It’s easy to have a great vegan meal when eating out. More and more restaurants are adding vegan items to the menu, and many chefs are happy to prepare a custom dish if you ask for one. Indian restaurants offer savory stews and curries made with lentils, beans, potatoes, and vegetables. Italian restaurants have a variety of pasta dishes and salads. Thai restaurants serve noodle, curry, and mixed vegetable entrees, usually available with tofu. And Mediterranean restaurants offer falafel sandwiches and vegetarian platters. Even some fast food chains have vegan dishes. If you know a restaurant in the Fresno/Clovis area that should be on this list, please contact us. Bon appétit!
Specializes in both Northern and Southern Indian cuisine. Outstanding selection of vegan dishes, and more can be made upon request with advance notice. Lunch buffet available for $8.99 (includes salad, vadas or pulugulu, sambar soup, veg curry, channa masala, and several chutneys). All soups, most appetizers, and most dosas are vegan as well.
Our resident tamale specialists. Casa de Tamales also operates a booth at the Vineyard Farmer’s Market (NW corner of Blackstone & Shaw in Fresno) every Saturday morning. Regular menu includes three vegan tamales: “soy chorizo con papas” topped with fresh guacamole, “savory sweet corn” topped with green tomatillo sauce and fresh avocado (ask for no cheese or cream), and “portobello & asparagus” sautéed with guajillo chiles, filled in red chile masa and served with guacamole. Tamales served on a limited basis include the “farmer’s market” (mixed vegetables) and “pumpkin”. Rice and beans contain no animal products.
Traditional Armenian dishes with the usual vegetable options. Vegetarian platter includes hummus, baba ghanoush, yalanchi, and tabbouleh (ask for no pilaf). Other offerings include a falafel sandwich, dolma, and white bean salad.
Traditional Ethiopian cuisine with an excellent variety of vegan dishes. Consider trying the yellow split peas, brown lentils, mashed chickpeas, collard greens, and string beans. All vegetable entrees can be ordered individually or as part of a four-entree combination platter. All orders served on top of vegan injera bread.
Typical Chinese American cuisine with several dishes that can be prepared vegan. Consider trying the walnut tofu, mixed vegetables, Szechuan vegetables, almond chow yuk, veg tofu, bean sprout chop suey, or stir friend green beans.
Vietnamese restaurant offering many dishes from other Asian cuisines. Most entrees are usually prepared with egg and/or fish sauce, so be sure to specify that you want all dishes prepared vegan. Consider ordering the Vietnamese egg rolls (aka spring rolls), mixed vegetable pho, pad thai, pad see-ew, lard na, Thai curry noodles, drunken noodles, chow fun, one of several fried rice dishes, lemon grass tofu, Mongolian vegetables, Mongolian tofu, pad prik, pad almond, pad cashew, pad pak, pad kow pode, pad kings, kra tie prik tai, pad kana, jub chai, pad ped, gang keaw warn, pa nange, gang ped, and pad pak curry.
Family-run Japanese sweet shop specializing in fresh mochi made daily on site. Operating in Downtown Fresno for over 100 years. Mochi flavors include blueberry, strawberry, apple cinnamon, traditional red (adzuki) bean, and more. Ask the owner for details. On a hot day, consider trying some of their refreshing shaved ice.
Serves Northern Indian cuisine with the usual vegetable options made vegan on request. Try the samosa, bhindi masala (okra), aloo gobi (cauliflower and potatoes), lahori cholay (chickpeas), daal chana (lentil and chickpeas), aloo anda curry, or veggie biryani.
Chinese American restaurant with a wide variety of vegan dishes featuring tofu, seitan, and other vegetable meats.
One of Fresno’s only 100% vegan restaurants. Features a variety of pan-Asian dishes all for around $7. (Note: this is no longer a cash only establishment! Visa is accepted.) Specialties include the Eastern Paradise (curried fried rice), Blissful (lemongrass, soy meat, steamed greens, and rice), Angelic Chow Fun (pan-fried noodles, tofu, soy meat, veggies, and onion), and The Dharma (curry claypot with potatoes, carrots, and soy meat).
Delicious Ethiopian cuisine with excellent vegan offerings, all clearly marked. Enjoy misir kik wat (spicy lentils), tekil gomen (cabbage and potatoes), kosta (collard greens and spinach), and several other dishes including a unique tofu and mushroom entree.
Typical Mediterranean cuisine featuring the usual vegetable dishes: hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel (as a side or sandwich), dolma, fattoush salad, tabbouleh, garden salad, french fries, and a vegetarian plate. (Note: this establishment is only open for lunch.)
Sushi bar with selection of other Japanese cuisine. The menu includes several vegan items and a few others that can be made vegan on request. Options include the age dashi tofu, house salad, sunomono salad, seaweed salad, vegetable udon, and a number of maki rolls.
Mexican panaderia (bakery) with an excellent selection of vegan sweet breads and bolillos.
Popular Chinese restaurant chain featuring tasty vegan options in an upscale environment. (Note: all menu items listed as “vegetarian” are also vegan.) Consider ordering Chang’s Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps, edamame, Coconut Curry Vegetables, Stir-Fried Eggplant, Buddha’s Feast, Vegetarian Fried Rice, or Ma Po Tofu. If you’re hungry for noodles, ask your server if the chef can prepare a custom vegan rice noodle dish.
