Eating plant-based hasn’t always been easy, but in Louisville, it can be a piece of (vegan) cake.
With Derby City being named as the best foodie city in the US, it’s no surprise that there are a slew of local chefs serving up fresh, plant-based bites across town. From vegetarian burgers to scrumptious vegan desserts, here are 17 restaurants serving up plant-based fare in the 502.
🍳 Vegetarian eats
Heart & Soy/Roots, 1216 Bardstown Rd. | Home to Kentucky’s only tofu factory, this two-sided restaurant features a casual space for takeout + a more upscale, full-service option.
Try this: Fried oyster mushrooms served with wasabi aioli.
Honeydew, 135 Breckinridge Ln. | The menu here focuses on smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, and desserts. But the croffles — a croissant + waffle hybrid — make for a light breakfast.
Shreeji Indian Vegetarian Street Food, 1987 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy. | From South Indian dishes to Indo-Chinese fare, this spot offers an array of affordable veggie dishes that are bursting with flavor.
🥬 Vegan grub
Annie Mae’s Sweet Cafe, 3110 Frankfort Ave. | Everything at this Crescent Hill bakery is gluten-free, plant-based, and free of allergens.
Try this: Order a treat box so you never run out of goodies.
The Flour Shoppe, 619 Baxter Ave. | This bakery boasts a daily menu of sugary treats, but it’s known for its elaborate, colorful cakes. Don’t miss out on the donuts — they’re only served on the weekends.
Half-Peach Bakery & Cafe, 170 Sears Ave. | Order delivery or get takeout from this kitchen + bakery. It has everything from chicken tenders and nacho bowls to pumpkin bread and cake slices.
Soul Hi Vegan, 1860 Mellwood Ave. Ste. 115 | As its name implies, this Clifton Heights spot serves soul food like rib tips, oxtail, and chicken with gravy made by its chef and owner.
V-Grits, 1001 Logan St. | You’d never guess that the fast-casual comfort food here — like burgers, patty melts, and tacos — are completely vegan.
🥙 Vegetarian-friendly fare
Absynnia Ethiopian Restaurant, 554 S. 5th St. | Though a lot of Ethiopian cuisine includes spicy meat dishes, the menu here serves up an entire vegetarian section + several veggie appetizers.
Addis Bar & Grill, 109 S. 4th St. | This Mediterranean grill can accommodate all diets, with vegetarian plates and vegan samplers included on the menu.
The Grape Leaf, 2217 Frankfort Ave. | The vegetarian section of this Mediterranean restaurant menu includes curry masala, biryani, samosas, and more.
Mayan Cafe, 813 E. Market St. | Rooted in traditional Mayan cuisine, the dishes here feature local ingredients — including fresh produce from local farmers markets.
Try this: Tok-sel lima beans, topped with a blend of roasted, ground pumpkin seeds, lime, salt, and sesame oil.
Naiive, 1001 E. Washington St. | This vegetable-centric spot in Butchertown has 10+ vegan and vegetarian dishes.
Queen of Sheba, 2804 Taylorsville Rd. | This Ethiopian restaurant serves its veggie dishes traditionally, which are meant to be eaten with your hands.
The Silly Axe Cafe, 1001 Logan St. | With 100% gluten-free fare, this takeout spot accommodates vegetarian, vegan, and nut-free diets, too.
Ramsi’s Cafe on the World, 1293 Bardstown Rd. | Featuring dishes from around the globe, Ramsi’s offers something for everyone.
Toasty’s Tavern, 1258 S. Shelby St. | Pimento cheese dip, fried mushroom planks, vegan hot dogs and an egg salad sando are just a few of the vegetarian options at this Shelby Park tavern.
Bonus: Need a vegan snack fix on the go? You already know Louisville Vegan Jerky has your back.