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Best vegetarian restaurants in USA?

harken banks Dec 6, 2012 03:43 PM


I'm looking for lists of the best vegetarian restaurants in the United States (or North America). I've done some internet searches, but they did not reveal much. Can anyone point me in the right direction?



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    antennastoheaven Dec 7, 2012 09:01 AM

    Here are some best-of vegan restaurants from VegNews.com: http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=5212&catId=7

    Vegetarian Times asked readers to identify favorite vegetarian restaurants and dishes, so there is a lot to choose from here: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/blog/t...

    Hope these links help! Much easier to talk about best-of regionally rather than nationally, for sure.

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      Funkalicious Dec 8, 2012 02:41 PM

      If the Cinnamon Snail Food Truck ever open an restaurant , I would vote them.

      I ordered their Thanksgiving Vegan Dinner, the Truffle Mac & Cheese was FABULOUS!!! You would even know it's vegan.

      All NYC'er vegan restaurant owners rave about Verde in Philadelphia, haven't been there. I think it's #1 in the vegnew magazine.

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        Bigley9 Dec 17, 2012 11:08 AM

        I think the Phila restaurant you are referring to is Vedge - owners previously had Horizons, another veg restaurant that got national attention. Very interesting concept - focus on vegetables and very little or no "meat substitutes"

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          Funkalicious Nov 2, 2013 02:43 AM

          My bad, it's called Vedge

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        harryharry Dec 8, 2012 02:58 PM

        look up ubuntu in napa

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          mrsdebdav Dec 10, 2012 06:57 PM

          Ubuntu is closed.

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            Klunco Jan 2, 2013 02:00 PM

            Very sad that this placed closed. Absolutely incredible food.

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          cheeseisheaven Dec 9, 2012 03:15 PM

          Portabello, Portland OR

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            Radha2009 Dec 10, 2012 05:13 AM

            Hi. I just found this
            I have not tried many vegetarian restaurants in the US but I liked all the ones that I visited.
            I must say that Candle 79 in New York is worth the visit.
            I brought some non vegetarians with me and they said that they would return.

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              fancynancypants Dec 11, 2012 04:51 PM

              The Moosewood Collective in Ithaca, NY

              I've never been, but the cookbooks they've published alongside Mollie Katzen (I have some going back to the 80s) are like my cooking bible. I have yet to find a recipe in there that I don't love, so I assume that the restaurant is even better.

              My personal favorite: Mother's Market

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                Deborah Dec 11, 2012 07:17 PM

                I thought the restaurant would be great. Six of us were excited to have the opportunity to have lunch at Moosewood this past summer. Not one of us thought our lunch was anywhere near above mediocre and some thought their lunch was awful. Such a disappointment.

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                  elmom Dec 12, 2012 11:45 AM

                  me too! I have used the moosewood cookbook for 30+ years --so was super excited to visit the restaurant 5 years ago. all i remember is that service was terrible and the food was like any coffee shop. if you can't remember the food, how good could it have been . really disappointing after making all those veggie canoes...

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                    ninrn Sep 2, 2013 12:40 PM

                    Agree that Moosewood Restaurant is disappointing. I used to live in Ithaca and went there a number of times in its hey-dey. It was never as good as its now defunct neighbors Cabbagetown Cafe and Somadhara Bakery. I wish I'd somehow got the sichuan sesame noodle recipe from Somadhara, it was one of the best things I've ever eaten.

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                      sinfromgin Oct 22, 2013 02:56 PM

                      Oh, I miss Cabbagetown. ABC was nice for a snack. I agree, Moosewood has gone downhill in certain aspects.....

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                    CloggieGirl Aug 31, 2013 10:44 PM

                    Dirt Candy! I went there for my anniversary and wanted to got there every day.

                2. Science Chick Dec 12, 2012 01:21 PM

                  My favorite vegan restaurant in NYC is Angelica Kitchen on East 12th. Wow, their food is so lovingly prepared, flavorful and beautiful!!!

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                    calumin Dec 20, 2012 09:00 PM

                    Kajitsu is my favorite restaurant in NYC (and I am not vegetarian). They serve shojin cuisine.

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                      alkonost Jul 16, 2013 10:42 PM

                      Angelicas is a gem of the East Village, I'm not a vegetarian but I love it nevertheless.

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                        Ttrockwood Oct 1, 2013 06:21 PM

                        I return to angelikas often, just last night enjoyed another delicious homestyle meal there....

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                        youareabunny Dec 20, 2012 03:45 AM

                        For vegetarian restaurants I would suggest Indian restaurants. I find that many American, Asian, and Mexican style vegetarian and vegan restaurants rely too much on fake meat and cheese products. I'm not saying that they are bad but I think there are better veg options that are far less processed.

                        I prefer mom and pop Indian restaurants. Many are vegetarian while some do cook meat. You would have to check if they mix any meat products into the vegetarian stuff, use separate utensils, etc. But the ones I go to are tiny and don't serve meat at all. They do often use cream, butter, and cheese though.

                        Anyway it's a preferential thing, if you don't like Indian food then never mind lol :)

                        1. digga Dec 28, 2012 01:31 PM

                          Checking in from Boston. Here's a recent rundown from the Boston Globe. The "fanciest" place on this list is True Bistro.


