You don’t have to be vegan to eat vegan every once in a while. While you won’t catch too many vegans switching up their diet, more and more omnivores are choosing to dine out vegan-style and most are met with a pleasant surprise, vegan food tastes good.
For health conscious or compassionate diners, or folks who simply like to try new and flavorful dishes, Cleveland has several restaurants offering up animal-free fare to satisfied patrons.
Flaming Ice Cube, located downtown in Public Square, is a restaurant/café with an entirely vegan menu. That’s right, not a single shred of meat or dairy can be found in the place; yet, with dishes like the Warm Artichoke Appetizer, Tempeh Chickenless Salad Sandwich, and a collection of handcrafted vegan burgers, vegans and carnivores alike are happily fulfilled.
Flaming Ice Cube’s house blended coffee and smoothies hit the mark as well and one should not forget to try their fresh-baked desserts, such as the dairy and egg-free chocolate chip pumpkin bars and red velvet cupcakes.
Treehuggers Café on Bagley Road in Berea also has a menu to please carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans equally. While one has the option to chow down on meat-based dishes such as the organic Ground Chicken Burger, the café also offers a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options, such as the Black Bean Chimichanga or Manatee Grilled Eggplant Panini, both of which can be made with regular or dairy-free cheese.
Their Basket of Sweet is a crowd-pleaser across the board, as it’s hard to share these delicious sweet potato fries, even though one is served a very sharable quantity. Vegan desserts are also available in the form of Giant Vegan Cookies in almost every flavor imaginable and Harp Seal Scones, a treat anyone can enjoy.
Clevelanders with a sweet tooth should waste no time checking out Maggie’s Vegan Bakery on W. 25th Street or Vegan Sweet Tooth in Woodmere. Both vegan bakeries provide a complete menu of delectable muffins, cupcakes, cookies, and more, for anyone, not just vegans, craving yummy desserts.
It seems like eating vegan is in high demand these days, as even Cleveland favorites add vegan-friendly options to their already-praised menus. Melt Bar and Grilled now includes a tiny “VG” symbol next to every vegan option available on the menu.
Happy Dog serves up both classic hotdogs and Field Roast sausages, with a growing list of vegan-friendly toppings. Orale! Kitchen even has a special animal-free menu available on their designated Vegan Tuesdays.
Hopefully, the trend continues as Cleveland pallets become more acquainted with delicious, animal-free meals, so vegans and omnivores can dine together more often in complete satisfaction