Essential and Must-Try Vegan Dishes in Tucson

15 Delicious, Local Vegan Dishes

Tucson’s vegan food scene continues to grow at an exciting rate.

With the endless vegan options the city has to offer, it can be difficult to make the big decision of where to enjoy your next meal. Although that’s a good problem to have.

Vegetarian Delight at La Indita (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Plus, you’ll find plenty of vegan versions of your old favorites, so if you ever feel like trying your more traditional choices, you can still treat yourself without involving animal products.

No matter what you’re craving, this ultimate vegan food guide has you covered. Here we give you a list of 15 delicious vegan options at some of the best restaurants in Tucson (in no particular order).

substance dinner

1015 S. Park Ave.

Place your order at the Substance Diner food truck and enjoy your meal at Motosonora Brewing Company outdoor terrace (suitable for dogs) or to take away. Don’t forget that Substance Diner’s menu is 100% vegan.

My favorite command: Substance Burger with beer mushrooms, Cesar salad with beer mushrooms, dinner fries, and a side of ranch and ketchup to dip.

For more information, visit substancediner.com.

Renée’s biological oven

7065 E. Tanque Verde Road.

Renee Vegan Pizza Crush – a savory red sauce tossed with vegan pesto and topped with fresh zucchini, mild Kalamata olives, crunchy broccoli, tangy artichokes and crunchy bell peppers.

Add Daiya for this traditional cheese and stir in garlic knots and your dessert of choice for the perfect combination. Also, ask them again Vegan Box take-out special and get a little something for everyone.

For more information, visit reneestucson.com.

Turmeric

2526 E. Sixth Ave. • 402 E.Fourth St.

With fresh, locally sourced, organic and nutritious Latin-inspired cuisine, Tumerico offers some of the best vegan tamales in town. Dip your fork into Red Chilli Jackfruit Tamales with Potatoes with Green Olives and Jalapeño.

Foodie Tip: Tumerico changes their menu daily, so be sure to call to check availability of their menu items.

For more information, visit tumerico.com.

noodies

1730 E. Speedway Blvd.

All of Noodies handmade fresh pasta is vegan, with the exception of their fettuccine.

Taste their fruity gelato and don’t leave without trying their homemade creation Fried Pasta — crispy fries smothered in your choice of sauce. Stick with tomato basil and ask no cheese to make everything vegan.

For more, follow Noodies on Instagram.

Ensenada street food

1602 S. Park Ave.

Among the variety of vegan options at Ensenada Street Food, Vegan Pastor’s Tacos and Chilaquiles consistently stand out and shine as my top contenders.

For more, follow Ensenada Street Food on Instagram.

Tohono Chul Garden Bistro

7366 N. Paseo Del Norte

Surround yourself with a beautiful variety of plants at Garden Bistro in Tohono Chul. the Graze lunch bowl is vegan as is with vegan sausage, spinach, sweet corn, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, shallots, I’ltoi onion, mashed potatoes, poblano and vegan herb aioli.

Order the refreshment Sandia and Arugula Salad and sub-balsamic dressing to make it vegan.

For more information, visit tohonochul.org.

81 Hong Kong Cafe

625 E. Wetmore Rd. #109

Since Lemon Pepper Fried Tofu for Brown Sugar Glazed Jelly81 Hong Kong Cafe’s vegan options will satisfy every craving.

Look for the many vegan symbols on the menu and while you’re at it, check out the basil eggplant, one of my current favorites.

For more information, visit the81hongkongcafe.com.

Lively Restaurant

6440 N. Campbell Avenue

by Perennial Vegan Bolognese well seasoned features Beyond meat and mushrooms with penne pasta and vegan parmesan.

In addition, their open Italian style Beyond Meat Veggie Burger can be made vegan if you ask for their homemade vegan cheese.

For more information, visit vivacetucson.com. Read our February 2022 article “Vivace Named One of OpenTable’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America.”

Del Cielo Tamales

3073 N. Campbell Avenue

The vegan golden tacos the plate is high on my list of Del Cielo favourites.

Three crispy tacos stuffed with meat and vegetable-based beans and topped with fresh vegetables, tangy pickled onions and vegan cheese. Served with delicious rice and salsa on the side.

For more information, visit delcielotamales.com.

La Indita

722 N. Stone Ave.

Did you know that La Indita’s delicious creamy beans and fluffy rice are always vegan? In fact, all of the vegetarian dishes marked with a red asterisk on their menu can be vegan except for green sauce and mole.

My personal recommendation is Vegetarian delight – a special combination plate with a potato taco, spinach enchilada, spinach tostada with mushrooms and served with beans and rice (don’t ask for cheese on the beans).

For more information, follow La Indita on Facebook.

Rocco’s little pizzeria in Chicago

2707 E. Broadway Blvd.

the giant mushroom Rocco’s Little Chicago Deep Pizza is an appetizing grilled mix of portabello and white mushrooms with onions and garlic. Add spicy hot sticks with pizza sauce (NOT marinara) on the side, because it’s vegan.

Foodie tip: Mention that you want both dishes to be served vegan to avoid any cheese or ranch dressing.

For more information, visit roccoslittlechicago.com.

Yoshimatsu Japanese Restaurant

2741 N. Campbell Avenue

With pages of so many tasty colorful options, Yoshimatsu makes it easy to locate the many vegan options on their menu.

the Mushroom and Ginger Ramen, labeled as an immune system booster with three types of mushrooms, including Maitake and fresh vegetable sushi rolls, always impresses. Also, try the Asparagus Tempura roll – it’s 10/10 delicious.

For more information, visit yoshimatsuaz.com.

Urban freshness

73 E. Pennington Street

Urban Fresh treats its BLT lovers to TLC.

Crispy rice paper bacon sandwiched between crisp lettuce leaves, thick and juicy slices of tomato, and topped with sliced ​​onions, creamy avocado and rich hummus. The crunch of their rice paper bacon is incredibly satisfying, you won’t regret this healthy take on an American classic.

For more information, visit urbanfreshaz.com.

Farora

3000 E. Broadway Blvd.

Find vegan mozzarella and homemade vegan sausages at Falora – an analog neighborhood spot (they spin vinyl records instead of streaming music online) that offers Napoli pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven.

My favorite command: The Cauliflora pizza, with its perfect mix of roasted bouquets and poblanos and the Hazelnut gnocchihot ravioli swimming in a savory vegetable broth with a ginger glaze.

For more information, visit www.falora.com.

Zayna Mediterranean Restaurant

1138 N. Belvedere Ave.

The combination of fried cauliflower with creamy hummus and buttery tahini, sprinkled with cumin and topped with crunchy pickles, juicy tomato slices, crisp lettuce and onion on a Greek pita is absolute perfection. The only thing left to do after ordering Zayna’s cauliflower sandwich is to choose between fries or a salad for your side dish.

Their falafel sandwich is also vegan.

For more information visit www.zaynamemediterranean.com.