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Hark Cafe in the North Loop is relatively new, but quickly becoming a classic with gluten-free and vegan comfort foods
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15 Twin Cities Restaurants with Amazing Vegan and Vegetarian Options

From bodegas to diners there are so many places to indulge in beautifully prepared vegetable based food

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Hark Cafe in the North Loop is relatively new, but quickly becoming a classic with gluten-free and vegan comfort foods
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Whether you gave up meat years ago, are starting slow with a weekly commitment like ‘Meatless Monday,’ or occasionally eat vegetarian and vegan simply because it is delicious, the places below serve dishes that go above and beyond and never sacrifice flavor.

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1. Hard Times Cafe

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1821 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 666-0556
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Since 1992 Hard Times Cafe has served as a classic haunt for vegan and vegetarian bites in a punk environment. Amidst the pandemic, their menu has been posted and updated on their Tumblr page for pick-up orders. Their soups of the day and all-day breakfasts are reminiscent of the best in classic diner food.

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2. Eureka Compass Vegan Food

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629 Aldine St
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 600-0419
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Vegan bodega Eureka Compass Vegan Food serves hot meals, salads, and baked goods from local vegan makers and bakers each week and a community-focused dinner every month. Follow Eureka and The Twin Cities Vegan Chef’s Collective on Instagram for all their amazing rotating offerings ranging from plant-based pizza to banana blossom fish and chips and fresh-squeezed juices.

3. Vegan East

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2409 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 213-3020
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A vegan bakery and cafe with locations in Uptown, White Bear Lake, Northeast Minneapolis serves up vegan cakes, cupcakes, cookies, bars, rolls, and cheesecakes. Gluten-free treats are often available as well as holiday cookie decorating kits and stunningly decorated seasonal dessert options.

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4. J. Selby's

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169 Victoria St
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 222-3263
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Plant-based eatery J. Selby’s boasts playful and innovative takes on beloved fast-food and comforting favorites. Their crunchwrap and triple stacked Dirty Secret burger are in good company with other options such as a gyro, stir-fries, cauliflower wings, cookies, and of course, their dairy-free soyclones with choice of mix-in.

Three tattooed hands holding up blended vegan soyclones from J. Selby’s.
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5. Hark! Cafe

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430 N 1st Ave Ste 150
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 354-7098
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Newcomer Hark! Cafe’s breakfast and lunch menus are entirely gluten-free and vegan. The bagel sandwiches and specialty coffee drinks are a wonderful way to start the day.

On a striking white background sits a poppyseed and everything studded bagel on a stoneware dish. Peeking out from inside is folded egg and cheese Hark Cafe/Facebook

6. The Herbivorous Butcher

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507 1st Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 208-0992
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This revolutionary butcher shop produces upwards of fifteen homemade meat-free meats and an array of plant-based cheeses. It has everything you need to make outstanding vegan sandwiches and charcuterie boards at home as well as ready-to-eat options, desserts, and beverages.

Stacked vegan meat and cheese sandwich with a black hat in the background that reads The Herbivorous Butcher.
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7. Trio Plant-based

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610 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 326-1326
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Trio Plant-based serves an entirely vegan menu sure to make your mouth water. Chili mac and cheese and BBQ jackfruit fries are only the tip of the iceberg. The soul bowls and soul platters are the best way to enjoy a bit of everything they do best.

A vegan platter with mac and cheese, cornbread, collard greens, cole slaw, and ribs.
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8. Seed Plant-Based Cafe

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3252 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55416
(612) 345-7265
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This neighborhood vegan cafe is hibernating for the winter but continues to offer order-ahead a la carte pantry and freezer items as well as a weekly meal kit option. All meal kits, whether the two to three person meals or four to six option, include an appetizer, main course, and dessert.

Marinated olives and feta.
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9. Crepe and Spoon

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339 22nd Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(763) 205-0978
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This ice cream and crepe shop in Northeast provides a full vegan menu. Ice creams are made primarily with a blend of coconut milk, cashew cream, and almond milk. Other options include sorbets, savory and sweet gluten-free crepes, and gluten-free waffle cones.

