There are restaurants all over the United States serving up some delicious plant-based barbecue to satisfy cravings for smokey and grilled flavors! Check out this list of 10 favorite restaurants offering some of the best plant-based barbecue around. From tempeh ribs to smoked tofu, there’s plenty of dishes to choose from!
1. Homegrown Smoker, Portland, OR
The Homegrown Smoker, a 100 percent vegan restaurant, serves up comfort food and classic, southern-style barbecue. Their goal is to provide delicious food for herbivores and omnivores alike, and they even offer gluten-free and soy-free options.
One of the most popular items on the menu is the combo plate, which comes with your choice of tempeh ribs, soy curls, tofu, chikm, h’yam, fufish filets, and two sides. It is also served with hush puppies and remoulade — yum! If you are craving ribs, try the rib plate, which uses smoked tempeh ribs, grilled and covered with Homegrown Smoker barbecue sauce. They also offer unique appetizers like girt sticks, fried pickle spears, and buffalo thwings. You could also try some comfort food favorites like macaroni and cheese, or hush puppies! If you can’t make it to Oregon, try out our recipe for Barbecue ‘Ribs’!
Homegrown Smoker is closed Monday and Tuesday, so make sure to plan your trip for Wednesday through Sunday. It is located at 8638 North Lombard Street, Portland, Oregon 97203.
2. BBQ Revolution, Austin, TX
If you are in Texas, head over Austin and try out BBQ Revolution, which is the only 100 percent barbecue restaurant in all of Texas. BBQ Revolution uses traditional techniques, which allows them to bring out flavors that they say no vegan joint has been able to replicate. They believe that barbecue doesn’t mean animal products, and that it tastes even better without the cruelty.
BBQ Revolution has a short and simple menu, consisting of some classic barbecue dishes. Try the smokey curls, which are made with soy curls, the tempeh ribs, which are made with organic and local tempeh, or the brisket, made from local wheat. You could also order a plate or sandwich. If you are extra hungry, try the BBQ combo platter, which includes one of every protein and a side, with bread, pickles and onions. To make your own BBQ platter at home, get ready to Fire Up the Grill With These 15 Savory and Saucy Vegan BBQ Dishes on National BBQ Day!
BBQ Revolution is in the middle of moving locations, so they are currently closed but should be opening in a few short weeks! As of now, they will be serving both lunch and dinner. The new location will be at 3301 East 5th Street, Austin, Texas 78702.
3. Monk’s Meats, Brooklyn, New York
Monk’s Meats is a vegan butcher shop. They offer catering for events, and set up at Smorgasburg, the largest weekly open-air food market in America every weekend. Their menu consists of modern American comfort food with a healthy focus and a “Brooklyn” vibe.
You can choose from a slider, full sandwich, or a salad. Try the barbecue seitan, barbecue mushroom, jerk seitan, and bulgogi seitan. The Barbecue seitan is a hit, and consists of; finely sliced smoked seitan slabs, smothered in maple barbecue sauce with organic cabbage slaw, a Brooklyn brine whiskey sour pickle, and a roll or greens. They also offer refreshing drinks, like a seasonal chia Fresca, and a cucumber cooler. If you can’t make it to New York, try one of our favorite recipes for BBQ Seitan And Tempeh Ribs.
Monk’s Meats sets up every Saturday at 90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11249, as well as every Sunday in Prospect Park, which is also located in Brooklyn.
4. Brother’s BBQ, Denver, Colorado
Brother’s BBQ is a barbecue restaurant that has five locations as well as a full-service catering office in Denver, Colorado. Although Brother’s BBQ is not a 100 percent plant-based restaurant, they make it easy for plant-eaters since they offer a whole vegetarian and vegan menu!Try the vegetarian brother sandwich, which has a thin layer of grilled and smoked barbecue tofu, and is smothered in a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce, jalapeños and fried onions. Be sure to omit the coleslaw, since it is made with mayonnaise. If you are dining with another person, try ordering the tofu party pack, which feeds two or three people. It comes with one pound of their signature barbecue tofu, two sides that come in two pint containers, and four buns. To make your own barbecue sandwich, try making this delicious Barbecue Tofu Sandwich.Brother’s BBQ has five different locations, all located in Colorado. You can find Brother’s BBQ in Monaco & Leetsdale, Capitol Hill, Greenwood Village, Broomfield, and Lakewood. Each location is open everyday from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM.
5. Nuvegan Cafe, College Park, Maryland
Nuvegan Cafe is a 100 percent vegan cafe, with raw and organic options, and is serving up barbecue in the Washington, DC area.
This restaurant doesn’t only serve barbecue food. There are many options on the menu for those of us who are craving something smokey and grilled! You could try the barbecue tofu with rice, which is wheat-free, or the vegan barbecue roast with rice, which is soy-free. Try pairing either one of these options with macaroni and cheese and collard greens, and you will be good to go! If you can’t make it to the Washington DC area, try out these BBQ Seitan Ribs With Homemade Barbecue Sauce.
