I have been putting together a list for some time now of my favorite spots in the Twin Cities for good vegan cuisine! I plan to update this list in the near future as I visit more places and new restaurants pop up. But for now, here are a few of my favorites (they are in no particular order):
One of my favorite things to do in the Twin Cities is to visit my local butcher shop – the vegan one, of course! The Herbivorous Butcher in Minneapolis offers a wide variety of vegan meats, cheeses, and treats! The best part is that their menu rotates, so you’ll always find something new when you go! My favorite things to eat there are the pulled “pork” (made from jackfruit), the deli “ham,” and the jerky! Sadly, I was never a cheese person and still am not (even with fake cheese), but my vegan partner absolutely LOVES their cheese! He and I love going together to get ingredients for different recipes. We also each buy some chocolate every time we are there – I buy a K’hul bar and he buys a ghost pepper chocolate!
If you haven’t been to Hard Times, you are missing out on some quality chow. This vegan/vegetarian spot is the perfect place for a late night meal or an afternoon lunch (or really any time of the day). The biscuits and gravy should basically be their own food group. It’s my favorite meal there, and I order it every time. They offer a wide variety of foods that can almost always be made vegan. Everything is clearly labeled, too, so there’s no confusion of you’re vegan or gluten-free. Oh, and they have vegan bakery items, such as chocolate donuts and muffins. Did you hear that in the back? CHOCOLATE. DONUTS.
I finally tested out Reverie the other day, and it is absolutely in my top five favorite vegan spots. The atmosphere is very cool, and the service is excellent (and fast). I ordered the Cubano sandwich with a cup of Red Bell Pepper Bisque soup, and I savored every bite. They recently became 100% plant-based, getting rid of their dairy and honey products. And to make things even better, they’ve started serving breakfast. I’ll have to test out their biscuits and gravy, too!
This wonderful pizza parlor is home to one of my favorite meals – a phony-roni pizza with vegan strawberry cheesecake. People, I have dreams about that cheesecake. Not only is the food fantastic and super vegan-friendly, but the restaurant is super cool! The delivery drivers dress up like superheroes, and the entire store looks like something out of an old comic. This has become my partner and I’s favorite date spot in Uptown, so wink-wink to all the couples/polyamorous relationships out there since Valentine’s Day is coming up!
5. Pizza Luce
Last, but definitely not least, is Pizza Luce! I know, more pizza. Can you tell I like to eat? Pizza Luce offers a vast variety of pizza toppings that are vegan-friendly and delicious! I like topping my pizza with veggies and the vegan breaded mock chicken. I always make sure to save room for appetizers, because they have “Lucky Bird Nuggets:” buffalo-style vegan nuggets. These have a spicy kick to them that is so delicious, omnivores order them, too!
There are so many new vegan spots opening up soon that I will definitely have to try out! But for now, these are my top 5 tried-and-true vegan spots in the Twin Cities.
What are your favorite vegan spots where you live?
Eat your veggies on some pizza,