There are many benefits to being a vegetarian, but there are some issues that come with it. Eating at a friend’s house, getting enough protein, getting numerous questions about your lifestyle, and eating out can all be factors when it comes to your vegetarian lifestyle.
With some locations, it can be a nightmare to live a meatless lifestyle, but there are some that can be a total paradise. We’ve narrowed it down to 10 cities in America where it’s a breeze to be vegetarian.
1. Portland, Oregon
This city has a long list of vegetarian and vegan-friendly establishments, from bed-and-breakfasts to a-la-carte restaurants. This city also has the world’s first-ever (and only) all-vegan strip mall. When in Portland, you might want to stop at Natural Selection, a European-style restaurant built on vegetables, fruits, and grains, featuring finely crafted meals paired with choice wines and spirits. Plus, their menu changes weekly so eating meat-free dishes is more exciting at this particular restaurant.
2. New York, New York
Are you aware that the chances of stumbling into a vegetarian restaurant are highest when you are in New York? It’s no secret that restaurants in the city that never sleep are diverse. Some restaurants serve raw dishes, others have farm-to-table dishes, while still others prefer a mix of the two, resulting in such a creative and delectable dish. For starters, you can try Candle Cafe or Dirt Candy.
3. Los Angeles, California
In the city of the stars you will not have any problems finding restaurants offering vegetarian dishes. The only problem you’ll face is the presence of too much paparazzi! At vegan restaurant, Crossroads, choose from a delectable menu of vegan pasta, sandwiches, and other vegetarian-friendly selections curated by vegan chef to the stars, Tal Ronnen.
4. San Francisco, California
Of course, if you don’t feel like going to the city of the stars but still want to go to vegan paradise in California–visit SF. San Francisco has plenty of amazing restaurants and it’s rare to find one without a separate vegan menu for every budget and style. For starters you can try Flying Falafel or La Folie.
5. Denver, Colorado
Denver is known to have over 65 vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the city. What is even more amazing is that most of the restaurants have embraced and mastered the art of preparing healthy and delicious meals in anticipation of their vegetarian guests. You also get a breath-taking freebie: a perfect view of beautiful mountains.
6. Asheville, North Carolina
For vegetarian southern-style cooking, visit Asheville, North Carolina. This place has at least 35 vegetarian-friendly restaurants. For example, you have the Rosetta’s Kitchen, a family favorite. This place is perfect for vegetarians who are still bound to be picky when it comes to their meals. The place has a wide variety of dishes to choose from.
7. Austin, Texas
Austin in itself is a city flocked with restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines. Even though Texas has become famous for its love of meat, the city of Austin has somehow built a reputation for loving vegetables and offering cuisines that vegetarians would surely love. When visiting Austin, check out a local favorite, The Vegan Yacht, for a taste of true vegan comfort food.
8. Chicago, Illinois
Waving the banner of being “meat-free since ’83,” The Chicago Diner is just one of the examples of the sprouting vegetarian-friendly dinners in the area. Chicago also has Greek, Indian, and Korean inspired dishes that are specially prepared for vegetarians. Another must-try restaurant with southern-style cooking is the Soul Vegan. You surely won’t regret doing so.
9. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hard Times Café, Heartland, and Ecopolitan are just three of the restaurants in Minneapolis, that are vegetarian-friendly. They use 100% raw food and some offer cooking classes and educational lectures. Thus, aside from enjoying their mouth-watering dishes, you also get to learn how to prepare a new favorite dish!
10. Salt Lake City, Utah
VegNews proclaimed Salt Lake City as the “Next Great Vegan City” in 2012. This place also caught the attention of PETA due to the way they select their dishes. Check out several establishments around the city, including Vertical Diner (the country’s best), City Dogs, Sage’s Café, Buds, Brewvies Cinema Pub, and Omar’s Rawtopia.
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