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Are you looking for vegan Cuban food in Las Vegas? Cubanidad 1885 is your answer. The vegan-friendly Cuban restaurant located just outside of Summerlin serves up a variety of vegan Cuban eats. The vibrant restaurant offers traditional Cuban food created by Cuban-born chef Dennis Martinez Miranda.
Start your vegan Cuban meal off with Cuban nachos. This platter of malanga and plantain chips comes with a heaping portion of black bean hummus and guac, as well as spicy chimichurri sauce for dipping.
Cubanidad 1885 also offers up their Cal-Neva toast, a Cuban toast topped with black bean puree, sliced avocado, tomato and a few sauces for dipping (our fave is the chimichurri sauce). Order it without butter to make it vegan.
If you’re looking for salads, Cubanidad 1885 has two options — the garden salad featuring mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, onions and roasted peppers (hold the croutons), and the tomato and avocado salad with sliced onions, radishes and EVOO.
But, that’s not all.
You can also order up a number of side dishes to round out your meal. Choose from fried plantains topped with pickled onions and chimichurri sauce, sweet plantains, boiled yucca or fried yucca with mojo.
The best is yet to come with Cubanidad 1885. They are working to bring more vegan Cuban dishes to the fast-casual Las Vegas restaurant in the future.
3585 S. Fort Apache Rd., 702-846-5312, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily
China Mama has been given a makeover, and boy is she looking and tasting better than ever. With a new owner, a remodeled interior, and a renovated menu, featuring a ton of vegan or easily veganized Sichuan and Chinese dishes, this Jones Boulevard Chinatown fixture is back and better than ever. We’re excited that China Mama is a vegan-friendly restaurant in Las Vegas … and you’ll see why.
With food that is cooked to order, it’s easy to customize a vegan meal at China Mama. Just make sure to bring all of your friends because the portions are huge, and you’ll definitely want to try it all.
Chilled salads are a great way to start your meal, or to cool down your palate from the spicier dishes to come. Their smashed cucumber salad with garlic is deceptively flavorful; what appears to be a lightly-dressed plate of cucumbers, is actually a deeply savory sesame and garlic umami bomb.
The wood ear mushroom salad is also tossed with the same sesame dressing, with the addition of carrots and chili to add a bit more texture and spice to this earthy appetizer.
Like those salads, many of the dishes at China Mama arrive to the table looking very humble and simple. But upon taking that first bite, you realize there is so much more going than meets the eye. The stir fried green beans are one such dish. A large mound of crispy-skinned green beans appears to be void of sauce, with just a few flecks of red chili added for color. However, the moment you bite into one of those beans, you’ll see how perfectly they are cooked — simultaneously tender and al dente, and richly flavored with sesame and Sichuan chili oil.
There are a couple of noodle dishes on the menu that can be veganized, but by far the most profound is their Tan Tan Noodles. Chewy alkaline noodles are topped with sesame paste, chili oil, cilantro, roasted peanuts, and “chili crisp”, and diners are instructed to quickly toss everything together as soon as the bowl touches the table. The resulting noodle dish is rich and unctuous, deep, and slightly spicy. It normally comes topped with pork, but just specify that you want it made vegan, and they’ll leave it off for you.
You can’t dine at China Mama without ordering the Mapo Tofu. No other dish poses so many questions in every bite. With each mouthful you pick up something different in the complex sauce in which silken tofu is gently simmering in. Spicy. Garlicky. Pungent. Numb. It’s the kind of dish that keeps you constantly contemplating the flavor; eating it faster and faster as you try to ward off the heat from one bite by chasing it with the next.
But, the vegan goodness from China Mama doesn’t stop there. Do yourself a favor and order the scallion pancake. This flaky, buttery pastry is perfect as an appetizer, but it’s even better as a vessel to help you sop up the collection of sauces left on your plate.
The YuXian Eggplant is one of those dishes with a sauce you won’t want to waste. It arrives to the table still bubbling in the clay pot in which it was cooked. Magic happens in that pot, as the eggplant becomes so tender and almost creamy, rich with garlic and chili oil and topped with fresh green onions.
Rice can be ordered on the side to accompany any dish, but if you’re going to go through the trouble of ordering rice, then you might as well order their vegetable fried rice, specifying that you want it vegan so they’ll make it without egg. Fresh carrots, peas, broccoli, and bok choy give a crisp bite to the fluffy fried rice, which can also be made with brown rice upon request.
A few of their desserts are vegan-friendly, and they are continually working to expand their vegan options in all aspects of their menu. Just ask your server what sweet treats they have available for vegans that day.
