For the Animals – Vegan Restaurants to Try

Weidner, Tracey, Writer

Vegan. The label that makes meat-eaters all around the world riled up. Eating more plant-based meals could potentially be the answer to many health concerns as well as environmental issues. But what is plant-based and what is the difference between plant-based and vegan, you may be wondering. Plant-based has to do exclusively with what you eat whereas vegan is more of a lifestyle change including food, cosmetics, and household products. 

It is a common misconception that if you are not vegan, you are not welcomed at vegan restaurants. This is most definitely not the case. Vegan food is not only healthier but it is better for the environment. One vegan meal replacing a “normal” meal can really impact your carbon footprint, just with one meal. 

With many people becoming curious about the hype around veganism, vegan restaurants are thriving. If you are interested in trying vegan food, here is a list of the top five best vegan restaurants in Las Vegas. 

  • Panchos Vegan Tacos – 1775 E Tropicana Ave Ste 29, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Pancho’s Vegan Tacos provides an authentic Mexican food experience. This restaurant is very welcoming with many options from vegan burgers to vegan tacos. Pancho’s is a good starter for all non-vegans to try vegan food. They really show that eating vegan does not compromise the taste you are going to get. 

  • The Modern Vegan – 700 E Naples Dr ste 111, Las Vegas, NV 89119

The Modern Vegan is a great option to get alternatives for your non-vegan favorites. They have options for all three meals of the day. From baked mac and cheese to fried Oreos, the modern vegan has some of the best alternatives you can find in the Las Vegas valley. The Modern Vegan provides huge portions for a moderate price point, what more could you ask for. 

  • Garden Grill – 7550 W Lake Mead Blvd Ste 8, Las Vegas, NV 89128

Garden Grill is one of the few options on this list that does not have a wide variety of options. Garden Grill is a great alternative for vegan sandwiches comparable to a typical chicken sandwich. They have a kids menu as well as dessert. If you catch them on their “birthday” you may even be able to get free ice cream. 

  • Vegenation – 616 Carson Ave #120, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Vegetation has healthier vegan options. The places listed above are more of your typical unhealthy alternatives whereas Vegentaion is your traditional vegan food. They have a wide variety of classic vegan foods such as plates of pasta, salads, and soups as well as some quirky options such as mac and cheese pizza and chicken and waffles. 

  • Cafe No fur – 5115 Spring Mountain Rd #225, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Cafe No Fur is another good option for alternatives to your current favorites. They have a wide variety of vegan burgers and classics such as popcorn chicken and mini corn dogs. Cafe No Fur is a very nostalgic place due to the environment as well as the classic childhood foods. The price point for Cafe No Fur is moderate due to the large portions. 

Vegan food doesn’t have to be salads and flavorless tofu. There are many options for vegan alternatives that would help the environment as well as your health. It is a common misconception that all vegan foods are healthy which isn’t always the case. Vegan alternatives are much better for the environment, your health and animals but should be eaten in moderation just as non-vegan foods should be. Next time you’re choosing to eat out consider a friendlier, vegan option.