Vegetarian Phoenix: 10 Great Spots for Fresh, Bold Flavors in the Valley

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. 



Flower Child is the latest chic restaurant from Fox Restaurant Concepts. The operating philosophy is fresh, healthy fare, with a decidedly vegetarian bent. But even die-hard carnivores should find something to satisfy their hunger here. The...  Read More



Desert Roots Kitchen is a vegan and vegetarian cafe tucked away in a colorful alley in downtown Tempe. Chef and owner Leslie Robin dishes out hearty and delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine featuring fresh ingredients sourced from local farms....  Read More



Although not strictly a vegetarian restaurant, the Persian Garden Cafe offers a great selection of Persian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian and Vegan cuisine. Appetizers include Middle Eastern classics such as hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and baba...  Read More



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This regional chain is a favorite with local foodies and health-conscious enthusiasts. The large, eclectic menu features wraps, salads, burgers, wood fired pizzas, and several delectable sides, as well as a small but very satisfying dessert...  Read More



Even if you're not vegetarian, you'll appreciate the fresh, flavorful cuisine at this Vietnamese and Pan-Asian cafe. There are nine items on the "Lunch on the Run" menu, and you really can't go wrong with the selection of aromatic, tasty lunch...  Read More



This all-vegan restaurant features a diverse menu of American comfort food and ethnic specialty dishes. Fresh ingredients and ingenious preparation ensures that even the most ardent meat-lover won't miss a thing. Appetizers, salads, soups,...  Read More



Once a humble downtown Phoenix food truck, Short Leash Hot Dogs is now one of downtown Phoenix's most-loved local eateries. The restaurant specializes in gourmet hot dogs - but these are not your typical ballpark hot dogs. They come wrapped in...  Read More

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Delicious meets nutritious at this Chandler-area gem. Healthy, wholesome, yet still delectable, brunch and lunch selections are artfully created and served using only the highest quality ingredients. Try the Breakfast Burrito, made with your...  Read More



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