11 Perfect Restaurants For Vegetarians In St. Louis
Perhaps your vegan cousin is coming to town, or maybe you just streamed one of those nightmare-inducing documentaries about the meat-packing industry on Netflix—or maybe you’ve simply resolved to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet.
Whatever the reason, finding vegetarian St. Louis restaurants is not the challenge you may think. Better yet, these venues dish out savory, satiating meat-free alternatives. Read on for a roundup of our favorite vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants in St. Louis.
Tree House Vegetarian Restaurant
This veggie and vegan-friendly South Grand restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner plates with flavor profiles from around the world. For weekend brunch, we recommend the Tree House Big Breakfast with tofu or egg or the sausage, Brussels sprouts and sweet potato hash with house-made seitan sausage. A kimchi Bloody Mary and—why not?—a vegan donut complete the meal.
The Mud House
This Cherokee Street coffeehouse serves sandwiches, hashes and egg-centered breakfast plates 7 a.m.-4 p.m. to vegetarians and meat eaters alike. The Mud House is a great spot to hole up for a day with a $4 bottomless cup of coffee to get some work done while enjoying simple, substantial meals made with quality ingredients and thoughtful touches like homemade pickled red onions and a gingersnap cookie to accompany your cup of hot tea. Bonus: The patio is great for warm weather.
You can tell how much this family-owned bakery, café and art studio cares about the products it puts into the world the moment you walk in the door. With co-owner Cbabi Bayoc’s paintings on the walls and dishes like the Maya Angelou Plate and bell hook’s House Nachos, SweetArt celebrates black identity and St. Louis’ diverse community. Reine Bayoc’s kitchen uses sustainable and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible and keeps customers coming back for the addicting cupcakes, vegan treats and stellar Sweet Burger.
This Midtown eatery is the perfect spot for a date night or special-occasion dinner or brunch. With elegant interior design and an impressive craft cocktail menu, Small Batch is the type of upscale restaurant that offers diners an amuse-bouche but also serves non-fussy, generous portions of global, veggie-friendly fare.
Bahn Mi So
Its website declares it has the “Best Spring Rolls in St. Louis,” and that’s no exaggeration. Don’t go for the hole-in-the-wall ambiance, go for the mung bean spring rolls made with herbs grown in the South City restaurant‘s own garden and Joe B faux-beef vegetarian banh mi sandwich (you’ll want to get it with extra “meat”). Carnivores, rejoice! This restaurant has both meat-rich and meat-free dishes.
This casual Soulard restaurant fires up traditional Neapolitan pizza in its wood-burning oven, offering meatless sausage and pepperoni toppings for vegetarians and vegan pies with cashew ricotta or cauliflower carrot cheese for vegans.
Lulu’s Local Eatery
This all-vegetarian restaurant in the bustling South Grand neighborhood proves meatless dishes can be both delicious and filling. This casual and sustainable eatery‘s buffalo cauliflower bites, spring roll bowl and sweet potato-black bean burger will remind you that making healthy choices with a plant-based diet isn’t so difficult after all. After you enjoy your meal, head upstairs for a game of pingpong in the ping-pong lounge and bar.
Located in The Grove, this Gastrolab serves rotating kombucha flavors on tap and a rotating menu that shines a spotlight on pickled and fermented food. This is a fun restaurant to try a little bit of everything—bring a friend to share a sampler flight of kombucha and the fermentation-forward menu featuring homemade yogurt, kimchi, pickles and nukazuke.
Bombay Food Junkies
This 100-percent vegetarian Indian food truck serves up Indian street food favorites like Chic ’n’ Tikka wraps, samosa and manchurians at the Saturday Tower Grove Farmers’ Market and other spots around town. If you’re in the mood for a sit-down dinner, the St. Ann brick-and-mortar restaurant offers the food truck favorites and more. Don’t skip dessert at Bombay Food Junkies—its mango lassi and vegan milkshakes are not to be missed.
Everest Café and Bar
This Grove favorite with tons of veggie options offers Nepalese, Indian and Korean favorites like steamed mo-mo dumplings, vegetable korma, chap chay and bibimbap. Serving fresh, healthy food to the St. Louis area is a priority for Everest. The restaurant’s owner and executive chef also runs a nonprofit, Himalayan Family Healthcare Project, which provides health and emergency services to Nepal. Come early 2020, Everest will open a new location Maryland Heights-
Serving 100 percent organic, plant-based food in DeMun, Seedz Café is notable for great service and menu highlights including a tempeh Reuben that doesn’t skimp on the sauerkraut, a chickpea-based veggie burger and pizzas that are great for sharing. This is a good spot for a quiet lunch or for a dinner with friends. In addition to fresh juices and smoothies, it also serves homemade sangria, beer and biodynamic wine.
Editor’s note: This article updates the original version, published on Sept. 7, 2017. As a bonus, check out some of the delicious veggie-friendly restaurants we’ve fallen in love with since then.
Former pop-up phenom Utah Station has put down roots in a Benton Park brick-and-mortar location and is now serving up (mostly) vegan comfort food such as gyros, pizza and fried chicken with mac n’ cheese.
A great spot for upscale dining, Vicia, which received a James Beard “Best New Restaurant” nomination, offers upscale, vegetable-forward dining for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
We appreciate writer Christina Woods‘ contributions to the updated piece.
Featured image courtesy of Pizzeoli.