Have you been invited to a bachelorette or bachelor party in Vegas? Or are you buying tickets to a festival in this popular city in Nevada? And you're suddenly realizing "oh sh*t, what am I gonna eat?" If you think this party city is only that, then you're in for a pleasant surprise! There are actually MANY vegan options in Vegas! I reviewed everything we ate as two vegans in Vegas during a week-long vacay to help fellow vegan travelers plan their upcoming Viva Las Vegas adventure!
Slice of Vegas: Best Vegan Pizza!
POV: This bar is a vegan's heaven.
Vegan pizza is somewhat hard to come by as a menu item in restaurants around my area so when I sat down to a full menu of different vegan Italian options I couldn't believe my eyes! Everything from calzones, to pasta dishes to DIY pizzas - this place has got it all! On top of that, the atmosphere is a chill bar lounge inside of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Any vegan getting off of work in the area probably comes here for a beer and a slice. We visited this bar as we were killing time in the TD Garden Arena area before our Panic at the Disco concert (click here for vlog). Our humongous 18" pizza fueled us for a night of dancing and singing!
What We Got: Non Meat Lovers Pizza
Fresh Pizza Sauce, Vegan Mozzarella, Vegan Meatballs, Vegan Sausage,
Vegan Pepperoni, Vegan Spicy Sausage, Vegan Ground Beef
Scope out their slices: Slice of Vegas Website
Craig's Vegan: Best Vegan Dessert!
POV: The sweet-tooth-vegans are blessed with this sugary sanctuary.
Vegan ice cream is one of those hit or miss delicacies. They are always either too watered down, have a strange coconut aftertaste, or just taste like sorbet instead of ice cream. Craig's Vegan in Resorts World, however, has nailed the creamy, delicious & smooth texture of ice cream in their award winning pints. After we saw the Katy Perry Residency Concert "Play" (click here for vlog), we were in dire need of a sweet treat. After the final bow we sprinted across Resorts World to the vegan parlor and snagged the sweets only 10 minutes before they closed! Cedric got a boozy vegan milkshake and I got one scoop of "perfectly chocolate" and one scoop of "pali pistachio". It was the perfect end of a sweet night!
What We Got: Hammered Banana Milkshake
Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Banana and Bourbon (Wow!)
Search their creamy site: Craig's Vegan Website
Island Noodles: Best Noodles! (Vegan and Non-Vegan)
POV: The perfect fuel for raving at a festival.
While we were at the When We Were Young Festival (click here for vlog), we needed enough sustenance to get us through 12 hours of standing and dancing! Can you believe we had Vegan Island Noodles at 11am and survived all the way to midnight!?! That's a testament to this tasty noodle joint!
The unique thing about this company is that they are only a food-stand-catering business. You can't find them at one location, rather their stands appear at music festivals, sporting events, and fairs all over the U.S. and Canada! Island Noodles is a unique, healthy meal not typically found at outdoor events. Ingredients include handmade soba noodles, a variety of 21 fresh vegetables, and a top-secret, proprietary sauce. Island Noodles are served in convenient, take-out cups made of eco-friendly compostable material that is BPI certified. I'm almost disappointed that they don't have a sit-down restaurant, because they are that good! They also have food trucks that appear at events as well. If you happen to be lucky enough to spot one of these stalls somewhere, definitely go and get something from this stand and you'll have a great day!
What We Got: Vegan Island Noodles
Wok Fried Yakisoba Noodles, 21 Vegetables, Garlic, Ginger & Island Sauce
Find out which events they'll be at next: Island Noodle Website
Smash Me Baby: Best Vegan Fast Food!
POV: McDonald's? More like McVeggies!
Google maps says it's a vegan restaurant that serves vegan McDonald's-like burgers. Great, what could go wrong? However, when exiting the uber, you are greeted with an unmarked building that upon entering almost looks like a receptionist area of an apartment lobby. As you take in this sight, you start to notice clues that lean towards food. The aroma enters your nose, a kiosk has food images on its screen and one lonely table with two bar-stool chairs invite you to sit. We asked the crew behind the receptionist desk where Smash Me Baby is - they said we've arrived and we can order on the kiosk.
