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THE BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN EATS IN PHOENIX

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UPDATED NOV 11, 2019

Phoenix: the brown, dry desert sprinkled with cacti, right? But our dinner plates need not look like that, too. Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, or just veggie-curious, there is an oasis of plant-based restaurants in the valley waiting for you.

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CHELSEA GOBSTER

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This family-run place is not entirely plant-based, but their vegan and vegetarian dishes are good enough to earn them the title of “The Best Vegetarian Restaurant” by The Arizona Republic. New to Ethiopian cuisine? This is a perfect place to get your feet wet (well, technically hands). Tear up some injera (think a crepe that doubles as your plate), and scoop up some of the many delicious dips. So fun, right? But you’ll have to resist licking your fingers (easier said than done); it’s frowned upon by traditional Ethiopian etiquette.

Due to local demand, the ChopShop is popping up all over the valley. Feel free to stuff your salad, smoothie, or bowl full of plant-based protein — it’s encouraged! Everything is made-to-order for each guest because the owners understand that one meal does not fit all. Their self-proclaimed "feel good food" is so amazing that we don't know what we'd do if they ever close up shop.

DRK is one of Tempe’s 100% vegetarian and vegan restaurants. The meals are globally-inspired but made with local, organic ingredients. Keep an open mind because the colorfully delicious hand-written menu changes daily (you can find it online at 10am each day). And the good news doesn’t stop there — you can also pick up your Sunizona farm box from the storefront. The family-run farm will deliver your customized produce box directly to DRK — meaning your lettuce was picked within the last 24 hours!

A healthy seed was planted back in 2014 with the first Flower Child. Now, with three additonal locations around the Valley, you can pick your favorite flower and browse a menu jam-packed with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free items. Plus, organic produce is guided by the “Dirty Dozen” list (12 veggies you seriously should buy organic).

Setting up in Biltmore Fashion Park and Scottsdale Quarter, True Food is the perfect way to stay nourished so you don’t drop while you shop. Choosing what to eat will be the best but also the hardest decision you make all day. The veggie-options are so good that even your carnivore friends will be stealing bites of spaghetti squash casserole off of your plate. Their secret to serving the freshest dishes? The menu changes with the seasons, so you always get the most flavor and mega-dense nutrients.

Vegetarians have tried a lot of hummus over the years (more tubs than we can count), but the edamame version here tops the charts. Enjoy live music while you share the Vegetarian Nosh Board with friends, or go solo with the Herb Box BLT made with free-range chicken or blackened salmon. You really can’t go wrong here!

The name alone says it all. This place uses cooking to spread light, love, and peace. Loving Hut is passionate about making meat-and dairy-free fare tasty. They have four locations in the Valley, so you won’t miss this gem. While menus may vary, you’ll love this Phoenix location for it’s Heaven Rice Rolls, Ocean Sandwich, and Coconut Curry.

Looking for a vegan place with a little more sustenance? With 100% plant-based ingredients, vegan cheeses, and mock meats, Green is your jam! The Tempe and Phoenix locations make meat-substituting an art, from buffalo wings to Chicago cheesesteaks.

With so many yummy and cleverly named pizza options to choose from, like The Vegan Dalai Lama and Mother Earth, you’ll be torn. This funky grocery shop also has four different kinds of kombucha on draft. Grab a glass and savor a fresh pastry on the patio — you’re likely to make some new fur-friends. You heard it from us: dreams can come true on 40th St.!

Coronado is a historic neighborhood with the perfect vegetarian chill spot. This chili shop also happens to be a coffee shop, bar, eatery, and dog-friendly — what more could anyone want? Happy hour? Well, they have that too from 4–7pm. After you've tried a bowl of chili (or two), grab one of the tofu, potato, or cauliflower vegetarian tacos. Score!

With a name like 24 Carrots!, you know you’re in for a veg-forward menu. Meet your friends in Tempe for a post-workout smoothie or brunch at this vegetarian hot-spot. The Ultimate Recovery smoothie will help you shape up for your new workout routine. As for brunch-lovers, try the Vegan Arizona Bowl: apple soyrizo hash, garden tofu scramble, black beans, avocado, spinach, and aioli — it’s bomb!

This family-run eatery in Gilbert started out as a food truck but has quickly grown. Now, they have their own storefront where they serve eco-friendly plates (like the crazy-good tempeh breakfast sandwich), support local farmers, and host cooking classes. Can we just say: family goals! Visit them in the neighborhood of Agritopia, built directly on an organic farm.

Before juicing was cooler than slamming wheat grass, Kaleidoscope was making deliveries around the Valley. Now with four locations—including one inside of a phenomenal yoga and spin studio—this juice place serves up a full menu of healthy, organic eats that can be enjoyed onsite or delivered right to your door. While you can’t go wrong with a juice, we'd suggest biting into a vegan burrito or breakfast sandwich as well.

This mindful kitchen aims to make your body smile like Savasana. Mindful of the ingredients they serve, the minds behind Kale & Clover put their customers health and happiness first. From cauliflower wings and coconut carrot soup to a portobello burger, the menu is an explosion of everything (V)!

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