For a city defined by indulgence in the form of boozy milkshakes, all-you-can-eat buffets and margaritas by the foot, it’s surprisingly easy to eat healthy in Las Vegas. Whether the weekend calls for champagne brunch, a fancy dinner or a quick bite, devout vegans and those trying out an animal-product free diet don’t have to stay home. Gone are the days when vegans have to subsist on salad alone when going out to eat.
From Mexican food to Asian food and everything in between, here are five vegan restaurants to try this weekend.
Customizable vegan bowls
Thought not entirely vegan (the menu does offer items made with farm-raised protein), Purple Potato is a healthy restaurant specializing in plant-based meals. The menu includes fully customized bowls and wraps with vegan-friendly options including spiced chickpeas, quinoa, steamed tofu and Portobello mushrooms. Diners can also choose chef-curated bowls, like the Ali bowl, which is made with baby spinach, roasted beets and crunchy jicama.
Purple Potato, 10090 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 110; 702-685-7338
Veggie heaven in Henderson
VegeNation executive chef Donald Lemperle borrows from a wide variety of cuisines to create what just might be the most diverse array of vegetarian and vegan options ever seen on one menu. Just like the Downtown location, Henderson’s VegeNation serves everything from organic spaghetti topped with veggie meatballs to vegan Vietnamese-style pho with seasonal vegetables and tofu. Dessert features a gluten-free, plant-based blueberry cheesecake that tastes even better than less healthy varieties.
VegeNation, 10075 S. Eastern Ave.; 702-527-7663
An all-raw option
For those thinking about going vegan, Go Vegan Cafe offers plenty of encouragement in the form of vegan sushi, burgers, pizza and tamales. The restaurant also features an all-raw menu that includes a raw cheeseburger made with a beet or nut patty, arugula, avocado and vegan cheese. Raw vegan juices, cold-pressed coffee and smoothies made with unique items such as durian are also on the menu.
Go Vegan Cafe, 5875 S. Rainbow Blvd. #104; 702-405-8550
Vegan meets Mexican
Vegan diners craving Mexican food just might have a new favorite restaurant in north Las Vegas’ Vegano’s Kitchen. The restaurant serves vegan asada meat, pastor, chicken and chorizo in sopes, burritos, tacos and quesadillas. There’s even a vegan pozole. American options include a veggie burger and “super fries” loaded with dairy-free cheese and a choice of meatless meat.
Vegano’s Kitchen, 3149 N. Rancho Road Unit C; 702-838-1031
That Vegan Chinese craving
Vegan, vegetarian or meat-eater — it doesn’t matter; everyone craves Chinese food. Chinatown’s Veggie House serves vegetarian and vegan Chinese food that’s so good, it just might turn a carnivore into an herbivore. Diners can expect all of their favorites, including an astoundingly delicious version of General Tso’s chicken with all of the spicy, sweet sauce and none of the meat. Vegetarian seafood options, beefless-beef ramen and spicy seaweed with tofu, pepper and turnip also make the menu.
Veggie House, 5115 Spring Mountain Road; 702-431-5802