Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
1627 Clarkson Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
American. This Missouri chain offers a fair number of vegetarian options. Try the Veggie Barbecue Wrap or the Tofu Veggie Bowl. As for drinks, go for the Raspberry Smoothie.
7353 Forsyth, Clayton, MO 63105
American. See description under Chesterfield, MO.
6344 S. Rosebury Ave., Clayton, MO 63105
Vegan/raw foods/organic. Seedz Café offers an all-vegan and primarily raw foods menu. Some notable dishes include Rawvioli with a macadamia and pine nut pesto and the Sprouted Corn Taco with cashew nacho cheese. Seedz also occasionally sells homemade beer. Outdoor seating is available.
26 S. Ninth St., Columbia, MO 65201
International/Greek. One local patron recommends the appetizer combo as the best-bet dish at International Café, which specializes in international and Greek cuisine. Patio dining is available. The restaurant is located between Main Squeeze and Lakota.
28 S. 9th St., Columbia, MO 65201
Vegetarian/natural foods/organic. The Main Squeeze uses organic foods and locally-grown products as much as possible. Inside the restaurant you'll find a plaster wall of handprints from local vegetarians and natural foods supporters. They have daily specials, such as stuffed peppers and noodle salads, as well as a juice bar. Free Internet available.
400 N. Stadium Blvd., Columbia, MO 65203
Natural foods store/deli. Natural Grocers is a well-stocked, clean, and friendly market with a deli offering freshly-prepared meals to-go. They have a fresh produce section, bakery, a wide variety of nuts and bulk foods, weekly deals and bargains, vegan protein supplements, and specialty items as well as staples.
527 S. Main St., Joplin, MO 64801
American/pub. Instant Karma offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan options. They have chili, veggie burgers, chili bean burgers, and veggie hot dogs. The portions are huge and the prices are cheap. The Volkswagen Bus (the veggie dog and veggie chili combination) is a crowd favorite. Outdoor seating is available.
1303 W 7th St., Joplin, MO 64801
Bakery/café. Located on the corner of Empire Ave. and 7th street. Polka Dot Fox Coffee features a wide variety of quality roasts prepared via pour-over (never brewed) or in your favorite espresso beverage. Be sure to check out the daily selection of baked goods and snacks. Options include Chia Pudding or the Vegan Chai Spice Cake. Closed between breakfast and dinner, so call ahead for hours.
1804 E. 32nd St., Joplin, MO 64804
Thai. Thai Time Café; serves authentic Thai cuisine, including vegan selections. Try Coconut Noodle Soup, Vegetable Peanut Bouquet, and their Vegetarian Tofu Duck Platter. Choose from an assortment of stir-fry specialties from the wok including Shiitake Mushrooms in Ginger Sauce and Mixed Vegetables in Tamarind Tofu Sauce. With beautiful Thai dé;cor and soft lighting, this small eatery offers the perfect atmosphere to enjoy your meal. Outdoor seating is available.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Kansas City, Mission, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Shawnee, and Shawnee Mission in Kansas.)
1700 Summit St., Kansas City, MO 64108
Natural foods. Blue Bird offers organic foods available from local farmers. For dinner try the Curried Vegetable triangle. If you are there for lunch or brunch, check out the Basil Bruchetta or the Biscuits with Savory Mushroom Gravy.
333 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108
Vegan/organic/natural foods. Café Gratitude serves organic, local, and vegan fare. They feature an extensive menu of raw foods and also offer cooked items. Most of the food is created from scratch - from the produce bin to your plate - so they can avoid certain common allergens like wheat, soy, and peanuts. The food is free of refined sugar, flour, and additives. At Café Gratitude, they select the finest organic ingredients to honor both the earth and customers; they support local farmers, sustainable agriculture, and environmentally-friendly products.
