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Where to Get Great Vegan and Vegetarian Food in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Great options for meat-free dining around the metro

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A triple-stacked vegetarian burger from J. Selby’s.
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Vegan and vegetarian eating has transformed in recent years, as a growing number of chefs and restaurants eschew meat, dairy, and other animal products in favor of vegetables, fruits, and proteins made from plants. And the Twin Cities — home of the Juicy Lucy, no less — has embraced the tide of cauliflower wings, egg-free cinnamon rolls, and clever seitan dupes that have become hallmarks of the meatless food scene. As vegan and vegetarian restaurants continue to pop up around the Cities, here’s a list of some essential spots, plus some non-vegetarian restaurants with great meat-free options.

Note that these restaurants are listed geographically.

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Bole Ethiopian Cuisine

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Located just west of Como Park, Bole Ethiopian Cuisine has helped Saint Paul maintain its reputation for top-tier Ethiopian food since Rekik Meratsion and Solomon Hailie relaunched it in the neighborhood in 2021. Among the house specialties are sushi-style rolls of injera with vegetarian fillings like red lentils, yellow split peas, or ground chickpeas. Don’t skip the honey wine.

J. Selby's

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Vegetarian restaurant J. Selby’s is all about playful and innovative takes on fast food and pub food. Try the crunchwrap, made with vegan taco meat and marinated cabbage on a tostada, the fried lions mane mushrooms (sourced from local farm Minne Mushrooms), or the “Dirty Secret,” a triple-stacked burger with secret sauce. For dessert, J. Selby’s offers dairy-free shakes and soft-serve, floats, halva, and cookies. The Herbivorous Butcher, another local vegan favorite, recently bought J. Selby’s, but has kept the menu largely the same same.

Everest on Grand

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Everest on Grand’s vegetarian options span momos stuffed with cabbage and ginger; katahar (young green jackfruit buds with potatoes and spices); and vegetable thukpa, a Tibetan-style noodle soup with snap peas. There’s a whole roster of vegetarian curries, too, best complemented by warm naan or roti.

Find filling vegetarian fare at Shish, Grand Avenue’s Mediterranean kitchen. It’s hard to beat the falafel here — though the roasted veggie bowl is a close second, heaped with zucchini, squash, cauliflower, and red peppers on a fragrant bed of saffron rice.

French Meadow Bakery & Café

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Long a staple for organic, locally grown food, French Meadow caters to vegetarian brunch-goers with hearty hashes, omelets stuffed with goat cheese and spinach, and blueberry corn pancakes. There’s a tofu scramble and a Herbivorous Butcher quesadilla on the menu, too, for vegans — for lunch, try the blackened tempeh tacos.

Himalayan Restaurant

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Himalayan Restaurant on Lake Street delves into India, Nepalese, and Tibetan cuisine, and has extensive vegetarian offerings. Start with the kothe — steamed momos that are pan-fried and served with a savory tomato-cilantro chutney. You can’t go wrong with the chana masala or creamy Kathmandu curry, either, best paired with aloo paratha or extra-buttery naan. Save room for desserts like kheer and mango pudding.

Hard Times Cafe

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Since 1992, this punk cafe — known for its hand-painted, bright green façade on Riverside Avenue — has been a classic haunt for vegan and vegetarian bites. Breakfast classics are the vegan helter skelter with hash browns and tofu, vegan biscuits with mushroom gravy, and the vegan “big fat pancake” with maple syrup. The lunch menu features a seitan Philly and a Korean barbecue tofu bun. The restaurant is currently open from 8 a.m. to midnight.

The exterior of the Hard Times Cafe, which is painted green and yellow with white a black block lettering. There is a snowbank in front of it.
Hard Times Cafe is a Minneapolis go-to for vegan food.
Photo by Joey McLeister/Star Tribune via Getty Images

The Stray Dog

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New American diner The Stray Dog has a separate vegetarian menu. Classic bar favorites are transformed into black bean patties and fries, “not” dogs in chili cheese, Chicago, and Venezuelan varieties, vegetarian breakfasts like fully loaded chilaquiles, and a whole range of Beyond burgers: the “Beyond Junk” with vegan bacon and garlic aioli, the “Beyond Bourbon Brown” with butter bourbon glaze, and the “Beyond New Yorker” on a bialy bun.

