Good vegetarian dining-out options are hard to come by, and we are sick of the same-old, same-old. Below are some innovative vegetarian dishes in the Valley as well as some elevated versions of classics.
3961 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ
CRUjiente brings the crunch – and we’re not just talking salad. Their crunchy potato tacos ($5.50) add spice and texture to your taco experience with gold potatoes, poblano peppers, cabbage, and pico de gallo. Pepper jack cheese and their classic house hot sauce guarantee that this flavor experience will be anything but boring. It’s crunch time! Want to pair your crunchy vegetarian taco with more meatless tacos? Try the fried green tomato taco ($7.50) or the garlic-roasted mushrooms taco ($9).
2855 W. Ray Road #4, Chandler, AZ
4315 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ
Why not drink your breakfast? Hash Kitchen is the “home of the original build your own Bloody Mary bar,” ($14) and provides a completely customizable Bloody Mary experience with over 50 craft toppings to choose from. Vegetarians usually aren’t given many options, but this boozy buffet guarantees food transparency, a filling meal, and a good time.
To view more locations, visit www.hashkitchen.com
23655 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ
Vegetarians can never be sick of pasta, especially when it comes from The Italian Daughter. With the authenticity of Italy in your backyard of Scottsdale, this handcrafted spinach and ricotta tortalacci ($25) elevates your classic vegetarian staple to another level. The rich pesto cream sauce, decadent goat cheese, and earthy pine nuts will remind you that the Italians really did have the vegetarian’s best interests at heart.
3151 W. Frye Rd, Chandler, AZ
The Sicilian Butcher crafts authentic Sicilian dishes including fresh pasta dishes, Sicilian-style bruschetta boards, and meatless meatballs however a standout veggie-centric pasta dish is the butternut squash fazzoletini ($24) which features pasta rags stuffed with butternut squash, ricotta, Parmigiano cream sauce, and amaretto cookie dust. This pasta dish has the perfect amount of savory and hint of sweetness that even your meat-eater friends will be asking for seconds!
3461 W. Frye Road, Chandler, AZ
101 E. Baseline Road, Tempe, AZ
5115 N. 7th St, Phoenix, AZ
Vegetarian-friendly authentic Mexican food can be hard to come by. Owners of the Someburros, the Vasquez Family has perfected the traditional tamale and made it accessible to vegetarians all over the Valley! With many authentic and traditional vegetarian options to choose from, their green chile and corn tamale ($4.05) with green sauce and cheese is a crowd favorite!
3225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ
With the perfect balance of savory and sweet, Tomaso’s eggplant tortino and butternut squash ravioli ($28) is the perfect option for the indecisive vegetarian. Multiple layers of eggplant and mozzarella provide a savory foundation to the dish only to be followed up by the perfect touch of sweetness. Topped with a creamy bechamel sauce and an earthy tomato herb sauce, this legendary specialty finds itself in perfect harmony.
4712 N. Goldwater Blvd. Suite 110, Scottsdale, AZ
Deconstruct dinner time with a vegetarian-friendly tartine! Tartines are a French version of an open-faced sandwich and the cafe, bistro and wine bar at Scottsdale Fashion Square has a tartine with a vegetarian twist. This tartine features avocados, tomatoes, and parmigiano reggiano on Poilâne bread imported from Paris ($16). Avocado toast? That’s out! We only enjoy the finest French cuisine on World Vegetarian Day!
4801 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ
That’s a lotta enchilada! Vegetarians can never get enough cheese enchiladas! The Mexicano does it right by elevating this classic vegetarian staple ($15) by balancing the zesty, hearty tomato sauce with their three-cheese blend – menonita, asedora, and cotija. Take it to the next level with iceberg lettuce and pico de gallo for the perfect texture combination and top it with crema fresca to keep things interesting. Because why should enchiladas be boring? Pair the enchiladas with elote ($8) which is roasted corn off the cob with chili lime mayo, cotija, cilantro, and popcorn as an unexpected corn twist.
1011 South Gilbert Road, Mesa, AZ
21803 South Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ
Don’t forget dessert! Frutilandia is the best destination for vegetarians to indulge in. With so many refreshing fruity favorites to choose from, how could we pick just one? But if we had to, it would be their Macedonia Fruti Drink ($8.99+). If you like strawberries and cream, then get ready! The Macedonia includes a base of vanilla shaved ice, topped with fresh mangos and strawberries, ice cream, and condensed milk. These rich and refreshing flavors will leave your taste buds satisfied.
For more locations, visit www.frutilandiausa.com