Oct. 1 is National Vegetarian Day, October is National Vegetarian Awareness Month, Nov. 1 is World Vegan Day and November is World Vegan Month. On Friday, The Palazzo was even set to host one of the first, if not the first, vegan dine-arounds on the Strip at its Aquatic Club.
Las Vegas has numerous vegetarian and vegan (no dairy, eggs, etc.) restaurants, and, to mark National Vegetarian Awareness Month, three restaurants with extensive vegan menus were lunch spots for three consecutive days, with a lot of leftovers enjoyed for lunch the next two days:
Turmeric Flavors of India
Located in Downtown Las Vegas (700 Fremont St., (702) 906-2700, TurmericFlavorsofIndia.com) across from Container Park, Turmeric Flavors of India’s vegan menu served at lunch and dinner is impressive in scope, size and, unsurprisingly, flavor.
A recent lunch, with leftovers enough for at least two more meals, included naan, beets (Beet Bomba), cauliflower (Gobi Manchurian), watermelon and quinoa (Summer Fresca Salad), curries (Vindaloo, Saag and Madras), Masala Dosa (also gluten free) and much more.
It was one of the best Indian meals — meat and non-meat — ever; the spices were pungent and perfectly complemented the vegetables. In fact, another recent Indian lunch elsewhere featuring chicken and goat dishes paled in comparison to Turmeric.
Located at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place at Mandalay Bay, Hussong’s Cantina (HussongsLasVegas.com, (702) 632- 6450) and its vegan menu are absolutely worth a return visit. A recent lunch, also with leftovers galore, soared without its beef, chicken and fish (and, sadly, margarita) counterparts:
Chips and salsa, mango habanero guacamole, fish-less tacos, beef-less tips chile relleno and Gardein chick’n fajitas were devoured. All three taste very close to the real thing, if you will, and the salsas and sauces added kick to the meal. Happy hour even includes vegan menu items.
Slice of Vegas
Located two doors down from Hussong’s Cantina, Slice of Vegas (SliceofVegasPizza.com, (702) 632- 6470) is known for its pizza but might surprise with its vegan menu. Like its Titan Brands sister restaurant Hussong’s Cantina, the terrific, all-vegetable dishes are bursting with taste.
A recent vegan lunch — children will likely enjoy the menu, too — included chicken wings, meatballs, a vegan burger with vegan sweet potato fries, a buffalo pizza and vegan chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, which also is served at Hussong’s Cantina.
Final note: Who else is thrilled that cauliflower has replaced Brussels sprouts and kale this season as the vegetable du jour (although all three really are delish)?