Yes, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, finding appreciation, and sharing what you have with others.

That doesn’t mean that all of a sudden you’ll become the best chef ever.


If you’re like me, thinking about preparing food for more than myself makes my nerves tingle. I’m okay with forcing a disastrous meal down my own gullet, but I can’t ask my family and friends to do so.

Alright, but your family is coming into town and you’ve gotta plan something. How about going out?

One of the fastest-growing trends for the holidays is feasting at a restaurant instead of at home. This is especially prevalent in large cities where dwelling space is limited. Maybe you simply can’t fit your twenty relatives into your one-bedroom flat. For many years, this posed a challenge for vegan eaters. Restaurants offered the traditional meat-heavy Thanksgiving pre-prepared menu. Even the mashed potatoes were laden with cow’s milk butter.

This year, you’re in luck!


As more people recognize the health benefits of plant-based eating, so have restauranteurs recognized the benefits of offering vegan-friendly feasts for those that desire to go meatless. While almost every city most likely has a hidden vegan Thanksgiving within its many eateries, we’ve selected ten cities across the states to highlight some of those vegan feasts!

For those interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  – with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy!


Also, don’t forget to check out our ultimate guide to plant-based recipes for Thanksgiving!

Now, let’s get started!


1. Los Angeles, California


If you’re looking for a vegan restaurant in Low Angeles, you don’t have to look too far. This bubbling and vivacious city is all about culinary inclusion where chefs are given the liberty to take leaps and bounds and still find a following. This Thanksgiving, vegan eaters are in luck as a slew of the cities vegan-friendly restaurants will be hosting special vegan-friendly Thanksgiving menus. From elegant to 100 percent free, here are a few from the long list!

1. Cross Roads Kitchen, West Hollywood

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If you’re looking for an upscale vegan Thanksgiving experience, this is your jam! Opened in March of 2013, Crossroads Kitchen, a West Hollywood-based eatery, offers a wide variety of Mediterranean-infused dishes that are all 100 percent vegan. For Thanksgiving this year, the Chef will plate up a four-course meal including butternut squash bisque, autumn chopped salad, five separate options for the main course, and you’ll end the evening with a choice between two delicious desserts: pumpkin mousse verrine or cranberry sorbet.

2. Cafe Gratitude, Venice


Alright, so when I tell you this is a free vegan Thanksgiving, I’m not just pulling your chain.


Cafe Gratitude has a lofty and beautiful mission bent on sourcing “the highest quality, nutrient-dense ingredients from local farmers and the best artisan producers” in order to craft an entirely plant-based menu. Chef Seizan Dreux Ellis seeks to uphold the belief that food is medicine.

While Cafe Gratitude has a total of four locations — three based in Los Angeles and one in San Diego — the vegan-friendly Thanksgiving day event will take place at the Venice location only. So, what’s happening? Beginning at 11 in the morning and running till 3 in the afternoon — or until they run out of food — Cafe Gratitude will offer “first-come, first-served” Thanksgiving fare along with live music. Why should you make this your Thanksgiving spot? The proceeds from this event “will be donated to the Immigrant Defenders Law Center, a social justice law firm offering deportation defense to nearly 600 immigrants each year, regardless of eligibility for relief.”

3. Stuff I Eat, Inglewood


There were many vegan Thanksgiving feasts to choose from in this eclectic and wonderfully diverse city, yet the selection at Stuff I Eat was too wonderful to not include on the list. For Thanksgiving this year, this vegan eatery will offer not just one cooked Thanksgiving vegan-friendly menu, but they’re also offering a fully raw food Thanksgiving menu to boot! Yes, please, and thank you. Give me more! Their doors will be open for the Thanksgiving menu from noon to 6 in the evening, giving customers plenty of time to make their way over to Inglewood.

Want to go raw this holiday?

Ask for the Raw Thanksliving menu which includes “Cauliflower Cashew Mash with Gravy, Savory Wild Rice Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Nut Loaf, Marinated Spinach, and Napa Cabbage” along with your choice of “Jicama ‘Potato’ Salad or Broccoli Salad” with a delicious dessert of “Raw Organic Sweet Potato Pie.”

