Friday, January 1, 2016

Traveling Vegan: Las Vegas, NV

Traveling Vegan: Las Vegas, Nevada

I'm really excited to bring you my first vegan traveling post. Veganism and traveling are both passions of mine so there is no reason for them not to coexist in my life. Being a vegan has added another layer to the richness and experience I gain when traveling. I'm a natural planner. When my husband and I are planning a trip, I spend hours and hours researching vegan friendly food. I will be compiling my research from past and future travels, so you can take some of the guess work out of traveling.

Las Vegas is one of my favorite travel destinations. It's relatively cheap and almost everything is on one street! I love the lights, shows and the shopping. Every time I revisit Vegas I find new and exciting vegan options to try. I hope that growth will continue! Here are some of my favorite vegan spots in Vegas.

Garden Grill
Food Truck
Las Vegas, NV 89145
(619) 888-2579

I've been trying to get to Garden Grill on my last several trips to LV, but never made it! Since it's a food truck it was hard to fit it's schedule into what we already had planned. Luckily, Garden Grill came to me! I attended the 2016 Portland Vegan Beer & Food Fest and Garden Grill was there. I was so excited to finally get to try this place that I had been chasing for years! Like all the other vendors at the fest, to accommodate the massive amount of people that attended, they only offered one or two food options. Garden Grill offered their donut burger called, The Thrillist and a philly cheesesteak. We opted for the philly cheesesteak since I'm not as adventurous as a burger with a donut bun. Not yet anyway. The philly cheesesteak was amazing. There was nothing special about the bread but it went perfectly with whatever "meat" they used and the amazing sauce that covered it all. It is pretty high on the list of the best vegan philly cheesesteaks I've ever had. If you can make it to the Garden Grill food truck while you are in Vegas, do it! I will definitely be making it a priority when I make it to Vegas next.

The Philly Cheeze Steak Sandwich
Sauteed Philly style steak, mushrooms, bell peppers and onions topped with mozzarella style cheeze sauce on freshly made hoagie roll.

Terrace Pointe Cafe
3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 770-3360

The Terrance Pointe Cafe is a beautiful atmosphere to dine in, as are most places in the Wynn/Encore resort.

Some of the vegan options are similar to other restaurants in the Wynn/Encore but it also has a few original dishes.

One that will look familiar from Society Cafe is the french toast. This dish was very similar but the bread was much thicker and softer, compared to the almost crunchy texture of the french toast at Society. It's great to get to choose from two vegan french toasts in such close proximity.

An original dish we had there was the tofu scramble skillet. This was a great warm breakfast dish that came with some spicy sauce on the side (thankfully). It was tasty but the portion did seem a little small.

All in all, the Terrance Pointe Cafe is another great option for casual vegan dinning in the Wynn and Encore.

3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 770-2040

Allegro is your typical semi-fancy restaurant where the prices are high and the portions are small. Well, that might be a bit harsh. It's a very nice restaurant that everyone in the family can enjoy, but it is pretty over priced.

For our appetizer, we split the butternut squash soup. It was definitely a different take on the soup with Tuscan kale and pumpkin seeds. It was surprisingly good and was a perfect size to split.

My main course was the Gardein Parmigiano. As you can see, the portion is really small but there is enough there to satisfy your hunger. The vegan mozzarella is not great but the Gardein chicken and pasta is spot on.

If you are celebrating something or have exhausted all of the other vegan options in Vegas (like that could happen), I would give this place a try.

NOTE: All of the restaurants in the Wynn & Encore have vegan options in a wide array of cuisines. Visit their website for more information.

Holstein's Shakes and Buns
3708 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 698-7940

Holstein's. Sigh. I feel like this place has real potential to be a good place for vegans and their families to eat while they're in Vegas. They have one vegan food option and one vegan shake.

Their vegan burger is called the "Urth Burger." It's a house made patty with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, sprouts, and avocado. The burger is good but I feel like there was something missing in the patty. It was a little bland for me. I got a small salad as a side because their french fries are fried in the same fryer as their seafood. So stay away from their fries.

The vegan coconut raspberry shake is the best thing about this place. It's got a really good taste and consistency to it and it topped with soy whipped cream and a yummy coconut marshmallow.

So you might be thinking, "So what's the problem with this place, Ashley? It doesn't sound so bad!" Well, here are my issues with Holstein's.

First, the attitude of the staff. I have been there twice and have had at least one bad interaction with an employee each time. The hosts act like you are inconveniencing them by wanting a table and some of their servers almost seem annoyed that their place of work serves one vegan option. When I asked to add cooked onions to my burger but wanted them cooked in oil, they said that wasn't possible. I guess this restaurant is oil free! After taking our order, she asked my father-in-law if he would like some tasty meat or something like that. Really?

