Thursday, November 2, 2017

Great Vegan Food and Hotels in Las Vegas


Violettes Vegan Organic Eatery and Juice Bar tofu scramble, veggie sausage, potatoes, veggies.

We just spent another weekend in Las Vegas. This was the first time we had a weekend alone without the kids since before our daughter was born almost 3 years ago and it was as fabulous as ever. Not only did the kids do great with their grandparents but we had a great time as a couple. Sometimes you need those little breaks to reconnect and do the things that you enjoy together and both us love the slot machines, the shows, wine, and of course vegan food!

The Hubs surprised me with this trip for my birthday. He booked a suite and show tickets at Treasure Island which was fine but I wasn't too impressed. I was not very impressed food-wise either but was happy there are no confined Tigers or animal shows at this hotel, besides those that chose to shun daylight and eat, drink, and party indoors next to some old smoking lady at their own free will.

They have the Cirque show Mystere which was excellent. Plus, there were some great first timer rewards for the Players Club that we enjoyed right away like entrance into a slot tournament, free spins, where we won over $100, and free buffet.

Eating Vegan at Treasure Island Las Vegas



They had vegan sushi at the Treasure Island buffet. I feel like most of the hotels we've stayed at in Las Vegas feature vegan sushi which is perfect because I start to crave it. It was a tomato avocado roll and hit the spot. The Bean Sprout salad and Kim Chee were nice with the sushi. 



The Treasure Island buffet has this really nice "protein bowl" station. You tell them what you want and they make the bowl. I actually prefer to make my own salads so I passed in favor of more sushi and hash brown potatoes which were sadly a bit soggy but the available hot sauce and ketchup.



There was some nice fruit and a Mango Lassey on the left! Hubs said he drank these all the time in Malaysia. It was very tasty.

Although there was a Beyond Burger at one of Treasure Island's restaurants which is available for roughly $20 (including a nearly $10 fee if you order it on room service) and a few vegan options at the buffet I would not spend the money there. We received a complimentary buffet for 2 for gambling and using our Players Club. If you like the super healthy protein bowl and fruit type breakfast, it is fine, but we like something a little more rich and savory like a breakfast burrito or potatoes.



Does a vegan hotel in Las Vegas exist?



The first thing you find when you look into vegan hotels in Las Vegas are the Wynn and Encore hotels and they were right across the street from TI so we popped over.  Do they have vegan menus in all of their restaurants? YES.

Do we think you should book the Wynn or Encore and spend all your vegan money there? NO not necessarily.

If you want to just park yourself somewhere, check into a hotel, eat, sleep, drink, gamble in the same place, then I would recommend the Wynn and Encore as options. My sister did this for 5 nights during a convention and said it was fantastic.

However, if you are willing to leave your hotel and eat off the strip, in local ALL VEGAN Las Vegas restaurants, I wouldn't bother with Wynn or Encore as a choice.

It is not because the Wynn and Encore don't have enough vegan food. They have plenty. They also have the Le Reve Cirque-type show which we've seen and is amazing.


The problem is that you have to walk through a hallway of shops filled with "high-end" fur and leather before getting into the main casino and all their vegan food is in non-vegan restaurants. The fur in 2-3 shops in their hotel was disappointing and gross when you think about the sickening torture these animals had to go through. We didn't stay long.

The only time I want to eat vegan food in non-vegan restaurants is when there is NOTHING else to eat and Las Vegas has PLENTY of vegan restaurants we can support instead. They are just off the strip.

Hotels we like:
The Cosmopolitan (our fave - get a balcony overlooking the Bellagio fountains - the BEST!)
Airbnb - so many great pads to choose from!
The Hard Rock is fun and inexpensive and also have some good rock shows
Treasure Island is fun

Las Vegas also has a lot of hotels that have miserable animals on display, from white tigers that probably need prescriptions to treat lifelong depression and dolphins hopelessly circling their tanks. I recommend avoiding The Mirage, The Mandalay, The Excalibur, and any other hotel that you find that uses live animals in shows, tanks, or cages. We don't need to support animal entertainment when there are SO many other things to do, starting with food!!!

Let me know any great vegan hotels you've experienced if any exists. Although we didn't mind TI, the best part of this trip for us was definitely the food we found elswhere...

3 AMAZING vegan restaurants in Las Vegas:


Vege-Way

7790 S Jones Blvd
Las Vegas NV, 89139
(702) 614-3380
Vegewaylasvegas.com

I try to map my vegan restaurants so they are more or less convenient for our trip, and have options if we are not close or not hungry. I had Vege-Way on the list of places we might want to hit before or after our trip because of its southwest location. It is fast food drive thru and they have burgers and fries.


Neither my husband and I were super hungry when we arrived because of food we had brought with us, but you know, as vegans we pre-eat if we have to so you don't get stuck without an option. A drive-thru worked out great because we took our food with us to the hotel. (Well some made it!)

We went for an order of "Monster Fries", popcorn "Chik'n" and Sweet and Sour Chick'n. The burgers and chick'n burgers looked great, too but we just worried that all the bread and burger was going to be too much. Holeee-cow! The Monster Fries were delish, with Thousand Island, cheeze, and grilled onions.


The two types of chick'n were pretty mind-blowing-ly good. There was something so exceptionally authentic about the texture and breading that made them both unique and palatable. The ranch dipping sauce that comes with was great too.

We found out later on that the owner also owns one of the BEST Chinese Food restaurants we have ever eaten at, vegan or not.... that explains the excellent handmade vegan "meat" at this drive-thru, walk up vegan fast food joint and why they also sell the amazing Orange Chik'n.