3420 S. Jones Blvd.(Mountain View Plaza), 89146, 702-873-1977, Monday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
With almost year-round sunshine, stunning desert scenery and mountain terrains, Tucson, Ariz. is a hot spot for adventurers seeking the great outdoors. Take a step into any part of town and the laid back Tucsonans demonstrate a real sense of community with a thriving culture of arts, live music, and — of course — the local array of restaurants. Surprising to many, eating plant-based here is incredibly easy. From the vegan-friendly items one can find at farmers markets to the restaurants that make up a variety of cuisines, planning your next vegan meal is always an adventure in taste. Fortunately, there are a lot of vegan food options in Tucson.
HeeMee, located in Downtown Tucson, is a new bakery with vegan-friendly items. Here, coffee made from Yellow Brick Roastery and espresso made from Verve Roastery can be paired with oat or almond milk. Add a vegan pastry like the blueberry crumble and pair it with a vegan sandwich after 11 a.m. (we dig the the beet with arugula), and that’s a great start to the day! Influenced by Korea, Japan, and France, these delicious pastries and sandwiches are made fresh daily. HeeMee is sure to leave your palette satisfied and have you coming back for each day’s new creations. 20 E. Congress St. Suite #110
Just like a visit to Grandma’s house, Tumerico has an instantly inviting atmosphere. This vegan restaurant offers new and made-from-scratch items everyday. A fresh and healthier take on Mexican eats, the goal of Tumerico is to “heal through food.” When available, the earthy mesquite pancakes drizzled with prickly pear syrup at breakfast are a must. For lunch or dinner, try the sopas – eggplant with jackfruit carnitas served on top of a Masa. Pro tip: order the Sonoran Hot Dog when it’s available. Want to take some of Tumerico home with you? Order up the housemade jack fruit carnitas to use in your own culinary masterpieces at home. 2526 E. 6th St.
Right next to San Mercado, the MSA Annex is home to Beaut Burgers modern take on classic burger joints. In the mood for something new? This vegan joint features uncommon burgers like the B9 that comes layered with roasted eggplant, pepita pesto, and housemade mozzarella and the B7, which features peanut butter, tamarind chutney, and romaine. But, that’s not all. Beaut also serves up vegan sandwiches like the Bedeviled, their take on the classic egg salad sandwich. Start your time here with an appetizer like the beer-battered cauliflower bites and end the meal with the decadent Scootcheroo that comes with a dangerously thick layer of heavenly chocolate ganache. Head there for happy hour and take advantage of their $1 limeade or fresh herb fries to add on to your meal. Bonus: it’s dog-friendly. 267 S. Avenida del Convento
Take a break from the daily buzz to sit down for an Artisan-made wood fire pizza in the earthy atmosphere of Falora, a vegan-friendly restaurant in Tucson. Falora’s red, brown, and copper colors bring the restaurant to life with a brick oven as the beating heart. Vegan Italian dishes here range from eats like the kale salad topped with kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and house-made cashew dressing, to the quirky Za Zucca pizza made with butternut squash puree, sliced zucchini, garlic, and sage. Dessert gets even better with a vegan chocolate pie in a nut crust and finished with a fruit puree. By the way, they’ve also got other pizzas you can devour if you hold the cheese. We dig it with grated Brazil nuts. 3000 E. Broadway Blvd.
The Cup Cafe
Well-known to many locals and popular to visitors, the historical Hotel Congress houses The Cup Cafe Restaurant. Their recently upgraded food menu has a vegan option for every meal of the day. For brunch, Tucson Tamale Company collaborates with Cup Cafe bringing a delightful vegan blue corn tamale drizzled with vegan verde crema and a slightly spicy calabacitas served along side our favorite tofu egg scramble with pico de gallo. A lunch must-try are the lettuce wraps filled with chickpea fritters, pickled veggies, smoked cashews, and topped with a harissa vinaigrette. The savory flavors come together as spices heat the palette and a sour sweetness balances it all out. Wash it down with a house made Horchata or a vegan Bloody Mary. Save room for dessert, they’ve got an amazing vegan brownie to satisfy that sweet tooth. The historical building in Downtown Tucson also features a beautiful outdoor area where live music is often played and folks come to enjoy a drink from one of three bars. 311 E. Congress St.
