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by Sil Pancho



photo from Cider Press Vegan Gastropub

The Vegetarian Resource Group maintains an online Guide to Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants in the USA and Canada. Here are some recent vegan restaurant additions. The entire guide can be found here:

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Here are some new additions to VRG’s guide:

100% HP, 605 C. Cerra, San Juan, PR 00907

Enjoy veggie burgers, quesadillas, empanadas, spicy “chicken” sandwich, Philly cheesesteak sandwich, onion rings, fries, and more.

Cider Press Vegan Gastropub, 3118 3rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33713

The brick and wood accents create a sophisticated, fun atmosphere. There are several Appetizer choices. What happens when you cook a pickle? Try breaded Pickle Fries with a side of ranch to find out! Has a hard day has left you with a taste for the Big Easy? In one of the Sandwich offerings, Vegan French Quarter Shrimp Poboy, the “shrimp” is made possible by Konjac, a root vegetable which can offer a shrimp-like texture and takes on the flavors it’s prepared with. This dish is kicked up with a spicy Cajun sauce and Served on Poboy bread, direct from a New Orleans Bakery. One option in the Soup/Salad category, Tavern Chili, stars mushrooms and cauliflower with a supporting cast of beans, other veggies and smoky adobo seasoning. Of the many possible Entrees, King Oyster Mushrooms dress up as shellfish in Coconut Curry “Scallops” served with rice, tomato and green onions. Cider Press takes an innovative approach to “FISH” & CHIPS, using Banana blossom, the purple flower at the end of a banana bunch considered to have a mild taste–nothing like a banana. Banana Blossom can resemble the texture of fish, (so elusive in vegan cuisine). “Chips,” (French fries) tartar sauce, and malt vinegar help this dish to bloom. For Dessert there’s Hawaiian Malasadas—house-made Hawaiian Donuts, served with apple cinnamon kustard. Or, be a fool for love with Chocolate-Strawberry Fool —layers of chocolate brownie, strawberries, coconut custard, and whipped cream.

Hawker, 291 Augusta Ave., Toronto, ON M5T 1N9 Canada

Hawker is offers small plate shareable dishes inspired by nature. The Southeast Asian-inspired menu includes dishes such as a biryani with smoked poblano and lavender, dal with pomegranate and raita, and papadam with chickpea ferment and cherry tomatoes. A weekly churn ice cream is available on the sweet menu. A 6-course chef’s table tasting experience and vegan Indian brunch are also offered.

Lu Fats Ice Cream, 7135 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78752

Luv Fats Ice Cream is a Black family-run business that focuses on creating small batches of coconut milk and avocado-based vegan ice cream. They use as many local ingredients and flavors as possible, sourced from vendors and makers in Austin. Their ice cream features a rotating menu of uncommon flavors combining savory and sweet elements; steering clear of the cloying sweetness found in many desserts. Savory ingredients include bold herbs such as peppermint, thyme, pandan, rosemary, and sage; smaller amounts of caramel, chocolate, and jam are used to create an exotic pairing that quenches a sugar craving while avoiding artificial ingredients. The space is a bit small and is walk-up window service only, but they do have tables in the back to sit at which are mostly shaded.” Note that compost-friendly cups and spoons are available.

 Mama Pacha, 271 Av. Ing. Manuel Domenech, San Juan, PR 00918

Enjoy veggie burgers, salad, wraps, bowls, dessert, and more.

Out of the Bubble, 6230-A Rolling Rd., Springfield, VA 22152

Bakery specialized in creating “art you can eat” no matter what dietary restrictions and allergies you have: all products are free of dairy, nuts and legumes, and they have plentiful vegan, gluten-free and artificial dye free options, with careful procedures in place to avoid cross-contamination. Nearly all options are vegan by default (including using bone-free organic cane sugar), but please note that pre-made add-on decorative elements may contain animal products. They specialize in elaborate custom cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies etc. with creative and impeccably executed edible decorations (past triumphs include 3D dinosaurs, ships, princesses, flowers, and much more) that can be ordered in advance, but they always have an assortment of cupcakes, cookies, muffins, and scones to select from in store, where they have some seating.

Sugar Babe Bakery, 317 E. Main St., Pullman, WA 99163

Satisfying a vegan sweet tooth is easy when you have a bakery filled with tasty treats! Whether visiting or living in the Pullman area, Sugar Babe Bakery is here to meet all your sugary needs. Although a fixed menu isn’t available, everything from cupcakes and cakes to “pop tarts” and pastries is consistently rotated each week to offer customers a diverse tasting experience. However, if you are interested in a particular item, you can place an order by contacting the bakery. Custom cakes and cupcakes are also available by pre-order only. On top of being made of 100% plant-based ingredients, several options are also allergy-friendly (gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free). Mochas, lattes, lemonades, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider are house-made drink options to wash down your treat as well. Customers can also place orders for treat boxes two days in advance.

The Green Beautiful, 168 Wilson St., Manchester, NH 03103

Striving to provide a safe space to rest, recharge, and enjoy sustainable and locally sourced meals, this cafe’s menu features bowls and sandwiches made with seitan-based protein, bagels with schmear, and several other creative items, including Monkey Muffins, Pumpkin Cruffins, and S’more Lattes.

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