Where to find the best vegan dishes in Pasadena during World Vegan Month – Pasadena Weekendr

Top Row (LR): My Vegan Restaurant, Buffalo Cauliflower from Sage Vegan Bistro, Pumpkin Cheesecake from Green Earth Vegan Cuisine, Vegan Breakfast Pizza from Real Food Daily, Jackfruit Lettuce Wraps from True Food Kitchen, Granville’s artisan flatbread. Bottom row (LR): Vegan Pasta from MyNamaste Spiceland, Loaded Sweet Potato Fries from Daddy’s Chicken Shack, Pizza from The Pizza Plant, Katsu Curry Rice from Osawa, Chanaa Masala from Tibet Nepal House, Cottage Pie from Lucky Baldwin.

November is World Vegan Month, where vegans around the world take pride in their contributions to the environment and the food chain.

Whether you’re vegan or not, you can take part in this World Month celebration by visiting one of the following vegan restaurants in Pasadena, courtesy of Visit Pasadena, the Pasadena Center Operating Company.

Pasadena’s pioneering restaurant, My Vegan, at 633 S. Arroyo Parkway, has been delighting diners with its Thai-inspired Asian dishes for more than a decade. The Pad Thai is a customer favorite, as are their Orange Chicken and Angry Pork dishes, where they use soy-based meat substitutes. This lunch and dinner outpost can also accommodate gluten-free and soy-free dietary restrictions. They accept take-out and delivery orders. Call (626) 578-9017 or visit www.myveganrestaurants.com.

The Sage Vegan Bistro at One Colorado is open daily for weekday breakfast, weekend brunch, and lunch and dinner. The plant-based restaurant with global influences is dedicated to using locally sourced organic produce. In the spirit of their hashtag #beastfeast, dishes like cauliflower “wings,” taco salad and Bollywood bowl are inspired by international favorites. They are open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily for outdoor dining, delivery, and takeout. Call (626) 564-8111 or visit www.sageveganbistro.com/pasadena-location.

Green Earth Vegan Cuisine, located at 37 S. Fair Oaks Ave., specializes in vegan fusion cuisine. It is a family restaurant with American, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Thai and Vietnamese dishes on the lunch and dinner menu. They even have a vegan twist on Canada’s signature poutine! Save room for decadent desserts like carrot cake, cheesecake, and Thai banana rolls with ice cream. They are open for dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For takeout and delivery orders, visit www.greenearthvegan.square.site.

Real Food Daily, at 899 E. Del Mar Blvd., offers a wide menu that includes all-day breakfast, salads, burgers, pizzas, tacos, bowls and sandwiches. You can accompany your meal with healthy drinks or indulge in beer, wine, hard kombucha and other alcoholic libations. They are open for dinner, from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For curbside pickup and contactless delivery, order online at www.realfood.com/online-ordering.

True Food Kitchen, at 168 W. Colorado Blvd., is part of a national chain dedicated to seasonal, healthy and nutritious cooking. The menu is coded with “(v)”, so it’s easy to focus on what’s vegan, from soups and salads to pizzas, bowls and burgers. They can also adapt dishes to diets like keto and paleo. For dinner, curbside pickup, and contactless delivery, they’re open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. the rest of the week. Visit www.truefoodkitchen.com/locations/pasadena for more information.

Granville, at 270 S. Lake Ave., also designates vegan options on their menus, making it a great spot for groups with mixed food preferences. Think lemon couscous, homemade chili, butter lettuce cups, beet salad, vegan burgers, quinoa poblano and farro mushroom risotto. They accept pickup and delivery orders and are open for rooftop dining and patio dining for lunch and dinner. Visit www.granvillecafe.com.

My Namaste Spiceland, located at 270 N. Hill Ave., is an Indian/British market and informal cafe with an all-vegetarian menu that includes many vegan options. The robust menu features Indian specialties from several regions as well as street food like pani puri. Vegan dosas, samosas and mango lassi are delicious treats. They only accept take-out orders and contactless deliveries, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit www.mynamastespiceland.com.

Daddy’s Chicken Shack at 11 W. Dayton St. has gained a cult following for its buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches, but vegans have also raved about their animal-free offerings, like The Vegan Daddy, a pickled cauliflower sandwich. with coconut milk and curry that gets a flavorful punch thanks to toppings of vegan sambal mayo, napa salad, cilantro and mint; and Vegan Daddy Nuggets, essentially a deconstructed version of the sandwich that skips the bun. They are open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit www.daddyschickenshack.com for more information.

When you’re craving guilt-free pizza, check Instagram to find out when and where The Pizza Plant truck will be in Pasadena on its weekly rotation. The 100% organic plant-based gourmet pizzas are whimsical and creative, using ingredients such as seasonal vegetables, cashew cheese, plant-based sausages and shitake bacon. The menu also includes “plantwiches” and salads. You can also take out pizza at Whole Foods Market at 465 S. Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena. Visit www.thepizzaplant.com for more information.

Delicatessen by Osawa, at 851 Cordova St., is a fast-casual Japanese staple where vegans can order the vegan curry rice made with steamed vegetables and rice. Their daily assortment of fresh cold deli meats also typically includes vegan dishes like beet salad, eggplant, tofu, and ginger cucumber. It’s always best to confirm that the sides are indeed vegan, as some salad dressings contain fish sauce and egg. They are open for delivery orders only. Call (626) 844-8788 or visit www.delicabyosawa.com for more information.

Vegans can find a variety of options at Tibet Nepal House, located at 36 E. Holly St., dedicated to Himalayan cuisine from Tibet, Nepal, and India. From potato pickle salad and vegetable samosas to Ali Gobi curry and vegetable fried rice, you can have a truly heart-warming plant-based feast here. They are only open for take-out and delivery orders. Visit www.tibetnepalhouse.com/menu.html.

If you’re looking for a place to watch a sporting event on TV, Lucky Baldwin’s Pub at 17 S. Raymond Ave. is your place. They’re known for their beer selection and casual gourmet fare, and in addition to their meat offerings, the British pub has a mushroom and lentil pie that can be served vegan as well as a veggie burger. Visit www.luckybaldwins.pub or call (626) 795-0652.


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