French toast smothered in berries and cream, club sandwiches with shoe string fries, and dinner specials like a Chik’n Fried Steak with mash potatoes and veggies … veganized. Is your stomach growling yet? Lovin’ Spoonfuls isn’t your typical restaurant serving comfort food; it’s a vegan restaurant in Tucson we can’t get enough of. With dishes like the Wildcat Burger layered with their house made soy patty, caramelized onions, tempeh bacon, sriracha mayo and topped with housemade bleu cheese (swoon), or the Thai Curry that’s a rainbow of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, bell peppers, red onions tossed in a housemade red curry, it’s easy to add this to our list. Finish off your visit with a chocolate cream-filled cupcake, one of many locally crafted desserts. Proudly serving all, Lovin’ Spoonfuls takes a stance in the Pride community by offering a safe, relaxed environment to all genders, ages, and people. 2990 N. Campbell Ave. Suite 120
Similar to when parents create fun ways for kids to eat vegetables, Urban Fresh in Downtown Tucson creates absolutely delicious meals that fuel the body with plant-packed nutrients. This vegan restaurant in Tucson is a favorite for grabbing fresh juices, smoothies, or even a burger. Innovative thinking like the rice paper bacon served with their french toast breakfast is what keeps the daily specials selling out! Taking it a step further than most, Urban provides meals created with local produce, unprocessed ingredients, and little to no use of salt, oils, and sugars. Pro tip: when they serve the raw pizza special, run to try it. 73 E. Pennington St.
Meal prep companies are a dream for people who lead busy lives and don’t have the time to find recipes, grocery shop, prep and cook meals. They’re also ideal for people who don’t like to (or can’t) cook. There are a wide variety of meal prep services to choose from, so we picked our top three offering vegan meal prep options nationwide for you to check out.
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One of the fastest growing meal kit companies, the goal of Green Chef is to help people eat well. Select your dishes from the weekly vegan options and they ship it to you cold. Each brown bag meal contains all of the ingredients you’ll need to make dinner, plus detailed instructions on how to make them. In less than 40 minutes you can have a gourmet meal on the table (and no one will know you had a little assistance). The best part – if you’ve got dietary restrictions, you can easily tweak most of the recipes without losing the flavor. Meals start at $9.99 each on a two person/three dinner plan weekly.
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These chef-crafted meals from Daily Harvest use all organic fruits and veggies and every items is plant-based. Order up ready-to-blend smoothies, oat bowls, savory Harvest bowls, soups, lattes, chilled blended soups and chia bowls. Hand pick your order, or opt for the Best Sellers for a sample of their most popular items. The beauty of these eats is that they sneak in all the nutrients you need into food and drinks that are delicious, like our favorite, the mint cacao smoothie. It’s made with spinach, cacao, banana, chlorella and mint oil, but tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream and is only 240 calories for the two servings it makes. Boxes start at $6.99 a cup for a box of 24.
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Another all-vegan meal prep company delivering nationwide is Purple Carrot. These meals come to to you in two and six servings, pre-portioned and ready to be prepared in your kitchen. The company also offers easy-to-make breakfasts and lunches that have you eating in five minutes. Every box comes complete with recipe box and kitchen tips, and it’s all recyclable. Meals start at $7.99 per serving.
Las Vegas’ only regular food park featuring food trucks and pop-ups, Real Awesome Food Park, is vegan-friendly. Created by Real Awesome Food’s Paul Samano and curated by Fergusons Downtown, the goal of the new park is to bring real awesome people real awesome food.
And that they do.
Featuring some of the best food trucks in town, vegans can head to the park and rest-assured there are options. With new trucks being added, expect the options to vary each weekend.
Vegan options at Real Awesome Food Park include:
Phyto’s, the popular vegan hot dog stand, serves up their award-winning hot dog, the Crispy Cowboy, which nabbed a top 10 nod by PETA for the best hot dogs in the nation. They also serve up other dogs (try the Kimchi Kool, swear!) and even Frito Pie.
Be sure to get some of the best noodles we have ever had — the Street Stir Fry featuring Hakka noodles — from Prisma Food Truck. Promise, they’re amazing.
Crock N Roll, which serves crock-pot-inspired street eats, offers a twist on avocado toast. The Rockin’ Avocado Toast is sweet and spicy, and comes topped with avocado, red onion, tomato, flax seeds and red pepper flakes.
There’s also pasteles from HI2SIN Pasteles. Serving up Hawaiian pasteles, order the De Veegas, the vegan option on the food truck menu.
Located in the Llama Lot on Fremont St. across from Atomic Liquors (152 N 9th Street), the new food park runs every Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
If you find yourself near Village Square with a craving for vegan noodles and dumplings, then Tomo Noodles and Dumplings is the place to go. Complete with a large manga mural on the wall, their hip west-side location is a cool spot to hang out and enjoy a warm bowl of vegan ramen, or a cool glass of almond milk or fruit teas in Las Vegas.
