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An Expansive Information to Vegan Eating in Higher Phoenix



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Today, the Valley’s restaurant scene has gotten fairly good at embracing diners’ dietary restrictions and selections. Now you can be a vegan right here or bask in a plant-based food plan, and eat fairly properly. 

Veganism, in brief, means abstaining from animal meals merchandise. Among the many distinctions from vegetarianism are that vegans additionally skip further merchandise like eggs, dairy, and honey. For an added perspective on the topic, we turned to Michelle Dudash, a chef, registered dietitian, and cookbook creator previously based mostly in Scottsdale. Dudash shared just a few pointers for vegan diners within the Phoenix space.

For these occupied with making the change, “begin steadily,” Dudash says. “You do not have to go all or nothing to benefit from the well being advantages of much less meat. Your style buds might take an adjustment interval. And on your intestinal tract, too, it is in your greatest curiosity to go steadily to stop discomfort whereas adjusting to extra vegetation.”

And should you’re not a vegan dish whiz within the kitchen, you are more likely to dine out generally. “Not all eating places do vegan and vegetarian properly,” Dudash warns. “And a few execute it deliciously. So, use the vegan card properly at eating places, that’s if you wish to be in love with what you ordered.”

So what sort of substitutions are you able to request out of your server to make a meal vegan-friendly? Dudash says to sub beans, peas, mushrooms, and lentils rather than meat, and avocado as an alternative of cheese, bitter cream, and nearly something fatty or creamy.

Primarily based on a few of Dudash’s different ideas, we’ve assembled a subject information to a vegan-friendly Phoenix.


Mornings could be simple for vegans in metro Phoenix. Strive the 100-percent vegan Desert Roots Kitchen in Tempe for breakfast burritos and bagels.

You can even discover the Dr. J. breakfast sandwich at Early Bird Vegan, and there is the Smothered Vegan Breakfast Burrito at Liberty Market in Gilbert. Additionally, take a look at the vegan choices on the menu at Melrose Kitchen and Scramble — now with a number of areas.

Juices, espresso, and bites are additionally important, so strive Urban Beans Bar & 24hr Cafe and 24 Carrots (each additionally providing lunch and dinner), The Coffee Shop at Agritopia in Gilbert, The Nile Coffee Shop in Mesa, and Genuine Fresche, which has areas in Tempe, Chandler, and Gilbert. 

Cha Cha’s Tea on Grand Avenue gives native Xanadu Roasters chilly brew, a matcha bar, unfastened leaf teas, kratom and kava teas, vegan desserts, and a European-leaning brunch menu.   

Dark Hall Coffee is a vegan and vegetarian coffee shop within the Coronado space, one providing totally vegan espresso and tea drinks, plus pastries. We’re speaking about house-made nut milks, oat milks, dairy-free cortados, cappuccinos, and lattes, brown sugar lemonade, signature juice concoctions, cinnamon rolls, and shortbread.

The entire menu at GuacStar Kitchen + Cantina is vegan ... and very good.

All the menu at GuacStar Kitchen + Cantina is vegan … and excellent.

GuacStar Kitchen & Cantina


Take away the meats, cheese, and bitter cream of Mexican-style fare, and also you’re nonetheless left with some fairly nice burrito choices. “Someburros additionally has a scrumptious vegan burrito,” Dudash says. The Tempe eatery is joined by many different Mexican meals eateries within the Valley providing vegan-friendly choices.

C.A.S.A. SunBa in downtown Tempe labels vegan choices on its menu, and many of the restaurant’s burritos will also be served as tacos. Tocaya Organica gives a vegan menu together with Southwestern salads, burritos, and quesadillas. Strive the spinach mushroom filling at Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soups, and the tacos, burritos, paella, and salads at Otro Café.

Discover extra vegan tacos at AZ Tacos Veganos and Pachamama. The carne asada and al pastor tacos provide fake meat filling. Subsequent, La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop has choices just like the Ahuacatl taco and Gandhi taco and the cactus-based Guisado Tenoch.

Plant-based quesadillas are available in all kinds of flavors at Dilla Libre. Extra in depth vegan Mexican menus could be discovered at Raul’s Cocina, Earth Plant-Based Cuisine, and GuacStar Kitchen + Cantina

Lastly, Silvana Salcido Esparza serves up haute Mexican vegan dishes at Barrio Cafe. Esparza makes a vegan model of her award-winning chiles en nogada, together with mole calabacitas enchiladas, aguacate asado (grilled avocado), and camotitos ahumados (smoked yams). 

