After many years of hearing about how incredible the vegetarian restaurants were in the USA I was determined to make it my mission to try out as many as possible. I know I’ve completed only a tiny fraction of my personal bucket list so far, but here are my favourite vegetarian restaurants in the USA…
Greens, San Francisco
A beloved San Francisco institution, Greens is blessed with a beautiful waterfront location and a long 30 year history of serving the city’s residents, sans meat. The staff at the restaurant are young and trendy and the food is simple, but very tasty! They have a fine array of innovative salads and mains which include a Squash and Pesto Pizza and Mesquite Grilled Brochettes. Pick a seat near the window for misty views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Sipz Vegetarian Fuzion Cafe, San Diego
This is a small, laid back place that serves 100% vegetarian fusion food. The food at Sipz is inspired by Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, and Japanese dishes including a fun Vegan Sushi Bar with popular rolls such as “Caterpillar” and “Sipz Dynamite.” Portions are pretty generous and if you visit, make sure you try their incredible Pad Thai and delicious Vegan banana cake with coconut sauce.
Millennium, San Francisco
This is a place I heard so much about and tried for the first time on our trip to San Francisco a couple of years ago. Millennium is an outstanding gourmet vegan restaurant which is probably best saved for a special occasion (due to the slightly pricier menu). The decor is both casual and elegant and the food served here is pretty experimental with dishes that include Seared Buckwheat Polenta and Semolina & Spring Garlic Dosa. They also happen to have a superb all organic wine list.
Veggie Grill, Los Angeles
Arguably just as tasty as vegan gourmet food is the Veggie Grill – classic American comfort food but without the guilt. We fell in love with this place during our LA stay and it looks like we weren’t the only ones; Veggie Grill has a clientele ranging from elderly couples to high school jocks. The surroundings are friendly and very relaxed, and food is served very fast. They serve burgers and wraps with fake meat so convincing, I had to double-check it wasn’t real. Make sure you order the sweet potato ‘Sweetheart Fries’ with everything!
Angelica Kitchen, New York
This is a cosy, fairly traditional spot in East Village which also happens to be quite the celebrity haunt – it was once named as Moby’s favourite restaurant. It’s pretty old-school (been around since 1976 making it the oldest vegetarian restaurant in town), but the food is both elaborate and simple with generous portions made from only the freshest ingredients. Make sure you try their special Angelica cornbread and their hearty three-bean chilli. Arrive early – they don’t take reservations.