UPDATED JUL 14, 2020
Plant-based meals catch a lot of flak for being bland, boring, and, well, not tasty. But not in Cleveland! Our city is chock-full of restaurants serving delicious foods that cater to vegetarians and vegans alike. So head to these spots in town and dig in on all the best plant-based creations CLE has to offer!
The coolest thing about Ohio City’s TownHall is their constant dedication to improving Cleveland's food scene. They pride themselves on serving meals made with the healthiest local, organic, and farm-raised ingredients. Now that’s food you can feel good about eating. As a bonus, Monday nights are Vegan Night! But it doesn’t need to be Monday to get your hands on some healthy eats, their entire menu is free from GMOs and sourced organically when possible.
Who doesn’t love tacos? (Crickets). Exactly. And at Barrio, you can custom design your perfect taco or bowl. With locations across the city, you’re never too far from your next taco. They have tons of vegan and vegetarian options (their Thai Chili Tofu is to die for) that are so flavorful, you’ll forget there’s no meat in it. So pile that taco high. With so many different toppings, fillings, sauces, and salsas, the possibilities are endless.
Choolaah has some of the most flavorful eats in the city — and the whole menu is healthy, too. This eatery combines Indian favorites with BBQ. Their menu features vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options. Be adventurous and try their Veggie Masala Bowl with rice or their legendary Choolaah Salad with Veggie Croquette. It’s good to be plant-based here, but you may need some time to browse the highly customizable menu. Fitt Tip: ask for a server's recommendations — they always have solid advice in ordering.
Cleveland Vegan's organic scratch kitchen cuisine is bringing vegan options mainstream in Lakewood. Everything on this cafe’s menu is free from animal products and uses local and organic produce. They serve up munchables for both breakfast and lunch, with everything easily labeled for those sensitive to soy, nuts, or gluten.
When you think of Cleveland Clinic's fast-casual venture, imagine tomatoes, not meat. Beefsteak is all about letting veggies shine. They know the power of vegetables and use them as the stars of every dish. From hearty veggie bowls to fulfilling salads to vegan burgers — this healthy eatery is making a good name for themselves.
Finding a restaurant that is free of GMOs, antibiotics, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial — well, everything is tough to find. But look no further than CoreLife Eatery! This growing chain wants us to fuel our bodies with real food. Their menu consists of leafy green bowls, grain bowls, and broth bowls. They love bowls so much, you can even create your own! Check out their locations across the Cleveland area and be on the lookout for these health-focused chains popping up across the Midwest and East Coast!
With a name like The Root Cafe, it should be obvious that this Lakewood eatery serves up some mean green food. The Root Cafe serves local and organic ingredients and seasonal menu options (along with some kickass coffee). At The Root Cafe, the entire menu is vegetarian and vegan-optional. Lunch? Their vegan Taco Salad makes you forget meat ever existed. Dinner? Grab a quick veggie pizza. They even have brunch every Sunday!
We can’t talk about veggie eats without mentioning Cleveland heavy hitter Anna in the Raw. Inside the IMG building on East 9th St., you can grab quick lunch on the go. Pick up cold-pressed juice, vegan macaroons, kale chips, veggie wraps — anything Chef Anna whips up! Passionate about clean eating, Anna in the Raw consistently changes up the menu, playing with new and fun ingredients and creating new things for your taste buds to enjoy.
Swing by Hingetown on a any day for one of Beet Jar’s cold-pressed juices, raw snacks, and green to-go lunches. Their raw-smoothies are a crowd favorite, but so is their staple, the Brovacado sandwich. This signature 'wich consists of coconut flakes, greens, red onion, avocado, house-made cashew mayo, all on Sicilian bread!
Refuel at pHuel Cafe (it needed to be said). What started out on Euclid Ave, now has spread their veggie wings with a second cafe on Chester Ave. You know what that means right? Double the goodness for us! pHuel Cafe whips up unique plates for breakfast through dinner. They even have gluten-free breads, vegan sausages, and veggie patties! But if you’re hanging with omnivores, no worries, they serve meat here, too.
Looking for the perfect on-the-go breakfast or lunch? All-vegan eatery Daily Press in the Gordon Square Arts District should be your go-to! They serve avocado and sweet toasts loaded with oh-so-healthy vegetarian and vegan deliciousness. Try the spiced Cucumber Avocado Toast if you’re looking for a little kick. And the Peanut Butter Banana, loaded with PB, banana, dark chocolate, flax seed, and cacao nibs is always a good choice. Top it all off with a juice and hit the road.
Munch wants Cleveland to know that they cater to everyone — whether you’re a meat-eater, a grain-lover, or a veg-head, this restaurant in Solon will welcome you with open arms. What was once a vegetarian-only kitchen has now expanded to serve local, high-quality meats… but don’t worry — vegetarian dishes will always be front and center. They have everything from melts to wraps to salads to falafels and more to fill you up and keep you movin’.
Tommy’s in Coventry might as well be the pioneer of the vegetarian/vegan food movement in Cleveland. What started out as a milkshake shack in the 1970s is now the health-conscious mom-and-pop-shop we know and love today. From breakfast to dinner, Tommy’s is here to feed all kinds of eaters. The peanut butter is made in-house (with no salt or sugar), the salad dressings are all made from scratch, and vegan cheese is also available. Really, it’s going to take you a minute (or five) to decide on what you want to chow down on.
Local and sustainable foods, seasonal salads, and probably some of the most underrated French fries can be found in Lakewood at Forage Public House. Forage caters to both omnivores and vegetarians alike, they even have the ever popular Impossible Burger on their menu! Grab a beer, some veggie eats, and chill out on their patio. Now, that’s what we call a good day.
REBoL is owned by the same minds behind TownHall, so health-conscious Clevelanders can rest easy knowing all the food their eating here is GMO-free. Their flexible menu includes a ton of veggie, and a few vegan options. Create your own veggie-friendly bowl or try their signature vegan Falafel Bowl. And since they’re set up in the heart of Public Square, you can easily grab a quick bite in the middle of the city.
To get a taste of culinary greatness, stop by Pura Vida in Public Square in the heart of downtown for lunch. And come hungry — their menu is full of delicious vegan, vegetarian, and some meat choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Order their vegan Caesar Salad, it’s one of the best in the city, and don’t get us started on their vegan Samosa Burrito (curried cauliflower, white beans, peas, cilantro, and mango-harissa chutney).
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