chicken, lemon chicken
Lanesplitter Pizza 2033 San Pablo Berkeley, CA (510) 845-1652

Italian

They make their own fake ricotta and have many vegan options.

Vegan Friendly

Vegan Calzone
Sojourner Cafe

134 E. Canon Perdido St.
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 965-7922

 

Sandwiches, soups, Mexician, fresh juice.. lots of variety.

Vegan Friendly

Everything has always been great there!

GEORGIA

Cafe Sunflower

2140 Peachtree Road,
Buckhead (Atlanta)
404-352-8859

American, Italian and southern food. Lots of vegan options and vegan desserts

Vegan Friendly

chicken nuggets
Lush Restaurant and Bar 913 Bernina Ave, NE
Atlanta, GA
404-223-9292

Upscale vegan dining.

Vegan

Grilled portabellos
Soul Vegetarian

652 North Highland Avenue NE
Atlanta
404-875-0145; 404-875-1106

879-A Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard SW
Atlanta
404-752-5194

All vegan soul food! Homemade soy ice cream. Highly reccomended place!

Vegan

The mac and cheese is perhaps the best vegan mac and cheese I have ever eaten.

ILLNOIS

Chicago Diner

3411 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773)935-6696

American Diner food... all vegetarian and mostly vegan

Vegan Friendly

Breakfast stuff, like the biscuits and gravy
Opera 1301 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 461-0161

Pan-Asian with a huge vegan selection.

Vegan Friendly

Anything
Soul Vegetarian 203 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 224-0104

Southern African-American food.

Vegan

Bar-b-que meat, split pea soup, corn bread, deep fried mushrooms

INDIANA

Naked Tchopstix

6253 N. College Ave.
Indianapolis, IN
317-252-5555

Japanese and sushi. Many vegetarian options. Cool decor.

Vegan Friendly

 
Three Sisters 6360 Guilford Ave.
Indianapolis, IN
317-257-5556

Breakfast and lunch. Many vegan options.

Vegan Friendly

 

IOWA

Red Avocado

521 E Washington St # 3
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 351-6088

Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Organic vegetarian food.

Vegan Friendly

I had a nice buffet.

MICHIGAN

Inn Season Cafe

500 E Fourth St.
Detroit, MI
248-547-7916

International food. All vegetarian with vegan options.

Vegan Friendly

 
The People's Food Co-op 216 N. 4th Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI
734-994-9174

Health Food store that has a great lunch and dinner hot buffet. Buffet is about 80% vegan.

Vegan Friendly

 
Seva 314 E. Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI
734-662-1111

International.... plenty of Italian and Mexican. All vegetarian with vegan options.

Vegan Friendly

 

MINNESOTA

Hard Times Cafe

1821 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN
612-341-9261

Bakery and coffeehouse. Punky hangout that is open almost 24 hours a day. Vegan soups, sanwiches and pastries.

Vegan friendly.

chocolate chip cranberry muffin
The Wedge Community Food Co-op 2105 Lyndale Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN
612-871-3993

This is a great health food store! There are plenty of options fo take out meals and sandwiches.

Vegan friendly.

 

MISSOURI

Eternity Cafe

#11 South Euclid
St. Louis, MO
314-454-1851

Casual take out and eat in. Salads, sandwiches, smoothies.

Vegan

 
Main Squeeze 28 S. 9th Street
Columbia, MO
573-817-5616

Juice bar and casual restaurant with many vegan options... sandwiches, burritos, soups, etc

Vegan friendly.

 

NEBRASKA

McFoster's Natural Kind Cafe

302 S 38th St
Omaha, NE 68131
(402) 345-4585

Lunch and Dinner. American/ Asian, and Italian foods.

Vegan friendly.

Artichoke Moronay

NEW JERSEY

Be Green Organic Juice Bar and Cafe

500 Ocean Ave
Belmar, NJ 07719
(732)280-1020

Juices, sandwiches and light meals

vegan friendly

Anything
Dean's Natural Food Market 1119 State Route 35,
Ocean, NJ
(732)517-1515

Not a restaurant, but a big natural food store. They have everything you will need to be a good vegan. The extra bonus is that I used to work there.

Anything
Delpontes Coal Fired Brick Oven Pizza 600 Main St
Bradley Beach, NJ 07720
(732)869-9771

Great Pizza. They will make one with soy cheese, if you eat that. If not, they won't look at you fuinny if you get one cheese-free

vegan friendly

Gloria Pizza made with soy cheese
Down To Earth 5 Broad St
Red Bank, NJ
732-747-4542

Stir fries, pasta, fresh juices wide variety. The menu even indicated which items are wheat-free.

Vegan

Anything
Siam Garden 2 Bridge Ave (in the Galleria) State Red Bank,NJ
(732)224-1233

Thai

Vegan Friendly.

I had some nice soup. Also, I hear the coconut banana dessert is lovely.
Kaya's Kitchen 817 Belmar Plz,
Belmar, NJ
(732)280-1141

Wide selection of foods.... burritos, pasta, salads, traditional American fare made vegan. Great vegan Sunday brunch

Vegetarian, but almost entirely vegan

Southern Fried Tofu dinner, perogies, meatloaf

NEW MEXICO

20 Carrots

2110 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM
505-242-1320

Breakfasts, lunch and dinner. Light fare, soups, sandwiches.

