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5 Of The Best Vegetarian Restaurants In The Us Marissa Elman

5 of the Best Vegetarian Restaurants in the U.S.

The United States has become a major contender on the worldwide vegetarian dining stage. In fact, most of the highest ranked vegetarian restaurants in the world are located in the US, with only a handful of them falling outside of the country. Read on to learn more about the vegetarian restaurants in the U.S. with the highest rankings.


Blossoming Lotus

Located in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon, the Blossoming Lotus offers up delicious American Asian fusion cuisine. Their all-vegetarian menu offers restaurant patrons fully organic plant-based entrees such as Live Nachos, Cheesy Plate, Tandoori Cauliflower, Fingerling Potatoes, Roasted Beet and Apple Salad, Chicory Caesar Salad, Carnitas Enchiladas, and much more.


Bouldin Creek Cafe

Located in Austin, Texas, this vegetarian restaurant serves up an absolutely delicious and cutting edge vegetarian meal selection. Some of the delicious dishes include a kale side salad, Brussel bites, summer Buddha bowl, BBQ McFib, Natalie’s Noodle Bowl, Joe’s jackfruit tacos, Ruby Reuben, and a lot more. Almost all of their menu items are already or can be prepared vegan, as well.


Bulan Thai

The name says it all. This heavenly restaurant offers up delicious vegetarian Thai cuisine. Located in sunny Los Angeles, California, their menu features items such as spring rolls, corn fritters, golden tofu, tempeh, sate, seaweed rolls, curry puffs, and much more. The establishment also offers a wide selection of all-vegan desserts and drinks to choose from. Bulan Thai prides itself on providing delicious dishes that use no meat, no M.S.G., and no trans fats.


Bunna Cafe

This vegetarian Ethiopian restaurant can be found in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. An absolute hit with the local vegetarians, their menu features amazing and authentic African dishes such as Shiro, Gomen, Yatakit Alicha, Keysir Selata, Misir Wot, and much more. If you’ve never tried Ethiopian cuisine, Bunna Cafe has you covered with a variety of delicious, healthy dishes.


Crossroads Kitchen

Another restaurant based in Los Angeles, California, the Crossroads Kitchen offers patrons a delicious assortment of American-style vegetarian cuisine. On their menu, you can find mouthwatering dishes such as chickpeas with creamy French dressing sauce, vegan kabobs, vegan hamburgers, tossed salads, lima bean pasta, bean and rice bowls, and much more.


With more individuals trying out vegetarian lifestyles, the number of restaurants that cater to these dietary choices is growing. Though the five restaurants featured here are arguably among the best in terms of taste and value, there are plenty of other establishments across the country that are worth trying.

How To Be Vegetarian On A Budget Marissa Elman

How To Be Vegetarian On A Budget

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to go vegetarian. In fact, in the long run, going veggie may actually save you money on your grocery bill. Whether you’re a lifelong vegetarian or have just decided to stop eating meat, these tips will help you keep your vegetarian diet fun, varied, and healthy without hurting your wallet.


Skip the organic section of the produce aisle

You don’t need to opt for organic fruits and veggies over regular ones. If organic just isn’t in the budget, consider that even eating non-organic fruits and veggies is better for you than avoiding produce altogether. Even if you are able to buy organic produce, choose wisely. Fruits and veggies with a thick, protective skin — like bananas and avocados — are safe even if they aren’t organic. Only stop in the organic section for thin-skinned produce, like grapes and leafy greens.


Visit your local farmer’s market

For fresh, in-season, local produce, visit your farmer’s market. Much of what you find there will be organic, but be sure to ask the seller if it matters to you and you aren’t sure. Buying produce at the farmer’s market is a great way to support local farmers. You may also find that in-season produce is surprisingly affordable (and often much more flavorful than what you’ll find at the supermarket).


Buy long-lasting pantry items in bulk

If you have the storage space for them, consider buying your pantry staples — like rice, dried beans, pasta, and canned goods — in bulk. Look for bulk bins at your local supermarket, or see whether your city has an Asian or Indian grocery store, which often sell rice and other basics in large quantities at a discount. Another option is to buy your staples in bulk online, which comes with the additional benefit of having them delivered to your door.


Prep rice, beans, and other staples ahead of time

Cooking your own dried beans is much cheaper than buying them canned, and you can even do it in a slow cooker. When you cook beans, make extra and freeze them in 1.5-cup portions (which is about the same as a regular can of beans). Likewise, rice freezes well, so make extra and keep it on hand in the freezer for times when you need a quick meal or side dish.

Worst Menu Items in America

Worst Menu Items in America - Marissa Elman (1)


There’s no denying that eating out on a regular basis can do horrible things to your diet. Making your own food at home is, for the most part, going to be a healthier option than ordering out the same item at your favorite restaurant. Many of us get overwhelmed by the choices and ultimately succumb to ordering something too heavy that makes us feel like we just blew an entire week’s worth of exercise.


Not to worry though, the next time you go out to eat with your friends or family, just be sure to steer clear of these terrible choices that pack on the calories, sugar, and fat. What to look out for from any restaurant is when there are multiple menu items that are contained in one meal, like mozzarella sticks on a cheeseburger. A cheeseburger is not devoid of nutrition, but a cheeseburger topped with mozzarella sticks and a side of french fries is going to run you hundreds and hundreds of calories and an unhealthy amount of fat.


Worst Offenders


The Cheesecake Factory

The Pasta Nepoletana

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is an organization based in Washington DC that advocates for healthier food choices in the United States, and they found that this pasta creation from the Cheesecake Factory is one of the worst pasta dishes you can order in America. For those that want to throw caution to the wind and go for the Pasta Nepoletana, you’ll be served a creamy parmesan cheese pasta topped with several meats like pepperoni, meatballs, sausage, and bacon. Just one serving of this dish is estimated to be around 2,310 calories and a mind blowing 4,370 milligrams of sodium and 79 grams of saturated fat. To put that into perspective, the average adult woman should only be consuming 1,800 to 2,400 calories, 16 grams of saturated fat, and 1,500 mg of sodium each day.


California Pizza Kitchen

Waldorf Chicken Salad

Just because you may order a salad at a restaurant does not mean you will actually receive a healthy meal that will keep you on track with your health goals. According to Eat This, Not That!, this salad is basically like eating 4 Hostess cupcakes because of the incredibly high sugar content at 55 grams of sugar. Not only that, this seemingly harmless salad is packed with 1,310 calories and 1,840 mg of sodium.


UNO Pizzeria

Whole Hog Burger

If you’re watching your caloric intake, it’s not likely you will end up ordering this colossal burger, but it’s good to keep in mind what the absolute unhealthiest menu item in America is. This single burger comes with over a pound of meat between sausage, pepperoni, hamburger, and bacon is at a heart stopping 2,850 calories and 6,610 mg of sodium.

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