The Best Vegan Restaurants in Cincinnati, OH

September 9th, 2021 by

More and more of the population are beginning to understand the nutritional benefits of eating a plant-based or vegan diet. So, restaurateurs and chefs are making an effort to accommodate those who are vegan or wish to reduce their consumption of animal products. When you’re looking for a restaurant in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area that offers vegan options, check out Performance Kings Honda’s recommendations.

Quan Hapa

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If you’re craving Asian-inspired kimchi, vegan ramen noodle bowls, or other vegan options, you’ll enjoy the offerings at Quan Hapa. Relax with a refreshing, spicy papaya salad filled with grated green papaya, crunchy green apples, zesty pickled red onions, fried shallots, and peanuts.

On a cool evening, savor a bowl of mushroom ramen made with a mushroom broth instead of a traditional beef broth. The bowl comes with Sun Ramen noodles, smoked shiitake mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, bok choy, nori, and fried tofu. You can also add roasted cauliflower, kimchi, or bamboo shoots to your ramen bowl.

Quan Hapa is located at 1331 Vine Street, Cincinnati.

Sleepy Bee Cafe

Head over to Sleepy Bee Cafe at 8 E. Fourth St. in downtown Cincinnati to enjoy quality vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free breakfast and lunch options. Start your morning with a bowl of vanilla almond oats served with chia seeds and coconut milk and topped with fresh fruit. Add a side of house-made vegan goetta sausage for a spicy kick to your breakfast. Also, it’s easy to get your fill of greens with Sleepy Bee salads. Or eat a power lunch with the quinoa bowl with brown rice, mushrooms, spinach, sweet potatoes, pickled onions, and an herby chimichurri sauce.

Warm-up with a bowl of vegan ginger coconut sweet potato soup with ginger curry. Pair the soup with a vegetable sandwich filled with grilled eggplant, arugula, and the chef’s special vegan sauce. Sleepy Bee Cafe is also in Blue Ash and Oakley.

Happy Chicks Bakery

When you want sweet treats and lunch items at a place that has a 100% vegan menu, stop by Happy Chicks Bakery — located at 4035 Hamilton Ave. All the bread, cakes, cupcakes, and assorted baked goods are free from eggs, dairy, and artificial colors. So, you can feel good about indulging in a sandwich, pastry, croissant, or sweet treat here.

Sandwiches made with croissants include ingredients like vegan cheese, fermented vegetables, microgreens, kale, and house-made hummus. Enjoy a crisp salad with romaine lettuce, fresh vegetables, pumpkin seeds, dried apricot, and your choice of gluten-free salad dressing. Locals also recommend nuggets made from chickpeas, which you can dunk into a gluten-friendly sipping sauce.

You can order vegan empanadas for your next party — a soy-based quiche filled with seasonal vegetables — to take home for Sunday brunch. Or ask for croissants filled with aromatic coriander pesto to share with co-workers. Of course, don’t forget to pick up a vegan cake or cupcakes with amazing flavors such as yellow curry, blueberry lemon, or orange lavender. Happy Chicks Bakery is also a great place to order a specialty cake for a wedding, birthday, or any other special event.

Elephant Walk Cincinnati

Serving northern Indian and Ethiopian cuisine, Elephant Walk Cincinnati can make nearly every item on their menu vegan. From the Indian menu, order savory samosa pastries filled with potatoes and lentils served with a zesty chutney sauce. The vegetable pakora has special Indian spices and cauliflower, and the fried mushrooms make a tasty appetizer. Dip the house-made naan bread into a dish made with chickpeas, potatoes, and exotic spices. Try the spicy potato vindaloo, or have mixed vegetables seasoned with curry.

From the Ethiopian menu, start your meal with a roasted beet salad served with spicy serrano peppers or request the Azifa salad made with brown lentils, zesty peppers, and lemon juice. On a cold Cincinnati evening, warm up with a bowl of vegetable soup seasoned with ginger, garlic, and rosemary.

Injera is a type of Ethiopian flatbread that you can dip into yellow split pea soup — a dish made with marinated portobello mushrooms and tomatoes — or cabbage and carrots simmered in a sauce of exotic spices. Finish your meal with a fresh fruit salad topped with a puree of red raspberries and blackberries.

You can find Elephant Walk Cincinnati at 170 W. McMillan St. You’ll also appreciate a satisfying Indian or Ethiopian vegan meal after a busy day exploring these 10 parks in Cincinnati.

Melt Revival

Melt Revival has been serving locals and visitors organic, whole-food-based meals since 2017. This eclectic cafe has something for everyone, including vegans and vegetarians. Most of the ingredients used in Melt Revival’s dishes are locally sourced through the Ohio Valley Food Connection, so you know the food you’re eating is as local as possible.

Appetizer offerings at this restaurant include vegan black bean chili, hummus, and baked cauliflower wings served with a tasty vegan ranch dressing. The salads are meals unto themselves, like the popular Kale Yeah! filled with marinated kale, avocado, chickpeas, apples, and toasted almonds tossed with a miso tahini salad dressing.

Indulge in a vegan sandwich or wrap with a vegetarian cheesesteak variation made with house-made seitan, grilled peppers, and onions. Any wrap that has cheese in it can be substituted with vegan cheese. Try the exotic Pad Thaiwich with baked tofu, mung bean sprouts, cucumber, spinach, and cilantro smothered in a peanut sauce. These goodies are folded into a whole wheat tortilla or served as a bowl for a vegan and gluten-free lunch option.

Breakfast options include a vegetarian egg sandwich, vegan biscuits, and gravy, or the vegan Baja bowl with tofu, sweet potato, black beans, and house-made salsa. Melt Revival is located at 4100 Hamilton Ave.

Performance Kings Honda hopes you enjoyed eating at these Cincinnati restaurants that serve vegan dishes. Which restaurant did you like the best? What vegan dish was your favorite? Is there a hidden gem of a vegan restaurant that we missed and you can recommend? Feel free to let us know so we’ll add it to our list.

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