2. Denver, Colorado


Heading East from sunny Los Angeles, you’ll hit the fast-growing culinary metropolis that is Denver, Colorado. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, this city is quickly making a name for itself as more and more transplants move from both East and West coasts. With the transplants comes a diverse range of food including many chefs that are hoping to promote plant-based eating through their carefully hand-selected vegan menus. For those weathering the winter freeze in Denver, here are a few Thanksgiving eateries offering vegan fare that your mouth will be watering for.

1. Beet Box Bakery & Cafe, Curtis Park


If Thanksgiving is all about the sweets and less about that midday feast, take a trip down to the Beet Box Bakery & Cafe located centrally between Curtis Park, North Capitol Hill, and City Park West. A great spot to walk to after you’ve devoured a Thanksgiving feast, this one-of-a-kind bakery is a “from-scratch vegan bakery on a quest to make the most delicious and inventive cakes, pastries, and breads from whole ingredients.” This Thanksgiving, Beet Box will be offering seasonal specialty pies with the traditional favorites of apple, pecan, and, of course, pumpkin, all of which can be made gluten-free too! Plus, take your pick of untraditional 100 percent vegan doughnuts, muffins, brownies, tarts, scones, and loaves of bread.

2. Just BE Kitchen, Lower Downtown (LoDo)


You’ve got family in town all expecting a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Yet, what do you do when you’ve got the range of diets from meat-eaters to vegans to special dietary restrictions? Well, if you’re in Denver, head down to Just BE Kitchen located on the edge of the Lower Downtown area.

Just BE Kitchen believed there “was a gap in the market for a fast-casual that pushed the boundaries of what is currently offered today by being 100% void of major allergens.” So, they filled it! Their main mission is to provide guests with nourishment and “show you don’t have to avoid traditional dishes your love and that eating healthy can make you feel full and satisfied instead of the feeling of lack and sacrifice.”

What does Just BE Kitchen offer? To start, they focus on providing “gluten, grain, refined sugar, and dairy-free” meals with a variety of 100 percent vegan entrees and sides. For those meat-eating relatives, Just BE Kitchen also serves sustainable meats. This Thanksgiving you’ll be able to get some your traditional favorites including “stuffing, gravy, mash and pumpkin pie — and you can ditch the included protein for a significant price reduction.” Plus, if you’re looking for feasts prepared to go, you can pre-order “spiced parsnip soup, seasonal veggie hash, and spinach and artichoke dip” online!

3. Native Foods Cafe, Glendale


If you’re looking for a quick, healthy, and vegan Thanksgiving dinner that’ll satiate your dependent group of family and/or friends then look no further than the Native Foods Cafe!

Native Foods Cafe, located in the bustling Glendale neighborhood in southern Denver, prepares 100 percent plant-based food for their patrons. Their mission is to “inspire the way the world eats” with high-quality, made-from-scratch, “crave-able and delicious food, compassion for animal welfare, and environmentally sustainable practices.” Plus, Native Foods Cafe promises their product to be locally sourced from sustainable suppliers, “non-GMO, and organic whenever possible.”

Thanksgiving this year, the cafe will be offering a special buffet provided from noon to 7 in the evening which will include all the favorites such as Polenta Butternut Squash Terrine, Native Stuffing, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Pumpkin Pie!

3. Seattle, Washington


Seattle may be one of the rainiest cities in the state, averaging out at around 150 days of rain, but this historical town packs a punch when it comes to culinary experimentation. That rings true for vegetarian and vegan eateries as well, as seen with the growing selection of “old-school health-food places … dive bars, diners, fast-food chains, and sophisticated restaurants all dedicated to vegan cuisine.” Luckily, this year, some of the most popular and loved plant-based eateries will be keeping their doors open and the rain out in order to serve vegan-friendly Thanksgiving feasts!

1. Cafe Flora, Madison Park


While I haven’t had the chance to visit most of the restaurants on this list, I can say that I have been to Cafe Flora and quite recently too! This beautiful little vegetarian and vegan restaurant is located in the super cute Madison Park neighborhood. I was lucky enough to sit in the arboretum style cafe area, next to a trickling foundation, with greenery everywhere and large windows opening to even more layers of green outside. Aside from the ambiance, this restaurant served lovely food!

Cafe Flora is on the “forefront of utilizing local, organic and sustainable produce and building strong, direct relationships with Washington farms.” They are inspired by the imaginative culinary creations of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free fare. On top of that, Cafe Flora also follows a super eco-conscious philosophy.

