As the trend toward healthy and humane eating increases in the U.S., vegan restaurants are on the rise. Here, three of our favorite new venues.
Jajaja – New York City
Swapping out meats and cheese, Jajaja reinterprets south-of-the-border favorites. “Fish” tacos, for example, feature hemp- and flax-seed-battered chayote squash, and “carnitas” tacos come stuffed with braised hearts of palm and jackfruit. Locally brewed Mexican-style beers and a curated selection of mezcals and tequilas round out the menu.
Fancy Radish – Washington, D.C.
With Fancy Radish, chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby bring their veggie crusade from Philadelphia, where they run the popular Vedge, to the nation’s capital. The menu draws on global inspiration in dishes such as rutabaga fondue, sunchoke ramen, and za’atar grilled maitake mushrooms.
Farm Spirit – Portland, Oregon
Farm Spirit takes vegan food upscale in tasting menus that focus on the Cascadian bioregion – it sources roughly 95 percent of its ingredients within 105 miles, including foraged and farm-to-table produce. Menus change continually and, with advanced notice, can include gluten- and nut-free variations.
Top: Herbs and greens with spiced hazelnut puree and elderberry dressing at Farm Spirit. (Dina Avila)