Venezia's pizzas with plant-based vegan Italian sausage.EXPAND

Venezia’s pizzas with plant-based vegan Italian sausage.

Venezia’s Pizza


As a result of nobody can go too lengthy with out pizza and pasta, Italian eating places provide a wide range of vegan-friendly dishes and pies. The Vegan Dalai Lama Pizza from La Grande Orange Grocery & Pizzeria is a widely known dish within the Phoenix vegan culinary world, whereas True Food Kitchen gives an artichoke, pesto, and almond ricotta pizza. D.P. Dough has a prolonged menu of vegan calzones. 

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has animal-product-free pizza dough at its areas all through the Valley, and Blaze Pizza (with areas throughout city) gives soy-free vegan cheeses. Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen gives “vegan meats” at outposts in Scottsdale and Tempe. Extra vegan-friendly pizza spots in metro Phoenix embody Venezia’s PizzeriaPizza People Pub, Pizza Heaven Bistro with its separate prep space for vegan dishes, and Pomo Pizzeria for the Marinara Verace. Final, Pieology Pizzeria has plant proteins and 5 Arizona areas.


The delicacies of Ethiopia can be a secure wager for vegan eaters. Cafe Lalibela is understood for its vegan and vegetarian choices in Tempe. Authentic Ethio African Spices is a hidden nook on McDowell Highway with some surprisingly good vegan choices, although what’s really in inventory will fluctuate from what you see on the menu. Vegan and vegetarian dishes at Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant lean closely on lentils, peas, and greens. You’ll be able to’t go improper with the veggie combo with injera bread at Abyssinia Restaurant and Café


“Indian eating places have wonderful vegan or vegetarian meals,” Dudash says. “That’s simply what a few of their delicacies naturally is.”

With that in thoughts, head to Chandler and examine the menu choices at Woodlands Vegetarian South Indian Kitchen or Ruchi Vegetarian South Indian Cuisine. There’s additionally OM Indian Bistro, plus the Lotus Deli in Mesa and Udupi Indian Vegetarian & Vegan Cuisine in Tempe.

“Charleen Badman of FnB does some amazing things with vegetables.”EXPAND

“Charleen Badman of FnB does some wonderful issues with greens.”

Debby Wolvos


The choices at Mediterranean eating places are plentiful and sometimes a go-to for vegan eaters.

Although FnB Restaurant is not strictly Mediterranean (extra American, if not Arizonan), Dudash has some good issues to say in regards to the upscale restaurant’s Mediterranean menu objects. “Charleen Badman of FnB does some wonderful issues with greens,” she says. “Her falafel, hummus, and grain salads are a number of the greatest I’ve ever had.” And Badman picked up a James Beard Basis award in 2019 to show it.

Strive Hummus Xpress in Tempe, and Pita Jungle — discovered most in every single place on the town. At Pita Jungle, Dudash suggests the lentil fattoush salad. “It’s product of simmered lentils with caramelized onions, crispy pita chips, brown rice, over a mattress of romaine with a lemon French dressing,” she says. And for starters, go for Pita Jungle’s massive trio hummus — and bear in mind to ask for an additional pita.

Glendale turned house to the first fine-dining vegan restaurant. Sure, the 65-seat Casa Terra within the historic downtown space has a menu curated by chef Jason Wyrick and impressed by flavors of Mexico and the Mediterranean — particularly Italy, Spain, and Morocco. Assume saffron chorizo risotto with a gold leaf, or candy potato gnocchi. Be aware: Casa Terra’s eating room is at present closed, however the chef now’s operating The Vegan Style, one among many local meal delivery services. Menus examples embody tacos Veracruz, Ciambotta with polenta, and satay noodles.


“At Asian eating places, tofu and edamame are a great way to get your protein,” Dudash says. Other than that, Phoenix gives loads of vegan-specific, Asian-style eateries, together with Green Lotus VeganVegan House in downtown Phoenix, Veggie Village, and Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine, which has a number of areas within the Valley. 

Fresh Mint in Scottsdale is the one kosher-certified vegetarian restaurant in Arizona. For extra vegan-friendly Asian dishes, examine the menus at Little Szechuan in Tempe and in addition strive the Inconceivable “Sui Mai” Dumplings and Veggie “Backyard” Potstickers at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour in downtown Phoenix.

