Viva Las Vegan

The Best Hidden Vegan Dining Spots in the Valley

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As a resident of Las Vegas for nearly 14 years and a vegan for almost two, I can say, with confidence, that it’s becoming easier and easier to abide by the strict diet that is void of meat and animal products. Local vegans often flock to well-known places such as Whole Foods or Red Velvet Cafe for a quick bite, but here are five other places that may have slipped under your run-of-the-mill vegan’s radar.

The Linq

Already a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, the Linq is also surprisingly vegan-friendly. Visit Yard House (702-597-0434) for some Gardein appetizers, such as the “wings” (available with buffalo or Jamaican Jerk sauce). For something more substantial, visit Flour & Barley Brick Oven Pizza (702-430-4434), where any pie can be made with dairy-free Daiya cheese. I’d recommend the Verdure, a pizza topped with zucchini, eggplant, artichoke, mushrooms and spinach (just be sure to request the vegan cheese). Lastly, hit Sprinkles (702-733-0522) for dessert: an incredible vegan red velvet cupcake.

Nacho Daddy

Chef Mike Aragonez has been serving up heaps of his twist on classic nachos for about four years, but few know that the restaurant also has an all-vegan menu available on request. Items include those vegan nachos (with fajita peppers, onions, mushrooms, corn, dairy-free cheese, diced tomatoes, and guacamole and tomatillo salsa topped with a veggie patty and served on jalapeno chips), and a spicy tofu burrito (spiced, sautéed tofu with fire chili sauce, pico de gallo, spinach, cabbage, wild rice and black beans). With locations in Henderson and Downtown, it’s a hidden vegan spot that really shouldn’t be. 9925 S. Eastern Ave., Henderson, 702-462-5000; 113 N. Fourth St., 702-778-7800;

Cornish Pasty Co.

Cornish Pasties are pockets of dough filled with various toppings, and Cornish Pasty Co. in Commercial Center offers at least two vegan versions of this British delight daily; just ask a server for the day’s specials. Past creations have included a pasty filled with peppers, onions, tomatoes and Daiya cheese paired with house-made salsa. 953 S. Eastern Ave., 702-862-4538,

Pop Up Pizza

Vegan pizza is available all around the city, but visit Pop Up Pizza in the Plaza after your Downtown bar-hopping adventure for the Soho: vegan mozzarella, spinach, mushrooms, artichokes and red bell peppers. The pies are available whole or by the slice till 2 a.m. Don’t miss the vegan garlic knots and dairy-free chocolate and vanilla soft serve, as well. 1 S. Main St., 702-366-0049,

Lyfe Kitchen

The name Lyfe stands for “Love Your Food Everyday,” and the newly opened Henderson location of this health-first chain founded by two ex-McDonald’s executives is a far cry from the fast-food giant. While not entirely vegan, the restaurant boasts a hefty vegan menu that includes soups, salads, tacos, sandwiches and dessert. Try the Italian sausage and mozzarella ravioli that pairs vegan sausage and cheese with kale, cherry tomatoes, garlic and basil. 140 S. Green Valley Pkwy., Henderson, 702-558-0131,