Best "Meats": The Herbivorous Butcher
The Herbivorous Butcher knows a thing or two about vegan meats. As one of the only 100% vegan butcher shops in the country, these folks have captured the texture, taste, and crave-ability of meat... without the meat. Stock up on totally vegan chorizo, breakfast sausage, bacon, steaks, ribs, brats, burgers, chicken, cold-cut sandwiches, and more. They even have cheese plate-ready vegan cheeses!
Best Burger: Stray Dog
Stray Dog's epic vegetarian menu offers so much more plant-based goodness than your typical bar that it'll leave your head spinning. Loaded with vegan options, the burger section alone features a whopping FOURTEEN veg-friendly burgers, including Beyond patties with vegan bacon on a white cheddar-stuffed pretzel bun and housemade vegan patties topped with jalapeños and cayenne lime mayo.
Best Brunch: French Meadow Café or The Bad Waitress
French Meadow Café is a local favorite for organic, local eats and boasts tasty options to suit any diet. One of the best vegan breakfasts in the city, the “Classic Vegan Breakfast” features organic tofu scramble, hashbrowns, vegan sausage, and seeded sourdough toast.
The Bad Waitress's vegan breakfast options are also legendary: tofu-topped avocado toast on vegan sourdough, fluffy whole wheat pancakes with vegan sausages, and "trash browns"—hash browns smothered in all the breakfast fixin's.
Best Vegan & Gluten-Free Spots: Hark! Cafe and Coconut Whisk Cafe
Opened by two best friends, Hark! Cafe is Minneapolis's first 100% plant-based and gluten-free restaurant. Located in the Historic Kickernick Building, this spot aims to please all diners with bagel sandwiches, jambalaya bowls, weekend waffles, and seasonal pastries like preserved orange tarts and cream-filled oatmeal cookie sandwiches.
Coconut Whisk Cafe, from the makers of local allergen-friendly baking mixes, offers mini pancakes, waffles on a stick, and vegan-friendly boba teas all made without gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, preservatives, GMOs, and artificial ingredients on Nicollet in Downtown Minneapolis.
Best Soul Food: Trio Plant-based
Louis Hunter is passionate about fighting for and feeding the Black community, and Trio Plant-based—the first Black-owned vegan restaurant in Minneapolis—captures that passion on every plate. Dig in to the For Your Soul Bowl, featuring vegan Mac & Cheeze and collard greens with a splash of buffalo sauce topped with crumbled cornbread, and a dab of maple butter. The BBQ Jackfruit Fries and Mac Attack cheeseburger are also legendary.
Best Bakery: Vegan East
Vegan East offers a variety of vegan cakes, rolls, bars, and sandwiches that taste just as good as the non-vegan stuff. Cool off with a vegan ice cream sandwich or treat a loved one to a bouquet of vegan cupcakes!
Best Global Flavors: World Street Kitchen
In the mood for food from... just about everywhere? World Street Kitchen is your place! Try the squash and mushroom tacos with pumpkin seed salsa, crispy marinated tofu rice bowl, sweet onion-stuffed, falafel burger, or mushroom bulgogi lettuce wraps.
Best Vegan "Chicken": Herbie Butcher's Fried Chicken and B.A.D. Wingz
The vegan masterminds behind Herbivorous Butcher are at it again, with 100% plant-based fried chicken and classic sides—think biscuits with maple butter, coleslaw, mac & cheese, and tater tots. The menu may be simple, but you can really get creative with their long list of sauces, from Modern Times Nashville Hot Sauce to Sweet & Sour.
In the mood for flavorful wings? Black-owned B.A.D. Wingz, inside Graze Provisions & Libations food hall in North Loop, offers both mock-chicken vegan wings (aka "vingz") and cauliflower wings with a long list of bold sauces, like Buffalo Soldier, Lemon Pepper, spicy pineapple Rude Boi Jerk, and sweet and tangy MPLS Mambo.
Best Fast Food-Style Nosh: J. Selby’s
A "fast-food" restaurant where you don’t have to modify anything because everything is 100% vegan? Yes, please! The totally plant-based menu features wings, burgers and sandwiches, milkshakes, and veggie-loaded bowls, so you're covered whether you're in the mood for something indulgent or virtuous.
Best for Ice Cream: Milkjam Creamery or Crepe and Spoon
Milkjam is known for their wild creations and their variety of vegan and gluten-free ice cream flavors. You'll often find a line out the door during the summer months, but don't worry, it moves quickly. Sample a few rotating flavors like "Poison Apple" (caramel apple sorbet), "PB vs Everybody" (peanut butter banana with oreo chunks), or "Black" (the darkest cocoa).
Don't want to bother with any non-vegan options? Crepe and Spoon offers a fully vegan menu of ice cream parlor classics—think ice cream tacos, peanut butter fudge ice cream, vegan milkshakes—as well as nostalgic sweet and savory crepes.