Nuvegan Cafe has two locations, both located in the Washington DC area. One is located at 8150 Baltimore Ave College Park, Maryland 20740, and the other is at 2928 Georgia Avenue Washington, D.C. 20001. Both are open everyday, and even offer brunch on Sunday morning, starting at 10:00 AM.
There are vegan options available on the menu, like a sweet, tangy, melt-in-your-mouth, barbecue tofu. Order it as a sandwich or a plate, and it comes with two sides. The sandwich consists of grilled and smoked tofu, and is topped with barbecue sauce, Alabama white sauce, pickles and slaw. The Alabama white sauce contains dairy, so make sure to omit it to make it vegan (maybe try ordering some extra slaw instead!) For sides, try the side salad, or the marinated slaw. Try out this recipe for Barbecue Smoked Tofu Open-Face Sandwich if you are cooking at home!
Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que in Aurora is open from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM everyday, except for Friday and Saturday when they are open until midnight. The address is 2727 South Parker Road, Aurora, Colorado 80014.
7. Souley Vegan, Oakland, California
If you are in the mood for great comfort food and barbecue, make your way to Souley Vegan in Oakland California. This lovely restaurant uses locally sourced non-GMO ingredients, and serves 100 percent vegan Southern-style cuisine.
One of the most popular items on the menu is the combination plate, which allows you to combine three of your favorite items, such as vegan macaroni and cheese, yams, barbecue tofu, collard/mustard greens, lentils, southern fried tofu, and biscuits and gravy. You could also order the southern fried tofu minis, which are eight bite size Southern style battered fried tofu served with the house made sauce, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce. To make your own tofu bites, try out this recipe for Crispy Tofu Nuggets.
Souley Vegan is closed on Monday, so make sure you plan your trip for a different day of the week. This restaurant is located at 301 Broadway Street, Oakland, California 94607.
8. Soul Vegetarian No. 2, Atlanta, Georgia
Soul Vegetarian No. 2, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a 100 percent vegan eatery offering plant-based barbecue dishes. Not only does this restaurant have amazing barbecue food, but it also sells sweet treats made with non-dairy ingredients, as well as fresh juices and teas.
This restaurant’s menu is extensive. You could try the barbecue kale bone twists, the barbecue tofu, or the barbecue cauliflower. Each dish is smothered in their homemade barbecue sauce. You could also get the appetizer with kale bone, tofu, or cauliflower, and pick one of the homemade dipping sauces for on the side! If you are cooking at home, try making one of our favorite recipes for Sticky BBQ Cauliflower Wings.
Soul Vegetarian No. 2 is closed on Monday, but is open until 9:00 PM Tuesday through Thursday, until 10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, and until 8:00 PM on Sunday. The address is 652 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia.
9. V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves, Dallas, Texas
V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves located in Dallas, Texas, is a 100 percent vegan restaurant, that makes everything in house (including all the vegans meats, vegan cheeses, and decadent sauces!) Most ingredients are organic and non-GMO, which a menu designed to please both vegan and non-vegan lifestyles.
This popular plant-based eatery has many different barbecue options on the menu, including a classic brisket. You could try the brisket sliders, or the brisket tacos. You could also try the Bar-V-Q brisket sandwich, which comes with citrus pickled red onion and pickles as well as your choice of yucca fries, potato fries, or a chopped broccoli salad with sun dried cherries and sliced almonds. If you aren’t planning a trip to Texas anytime soon, try making this recipe for Smoked Seitan.
V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves is open for dinner everyday, but is only open for lunch on the weekends. This vegan dreamland can be found at 3011 Gulden Lane, Suite 102 Dallas, Texas 75212.
10. Detroit Vegan Soul, Detroit, Michigan
Detroit Vegan Soul, in Detroit, Michigan, is a 100 percent plant-based restaurant that uses only organic ingredients, natural sweeteners like agave nectar and maple syrup, and uses no hydrogenated oils.
There are many options for barbecue lovers at Detroit Vegan Soul. There are two different locations, that offer different two slightly different menus. For the location in Western Detroit, try ordering the hush puppies as an appetizers, and the barbecue tofu as your entree. The barbecue tofu comes smothered in sweet and tangy house-made barbecue sauce, with a side of corn on the cobb, potato salad, and kale. At the East location, try the barbecue tofu sandwich, which piles on house-made barbecue sauce, veganaise, and coleslaw on multi-grain bread — talk about a food coma! If you love the combination of barbecue and coleslaw, but can’t make it to Detroit, try out this recipes for BBQ Tempeh and Coleslaw Sandwiches.
Detroit Vegan Soul is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 12:00 PM until 8:00 PM. The east location is open Sunday from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM, but the west location is closed. Detroit Vegan Soul East is located at 8029 Agnes Street, Detroit, Michigan 48214, and Detroit Vegan Soul West is located at 19614 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48223.
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