Vegan Dining Options to Veg Out On in Pittsburgh
After a push toward more vegetarian options in restaurants across the U.S., the vegan world has made its name well known in the Pittsburgh area, with local cafes and eateries increasingly adding options to their menus. There are cafes with vegan options, vegan hot dog restaurants, vegan bakeries, and more. Whether it’s for dietary restrictions, the lifestyle of believing in the nonviolence of animals and eating a plant-based diet, or just to try something new, the future looks bright for vegan dining in Pittsburgh. Check out some of our favorite local vegan places below:
Located in the South Side, the Amazing Cafe is constantly serving up healthy meals and nutritious smoothies. Without the use of man-made chemicals and GMO’s, Amazing Cafe highlights the importance of organic and local ingredients for all of their meals, and their menu is almost entirely vegan. Most meals are made from scratch, and there are plenty of raw options to suit your vegan likings. Their menu is constantly changing due to what’s being harvesting at local organic farms, and guests can enjoy a variety of foods including baked goods, salads, soups, sandwiches, entrees, smoothies, and more. We suggest you try their Buddha burger, Clean Green Machine Juice, and the Raw Vegan Carrot Cake. Hours are Tuesday through, Friday 11AM-8PM; and Saturday-Sunday, 10AM-3PM.
If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious place to eat in Shadyside, this is right up your alley. All meals support local and organic ingredients, promoting Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. There’s an array of vegan dishes, both raw and cooked. Be sure to check their menu because it changes seasonally. Eden is open for brunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-2PM, while the dinner hours are from 5-10PM (every day except Tuesday). Some of our favorite options include the Pad Thai, the Raw Manicotti and the Vegan Coconut Creme Cake.
Located on Polish Hill, Lili Cafe has an assortment of coffees, as well as sandwiches, soups and breakfast options. The cafe offers a Sunday brunch, which includes a vegan meal option, and they’ll occasionally host an all-vegan specialty dinner. Make sure to keep updated on their website. Their hours are Monday through Friday from 7AM-7PM, Saturday from 9AM-7PM, and Sunday from 10AM-3PM. Outside seating is also available.
Craving a vegan hot dog or some vegan sausage? Then Franktuary is the place for you. The menu is full of both vegan and regular hot dogs and sausages, and your choice of toppings and rolls are endless. Franktuary uses only the best local, natural and healthy ingredients, avoiding anything with high-fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners, so you can be sure you’re eating as cleanly as possible. Try the Veggie Frank or the Falafel Balls. Wine, beer and cocktails are also a perfect compliment to your meal in the opened garage door setting. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday 11:30AM-11:30PM, Friday and Saturday 11:30-1AM and Sunday brunch 10AM-3PM.
Located in South Side, Zenith is a vegetarian restaurant with several specialties in vegan food. Their menu changes weekly, so check ahead of time before going. And what makes Zenith so popular among vegans? Their popular Sunday brunch. From 11AM-2:30PM on Sundays, Zenith offers their vegan, all-you-can-eat buffet, coffee or tea and an entree dish. It doesn’t get much better than that. In addition to their Sunday brunch hours, Zenith is open Thursday through Saturday from 11:30AM-8:30PM.
Kassab’s Lebanese Cuisine
Kassab’s Lebanese Cuisine, located in the heart of the South Side, brings several vegan options to the area. The menu includes falafel, spinach pie, baba ghannooj, mujaddara, and more. All vegan items are clearly listed on the menu, along with vegan salad dressing. If you’re in the mood for vegan Lebanese food, Kassab’s is the place. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30AM-10PM.
What’s better than pizza? Vegan pizza. Spak Brothers offers a vegan pizza made with Daiya cheese, along with toppings like seitan sausage or soy pepperoni. There’s plenty of classic pizza and hoagie choices in addition to the vegan options, as well as various melts, salads, seitan wings, and more. The shop is open Monday through Thursday, 11AM-10PM; Friday, 11AM-11PM; Saturday, noon-11PM; and Sunday from 3-10PM.
Located in Regent Square, The Square Café is an energetic cafe offering a breakfast and lunch menu. The menu includes seasonal vegan pancake options, vegan sausage, and even smoothies that can be veganized. We suggest the Soy Chorizo & Tofu Hash and the Banana Vegan Pancakes. Square Cafe’s hours are Monday-Saturday, 7AM-3PM, and Sunday from 8AM-3PM.
If you want to enjoy vegan food while sipping on drinks and listening to music, then Brillobox is just the place. Several items on the frequently changing menu are either vegan, or can be made that way. The dinner menu is served from 5-11PM, Tuesday through Saturday, with a “Starving Artist Vegetarian Dinner” held every Sunday evening from 5-11PM. We suggest the Nachos as a starter and the Asparagus Melt for your meal.
Can’t get enough of these places and want to try more? Check out veganpittsburgh.org for more options.