This year, Cafe Flora is excited to offer a four-course vegetarian, with vegan options, Thanksgiving feast. Plus, you can make your meal gluten-free too. There will be “two plant-based main course dishes with sides and stellar dessert choices including cranberry-apple corn cake, a dark chocolate pecan tart or the standard pumpkin pie with whipped coconut cream.”

2. Agrodolce, Fremont


Looking to go Italian this Thanksgiving? Want to keep it vegan? How about trying out Agrodolce in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Agrodolce specializes in Southern Italy and Sicily-based cuisine in a comforting, “casual and welcoming trattoria.” They are proud to offer handmade pasta alongside “the finest organic and sustainable ingredients in the Pacific Northwest.”

So, what’s up with their Thanksgiving menu?

Agrodolce will be offering a four-course meal for $75 per person. The meal will include “locally sourced, seasonal and organic ingredients, with vegetarian and vegan options available.” After the first course of salad and a pasta dish, the main course includes a vegan option of caramelized Brussels sprouts. End the meal with an Italian-style Thanksgiving dessert of pumpkin cannoli with a candied pecan crust.

3. Plum Bistro, Capitol Hill


Opened in 2009, Plum Bistro has become a beloved vegan restaurant in the bustling Capitol Hill neighborhood.

And, it’s easy to see why they’re so loved. The head Chef Makini Howell, was recently recognized as a top chef changing food in America. As the Zagat Guide puts it so eloquently:

“Artful upscale dishes take vegan cuisine to its greatest potential, and can even impress a carnivore at chef-owner Makini Howell’s Capitol Hill bistro. With an airy atmosphere of chic sophistication and fine service, it’s the spot for a classy date.”

Want a bit of Plum Bistro for Thanksgiving? First off, you need to make reservations. If you’re lucky enough to secure a place at the table, you’ll enjoy a delicious and curated vegan-friendly Thanksgiving meal including a fig and frisee salad with pomegranate seeds and balsamic dressing, maple glazed seitan roast with mashed potatoes, skillet gravy, cornbread stuffing, & pear ginger cranberry sauce, and end the evening with a caramel pumpkin pecan cheesecake.

Of course, this is just the Chef’s Table menu … there are two more full dinner courses to choose from!

4. Miami, Florida


It may be somewhat of a surprise, especially with the city’s strong Cuban influence, that Miami is one of the top cities when it comes to vegan exclusive and vegan-friendly eateries. In fact, the city is exploding with plant-based restaurants seeking to provide delicious animal-free foods that are sustainably sourced and, oftentimes, non-GMO and organic. For Thanksgiving in Miami, your options are plentiful! From bakeries to eloquent restaurants, make Miami’s vegan scene your new Thanksgiving tradition.

1. Parlour Vegan Bakery, Plantation and Boca Raton


Located in both Plantation and Boca Raton, Florida, Parlour Vegan Bakery provides a breath of fresh air — as well as a place to satiate a sweet tooth — for vegan Miami and Florida natives. The Parlour Vegan Bakery is a family-owned and operated business. As they state on their website, they have “worked many nights, mornings, afternoons, testing recipes, painting, designing … in order to have one of [their] dreams come to fruition.”

What do they offer? Vegan baked goods up the wazoo!

While Parlour Vegan Bakery doesn’t quite have their Thanksgiving menu available, they will be offering a special selection of cakes, cupcakes, donuts, empanadas and many more vegan goodies for the holiday. If you’re in the area and are looking for a fun family outing on Thanksgiving, stay tuned!

2. Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, Delray


If you’re looking to take a trip just outside the city limits of Miami, try hitting up the Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar just north of the city in Delray, Florida.

The beauty of this restaurant? They rotate their “menu every season,” meaning, no matter how many years you visit, you’ll be eating new and unique recipes. This Fall, they did not disappoint with a full menu and supplemental vegan menu, of seasonal delights. From butternut squash soup to pumpkin ravioli to dried cranberry, Harvest is offering a wide variety of Thanksgiving traditional dishes. Harvest sources most of their foods locally including Pero Family Farms, Roth Farms, and Mozzerita, to name just a few.