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10. Khyber Pass Cafe

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1571 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690-0505
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The spot for authentic Afghan cuisine has a variety of vegetarian plates, sides, and appetizers, and chutneys. Enjoy the wide array of desserts like baklava and daygcha, a cardamom and rose-scented rice pudding, with pistachios and walnuts.

11. The Stray Dog

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401 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 378-2855
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New American diner The Stray Dog has a separate vegetarian menu for ease of ordering. Classic bar favorites become vegan or black bean patties and fries, not dogs, vegetarian breakfasts like fully loaded chilaquiles, and sides perfect to share. The expansive menu means there is something for everyone.

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12. Reverie

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1517 E 35th St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 987-7080
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Cafe and food truck with monthly specials like jackfruit bulgogi tacos loaded with cabbage slaw, garlic aioli, pickled red radish, arugula, and cilantro on corn tortillas. Specialty coffees can be made with oat, almond, soy, or house-made cashew macadamia milk options.

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13. Geek Love Cafe

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3032 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 642-1267
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The cafe in the back of Moon Palace Books is home to amazing vegan pizza by the slice or the whole pie. Substitution options like vegan pepperoni, violife mozzarella, house-made cahsarella, and house-made gluten-free crust make ordering your perfect pie ultimately customizable. Beautiful salads, soups, and desserts are also up for grabs.

Vegan slice of pizza with guacamole and pickled radish slices.
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14. B.A.D Wingz

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520 N 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 545-5059
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The chicken-wing concept from the founders of Soul Bowl has up to twelve different sauces to smother all over their cauliflower or vegan wing options. There are also vegan cheese fries and nachos and a bright blue RBG (ranch, bleu, Jalapeno) dipping sauce.

15. Curry In A Hurry

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3025 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 729-5222
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The new fast-casual location for Gandhi Mahal’s in Seward has countless vegetarian and vegan-friendly lunch specials and dinner entrees. Add on some sides and chutneys, hot sauces, and mango pickles to round out a verifiable feast.

A bright yellow building with a sign that reads “Curry in a Hurry.”
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1. Hard Times Cafe

1821 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Photo courtesy of Yelp
Photo courtesy of Yelp

Since 1992 Hard Times Cafe has served as a classic haunt for vegan and vegetarian bites in a punk environment. Amidst the pandemic, their menu has been posted and updated on their Tumblr page for pick-up orders. Their soups of the day and all-day breakfasts are reminiscent of the best in classic diner food.

1821 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

2. Eureka Compass Vegan Food

629 Aldine St, St Paul, MN 55104

Vegan bodega Eureka Compass Vegan Food serves hot meals, salads, and baked goods from local vegan makers and bakers each week and a community-focused dinner every month. Follow Eureka and The Twin Cities Vegan Chef’s Collective on Instagram for all their amazing rotating offerings ranging from plant-based pizza to banana blossom fish and chips and fresh-squeezed juices.

629 Aldine St
St Paul, MN 55104

3. Vegan East

2409 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Vegan East
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A vegan bakery and cafe with locations in Uptown, White Bear Lake, Northeast Minneapolis serves up vegan cakes, cupcakes, cookies, bars, rolls, and cheesecakes. Gluten-free treats are often available as well as holiday cookie decorating kits and stunningly decorated seasonal dessert options.

2409 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55405

4. J. Selby's

169 Victoria St, St Paul, MN 55104
Three tattooed hands holding up blended vegan soyclones from J. Selby’s.
J Selby’s
Facebook

Plant-based eatery J. Selby’s boasts playful and innovative takes on beloved fast-food and comforting favorites. Their crunchwrap and triple stacked Dirty Secret burger are in good company with other options such as a gyro, stir-fries, cauliflower wings, cookies, and of course, their dairy-free soyclones with choice of mix-in.

