Eating out can be difficult for those whose diets are meat and dairy free, but these vegan-friendly restaurants offer a great selection, from egg-free breakfasts to faux meat lunches and dinners.
2129 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
This eclectic neighborhood cafe caters to the vegan, offering a bunch of breakfast, lunch and dinner options for those with dietary restrictions. Instead of eggs for breakfast, Seward Cafe offers the option to substitute tofu, pinto or black beans for no additional charge. If you’re stopping by for lunch, try a tofu sandwich or grab a tempeh gyro. Dinner offers selections like mac and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches, made vegan-friendly with soy cheese. Breakfast is served daily until 4:30 p.m., so you can enjoy the most important meal of the day even if you’re not an early riser.
2917 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Pizza is one of those dishes that can be tricky to make vegan-friendly, but Galactic Pizza does it and does it well. An Uptown pizza joint dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint and your hunger, most of Galactic’s pizza offerings can be made vegan by substituting meats and cheeses for vegan-friendly meat and cheese alternatives. You can also “Build Your Own Pizza,” choosing from dozens of veggies and other vegan-friendly toppings to create the perfect meat and dairy-free pie. A vegan garlic cheese bread appetizer is also available, and if you have room for dessert, you can even order up a slice of its vegan strawberry cheesecake. If you live in Galactic Pizza’s delivery area, you can get a pizza delivered hot and fresh to your door by a superhero whose mission is rescuing you from hunger.
2409 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
At the Ecopolitan, vegans don’t have to read the fine print or be reassured by wait staff that they are ordering a vegan-friendly dish because everything on the menu is vegan. Each item served is organic, vegan and raw, with the option to dine-in or take-out. From premium fruit juices and smoothies to tostadas and burritos to pastas and pizza, the Ecopolitan has something for everyone. If you have little ones in tow, the kids’ mac and cheese is sure to please. After your meal, pamper yourself by relaxing in the Ecopolitan’s infrared sauna.
2424 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
While many Chinese restaurants feature a menu full of meat-centric dishes with no meat alternatives, Evergreen caters to the vegan crowd by offering a host of faux meat substitutes ranging from mock beef to mock seafood, with each vegan dish mindfully prepared using a separate cutting board and wok. From spring rolls to lemon grass mock beef to pepper fried mock pork and more, Evergreen offers up a great selection of Chinese, Cantonese and Taiwanese eats. Soy milk is made fresh in the kitchen, so it is incredibly fresh, silky and sweet.
Hard Times Cafe
1821 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Gritty diners aren’t usually known to be vegan-friendly, but the Hard Times Cafe offers a large selection of menu options for those with meat- and dairy-free diets. From a host of vegan pastry options including muffins and sticky buns, vegan biscuits and gravy, scrambled tofu, migas and more, Hard Times serves up hearty vegan meals at reasonable prices. The Hard Times Cafe is open 22 hours a day, closed only between the hours of 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.
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