Last Updated 4 January 2012
The following is vegan information that I link to here mostly for my own convenience. The photo shown above is of a meal my good friend Iguchi-san arranged for me at a Ryokan.
Vegan Bakeries, Restaurants and Other Food Sources
Honest Weight Food Co-op
(Albany) We visit once a week.
Troy Community Food Co-op
(Troy) No longer open. Lasted only a year.
Bombers Burrito Bar
(Albany) We eat here at least once each month. Very veggie friendly with meat substitutes.
(Clifton Park) Located in the largest suburb north of Albany.
Four Seasons Natural Foods
(Saratoga) Good buffet
Thunder Mountain Curry (Troy) Street food at its finest. Mike Gordon is on the RPI campus in the student union now and also at the Troy Farmers' Market on Saturdays. His food is wonderful. I have also had him cater parties and picnics, which were great. There is no webpage but there is info at
Dish and Dirt from Troy
more from Dish and Dirt from Troy
The Poly Online
New York Times
(on a day trip to Troy).
X's and O's Vegan Bakery
(Troy) -- Outstanding new vegan bakery across the street from the old Proctor's Theater. Great reviews, including mine, on Yelp and Urbanspoon
(Albany) Not a veggie place, but accommodating with good food and wine.
Baba Louie's Wood Fired Pizza
(Hudson, Great Barrington, Pittsfield) Vegetazione Bravo Spelt pizza is vegan. Many other vegetarian (lacto-ovo) pizzas.
New World Bistro Bar
(Albany, next to the Spectrum Theater)
(Arlington, MA) Legumbres en Pipian is outstanding!
Flour Bakery & Cafe
(Boston) Excellent pastries, including vegan options. Also vegan sandwiches.
Le Commensal (
Montreal Laval Quebec City Rive-Sud
Montreal Veggie Gourmet
(Kingston, Ontario) -- Very vegetarian friendly and nice people. Good place to go for groups with mixed diets (like my family).
The Blossoming Lotus
(Kauai and Portland) -- Amazing restaurant, worth it for the presentation and the attractive waitstaff. (Sadlyh, Kauai location is now closed)
(New York) Bakery on Broome
Curry Hill (New York) Lexington Avenue between 27th and 30th Streets has many Indian restaurants, with a couple of blocks of south Indian vegetarian.
(Honolulu) Usually very good and cheap, but sometimes a dud. Veggie selections are good, but they don't always have them. Good casual dining on plastic.
The Chicago Diner
(Chicago, duh!) One of the most famous veggie restaurants, their deserts are now sold at Whole Foods in the Midwest. It is located in
(it seems like gay neighborhoods always have good veggie restaurants) and not far from Wrigley Field (I hope the Cubs get to the Series one of these years).
(Chicago) Veggie Friendly
(St. Louis) Very veggie friendly. Excellent food.
Cardwell's At The Plaza
(St. Louis) Veggie friend, excellent restaurant in a mall!
The Shangri-La Diner
(St. Louis) Very unique
New Pioneer Food Co-op
The Red Avocado
(Iowa City) Worth the trip to central Iowa, even for a Badger football fan.
(Iowa City) Good veggie burgers and an Iowa City institution.
Willy Street Co-op
(Madison) Best co-op anywhere. Outstanding sandwiches, cookies, soups for takeout.
Monty's Blueplate Diner
(Madison) Very veggie friendly, possibly our favorite restaurant, and part of a collection of restaurants in and around Madison owned by
Food Fight, Inc
Hubbard Avenue Diner
(Middleton) are also excellent. Bluephies has recently become less vegan friendly, since they no longer offer tofu as a chicken substitute for their noodle dishes. However, Hubbard Avenue is more vegan friendly so you just have to go to Middleton rather than Monroe Street.
(Madison) A very special place with food for all since it has great burgers and vegan faire (probably not for people who like traditional American food) There is no webpage, but it gets mentioned on many, many blogs.
The Green Owl Cafe
(Madison) Completely vegetarian!
The Cheese Factory
Maharani (Madison) Does not have a web page but info can be found on the
page; excellent place recommended by my daughter Meghan. Pretty heavy on the dairy, but has good stuff for vegans.
The Manatee Cafe
(St Augustine) Typical of almost everything in Florida, this excellent little restaurant is in a strip mall west of town.
Brighter Day Natural Foods
(Savanna) Food store
, aka the Vegetarian Zone (San Diego) Wonderful restaurant, now open as
Evolution Zone Fast Food
Harvest Natural Foods Café (Jackson Hole) Only open for lunch.
(Waitsfield, Vermont) Excellent cookies available at many organic food stores (eg Willy Street, New Pioneer and Honest Weight) and online.
Sticky Fingers Bakery
(Washington, DC) Great for gifts.
(Georgetown) Veggie friendly
(Blacksburg, Virginia) Veggie friendly (also has seafood)
Down to Earth Natural Foods
(Oahu and Maui)
McCuskers Market and Deli
(Shelburne Falls, MA)
(Denver) Their vegan pastries and cookies are wonderful. The food is amazing.
Beans and Barley
(Milwaukee) They also have wonderful cookies and pies from
East Side Ovens
(St. Johns, Newfoundland) No real webpage yet (soon?)...
San Diego Dining and Shopping
(Old Towne, Orange, CA) The ingredients in my quinoa wrap (especially the avocado) were outstanding. The area is great fun too ... not like the rest of California.
(Twin Cities) An excellent pizza place (other foods too) that actually has wonderful vegan pizzas!
aka A Different Daisy
The Cat-Tea Corner
The Vegan Chef
The Easy Vegan
Fat Free Vegan
Vegan Yum Yum
Vegan Culinary Experience
(Many restaurant reviews)
New York City organization, but lots of good info. Restaurant guide is great.
Obviously, in DC. The catering guide should be helpful to people running meetings there.
International Vegetarian Union
The aim of the IVU is to promote vegetarianism throughout the world. They have an excellent
(blog) Has info on vegan friendly beers and wines
Cooking for Vegan Guests
Vegan Culinary Experience
Outstanding recipes, etc. from great chefs
Vegan Food Pyramid