Start your meal off with their Tomo Fries or edamame. Just ask them to sub out the meat on the fries for their house-baked tofu, and leave off the katsu sauce. The edamame can be served either simply salted, or with a spicy garlic sauce. Their spicy garlic sauce is mayo-based, but you can request vegan mayo instead.
Tomo’s Vegetarian Ramen is actually vegan, with a deliciously savory broth, enoki mushrooms, roasted tomato, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, edamame, baby corn, green onions, chili oil, and sesame seeds. If that’s not enough, extra noodles, tofu, and even vegan dumplings can be added to your ramen for a small charge.
Speaking of dumplings, you can also order a plate of vegan dumplings as an appetizer, or to simply devour all by yourself. The bright green dumplings, filled with vegetables and tofu, are served with sliced scallions, and vibrant ponzu sauce for dipping.
Their classic fried rice is already vegetarian, but can easily be made vegan by asking them to leave off the egg. To bump up the flavor and the protein of your fried rice, have them thrown in some of their delicious house-baked tofu.
If a burger is more your speed, then go for the Tom-Possible Burger. A shoyu-glazed Impossible patty is served on a grilled vegan bun with napa cabbage slaw, and green onion. Tomo recently started carrying vegan mayo, so that can be added to the burger as well.
Tomo Noodles and Dumplings shares their massive west-side space with Enso Tea Bar, which offers a number of refreshing fruit teas, milk teas, and slushes. Most of the fruit teas are already vegan, although the tapioca is sweetened with honey, and the milk teas can be made with almond milk upon request.
9410 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 130 (Village Square), 89117, 702-485-1782, Monday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
La Cave – Wine and Food Hideaway, is a cozy sanctuary tucked away inside the elegant Wynn Las Vegas. Whether you’re simply looking to enjoy a glass (or two) of organic or biodynamic wine in their “cellar”, a light repast beneath the “living wall” in their garden room, or a feast of small-plates in their enclosed (and climate-controlled) terrace overlooking the pool, La Cave is a perfect vegan-friendly reprieve from the bustle of the Las Vegas Strip.
Did we mention they also have an extensive list of handmade cocktails?
Chef DeMarco describes the menu at La Cave as “American small plates”, featuring “elevated” comfort foods perfectly portioned for sharing with a group or coursing-out over a relaxed evening. La Cave is a Morton Group concept, but just like every other dining outlet at Wynn Las Vegas, they have an entire vegan section on their menu, so there’s no need to decode or mix-and-match.
Start out with the White Bean and Artichoke “Crab” Cakes, served on a bed of apple and arugula salad and topped with tomato and olive tapenade. A smoky romesco sauce whisked across the plate ties all of the flavors together, making you forget there was ever a version of this dish that actually contained crustaceans.
The Sliders and Tofu Meatballs are both made using a deliciously-spiced house-made tofu “meat” that has been formed and then fried until crispy on the outside, and perfectly tender on the inside. The Sliders are stacked with caramelized onions, sweet chili sauce and arugula, and served with a cherry tomato salad on the side, while the Tofu Meatballs relax in a pool of marina sauce, topped with almond cream and micro greens.
La Cave also makes their own vegan pasta, which they toss in a lemon herb vinaigrette with broccolini, and fresh tomatoes. A perfect accompaniment to the Tofu Meatballs, the Fettuccine is bright and fresh, while still remaining humble and hearty.
A true comfort class is the Gardein Chick’n, which has been lightly breaded and served atop a savory zucchini puree, with wilted arugula, and rich lemon caper sauce.
Warm Salt-Roasted Beets are served in a small cast iron pan, topped with a house-made cashew cheese, and then garnished with chopped pistachios. The salt seals in the beets; cooking them in their own juices while perfectly seasoning them. Cashew cheese balances out their earthy-sweetness, while the pistachios add just the right amount of crunch.
Flatbreads are offered on the non-vegan menu, but since the dough that they make is vegan, they are able to prepare a flatbread pizza for you using tomatoes and seasonal vegetables such as broccolini, grilled artichoke hearts, and caramelized onions. They can also be served with cashew cheese upon request.
Although the vegan menu does not list any dessert selections, the kitchen is able to make a delicious coconut tapioca pudding topped with seasonal fresh fruit. Just ask your server what the sweet selections are for that day.
The staff at La Cave is very knowledgeable about the menu, and they very accommodating to diners with dietary priorities. In addition to their vegan menu, they also offer gluten free, and allergen-friendly options as well.
Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 89109, 702-770-7375, Sunday – Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Friday: 11:30 a.m – 10:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:30 a.m – 10:00 p.m.
