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Chandler

Ruchi Vegetarian South Indian Cuisine

2051 W. Warner Rd.
Chandler
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Ruchi is relatively new in town and quickly becoming a local favorite. All vegetarian and many vegan options, they feature a lunch buffet Tuesday-Sunday. Some dishes can be spicy, so specify how hot if ordering off of the regular menu.

Whole Foods Market Chandler

2955 West Ray Rd.
Chandler
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Serving made-to-order vegan pizza - the whole pie or by the slice - with Beyond Meat Chicken as a topping for an extra $2. (Beyond Meat Chicken is a fabulous, great tasting vegan chicken that even fooled New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman in a blind taste test). A good food bar, an extensive salad bar, and tasty vegan desserts from the bakery. The vegan peanut butter fudge in the bakery is a must as is the Beyond Meat Chicken in the cold case of the prepared foods section.

Mesa

Ike's Place

1130 W Grove
Mesa
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The best vegan subs. This chain restaurant is from the San Francisco and has quickly become a favorite in Arizona. You'll also love their air-fries!

Volstead Public House

105 W Main St
Mesa
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This hip little coffee house offers a fantastic sandwich. The Squawker Texas Ranger: Grilled vegan chicken drenched in Buffalo sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese, ranch and mixed greens. Open for breakfast and lunch everyday, and dinner on Fri and Sat. Everything on the menu is vegan by default! They also offer salads, vegan grilled cheese and occasional Saturday morning brunches!

Phoenix

Green

2022 N. 7th St.
Phoenix
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A completely vegan restaurant that specializes in American-style comfort food using lots of organic ingredients. Has an artsy, laid back atmosphere. We highly recommend the spicy buffalo “wings” appetizer and the “argentine” sandwich ($8) with strips of seitan/mock steak and caramelized peppers and onions as well as the spicy "g" po-boy and the secret BBQ chicken sandwich. Also offers unique salads (think ranchero salad with succulent slabs of BBQ chicken and ranch dressing) and noodle bowls. Don't forget a tsoynami for dessert, similar to a Dairy Queen Blizzard and quite the tasty treat. (At the Phoenix location, swing next door to Nami for the sweets!) A local favorite with omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike!

Nami

2014 N. 7th St.
Phoenix
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Completely vegan bakery that uses mostly organic ingredients. So many great desserts to choose from including the Winkie (a fresh take on the Twinkie), the gluten-free Yankee Doodle (crème filling sandwiched between two Snickerdoodle cookies), cupcakes, cookies, doughnuts, etc. The Tsoynamis - vanilla soft-serve ice-cream blended with mix-ins - are not to be missed and include Rocky Road, Vegan Ts’mores, Soy Capitan (vegan cap’n crunch and strawberries), and Coffee Coco Loco. A local favorite!

Pizza Heaven Bistro

5150 N. 7th St.
Phoenix
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This family-owned establishment offers vegan cheese pizza, along with fresh toppings chopped daily, and your choice of crust - original or whole wheat. Although they charge extra for vegan cheese, they give you large portions. Must haves are the baked ziti with vegan cheese, calzones with vegan cheese and Gardein sausage crumbles, and a Vegan Italian Sausage Parmigiana Sub. Friendly staff and a cozy atmosphere. A local favorite!

Pomegranate Cafe

4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Ste. 28
Phoenix
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Excellent all-vegetarian cafe which uses mostly organic ingredients. Highlights include the: Smokin' BLT, raw Taco Vivos (made with walnut meat, a dairy-free cheese, gauc, and mango salsa), and daily specials. Try the Berry Pepita French Toast for brunch or check out their constantly changing brunch specials which include pancakes, chive biscuits and gravy-based dishes, and tofu scramble made with seasonal vegetables. They also have lattes, smoothies, and vegan desserts. A local favorite!

Scottsdale

Fresh Mint

13802 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 161
Scottsdale
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All vegetarian and nearly all vegan restaurant with excellent mock meats. The Spicy Lemongrass Noodle Soup and Pho are very flavorful and filling soups and the Chef's Specials - Black Pepper Steak and Citrus Spareribs - are not to be missed. Main courses range in price from $9.95-$13.95. Other favorites include Eggplant with Basil, Golden Soy Chicken Delight, and Kung Pao Soy Chicken. Friendly service and bright decor, too.

Whole Foods Market Scottsdale

7111 E. Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix
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Serves made-to-order vegan pizza via the whole pie or by the slice. Great vegan options in the bakery, a good food bar, and an extensive salad bar. Be sure to check out the vegan peanut butter fudge in the bakery and (usually) at the coffee bar. Also not to be missed is the Beyond Meat Chicken - a fabulous, great tasting vegan chicken that even fooled New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman in a blind taste test. You can find it in the cold case of the prepared foods section.

Tempe

Cafe Lalibela

849 W. University Dr.
Tempe
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Has a nice lunch deal of three items for $7.95. Order the Vegetarian Platter to sample the variety. Injera, a large sourdough flatbread, is served with a choice of vegetarian offerings including: lentils, chick peas, beans and vegetables in a variety of sauces.

Green

2240 N. Scottsdale Rd., #8
Tempe
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A completely vegan restaurant that specializes in American-style comfort food using lots of organic ingredients. Has an artsy, laid back atmosphere. We highly recommend the spicy buffalo “wings” appetizer and the “argentine” sandwich ($8) with strips of seitan/mock steak and caramelized peppers and onions as well as the spicy "g" po-boy and the secret BBQ chicken sandwich. Also offers unique salads (think ranchero salad with succulent slabs of BBQ chicken and ranch dressing) and noodle bowls. Don't forget a tsoynami for dessert, similar to a Dairy Queen Blizzard and quite the tasty treat. (At the Phoenix location, swing next door to Nami for the sweets!) A local favorite with omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike!

Ike's Place

699 S Mill Ave.
Tempe
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The best vegan subs. This chain restaurant is from the San Francisco and has quickly become a favorite in Arizona. You'll also love their air-fries!

Pita Jungle (Tempe)

1250 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe
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A popular Mediterranean restaurant with plenty of tasty vegan options. The menu is extensive, the portions are generous, and the staff is quite knowledgeable. A local favorite! This location also offers vegan brunch on the weekends from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., which includes the Southwest Scramble (spicy and savory), vegan pancakes, crepes with fruit, and pancakes. Just ask for the vegan versions of these items.