May 15, 2015 by
Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor
The Vegetarian Resource Group maintains an online Guide to Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants in the USA and Canada. Below are some recent additions. The entire guide can be found here: http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/index.php
A-Live and Healthy Café
85 East Merritt Ave.
Merritt Island, FL 32953
A-live and Healthy is rock star! All of their foods are raw, which is impressive due to the large menu. I love their Lively Lemonade (Fresh Lemon Juice, Agave Nectar, Filtered H2O) and their Stuffed Avocado (1/2 an organic avocado filled with our sprouted hummus or one of their freshly made veggie pate’s). They offer options for those transitioning into the raw lifestyle, like the Chick’un Salad Sandwich and Vegetable Soup. The owners are passionate about their food and lifestyle, which makes the meal even better. They sell a lot of their raw vegan ingredients in a cooler at the front of the store which is an awesome idea. The restaurant is located between the Home Depot & Bikram Yoga.
Bean Vegan Cuisine
2145-A Hendersonville Rd.
Asheville, NC 28704
Bean Vegan Cuisine is an excellent place to go for vegan comfort food. This is their second location (the first is in Charlotte, NC). Don’t miss delicious sandwiches like their BBQ Jackfruit, Reuben, and Crabbie Patty. Ask about their daily specials and dessert selection. For classic American favorites made vegan, Bean can’t be beat!
Helio Terra Vegan Café
619 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Helio Terra is a fully vegan, half raw restaurant. The owner has been a vegan for over 14 years and knows the challenges of finding a vegan restaurant. He has a passion for making people happy and shows it with his work. The first thing I noticed when I walked in was the beautiful Helio Terra insignia (the earth with sun rays encircling it) painted on the wall. The cafe is currently serving smoothies, coffee, and tea. They hope to expand to wraps, flatbreads, sandwiches, and burgers, the latter of which will be raw. I ordered their Chocolate Powder smoothie (chocolate protein powder, almond milk, banana, dates, cashew butter, hemp hearts), and boy did it satiate my chocoholic tendencies.
Juice So Good
733 Marquette Ave. #227
Minneapolis, MN 55402
There are dozens of juice and smoothie options available for you to try at your convenience; if you’re a beginner, maybe test their Sweet Green juice with spinach, celery, green pepper, apple, pear and lemon. If you’re an intermediate, maybe test out The Ginger with the hearty ingredients of carrot, orange, ginger, and lemon. You can also customize your juice to fit your taste!
Muir’s Tea Room
330 South Main St.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
This picturesque Victorian-style cafe is perfect for those wanting to enjoy a great cup of tea as well as tasty food. Located in the quaint town that hosts events like the Apple Blossom Festival and Gravenstein Apple Fair, Muir’s Tea Room offers not only lunch, but a unique High Tea service that features finger sandwiches, petit fours, scones, fairy cakes, and a variety of pastries with a pot of tea. The Field Roast, Avocado, and Garlic Aioli finger sandwiches sound the most delightful to have with a steaming cup of chamomile tea.
212 Mont-Royal Ave. Est.
Montreal, Quebec, H2T 1P4 Canada
This trendy juice bar is the place to visit if you’re looking for your daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The fruits and vegetables used to make these juices are mostly locally grown and all organic. The “Chill” juice with pineapple, coconut water, spinach, kiwi, and parsley seems like the perfect mix between sweet and savory!
Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar & Izakaya
370 14th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Shizen features a wide variety of traditional Japanese cuisine including soups, sushi, and noodle dishes. Diners can opt to stick with simple dishes like the Avocado Nigiri or Vegetable Gyoza or try one of the many specialty rolls, with options like the Open Invitation or The Candlestick (with live fire). Be sure to check out the dessert menu as well.
Taste of Eden Bistro
1107 Lithia Pincecrest Rd.
Brandon, FL 33511
The Taste of Eden Bistro is an entirely vegan cafe with many raw options. They have a rotating soup menu featuring both hot and raw selections. Menu options include the Avocado Rueben Sandwich and the Japanese Stir-Fry. Note that they open at 9 for grab-and-go items, and the dining area opens at 11:30. Accepts reservations.
The Amazing Kale Burger
741 Howard St.
Evanston, IL 60202
Amazing Kale Burger is a great place to eat if you’re health-conscious, or even just if you’re in the mood to try a new twist on the classic American burger. The burger, which is made of the freshest ingredients, is conveniently soy free, gluten free, and completely vegan. The burger is available with one-of-a-kind tasty sounding sides, including, for example, fresh salsa or beetBQ sauce which sound like they would perfectly accompany the veggie burger!
The Brakes Coffeehouse and Provisions
227 Lark St.
Albany, NY 12210
The Brakes Coffeehouse is a small business that believes in putting the brakes on their carbon foot print, and building a more sustainable future. This coffeehouse serves the purpose to provide people with affordable vegan cuisine using locally grown ingredients. Make sure to try their appetizing Fancy Shmancy PB&J, which is made of locally roasted peanut butter and home-made strawberry jelly, served with home-made chocolate sauce on the side!