Spots That Vegans and Vegetarians Will Love

By Karen Fashana

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You knew being a vegetarian would be hard but maybe you didn’t realize HOW hard: “What’s that? Your vegetarian menu consists of a green salad and that’s it?” Thankfully, restaurants that cater to a plant-based palette are sprouting up all over town with a list of vegan and vegetarian-friendly menu options as big as your appetite.  Here’s a list of my favorites:

Photo courtesy of Betty’s

Betty’s, 370 Virginia Street, Buffalo

Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Sunday Brunch. // Vegetarians. Vegans. Omnivores. Carnivores. When a restaurant says they cater to any one and at any time, Betty’s actually delivers on that! This incredibly sweet restaurant has been a staple in Allentown for the last decade and the line out the door means they’re doing something right. From their fresh ingredients to the homemade baked goods to the perfect patio setting, add Betty’s to your must-try list.

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Homegrown Kitchen, 650 Main Street, East Aurora

Getting their start in the charming village of East Aurora, Homegrown Kitchen has become a mainstay of the WNY vegan and vegetarian lineup. Working closely with local farms, you can rest assured that only the the freshest local ingredients are finding their way into your salads, grain bowls, soups, wraps, and smoothies.

Photo courtesy of Macky’s Essex St. Pub

Macky’s Essex St. Pub, 530 Rhode Island Street (corner of Essex), Buffalo

In a bar that is frequented by grizzled men on motorcycles and hipsters on bicycles, and known for some killer BBQ, Essex St. Pub might be the last place you’d expect to find good vegetarian and vegan eats. But here we are! Macky and the team have perfected a meat-free version of a reuben (with tofu) and a “bacon” club sandwich (with crunchy smoked coconut).

Amy’s Place, 3234 Main Street, Buffalo

This Lebanese and American restaurant in the University Heights district serves up scrumptious vegetarian and vegan dishes like their signature Lentil-Berry (lentils, wheatberries, mixed greens, tomato, hot sauce, house dressing rolled in a spinach flat bread), Veggie Wet Shoes (curly-q French fries smothered with spicy lentils, grilled with onions, peppers, tomatoes) and Biff (BBQ seitan, spinach, tomato, red onion, garlic spread on a roll) in a comfy diner setting.

Photo courtesy of Breadhive (don’t worry, that’s tempeh bacon)

Breadhive Bakery & Cafe, 402 Connecticut Street, Buffalo

This bakery co-op popped onto the scene in 2014.  Their strong carb game is evident in their offering of breads, bagels and pretzels. They also create sandwich masterpieces, some of which are vegan-friendly!  Try “The Shania” with tempeh bacon, roasted veggies and turmeric or “The Bjork”, with whipped avocado, Barrel + Brine kimchi, tempeh bacon and spicy mayo. Oh, and all of their sandwiches are named after pop divas if you couldn’t tell!

Photo compliments of Sunshine Vegan Eats

Sunshine Vegan Eats, 893 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo

Chef Nikki marries her beaming personality with a bright, healthy vegan-based menu at this Jefferson Avenue eatery. Menu options range from fresh, bottled juices to soups, salads and even transforms some of your favorite indulgences, like Loaded Nachos and Philly Cheesesteaks, into vegan renditions.

Photo courtesy of Mister Sizzle’s

Mister Sizzle’s, 346 Connecticut St, Buffalo

With vegan versions of five of their signature burgers and thirteen dairy-free shakes, Mister Sizzle’s has your burger fix on lock. They’re even geared up for brunch with a vegan breakfast burger called the Veg Head. Keep an eye on the menu going forward as Mister Sizzle’s is working on a vegan version of their delicious fried chicken sandwich.


Photo courtesy of Churn

Churn Soft Serve, 1501 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo

Do yourself a giant favor, whether you’re vegan or not, and stop in to Churn on Hertel to try their vegan coconut soft-serve as a standalone cone or in one of their Curated Cones like Trix Are For Kiddos. It’s one of those “there’s-no-way-this-is-vegan” moments.

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Karen Fashana

Lifelong Buffalonian with a crazy passion for this city. My job as the Senior Director of Marketing at Visit Buffalo Niagara is a match made in heaven. Go Bills!