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Fifteen must-try Black-owned vegan eateries to visit in 2022



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All aboard, plant-based pirates! The next Vegan Voyage sets sail from January 24 through February 28 2022 and celebrates exceptional vegan-friendly businesses across North America. Community Managers will be working with businesses in their areas to offer up a variety of experiences to educate and entice veg-curious Yelpers. Check ‘em out and RSVP for all the details!

February is Black History Month and in honor of that, we’re dishing out 15 highly-rated Black-owned vegan eateries in the US and Canada. These are all businesses that have opted in to add the Black-owned attribute to their Yelp page.

Ras Plant-Based, Brooklyn, NY

It may be hard to choose from all of these divine Ethiopian specialties, but a Yelper favorite, The Mercato Platter is “presented beautifully and served with a choice of injera or rice… I HOUSED the platter, each sampling was seasoned so well and had amazing flavor.” – Rebecca L

Sunshine Vegan Eats Buffalo, NY

Vegans wishing for wings can hit up this purveyor of Buffalo’s finest specialty (that’s also gluten free, too!) “These are the best vegan wings I’ve ever had.” – Sarah K

Veggie D’light, Toronto, Ontario, CA

For authentic Caribbean flavor in Toronto, vegans devour Veggie D’light. “The jerk seitan had a great texture and the jerk flavor was delicious. The curry chickpea was my favorite part. The curry sauce was spicy and full of flavor.”  – Tahsin L

Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat, Chicago, IL

Proving it’s not impossible to find plant-based meat made in-house, this Chicago vegan hot spot offers it all! “The Philly steak egg roll was sweet, innovative and exceptionally delicious! The Chicago Dog had all the great toppings you can expect from this Windy City staple. Last but certainly not least, the snickerdoodle cupcake was a great finisher!” – River K

I-tal Garden, New Orleans, LA

You’ll roux the day that you ever thought Louisiana and vegan were mutually exclusive concepts. “The Nourishment bowl included a roasted veggies, glazed sweet potatoes, coconut curried chickpeas, avocado and salad. I will struggle to try something different as it haunts my dreams.” – Kimberly J

Greens N Teff Arlington, VA

Set your taste buds on fire with the vibrant offerings of this first plant-based Ethiopian restaurant in Virginia. “I wanted to try a little bit (of) everything so got a sampler and it was all great. I love spicy food so my favorites were the shimbra asa (made with chickpeas) and miser wot (spicy lentil stew).” – Mellette T

Shoal’s Sound & Service, Dallas TX

We’re feeling a vegan celebration is in order, here. In addition to their array of arepas, sandwiches, empanadas and shareable snacks, Shoal’s cocktail program is legit! “My smoked jackfruit arepa with pineapple was hands down one of the most unique eating experiences I ever had. Fresh, smoky, sweet, crispy all in one bite, out of sight.” – Mark G

Houston Sauce Co. Houston, TX

A hot sauce purveyor with a food truck side hustle? Yes, please! Their rotating weekly menu can be found on social media. “Imagine freshly fried fries topped with fried cauliflower tossed in a sauce with lettuce, green onions, and a white sauce drizzle (like a ranch sauce). It was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! – Kia J

The Local Coco, Atlanta, GA

Vegans in Atlanta wanting in on all the birria and barbacoa goodness get lucky at The Local Coco. “I ordered their Birria Combo which comes with 3 Spicy Oyster Mushroom Quesatacos with Consomé & Salsa Verde. Those mushrooms packed a flavor punch. I also ordered a five piece Cauli Wing with Herbed Ranch, Esquites, and Fresa Fresca. Y’all don’t sleep on this vegan spot!” – Rachel S

Pure-trition, Indianapolis, IN

Healthy juices and delicious smoothies are the name of Pure-trition’s game in Indy. They deliver to your door, too! “I loved the wide selection of items, the transparency of ingredients in each menu item, and the way staff didn’t rush me through the ordering process.” – Sarah D

Beetbox, Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Whether it be Nashville hot chicken or a peanut tempeh bowl, get what you crave most at Beetbox. “The chili cheese fries are honestly the MVP of the menu – the vegan cheese and chili is incredible! The fries are perfectly crispy… and they’ve got an awesome spice to them. I crave them often which is very dangerous.” – Kate M

Down 2 Earth Plant Based Cuisine, Las Vegas, NV

The toppings are so creative (cheeseburger, truffle mushroom, anyone?) you won’t miss the meat. “The pizza size is perfect, the pizza crust is amazing, the ingredients fit to your taste perfectly. if you’re vegan or not.” – Jennifer F

Roots-Mirimar Rollin’ Roots, San Diego, CA

Texas BBQ typically sounds like a no-way to veg-heads, but prepare to have your mind blown at Roots! “This is like pulled pork, but it is made with jackfruit. We got this one served over fries as well… The fries were covered in the jackfruit and very good complementary sauces.” – Jenny T

Crystal’s Soul Food Cafe, Los Angeles, CA

This beloved LA eatery will have you swearing you’re somewhere far more exotic. “We had the Hawaiian plate and the Caribbean plate. The Hawaiian plate has this macaroni salad that tastes like a lomilomi and mac salad mix. I lived in Hawaii for 10 years and I literally felt like I was back there. The Caribbean plate had the right amount of spice and the chicken was juicy!” – Mahogany RJ

Malibu’s Burgers Oakland, CA

When that burger craving hits, Oakland vegans get the Tasha Grande “…this burger is by far the best burger I’ve ever had! The sauce is tangy, sweet, and a little salty. It’s unlike anything I’ve tasted before.” – Ngoc My H 

Malibu’s Burgers

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