The vegan lifestyle is much more than salads and fresh fruit. In the last few years, veganism has exploded in popularity.
Plant-based eating is becoming more mainstream, both for people looking live more ethically in their relationship to animals and for people looking to limit their ecological impact.
Grocery stores are quickly filling with plant-based alternatives for common ingredients.
Fast food chains are dipping their toes into meatless entrees.
In Sacramento, eating vegan isn’t limited to a handful of options.
In just a few minutes, Sacramento vegans can get cuisine from any corner of the planet of excellent quality.
So if you’re looking for great dining spots, the following is my list of the best vegan restaurants in Sacramento.
2007 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818
Andy Nguyen’s Vegetarian Restaurant is more than an eatery to the family that runs it and the Sacramento community that adores it.
Andy Nguyen’s was founded decades ago in 1984 by two Vietnamese refugees.
The children of these refugees now run the family-owned business.
Andy Ngyuen’s did not begin as a vegetarian restaurant but evolved to become one in symbiosis with the Sacramento community.
In addition, their current existence as a vegetarian eatery reflects the Buddhist values of the proprietors.
With many vegan items on their menu, and most offerings adaptable for a vegan palate, I find myself spoiled for choice.
A frequent favorite of mine is the Devine Realization, a sizzling Pad Thai resplendent with greens and perfectly sauteed mushrooms.
715 56th St, Sacramento, CA 95819
Pure Soul Plant-Based Eats emphasizes their relationship to the animals that have traditionally served as livestock for humans.
That empathy manifests as a dedication to the craft of developing delicious, ethical replacements for traditionally meaty favorites.
One of my favorite offerings at Pure Soul is their ‘Jackfruit and Diane’ sandwich.
Jackfruit can be a bit unwieldy for novice vegan home cooks trying to transform the meaty, odorous plant into something savory.
This BBQ sandwich delivers.
Its roasted jackfruit leaves a smoky flavor in its wake that I can’t get enough of.
The housemade slaw finishes the sandwich off in the perfect fashion.
3397 Watt Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821
Up next is Chévere and you are not going to want to miss this one while you’re in Sacramento craving vegan food.
Chévere is located off of Watt Avenue, inside the Arcade Square shopping mall.
It’s a very convenient location to grab a bite to eat.
When you come to Chévere, be sure to try their Queso con Verduras pupusas.
They do serve meat here at Chévere, but the vegan cuisine is what really shines, in my opinion.
2431 J St 2nd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95816
Just north of Sutter’s Fort Park lays a little cafe that’s one of Sacramento’s best hidden gems.
Though the VEG Cafe & Bar necessitates a bit of vertical movement to get to its 2nd-floor locale, it’s worth the hike.
With an emphasis on equity for all life, including fair wages for their staff, the atmosphere of VEG shines through in every aspect of the experience.
With a smattering of global influences, VEG is the perfect spot for a unique lunch.
Their peach avocado Caprese was an unforgettable experience.
Locally sourced mozzarella brought the dish to life, bringing all the wonderful flavors of the produce to the forefront.
Veg’s Latkes with Beet Lox made for a fascinating substitute for a classic breakfast dish that I’ve found myself craving on many mornings this past month.
Finally, their Falafel Burger took two classics to a whole new level of fusion.
Crisp, layered, and topped in creamy tzatziki, this entree is sure to please.
4160 Northgate Blvd STE 4, Sacramento, CA 95834
Himalaya Vegan Organic Restaurant opened earlier this year. Despite its novelty, the roots of this eatery go back decades.
Owner and chef Sam is a Tibetan refugee who fled from his home country three decades ago.
In the interim, he became a Buddhist monk, and it was while cooking for his fellow monks that he found his love for cooking.
Religion heavily influences his work, hence a restaurant that honors his values.
The menu frequently changes, per his dedication to freshness and sourcing ingredients ethically and sustainably.
At the time of my visit, I was able to try the collard greens, Kala, with leek and mushroom sauce.
This dish shone as an incredible umami fusion between African American soul food and South Asian techniques.
Himalaya Vegan may be a newcomer to the market, but I expect them to flourish.