When it comes to your Thanksgiving vegan options, try the Plant-Based Spicy Chorizo Flatbread, — bell pepper, kalamata olive, micro basil, and vegan mozzarella — the Harvest Salad — baby mixed greens, roasted soybean, carrot, cherry tomato, and harvest vinaigrette — one of the four vegan appetizers, one of the three vegan entrees, or simply choose off of the specially designed plant-based menu complete with four vegan options.

3. Planta, South Beach

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If you’re seeking that comfortable sit-down Thanksgiving experience without sacrificing your vegan lifestyle, Planta in South Beach may be the ticket this year.

Located on the southern tip of Miami in the bustling South Beach neighborhood, Planta provides plant-based eating with a view of the ocean. Head chef and culinary whiz, Chef David Lee, sought to fill the “void in the market of upscale, full service, plant-based dining options” with a vision “to celebrate innovative cuisine in a beautiful environment without the use of any animal products.” Planta serves plant-based creations that also seek to promote environmental sustainability.

While Planta won’t be serving in their dining room, they are offering full service, plant-based catering for the Thanksgiving holiday! The 2019 menu includes staples such as holiday mixed greens, — grapes, green apples, candied pecans, shallots, red wine vinaigrette — candied sweet potatoes, — pecans, toasted marshmallow fluff — sourdough stuffing, — black bean sausage, currants, herbs, mushrooms, herbs — and peach cobbler streusel.

5. New York City


We start with the cultural epicenter of the west coast — Los Angeles — and we end with the cultural heart of the east coast — New York City. You could say that many of the great plant-based entrepreneurs and restauranteurs were born in the culinary pools of New York City. This may be why there are so many incredibly successful vegan eateries scattered about the city. While there are many to choose from, here are a few eateries offering Thanksgiving menus that are vegan-friendly.

1. Gran Tivoli, Soho

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If you’re in the Soho neighborhood come Thanksgiving and are looking for an elegant feast with vegan options, then try Gran Tivoli. This moderate-sized casual Italian restaurant is located “on the vibrant border of Soho and Little Italy.” While they serve their patron’s delicious Italian cuisine sourced from “organic vegetables, line-caught wild seafood, [and] pasture-raised beef,” Gran Tivoli is also proud to offer a wide variety of “vegan and vegetarian friendly” options. Gran Tivoli is also well-known for Poppi’s Cellar, a subterranean cellar located beneath the restaurant, is stocked with “300 expressions of whisky.”

This Thanksgiving, beginning at noon, “you can post up at this newish Italian spot for a day of live music and a menu full of Thanksgiving food with a twist,” and a variety of vegan alternatives! Make sure to prearrange reservations and plan on spending $49 per person for a three-course prix-fixe meal.

2. Wilo Eatery and Bar at Galeria San Patricio


The Wilo Eatery and Bar is a bit more of a casual dining experience, yet without sacrificing an ounce of food quality. That’s mostly due to the head Chef Wil Benet, who “has put every ounce of experience and expertise he has acquired into the production” of this eatery and we’re talking 28 years of cooking. Characterized as a premium casual restaurant and bar, Wilo Eatery and Bar has a menu featuring “global flavors, artisanal cocktails, and a modern wine list to compliment our simple and comfort-focused gastronomy.”

This year, Wil Benet has devised a “delicious Thanksgiving menu” for his patrons that is a combination of “North American recipes with a marked Puerto Rican twist.” There’s something for everyone! While there are animal-based recipes on the menu, there will also be a slew of vegan and vegetarian options, making this a perfect restaurant hot spot for the entire mixed-diet family.

3. abcV, Multiple Locations

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The name might not excite you, but as a plant-based eater, the menu definitely will! It’s all thanks to culinary mastermind and head Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Vongerichten, the hands and mind behind abcV, is “one of the world’s most famous chefs” and yet “his skills extend far beyond the kitchen” as he proved himself to be an exemplary businessman and restaurateur. This is easy to see in the success and high-quality experience at abcV. What’s so special about abcV? First off, it’s a completely plant-based restaurant that focuses on non-GMO, sustainable, artisanal, and organic foods, whenever possible. On top of that, Vongerichten believes in supporting local and global small farms, as well as family-owned farms.

Their mission at abcV is to “serve, inform and inspire a cultural shift towards plant-based intelligence, through creativity and deliciousness. Offering high vibration foods, embracing balance with beauty, wellness, wisdom & love to nurture our personal and planetary ecosystems.”

