Whether you're craving pizza, sammies, burgers or your favorite ethnic cuisine, the Phoenix vegetarian restaurant scene boasts a pretty impressive selection of healthy, delicious and meatless dining options. Forget about trade-offs: the flavors at these ten Valley restaurants are bold, fresh and delicious. Chances are that even dedicated carnivores won't blink twice at the lack of rib-eyes or pork chops on the menu at these inviting restaurants.
Consider Green New American Vegetarian, one of the city's most popular vegetarian cafes, where the staff dishes out sandwiches, burgers and po-boys that rival their meaty counterparts in taste and heartiness. The noodle bowls and gourmet salads are especially popular.
The Loving Hut, an international vegan restaurant chain with two locations in the city, offers an extensive menu of meatless dishes, including Asian entrees, American classics (try the Hawaiian Burger), and luscious desserts.
For fresh eating on the go, skip the fast food drive-thru windows and stop at Pita Jungle, a favorite gathering spot for health-conscious locals, where the large menu of wraps, salads, burgers and entrees offer a wholesome yet tasty alternative to junk food.
If you're looking for a nice lunch spot with an eclectic selection of vegan and vegetarian fare, check out Desert Roots Kitchen in Tempe. The menu is always changing, but you can depend on fresh fare and a pastry case full of goodies.