Vegan and Vegetarian Dining Options in Kansas City
Plant-based dining is more than a trend or a flash in the pan. More affordable and available than ever before, Kansas City’s vegan and vegetarian options offer healthy, sustainable menus without sacrificing flavor or taste.
No compromises are made at these hotspots powered by plants.
Pirate’s Bone Burgers: Recognized by Bon Appétit, Chef Zaid Renato Consuegra Sauza knocked it out of the park with this slider concept featuring his famous beet burger, among other menu items that live up to the business’s motto: “Feeding more plants to more people.”
Happy Apple Café: Treat yourself to seasonal menus featuring cozy meals—such as plant-based burnt ends—at Happy Apple Café on Troost Avenue.
Café Gratitude: With self-affirming dish names like I Am Fulfilled and I Am Magical, everything about this Crossroads Arts District restaurant is a feel-good experience.
While not entirely vegetarian or vegan, these restaurants make great selections thanks to a wide variety of veggie menu items.
The Bite: Based in the charming City Market, the brilliant minds behind The Bite (Chef/Owner Carlos R. Mortera and Sous Chef Julio Mortera) deftly weave fresh flavors into a savory array of Mexican dishes, including many veggie-only options.
Swagat Fine Indian Cuisine: Travel to Zona Rosato enjoy a huge offering of vegetarian menu items made from Northern Indian culinary traditions, including paneer masala, vegetable curry and more.
Blue Nile Café: Sample vegetarian and vegan Ethiopian dishes like shimbera watt and sambusas right in the heart of The City Market.
Chai Shai: Lunch or dinner, this Brookside hotspot has your Indian food cravings covered with yellow lentils, pakora curry and other tasty dishes.
Vietnam Café: An extensive menu of vegetarian options makes this authentic Vietnamese restaurant ideal for plant-based diners.
Awaze: Awaze serves up both Caribbean cuisine and Ethiopian favorites, resulting in one of the more unique (and delicious) dining combinations in Kansas City.
Blue Sushi Sake Grill: The vegan menu at Blue Sushi in Westwood keeps sushi lovers satisfied with creative takes on traditional styles, including barbecue eggplant eel and tomato tuna.
Beer Kitchen: The build-your-own macaroni and cheese is enough to satisfy any vegetarian, but with a full vegan menu featuring items like jackfruit tamales, Westport’s Beer Kitchen is one of the more accommodating restaurants in the metro.
Plant-Based Barbecue Options
Even Kansas City’s celebrated barbecue scene offers smoked delicacies for vegetarian diners.
Char Bar Smoked Meats & Amusements: With its famous smoked jackfruit sandwich (as well as other meatless mains, sides and appetizers), Char Bar deserves credit as KC’s most vegetarian-friendly barbecue joint.
Jazzy B’s BBQ: Fans of smoked portabella need look no further than Jazzy B’s in Overland Park, which features both tacos and burgers for vegetarian guests.
Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que: Try the portabello Z-Man for a veggie twist on one of the most renowned barbecue dishes in the entire city.