10 Delicious Vegan Dishes to Order at St. Louis Restaurants
If you’re vegan or enjoy vegan cuisine, delving into St. Louis‘ dining scene doesn’t have to come at the expense of your dietary preferences. We’ve assembled a fool-proof guide to enjoying vegan cuisine in the city.
Spicy Tofu Wrap, Lona’s Lil Eats
Who would’ve thought that a vegan meal could still mean enjoying Asian-fusion-meets-soul-food? While Lona’s Lil Eats in Fox Park isn’t exclusively vegan or vegetarian, you can enjoy the tasty vegan spicy tofu wrap, made with stir-fried rice, tofu with smoked vinaigrette and veggies, tightly encased in a rice paper wrap.
Poke Stuffed Avocado, Lulu’s Local Eatery
Vegan versions of the widespread poke bowl trend have been steadily rolling out, and after trying the poke stuffed avocado at Lulu’s Local Eatery on South Grand, you just might be able to even give up seafood. The dish comes with half of an avocado loaded with vegan watermelon sashimi, scallions and house-made spicy mayo. We also love the buffalo cauliflower bites and volcano tots, which are also vegan.
Pasta Primavera, Tree House
If you thought going vegan would mean never enjoying a rich dish like pasta primavera again, the elegant vegan and vegetarian Tree House restaurant on South Grand will prove you wrong. The delicious centerpiece of their vegan version is the house-made pesto, with cremini mushrooms, bell peppers and organic greens over shell pasta.
Vegan Dragon Roll, Sushi Koi
Can you tell we’re sushi lovers? With the rise of veganism, we’ve also seen cutting-edge vegan sushi recipes to keep up with the trend, like the delicious vegan dragon roll at Sushi Koi in the Central West End. While there are also other vegetarian and vegan rolls available, this one comes with mixed vegetables, avocado, inari, sesame seeds and teriyaki sauce.
Signature Frida Burger, Frida’s
Frida’s restaurant is a staple St. Louis innovation when it comes to vegan and vegetarian eating, and the establishment’s hefty quarter-pounder veggie burger is the perfect vegan entree. Served with tomato and tahini-chipotle slaw on a locally-crafted bun, you’ll leave feeling healthfully sated. Frida’s also serves the Impossible Burger, another recent breakthrough in vegan eating.
The Phoenician, Bailey’s Range
While Bailey’s Range, the elevated downtown diner serving burgers and fries might seem like the last place you could find a vegan bite, think again. A quick scan through the menu reveals the $10 Phoenician burger, a chickpea patty served with roasted red pepper tahini and lemon cucumber slaw.
Root Vegetable Tagine, Olio
While tagine is traditionally made with meat, poultry or fish, Olio in McKinley Heights does an excellent vegetable-based version, made with turmeric rice, cranberries and madras curry instead. Helmed by St. Louis restaurateur Ben Poremba, Olio is well-known for its Mediterranean and Moroccan influences, which often include vegetable-based dishes.
Wheat Berry Salad, Vicia
This brand-new restaurant founded by husband-wife team Michael and Tara Gallina was rewarded for its focus on vegetable-forward dishes with a nod from the James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant. One dish at this locale’s menu, updated daily based on season produce, reveals why. We love the vegan wheat berry salad, served with grilled broccoli and shiitake mushrooms.
Veggie Lover’s Pasta, Porano Pasta
Another terrific Downtown haunt to try out, Porano Pasta by Gerard Craft offers a quality fast-casual alternative for delicious, healthy vegan meal on the go. Try the veggie lover’s pasta bowl, made with pumpkin seed pesto, roasted vegetables, sweet peppers and crispy garlic for $10.
Jackfruit, Confluence Kombucha
This new restaurant in The Grove is the perfect spot for a delicious vegan brunch or lunch, with a number of unique, dynamic specialties like the jackfruit dish. Served rhubarb chutney, coconut yogurt, shallots and shiso, chef and master kombucha brewer William Thomas Pauley shows deep range and creativity with each menu item.