Eating vegan can be difficult with all of the processed food options and bars located throughout Pittsburgh. Recently, however, more and more restaurants are beginning to transition their menus to include vegan options and alternatives. From health-conscious, organic cafés and international restaurants to vegan bakeries, there is something to please every palate. Check out these five vegan-friendly restaurants whose menus cater to a vegan lifestyle.
1137 S. Braddock Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Seasonal selections and local ingredients are at the heart of Square Café, which prides itself on fresh food and friendly service. Owner Sherree Goldstein has spent years crafting the restaurant’s menu, providing only the best vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian dishes for her customers. Whether you’re hungry for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a light snack, Square Café has you covered. Favorites include its vegan berry pancakes, quinoa citrus salad and tofu scramble. Square Café is located in Regent Square in the city’s East End neighborhood.
Tin Front Café
216 E. 8th Ave.
Homestead, PA 15120
Tin Front Café has become a community gathering place for cocktails, coffee and cuisine, including some of the city’s best vegan bites made from the region’s highest quality ingredients. Vegan meals are offered throughout the day, for brunch, lunch and dinner. Try out the highly recommended vegan blueberry pancakes and vegan chocolate chip muffins, or ask for a vegan option on your favorite dish. Find Tin Front Café on East Eighth Avenue in Homestead.
210 W. Main St.
Saxonburg, PA 16056
If all animal-free food is what you’re craving, you can’t beat the delicious dishes at Randita’s, one of Pittsburgh’s best organic vegan cafés. Randita’s truly cares about its customers’ well-being and health which is why all meals are prepared using only the freshest organic ingredients. Its lunch menu is one of the best in the ‘burgh with offering like various wraps, salads and the incredible African peanut stew. Desserts like coconut crème pie and chocolate peanut butter pie are the perfect ending to a perfect meal. Randita’s is located in Saxonburg on West Main Street
5878 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
If you’re in the mood for a taste of Lebanese served up with a vegan twist, you must grab a table at Aladdin’s Eatery. The vegan options are limitless at this restaurant, which features an extensive menu of appetizers, salads, soups, pitas, specialty items, desserts and beverages. If you’re overwhelmed by the many options, consider Jasmine’s Favorite, hummus falafel rolled, tabouli pocket, Lebanese salata, vegetarian chili or an appetizer. Finish your meal with the awesome vegan jam cookie. Aladdin’s Eatery is located in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
2218 Murray Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Eating healthy shouldn’t have to mean sacrificing the sweet stuff. Bubble Pi in the city’s Squirrel Hill area has everything you need to adhere to your vegan lifestyle while still treating yourself to fresh, wholesome desserts. Vegan cookies are among its specialties, including palmiers, brown rice tea cookies, chocolate coconut cookies, black/white Russian tea balls and walnut sticks. In addition to desserts, Bubble Pi also serves its own vegan-friendly bubble tea complete with a non-dairy creamer as well as vegetarian sweets.
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Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with todays generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.