Top 10 Vegan / Vegetarian Restaurants
Even curious carnivores should agree that the tasty vegan options available at these restaurants would please even the most discerning palate. From breakfast to brunch, dinner to late-night snacking, and every meat-free meal in-between, we're sure that you'll find the very best veggie dining experiences using our Top 10 list as your guide.
1301 Locust St Ste D (at 13th and Grand), Des Moines, Iowa
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Take-out
Coffeehouse serves fair trade coffee, smoothies, and other hot and cold beverages; soy and rice milk available for extra charge. Specialty is natural non-dairy fruit smoothies made with hemp nut. Also light breakfast foods, sandwiches, and salads. Live music on weekends.
2721 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, Iowa
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Japanese, Take-out, Asian, Fusion, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Ramen house where you could get a vegan ramen sandwich or fried rice add tofu or seitan, or order a bahn mi with tofu or seitan. Relocated 2016 from 621 Des Moines St.
407 E 5th St, Des Moines, Iowa
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Mexican, Asian, Fusion, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Counter-serve spot offering Asian fusion-inspired tacos, plus banh mi sandwiches and burritos. Has seitan, Korean tofu, and vegan chorizo with vegan aioli and sauces. Menu is always evolving. Banh mi can be made with tofu. Staff is knowledgeable about what's vegan. Occasionally the kitchen makes vegan ice cream.
1511 High St, Des Moines, Iowa
Cuisine: Chinese, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Vietnamese, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Has a vegetarian menu also available - NOTE to ask kitchen to leave out fish sauce, etc. Large portions. Vietnamese music is played, silk hangings and buddha statues decoration.
1240 E 14th St (at University Ave), Des Moines, Iowa
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Thai, Take-out, Asian, Fusion, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Small Asian food restaurant in a small shopping center. Menu green dot notes which dishes are or can be made veg. The noodles, fried rice, and curries come with choice of protein which includes tofu & veggies instead of meat. One pho can be veg. Some appetizers are also veg. Prices inexpensive to moderate.
4040 University Ave, Des Moines, Iowa
Serves meat, vegan options available. Cafe with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Grocery store with many vegan items in stock. Supplement and natural medicine section with vegan options and naturopath on staff.
300 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, Iowa
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, American, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Zombie-themed, burger and shake place but with one vegan burger on the menu called the Negan, plus there are salads and a chili that can be made vegan. If ordering a different burger, make sure to request the vegan bun. Multiple locations.
300 MLK Jr Pwky, Des Moines, Iowa
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, American, Pizza, Italian, Fast food, Take-out, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Assembly line style franchise pizzeria. Could build your own pizza with various veggies, then choose marinara, hot red sauce or white sauce. Has vegan cheese.
1003 Locust St, Des Moines, Iowa
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Italian, Beer/Wine, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Upscale Italian-inspired restaurant. Tofu gnocchi is vegan, and some appetizers are vegan or can be - ask. Tofu scramble on the breakfast menu.
303 E 5th St, Des Moines, Iowa
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, American, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. A farm-to-table restaurant with a rotating menu that always includes at least one vegan option, or vegetarian option that can be made vegan. Staff will assist you.
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