The Herbivorous Butcher

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This revolutionary butcher shop produces upwards of 15 homemade meat-free meats and an array of plant-based cheeses. Founded by a brother-sister duo, the Herbivorous Butcher is a great place for a vegan pantry restock — but it also offers hot in-store specials like red miso ribs made with a tofu and jackfruit base, or hot chili cheese dogs made with seitan, and shepherd’s pie. Grab a vegan porter cheddar or mint chocolate truffles from the case.

Francis

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Francis, Northeast Minneapolis’s newest vegan restaurant, serves a great burger. A few, in fact: an Impossible patty stacked with fried seitan bacon, a garlicky black bean burger, even a Juicy Lucy stuffed with vegan cheese. But it’s not only Francis’s delectably greasy meat-free burgers that make it stand out in the Twin Cities vegan scene — it’s the restaurant’s bar program, which is entirely free of animal-derived dyes, additives, and fining agents. You’ll find no Negronis made with dyes from crushed beetles, wines filtered through fish bladders, or beers sweetened with lactose on this menu.

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Francis’s vegan burger.
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heal mpls (herbs, eats, all love)

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Heal Mpls, which opened in North Minneapolis last summer, serves vegan dishes, smoothies, and herbal supplements. Owner Sierra Carter also owns the Zen Bin, a self-cafe sanctuary and wellness collective, and the serene vibes carry over to the cafe, which is sunny and decorated with plants and vibrant murals. The menu rotates, so keep an eye on Instagram or Facebook for updates, but expect fruit and veggie-rich dishes like creamy jerk chickpea chili, sweet potato hash, and banana chia seed pudding.

Tori 44 - Ramen

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Vegan ramen isn’t an afterthought at Tori 44. The spicy miso, loaded with mushrooms, curry veggies, nori, and chili oil, is the restaurant’s vegan calling card — but five other ramens on the menu can be made vegetarian or vegan. The crispy fried kimchi is a must.

Hark! Cafe

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Hark! Cafe recently transitioned from a full menu to bakery service, but don’t miss these entirely vegan and gluten-free treats. The fresh baked goods in the pastry case rotate often, but expect jammy toaster pastries, cranberry orange muffins, and oatmeal chocolate cookies.

Lutunji's Palate

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Lutunji Abrams is best known for her peach cobbler, but her vegan version is equally sumptuous, made with a flaky coconut oil crust. Abram’s Elliot Park bakery, Lutunji’s Palate, specializes in all kinds of vegan treats, like cashew milk ice cream and vegan sweet potato pie.

Lulu EthioVegan Cuisine

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Chef T.G Feyisa serves exclusively vegan Ethiopian dishes at Lulu Ethiovegan, leaning into the cuisine’s already abundant use of legumes and stewed vegetables. Traditional beef tibs are reimagined with tender rosemary mushrooms and peppers; doro wot is subbed out for crispy chickpea shimbra asa, marinated in berbere sauce and served with fluffy injera on the side. The snug Franklin Avenue location has a cozy space for sipping a cup of ginger tea or telba (a creamy Ethiopian flaxseed drink) — or order takeout.

Seward Cafe

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After a pandemic hiatus, collectively owned Seward Cafe is up and running with a full vegan-friendly brunch. The Earth breakfast, made with a base of hash browns and eggs or scrambled tofu, is a favorite — but so are the fluffy, diner-style vegan pancakes, with options to add blueberries, chocolate chips, tahini, or jam.

Namaste Cafe

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This former Victorian home-turned cozy restaurant in Uptown is an excellent stop for Indian and Nepali cuisine. The whole menu here is organic: Start with light and crispy bhel puri or little flavor parcels of golgappa. The aloo bodi or Punjabi spinach paneer make for hearty vegetarian entrees. If you aren’t in any hurry, take a seat on Namaste’s patio, and enjoy a homemade chai.