Mediterranean restaurant serving the typical vegetable dishes. Options include hummus, baba ghanoush, warak inab (aka yalanchi or dolma), fatoush salad, Mediterranean salad, tabbouleh, falafel sandwich, and a vegetarian platter.
Buffet-style restaurant offering an excellent salad bar and a handful of vegan soups, breads, and entrees. All dishes are clearly labeled vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. to address dietary concerns.
Traditional Northern Indian cuisine. The menu features numerous entrees that can be prepared with vegetable oil (instead of butter/ghee) upon request. Ask your server about the vegetable pakora, vegetable samosa, tiki chana, chana poori, vegetabe curry, mushroom mattar, bangan bhartha (eggplant), bhindi masala, channa masala (chickpea), alu gobhi (cauliflower and potato), mixed vegetable, and yellow dal (lentil).
Thai cuisine with some Chinese offerings. Servers fully understand requests for meals “without animal products”. Dishes that can be vegan on request include: fried tofu, cucumber salad, pad thai, lard-na, pad see-ew, pad kee mao, Thai Country fried rice, several types of curry, Kung-Pao, The Basil, Stir Fried Ginger, pad prik khing, pad phed, pad prik, garlic and pepper, Cashew Nut, and Vegetable Deluxe.
American restaurant and sports bar with a number of good options. Vegan snacks include truffle fries (without shredded parmesan), guacamole and chips, sweet potato fries (sans maple bacon cream dip), hummus, and chilled edamame. The Summer salad, mixed field greens, and chopped salad are also vegan. Menu features an entire section of dishes using Gardein brand grain meat. Many of these dishes include dairy and/or egg products, so be sure to ask your server which items can be prepared without them.
Salvadorean and Mexican dishes served in a casual and unassuming setting. Be sure to try the the zucchini and loroco pupusas (without cheese), either a la carte or as part of the “Tipicos Salvadoreños” platter #1. The platter comes with two pupusas, fried plantain, pickled cabbage, and refried beans (specify no sour creme). A tasty vegan burrito can also be made on request, but be aware that Zamora’s rice is made with chicken broth.
All these restaurant chains have some vegan options on the menu. If you’re in a hurry and need a quick bite, one of these chains is probably nearby.
Chipotle – This is a go-to chain. Order a vegetarian burrito or bowl (no cheese or sour creme) packed with your choice of beans, rice, guacamole, fajita vegetables, lettuce, corn, and your choice of salsas. Or try their Sofritas option: shredded organic tofu braised with chipotle chilis, roasted poblanos, and a blend of aromatic spices.
Dennys – Need some late-night eats? Grab a booth at Denny’s and enjoy their vegan hamburger, hash browns or diced skillet potatoes with veggies, oatmeal, grits, and fresh fruit.
Me N Eds – This Central Valley institution will satisfy your pizza cravings in a pinch. Order a cheese-free pizza on original or thick crust and packed with your favorite vegetable toppings.
Papa Murphys – Enjoy their thin crust Veggie deLITE or a delicious Gourmet Vegetarian pizza. Just ask for red sauce on your pie, no cheese, and no “herb & cheese blend” topping. When your pizza is ready to go in the oven, try topping it with some Vegan Gourmet Shreds from Follow Your Heart. They’re so good! (You’ll find vegan cheeses at the Adventist Book Center, Target, Savemart, Sprouts, and Whole Foods Market. See our Grocery Stores page for details.)
Pita Pit – Treat yourself to a satisfying salad or pita sandwich. There are four vegan sandwiches to choose from, all of which can be made as salads: Garden (your choice of veggies and sauce), Falafel (yummy chickpea patties on the basic Garden sandwich, no cheese), Hummus (creamy chickpea spread on the basic sandwich, no cheese), and Spicy Black Bean (a delicious black bean patty with your choice of veggies and sauce, no cheese). Be aware than many of Pita Pit’s sauces contain eggs and/or dairy products, so ask a manager to specify which ones are vegan.
Potbelly Sandwich Works – Lots of options here. Enjoy a chickpea veggie salad (no eggs and cheese, with vinaigrette dressing), Irish oatmeal (banana, walnuts and brown sugar), garden vegetable soup, spicy black bean and roasted tomato soup, Big Jack’s PB&J, or a Mediterranean sandwich sans cheese.
Subway – The world’s largest chain barely makes the list. Order a Veggie Delight sandwich without cheese, and add mustard, sweet onion sauce or oil and vinegar as you like.
Taco Bell – Taco Bell is a good option for road trips and late night eats. Order a “fresco” bean burrito (no dairy) and add rice, potatoes, or guacamole for a heartier meal.
Wahoos – This fusion chain has some great vegan options. Whether on a taco, burrito, salad, or sandwich, you can add your choice of four delicious fillings: Tofu (in a Polynesian marinade), Mushrooms (in a Polynesian marinade), Vegetarian (rice, black beans, lettuce, cabbage, cheese, and salsa), and Banzai Veggies (bell peppers, onions, zuchinni, broccoli, mushrooms, and cabbage, sautéed in teriyaki sauce). Other choices include the Veggie Bowl, Wafu Bowl, and french fries. For all orders, be sure to request brown rice and no cheese. Both the black and white beans are vegan, but be aware that Wahoo’s green sauce contains egg mayonnaise.