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                            Science Chick Jan 1, 2013 07:04 AM

                            Agreed, as far as "fancy-ish" goes, although I wouldn't put it in the category of a truly high end dining experience.

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                            Jaimie Dec 28, 2012 03:19 PM

                            I really enjoyed dirtycandy in NYC. http://www.dirtcandynyc.com/
                            I was in town alone and treated myself to the meal. Several of the recommended wine pairings were really inspired and they serve half glasses so I could walk home safely. The entire experience including the food, the service and the ambiance were just wonderful.

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                              magiesmom Dec 30, 2012 02:43 PM

                              Isn't there a great one in Asheville, NC?

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                                Windsor Jan 2, 2013 03:19 AM

                                Plant is one of the best restaurants in Asheville and happens to be 100% plant based. Creative and absolutely wonderful dining experience. I had lunch there two days ago and was told that a large number of their loyal customers are not even vegetarians, they come back for the great food. Jason and his wife moved to Asheville from NYC where he trained at the Natural Gourmet and worked at Candle 79. He was head chef at another local vegetarian restaurant before going into partnership and opening Plant earlier this year. http://plantisfood.com/

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                                alc Dec 30, 2012 03:51 PM

                                Here in NY I suppose my favorites are Candle 79 and Kajitsu.

                                Recently, I was lucky enough to discover The Green Elephant in Portland, Maine.

                                1. weinstein5 Dec 31, 2012 12:08 PM

                                  Check out Soul Surfing Pizza in Skokie - Vegetarian/Kosher pizza joint that makes a great pizza -

                                  1. pikawicca Dec 31, 2012 12:13 PM

                                    Millennium in SF would have to be on such a list. (And I think a better question might be "Where can I find the best vegetarian food in the U.S? The vegan tasting menu I had at Atelier Crenn -- also in SF -- was mind-blowing. Great chefs can produce great vegetarian/vegan meals, even if they also cook with animal products.)

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                                      antimony Jan 2, 2013 01:58 PM

                                      Different itches, though? I personally don't always want a tasting menu/no choices -- there's something to be said for opening a menu and having to actually choose rather than play hunt-the-vegetarian-entree.

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                                      cheesecake17 Dec 31, 2012 12:47 PM

                                      I love Sacred Chow, especially their tapas items.

                                      Wild Ginger is good for what it is- American style Chinese food with fake meat.

                                      V-note was delicious. Especially loved the stuffed poblano.

                                      Was not impressed with Angelica Kitchen. The food was boring and bland. Service was awful and rude.

                                      In SF we liked Greens and Herbivore. My husband thought Herbivore was one of the best casual places he's been to, veggie or not

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                                        Khotso98 Jan 2, 2013 01:37 PM

                                        Not so many choices here in t

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                                          GreekChorus Jan 10, 2013 06:15 PM

                                          Definitely Millenium in SF. A vegan restaurant that does not rely on meat substitutes, if at all. Plus, it's fun to stay in the adjoining hotel.

                                          1. twodales Jun 8, 2013 09:21 AM

                                            In Chicago: For a more upscale experience I like Green Zebra. We have been there about 4 times over the last few years. Small plates but I never feel hungry when I leave. Very Zen looking place but everyone is friendly and the atmosphere is surprisingly relaxed and comfortable.

                                            Here is a link to more Chicago info. http://www.yelp.com/c/chicago/vegetarian

                                            1. westsidegal Jun 10, 2013 07:13 PM

                                              for los angeles, may i nominate:
                                              for vegan japanese food (they have two locations)
                                              cafe gratitude (vegan. they, too, have a couple of locations)

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                                                katyenka Jun 20, 2013 06:32 AM

                                                I was disappointed by Millennium in SF. In NYC, Pure is a favourite - or One Lucky Duck for snacks - and I ate very well at Candle Cafe and Cafe Blossom. Was sad to miss out on Dirt Candy. Also make sure to check out Chloe's soft serve ice cream if you're there! (as in, banana soft serve... new yorkers get everything!)

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                                                  Ttrockwood Oct 1, 2013 06:24 PM

                                                  Pure food and wine is really amazing- not well known is the $30 lunch pre fixe three course meal, beautiful back patio for the good weather

                                                2. PastaChicksHusband Oct 1, 2013 12:49 PM

                                                  Always loved Zen Palate in NY

                                                  1. lemore Oct 3, 2013 06:14 PM

                                                    I also vote for Portabello in Portland. Second favorite: Chicago Diner. They've got a second location now!

                                                    1. sinfromgin Oct 22, 2013 03:00 PM

                                                      Stronghearts Cafe in Syracuse is pretty good, tiny place. Lots of faux meat. Not much to offer in meat and taters central NY!

                                                      1. rozz01 Oct 30, 2013 07:24 PM

                                                        There's an amazing place called Trumpet Blossom Cafe in Iowa City

                                                        1. Bob Dobalina Nov 5, 2013 02:25 AM

                                                          Per Se in NYC - ranked in top 10 restaurants in the country. Does omnivore and veg tasting menus.

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                                                            Funkalicious Nov 9, 2013 12:59 AM

                                                            Vedge in Philly #1 Here a discussion in the Washington post


                                                          2. globocity Nov 9, 2013 09:01 AM

                                                            In San Diego we have two really good options. Casa de Luz and Jyoti Bihanga.

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