Four paper cones full of chat in a wooden holder.
Chaat at Namaste Cafe.
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Hi Flora!

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There’s something wild and enthralling about chef Heather Klein’s vegan food menu at Hi Flora, which is built on nuts, grains, vegetables, and foraged mushrooms and augmented by masterful dupes of nacho cheese (cashews), fried chicken (maitakes), and chocolate mousse (avocado). (Plus, she’s the only local chef throwing down a whole Lion’s Mane mushroom steak, big as a ribeye and marinated in a tangy beet brine.) Hi Flora’s bar program is entirely unique, too, merging the Cities’ nascent THC trend with an entirely no-proof menu, serving punchy kava lemonades, smoked juniper THC tinctures, and electrifying caffeine elixirs.

A hand in a silky green sleeve holding a white dish full of potato skins and broccoli, drizzled with an orange sauce, with flowers in the background.
Truffle smashed potatoes.
Erica Kale

Trio Plant-based

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Known as Minnesota’s first Black-owned vegan restaurant, Trio Plant-based serves 100 percent vegan soul food out of its Lake Street storefront. (Dine-in services are currently closed, but Trio is open for takeout and delivery.) Build a soul bowl with Mac and cheese and collard greens, crumbled cornbread, and jackfruit barbecue riblets, or order a platter and add yams and southern slaw. With an entire menu dedicated to Beyond burgers, Trio also serves highlights like the vegan “Mac attack,” the double cheezeburger, or the fiesta, topped with guacamole, shallots, and pepper jack.

Modern Times

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Another staple in Minneapolis’s punk cafe scene (with a cozy vibe, though — for “punks and their parents”) Modern Times serves salads and veggie bowls, sandwiches, breakfast burritos, pancakes, and the like, all made with organic ingredients and most vegetarian-friendly. There’s a separate vegan breakfast menu, too, complete with French toast, fried tofu and veggie sandwiches, and blueberry pancakes.

May Day Cafe

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May Day is a quirky Powderhorn cafe and bakery with great vegan options. The menu changes frequently: Expect dill pickle cheese scones and cranberry bread on Friday and raspberry pistachio doughnuts on Saturday. (Keep an eye on May Day’s Instagram for the timeliest updates.) There’s also a breakfast menu of hearty dishes like quiche, breakfast sandwiches, and burritos — and coffee, of course. Take the day’s bakery haul over to nearby Powderhorn Park for a picnic.

Reverie Cafe + Bar

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On a vibrant little corner of Minneapolis’s Powderhorn neighborhood, Reverie Cafe and Bar features monthly vegan specials like jackfruit bulgogi tacos loaded with cabbage slaw, garlic aioli, pickled red radish, and mainstays like coconut achiote beans with coconut rice and lemongrass tofu tacos. Its desserts — dark chocolate beignets, cashew cheesecake, etc. — suffer nothing for their lack of butter. Specialty coffees can be made with oat, almond, soy, or house-made cashew macadamia milk options.

Two people sit at a small white table at an outdoor backyard patio area. They are eating a salad and each have a glass of white wine. A white woman in a red sweatshirt is pouring wine into their glasses. A tent, globe lights, a fence, and walls with graffiti art on them are visible in the background.
All-season dining at Reverie.
Theresa Scarbrough

Herbie Butcher's Fried Chicken

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A venture by the brother-sister duo behind the Herbivorous Butcher, Herbie Butcher’s Fried Chicken offers a vegan seitan dupe that is as crispy and salty as its meat counterpart (though not a good match for gluten-free eaters). The restaurant serves buckets of chicken, tots, biscuits with maple butter, mashed potatoes, and oat-based shakes out of a tiny window off of Chicago Avenue. Order online if you can — in the summer, the line runs down the block.