Grubhub confirms what we’ve been seeing: plant-based food is on the rise. According to the company’s 2018 “Year in Food” report which analyzes the popular food delivery service’s ordering data, bean burritos climbed an astounding 276 percent from 2017 … and red meat didn’t even make the top 10. Other plant-based dishes that climbed in 2018 were cauliflower rice bowls (155 percent, ranking 7th on the list) and buffalo cauliflower (124 percent, coming in at 10th).
But, that’s not all. Grubhub also reported that vegan-friendly foods on its platform increased by 25 percent (compared to January – May 2018), with the Impossible Burger orders climbing 82 percent. And, Las Vegas ranks fourth for areas ordering the most vegan foods. Ahead of Vegas are LA, Brooklyn and Portland. Rounding out the top 10 are Rochester, NY, Philadelphia, Detroit and San Diego.
The report also released the most popular food items ordered for breakfast, late-night and dessert. And, guest what? Some of the are vegan.
Find the most popular items on Grubhub in Las Vegas … veganized
Coming in first place for breakfast items is the peanut butter açai bowl, followed by detox juice, then the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, breakfast burrito and french toast.
If you’re looking for vegan versions of these items, we suggest:
Peanut Butter Açai Bowl — try the Nutty Buddy from Coldpress Express, made with açai, nut butter, cacao nibs, banana and raspberry chia jam.
Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich – Get the vegan version of this over at Violette’s
Breakfast Burrito – Try the savory breakfast burrito from PublicUs that comes loaded with crispy potatoes and soyrizo.
French Toast – Ante up with VegeNation’s french toast that comes stuffed with cream cheese and jam
While Vegas doesn’t have many of the top five late night options veganized, you can order the spicy, creamy vegan ramen from Jinya (spicy miso ramen ranked second). Sliders, which came in third, can be found at White Castle.
For the top desserts, it’s another story. And easy to find vegan versions in Las Vegas.
Brownies (which ranked first) — Order these sweet treats at VegeNation in the form of their brownie sundae, as well as at Vioette’s Vegan and Veganbites.
Oreo Cookie Cupcake — Veganbites is your go-to for these, as well as Go Vegan.
Baklava — Try the vegan baklava at Amena or Violette’s.
Salted Caramel Cookie — Catch a Bleu Moon pop-up to try their salted chocolate chip cookies instead.
Cobbler — Head over to The Modern Vegan to devour the Don’t Stop, a hot skillet of cinnamon golden apples topped with crumble and vanilla ice cream, or to VegeNation for their warm apple cobbler.
The sixth most requested dessert? Vegan brownies.
As for 2019, it looks like vegan orders are continuing to grow. The Impossible Burger is leading the late night trend and is the third most ordered item in the West.
French fine dining off-Strip has a home at Partage located in the foodie haven of Chinatown on Spring Mountain. Led by a team who are no stranger to the elite Michelin stars (and also run the nearby Eatt on W. Sahara), Partage offers exquisite vegan food in Las Vegas. There’s a reason why Vegans, Baby selected both the executive chef Yuri Szarzewski and pastry chef Vincent Pellerin to be a part of the first Vegan Vegas dinner at the renowned James Beard House in New York City. They join Chef Brian Howard of Sparrow + Wolf, Chef Andrew Carroll of Catch and Chef Oscar Amador of EDO who are showcasing plant-based dishes in their absolute finest form.
Start your meal with some vegan appetizers at Partage, all of which are gluten-free or can be made gluten-free. The seasonal menu features starters like the chilled Margarita Pizza soup with roasted tomato, sundried tomato and an oregano and lemon sorbet.
Or, opt for asparagus stuffed with seasonal veggies (we had pickled carrots, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, basil and parsnip chips) and truffle oil.
Partage also serves crispy asparagus with verbena sabayon and lemon paste. The soups rotate every few weeks, so be sure to ask what the featured soup is other than the staple tomato soup on the menu.
There are two main courses to enjoy that are vegan at Partage. We love them both, so it’s best to bring someone else so you can try each other’s dishes. The homemade origami ravioli is stuffed with vegan mozzarella, wakame and kombu seaweed, then topped with mushrooms, lemon and more seaweed. It comes with a gorgeous sorrel veloute (the mother of all French sauces) to pour over the handmade ravioli.
The other is the Tian de Legumes, a dish hailing from the south of France. This entree features seasonal veggies and an onion puree, tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant confit with rosemary. Its crowning glory is a delicate squash blossom dipped in tempura.
For dessert, it’s up to Chef Pellerin. When we dined at Partage, the dessert was a poached peach cooked in strawberry syrup and topped with verbena sorbet, vegan crumble, fresh strawberries, coconut mousse and crispy verbena.
Partage also offers tasting menus with optional wine pairings.