Vegan Eating in Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is the perfect hub for gambling, late nights, and surprisingly, a lot of nature (the Grand Canyon and other national parks are a few hours away). The portions are larger, the lights are brighter, and the food is (surprisingly) pretty vegan friendly! Thanks to everyone who gave me recommendations on where to eat in Vegas.
The Wynn Hotel
The Wynn's founder, Steve Wynn is vegan, so his hotel is super vegan friendly. The restaurants here may cost more than the average, but if you're trying to stay on the Strip, it's good to have options. Every restaurant apparently has a vegan menu, which makes things a lot easier when it comes to knowing what's in your food. I only got to try the buffet, but apparently the Andreas within the Wynn carries the Impossible burger and makes a beef basil dish that's amazing, so if you want something fancier, definitely a place to check out (and get a reservation if you can).
If you're looking for the full Vegas experience, aka buffets, the Wynn has a buffet that treats vegan diners well. When I went to the Wynn buffet (unsponsored, just as a regular vegan), I alerted the staff that I was vegan, and they paired me up with a chef who walked me through the buffet and pointed out everything that is vegan or could be vegan upon special request. Some highlights included: specially made pizza (with vegan cheese), soy ice cream, freshly made chocolate chip cookies, vegan tacos, and loads of fresh veggies. The price tag is pretty high, but I think the novelty of going to a Vegas buffet makes going to this all you can eat restaurant worth it (at least once).
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
The number one recommended spot to me was Vegenation, which is a restaurant that prides itself on its community-driven, global, plantbased street food. Vegenation is not on The Strip, and it exists in Downtown Vegas, but it's worth it. Some favorites from Vegenation that some of you suggested are: eggplant stacks, warm apple cobbler, buffalo cauliflower bites, and chicken pot pie gnocchi. However, I went for brunch, so I didn't get to eat those items, and instead, I got the chicken and waffles special, which had the best blend of spices for the chicken and just the right amount of sweetness for the waffles. If I had a longer time in Vegas, I would try something from every menu! The space is incredibly welcoming with a lot of exposed wood and plants, which is a lot more low-key than everything on the strip.
616 East Carson Ave.Suite 120
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Tucked away in Chinatown exists a hole-in-the-wall doughnut shop known as Ronald's Doughnuts. The doughnut shop doesn't pride itself on flashy decor or millennial branding and instead thrives on the fresh fluffy, sweet, airy doughnuts they produce every morning. The shop only opens until mid afternoon but has shelves full of pastries including: classic/jelly-filled/custard-filled flavored doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, bear claws, turnovers, fritters and more. The prices are affordable as well, so you can go hard on your vegan doughnut desires. Personally, I stocked up. You can get 10-cent glazed doughnut holes or $1 for a dozen, and get a dozen doughnuts for about $9 and an extra $1 for the ~fancier~ doughnuts. These perfect doughnuts get wrapped up in a pink box, and when you're done eating it all, you can wash it down with some of their soy-milk coffee.
4600 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Recommendations I didn't get to go to:
- Nacho Daddy (apparently the best vegan queso)
- Panchos Vegan Tacos for amazing Mexican food
- Cinnaholic for cinnamon rolls
- Violette's Vegan for healthy vegan food
- Mandalay Bay's Slice of Vegas has a vegan pizza
- Simply Pure
- Veggie Haus (apparently the best Chinese food)