Vegan friendly

 

 

Annapurna

2201 Silver SE
Albuquerque, NM
505-262-2424

Indian food. Plenty of vegetarian and vegan options .

Vegan friendly

 

 

El Patio

142 Harvard Dr SE
Albuquerque, NM
505/268-4245

New Mexican Food.

Menu is mostly vegetarian, and most entrees are very easily made vegan. The chili sauces are vegetarian and spicy. Margaritas are great and inexpensive.

This is my favorite restaurant in New Mexico!

Vegan friendly

Any vegetarian combo is great!

 

La Montanita Co-op Natural Foods Market

3500 Central Ave. S.E.
Albuquerque, NM
505-265-4631

Great health food co-op! Take out foods, and a bakery with many vegan options.

Vegan friendly

Vegan cinnamon rolls!

 

Richard's Mexican Restaurant

3301 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM
505/881-1039

Breakfast and lunch only. The beans and rice are vegetarian, and there are many meat substitute options.

Vegan friendly

I had a great fake meat enchilada... be warned, it was super spicy!

NEW YORK

Atomic Eggplant

75 Marshall St
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 325-6750

Breakfasts, lunch and dinner. American vegetarian food.

Vegan friendly

I had a nice artichoke, black olive pasta
Mother Earth's Cafe 217 Western Ave
Albany, NY
(518)434-0944

Many varieties of ethnic foods... Asian, African, Mexican, etc. Vegan desserts.

Vegan Friendly

All I remember is that the chocolate cake was great
Red Bamboo 140 W. 4th St.
New York, NY
212-260-7049

Blend of cuisines... soul, Asian, Italian, American. Lots of fake meats.

Vegan

Salmon, Bourbon chicken, Satay tofu kebab

Shades of Green 187 Lark St
Albany, NY
(518)434-1830

Casual place. Sandwiches, salads, soup.

Vegan Friendly

I had some kind of fake beefy sandwich. It was good.

Veg City Diner 55 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011
(212)490-6266

American diner style food.. this is my traditional stop for food when in NYC.

Vegan friendly

Anything

NORTH CAROLINA

Laughing Seed

40 Wall Street
Asheville
808-252-3445

A nice place to get a wide variety of vegetarian dishes.

All Vegetarian and Vegan friendly

Anything
Over Easy Cafe 32 Broadway Ave
Asheville
828-236-3553

Breakfast place with lots of vegan options.

Vegan friendly

Tofu scramble and grits

Early Girl Eatery 8 Wall St,
Asheville,
(828) 259-9292

Breakfast and lunch place with lots of vegan options.

Vegan friendly

Vegan sausages and peppered grits

Boba House 332 South Tate Street
Greensboro,
336-379-7444

Vietnamese Vegetarian food. Almost all items are vegan or can be made vegan.

Vegan friendly

 

 

The duck was quite nice

Jack's Corner Mediterranean Deli 1601 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro
336-370-4400

Meditteranean food. Lots of vegan options. Vegan items clearly marked on menu. Staff is very vegan aware

Vegan friendly

 

 

I had a nice hummus platter with crumbled falafel and pine nuts.

I hear rumors that they sometimes have vegan mac and cheese, but they didn't the day that I was there. :-(

OHIO

Strange Brew

227 E Cecil St
Springfield, OH 45503
(937) 322-4233

Open for breakfast and lunch. Vegan coffeehouse and restaurant..

It's the only vegan restaurant in Ohio.

Biscuits and Gravy

OREGON

Keystone Cafe

395 W 5th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401
(541)342-2075

Open for breakfast and lunch. Vegetarian.

Vegan friendly

vegan french toast

Vita Cafe 3024 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 335-8233

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The meals are all vegetarian, but they also have a few burgers on the menu.

Vegan friendly

Biscuit and Gravy, fish and chips

PENNSYLVANIA

Cherry Street

1010 Cherry St.
Philadelphia, PA
(215)923-3663

Buddhist Chinese.

Vegan

Sesame Lemon Chicken
Gianna's Grill 507 S 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 829-4448

Italian/ Pizza. They have vegan cheese for pizzas, tons of vegan subs, and even vegan cheese fries.

Vegan Friendly

Cheese Fries, pizza

UTAH

Sages Cafe

473 E 300 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801)322-3790

Vegan organic restaurant.. one of the best vegan places I have ever been to

Vegan

Anything

VIRGINIA

Ellwood Thompson's Natural Market and Cafe

4 North Thompson Street
Richmond
804-359-7525

Great natural market, with an extensive deli and take out section. They always have a HUGE selection of vegan dishes... much more so than most other natural markets have

Vegan Friendly

Anything

WASHINGTON

Globe Cafe and Bakery

1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206)324-8815

Vegan coffeehouse and restaurant. Great food and great atmosphere.

Vegan

french toast or open faced tofu sandwich
Green Cat Cafe 1514 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 726-8756

Vegetarian Breakfast and lunch. Coffeehouse.

Vegan Friendly

I had a good burrito

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