Vongerichten will be keeping abcV’s doors open for the holidays! Reservations are required, but with those reservations, you’ll be supporting an institution that is working to make the world healthier, one plate at a time. While the menu is being held close to the kitchen on this one, the pie menu is not! Yep, there’s an entire pie menu that includes a specially prepared vegan apple pie.

6. Washington, DC


While the East Coast boasts cities up and down its beaches with vibrant culinary life, Washington, DC absolutely shines as one of the brightest. In fact, Eater’s Guide labeled this bustling politicos capital as the Land of International Diversity. From Middle Eastern to Filipino to Afro-Caribbean, if you’re looking for culinary diversity this is the place for you! How about spicing things up for Thanksgiving? We’re not kidding. There is a slew of great vegan restaurants offering Thanksgiving menus for takeout, delivery, catering, or dining in. Here are a few to get you started.

1. NuVegan Cafe


If you’re a practicing vegan in the Washington, D.C. area, then NuVegan Cafe may be your brand new spot! This family-owned business has grown in popularity, expanding to three locations in Washington, DC, College Park, and Maryland. Along with their brick and mortar location, NuVegan runs a food truck seasonally. What are they all about? NuVegan’s goal is to “serve delicious vegan food that stirs the soul” as well as providing “a place for cultural community building that manifests our NuVegan values.”

This Thanksgiving NuVegan is proud to offer a fully vegan holiday catering service. This is perfect for the large family gathering sans the days of prep, hours of cooking, and piles of dishes. The NuVegan menu offers a variety of vegan-friendly staples such as herb-infused seitan roast, pineapple glazed yam, macaroni and cheese, cornbread stuffing, cakes, and cupcakes to round out her holiday feast!

2. Sticky Fingers

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Maybe Thanksgiving dinner food really isn’t your jam, but those delicious cakes, pies, and sweet treats are calling your name this year?

Located on Park Road in Washington, DC is this vegan-friendly bakery called Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats. Create by vegan-enthusiasts Doron Petersan and Kirsten Rosenberg, this small bakery blew up on the scene winning awards and many accolades for their delicious vegan treats. While Rosenberg has moved on to other passions, Doron “went on to continue creating great food without the use of animals while showing others that it could be done both successfully and deliciously.”

Fill your Thanksgiving table this year with delicious treats from Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats. Per the Washingtonian, this long-standing bakery is a popular go-to for those vegan Thanksgiving treats! From Cranberry Apple Pie to Wheat Free Pumpkin Pie, from Sweet Potato Maple Cupcakes to Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, and even a Coconut Almond Joy Cake.

Alright, so maybe you want to branch out and try some vegan Thanksgiving culinary fare?

Sticky Fingers will also be offering a Thanksgiving dinner for four prefixed feast for preorder complete with your choice of “house-made seitan cutlets or herbed and roasted tofu (WF) served with yukon mashed potatoes, caramelized onion gravy, roasted Brussels sprouts, maple glaze roasted sweet potatoes & wild rice stuffing.”

3. L’Eau de Vie Organic Brasserie


For those that don’t mind the drive (or maybe you live just right across the way), this Baltimore, Maryland gem is a great place to fill up on vegan-friendly Thanksgiving foods in an elegant setting.

L’Eau de Vie Organic Brasserie is a relatively (as of 2018) new “casual bar and restaurant where people can hang out, eat delicious food, and enjoy chef-inspired cocktails.” L’Eau puts a prime focus on using organic ingredients, when possible, and they “are committed to sustainable business practices,” such as purchasing local, composting food waste, and relying on compostable and recyclable packaging.

This Thanksgiving, L’Eau de Vie Organic Brasserie will be offering a full prix fixe Thanksgiving menu — $50 per person and reservations are required. The menu includes all your favorite staples-gone-vegan including Pommes Dauphine Crispy, — potato puffs, pea purée, sage — Gluten-Free Cornbread Napoleon, — roasted butternut squash, caramelized onion, cranberry relish, griddled cornbread — Seitan Vol au Vent Housemade, — seitan, mushroom cream sauce, puff pastry shell, green beans — and Gluten-Free Vegetable Rice Cutlet, — roasted garlic mashed potatoes, kale à la crème. Finish the feast with either the Apple Crumble Brown — sugar apples, cinnamon oat streusel, vanilla glaze — or the Gluten-Free Pumpkin Mousse Parfait — spice mousse, maple pecans, pumpkin seed brittle.