Second, is the art in the restaurant. There are images of cows over EVERY inch of this place. Smiling and happy cartoon cows. Sure, to a vegan, it naturally seems insensitive and weird to eat an animal with it's image all around you. But it gets worse, some of the larger art on the walls depict cows making burgers in some kind of backyard BBQ setting. I found all of this pretty disturbing and offensive. This many not bother some people but it really bothered me. So keep this in mind if you are thinking of visiting this place. With so many great vegan options on the strip, I would keep Holstein's as a backup option for dinner if your other plans don't work out. 

TIABI Coffee & Waffle
3961 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 222-1722

When I heard that there was a coffee shop in Vegas that offered vegan waffles, I was really excited. They have a basic vegan waffle and you can chose two toppings. I chose strawberries and my husband chose chocolate chips, both with agave nectar. Honestly, they were just ok. If I REALLY wanted waffles, I would go again but other than that I wouldn't rush back. If you're a huge waffle fan, give it a try but it wasn't a huge hit for me.

Violette's Vegan
 8560 W Desert Inn Rd
 Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 685-0466

One of the best kept vegan secrets in Vegas is Violette's Vegan. This new all vegan restaurant opened in February 2015 and we were happy to find it when we went back to Vegas this Thanksgiving. We went for lunch and were thrilled to add Violette's Vegan to the list of our top vegan restaurants.

As you know may know, mac and cheese is a big favorite in my house. So had to split the mac and cheese they offered up at Violette's. It was thick, creamy and crunchy on top. Can mac and cheese get any better? It definitely makes our list of top vegan mac and cheeses.

My husband got the California Dreaming Bacon Cheeze Burger with fries, which he dubbed the best burger he has ever had. EVER. That is quite a compliment coming from him. The king of vegan burgers.

I tried The Godfather which was hearty and delicious. It was meatballs in marinara sauce over linguini. It also came with beautiful garlic bread and salad. So good!

While this lunch alone was enough to keep us coming back to Violette's every time where in Vegas, the stand out meal here was when we came back the following day for their Thanksgiving dinner. A life changing culinary experience. Read all about it here.

So, run don't walk to Violette's Vegan the next time you are in Vegas.

Hussong's Cantina
3930 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 632-6450

Hussong's Cantina is very close to Slice of Vegas in Mandalay Bay and is owned by the same company.

Hussong's Cantina is a Mexican restaurant and has a impressive vegan menu. I'm a sucker for burritos, so I ordered the burrito with Gardein chicken and green sauce. As you can see from the picture, this burrito was serious business. It was huge and topped with all kinds of goodness. The servers love that they serve vegan food and were happy to answer any questions we had. We had this twice while we were there and it's a dish and resturant that I would highly recommend.

Traveling Vegan: Las Vegas, NV
616 Carson Ave #120
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 366-8515

Traveling Vegan: Las Vegas, NVVegeNation is a very hip spot near Fremont St. with plenty of seating and trendy servers. We stopped here after a long day in Death Valley, so we were ready to sit down and have a good meal. We started out by sharing the Hot Tamale, which included non-gmo masa, sweet potato, lentil mole, and tomatillo salsa. For our main courses, I went for the Chicken Pot Pie Gnocchi, which had house made creamy herb sauce with chicken, peas, carrots, and mushrooms. Topped with pie crust crumbles and herbs. This was so hearty and delicious. Just to die for. Matt had the Vegenation Burger and loved it. That was a burger with black beans, brown rice, and mushrooms. Topped with vegetable slaw and secret burger sauce! Served with togarashi fries and curry ketchup. VegeNation is one of the most popular veg spots in Vegas so you will not want to miss it!

Traveling Vegan: Las Vegas, NV

Slice of Vegas Pizza
The Shoppes at Mandalay Place
3930 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 632-6470

Slice of Vegas has one of the best vegan menus around. Period. Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, deserts, you name it. It's vegan junk food, but we all need a treat once in a while. We ordered the garlic bread for an appetizer, which came with an actual clove of garlic (Yum!)

I couldn't resist ordering the "meatball" sub with the rosemary-basil french fries. It was A-mazing and was a favorite of mine in a past, meat eating life.

For desert we ordered the chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the cake for you but if you are sensitive to sugar, you might want to try something less sweet.

Ronald's Donuts
4600 Spring Mountain Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 873-1032

Their donuts are so tasty, they even converted an ole' donut hater like me. 90% of their donuts are vegan (Usually the donuts on the top two rows are vegan but confirm when you get there.)

If it isn't enough that their donuts are vegan and delicious, they are VERY reasonably priced. You will be amazed at how many donuts you will get there for under $10. So stock up! Ronald's is CASH ONLY so be sure stop at an ATM before you arrive.

