Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
601 N. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508
Bar. Al's Bar strives to use food ingredients that were sourced locally. There is a separate menu for Vegetarians and Vegans. Menu items are a veggie twist on traditional tavern and bar foods as well as menu items inspired by Cajun foods. The African Peanut Curry and Tomatoes Creole seem to be favorites.
141 E. Main St., Lexington, KY 40507
Eclectic. For over 35 years, Alfalfa Restaurant has been "feeding vegetarians & carnivores alike with innovative and eclectic homemade eats." Menu items are reasonably prices and include salads, sandwiches, and breakfast items like Tofu Scramble. Make sure to check their chalkboards for the Daily Specials. Alfalfa is closed between lunch/brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
455-D Southland Dr., Lexington, KY 40503
Natural foods store/café/organic. Good Foods Market & Café is a locally-owned and operated co-op where everyone is welcome to shop. They offer a full-service coffee bar featuring organic equal exchange coffee as well as espresso, chai, and hot chocolate; fruit smoothie and organic juice bar with made-to-order fresh juices, including carrot and wheat grass. They also have a self-serve salad bar with fresh, make-your-own green salads and a variety of homemade cold salads. The self-service hot bar features vegetarian and vegan soups, entrées, casseroles, and vegetables. Made-to-order sandwiches and fresh sushi (seafood or vegetarian) are made daily. Also available are combination boxes and miso soup. Vegetarian and vegan items are noted. The kitchen is trans-fat free and uses all organic beans, flours, grains, and sugars.
3110 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206
Bakery/café. All food at Annie May's Sweet café is nut, soy, and gluten-free. Enjoy daily selections of cakes, breads, and other baked goods. They feature many vegan baked goods on their menu. For lunch, choose from sandwiches, soups, and salads. Stop in on Saturdays for breakfast items like Vegan French Toast or Vegan Biscuits and Gravy. The café also makes specialty pizzas on Fridays and Saturdays.
1004 Barret Ave., Louisville, KY 40104
Vegan/café/bakery. Flora Kitchenette is an excellent brunch destination. They use cashew cream “cheese” on their “lox” toast. Turmeric tofu is a tasty add-on. Flora offers a wide variety of scrumptious baked goods. Outdoor seating available.
2217 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206
Mediterranean. When dining at Grape Leaf, enjoy your meal on the patio surrounded by growing grapes. Check out the Vegan Dolmas or Vegetarian Mousakah.
4121 Oechsli Ave., Louisville, KY 40207
Vegan/bakery. Half Peach Bakery is a bakery that emphasizes the use of natural and homegrown ingredients, all of which are free of animal products. They offer a variety of soups, sandwiches, salads, and sweets. This includes a rice noodle soup, which is made with rice noodles, tofu, carrot dumplings, and other veggies served with a spicy black bean sauce. Their sweets include cookies, macaroons, energy bars, and more!
1216 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40204
Vegetarian/Asian. Heart & Soy is a casual eatery that is completely vegetarian. Many selections can be made vegan and are noted as such on the menu. Try foods like Fried Tofu Squares, Singapore Noodles, Yellow Curry Soup, and Pad Thai. They have their own tofu manufacturing machine and sell their tofu and soymilk products, along with vegan desserts and beverages, in their retail case. Heart & Soul is from the same owner as the upscale Roots next door.
3738 Lexington Rd., Louisville, KY 40207
1570 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40205
Vegetarian/living foods/organic/juice bar. Life Bar offers a plethora of smoothies and juices with dozens of ingredients that can be added to each, as well as granola bowls and fresh organic foods. Outdoor seating is available. Life Bar on Lexington is located inside Rainbow Blossom in St. Matthews. Life Bar on Bardstown is in The Highlands.
2009 Highland Ave., Louisville, KY 40204
Vegan/organic. Enjoy Sassy Kale Salad, GreenUp Quinoa Plate, Black Bean Dream Sandwich, Sea Carrot Rolls, and more. Ask about their desserts.
3608 Springhurst Blvd., Louisville, KY 40241
3738 Lexington Rd., Louisville, KY 40241
12232 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville, KY 40243
3046 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40205
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.
1293 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40204
International. Ramsi's offers many vegetarian options, including roasted vegetable sandwiches, Capellini Marinara, and Vegetarian Lasagna, just to name a few.
1216 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40204
Vegetarian/Asian. Roots is an upscale, vegetarian, Asian-style tapas restaurant. Many selections can be made vegan and are noted as such on the menu. Enjoy tasty foods like Green Curry Soup, Braised Beets, Steamed Banana Leaf, and Tofu Clay Pot. They also have an extensive menu of teas, including flavored, scented, and blended. In addition to the front dining room, they feature a floor-seating area where you sit on pillows while you dine. Roots is from the same owner as the more casual Heart & Soy next door. Reservations are accepted.
1804 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206
Vegetarian/bakery/café. Indulge your sweet tooth at Sweet Surrender. This dessert café & coffee shop offers cakes, pies, tortes, cookies, cupcakes, and more. While the offerings change daily, you can be sure to find at least one vegan sweet. For weddings (or any special occasion), call on Sweet Surrender to create the vegan cake of your dreams. Their afternoon lunch service is all-vegetarian with vegan options. Try the Vegan Chili, Orange Pecan Salad, or Black Bean Pita (a veggie burger chopped with red peppers, salad greens, sundried tomato & their own chipotle mayonnaise - all vegan!). Oh, and don't forget dessert!
2011 Grinstead Dr., Ste. 104, Louisville, KY 40204
Pizzeria. Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is a fast casual, make-your-own-pizza restaurant. There are many vegetarian options, and pizzas can be made vegan with Daiya cheese. Other menu items include salads, paninis, and signature pizzas. Outdoor seating is available.
2240 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206
Vegetarian/Asian Fusion. Zen Garden is a health-focused vegetarian restaurant serving gourmet Asian cuisine. Menu items include Kung Pao Tofu, Noodle Soups with Veggie Meat, Crispy Shiitake Mushrooms, and a wide assortment of appetizers, soups and sandwiches. Not only does Zen Garden care about the health of its customers, but it also contributes some of its earnings to charities around the world!