7. San Francisco


I’m happy to say that I’ve had first-hand experience with this incredibly eclectic city … seven years in fact. When it comes to finding the perfect meal, on any given day, at any given time, and from any part of the world, no other city can beat what San Francisco has to offer. Yet, it’s not just the city, but the expanding metropolis going North over the Golden Gate, east over the Bay Bridge, and south towards the behemoth that is Silicon Valley. For Thanksgiving, try taking yourself and your family out or maybe pick up a catered vegan feast from one of these vegan-friendly restaurants!

1. Cinnaholic Bakery

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Cinnaholic bakery is here to provide all the delicious vegan Thanksgiving desserts you could ask for!

This bakery proudly serves an array of dishes that use high-quality ingredients and are 100 percent vegan, dairy-free, lactose-free, egg-free, and cholesterol-free. What’s in store on a regular day? Cinnaholic Bakery keeps its shelves stocked with cinnamon rolls, “brownies, cookies, and edible cookie dough,” as well as other sweet treats!

For Thanksgiving, try one of their many Fall seasonal flavored baked goods — such as the maple harvest roll or the pumpkin pie roll — or pick up a full party tray for your Thanksgiving dinner!

2. Millennium Restaurant

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Definitely not a new vegan hot spot (opened 1994) to the vibrant culinary scene of San Francisco, Millenium Restaurant will always be a breath of fresh air for those seeking a delicious, plant-based feast.

Millennium Restaurant is a fine dining experience inspired by global plant-based fare and brought to the table from small local farms. They are proud to offer organic and sustainable produce always chosen at their peak. What should you expect on your plate? Millenium describes their meals as a thoughtful “blending [of] flavors from around the world with classic techniques.”

And lucky for anyone in the San Francisco area, Millenium Restaurant is open on Thanksgiving. While their big day menu hasn’t been posted, you can expect nothing but the best from this established that has received the 2016 Michelin Bib Gourmand award, was featured by Huffington Post in the Top 25 Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in the World, and was “named #1 Vegetarian Restaurant in the World by The Daily Meal.”

Plus, if their Thanksgiving offerings are anything like their daily menu, you should be expecting delights such as Cornmeal Crusted Rosa Bianca Eggplant, Pan Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Seared Buckwheat-Polenta Cake, Asian Pear, or Ginger & Soy Glazed Tempeh.

3. Timeless Coffee

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Maybe you won’t be getting your Thanksgiving feast at Timeless Coffee, but you’ll definitely be getting your monies worth when it comes to those delicious after dinner sweet and savory treats.

Timeless Coffee is a Bay Area-based “all vegan coffee roastery, bakery, and chocolatier,” with locations in both Piedmont and Oakland. In fact, per their website, Timeless Coffee is THE all vegan one-stop-shop for these delights. While their main stake is in those decadent delights, this cafe also serves a smattering of vegan-friendly meals such as breakfast burritos, salads, and pizza.

This Thanksgiving, if you’re looking at a smaller gathering, take a gander at Timeless Coffees’ menu of pre-ordered sweets and savory items. You can choose from pumpkin pie, maple pecan pie, chicken pot pie, gluten-free pumpkin cheesecake, and gluten-free apple cobbler.

8. Chicago


When you think of Chicago there are a number of things that may go through your mind. From the incredible artistic skyline to the turbulent waters to the sub-zero winters. Yet, Chicago also happens to be at the forefront of vegan cuisine. In this sprawling city, vegan restaurants have begun to populate every neighborhood. No matter what you’re looking for, from casual to fine dining, from takeout to dine in, you’ll find it even on Thanksgiving.

1. Kal’ish Plant Based Diner


Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes to this amazing vegan-friendly Thanksgiving dinner!

Kal’ish Plant-Based Diner is the place to be in the Chicago area on Thanksgiving. This establishment focuses on creating a “dining experience that weighs less on our bodies and our environment than animal-based alternatives while being profitable and long-lasting.” Basically, the perfect balance of entrepreneurial spirit and positive values. In fact, their website so wonderfully asks to “not confuse [them] with an activist organization that promotes peace, love, happiness and all things butterflies.”

