Adapting to a vegan diet can be a challenge when you are on the go, especially with a lack of Indianapolis restaurants serving vegan options. Lack of meal planning can cause you to develop bad habits of grabbing vegan snacks that are not necessarily the best option available. Gone are the days of chomping on some run-of-the-mill black bean burger while you dine with your friends.
Luckily, restaurants are starting to adapt their menu to the growing population transitioning away from a meat-based diet. We hand-picked our favorite Indianapolis vegan-friendly restaurants that meet strict criteria. The restaurant must be affordable, convenient, and offer more than one vegan option, and the food must be vegan, fresh, and delicious.
Let’s Get Vegan Indianapolis
Three Carrots is no stranger to the Indianapolis vegan food scene. Originally located in the historical city market, Three Carrots has since expanded to their new location situated just across from the Culture Trail on Virginia Ave. in beautiful Fountain Square. Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner, Three Carrots is a must for any foodie or vegan in Indianapolis.
Our personal favorites: The Seitanderloin and Loaded B&G
The Sinking Ship is known for their loud music, hockey, diverse culture, and exceptionally creative culinary concoctions. Vegan diets are welcomed with savory options like seitan gyros, vegan brats, and the Smash the State “Meatball” Sandwich. Even better, step out back for a patio experience and pet a stranger’s dog.
Our personal favorite: Thai Seitan Salad
Located just off the Monon Trail, Broad Ripple Brewpub serves up some excellent options when it comes to snagging vegan food in Indianapolis. They offer their unique Nutty Burger and an interesting take on vegan fish and chips. If you are looking for great outdoor dining that welcomes your vegan diet, look no further than the Brewpub.
Our personal favorite: Seitan Tenders
Yet another Indianapolis restaurant located in the City Market, Spice Box offers delicious vegan Indian cuisine with the goal of making each bite a trip around the world. Call it cheesy, but Spice Box stands as one of the most authentic Indian culinary experiences we’ve encountered in Indianapolis. Affordable, convenient, fresh; Spice Box is a must-stop for any foodie or vegan eater.
Our personal favorite: Channa Spice Box and Aloo Spice Wrap
Located in Fountain Square, La Margarita is one of our vegan spots when we are feeling festive. With plenty of indoor seating and a dog-friendly patio, La Margarita has been serving up delicious mexican cuisine since 1984. Grab some homemade chips and salsa, toss in the guac, order up vegan tacos, and kick back with a delicious house marg.
Our personal favorite: Chorizo Burrito (made with vegan chorizo)
Don’t get us wrong, there are other great options for vegan dining in Indianapolis. Check back for updates on new favorites. If you have a favorite, click here to tell us!
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