Friday, September 23, 2016

Viva Las Vegan

The Strip boasts a well-founded reputation as home to some of the world’s greatest steakhouses. But what about the tourists who don’t dig on bovine? We’ve compiled a list of some top restaurants for Vegas-bound vegans.

Go Raw Café
2381 E. Windmill Ln.
2910 Lake East Dr.
This vegan eatery has served up some of the tastiest meatless foods in Las Vegas since 2001. It’s a hip, welcoming spot with a friendly group of regulars. The Portobello mushroom wrap, made of collard greens filled with almond cheese substitute, marinated Portobello mushroom strips, kale, veggies and served with a side of house slaw, certainly makes the restaurant’s short list. They also offer a delicious selection of breakfast foods.

Veggie House
5115 Spring Mountain Rd.
Veggie House is a Chinatown mainstay and the go-to for vegetarians and vegans in the mood for Asian food. Menu items like the Hot Spicy Szechuan Tofu or Yee Shang Eggplant, a Chinese salad made of shredded vegetables and a special sauce that is a little sweet and spicy. Veggie House offers its “mock meat” dishes at relatively inexpensive prices to boot.

616 E. Carson Ave.
One of the more recent additions to the burgeoning culinary culture of Downtown Las Vegas, you’ll find “fresh, global street food that makes you feel really damn good.” The menu items are entirely plant-based and include local vegetables and fruits whenever possible. There is even an herb garden that supplies the kitchen with just-picked herbs. The restaurant’s prime location, at Carson Avenue and Seventh Street, makes it a great jumping off point to explore the resurging Fremont East District.

Simply Pure
707 Fremont St.
Atlanta chef Stacey Dougan brought her love for vegan cooking to Las Vegas. She opened the highly lauded Simply Pure inside Downtown Container Park. The Nachos Grande is a crowd favorite, made with vegan protein “beef” and vegan “cheese.” Come for the vegan lasagna, stay for the freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices.

SW Steakhouse
3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Wait, a steakhouse? Yes. Wynn Las Vegas’ culinary crown jewel, along with any of the other Wynn and Encore property eateries, boasts an extensive vegan menu. Let the meat eater in the group enjoy one of Vegas’ best steaks while you savor dishes such as roasted corn quinoa cakes, black truffle risotto or meatballs made from vegetable protein.

Origin India
4480 Paradise Rd.
You’d be hard pressed to find a vegan who didn’t love Indian food. Origin India dishes out scrumptious vegan fare from the subcontinent. Its proximity to the Strip makes it a convenient dining option as well. The Bhindi Masala, made with fresh okra sautéed in an onion and tomato masala sauce, will have you achieving nirvana.

Sunrise Coffee
3130 E. Sunset Rd.
Vegans in Vegas would do well to start their day at Sunrise Coffee. This chic joint near McCarran International Airport serves an assortment of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food items made fresh daily. Try the Aliens Left a Burrito in the Middle East, a vegan breakfast burrito stuffed with couscous, beans, hummus, spinach, tomato, avocado, red bell pepper and ranch.

What are some of your go-to vegan restaurants when you visit Las Vegas? Let us know in the comments section. We always enjoy hearing from you. For more entertaining Las Vegas travel advice, recommendations and trivia, follow VegasDaze on Facebook!

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