Gone are the days when being a vegetarian or vegan meant salads are your only option on the menu. In this day and age, nearly any dish has the potential for a meatless counterpart. From chic eateries with a robust selection of meatless offerings to full-on vegan hotspots, here are the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Greater Palm Springs.
Live Well Menu at The Beer Hunter
The Beer Hunter isn’t joking when it states that it’s a chef-driven sports pub with a twist. Their Live Well menu offers health-focused options that still pair well with your brew of choice. A few bar-friendly vegetarian options worth mentioning are their Veggie Bistro Wrap complete with micro mustard greens and roasted shallot dijonnaise and their avocado toast served on gluten-free bread. They're perfect for sharing, if you’re feeling generous.
Chef Tanya’s Kitchen
Chef Tanya of Chef Tanya's Kitchen rose to fame with her in-house cultured seitan and tempeh. Textured and flavored to perfection, they serve as the anchor for many of her most popular dishes. The Oh-My-Gato-Taco is a top choice, booming with flavor, texture, and even color.
The El Cubano offers slow-roasted citrus and garlic seitan piled high and is bound to satisfy even the hungriest customer. The Guadalajara burger is a relatively new addition and already a popular choice, with classic burger fixings as well as roasted green chiles, vegan cheese, and guacamole complementing the best tempeh patty in town.
Vegan doesn’t necessarily mean healthy, but Nature’s Café doesn’t shy away from letting patrons know that their food is not only good to taste but good for the body as well. Using all organic, locally sourced produce, their breakfast and lunch fare is jam-packed with nutrients and flavor to boot.
Only steps away is their sister shop, Nature’s Market - a bonanza of bulk goods, B-12 shots, vitamins, and non-GMO vegan and vegetarian foods. Between the café and the market, their aim to be a resource for total-body health care in Palm Springs is certainly achieved.
533 Viet Fusion
This Zagat-rated restaurant is fusion done right and their vegetarian menu is no exception. From curries to noodle salads to vegetarian pho and pad Thai, the dishes are well-balanced and thoughtfully put together. One of the most unique dishes on the menu is the Vegetarian Crepe. Savory yet light, this standout choice is worth a return trip all on its own. As an added bonus, over 90 percent of the vegetarian menu is also gluten-free.
Vegan Menu at Juniper Table
Walking into the light and airy space, one wouldn’t expect the vegan fare at Juniper Table to take up as much real estate on the menu as it does, but with vegan and vegetarian dishes this hearty, even meat lovers will leave fully satisfied. Chef Aric Ianni puts a spin on the classics that provides a unique flavor twist while keeping the palate familiar.
From the Smoked Butternut Pastrami to the Impossible Patty Melt, to the Mushroom Philly, to the Jackfruit BBQ Sandwich, there’s plenty of taste and plenty to taste. Two vegan dishes worth their weight in gold are the Avocado Flatbread (a kick of jalapeno adds addicting dimension) and the Impossible Meatballs, which might easily be the best thing on the menu, vegan or non-vegan.
Tucked away in North Palm Springs, this family-run restaurant is something of a local secret and a must-visit for any vegetarian or vegan who has a love of Thai food. While the full menu is not vegetarian, the options are more than plentiful.
As well, most of the main dishes are easily customized to become vegan. All of the food is authentic, full of flavor, and always fresh, which is precisely why this inconspicuous little spot has more local regulars than nearly any other Thai place in the desert.
Palm Greens Cafe
There are a lot of classic breakfasts that become off-limits when going vegetarian or vegan, but if you’re a vegan visiting Palm Greens Cafe, you can have your pancakes and eat them too. Or French toast for that matter. Scrambled tofu and OE-eggs provide hearty alternatives to egg dishes, such as Huevos Rancheros or scrambled eggs in a breakfast sandwich, and vegan bacon and sausage finish off the meal to perfect satisfaction.
If that’s not enough reason to visit, Palm Greens also offers gluten-free options and one of the cutest outdoor eating spots in town. Just be sure to request the vegan options, as this organic cafe caters to vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters.
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