The Verdura version of a po’boy.EXPAND

The Verdura model of a po’boy.

Lauren Cusimano


This can be a broad class with wavy boundaries. Fortunately, lots of the Valley’s American eating places provide vegan dishes.

The Coronado, discovered unsurprisingly within the Coronado neighborhood, has a whole menu devoted to vegetarian and vegan fare, even burgers. Select from choices just like the pink potato and garbanzo burger or the tepary bean burger, each of which you’ll pair with vegan mayo and vegan bread.

Pomegranate Café has an expansive menu of regionally sourced vegan choices, from brunch objects to bowls, burritos, sandwiches, and salads. However the restaurant’s fresh-and-raw part is exclusive. Dubbed as “residing” meals, menu objects embody the uncooked all the pieces bagel produced from nuts, seeds, and greens, the uncooked Arizona roll for sushi followers, and the uncooked tacos vivos – purple cabbage shells filled with walnut taco “meat,” with a Inexperienced Rainbow Salad on the facet.

The Trash Panda Vegan meals truck can typically be discovered parked exterior its sister spot, Early Chook Vegan, in south Phoenix and serves an array of plant-based American classics and luxury meals together with mac and cheese, BBQ wings, cheeseburgers, and sloppy Joes.

The plant-based eatery Verdura alongside the Seventh Road Hall gives po’boys stuffed with flash-fried button mushrooms, plus soups, salads, and starters. And the carne asada nachos do not disappoint. As for one among their darker options, the Goth Waffle is heaven-sent, as are the colourful smoothies.

Whyld Ass is one other 100-percent plant-based eatery, recognized for its charcoal water (only a heads up there), and menu objects like Whyld Jax, or whole-grain buckwheat flour pancakes, mac and cheese made with thick basil cashew cheese sauce, caramelized onions, and gluten-free pasta, and the falafel burger with whyld tzatziki. There’s additionally a big selection of juices, smoothies, and coffees.

In fact, Green New American Vegetarian will get a point out right here as a 100-percent vegan restaurant, providing vegan rice bowls, greens, and gardens burritos, burgers, and sandwiches — and, sure, vegan-friendly chili fries, crab puffs, and wings. Components embody vegan cheeses, mock meats, natural coconut milk, and loads of greens. Tempe’s 24 Carrots additionally gives a 100-percent vegan lunch and dinner menu, with dishes just like the Buffalo cauliflower wrap and Mac & Timber.

Extra vegan menus are discovered at Tryst CafeCarly’s Bistro, Chelsea’s Kitchen, St. Francis, Cocina 10Pedal Haus Brewery, and Flower Child. Dudash additionally recommends the vegetable crudité appetizer at True Food Kitchen, paired with the restaurant’s hummus should you really feel so inclined.

And what’s extra American than sizzling canines? Get your buns over to Simon’s Hot Dogs in Scottsdale for some vegan canines. Additionally, strive the vegan-approved veggie canine or pretzel at Short Leash Dogs. Even Joe’s Real BBQ has added some vegan choices — i.e. a spicy jackfruit meat substitute. Identical for Welcome Diner, which has a jackfruit-based po’boy that is as killer as it’s colourful.

Treats from Cinnaholic.EXPAND

Treats from Cinnaholic.

Melissa Fossum


Simply since you’re on a vegan food plan doesn’t imply it’s important to hand over dessert. A lot of the eating places above provide a dessert choice (once more, Verdura’s Goth Waffle), however just a few locations actually zero in on that final course.

Strive the soy-based ice cream at Nami — the place you may discover their signature tSoynamis like banana cream pie, chai tiramisu, and espresso coco loco. There are additionally vegan sorbets at Melt.

The menu of “superfood desserts” at Giving Tree Cafe in central Phoenix consists of 5 sorts of pies (together with a rose cardamom iteration) and a chocolate chip cookie. 

A vegan, build-your-own cinnamon roll chain opened a few years in the past in Gilbert — particularly SanTan Village Parkway and Williams Subject Highway. Patrons of Cinnaholic get their selection of 18 frostings and 23 toppings, in addition to signature rolls.

There are additionally many vegan choices at Zak’s Chocolate. The entire single-origin darkish chocolate bars, vegan truffles, and “milk” and white chocolatier bars use coconut milk.

Editor’s observe: This story was initially revealed on July 15, 2016. It was up to date on March 2, 2021.

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