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15 vegan dishes to chow down on now

Last week, we drooled over some hearty and satisfying vegetarian dishes that deserve to be the main event at dinner. But if it’s hard to find a great vegetarian entrée while dining out, vegans can tell you that it’s even harder to find exciting options without dairy, eggs, meat, or any other animal products--for any meal!

So, whether you’re actually vegan or you’re trying an impossible elimination diet, we’ve rounded up 15 vegan dishes that won’t make you feel like you’re missing anything.

Beefsteak

José Andrés’ first fast casual spot is all about the veggies. The Hokey Beet Poke bowl is a unique vegan alternative to poke. Sweet beets are marinated in fresh ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar. This ‘beet poke’ is served on top of furikake-seasoned rice with pickled veggies, seaweed salad, and scallions. ($7.99)

Choolaah Indian BBQ

If you’re on the go, you can grab a quick but flavor-packed vegan meal at Choolaah. One popular option is the roasted cauliflower & chickpeas wrap. The egg-free naan is stuffed with chickpea masala, cabbage, roasted cauliflower, and pickled onions. ($6.99)

Commissary

For early risers, Commissary offers vegan pancakes which also happen to be gluten free. They’re topped with an apple cinnamon compote. ($7.50/short stack, $9.50/full stack)

Del Mar

The newest restaurant from Fabio & Maria Trabocchi is all about showcasing the bounty of the ocean, but Del Mar also has some tempting Spanish offerings for plant-eaters. The Escalivada is a beautiful display of Catalan-style char-roasted eggplant, onions, red bell peppers, and tomatoes. ($16)

Equinox Restaurant

Known for top-notch vegan cuisine, Equinox has plenty of plant-based options to choose from. One that stands out is the hearts of palm cake. The hearts of palm cake is the vegan version of a crab cake, made with braised heart of palm mixed with sourdough bread, capers, lemon zest, house-made dairy-free mayo, parsley, and seasonings. It’s then sautéed and accompanied by roasted spaghetti squash, braised Swiss chard, and crispy Vidalia onions. ($33)

Fare Well

Doron Petersan’s vegan diner serves up a Buffalo cauliflower dip so no one has to miss out on this Superbowl staple. The cauliflower is roasted, whipped, and combined with Buffalo cashew cream. ($10)

Fox Loves Taco

Newcomer Fox Loves Taco is slinging a variety of breakfast tacos, like the vegan Kwasi, with cauliflower chorizo, chipotle black beans, salsa verde, purple sweet potato purée, and pickled red onions. ($4)

Fruitive

This certified organic spot is 100% plant-based, so you can chow down on waffles without any dairy or eggs. The ABC Waffle is topped with house-made almond butter, whipped coconut cream, cacao nibs, and maple syrup. It’s also gluten free. ($9.95)

JINYA Ramen Bar

The spicy creamy vegan ramen at JINYA uses vegetable broth in place of pork or chicken. The noodle soup is loaded with tofu, green onion, spinach, crispy onion, garlic chips, garlic oil, chili oil, and sesame seeds. ($13.50)

Le Diplomate

This French brasserie serves up a vegan version of a North African specialty. The vegetable tagine is laden with couscous, zucchini, yellow squash, red peppers, cauliflower, chickpeas, eggplant, caramelized onion, almond, and golden raisins. It's served with a side of harissa paste and a pitcher of broth made with ginger, soy sauce, tomato, onions, fennel, and spices. ($20)

Momofuku CCDC

Warm up with the hearty black barley porridge at Momofuku. Black barley sits in a sunchoke broth with creamy chestnut puree and is topped with crispy kale, maitake mushrooms, squash, and charred pearl onions. ($19)

Shouk

Everything at Shouk is 100% plant-based, but their vegan burger is still the most popular item. The gluten-free patty is made with black beans, beets, cauliflower, chickpeas, lentils, onions, mushrooms, oats, green onions, and spices. It’s served with tomato bursts, pickled turnips, arugula, charred onion, and tahina in a pita or bowl. ($9.75)

Silver

Thick-cut cauliflower makes for a satisfying steak at Silver. It’s seared and served on top of red curry, Tuscan kale, garbanzo beans, roasted butternut squash, quinoa, fire roasted red pepper sauce, and peanuts. ($16)

Sugar Shack Donuts

While many donuts have some form of dairy or egg hiding in them, the donuts at Sugar Shack are almost all vegan. Indulge in a glazed donut or even a French toast donut. Other vegan flavors include chocolate glazed, fruit glazed, cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, and jelly-filled. ($2.10 or $2.80 each)

Tilt Side Bar

Tilt Side Bar’s vegan burger is a seasoned black bean and sweet potato patty topped with chili corn salsa and garlic spread on green chili focaccia. ($15)

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