707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64112
Vegetarian/café. Eden Alley Café offers organic and local ingredients in their vegetarian and vegan menu. The daily menu features dishes like Tomato Bisque, Apple Cranberry Salad, Falafel Platters, a vegan Spinach and Mushroom Loaf, and a veggie burger. Past specials have included Mexican dishes like vegan Soft Tacos and Black Bean Tostadas made with TVP, African Stew, Potato Cannelloni, Pesto Mushrooms, and Zucchini Cake topped with a smokey tomato aioli.
3605 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111
Vegan/natural foods. Featuring beautiful, colorful salad with fresh ingredients like shredded root vegetables, plantains, cactus relish, Daikon radishes, and basil oil. They offer an assortment of quesadillas and wraps with ingredients like smoked tofu, soy chorizo, and wild mushrooms. Also offers pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, and desserts including vegan chocolate cake, blackberry crumble, and apple pie tamale pie.
813 W. 17th St., Kansas City, MO 64108
Vegan/organic. FUD features a vegan menu consisting of dishes made from organic and locally-grown ingredients. They offer a variety of sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as complete meals and kid-friendly items such as nachos and macaroni & cheese. Also offered is an extensive selection of desserts, smoothies, shakes, and juices. Their menu is subject to change based on ingredient availability. FUD is happy to accommodate those with allergies and is more than willing to adjust menu items accordingly. Cooking classes are also available. FUD is located in the Westside neighborhood, just southwest of downtown. The restaurant is closed between lunch/brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Cash only.
Briarcliff Village, 4175 Mulberry Dr., Kansas City, MO 64116
Natural foods store/deli/bakery. GreenAcres Market is a natural foods store with a small deli that boasts big flavors! Try the Tofu No-Egg Salad or the Sunflower Seed Butter Sandwich (made with bananas, preserves, and sunflower seed butter on whole wheat bread). Save room for Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes! Eat in their café or take your food to-go. At GreenAcres, they keep whole foods a priority. Menu items may vary by location.
1615 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64111
Vegan/bakery/coffeehouse. Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffeehouse serves up a delectable variety of vegan treats, including cinnamon rolls, scones, cookies, and cupcakes. They also have a full service coffee bar. Come in and try an espresso with several kinds of "milk" including soy, almond, cashew, and coconut. Mud Pie can create customized cakes for events like birthdays and weddings. They have a great outdoor patio, lots of seating inside, and free Internet, too!
1706 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64111
Indian. Taj Palace has an extensive selection of Vegetarian Dinner Specialties. Their expertise is Northern Indian cooking, spiced to each customer's request. Special meals may be requested. Taj Palace is located near the K.U. Medical Center. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
7433 Broadway St., Kansas City, MO 64114
Italian. Waldo Pizza offers a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan toppings in addition to a few vegan cheese substitutes for their pizza and sandwiches. Either stick with their tried and true recipes for the Waldo Veggie or Vegan Tex Mex or create your own. Toppings include fruits, vegetables, and vegan meats. Be sure to check out the vegan desserts available too! Accepts reservations.
2450 Grand Ave., Ste. 143, Kansas City, MO 64108
Mexican. Z-Teca is a fast food chain that serves vegetarian-friendly options. Entrées are prepared fresh daily without lard or animal fats. Menu items include grilled vegetable tacos, salads, and vegetable or bean burritos.
1543 NE Douglas St., Lee's Summit, MO 64086
Italian. See description under Kansas City, MO entry.
211 W Battlefield St., Springfield, MO 65807
Indian. Gem of India features traditional Indian dishes with an extensive vegetarian selection. On the menu you’ll find dishes like Navratan Korma and Chana Masala. The buffet is available for both lunch and dinner. Closed between lunch and dinner, so call ahead for hours. Accepts reservations.
3046 S. Kimbrough Ave., Springfield, MO 65807
Pizza/American. The Grotto is a casual American restaurant with fresh, made-to-order food. There are many items that can be made vegan upon request and they are noted on the menu. The Grotto even offers vegan cheese; so build your own pie and enjoy! Outdoor seating is available.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Clayton, Chesterfield, and University City.)