Alright, on board? What’s up with Thanksgiving?

They will be offering a Kal’ish’s A Kinder Thanksgiving menu. Want a sneak peek? If you choose Kal’ish, you’ll have the option between the Gobblers Knock, the Pilgrims Harvest, and the Lazy Harvest. To give you an idea, the Gobblers Knock includes entrees such as Pardoned Pot Pie, Thanksgiving Pot Roast Stew, Woodland Feast Wellington, and Gobblers & Gravy.

2. Native Foods


You may recognize this name from other cities. That’s because this vegan eatery has done what many others have failed to do … expand! Which makes it a wonderful business to give your thanks to on this day of … well … thanks.

Native Foods located in Wicker Park will be offering a full Thanksgiving day buffet menu for a stunningly affordable price. Adults pay $29.99 per person, while the kiddos under 12 will shell out $14.99. Plus, the little ones under two years of age will eat for free.

What’s on the menu?

It’s simple, tasty, vegan and includes a Native Thanksgiving Roast, gluten-free Apple-Cider Braised Brussels Sprouts, gluten-free Polenta Butternut Squash Terrine, gluten-free Garlic Mashed Potatoes, gluten-free Native Stuffing Mushroom Gravy, gluten-free Cranberry Orange Compote, gluten-free Green Salad with Pecans & Pomegranates, and Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin Cheesecake.

3. Conscious Plates

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Maybe this isn’t your most traditional Thanksgiving day experience, but it will definitely infuse your body with an array of super healthy and delicious foods.

Conscious Plates serves alkaline, plant-based meals made 100 percent from scratch, that also adhere to a meat-free, dairy-free perspective and integrate soy-free, wheat-free, and starch-free options for those specialty diets. What sets this conscious eatery apart? They’re community-centric and offer a wide variety of services including meal plans, cooking classes, groceries, and production facilities.

This Thanksgiving, stop by Conscious Plates (with a reservation!) and enjoy some of their daily vegan fare such as Tenders & Waffles, Chick’P Burger, Sloppy Joe, Poutine Basket, or these Avocado Fries.

9. Boston


It’s all about the history in Boston. Cobbled narrow streets, littered with old rustic buildings. Crumbling churches and overgrown cemeteries spotting the bustling modern streets. Nestled within all the history and age of this city is a new type of revolution, a food revolution. Plant-based eating is a growing trend that is not only relegated to those west coast free hearts, but also to the old-school east coasters seeking a healthier way of life. This Thanksgiving, take a leap and try a few of the new vegan joints in town!

1. True Bistro

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True Bistro, located in Teele Square, will be open Thanksgiving day! Why should you choose this establishment as your vegan feast this year?

For one, they’re a business rooted in a great cause offering high-end service and plant-based food to the Boston Area. Their “goal continues to be to offer great food and service while respecting our environment and its inhabitants.”

While a special Thanksgiving menu has yet to be posted, this restaurant already offers a slew of delicious plant-based entrees that would satiate any vegan or non-vegan alike. Their current menu includes Devils on Horseback, — two dates, cashew cheese, smoked tofu — Cornmeal-Crusted Oyster Mushrooms, — horseradish-dill aioli, guajillo chili sauce — Toasted Farro Tagliatelle with Pesto — roasted morel and shiitake, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, mustard greens, toasted pine nuts — and gluten-free Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie,  — root vegetable medley, crispy mashed potatoes, cremini mushrooms, celeriac remoulade.

End the night with a delightful dessert such as this Raspberry Cheesecake,  — almond-date crust, raspberry coulis — Chocolate For Life, — mocha mousse cake, chocolate chip & walnut cookie, coconut whip — or this Warm Banana Bread —chocolate chips, walnuts, vanilla ice cream.

2. The Red Lentil Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant

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It’s all in the name! What vegan wouldn’t want to spend their Thanksgiving day at a restaurant called The Red Lentil?

Head Chef Pankaj Pradhan believes that “wit the right techniques and ingredients, the possibilities are endless” when it comes to vegan and vegetarian food. Pradhan focuses on a blend of spices and a “versatility of pulses (legumes) in soups, crepes, sandwiches, and pastries.” Along with offering flavorful experiences, these dishes also recognize the importance of high protein, fiber, and vitamins in their plant-based dishes. Plus, the Red Lentil also recognizes the essentialism of dessert with their in-house baked vegan and gluten-free sweet treats.

