Vegans Find More Variety to Savor in Valley Restaurants

Garden of Paradise, one of the winning dishes at Violette's Vegan. | photo By Anthony Mair

Garden of Paradise, one of the winning dishes at Violette’s Vegan. | photo By Anthony Mair

Las Vegas may be a bit of a newcomer on the vegan block, but in true Las Vegas fashion, it’s embracing the plant-based movement. In the last year alone, Las Vegas has seen the birth of one of the hottest spots in town for vegan eats, Downtown’s VegeNation, and has also been privy to many of the town’s most popular restaurants debuting vegan-specific menus (perhaps taking a note from Steve Wynn’s Wynn/Encore vegan menu restaurant policy). And, in April, the city was firmly planted on the vegan radar thanks to it first VegFest, bringing in major players in the vegan world like the Vegan Bros.

Here’s what’s sprouting up in Las Vegas’ vegan world:

Violette’s Vegan (ViolettesVegan.com), which launched a new breakfast menu in May, debuted four new dessert smoothies this month created by Ashley Diana, a well-known plant-based lifestyle and beauty blogger and the author of Marvelous Milkshakes. As of June 1, the organic spot offers peanut butter cup, lemon meringue, oatmeal raisin cookie and German chocolate cake smoothies.

Tapping into the health and wellness community is Health, Healing, Happiness (Health-Healing-Happiness.com), June 10-12 at Tuscany Suites. This conference focuses on plant-based nutrition and natural solutions. It also features some of the biggest names in nutrition, fitness, spirituality and personal development, as well as chef demos, fitness classes and a holistic health expo.

Downtown’s VegeNation (VegenationLV.com) will hold a popup fundraiser for Vegas Roots Community Garden at 6 p.m. on June 13. Money raised will go to help the community-based organization that cutivates more than four acres near Downtown.

Nacho Daddy (NachoDaddy.com) has expanded its vegan dining options at all of its locations. The popular Mexican restaurant offers an entire page of plant-based meals including a kale salad packed with carrots, cucumbers, corn, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions, avocado and, of course, kale, all tossed in an agave citrus vinaigrette; a spicy burrito filled with marinated vegan chick’n, sautéed kale, black beans, cherry tomato pico de gallo, spicy red chili paste and wild rice; and nachos with house-made spinach chips, covered in vegan queso, vegan chick’n, black beans, red and green bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, fire roasted corn, avocado, lima salsita, pico de gallo and marinated chick’n.

Finally, raw mixologist Shane Stuart—the man behind the healthy superfood vegan drinks at Grassroots Juice Bar (Grassrootslv.com)—has announced that he’s moving into the restaurant world with Panacea. Located in Boca Park and set to open in late August, Panacea will offer vegan cuisine, an essential oil vape bar, kombucha on tap, traditional tea ceremonies and more.

Diana Edelman aims to make living a vegan lifestyle in Las Vegas accessible to everyone. Check out the latest vegan news (and find out where to eat) on her website, VegansBaby.com

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