There are plenty of delicious places to eat here in St.George. However- if you are a vegan like me, you might have a difficult time navigating.
Before my writing and marketing career, I was in the restaurant industry for 4 years. I had met and served a handful of other out-of-town vegans in those days, and I was always asked the same question- How are you vegan here?
Well, let me tell you. It’s certainly not convenient here- but it is possible. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to live somewhere else, where there might be a larger vegan culture. (My dream place is Washington and Oregon, where hippie vegans are just LIFE!).
However, given that St. George is where I reside- I’ve had to learn quickly!
I am a complete and total foodie. So in addition to experimenting and making my own delicious vegan food at home, I certainly do love to go out and find vegan dishes as well.
So if you are a fellow vegan, traveling from out of town- here is my How To Eat Vegan guide for your trip to St.George!
Restaurants That Offer Vegan Options In St. George
Are you looking to eat out at any point during your trip to Southern Utah, but you don’t want the popular chain food restaurants like Chili’s, Olive Garden, Costa Vida, or Tropical Smoothie?
Let me share with you, my favorite, local, vegan restaurant guide that will most definitely be your friend during your stay with us. Not only are they delicious and offer vegan options, but I also believe strongly in great service, which you will find at these places as well.
Though not exactly in “St.George”, as it is technically in Ivins, Utah, Aragosta’s is the place to be. This quaint, but elegant restaurant takes reservations only! When you call, you will speak directly with the owner and chef himself- Chef Imi Kun.
This incredible Hungarian chef creates all of his dishes himself, from scratch. He has a quite the passion for food, and he’s certainly talented.
When you call to reserve, mention you are needing a vegan dish. I promise you- he will be more than excited to except this challenge.
I’ve had his vegan dish a good handful of times and I can tell you with absolutely certainty- it is the best vegan food I have ever had in my life.
Better even than my own…
The best part? There’s no “processed” vegan food in his dishes. Just good ol’ fashion vegetables, cooked in the most loving, and delectable way possible.
Aragosta’s is a MUST GO TO in St.George.
Red Fort Cuisine of India
If you love Indian food, this place is a must-eat!
Unbelievably delicious India food, right here in the heart of the town of St.George. It is new to the area- and seriously incredible.
There is nothing quite like this restaurant in this little town. It’s worth a visit!
Red Fort provides an entire vegan/vegetarian section on their menu for folks like us. AND if it isn’t placed in the vegan section, it will have a “V” icon next to the name of the dish, to indicate that it is vegan.
There’s no “processed” vegan dishes here. Just delicious, authentic, vegan Indian food in decadent sauces! Top it off with a side of Naan- you will NOT regret it!
St.George’s favorite Asian cuisine. You’ve got some great options at Sakura if you are looking for delicious Japanese food.
- Vegetarian Spring Rolls
- Miso Soup
- Fried Tofu
- Vegetable Tempura
Entrees & Side Dishes:
- Teriyaki Noodles with veggies (ask for no fish sauce)
- Sautéed Hibachi veggies with rice
- Steamed white or brown rice
- Avocado Roll
- Vegetable Roll
I’m a real comfort eater. When I eat at Sakura, I order the same trio of dishes every time- Spring Rolls, Miso Soup, and an Avocado Roll. Incredible!
St.George’s favorite place for Thai food! If you’re looking for a delicious stir-fried noodle dish, or specialty Thai Curry, this is the place to be. However, appetizers and sushi will be relatively the same as Sakura.
- Crispy Tofu
- Vegerable Tempura
- The Miso soup here, however, is not vegan, as it is made with fish sauce.
Entrees & Side Dishes:
- Vegetable Roll
- Avocado Roll
- Cashew Nuts (with white rice, tofu instead of chicken)
- Any Thai noodle dish here can be made vegan (Pad Thai, Pad See Ew, Pad Woon Sen, Lahd Nah). You know what to do- just make sure to ask for no fish sauce!
- Any of the delicious Curry dishes at Benja’s will come vegan already!
- Seaweed Salad
My all time favorite dish at Benja’s is the Cashew Nuts dish. I order mine with a spice level of 3, fried tofu, and white rice! YUM.
This place is delicious, and offers several different authentic vegan dishes that are to die for! And the best part is? Every time you order a sandwich, another sandwich is given to someone in need.
Is there anything more vegan than that?
Here’s what is 100% vegan at Even Stevens:
- The Hummazing Vegan
- Jackfruit Torta
- The New Morrissey
- Side of Tater Tots – ask for vegan aioli
- Shishito Peppers- ask for vegan aioli
This is my favorite place to go for a relaxing lunch trip from work. The Shishito peppers and vegan aioli are a MUST HAVE, and the Jackfruit Torta is to DIE FOR!
Twisted Noodle Cafe
This hidden gem is definitely one to try during your stay. For the most part, this homey cafe can make anything on the menu vegan, and they sure are delicious. Make it even better by pairing it with a tasty locally brewed beer!
