Vedge – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Owned by James Beard Award-nominated chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, Vedge has been serving up vegan dishes since 2011. Among the restaurant’s accolades are being named one of Food & Wine’s 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years and one of Wine Enthusiasts Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America. It’s also been reviewed by the New York Times and Bon Appetit magazine. Some of their specialties include eggplant braciole with Sicilian salsa verde; fingerling fries with creamy Worcestershire; watermelon radish with fava beans and tarragon; and for dessert, sticky toffee pudding with figs and Madeira ice cream.
Elizabeth’s Gone Raw – Washington, D.C.
This super-classy venue serves some of the best vegan fare anywhere in the U.S. Elizabeth’s Gone Raw takes vegan dining to a whole new level, serving guests six courses. Their beet tartare with smoked almond ricotta, pistachio espuma, 12-year-old balsamic glaze, and verbena oil is one of their best dishes but also try the purple carrot bottoni, pineapple weed infused forest conch crudo, or oat milk blue cheese. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with the Chocolate Pavé. It combines a blood-orange relish, rosemary, and raw cacao for the perfect French treat.
Plant – Asheville, North Carolina
Named “one of the best vegan restaurants in the country” by Zagat, Plant is a sophisticated restaurant with dishes found nowhere else. A few things to try here are their peanut hempeh with carrot purée, baby bok choy, and pickled cherry bomb relish; squash strata with macadamia cheese, beets, wild mustard pesto, and pea shoots; and grilled beets with horseradish mayo, pickled beets, balsamic and herbs, and onion tumbleweed. Plant isn’t just about vegan food, it’s about healthy food, using organic, locally sourced, and gluten free ingredients whenever possible.
Candle 79 – New York City, New York
Located on E 79th Street in NYC, Candle 79 is another one of the best 5-Star vegan restaurants in the U.S. Since it opened in 2003, Candle 79 has been creating excellent vegan dishes like their wild mushroom crêpe, seitan picatta, black bean-pumpkin seed burger, and live zucchini lasagna. The great food and ambiance keep this restaurant right under 5 stars on TripAdvisor, it’s that good! Zagat calls Candle 79 a “pleasant departure from meaty fare”, that’s “so worth” the “premium price.”
Crossroads Kitchen – Los Angeles, California
Just one reason to check out Crossroads Kitchen is to savor the amazing dishes of owner and Chef, Tal Ronnen, named Los Angeles’ Top Vegan Chef by the Huffington Post. Among the list of publications singing the restaurant’s praises, are LA Weekly which named it the Best Vegan Restaurant in the city. The food here looks so pretty on the plate, you’ll think twice before you eat it and probably snap a few photos for your Instagram. Their artichoke “oysters” are so picture-worthy – the artichoke leaves are arranged like a flower and topped with artichoke purée, crispy oyster mushroom, yellow tomato béarnaise, and kelp caviar. If you’re in the mood for a vamped-up salad, try their Spring chopped salad with pea tendrils, celery leaf, parsley, English peas, watermelon radish, and whole-grain mustard vinaigrette.