Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
322 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408
Mexican. The Laughing Planet Café is a funky, eclectic spot to grab a quick and inexpensive bite. Their menu is largely vegetarian and vegan, as well as organic. Locally-sourced ingredients are used whenever possible. Burritos are their specialty, but they also offer salads, soups, quesadillas, and veggie burgers. Baked tofu, seitan, soy cheese, and vegan sour cream are available. If you are in their delivery area, your food will arrive by bicycle. Located in Kirkwood Manor, an old Victorian house, Laughing Planet is only a few blocks from Indiana University.
322 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408
Coffeehouse/juice bar. Soma Coffeehouse & Juice Bar offers specialty coffee drinks and fresh juices as well as baked goods and snacks. Vegan items are noted on the menu. They use organic and local ingredients whenever possible. Soma is located below the Laughing Planet Café on Grant Street; just look for the orange and purple door!
118 W. 6th St., Bloomington, IN 47404
Vegetarian/American/eclectic. Named after a place in the Harry Potter series, The Owlery Restaurant offers vegan and vegetarian sandwiches and is located on the north side of Bloomington's downtown square. The menu includes a Philly, 'Cheesesteak' made with vegan cheese and seitan, 'Fish' and Chips, and BBQ Tofu Ribs.
600 SE 2nd St., Evansville, IN 47713
Vegetarian/coffeehouse. Penny Lane Coffeehouse offers organic, vegetarian and vegan soups and sandwiches. They feature art, poetry, and live music from local artists. Located in the Haynies Corner Arts District in downtown Evansville, Penny Lane is a few blocks from the riverfront and the Indiana/Kentucky border.
1612 Sherman St., Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Natural foods store. This natural foods grocer offers many organic, healthy, and great-tasting alternatives to other grocery stores.
7605 Coldwater Rd., Ste. A, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Vegan/international. Loving Café serves sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps, and many Asian dishes. Enjoy entrées such as Lemon Tofu, Sesame Chickenless, Thai Curry, and Kung Pao. Everything is vegan at Loving Café, and the prices can't be beat.
300 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Bakery/café. The Pembroke Bakery & Café is very vegan-friendly. All of their baked goods are vegan and over half of their soups, sandwiches, and salads are vegan as well. They support local farmers and artisans whenever possible. Pembroke is located at the Auer Center for Arts and Culture in downtown Fort Wayne.
6516 Ferguson St., Indianapolis, IN 46220
Vegan/raw foods/juice bar. At Ezra’s Enlightened Cafe, they believe that “The food we eat will either promote health or promote disease…it’s our choice.” This belief is evident within their menu. We recommend trying their Playful Pad Thai, featuring zucchini noodles, red pepper, cabbage, carrots with Creamy Almond Thai Sauce, and topped with fresh local sprouts and maple glazed almonds. Also, you may want to try their Pure juice incorporating fresh local ingredients such as organic cucumber, organic celery, organic ginger, organic kale, organic mint, organic basil, lemon. If you’re looking for a filling, delicious and nutritious meal in Indianapolis, Ezra’s Enlightened Cafe is the perfect choice.
4213 Lafayette Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46254
Indian. Many vegetarian options, including appetizers, side dishes, and various breads, are joined by such entré;es as Paneer and Brijani. India Palace is located in Lafayette Square. The restaurant is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
653 E. 52nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46220
Café/eclectic. SoBro Café offers internationally-inspired dishes with vegetarian and vegan selections. Try a veggie burger or veggie grill sandwich made with tempeh. For brunch, enjoy Biscuits and Gravy with the choice of vegan mushroom gravy. The chef creates almost all food from scratch. Enjoy the local art that fills the dining room (all for sale with 100% of the money going directly to the artist). SoBro is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
4225 Lafayette Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46254
Vegetarian/Indian. Spice Nation offers authentic Indian cuisine that is completely vegetarian. They have a full menu on weekdays and a buffet on weekends. Enjoy traditional Indian dishes served fresh. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable about which foods are vegan. Spice Nation is located in Lafayette Square. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
222 E. Market St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Vegan/natural foods. Three Carrots offers a cozy environment with a variety of vegan breakfast and lunch options, many of which are gluten-free. For breakfast, try the Biscuits and Gravy or Sweet Potato Hash. For lunch, don’t miss Ian’s Chili or the Tofu Rich Girl, a cornmeal crusted tofu po boy!
6360 Guilford Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220
Café. Three Sisters offers some great veggie treats. Try the house favorite, The Three Sisters Loaf, which is made with black beans and wild rice.
5618 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545
Vegetarian/natural foods store. Apple Valley Natural Foods is a completely vegetarian natural foods store. Enjoy their hot food bar, deli, and salad bar. They are located in the southeast corner of the Wilshire Plaza.
3003 Charlestown Crossing Way, New Albany, IN 47150
Natural foods store/deli. Rainbow Blossom is a natural foods market dedicated to providing convenient gourmet foods. They guarantee their foods to be free of synthetic preservatives and artificial colors and flavors. They offer grab 'n go deli foods, groceries, natural products, personal care items, and much more! At Rainbow Blossom, service is integral; their staff is knowledgeable and helpful so feel free to ask questions.
1047 Lincoln Way E., South Bend, IN 46601
American/bar. This bar is accepting of all different types of diets. There are options for vegetarians and even a separate menu for vegans! The restaurant itself is casually styled and tastefully furnished. The food is American style with an interesting twist. They are a brewery as well, and make a lot of their own beers. I went straight to the vegan menu and zoned in on an all American Po Boy. The food was delicious and filling. I will definitely return to this ale house. The restaurant is located off of Lincolnway E., along the St. Joseph River.