The Perfect Scoop 
7377 S Jones Blvd #115
Las Vegas, NV 
(702) 269-8225

The Perfect Scoop is an ice cream shop that makes a lot of really cool concoctions, many of which are vegan. They have a lot of vegan flavors, toppings, whipped cream, and brownies. They also have some awesome ice cream themed murals on the walls. We went a little sweet crazy there! The first thing we tried was the vegan brownie topped with cookies and cream ice cream with chocolate drizzle and whipped cream. We decided to warm the brownie up before all the toppings were applied and it was perfect! Another thing they offer that is pretty unique, is the rolled ice cream. We choose the almond base with a vegan brownie. Check out the video below for how they make this cool rolled treat. This is a great spot for vegans to find something sweet in Vegas! Yum!

Traveling Vegan: Las Vegas, NVSunrise Coffee
3130 E Sunset Rd.
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 433-3304

Sunrise Coffee was recommended to us since my husband is a big coffee snob. It was a bonus that they also had vegan breakfast options! We stopped by on Thanksgiving morning and were very underwhelmed with our lattes. To be honest, I couldn't finish mine. Luckily, the vegan breakfast made up for it! We opted for the Nom Nom breakfast salad (requested vegan) which came with beans, potatoes, cheese, spinach, tomatoes, avocados and sour cream. This dish was really lovely and filling. I would go back and have breakfast there again but I'd skip the coffee.

 Donut Bar
124 S 6th St #140
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 550-4646 

I can't remember where I heard about Donut Bar but apparently it's a big deal. They have about a dozen "as seen on" stickers in their front window and we were joined by a line of people waiting for them to open. There were four vegan donuts that were being offered that day. We got one of each and then some and I must say they were all delicious. We tried the creme brulee, spiced chai, strawberry split, and the apple fritter. Wow, these were all great but I was really surprised with how much I loved the spiced chai flavor, which I assumed would be my least favorite flavor. We made sure to let them know we were there for the vegan donuts and thanked them for offering them. This was also to counter an annoying women in front of us that had to be talked into getting a donut once she found out it was vegan. Eye roll. Don't miss these donuts when you are in Vegas!

 Pancho's Vegan Tacos 
4865 S Pecos Rd #5
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 898-9001

I was very excited to try this all-vegan Mexican place in Vegas. The menu is so huge, it's really hard to choose what you would like to try. We ordered a bunch of different things and dug in. We ordered a chicken buritto, quesadilla, potato tacos, and chicken tacos. The stand out dish for me were the potato tacos. I still have fever dreams about these. Everything else was good but pretty average. I can't wait to go back and try some of the other items on their menu and get those potato tacos again! Be sure to check them out to get your Tex-Mex fix!

Traveling Vegan: Las Vegas, NV
Traveling Vegan: Las Vegas, NV Go Vegan Cafe
5875 S Rainbow Blvd #104
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 405-8550  

Go Vegan Cafe was our first stop on our last trip to Vegas. We had been driving all day and were looking forward to getting out of the car and trying out some great vegan eats. This place is pretty spacious and it seems like it would be a good space to host a party or gathering. To start things off we ordered sushi. I also order the Mediterranean Burger, which came with a veggie patty w/ baba ghanoush, olives, tabouleh, & bruschetta tomatoes. My husband ordered the Mexi Burger, which came with veggie patty w/ roasted pasilla peppers, guacamole, melted cheese, & slaw. Side of pico de gallo. Everything was very good and the staff was very helpful. The menu is so large, we asked for recommendations from the server. We will be stopping by again to try more of their dishes!

Traveling Vegan: Las Vegas, NV

Traveling Vegan: Las Vegas, NV
The Juice Standard
The Cosmopolitan
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 698-7000

When I'm on vacation it's really nice to find a place where I can get some healthy food and take a break from all the junk I'm usually eating. While staying at The Cosmopolitan, we discovered The Juice Standard, which has a lot of juices and other vegan options. We went there twice and I really enjoyed it. I went for the Bee Bread with agave instead of honey, the Acai crunch, and the coconut yogurt parfait over two trips.

If you have any favorite vegan spots in Las Vegas, let me know in the comments!

All photos by Ashley of 


  1. I'm heading to Vegas is April! Thanks for the little taster menu! ;)

    1. Hi Joanna. Thanks for your comment! Vegas is becoming a hot spot for vegan food, which is really exciting! Enjoy your trip!

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  3. Looks like the Society Cafe at Encore is closed now :(

    1. That sucks! When we were there in Dec. we were told that they were doing construction but that it would reopen. I guess they failed to mention that it would reopen as a different restaurant. How disappointing! Thanks for letting me know!

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