10 restaurants for the Vegas vegetarian

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Las Vegas has countless dining options to satisfy every taste. For those who live a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle or are maybe just looking for something a little healthier to eat, there are plenty of choices too. From the finest gourmet restaurants to pizza joints and casual cafes, here are some of our top recommendations on where to find vegetarian meals:

1)      Any restaurant at Wynn or Encore: Wynn and Encore hotels offer meat and dairy-free vegan options at all of their restaurants. Just ask for a vegan menu. Society Café at Encore serves breakfast items like vegan French toast and Florentine Benedict made with tofu, spinach, English muffin, tomato confit and roasted tomato “Hollandaise.” Dinners include vegan pasta and the Wynn Double Down burger, made with Gardein patties and soy cheese. SW Steakhouse at Wynn might serve meat but there are plenty of vegan options like root vegetable quinoa cakes, asparagus and chanterelle risotto and almond crusted Gardein Chick’n.

2)      Shibuya Japanese restaurant at MGM GrandShibuya offers several tasting menus including a five-course vegetarian menu. Start out with organic Asian field greens or a seaweed salad. The second course offers options like a warm Japanese mushroom salad or chilled tofu. Next, choose from assorted tempura vegetables, sautéed vegetables or crispy tofu. The menu also includes a sushi chef’s selection of vegetarian rolls and nigiri. Finish your meal with seasonal fruits and mochi or jasmine anmit su, a jelly-like Japanese dessert.

3)      Slice of Vegas at Mandalay Bay: Slice of Vegas serves gluten-free pastas and pizza as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Appetizers include meatless meatballs, roasted cauliflower and bruschetta. Try the vegan faux pie, which features a vegan crust and pizza sauce with Daiya mozzarella shreds and a mix of vegetables. Top off your meal with vegan chocolate cake with a creamy peanut butter frosting.

4)      Pura Vida Bakery & Bystro: This restaurant, located at 1236 Western Ave. near downtown Las Vegas, touts their “100 percent cruelty-free kitchen.”  Try a breakfast item like the “Frenchie,” several slices of French toast with nutmeg, cinnamon and real vanilla. Entrees include organic salad, empanadas and the Chixz wrap filled with tofu, parsely, onion, celery, paprika and cumin. Don’t forget to stop at the bakery case for vegan muffins, cookies, cakes and more.

5)      Veggie House: Located at 5115 Spring Mountain Rd. in Chinatown, Veggie House serves up tons of options for vegetarians including faux beef with broccoli, orange chicken, pineapple duck, sizzling beef vegetables, chow mein noodles, house fried rice and much more.

6)      Veggie Delight: 3504 Wynn Rd. in Chinatown is a vegan and vegetarian café with fruit smoothies, teas, a selection of soups, tofu and meatless entrees, appetizers, noodles and sandwiches. Menu items include beef fried noodles, pork rib soup, Indian curry beef, mushroom chicken, deep fried tofu and more.

7)      Border Grill at Mandalay Bay: Border Grill takes part in “Meatless Mondays,” encouraging guests to go meat-free once a week.  Try a two-course lunch, which includes a sampling of vegetarian appetizers and your choice of vegetarian tacos, quesadilla, entrée or salad. There is also a three-course dinner with a vegetarian appetizer, entrée and dessert. Border Grill also has a variety of regular menu items that are 80 percent plant-based ingredients like plantain empanadas, quinoa fritters, a watercress, jicama and orange salad and chile relleno.

8)      Red Velvet Café at Fashion Show mall:  This café and bakery offers vegan and vegetarian options including breakfast items, salads, wraps and sandwiches. Dishes can be ordered with vegan cheeses and meats.  You’ll also want to try one of the vegan desserts here like the signature red velvet cake.

9)      Pop up Pizza at the Plaza Hotel: This is the place to go downtown for vegetarians who are craving a slice of pizza. The create-your-own menu allows you to choose from toppings like mushrooms, olives, eggplant, spinach, potatoes and more. Desserts, including vanilla and chocolate soft serve, are also vegan.

10)   Bar+Bistro: This restaurant, located in the arts district downtown at 107 E. Charleston Blvd., has a large vegan menu including tapas like tacos, hummus, fries and stuffed peppers. Other options include salads, vegan sliders, sandwiches, pizzas and paella. Try the chocolate vegan cake for dessert.

Kristine McKenzie

Kristine grew up in Minnesota and got tired of the Arctic weather so she left one extreme for another in 1994 and moved to Las Vegas where she much prefers the desert heat. She earned her degree in journalism and worked in radio, newspapers and magazines before joining Vegas.com in 2001. Kristine has covered a variety of topics for the website, writes blogs and loves her current assignment, which is to eat at some of the world's finest restaurants and write about the exciting Vegas dining scene. Follow Kristine on Google+ and Twitter.

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