The days of boring salad options are over with choices like beet milanesa tortas (Funkmeyers Rec Room), tofu puffy tacos (Jonbalaya), chickpea fries (Tabla), and vegan Thai ice cream (Tippi Teas). Great vegan sushi is at Dragonfly Wine & Sushi Bistro, while Eloise and Joe Vinny & Bronson’s are ladling vegan menudo. With numerous local eateries serving housemade veggie burgers, it’s a great time to be a vegetarian in El Paso, especially with these five exemplary restaurants.
255 Shadow Mountain Dr., 915-581-2441, Website
Comfort food with a touch of whimsy can be found at this Wes Anderson-inspired bar and cafe. From seasonal menus to vegan beer dinners, the kitchen does its best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Vegan nachos are smothered in housemade “queso”, curry bowls come with your choice of tofu or seitan, and the avocado reuben hardly misses the pastrami. Best of all, no upcharge for subbing non-dairy milk in coffee drinks.
2. The Green Ingredient
201 E. Main Dr. (inside the Chase Building), 915-298-1010, Website
With a predominantly vegetarian menu including a separate veggie burger menu, it’s a given that this downtown eatery would win the Best of the Best Veggie-friendly Restaurant award two years in a row. Healthy options abound with a juice bar and raw dishes of spiralized veggies and lettuce tacos stuffed with walnut-pecan “meat.” The nut cheese trio starter made from fermented nut puree and the avocado chocolate mousse are not to be missed.
3. Cafe Mayapan
2000 Texas Ave., 915-217-1126, Website
Buena comida, buena causa (good food, good cause) sums up Mayapan’s mission to serve up authentic Mexican specialties like potato flautas, enchiladas suizas, and nopalitos (cactus) in chile colorado. Tacos, tostadas, and burritos can be stuffed with nopalitos, calabacitas, chipotle mushrooms, beans, or green chile strips in cream.
4.Tosca Stone Oven Pizzeria
4017 N. Mesa, 915-532-2700, Website
No list would be complete without a pizza place, and Tosca has to be one of the most underrated restaurants in town. Order The Green Devil pizza topped with poblano, green chile, pine nuts, zucchini, serrano sauce, and feta. Other options include paninis, pasta or zoodle (zucchini noodles) dishes, and piadina, an ancient grain flatbread with baba ghanoush, pesto, feta, almonds, and more.
1613 N. Zaragoza, 915-929-2592, Website
This nationally acclaimed eastside eatery first pioneered El Paso’s gourmet food truck scene with its Korean BBQ tacos which are seriously addicting. Fortunately, vegetarians don’t have to miss out on this Cali street taco specialty that can be ordered with tofu, as well as their newest menu item, flautas ahogadas, which are rolled tacos drenched in a green salsa broth, and topped with asadero, queso fresco, and Oaxacan crema.
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