Eating meat-free hasn’t always been easy, but in Madison, it’s a piece of (vegan) cake.
Our local food scene is as vibrant as ever, so it’s no surprise there are a slew of local chefs serving up fresh, vegetarian bites across town. From vegetarian barbecue to scrumptious vegan tacos, here are 15 restaurants serving up meat-free fare in the 608.
🍊 The brunch bunch
Willalby’s Cafe, 1351 Williamson St., Madison
The menu includes multiple options specifically for vegetarians and vegans. Try this: Vegan biscuits and gravy.
Monty’s Blue Plate Diner, 2089 Atwood Ave., Madison
This spot offers a full vegan menu and is retro-fitted into an old gas station, for a 50s-diner-meets-hipster atmosphere.
☕ Coffee shops
Indie Coffee, 1225 Regent St., Madison
One of City Editor Ally’s favorite spots — the food menu includes plenty of vegetarian options and you can choose from soy, almond, or oat milk for your latte. Try this: The grasshopper waffles have walnuts cooked in, but you can tell your kids they’re bugs.
Black Locust, 829 E. Washington
This menu is equal parts vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore-friendly. Try this: The avocado toast is Instagram-worthy.
Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery, 2827 Atwood Ave.
All food items are made from scratch, including the separate vegan menu. Try this: Don’t forget to save room for a cupcake.
🧁 Delicious desserts
Level 5 Donuts, 3241 Garver Green Ste. 140 (Pick-up only, Ledger Coffee)
These donuts are a crowd-pleaser for vegans and omnivores alike. Try this: Cherry almond donut.
Paleo Mama, 409 S. Few St.
This bakery has 40 different products, which are all dedicated to being gluten-free and grain-free. Check out their dedicated vegan menu to satisfy your sweet tooth. Try this: Vegan Twix bars.
🌱 100% vegetarian/vegan eats
The Green Owl, 1970 Atwood Ave.
Everything on this menu is vegetarian but can be made vegan upon request. Try this: Cajun tofu avocado melt.
Sookie’s, 502 State St.
Curb your burger craving at his spot that’s self-proclaimed as"100% plant-based, and tasty as hell.”
The Vibrant Veg, (Order online)
Chef Lauren specializes in innovative, nutrient-rich, plant-based dishes that you can get delivered right to your doorstep on a weekly basis.
🍸 Date night
Jardin, 829 E. Washington Ave.
This is the perfect spot for a more upscale plant-based dining experience. Try This: The quesabirria is made with braised lion’s mane + wood ear mushrooms.
Himal Chuli, 318 State St.
Vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters can all enjoy this Nepalese spot before grabbing drinks on State. Try this: Don’t skip dessert, order the vegan peda.
Everly, 2701 Monroe St.
Breakfast, lunch, or dinner — the modern ambiance and Californian-style dishes (vegan and vegetarian included) make for a great summer spot.
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