Anaheim offers a treasure-trove of dining options. For vegans and vegetarians in the crowd, there are a plethora of restaurants dedicated just for you offering all your favorites. Choose from farm-to-table hot pot cuisine and veggie tangines to tofu & vegetable wraps drizzled with a pomegranate sauce and mango-tango salads, these vegan and vegetarian menus are robust and packed with delicious flavors. " Travelers, grab this list, and explore Anaheim's 10 'must try' vegan and vegetarian spots."
Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants
True Season Organic Kitchen
When not in the kitchen, Chef Saifon can be found exploring her love for food by visiting local, organic farms all over Orange County. She feels that her true passion for food starts with the seed." She believes in the healing properties of organic and healthy foods. The restaurant specializes in organic hot pot cuisine, organic wraps and rice bowls, and shaved ices. Chef Saifon has created delicious vegan wraps---and can be ordered with, or without, tofu. They are served with organic edamame and miso soup, organic veggies, brown rice, in an organic flour wrap, and served with house-made pomegranate and sesame sauces. True Season caters to vegans and uses only non-GMO food items in the kitchen.
5675 E. La Palma Ave - Anaheim
Tana Ethiopian Restaurant
A true vegetarian restaurant, this spot serves lunch and dinner six days a week. The Vegetable Special is highly recommended and offers a bevy of 15 different vegetarian stews to spread around the plate, with Injera bread for dipping. (Injera is made with teff, a tiny, round grain that flourishes in the highlands of Ethiopia. While teff is very nutritious, it contains practically no gluten.) The cuisine is fresh and colorful and the staff is friendly and helpful for those needing assistance to navigate the incredible menu.
2622 W. La Palma Ave - Anaheim
Healthy Junk Restaurant & Junk Bar
Well, the name kind of says it all, now doesn't it? This is a vegan and vegetarian hang-out right along the Center Street Promenade at Lemon Street. They get it. Take for example the very popular, curly yam fries---or the kale chips. They also prepare tacos, Portobello mushroom burger, and so forth. The Mango Tango Salad gets rave reviews as well. The space is very open, with tables and chairs strewn about, and an outdoor patio as well. The food is presented in more of a 'take out' style, which is just fine. Don't miss the chocolate chip cookies.
201 Center Street Promenade - Anaheim
Thuyen Vien Restaurant
This postage stamp of a restaurant does an amazing amount of take away orders. They just completed a bit of a renovation and locals are glad to hear they are now reopened and in full gear. This restaurant caters to the vegans, vegetarians and those who enjoy Vietnamese cuisine as well. What a perfect marriage. They do not use any animal products in their cooking and are proud to explain how things are prepared for their cherished guests. Here are just a few of the most popular items: Bo Bun Hue is a tofu cube and noodle soup with vegetables in a rich broth. The Kung Pao Chicken (made with tofu and" a 1-10 spicy range), Pumpkin Curry, Spring Rolls with soy shrimp, and " jicama Spring Rolls as well." (This restaurant is only open for dinner Monday thru Friday 5:00-9:00pm, and for lunch and dinner on the weekends.)
1720 S. Euclid Street - Anaheim
Vegan 'Friendly' Restaurants
When frequenting a restaurant with a list of eclectic tastes, finding flexible menu options can be such a welcome discovery." Here are some hand-selected restaurants that fit that bill, offering creative and delicious items that one can be proud to recommend to their guests and table-mates.
Located at the Anaheim GardenWalk, this restaurant showcases an incredible variety of food, cooked fresh to order on an open grill. Their pro-grillers cook Latin, American, Asian and Italian cuisine to each guest's requests, while they watch all the action. This is perfect for those who like to participate in what ingredients are used in their cuisine. The chef assures me that whether the request is for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or paleo, they can gladly accommodate anyone's needs. One of the most popular dishes among their vegan guests is the colorful tofu and vegetable bowl, made with shredded carrots, red cabbage, bok choy, bamboo shoots and delicate baby corn. This is served with a sweet chili sauce for those who like to add a bit more heat.
