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The best restaurants in Indy for vegan and vegetarian eats

Craving a delicious meat-free meal? Look no further than INDYtoday’s comprehensive guide to local vegan and vegetarian restaurants around Indianapolis, IN.

A loaded burrito from Soulshine Vegan Cafe sits on a green plate, backdroppped by a mug with a musician on it and artwork.

We love Soulshine’s colorful decor.

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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 burgers to scrumptious vegan ramen, here are some restaurants serving up meat-free fare in Indianapolis.

🥕 100% plant-based

10th Street Diner, 3301 E. 10th St. | This delicious diner offers all the classics, minus the meat. Order from a rotating list of specials, plus grab brunch food and plenty of dessert choices.

Burgeezy, 335 W. 9th St., Ste. D. | Inside of the AMP at 16 Tech is this vegan burger spot, serving up Beyond and Impossible patties, plus sides like seitan or cauliflower wings. Bonus: Grab breakfast Friday + Saturday mornings.

🍊 The brunch bunch

Soulshine Vegan Café, 6516 Ferguson St. | Kickstart your morning with the all-vegan loaded burrito and a specialty latte. It also has rotating chia seed puddings that will keep you coming back for more.

Cafe Patachou, multiple locations | Voted one of Bon Appetit’s Ten Best Places for Breakfast in the Country, this spot has several vegan options on its brunch menu. We recommend the vegan omelette made with a garbanzo flour “crepe,” hummus, and cashew ricotta.

🌮 Food trucks

Good Vegan, Bad Vegan, 2401 N. Harding St. | This food truck will hit the spot. If we were to order for you, we’d get the raw tacos made with a spicy kale salad.

Nacho Mama’s Food Truck | This truck has all your cravings — vegan nachos and tacos as well as vegetarian options like the Holy Guacamole Nachos, made with queso blanco and Spanish rice.

Black Leaf Vegan | This family-owned restaurant that specializes in plant-based products has food truck roots. Its vegan loaded nachos are a fan favorite.

🍔 For the vegan carnivore

Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant, 5352 W. 38th St. | This spot was the “2021 Vegan Best of Indy Winner” at Indy VegFest. You can’t go wrong with a combination plate.

Shoyu Shop, inside Strangebird, 128 S. Audubon Rd. | The Japanese-inspired comfort food from Shoyu is served up at Strangebird Wed.-Sat. from 5-10 p.m., with vegan options available for most menu choices. So. Much. Ramen.

Tlaolli, 2830 E. Washington St. | Vegan items include jackfruit tacos, Hibiscus flower tacos, and the NoNoNo taco (no meat, no dairy, no gluten). Tamales fans can also find the NoNoNo tamal.

Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, 1340 E. 86 St. | Falafel + portobello mushrooms are offered as protein choices to make stuffed pita, salads, and rice bowls.

🍄 Bring it home

Mrs. Murry’s Naturals, 2432 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. | If you want to maximize your time together at home, consider stopping by Cleo’s Bodega and Café to pick up a Cinnabomb cake or some chili.

4 Birds Bakery, 1058 Virginia Ave. | Granola, crackers, and cookies are just a few 4 Birds’ products sold all over town, at its storefront in Fountain Square, or available for online order.

Cluster Truck, delivery only | The to-go kitchen offers vegetarian mains like the spiced chickpea bowl, Mediterranean wrap, and chickpea wrap. Bonus: The Cluster Truck menu will tell you what’s vegan and what’s vegetarian.

Brewer Bakes, 2442 Central Ave. | Get vegan cookies delivered in flavors like snickerdoodle, sunbutter and carob chip.

🍽️ Chef it up at home

Check out our favorite tips and tricks for serving veggie-focused fare from your own kitchen:

Pro tip: Indy VegFest has a whole map dedicated to plant-based meals around the city — check it out here.

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