Vegan East Bakery

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Vegan East is one of the Cities’ pre-eminent vegan bakeries: Line up for cinnamon rolls and S’mores bars, pop tarts, cupcakes and cake slices, cake jars, and more. (Gluten-free treats are also available.) Vegan East also offers holiday cookie decorating kits and beautifully decorated seasonal dessert options — the bakery takes pre-orders for cinnamon rolls, specialty cakes, and cupcakes by the dozen.

Bole Ethiopian Cuisine

Located just west of Como Park, Bole Ethiopian Cuisine has helped Saint Paul maintain its reputation for top-tier Ethiopian food since Rekik Meratsion and Solomon Hailie relaunched it in the neighborhood in 2021. Among the house specialties are sushi-style rolls of injera with vegetarian fillings like red lentils, yellow split peas, or ground chickpeas. Don’t skip the honey wine.

J. Selby's

Vegetarian restaurant J. Selby’s is all about playful and innovative takes on fast food and pub food. Try the crunchwrap, made with vegan taco meat and marinated cabbage on a tostada, the fried lions mane mushrooms (sourced from local farm Minne Mushrooms), or the “Dirty Secret,” a triple-stacked burger with secret sauce. For dessert, J. Selby’s offers dairy-free shakes and soft-serve, floats, halva, and cookies. The Herbivorous Butcher, another local vegan favorite, recently bought J. Selby’s, but has kept the menu largely the same same.

Everest on Grand

Everest on Grand’s vegetarian options span momos stuffed with cabbage and ginger; katahar (young green jackfruit buds with potatoes and spices); and vegetable thukpa, a Tibetan-style noodle soup with snap peas. There’s a whole roster of vegetarian curries, too, best complemented by warm naan or roti.

Shish

Find filling vegetarian fare at Shish, Grand Avenue’s Mediterranean kitchen. It’s hard to beat the falafel here — though the roasted veggie bowl is a close second, heaped with zucchini, squash, cauliflower, and red peppers on a fragrant bed of saffron rice.

French Meadow Bakery & Café

Long a staple for organic, locally grown food, French Meadow caters to vegetarian brunch-goers with hearty hashes, omelets stuffed with goat cheese and spinach, and blueberry corn pancakes. There’s a tofu scramble and a Herbivorous Butcher quesadilla on the menu, too, for vegans — for lunch, try the blackened tempeh tacos.

Himalayan Restaurant

Himalayan Restaurant on Lake Street delves into India, Nepalese, and Tibetan cuisine, and has extensive vegetarian offerings. Start with the kothe — steamed momos that are pan-fried and served with a savory tomato-cilantro chutney. You can’t go wrong with the chana masala or creamy Kathmandu curry, either, best paired with aloo paratha or extra-buttery naan. Save room for desserts like kheer and mango pudding.

Hard Times Cafe

Since 1992, this punk cafe — known for its hand-painted, bright green façade on Riverside Avenue — has been a classic haunt for vegan and vegetarian bites. Breakfast classics are the vegan helter skelter with hash browns and tofu, vegan biscuits with mushroom gravy, and the vegan “big fat pancake” with maple syrup. The lunch menu features a seitan Philly and a Korean barbecue tofu bun. The restaurant is currently open from 8 a.m. to midnight.

The exterior of the Hard Times Cafe, which is painted green and yellow with white a black block lettering. There is a snowbank in front of it.
Hard Times Cafe is a Minneapolis go-to for vegan food.
Photo by Joey McLeister/Star Tribune via Getty Images

The Stray Dog

New American diner The Stray Dog has a separate vegetarian menu. Classic bar favorites are transformed into black bean patties and fries, “not” dogs in chili cheese, Chicago, and Venezuelan varieties, vegetarian breakfasts like fully loaded chilaquiles, and a whole range of Beyond burgers: the “Beyond Junk” with vegan bacon and garlic aioli, the “Beyond Bourbon Brown” with butter bourbon glaze, and the “Beyond New Yorker” on a bialy bun.

