Pasadena, California, a hub to upscale shopping, lively downtown, sporting attractions and an abundance of restaurants. The dining within Pasadena ranges from old diners, hip bars and refined dining with specialty menus. If a vegan lifestyle is of your choosing, then you are in luck, as Pasadena offers many options to satisfy your palate.
The options for vegan dining within Pasadena are almost overwhelming, as most restaurants in this popular city try to accommodate all types of diets. A top pick is “Green Earth Vegan Cuisine” at 37 S Fair Oaks Avenue. Their hours are Sunday – Monday, Wed – Sat from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The chic and modern restaurant offers take out or restaurant dining. Vegan dishes range from Italian, Mexican, American, Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese. Made with fresh ingredients and bountiful flavor, you are guaranteed to find a dish that will not only excite you, but tantalize your taste buds. The menu starts you off with basic appetizers such as soups, salads, and spring rolls, and then rounds itself out with veggie burgers and sandwiches along with fulfilling pasta dishes. If you crave a dessert, you can opt for a fruit smoothie or a veggie juice. One of the most popular dishes offered is the “California Chick’un Wrap”; this includes grilled chick’un, avocado, lettuce, pico de gallo, organic alfalfa sprouts and homemade tofu mayo all wrapped in a sizable organic wheat tortilla.
Another option is “My Vegan”. Unlike the “Green Earth”, this is a more casual and “fast food” type of restaurant which also offers delivery service. “My Vegan” is located at 633 South Arroyo Park Way Suite 3. Their hours are Sunday – Thursday: 10:30am – 9:30pm and Friday – Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Their dishes are made fresh daily with all vegan ingredients. You can choose items from vegetable dumplings to wonton soup accompanied with a papaya salad, topped off with a noodle dish called “Vegan Pho Basil”.
The final recommendation would be “Real Food Daily Organic Plant Cuisine” (aka RFD) which is nestled at 899 E Del Mar Blvd. RDF is open every day from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. then from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., expect for Saturdays and Sundays, when it’s only open from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. RDF offers brunches, delivery service and catering for your vegan affairs. A popular dish amongst the locals is the “Quesadillas De City of Los Angeles”. This dish incorporates yams, butternut squash, caramelized onions, black beans, cheese and guacamole on a toasted organic wheat tortilla. No matter if you are looking for a salad, wrap, specialty item or dessert, you are guaranteed to leave this restaurant happy.