Vegan and vegetarian options are becoming more popular around Las Vegas.
Here are some places to check out if you're looking to make your meal meat-free. Not all menus are strictly vegetarian or vegan while many can provide options for your carnivore friends.
Arguably one of the best known vegan options in Las Vegas, VegeNation is located downtown and offers entrees from around the world -- with a vegan twist. There is an African yam stew, vegan sushi and pho. They have a wide selection of juices, including alcoholic options. Also, VegeNation will soon have a Henderson location!
2. Veggie House
You want to get beef and broccoli -- well without the beef but the same flavor? Some meat lovers can't even tell the difference between Veggie House's Chinese dishes and the real thing.
3. Go Vegan Cafe
Of course, there's your standard veggie burger but Go Vegan Cafe offers five options, including the classic burger, Mexi burger, Asian burger, Mediterranean burger and Italian burger. They also have plenty of raw options, including raw burgers, pizzas and tostadas. You can also indulge in the salad bar or get one of Go Vegan Cafe's selection of juices and smoothies.
4. Bronze Cafe
Bronze Cafe isn't entirely vegan or vegetarian but has plenty of options for both. The Tree of Life Pita, the Good Earth Pita and the Guac & Mole are all vegan while seitan can be added to various sandwiches rather than chicken or bacon.
5. Violette's Vegan Organic Cafe and Juice Bar
There's completely veggie such as as the Agape Love Wrap, which includes hummus, lettuce, tomato, avocado, cucumber and alfafa sprouts but also a twist on chicken fried steak, only without the meat. Instead, a Country Classic includes tempeh and tofu, veggies, mashed potatoes and gravy. Violette's also includes a children's menu, including a grilled "cheeze" sandwich, spaghetti and a kid-sized burrito.
6. Simply Pure
Simply Pure by Chef Stacey Dougan is located inside Container Park in downtown Las Vegas. Among some of recommended dishes include Nachos Grande, which has corn chips, pico de gallo, avocado and vegan meat and cheese, and the Mama Mia Lasagna, which has tofu ricotta and vegan mozzarella among its ingredients.
While many Thai restaurants provide vegetarian and vegan options, whether that's through tofu or no meat as your option, Komol has an nice selection of vegetarian options. Several of their curries can be made vegetarian, including the popular vegetarian Indian curry, which includes potatoes, onions, tofu and coconut milk.
8. Nacho Daddy
While Nacho Daddy is known for its meat on its various nacho dishes and other Mexican entrees, the restaurant also has a nice selection of vegan options on their menu, including chick'n tacos, nachos, fajitas and burritos. Nacho Daddy's Loaded Nachos also include vegan queso and sour cream. On the menu, they also mark which items are vegan or vegetarian.
Yardhouse may be a chain with locations also outside of Las Vegas, but it has a whole menu of Gardein options -- a chicken substitute made from soy, wheat, pea proteins, vegetables and ancient grains. There are various kinds of wings, pizza and even a gardein chicken torta. Plus, Yardhouse has plenty of items for your carnivore friends and of course, beer!
Looking for something a little fancier? Panevino has beautiful views of the Las Vegas Strip but also vegan lunch and dinner menus. Among the items include an organic "meatloaf" made of legume, wild mushroom and herbs and a grilled vegetable lasagna, which is without cheese and includes layers of eggplant, zucchini, squash, roasted tomatoes and bell peppers and mushrooms.
You want fast food but don't want any of the typical options? Vege-Way has vegan burgers, but also vegan popcorn chicken, vegan beef sandwiches and vegan chicken wraps. The restaurant also has vegan milkshake options, along with sodas.
12. Greens and Proteins
While the vegetarian and vegan options may not be as extensive as other restaurants, there are several items that do stand out at the restaurant's five locations around the valley. The grilled vegetable wrap comes with Portobello mushroom, asparagus, squash, zucchini, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, bean puree and walnut cilantro pesto along with tofu or jicama fries. The pizzas include a veggie pizza, which can be made vegetarian or vegan, depending on your choice of either daiya vegan cheese or Mozzarella.
One of the newest options in Las Vegas, Panacea opened in Boca Park this spring. The Ultimate Burger is among the standouts, which is made with quinoa, lentils, buckwheat and faro. They are also known for their desserts.
Any suggestions for other vegetarian- and vegan-friendly restaurants in Las Vegas? Email Katherine Jarvis at firstname.lastname@example.org or make a comment on her Facebook page.