If you’re like most of the vegan community and have been missing the popular family-owned Pancho’s Kitchen (5201 W. Charleston Blvd.), we’ve got good news. The Mexican restaurant has (finally) reopened after doing the farmers markets for the better half of the past year. Housed in a new spot just six miles from its old haunt, Pancho’s Kitchen is back and better than ever. The restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner and has an entire vegan menu of delicious Mexican eats. Start your day with some chilaquiles with vegan cheese and sour cream or nosh on the huevos rancheros. If you’re more of a lunch/dinner Mexican-food junkie, head there later for your fix in the form of tacos, tamales, burritos, enchiladas, nachos and much more. There’s even vegan Horchata. Swoon.
Need to get that sweet-tooth fix? If you’re in the northwest side of town, the vegan goodness keeps on coming. Cinnaholic (cinnaholic.com), an all-vegan (shhh, don’t tell your non-vegan friends) and cholesterol-free cinnamon bun shop, recently opened its newest location at 7920 W. Tropical Pkwy. in Centennial Hills. We dig this spot for its create-your-own cinnamon rolls with an abundance of options. Our current favorite: cotton candy frosting (yup, you read that right), fresh raspberries, marshmallows and raspberry jam drizzle. Also new for spring: mango and pineapple.
Finally, Fruits & Roots Cold Pressed Juice Bar + Wellness Kitchen (fruitsnroots.com) has started construction on its third location in town at Blue Diamond Road and Decatur Boulevard. The space is larger than the flagship location (7885 W. Sunset Rd.), and includes a plug-and-play dining room with complimentary Wi-Fi and USB outlets, as well as a drive-thru. It is also expanding its plant-based options on its current menu, which features wraps, soups, salads, bowls and more. Fruits & Roots also has some sweet juices and wellness shots, plus a vegan Caesar salad with a homemade “Rawmesian” cheese (a take on Parmesan) that is dreamy. The new location opens this summer.