Hey beauties! Karla here. Just sitting and thinking about how darn HARD it is to be vegan in the valley. Do not get me wrong I LOVE being vegan and everything it entails but my goodness there are limited vegan options when it comes to dining out with family or friends. So for my vegan friends who live around the California central valley, you know the struggle. For those of you who are not vegan now you know too.
Growing up I truly took for granted being able to eat literally anywhere I wanted. Now I sometimes have to hunt for vegan place or simply do what I do best and just drive out of town for one. So yes, there are limited options as a vegan but there are some! Below I have compiled a list of places I have gone and yet to go!
My go to place is seriously veggie grill. I drive about one hour and a half simply to have their nachos and buffalo sticks. They are AMAZING!! First time alert, EVERYTHING is vegan. I was so skeptical when I went because some food looked to good to be vegan (their is a slight misconception of vegan food at times). My definite recommends are Vegan Nachos and their sweet potato fries. They are sooo good!! Veggie Grills are a wide known vegan chain and are located across California. You will be able to find them in big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. I Seriously recommend you trying this at least once in your life!! The drive is worth it. Oh and one last thing before you leave is trying their Cucumber mint tea. It is truly AMAZING. So if you are a vegan enthusiast or just want a healthier alternative, I definitely recommend Veggie Grill!
Natives is located in Los Angeles near UCLA and it is actually pretty good! Their buffallo sticks and Macaroni are amazing! Being honest I’ve tried their cupcakes and am not too fond of them. I am very particular on vegan pastries however so you may think otherwise!
Vegan Donut Gelato
This is definitely not a restaurant but one of my favorites!!! Vegan donuts have always been hard for to find. When I found out this place was being built nearby I nearly freaked!! I was genuinely super excited and anxious for its opening. I tried them and seriously fell in love!!! They are soo good and taste similar to a non vega
n doughnut. My sister had them( granted they are not vegan) and they were surprised on how authentic it tasted. This is hands down my favorite go to place for a quick morning pick me up with coffee or just when I am craving something sweet. They also have vegan gelato which I have honestly yet to try but it looks amazing!! If you try it feel free to shre your thoughts!
Omg!! This has to be one of my absolute favorite from the burgers to the ice cream, they have it all. It is located on Haight street in San Francisco. I remember being super hungry and typing in vegan places near by. I was then presented with a list of choices and decided veganburg looked like the best one. My gut was definitely not wrong. I found vegan heaven. It is soo good. Everything is so fresh and there is so much to choose from!! They have an option for garlic fries! I would definitely recommend those as well as (of course) the buffalo sticks. There interior decor is an additional plus.
ZPizza is located throughout various locations but the one I have gone to is in San Francisco by where the mall is. It is so good as well. As you can see in the picture they have everything in it. You can always customize it to what ever you want added! Definitely another recommend for the city!
Another friendly vegan option that is not a wide known vegan chain:
Red Robin- Definitely the underdog for vegan food. Their vegan Boca pattie option is great. As long as you stay away from dairy products on your sandwich or the butter on the bread( I usually sub it for lettuce) you will have your self a vegan meal at Red Robin.( shocking right?)
So that is it beauties! Grab your significant other, your bestfriend, or your puppy. Plan a roadtrip, and go binge on vegan food!! Or you know, just do something that makes you happy! Also you can follow me on Instagram and Snapchat to explore more vegan places and fashion with me!!
Thanks for tuning in beauties!! There you have it, my favorite vegan places in the Central Valley and well,a bit beyond. Stay tuned for my next article! (Oh and dont forget to subscribe!)