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Frontdoors Five: Top Vegetarian Restaurants
With the uptick in plant-based eating, thanks in large part to documentaries like “What the Health,” the restaurant industry is starting to pay attention with more vegan and vegetarian options. Fortunately for Phoenicians, if you’re trying to cut animal products from your diet, or just want to try something new, the Valley has developed a vibrant began dining scene. Check out a few of our favorites listed below.
The Coronado is more than just a vegetarian restaurant — it’s arguably the coolest hangout in the Coronado neighborhood. It’s housed in a historic home and it’s cozy atmosphere and selection of board games makes you want to stay and eat all day. They’re menu items are one of a kind too, like the chorizo (made with tofu of course!) tacos, red potato and garbanzo burger and the chili guacamole fries.
For Southeast Asia-inspired cuisine, Veggie Village is the place to go, and not only are their menu items delicious, they’re healthy too. Plus, if you’re looking for a great meat substitute, they have everything you could want from orange chicken and mutton curry to spiced salt fish and burgers.
Green New American
Green is a staple in the Phoenix vegan food dining scene and with downtown Phoenix and Tempe locations its accessible too. Plus, unlike many vegetarian restaurants, Green is fully vegan, so there are no menu restrictions for those who’ve cut out animal products completely. Plus, neatly any junk food you’ve ever imagined “vegan-ized” is here, from Chicago cheesesteaks to buffalo wings.
With four Valley locations, Loving Hut makes eating out as a vegan much easier. While most of the menu items are Asian inspired, like the pho and Mongolian wok, there’s a lot of variety, and yes you can get a great veggie burger. They even have all vegan desserts, like their cheesecake and ice cream.
Pomegranate Café is one of the few spots that can accommodate everyone — everything is vegan, nearly everything is organic and non-GMO, every menu item can be made gluten free and the menu even highlights which items are raw. You won’t feel like you’re sacrificing a thing either with dishes like the Grilled Cheese Napoleon and the Biscuits & Gravy.