If you have a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, are making the big jump to a vegetarian lifestyle or have been a vegetarian for awhile, nothing beats a hearty bowl of vegetarian chili to warm you up on a cold day. With a variety of vegetables, beans and flavorful spice options, vegetarian chili is a great way to eat healthy, yet still enjoy comfort food. Here are some great places in Pittsburgh where you can enjoy a bowl of vegetarian chili, along with some other great vegetarian dishes.
2 Robinson Plaza
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Mad Mex has a menu of tasty dishes full of Mexican flavors, with plenty of vegetarian options. The chick pea chili is a menu staple, and it is rich and hearty and full of healthy chick peas. You can enjoy the chick pea chili by itself or in a burrito with rice and cheese added. If you are looking for a tasty vegetarian appetizer, try the Pennsyltucky tofu, a tasty dish of fried tofu with a zesty sauce with peanuts and bean sprouts.
Double Wide Grill
2339 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Although the Double Wide Grill is known for it’s gas station theme, there are actually quite a few healthy, vegetarian options on the menu. Double Wide Grill serves a grilled vegetable chili with wood grilled veggies, tomatoes, beans and corn. The chili is served with cornbread, which, while not vegan, is still vegetarian. Enjoy this smoky and flavorful dish with a healthy salad or one of Double Wide’s many vegetarian entree options.
3810 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Although Franktuary is known for its gourmet franks and poutine, there are also some fantastic vegetarian options on the menu. Among them is the vegan chili bowl. You can add onions and jalapenos for more zing, and if you aren’t strictly vegan, sour cream and fried cheese curds make for good toppings as well. Try the chili with a miso kale salad, a tasty blend of kale, root vegetables, pickled red onions, sage and sesame miso dressing.
Randitas Organic Vegan Cafe
207 Commercial Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Randitas Organic Vegan Cafe in Apsinwall is known for having responsibly sourced healthy and delicious food on the menu. Although African peanut stew is the staple soup, the menu also features rotating soup of the day options, among which you are sure to find a hearty chili. If the veggie chili isn’t on the menu and you are still craving south of the border flavors, try the taco wrap. It features taco seasoned tofu with cheddar, tomato salsa and a spicy Mexican dressing.
1137 S. Braddock Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
At the Square Cafe, you can enjoy a variety of Pittsburgh favorites, such as hearty potato and cheese pierogies. The menu is full of locally sourced items from favorite Pittsburgh food producers. Among the tasty dishes available is a delicious vegetarian chili. Square Cafe’s version features cheddar cheese and sour cream as toppings. Enjoy your chili with a warm veggie wrap filled with sautéed spinach, mushrooms, squash onions, peppers and cheese.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.