Chiles en nogada from Barrio Café | Photo by Angelina Aragon
Though there are a slew of eateries that cater to vegans emerging around the Valley, it can be tricky to find plant-based options at regular restaurants. We’ve rounded up five of the best vegan menus at non-vegan restaurants, which feature everything from tacos with faux meat to soup sans animal products.
El Charro Hipster Bar and Café
El Charro Hipster Bar and Café is a local, family-owned establishment located on historic Grand Avenue in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. El Charro Hipster offers a few great options for vegans like arroz con leche (ride pudding) made with almond milk and street tacos with plant-based protein like tofu or soy chorizo.
1325 Grand Ave. Ste. 4, Phoenix, 602-730-3247, elcharrohipster.com
Testal Mexican Kitchen
The dishes at Testal Mexican Kitchen celebrate the culture of Northern Mexico and the flavor of high-quality products. The Burrito de Picadillo is stuffed with carne molida vegana con papas (vegan ground beef and potatoes). If that doesn’t satisfy your taste buds, try the Burrito de Frijol made with beans and vegan cheese. Don’t forget to ask for a side of vegan sour cream.
1325 Grand Ave., Ste. 1, Phoenix, 602-384-9993, testalphx.com
Serving specialty dishes representing Mexican American culture, Barrio Café is locally owned by Wendy Gruber and Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza. Chiles en nogada is an all-vegan dish served with mushrooms, platano, nuts, dried fruits, apples, pears, cashew cream reduction and piloncillo-glazed baby carrots. Dive into a tasty soup option for dinner: The Posole Verde Vegano is made with hominy, tomatillo, poblano pepper cabbage, calabacitas, corn and beans.
2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-636-0240, barriocafe.com
Start your brunch journey at Otro Cafe and enjoy a homemade vegan breakfast burrito created with fresh tofu, mushroom chorizo, beans, potatoes, and chili de arbol. Otro Cafe focuses on Mexico City-style cuisine, and sources all its fresh ingredients locally. Continue your odyssey to dinner with the Inca salad, which is made with quinoa, dried cranberries, pepitas, yulu, tomato, greens, herbs, red onion, avocado, corn, lime and herb vinaigrette.
6035 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, 602-266-0831, otrocafe.com
Cornish Pasty Co.
Walk into any of the five Arizona restaurants and order a pocket of flavor! Cornish Pasty Co. lists vegan pasties, a pie (turnover) filled with savory ingredients. The vegan Oggie is packed with portobello mushrooms, potatoes, rutabaga and onions. Another option is the vegan Pot Pie made with portobello mushrooms, carrots, red potatoes, green beans and celery mixed in with a rosemary gravy.
7 W. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602-374-8500, cornishpastyco.com