321 West Katella Ave - Anaheim
This restaurant features Middle Eastern cuisine and at the center of the menu, under the heading of" 'Falafel Empire' contains a lovely selection of vegan items." There is kousa mahshi (stuffed Lebanese zucchini), molokhia (Egyptian vegetable stew), green bean casserole and mujadara (a savory vegetarian dish with dried lentils and bulgur wheat). The choices are aplenty. They also serve beef, lamb and chicken for those who are not vegan. The staff is friendly and welcoming. "
1208 S. Brookhurst Street - Anaheim
Owner, chef and cookbook author, Zov is very busy---having opened her fourth restaurant here in Anaheim. This gem is just two blocks from Angeles Stadium and features a lovely bar, dining room and outside patio, with ample seating, a fire pit and large flat-screen TVs. The cuisine is Mediterranean offering many choices for vegans. The Mezze Appetizer is one such item. Guests can choose from a number of vegetarian items, such as: Zov's Creamy Hummus," Babaganoush, Lebni, Tabouleh, Walnut Caviar Red Pepper Feta Dip, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Armenian String Cheese, which are served with pita bread and marinated olives. " Another winner is her famous Golden Lentil Soup, and the Angel Hair Pasta tossed with garlic, shallots, Roma tomatoes, basil, parsley, pine nuts and feta cheese. Delightful!
1801 East Katella Ave - Anaheim
Gypsy Den Cafe + Bar
Located along the charming Center Street Promenade, this restaurant has an ambiance all its own. It is eclectic meets grandma's attic---and guests seem to rather enjoy the casual vibe. There is an indoor dining room, and smallish bar, with an outside patio that is perfect for people watching. The Chef offers a delicious Vege Chili, Marinated Vegetables, Soups and numerous daily specials which are prepared based on the season and the whim of the chef.
211 Center Street Promenade - Anaheim
Located in the Anaheim Packing House on the top floor, ADYA offers the harmony of fresh Indian flavors in an authentic style. The menu showcases fare influenced by all regions of India, combining traditional styles of cooking with the fresh produce found here in California. On the menu there are savory Stuffed Eggplant, Jackfruit Curry and salads, as well as curries and tandoori specialties like naan and kebabs. Vegetarians can easily be accommodated here with cuisine that is bursting with flavor. They serve craft beer, have a creative wine list, and guests can dine inside, or outside on the private boxcar covered patio. Owner/Chef Shachi Mehra was kind enough to share one of her popular recipes with us, a Roasted Corn Salad, below!
440 South Anaheim Blvd. - Anaheim
Did someone say dessert? Newly opened here in the Anaheim Packing House, this French-inspired treat-myster has created a 'hard to resist' dessert called the Meringue Bomb. " It is a gluten-free dessert, which is light and creamy." The meringue is stuffed with whipped cream and a choice of fresh fruit and then topped with a variety of nuts, fruit or chocolate shavings. Hard to resist indeed! Ooh-la-la. "
440 South Anaheim Blvd. - Anaheim
BONUS! Adya's Recipe for Roasted Corn Salad
Grilled corn is popular on the streets of India, where it's roasted over hot coals and then rubbed with half a lime dipped in chili powder and salt." Using the same flavor profiles Chef Shachi created a salad that would make a delicious addition to any barbecue."
4 cups corn, roasted and cut off cob (about 12 ears)
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 tsp minced serrano
4 Tbsp chopped cilantro
¼ cup red onion, minced
¾ cup olive oil
3T lime juice
1 "½ tsp roasted cumin powder
1 tsp Chaat Masala
3 t salt
2 cups baby arugula
To Roast Corn:
Prepare a grill, with heat medium-high and rack about 4 inches from the fire.
Put corn on grill and cook until kernels begin to char, about 5 minutes, then turn.
Continue cooking and turning until all sides are slightly blackened."
To Roast Cumin:
In a medium saute pan, put in "½ cup of cumin seeds over medium-low flame."
Continue to toast, shaking occasionally until slightly darker and fragrant."
Remove from heat, cool slightly and grind.
For Mixing the Salad: In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except the arugula. Serve over arugula.