All Twisted Noodle Salads, Noodle dishes, or flatbreads can be made vegan upon request. And add tofu to any dish for only $2.50 too!
I worked here for a brief period of time, back in my restaurant past, and I personally made sure certain dishes were vegan, or could be made vegan. So if you are looking for some delicious authentic Mexican food, that’s still vegan- this should be your go to place.
Pair your meal with a House Margarita- you won’t regret it!
- Chips and salsa (they’re amazing here!)
- Guacamole (ask for no fresca cheese)
- Nachos (minus the sour cream and cheese, and opt for grilled veggies instead of meat!)
- Veggie Fajitas (ask for no cheese or sour cream)
- Veggie Burrito (this one comes vegan!)
- Black Bean Soup (amazing! just ask for no sour cream or cheese on top)
- Rice and Beans (ask for no cheese on top of the beans)
I would certainly say Cafe Sabor is one of my favorite places to eat here in town. It’s worth checking out- especially if you’re one, like me, who adores Mexican food, but hasn’t had much good Mexican food as a vegan. Give it a shot!
Ah, brand new to St.George and certainly thriving, is the Wee-man’s restaurant Chronic Tacos. Yes Jackass’s favorite!
This is a great place to go if you are looking for some delicious vegan tacos!
You have the option of creating your own 2 Tacos, with whatever you want inside- rice and beans only, or Impossible burger crumbles, or potatoes. Shoot, you can even have them all.
I personally was not a ginormous fan of the way they cooked the Impossible burger crumbles- something about the seasoning for me. But hey, I would eat it again.
Next time I go, I’m choosing potatoes and loading it up with veggies and hot sauce! You also have the option of making a vegan burrito or salad as well.
700 Degree Artisan Pizza
My favorite vegan pizza in town!
Build your own vegan pizza- original crust (or gluten free), original crushed tomato sauce (they also put garlic parmesan oil on the crust, so make sure they don’t!), and load it up with all the veggie toppings you can! They even have vegan cheese they can throw on top.
Seriously incredible pizza- my favorite in town. They have a great selection of locally brewed beers too if you’re like me- a believer in “pizza always pairs with a brew”.
If You’re Looking For A Local Brew
Speaking of a brew…
All these restaurants above are delicious. And, surprisingly enough, all of those restaurants above offer alcohol. However, if you’re looking for a place to sit down and enjoy a few local beers with your mates, but you’re not insanely hungry?
Those places may not necessarily be what you need.
I personally love beer. Beer of any kind!
And my favorite part of traveling to other places is trying their local brews- so I imagine my fellow vegan beer drinkers out there might want to do the same.
However, if you haven’t been made aware yet- I will be your friend and warn you now.
Utah has strict liquor laws. So if you’re planning on going out, only to indulge in the local brews and head back to the hotel- don’t bet on it.
YOUR SERVER LEGALLY HAS TO MAKE YOU ORDER FOOD. Or they can’t serve you anymore.
Even if you’re not hungry. All you want is to have a good time, drinking a few beers with your buddies, and head back to the campsite/hotel. You’re out of luck my friend.
That’s the moral of the story. Utah is nuts.
However, there is ONE “full bar license” restaurant here in St.George. The ony of it’s kind that can serve you limitless alcohol, but doesn’t legally make you eat food.
Other than the only fully licensed bar in town, you do have other options. Yes, you will undoubtedly have to order chips and salsa or a side of fries, to get you by. But for Utah, the following restaurants/bars are my personal favorites for brews:
- Guru’s Sports Bar & Grill
- Bout Time Pub
- Burger Theory
- Buffalo Wild Wings (of course)
- Chili’s Bar and Grill
Of course, there are more tasty beers to find around town, these are just my personal favorite spots!
Good vibes, good service, and local beers! That should be my motto, right?
Best Grocery Stores To Shop Vegan In St. George
Perhaps you’re staying in town for an extended period, and therefore don’t plan on eating out the whole time. Maybe you’re one, like me, who loves to indulge in delicious cooking with local produce.
Well, that may present another challenge for those out-of-towners who may not be too familiar with our not-so-vegan-friendly city of St.George.
Of course, we have the popular grocery stores such as Walmart and Smiths, which have little to offer us vegans. (Side note- Smith’s has been bringing in a lot of vegan options as of late, which is awesome!).
But unfortunately, we’re too small to offer an awesome Whole Foods or Sprouts here.
That’s why you have me! Let me share with you my favorite local grocery stores to shop at for the best produce and vegan options available here in our small town.
My vegan grocery store guide- just click the links and google will show you the rest:
I hope my little vegan guid helps you navigate your way to our most tasty vegan options in town! Feel free to leae comments with any questions you might have, or any other blogs you would like to see from me!
Until next time,