The Herbivorous Butcher

This revolutionary butcher shop produces upwards of 15 homemade meat-free meats and an array of plant-based cheeses. Founded by a brother-sister duo, the Herbivorous Butcher is a great place for a vegan pantry restock — but it also offers hot in-store specials like red miso ribs made with a tofu and jackfruit base, or hot chili cheese dogs made with seitan, and shepherd’s pie. Grab a vegan porter cheddar or mint chocolate truffles from the case.

Francis

Francis, Northeast Minneapolis’s newest vegan restaurant, serves a great burger. A few, in fact: an Impossible patty stacked with fried seitan bacon, a garlicky black bean burger, even a Juicy Lucy stuffed with vegan cheese. But it’s not only Francis’s delectably greasy meat-free burgers that make it stand out in the Twin Cities vegan scene — it’s the restaurant’s bar program, which is entirely free of animal-derived dyes, additives, and fining agents. You’ll find no Negronis made with dyes from crushed beetles, wines filtered through fish bladders, or beers sweetened with lactose on this menu.

A vegan burger topped with vegan bacon with fries and ketchup in basket lined with white-and-black checkered paper.
Francis’s vegan burger.
Lucy Hawthorne/Eater Twin Cities

heal mpls (herbs, eats, all love)

Heal Mpls, which opened in North Minneapolis last summer, serves vegan dishes, smoothies, and herbal supplements. Owner Sierra Carter also owns the Zen Bin, a self-cafe sanctuary and wellness collective, and the serene vibes carry over to the cafe, which is sunny and decorated with plants and vibrant murals. The menu rotates, so keep an eye on Instagram or Facebook for updates, but expect fruit and veggie-rich dishes like creamy jerk chickpea chili, sweet potato hash, and banana chia seed pudding.

Tori 44 - Ramen

Vegan ramen isn’t an afterthought at Tori 44. The spicy miso, loaded with mushrooms, curry veggies, nori, and chili oil, is the restaurant’s vegan calling card — but five other ramens on the menu can be made vegetarian or vegan. The crispy fried kimchi is a must.

Hark! Cafe

Hark! Cafe recently transitioned from a full menu to bakery service, but don’t miss these entirely vegan and gluten-free treats. The fresh baked goods in the pastry case rotate often, but expect jammy toaster pastries, cranberry orange muffins, and oatmeal chocolate cookies.

Lutunji's Palate

Lutunji Abrams is best known for her peach cobbler, but her vegan version is equally sumptuous, made with a flaky coconut oil crust. Abram’s Elliot Park bakery, Lutunji’s Palate, specializes in all kinds of vegan treats, like cashew milk ice cream and vegan sweet potato pie.

Lulu EthioVegan Cuisine

Chef T.G Feyisa serves exclusively vegan Ethiopian dishes at Lulu Ethiovegan, leaning into the cuisine’s already abundant use of legumes and stewed vegetables. Traditional beef tibs are reimagined with tender rosemary mushrooms and peppers; doro wot is subbed out for crispy chickpea shimbra asa, marinated in berbere sauce and served with fluffy injera on the side. The snug Franklin Avenue location has a cozy space for sipping a cup of ginger tea or telba (a creamy Ethiopian flaxseed drink) — or order takeout.

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Seward Cafe

After a pandemic hiatus, collectively owned Seward Cafe is up and running with a full vegan-friendly brunch. The Earth breakfast, made with a base of hash browns and eggs or scrambled tofu, is a favorite — but so are the fluffy, diner-style vegan pancakes, with options to add blueberries, chocolate chips, tahini, or jam.

Namaste Cafe

This former Victorian home-turned cozy restaurant in Uptown is an excellent stop for Indian and Nepali cuisine. The whole menu here is organic: Start with light and crispy bhel puri or little flavor parcels of golgappa. The aloo bodi or Punjabi spinach paneer make for hearty vegetarian entrees. If you aren’t in any hurry, take a seat on Namaste’s patio, and enjoy a homemade chai.

Four paper cones full of chat in a wooden holder.
Chaat at Namaste Cafe.
Namaste Cafe

Hi Flora!

