Forget nibbling on a plate of fruit or ordering oatmeal at your next brunch. The late morning/early afternoon ritual that Vegas does oh-so-well isn’t just for bacon lovers. In fact, there’s an entire plant-based brunch scene waiting to be devoured.
By far, the most creative and healthiest option for vegan brunch awesomeness is found at Mandalay Bay’s Border Grill (bordergrill.com). Executive chef Richard Hoffmann knows what it takes to create sinful and sensational dishes to chow down on … without adding fake meats and cheeses. For $39, Hoffmann and crew deliver little plates of Mexican brunch specialties made entirely of fruits, veggies and plant-based milk to keep you firmly rooted in the brunch scene while impressing your omnivore friends. We’re talking chilaquiles covered in a gorgeous tomatillo sauce, with just the right amount of spice; chia pudding in an almond/coconut milk topped with organic blueberries and lemon balm grown in-house; nachos with hearts of palm; arepas sans meat and cheese; and even salads with microgreens and the sweetest (and most expensive) tomatoes. Here, it’s chef’s choice what you’re getting, but you can rest assured, it will all be amazing. Add bottomless booze and make it a true Vegas brunch ($15 for bottomless mimosas, or $20 to mix it up throughout the meal with mimosas and more). Brunch: Sat.–Sun., 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Down the street at Wynn Las Vegas, Terrace Pointe Café (wynnlasvegas.com) serves up a magical breakfast worthy of brunch status from open to close (6 a.m.–3 p.m.). Grab a seat on the patio overlooking the pool and nosh on staple brunch items, such as French toast made with banana soy milk and topped with fresh berries and maple syrup, or opt for a savory dish such as the spicy tofu scramble with peppers, onions, beluga lentils and potatoes. Want more typical lunch items? Terrace Pointe has eats like a Super Food Salad packed with—you guessed it—superfoods such as baby kale, or quinoa lettuce cups with soy and veggies in a ginger lemongrass sauce. Wash it all down with bottomless sparkling wine, Bellinis or mimosas for an additional $22.
For a chill weekend brunch, head to plant-based VegeNation (616 Carson Ave., Suite 120, vegenationlv.com). Every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., brunch is kicked up a notch thanks to the restaurant’s music director and co-founder of Soul Sessions, Tree Hill, who curates the weekly music that has included local acts such as Jessica Manalo, Sonia Seelinger, Cameron Calloway and Trice Be Phantommagnetic. Music aside, the Downtown community-based eatery serves up a killer dish: vegan chicken and waffles. If you’ve never had it, it’s the best in town and a must for any VegeNation brunch newbie. Also check out the popular Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, cooked to tender perfection, or the Food Not Bombs Bowl, made with black bean chili, scrambled tofu and spicy potatoes, and covered with shredded vegan cheese and chipotle cream. Grab some two-for-one mimosas or Bloody Marys to make it a vegan boozy brunch. Sun., 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Also Downtown is Bronze Cafe at The Market (611 Fremont St., themarketdtlv.com). Set up shop inside or hang on the East Fremont patio for people-watching (and fresh-made mimosa drinking) at its finest. Brunch is served daily and features goodies such as a vegan shakshuka with vegan tofu scramble served piping hot in a tomato bell pepper sauce with a grilled garlic pita, or the Eggs Benedict Arnold, Bronze’s twist on the popular omnivore dish with a tofu scramble topped with sweet corn sauce, pico de gallo and toasted pepitas over sweet potato hash, roasted mushrooms and julienned poblanos and jalapeños. Daily, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
If off-Strip is more your speed and you don’t want to deal with Downtown parking, locals favorite Violette’s Vegan (8560 W. Desert Inn Rd., violettesvegan.com) is the perfect place to end (or start) your week. The vibe is bright and airy, and the food nourishes from the inside out. Check out crowd favorites such as the Rise and Shine tofu scramble, which comes with a choice of bacon or sausage, bread and breakfast potatoes on the side; or the Breakfast Wrap Supreme, with scrambled tofu, seitan sausage, home-fried potatoes and Thousand Island dressing in a warm tortilla wrap, served with lightly grilled veggies. The top-selling California Dreamin’ Bacon Cheeze Burger—a handcrafted burger with tomato, avocado, pickle and Thousand Island dressing, topped with tempeh bacon and melted Daiya cheddar cheese—will have you humming a happy tune. There’s even live entertainment starting at noon on Sundays. Brunch: Fri.–Sun., 10 a.m.–2 p.m. –Genevie Durano
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.