This Thanksgiving, join The Red Lentil for their Harvest Dinner served from 12 pm to 8 pm by reservation only. What should you expect? The menu includes five courses offering a smattering of delicious plant-based culinary fare including Celeriac & Roasted Garlic Velouté, Harvest Soup with Kale & Sprouts, Spicy greens with Pomegranate Gremolata, Herby Polenta Bruschetta, Black caviar lentil & Spaghetti squash, Pan-Fried King Oyster Mushrooms and Spiced Apple crumble, to name just a few options!

3. Violette Bakers

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This wonderful little bakery located in Cambridge, Massachusettes is the perfect place to find vegan dessert options to round out your Thanksgiving day dinner! While Violette Bakers focuses is on gluten-free culinary fare, they do offer a variety of vegan-friendly options that are still mostly organic and gluten-free. They also promise that their sweet treats have no chemical dyes and they hand-mill some of their own flour.

This holiday season, alongside your own handmade desserts, offer up a platter of vegan sugar cookies (in either a turkey or pumpkin shape) and this vegan Mixed Berry Crumb pie!

10. Philadelphia


Philadelphia is right in line with Boston when it comes to history … maybe even more so, depending on who you ask. While the city has become infamous for its Philly Cheesesteak, it’s also jumped onboard the ever-growing plant-based culinary experience. All over the city, vegan eateries are popping up offering completely animal-product free menus, while also supporting local vendors and environmental causes. Here are a few restaurants to try out this Thanksgiving!

1. Miss Rachel’s Pantry

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If you’re a Philly local or Philly-bound for Thanksgiving and you’re looking for that perfect vegan feast, stop off at Miss Rachel’s Pantry.

Primarily a vegan catering company, Miss Rachel’s Pantry also has a “sweet little restaurant in South Philadelphia, home to prix fixe dinners and private parties,” as well as BYOB public dinners.  What can you expect from this vegan-friendly location? You’ll experience an “uncompromising combination of multi-course vegan dining and cozy atmosphere.”

This is the perfect place to pick up your pre-prepared vegan Thanksgiving feast! Their menu includes slow-roasted juicy seitan slices, buttery yukon gold mashed potatoes, savory bread stuffing, rustic sauteed green bean casserole with mushrooms and crunchy onions, and truffled shiitake gravy.

Do you have a few gluten-free people at the table? Miss Rachel’s got you covered with a fully gluten-free menu!

2. Square 1682

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Alright, so Square 1682 may be located inside the Kimpton Hotel Palomar (maybe not what you imagined for Thanksgiving day), but this is a feast not to be missed!

What’s the restaurant all about?

Square 1682 employs “sustainability measures throughout the restaurant, from the in-house herb garden, to the locally-sourced produce, to the energy-conscious engineering of the building design.” On top of all this wonderful goodness, Square 1682 also recognizes “the dietary needs of [their] 21st century clientele” and offer “an array of vegetarian and gluten-free options.”

Square 1682 sill be serving up “creative American cuisine” using “seasonings that come straight from Square 1682’s own her garden.” For Thanksgiving, they will be cooking a five-course meal for $65 per person with a slew of vegan-friendly alternatives. This is the perfect restaurant for those families with both meat-eaters and plant-based eaters alike!

3. Batter & Crumbs

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Yet another simple vegan bakery, here to cater to your Thanksgiving day sweet tooth!

Batter & Crumbs is a super cute and vegan-friendly cafe located in West Philly. They focus their efforts on supporting other local vegan businesses by sourcing many of their pre-prepared food-items from establishments like Tattooed Mom, Vegan Commissary, and Go Vegan Philly. Along with a rotating bakery selection, Batter & Crumbs keeps their favorite staples on the shelf including their “cinnamon roll, cherry cheese danish, and spinach jawn.”

Pre-order, stop by and pick up those amazing vegan desserts that your family will be raving about! This year the Batter & Crumbs Cafe will be offering five vegan Thanksgiving-specials including Pumpkin Pie, Apple Crumb, Butterscotch Bundt with Burnt Brown Sugar, Classic Cannoli, and the Mini Cannoli.

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