The kiosk has food options for about five different restaurants, including Smash Me Baby. After ordering, my husband and I took a seat in this lobby-like room and did some research while awaiting our meal. This phenomenon is called a "ghost kitchen."
Contrary to popular belief, and our Google searching in this video, having a ghost kitchen doesn't save a soon-to-be-restaurant on rent costs. In fact, restaurants sometimes spend just as much or more on rent at ghost kitchens. The real savings is time...
From the owners themselves:
We save time in finding a brick and mortar and setting it up to pass health, fire and city inspections which is something that puts businesses out of business before they even open! Thank you for the kind words about our burgers and please let me know when you’re back in Vegas or in LA for our 2000sq ft brick and mortar flagship on Sunset Blvd!
These burgers are DELISH! If you love Burger King, McDonalds and Wendy's but can't participate because of your vegan food lifestyle, then don't fret! Smash Me Baby will give you all the grease, salt, and cheesy drip that you're looking for, whether it be a grab and go meal from Vegas or a dine-in experience at their Los Angeles venue (6110 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028)
What We Got: Smashed Onion Burger
Grilled onions, two seasoned plant-based patties, two slices of vegan American cheese, crispy pickles, and secret sauce on a soft and airy vegan bun.
Salivate over their menu here: Smash Me Baby Delivery Menu
Makers and Finders: Best Vegan Breakfast!
POV: This joint is cute AF.
If you love cozy coffee shop vibes, then this is the vegan restaurant for you. With a specialty in fancy and professional coffees made with various machines, this highly rated vegan restaurant has the best breakfast in town. I'm still dreaming about their Turmeric and Coconut Latte, which was vegan and the most delicious latte I've ever had in my LIFE! Their breakfast sandwiches were to die for, with flaky breads and very unique sauces/jams enhancing their flavor. These sandwiches are just what you need for waking up in Vegas.
What We Got: Impossible Sando
Choice of Vegan Croissant or Sourdough, Folded Just “Egg”, Impossible Sausage, Spiced Tomato Jam, Harissa Aioli
Find out more: Makers and Finders Website
Vegas Vegan Culinary School & Eatery: Best Vegan Lunch and Education!
POV: This joint is not just a restaurant, but a community.
This highly rated facility not only feeds you good vegan food, but offers education and community events for vegan culinary education. I wish my husband and I lived near here so we could take some of their courses. But alas, we were just visiting Vegas with a hectic schedule so we didn't have time for a course, but we did have time to chow down two amazing burritos from their vegan deli. If you're craving an amazing sandwich, burrito, pasta/potato salad or delicious pastry, then you gotta come here for the best vegan lunch in town!
What We Got: Mean Green Sausage Burrito
Our mean “green” burrito is made on a double layered spinach tortilla with cheese in between and stuffed with fresh spinach, hash browns, homemade sausage, sautéed green bell peppers, onions, garlic and jalapeños and a cilantro-lime cream sauce.
Look em up: Vegas Vegan Culinary Website
True Food Kitchen: Best healthy meal! (Vegan and Non-Vegan)
POV: A perfect healthy date night!
Our last restaurant to review is True Food Kitchen. With multiple locations around the U.S. and Oprah's stake as a restaurant investor, this place is really impressive. They focus on seasonal foods and organic locally sourced ingredients. There are both vegan and non-vegan options here that aim to boost moods, satisfy cravings and be healthy for all diets! We went to the location in Caesars Palace, which was a lovely sit down restaurant adorned with low lighting, faux plants and cheerful waiters who smiled and listened as I told them all about my Gout dietary needs (that's a blog article for another day LOL). If you're a vegan in Vegas looking for a nice sit-down place without a super high price tag, then this spot is a great option!
What We Got: Ancient Grains Bowl
Ancient Grains Bowl miso sesame glazed sweet potato, turmeric, charred onion, snap pea, portobello, avocado, hemp seed, cilantro pumpkin seed pesto.
Find a location near you: True Food Kitchen Website
What vegan meal from this list would you love to try? Let me know in the comments of the Best Vegan Food in Vegas YouTube Video! Subscribe to my YouTube channel and subscribe to this blog for more travel and food adventures!