Henderson’s newest burger spot, Burger Joint (10890 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 108, 702-818-5996, BurgerJointLV.com), was established by “two dudes who wanted a place where the burger was king and the beer was cold.” This also marks the union of longtime Strip executive chef Jose Navarro and Damian Altamirano, who has spent more than 14 years under the guidance of Jean-Marie Josselin of 808 fame. The burger and craft beer–focused menu offers a selection of vegan bar eats, including cauliflower “wings” that are flash-fried and tossed in Buffalo sauce, fried pickles served with bean hummus, hand-cut fries and truffle fries topped with freshly grated truffles and served with black truffle ketchup, as well as sweet potato tots. Of course, Burger Joint also offers a vegan burger—a roasted portobello topped with slow-roasted tomatoes, caramelized onion, avocado and a fennel escabeche tucked between a black-sesame seed bun.
Downtown’s vegan hub VegeNation (616 Carson Ave., Suite 120, 702-366-8515, VegeNationLV.com) has added even more meat-free eats to its menu. Chef Donald Lemperle recently updated the offerings to include Buffalo cauliflower “wings” (clearly a trend), eggplant stacks with layers of house-made “cheese,” massaman curry and two new desserts: a massive bread pudding topped with organic seasonal fruit and a house-made tiramisu. But that’s not all. VegeNation also updated its cocktail menu with a Moscow Mule made with Las Vegas Distillery Vodka and a Moonshine Mojito with Las Vegas Distillery Moonshine and organic mint.
Finally, get ready to celebrate Halloween … vegan style. There are two major Halloween events taking place, both of which give back to the animals we all love. First, it’s Halloveegan Party from 5-9 p.m. on October 22. The bonfire event features fire-roasted vegan hot dogs and s’mores, desserts from Bronze Cafe and Heather Foods, plus cuddles with rescued farm animals. Tickets benefit ONE Family Animal Sanctuary and must be purchased in advance. ($26.62 adults, $16.37 kids under 8, OneFamilyLV.org).
On October 24, head over to the Tommy Wind Theater (3765 S. Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-895-9787, CWInt.org/Tricks-Treats-Vegan-Eats) for Tricks, Treats & Vegan Eats from 6-10:30 p.m. The event includes magic from Tommy Wind, the Amazing Steve and SnakeBabe Maria and Murray SawChuck, as well as a set from DJ Morpheus Blak. Tickets start at $42 and benefit Compassion Works International and Vegas VegFest, and include a meal from either GFY (“Good For You”) Burgers & Fries or Garden Grill.