Let’s face it, Nebraska is right in the middle of farm country. We are the Cornhuskers, known for football and Omaha steaks (at least to the rest of the country…those who actually know where Nebraska is). Because of all this, vegetarianism is perhaps mocked more here than anywhere. Much of the economy subsists on cattle and dairy, and the people value the dollars that farming brings into the state. Being a vegetarian in farm-country Nebraska can be rough. But luckily there are still some delicious restaurant options for meat-free Nebraskans right in the state’s capital, Lincoln. Here are a few of the best:
- Maggies is a vegetarian bistro located in Lincoln, NE in the Haymarket District. They hold their own against the non-vegetarian fair available in the area. The Roasted Vegetable Pizza is particularly delicious with locally-made Le Quartier pizza crust, seasonal veggies and Nebraska-made cheese. Local ingredients only and delectable to the last bite.
Grateful Bread/Freakbeat Vegetarian:
- The original in vegetarian cuisine in Lincoln, Nebraska, nothing holds a candle to Grateful Bread/Freakbeat Vegetarian. And not only are they vegetarian, many of their choices are vegan as well. They are best known for their namesake, their bread. In addition, their soups are unbelievable. Every day their menu offerings are different, but if you can, go on a day that they have their Curried Vegetable Soup. As for the bread, try their signature French Bread with Olives.
- Another delicious vegetarian option in Lincoln, Nebraska to be found on South 13th Street. They set their menus weekly and use local ingredients. If you’re lucky, you can catch them when they are making their Black Bean Bok Choy Enchiladas, using fresh-made corn tortillas, espresso mole sauce, fresh bok choy and black beans. So unbelievably delicious! The Veggie Burger is incomparable too! Even for those who aren’t vegetarians, this veggie burger will hit the spot!
So, even though Nebraska is farm country, vegetarians have many options for delicious meals out! Try any of the menu options at these three incredible restaurants and you will not be disappointed! Also, many of the standard restaurants in the area are offering vegetarian options. If you find yourself at Lazlo’s (a local brewery and grill) try the Portabella Boursin, a portabella mushroom sandwich with boursin cheese, or the Veggie burger which is also tasty. So just remember that vegetarians have many options available to them right here in Lincoln, Nebraska!