There’s something wild and enthralling about chef Heather Klein’s vegan food menu at Hi Flora, which is built on nuts, grains, vegetables, and foraged mushrooms and augmented by masterful dupes of nacho cheese (cashews), fried chicken (maitakes), and chocolate mousse (avocado). (Plus, she’s the only local chef throwing down a whole Lion’s Mane mushroom steak, big as a ribeye and marinated in a tangy beet brine.) Hi Flora’s bar program is entirely unique, too, merging the Cities’ nascent THC trend with an entirely no-proof menu, serving punchy kava lemonades, smoked juniper THC tinctures, and electrifying caffeine elixirs.

A hand in a silky green sleeve holding a white dish full of potato skins and broccoli, drizzled with an orange sauce, with flowers in the background.
Truffle smashed potatoes.
Erica Kale

Trio Plant-based

Known as Minnesota’s first Black-owned vegan restaurant, Trio Plant-based serves 100 percent vegan soul food out of its Lake Street storefront. (Dine-in services are currently closed, but Trio is open for takeout and delivery.) Build a soul bowl with Mac and cheese and collard greens, crumbled cornbread, and jackfruit barbecue riblets, or order a platter and add yams and southern slaw. With an entire menu dedicated to Beyond burgers, Trio also serves highlights like the vegan “Mac attack,” the double cheezeburger, or the fiesta, topped with guacamole, shallots, and pepper jack.

Modern Times

Another staple in Minneapolis’s punk cafe scene (with a cozy vibe, though — for “punks and their parents”) Modern Times serves salads and veggie bowls, sandwiches, breakfast burritos, pancakes, and the like, all made with organic ingredients and most vegetarian-friendly. There’s a separate vegan breakfast menu, too, complete with French toast, fried tofu and veggie sandwiches, and blueberry pancakes.

May Day Cafe

May Day is a quirky Powderhorn cafe and bakery with great vegan options. The menu changes frequently: Expect dill pickle cheese scones and cranberry bread on Friday and raspberry pistachio doughnuts on Saturday. (Keep an eye on May Day’s Instagram for the timeliest updates.) There’s also a breakfast menu of hearty dishes like quiche, breakfast sandwiches, and burritos — and coffee, of course. Take the day’s bakery haul over to nearby Powderhorn Park for a picnic.

Reverie Cafe + Bar

On a vibrant little corner of Minneapolis’s Powderhorn neighborhood, Reverie Cafe and Bar features monthly vegan specials like jackfruit bulgogi tacos loaded with cabbage slaw, garlic aioli, pickled red radish, and mainstays like coconut achiote beans with coconut rice and lemongrass tofu tacos. Its desserts — dark chocolate beignets, cashew cheesecake, etc. — suffer nothing for their lack of butter. Specialty coffees can be made with oat, almond, soy, or house-made cashew macadamia milk options.

Two people sit at a small white table at an outdoor backyard patio area. They are eating a salad and each have a glass of white wine. A white woman in a red sweatshirt is pouring wine into their glasses. A tent, globe lights, a fence, and walls with graffiti art on them are visible in the background.
All-season dining at Reverie.
Theresa Scarbrough

Herbie Butcher's Fried Chicken

A venture by the brother-sister duo behind the Herbivorous Butcher, Herbie Butcher’s Fried Chicken offers a vegan seitan dupe that is as crispy and salty as its meat counterpart (though not a good match for gluten-free eaters). The restaurant serves buckets of chicken, tots, biscuits with maple butter, mashed potatoes, and oat-based shakes out of a tiny window off of Chicago Avenue. Order online if you can — in the summer, the line runs down the block.

Vegan East Bakery

Vegan East is one of the Cities’ pre-eminent vegan bakeries: Line up for cinnamon rolls and S’mores bars, pop tarts, cupcakes and cake slices, cake jars, and more. (Gluten-free treats are also available.) Vegan East also offers holiday cookie decorating kits and beautifully decorated seasonal dessert options — the bakery takes pre-orders for cinnamon rolls, specialty cakes, and cupcakes by the dozen.

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