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THE BEST SPOTS FOR VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN EATS IN PITTSBURGH

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UPDATED OCT 15, 2019

Pittsburgh may be the city of black and gold, but we know a thing or two when it comes to the green scene as well. Prepare yourself (and your stomach) because the list of plant-based restaurants offers up some killer veggie-friendly eats.

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KATE HELLETT

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Condado Tacos

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With one location in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh and another in Lawrenceville, Condado is one of the best places to spend your Taco Tuesdays. Try one of their signature tacos or build your own! Look for the vegan and vegetarian (and gluten-free) symbols on the menu for quick and easy construction. Pack your handheld full of protein options like Thai Chili Tofu, Roasted Portobellos, and BBQ Pulled Jackfruit.

The Gluten Free Goat Bakery and Cafe caters to just about every dietary need out there. On top of offering only vegetarian options, this Garfield gem boasts a menu that is 100% gluten-, corn-, soy-, oat-, and peanut-free. The cafe's menu is always changing, but you can usually find their seasonally-flavored drinks, donuts, and turnovers on hand. Prefer something savory? The Vegan BLT and Benedict are drop-dead delicious.

Choolaah has some of the most flavorful and healthy eats in the city. This East Liberty restaurant combines Indian favorites with BBQ, and 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 croquettes.

Punk rock and plant-based, Onion Maiden is a 100% vegan and cruelty-free restaurant that serves up much more than kale (don’t worry — they still have kale). You’ll find vegan dogs, nachos, curry, and more here. It’s also worth mentioning that they have a rotating brunch menu on Saturdays — keep an eye on their social media for updates on the latest line-up. Can’t make it out to Allentown? Goodie drop-offs are at Artisan Cafe and Black Forge Coffee House.

Pittsburgh, say hello to healthy fast food and modernized touch-screen ordering. At honeygrow, you can customize your meal or order right off the carefully-curated menu. Vegan and gluten-free options are aplenty, but be sure to let the staff know of any food allergies—they can swap out a fresh wok to avoid cross-contamination. Do yourself a favor and try the Red Coconut Curry with roasted spicy tofu — you can thank us later.

With vegetarian and vegan bites, cocktails, and art downstairs and occasional live music, entertainment, and dancing upstairs, there's plenty to love about Brillobox. It's quality over quantity when it comes to the menu at this Bloomfield favorite. Dinner starts at 5pm, and we'd suggest starting with their vegan cheese plate and one of their signature cocktails, or chow down on some vegan seitan wings and a Banh Mi. Stop by for their weekly vegetarian Sunday dinner that's only $7!

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The hidden gem of Millvale, this tea company is serving up all vegetarian and mostly vegan fare. Tupelo's menu changes almost daily, but staple items like their Brie and Pepper Jam Sandwich (with an option for a vegan cheese substitute) are usually available. Before you head out, be sure to check out their wall of tea and variety of blends. Interested in making your very own tea blend? They can do that, too!

An organic dessert cafe with velvet vibes in Lawrenceville, this spot serves up cake by the slice along with custom creations and vegan options galore. One of their latest delights? Rosewater Cardamom Baby Cakes with honey pistachio cream. An added bonus: they’re open until 11pm, so they can satisfy your late night sweet tooth cravings.

From the team who brought you Pierogi Night comes this plant-based restaurant at 4606 Penn Ave. Apteka’s veggie-centric menu explores a mash-up of culinary combinations from Pittsburgh and Central + Eastern Europe. Expect Polish food staples like their oh-so-popular pierogi, as well as borscht and stuffed cabbage, all made from scratch using plant and grain-based ingredients only.

Stop by this hidden gem in Polish Hill for specialty coffee from Elixir and a killer vegetarian/vegan brunch menu with specials every weekend. Try their vegan rice or salad bowl of the month or one of their delicious pastries made in-house daily. Vegan donuts, anyone? Open seven days a week and providing plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, this punk themed cafe is a must when you're in the neighborhood.

This is affordable grab-and-go vegan food and juice at its finest. Their cold-pressed raw juice (10oz.) is only $6, and the Beyond Meat Burger goes for $10. PS: if you’re looking for a refresh, ask about the Alkaline Cleanse next time you’re in. Can’t make it over to Butler St. in Lawrenceville? Try Fast N Fresh Courier to get Reed & Co. delivered (via bicycle!) straight to your door.

For many years now, Square has been bringing fresh, seasonal food to the table. And they’re not planning on stopping! If you’re going all out, their pumpkin-walnut pancakes are totally worth the splurge. But if you’re watching what you eat, there are all sorts of healthier selections to choose from. You’ll find tons of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options on the menu. The veggie omelet, gluten-free pancakes, and vegan sausage highlight their mouth-watering selections of body-conscious grub.

We may not have as many food trucks and vegan restaurants as Austin, but when it comes to tacos, Pittsburgh knows what's up. There are plenty of choices for meat lovers, vegetarians, and vegans alike at this take-out taco joint. Try the buffalo cauliflower with Baby Loves Tacos' special hot salsa, or get a burrito bowl with all the toppings. There's a small standing counter near the window, but we recommend enjoying your taco in the nearby Arsenal Park.

Make your way to 52nd block of Butler St. in Lawrenceville for vegan-friendly eats all day long. This cafe/restaurant/bakery concept serves up scratch-made meals and snacks for morning and mid-afternoon diners. Their menu features vegan-friendly fare with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. Come hungry because they also offer baked goods and espresso and cold brew on tap. Oh, and stop by on the weekend for a killer brunch menu that changes weekly!

Walking through the doors at this eclectic eatery on S. 26th St. is like walking into an art show, antique shop, thrift store, and vegan/vegetarian-friendly restaurant in one. Browse through their collection of vintage jewelry and clothes before you grab a bite to eat. The menu is updated weekly, and brunch is not to be missed—the vegan apple spice pancakes are nothing short of sweet perfection. Plus, it's only $10 for the brunch buffet, main dish, and coffee or tea.

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