94 Plaza Fronterac, St. Louis, MO 63131
American. At Cardwell's, dine on fresh pizza made in a wood-burning stove, a Mediterranean sampler dish, Sautéed Vegetable Pilaf, salads, veggie sandwiches, plus more. Vegan dishes are clearly marked on the menu.
3852 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108
American. See description under Chesterfield, MO.
6101 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112
Vegetarian/Indian. Gokul specializes in North Indian cuisine and serves "vegetarian Indian fast food." They are known for their daily lunch and dinner buffets, but you can also order off the menu. Enjoy an all-vegan dinner buffet on Monday evenings. Gokul on Page Avenue is located next to Seema and across from Hollywood Motors. Gokul on Delmar Boulevard is closed on Tuesdays. Please note that the Delmar location is certified kosher.
3926 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108
Vegetarian/Indian. Govinda's features a vegetarian buffet with many vegan options. Located on the grounds of a Hare Krishna temple, they are near St. Louis University and have parking in the back alley.
9748 Manchester Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119
Mexican. Dine indoors and outdoors in a fun atmosphere with terrific food. Items are prepared from scratch, including chips made on premise. Be sure to request their separate vegetarian menu, and you'll find quesadillas, chili, black bean soup, salads, veggie pizza made on a tortilla, fajitas, tacos, and more.
8501 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63124
Indian. Enjoy a wide selection of vegetarian Indian dishes in a warm environment.
3195 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63118
Vietnamese. This is considered one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in the area, and it's one of the most affordable as well. They have many vegetarian items, with large portions that will give you a lot of bang for your buck. Vegetarian selections include tofu with ginger and onions, with hot chiles or lemongrass, or with special tomato sauce; snowpeas with garlic and sesame oil; Chinese broccoli with garlic sauce; and bun (vermicelli noodle) dishes.
307 Belt Ave., St. Louis, MO 63112
Vegan/raw foods/café/juice bar. PuraVegan offers 100% vegan, raw, and gluten-free foods. They serve creative dishes including different burgers, pizzas, pastas, soups, and more -- all made from organic produce. Come for the delicious food or their yoga and African dance classes. Outdoor patio seating is available in nice weather.
25 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108
Indian. Rasoi, like many Indian restaurants is quite vegetarian and vegan friendly; however, unlike most Indian restaurants, they serve both Northern and Southern Indian cuisine. Don't miss their daily lunch buffet. Rasoi is located in the Central West End of St. Louis. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted.
3001 Locust St., St. Louis, MO 63103
Vegetarian/seasonal/whiskey lounge. Small Batch is a restaurant and whiskey lounge located in the heart of Midtown. Enjoy simple and seasonal fare. Creative dishes include their Green Curry made of tofu, snap peas, white onion and Thai chili. Save room for vegan ice cream with warm berry compote.
3177 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63118
Vegetarian/natural foods. Tree House Vegetarian Restaurant offers creative dishes featuring local and seasonal ingredients. Try the house-smoked seitan sausage, street tacos, or fried green tomatoes. The restaurant is located in the Tower Grove South area of St. Louis. Tree House is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted. Outdoor seating is available.
7353 Forsyth, University City, MO 63130
American. See description under Chesterfield, MO.
622 N. and South Rd., University City, MO 63130
Vegetarian/deli. Frida's Deli -- a vegetarian café named after the owner's cat -- is a lunchtime paradise for the health-conscious vegetarian. Frida's caters to individual tastes by providing customers the option to build their own sandwich, smoothie, or juice. With house-made seitan and organic tempeh, six different types of locally-made bread, vegan cheese, and a variety of vegan sauces, Frida's is sure to satisfy anyone looking for a great-tasting sandwich. Raw and gluten-free options are available.