Plant-based diets are becoming increasingly popular as the benefits of cutting out red meat are becoming blatantly clear to the population. If you are having a hard time giving up the BBQ, and let's face it, it's a hard thing to give up, don't worry – there are tons of vegetarian restaurants that cater to the BBQ-loving folks that can't quite give up the ribs, but want to have a healthier version of the food they love.
Green New American Vegetarian: This Arizona based gem makes their own plant-based meat for amazing meals like Blackjack Pita with blackened cajun meatless chicken and artichoke hearts, or the Argentine Po-boy with seitan steak and caramelized onions. There is a rumor that this place is a favorite go-to for Madonna and Bill Clinton.
Annapurna's World Vegetarian Cafe: This is the place where nature and organic food come together to produce some of the best-tasting food in New Mexico. With dishes like Cauliflower Chapati Tacos that are filled with crispy fried cauliflower, shredded veggies, and sambal chili, and a vast variety of chai teas, you can't go wrong.
BBQ Revolution: This incredible Austin based vegan BBQ food truck specializes in making the best plant-based BBQ, with fan favorites like No Bull Brisket, Tempeh Ribs, and Smokey Curls, along with one of their many delicious sides like BBQ baked beans or Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad. There is no question why they have thousands of dedicated Instagram followers and returning customers.
Spiral Diner: Located in Dallas, even in the Lonestar State true are starting to embrace meatless options. They offer fresh options like their taco salad which is made with Mexican quinoa, black beans, veggies and ranch dressing, or try their take on some comfort food like their Cowboy Burger which has homemade “bacon” and barbecue sauce – you will be sure to come back again and again. If the food listed above isn't enough to convince you, try their extensive beer list or even their in-house baked treats.
Sometimes it's hard to give up a good thing and, let's be honest, steak, brisket and ribs are some of the better things in life. Just because you are giving up meat, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste.