LA to VEGAS, is vegan eating possible?

LA to VEGAS, is vegan eating possible?

Postby lex on Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:32 am

So aside from Ronald's Donut (which I am going to speed eat at least 100 in 5 minutes) are there any Vegan friendly restaurants in Vegas? Preferably on the strip? I'm assuming I'm going to be eating Cucumber Rolls at Sushi Roku.
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Re: LA to VEGAS, is vegan eating possible?

Postby Michelle on Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:06 am

I always manage to eat vegan in Vegas. I'm looking forward to my trip during Christmas week this year as the new Whole Foods opened at the beginning of October! Woohoo! :D

Here's a website I just googled that will help...
http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/A ... urants.htm

Here's my plan of action for eating in Vegas...
First stop- Whole Foods! Depending on if your room has a fridge/micrwave this is a no brainer. You can bring groceries back and if your room is equipped w/even the slightest of cooking accomodations you're all set. For quicker trips (and no place to cook) you can still fill up on fresh produce, granola, vegan food bars, ready made meals, etc. Whole Foods is a MUST for breakfast for me. Why is breakfast the most difficult vegan meal to eat out?? That's just not right. :p
EDITED TO ADD: The new Whole Foods is located off the freeway on your way into Vegas. It's near Fry's Electronics. They've recently developed a big shopping center out there w/tons of restaurants, etc near the new condos. It's across from the outlet shopping center (Tangier Outlets I want to say?). The new store is just south of the Strip on Las Vegas Blvd which is way closer than the one on Charleston going towards Red Rock Canyon.

On the Strip- I personally stay away from the Buffets. It's just not worth it for me to pay A LOT of $$ to eat salad & fruit. I hear the Wynn has vegetarian/vegan options at their buffet.
I'm able to order vegan at most sit down restaurants (just ask them to hold the cheese on your veggie sandwich, pasta, etc.). I remember having a great eggplant/zucchini sandwich at The Paris (the name of the restaurant escapes me).
Regale at Excalibur is wonderful. The service is excellent, the food is yummy, & the prices aren't ginormous for a lovely little Italian restaurant. Their menu boasts a "hearty vegetable soup" (must be new to the menu or I would've tried it already!) with tomato broth, elbow pasta, & extra virgin olive oil. They have make your own pasta available also. They have wonderfully sounding side dishes of asparagus, brocolli, etc. I remember ordering a pasta dish w/brocolli that was really good once. And the waiter was kind enough to check the ingredients w/the chef. The marinara sauce is ok but definately not the white sauce. :) Here's a link to their website...http://www.excalibur.com/restaurants/re ... atery.aspx
The Planet Hollywood restaurant at Caesars Palace is a great place for late night munching & drinks. I'm pretty sure I've seen a veggie burger on their menu and maybe a veggie sandwich.
Most of the larger casino/hotel/shopping centers that boast a large number of restaurants tend to have a deli/pasta/salad joint you can seek out. Once I went to one (can't remember if it was Caesar's Palace or Bellagio) where I was able to order a personalized salad. It was HUGE and reasonably priced. The place also had pizza, pasta, & sandwiches available.
I've read that the spa at The Venetian offers organic & vegan fare. They have vegan chili, tofu stir fry, & a 3 course fix menu for $17. You can link to a pdf of their take out menu here...http://www.canyonranch.com/spaclubs/las-vegas-cafe.aspx

As for slightly off The Strip- Go Raw Cafe is really good. Last time I was there they had a food bar. It's about 7 miles west of the Strip.
Long Life Vege is really good, always a must-stop (especially when we have a fridge/micro in the room and I get to have leftovers for breakfast the next day!). The menu is mostly vegan & is clearly marked. Never been crowded when we've gone, it's inside a strip mall at Flamingo/East of the Strip.

Here's the HappyCow list...
http://www.happycow.net/disp_results_ad ... egas%2C+nv

Honestly, I've NEVER been to Ronald's Donuts. I've heard about it & heard about it but have never been a donut person.
My husband & I head to Vegas quite a few times a year and it can be challenging but also adventurous to find new places to eat. And Vegas is constantly changing so I think that helps. With all the new upscale condos I think more of a healthier-lifestyle-clientele is moving into the city and bringing with them a market for vegetarian/vegan places. Who would've thought Vegas would ban smoking in casinos?? That's a sign of the changing times imho.

Good luck & enjoy your trip! Come back & tell us of all the wonderful places you dined. :)
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Re: LA to VEGAS, is vegan eating possible?

Postby lex on Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:22 pm

Thanks for the really detailed write up! I have a feeling I'll be marooned at PF Changs (barf) Hopefully I'll get lucky and have some finds and some pics to share!
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Re: LA to VEGAS, is vegan eating possible?

Postby Michelle on Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:35 am

I've heard that PF Chang's is vegan-friendly but haven't been brave enough to find out for myself. Good luck!
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Re: LA to VEGAS, is vegan eating possible?

Postby lex on Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:23 am

Heading out in a few hours and we're going to stop at One World Vegetarian on the way out of dodge since we rarely get over the East Side.

I also recalled from a past trip there there are two vegan friendly joints in the Venetian. Depending on how flexible our friends are we're going to try the raw restaurant (since they have cooked food, too) and one of the other veggie joints, but at night we're going to revert to vegan 1.0 and see if we can't get what ever Vegas restaurant our crew picks to make something other than grilled veggies. I think I'm just going to start saying "tell the chef he can do better than that and to surprise me or let me back there."
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Re: LA to VEGAS, is vegan eating possible?

Postby Michelle on Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:51 am

LOL! Sounds like a plan! :)

Drive safe! And be sure to post your findings when you get back. I'll be out there next month for Christmas week.
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Re: LA to VEGAS, is vegan eating possible?

Postby lex on Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:49 pm

Wow after hours vegan eating is IMPOSSIBLE. we hit up this Tapas place Firefly that is open until 2am and had tomato soup, pasta, french fries and assume it was vegan :( Vegas SUCKS.
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Postby quarrygirl on Fri Nov 21, 2008 8:45 am

there's always il fornaio at ny ny if you want some vegan italian food! minestrone and capellini pomodoro are both safe. prolly full of oil though. :p
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Re: LA to VEGAS, is vegan eating possible?

Postby lex on Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:09 pm

holy crap Ronalds is the death of me, the death of me....
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