169 Victoria St
St Paul, MN 55104

5. Hark! Cafe

430 N 1st Ave Ste 150, Minneapolis, MN 55401
On a striking white background sits a poppyseed and everything studded bagel on a stoneware dish. Peeking out from inside is folded egg and cheese Hark Cafe/Facebook

Newcomer Hark! Cafe’s breakfast and lunch menus are entirely gluten-free and vegan. The bagel sandwiches and specialty coffee drinks are a wonderful way to start the day.

430 N 1st Ave Ste 150
Minneapolis, MN 55401

6. The Herbivorous Butcher

507 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Stacked vegan meat and cheese sandwich with a black hat in the background that reads The Herbivorous Butcher.
The Herbivorous Butcher
Facebook

This revolutionary butcher shop produces upwards of fifteen homemade meat-free meats and an array of plant-based cheeses. It has everything you need to make outstanding vegan sandwiches and charcuterie boards at home as well as ready-to-eat options, desserts, and beverages.

507 1st Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

7. Trio Plant-based

610 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
A vegan platter with mac and cheese, cornbread, collard greens, cole slaw, and ribs.
Trio Plant-based
Facebook

Trio Plant-based serves an entirely vegan menu sure to make your mouth water. Chili mac and cheese and BBQ jackfruit fries are only the tip of the iceberg. The soul bowls and soul platters are the best way to enjoy a bit of everything they do best.

610 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408

8. Seed Plant-Based Cafe

3252 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Marinated olives and feta.
Seed Cafe
Facebook

This neighborhood vegan cafe is hibernating for the winter but continues to offer order-ahead a la carte pantry and freezer items as well as a weekly meal kit option. All meal kits, whether the two to three person meals or four to six option, include an appetizer, main course, and dessert.

3252 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55416

9. Crepe and Spoon

339 22nd Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Crepe and Spoon
Facebook

This ice cream and crepe shop in Northeast provides a full vegan menu. Ice creams are made primarily with a blend of coconut milk, cashew cream, and almond milk. Other options include sorbets, savory and sweet gluten-free crepes, and gluten-free waffle cones.

339 22nd Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

10. Khyber Pass Cafe

1571 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

The spot for authentic Afghan cuisine has a variety of vegetarian plates, sides, and appetizers, and chutneys. Enjoy the wide array of desserts like baklava and daygcha, a cardamom and rose-scented rice pudding, with pistachios and walnuts.

1571 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

11. The Stray Dog

401 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Stray Dog / Website

New American diner The Stray Dog has a separate vegetarian menu for ease of ordering. Classic bar favorites become vegan or black bean patties and fries, not dogs, vegetarian breakfasts like fully loaded chilaquiles, and sides perfect to share. The expansive menu means there is something for everyone.

401 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

12. Reverie

1517 E 35th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Reverie
Facebook

Cafe and food truck with monthly specials like jackfruit bulgogi tacos loaded with cabbage slaw, garlic aioli, pickled red radish, arugula, and cilantro on corn tortillas. Specialty coffees can be made with oat, almond, soy, or house-made cashew macadamia milk options.

1517 E 35th St
Minneapolis, MN 55407

13. Geek Love Cafe

3032 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Vegan slice of pizza with guacamole and pickled radish slices.
Geek Love Cafe
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The cafe in the back of Moon Palace Books is home to amazing vegan pizza by the slice or the whole pie. Substitution options like vegan pepperoni, violife mozzarella, house-made cahsarella, and house-made gluten-free crust make ordering your perfect pie ultimately customizable. Beautiful salads, soups, and desserts are also up for grabs.

3032 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

14. B.A.D Wingz

520 N 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The chicken-wing concept from the founders of Soul Bowl has up to twelve different sauces to smother all over their cauliflower or vegan wing options. There are also vegan cheese fries and nachos and a bright blue RBG (ranch, bleu, Jalapeno) dipping sauce.

520 N 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55401

15. Curry In A Hurry

3025 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
A bright yellow building with a sign that reads “Curry in a Hurry.”
Curry in a Hurry
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The new fast-casual location for Gandhi Mahal’s in Seward has countless vegetarian and vegan-friendly lunch specials and dinner entrees. Add on some sides and chutneys, hot sauces, and mango pickles to round out a verifiable feast.

3025 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

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