Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
1625 S. 17th St., Lincoln, NE 68502
Vegetarian/soul food. Grateful Bread/Freakbeat Vegetarian is a bakery café; that focuses on providing eclectic and soulful comfort food in a fun atmosphere. The selection of dishes varies daily so be sure to check their Facebook page for the current menu. Expect creative soups and mac and cheese dishes like Moroccan Tomato or Chipotle Mac and Cheese. They offer many different scones along with delicious cookies, brownies, and cinnamon rolls. Cash only.
5600 S. 48th St., Ste. 120, Lincoln, NE 68516
Bistro. High Society Cheesecake & Trolley Stop Bistro features cheesecakes along with soups and sandwiches. About half of the sandwiches are vegetarian and all of the soups are vegetarian. Veggie sandwiches include Tomato Basil, Chik' Parmesan, and the Veggie Reuben. They use soy-based mock meats in place of bacon, sausage, and corned beef on some of the sandwiches. The atmosphere at the Bistro is comfy with couches and tables.
311 N. 8th St., Lincoln, NE 68508
Vegetarian/café/organic. Maggie's Vegetarian Café offers all-natural, made-from-scratch food using organic and local ingredients whenever possible. Their menu changes with the seasons as they utilize seasonal foods to provide the freshest taste. They are committed to supporting sustainable agriculture and a slow food approach by serving locally-produced, hand-crafted, and artisan products. You'll find wraps, a bakery full of muffins and cookies, and pleasant service at Maggie's. Cash only.
1618 South St., Lincoln, NE 68502
Deli. This co-op and deli offers many vegan and vegetarian selections, natural and bulk foods, organic produce, vitamins, and herbs. Soy, gluten, and frozen food options are also available.
3227 S. 13th St., Lincoln, NE 68502
Vegetarian/Mexican/organic. Pepe's Bistro wants to share their passion for vegetarian and vegan food. Prepared using fresh, local, and organic ingredients, the menu changes weekly. Pepe's is located in the Indian Village Shopping Center. Cash only.
5500 Old Cheney Rd., Ste. 4, Lincoln, NE 68516
Indian. Taj Mahal has a separate and extensive vegan menu. Try traditional favorites like Aloo Gobi Masala, Taj Sabzee Curry, and Sag Tofu or mock meat dishes including Chik'n Vindaloo, Taj Skallop, and Chik'n Kati Kebab. Make sure to specify to the waitstaff that you are ordering from the vegan menu so no dairy products, including their chutney, will be used. They have many appetizers and breads that are also vegan. Taj Mahal is located behind the Lincoln Racquet Club in The Old Cheney Center Strip Mall. Reservations are recommended.
201 N. 8th, Ste. 117, Lincoln, NE 68508
Indian. The Oven provides fine dining and Indian food with a very good selection for vegetarians.
7255 Cedar St., Omaha, NE 68124
Asian Fusion. Crystal Jade is an Asian Fusion restaurant with a separate vegan menu. Try dishes such as Peanut Butter Tofu, Crispy Eggplant Yellow Curry, or Veggie in Sweet Thai Volcano Sauce. Reservations are accepted.
1010 Howard St., Omaha, NE 68102
Indian. The hallmark of Indian Oven's cuisine is the "Tandoori Cuisine" cooked in its clay oven. Included on the menu are stuffed and plain tandoor breads, Pakoras, Papadums, and Samosas, as well as various other vegetarian options. Outdoor seating is available. Indian Oven is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
1319 South 50th St., Omaha, NE 68106
Vegan. Isa Chandra Moscowitz, author of several best-selling vegan cookbooks, has now opened a vegan restaurant. The motto swanky vegan comfort food seems to fit perfectly with the rotating seasonal menu. Starters include dishes such as Roasted Carrot Bisque and Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms. Salads include Watermelon Beet Salad and Quinoa Caesar. Main dishes offered include Polenta Romesco and Seitan Marsala. Be sure to save room for one of their desserts including Chocolate Raspberry Tart and Cherry Pie. They also offer homemade sodas. Located right next to O’Leaver’s Pub. Reservations are accepted.