Violettes Vegan Organic Eatery and Juice Bar

8560 West Desert Inn Road Las Vegas, NV. 89117
702-685-0466
Violettesvegan.com


I had this place on deck for a good vegan breakfast. I intended to get a complimentary buffet at our hotel by Sunday morning or hit one of the many other vegan eateries in town but we were hungry Saturday morning and were ready to head out and it's a good thing because this was just about perfect!


My husband had a tofu scramble platter and I had the breakfast burrito with tofu, potatoes, sausage and cheese which came in a gluten-free tortilla. Both came with grilled veggies.

He asked for a side of the biscuits and gravy and I'm glad he did because it was delicious.



I'm not sure if the cheese was Daiya, but we know the sausage was Field Roast. We didn't mind the commercial processed food (and I have to note that my husband is iffy about Daiya - we are more a Follow Your Heart brand family). Everything was cooked and flavored very well and we were both very happy with our meals. Not only do they have a delicious all vegan menu including breakfast foods, burgers, and smoothies, but they have vegan donuts and desserts too!





Veggie House


5115 Spring Mountain Rd 203
Las Vegas, NV 89146

(702) 431-5802
VeggieHouseVegas.com


I rarely write a long and detailed post the same night I get home from a trip (let alone the same year) but this vegan Chinese restaurant made me do it. It was hands down the best Chinese food I've ever had (vegan or not) and I cannot wait to plan my next trip so I can have it again.


Orange Chick'n

The legendary Chef Kenny has created the most flawless and animal-free Chinese food anyone could imagine. We went for a very late lunch and ordered 4 meals and an appetizer intending to save 2 for a late dinner should we make it up past 9pm.

Our table was filled with a stunning array of jaw-dropping Chinese classics as well a Vegan House exclusives. I don't know if I can accurately convey how incredible these dishes were. Perhaps my nearly vegan/struggling vegetarian and taste sensitive sensory husband could shed some light on how good it was but his mouth was too full of Orange Chick'n, Beef and Broccoli, Kung Pao Chick'n, Fried Rice... yes, we over-ordered. We ate waaaay too much. But this is the stuff memories are made of, especially if you are erasing the memories of slot machine losses with a Bloody Mary in the morning.


Kung Pao Chick'n



Beef and Broccoli



This was the Roti with Curry appetizer. I love curry and this bread was the lightest, softest bread I've ever had. Another food my husband is fond of from Malaysia (that I finally got to try!)



The restaurant is in the top corner of this complex. I was surprised at what a booming Asian area this city has! I'm sure there is a lot more great vegan food and options to uncover in this area with stores touting "vegan friendly" with little signs right near this gem of a Chinese place.






The ones that got away (Restaurants we will visit next time!!!!)


Vegenation

I heard so much about this place and their excellent selection of all vegan street food inspired dishes. There are two locations which were both convenient to the strip. I only regret that we didn't make it to our last lunch due to a comped buffet. Next time, and there will be a next time!

Pancho's Tacos

Another place that is reasonably priced and raved about is Pancho's Tacos. In fact it is branded with a medal on the Happy Cow App! It looked like Mexican food with Daiya cheese from what we saw and read from reviews and my husband is not really a fan so we had it as an option but didn't make it.

I'm kinda thinking that we have to specifically get back there soon because I have tamales, chili rellenos, wet burritos, and enchiladas with sides of refried beans and rice running through my mind. What can I say?! I'm an American! I embrace this decadent diet. I just don't want to hurt animals to have it!

The thing is, though, we ended up at a pizza place out of town that also used all Daiya and we're beginning to realize that we likes it in certain dishes so I really want to check this place out next time we go and we can ridiculously over-order here too.



HOT VEGAN VEGAS TIPS:

Use the Happy Cow App - there is a bunch of all vegan eateries mostly off the strip.

Stay away from hotels that have animals on display or in shows (I think we are getting close to being done with that whole antiquated, inhumane, and unfortunately misguided trend that some are still holding onto) but there are plenty of options on and off the strip that do not have live animals.

You could skip the strip hotels COMPLETELY and do Airbnb so you can cook or reheat food easily while possibly saving money too.

All Wynn and Encore Hotel restaurants have vegan items/menus.

Order 2 meals from any of these restaurants to eat back in your hotel room after a show or a night of gambling, dancing, drinking so you don't become a drunk vegetarian and wake up with a tiger in your room and a tattoo on your face.

Don't forget to join your hotel players club, enjoy all the benefits, and see a Cirque Show!!!



NOT Vegas but...

*BONUS* San Bernardino Vegan Korner

IF you happen to be driving back to SoCal or just want to make a special trip for amazing vegan food, Vegan Korner in San Bernardino is where you absolutely need to stop to eat! They make amazing vegan calzones, pizza, and pasta. It is mainly a take-out place where you can call ahead or wait for your delicious vegan food. There are a few tables inside to eat at.


We had their Buffalo Chick'n pizza with spicy Buffalo sauce, little bits of vegan "chick'n" ranch dressing, celery, and Daiya Cheese. The crust was perfect and the pizza was excellent!

My husband had a delicious calzone filled with vegan sausage, pepperoni, cheeze, and black olives and it was out of this world!

They also let us know that they had last Sunday of the month specials which is why we also ordered the pesto pasta. It was pretty amazing, too! It included spinach, black olives, and avocado which was delicious!









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