Working toward a website that promotes compassionate, cruelty-free dining is the foremost priority at HappyCow. We firmly believe that PEACE begins in the kitchen and on the plate.
While we are aware that some areas might not have pure veg restaurants--and that knowing a place that offers a few veg options could be useful--we choose to list restaurants that meet at least a minimum criteria.
We are interested in supporting businesses with menus that show a hint of compassion, and we feel that servings especially such as veal, lamb, shark fin, foie gras, etc... often preclude that.
Visitors: Thank you for wanting to share about a veg-friendly option. Please consider working with the owner of this business you wish to add... to improve their menu and use substitutes for meat (like tofu, tempeh, seitan, soy, wheat gluten) and substitutes for dairy cheese (like vegan cheeses available at natural food markets).
Restaurant Owners: Please consider working on your menus to remove cruel offerings and unhealthful choices and incorporate more healthful, wholefood and plant food.
Guidelines for submitting a NON-veg "veg-friendly" restaurant
Points that might help to get a restaurant listed
No vegan or lacto-ovo vegetarian restaurant currently exist in the area
An entirely separate veg & plant-based menu, or a menu which delineates veg options
A menu with at least 2 entirely vegan dishes or options which may easily be made vegan
A separate kitchen area with dedicated cookware & utensils for preparing the veg & plant-based dishes, separated from flesh meat
A business which is 50%+ organic or sustainably-locally sourced
The owners and wait staff know what vegan means and what is vegan, or at least are enthusiastic to find out
A website with menu posted which supports any of the above points
Points that could block a meat restaurant from getting listed
Serves veal, fois gras, shark fin, lamb, and such cruelty food
Typical Thai, Ethiopian, Chinese, Japanese, or Falafel places with little specifically designed for veg*ns or not clearly printed on the menu, with no veg substitues available (i.e. tofu), especially in areas with veg*n restaurants nearby
Pizza place with a cheese-less pizza but nothing else provided especially for vegans like vegan cheese and vegan toppings
Veg-option is limited to a hummus wrap and a couple salads with dairy
A menu with ZERO vegan items
Your submission is NOT mostly vegetarian, and you do not explain why it should be listed in the details section
- Refrain from submitting the same restaurant multiple times
- We give priority to adding pure vegan and vegetarian restaurants and businesses
We appreciate your participation in growing the VEG movement.