1725 I St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Founded in 2018, Bambi Vegan Tacos brings a plant-based twist on Mexican favorites, like chorizo and tacos.
Their chorizo, in particular, is an incredible innovation.
I adore chorizo in burritos, especially as a breakfast option.
Many vegan alternatives for chorizo are of the Beyond or Impossible school of thought; that is, they are soy-based imitations.
Bambi Vegan Tacos’ chorizo is instead a blend of seven different ground vegetables then carefully flavored and spiced to emulate that mouthwatering heat of traditional chorizo.
This alone makes checking out Bambi Vegan Tacos more than worth it.
While you’re there, make sure to grab one of their cocktails.
The Smoky Orange, featuring a Tajin rim, delivers the perfect spicy-sweet blend to complement a trio of tacos.
5049 College Oak Dr a, Sacramento, CA 95841
Despite the name, every dish at Noble Vegetarian is vegan.
Featuring pan-Asian cuisine and a handful of sub sandwiches, Noble Vegetarian’s offerings are sure to find traction in your heart and stomach.
I loved their vegan tuna baguette, a Subway-esque sandwich with plenty of greens to keep it tasting fresh over fishy.
The flan was also excellent and much appreciated, as flan was a dish that had to be abandoned as I made the switch to a plant-based diet.
Jicama, tofu, and papaya feature as inventive substitutes for roles often taken by meat in Asian dishes.
For first-time guests of Noble Vegetarian, I highly recommend the Joyful Tofu. The texture and flavor live up to the name.
1420 65th St Suite #107, Sacramento, CA 95819
Burger Patch features delicious Americana food in their style. Billing themselves as providing ‘Modern Ingredients.
Nostalgic Taste.’ Burger Patch is dedicated to building a better future, funding social justice causes as well as serving vegan fare.
The entirety of their menu is plant-based, a fact that may not be apparent from the featured pictures.
Their chicken sandwiches shine as well-seasoned, delicious options with a great texture and chew.
Their chicken also comes as a topping for the salads and the macaroni and cheese bowls.
All iterations of the chicken are great, especially for those missing poultry.
3500 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820
Just a few blocks southwest of California State University, Sacramento’s campus nestles an incredible cafe.
Anna’s Vegan Cafe is family-run, a spirit that can be felt immediately upon entering.
With over 400 glowing reviews on Yelp, the Sacramento vegan community can’t get enough of this little eatery.
Their pan-Asian offerings run a delightful gamut.
Tofus of all varieties abound, grilled, stir-fried, sauteed, braised, and any number of other preparations.
Thai dishes bursting with sweet heat vie for attention alongside cuisine like Indian curries, Mongolian entrees, and several varieties of chow mein.
Anna’s Vegan Cafe is the perfect place to bring a bickering group of vegans; all will leave satisfied.
1100 R St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Plant Power bills itself as the future of fast food, a claim backed up by its reviews.
With a menu of 100% plant-based burgers, fries, and shakes, the classic Americana quick service experience is transformed into an eco-friendly experience.
Beyond what’s on the plate, the tables and paperware are all sustainably sourced as well.
My favorites from Plant Power Fast Food come from their innovative breakfast menu.
I get cravings for eggs frequently, and it can be difficult to find alternatives that hit the spot.
Plant Power’s “‘Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Croissant” is a delicious way to start my mornings.
Paired with their indulgent coffee “milkshake,” Plant Power makes for an incredible breakfast stop.
Gone are the days of vegans quietly picking at salads during group outings. From burgers to burritos, access to plant-based alternatives has never been greater.
As veganism enters the mainstream, demand is allowing more and more small businesses to flourish in what was once a niche market.
The culinary world of veganism is exploding, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more rich vegan culinary scene than in Sacramento.
So if you find yourself in the area, make sure to check out some of the amazing vegan restaurants that offer a broad range of vegan-friendly rare.
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- Andy Nguyen’s Vegetarian Restaurant
- pure soul plant-based eats
- VEG Cafe & Bar
- Himalaya Vegan Organic Restaurant
- Bambi Vegan Tacos
- Noble Vegetarian
- Burger Patch East Sacramento
- Anna’s Vegan Cafe
- Plant Power Fast Food
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