Top 6 Vegan Restaurants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Vegan brunch, sandwiches, hot dogs, ice cream, and MORE!
Growing up on the West Coast, we never learned much about Pittsburgh. We only knew it as the “Steel City” a couple hours away from Philadelphia. It wasn’t a tourist destination in our minds that we needed to add to our bucket list. But after being drawn to this destination to visit Ben’s talented cousin at Carnegie Mellon University, we finally had a reason to come to town and dine at all of the vegan restaurants in Pittsburgh.
While veganism is not as widely accepted like in other East Coast cities like Washington D.C. or Philadelphia, you can still find at least one vegan restaurant in every major business district, and some darn good ones at that!
In Pittsburgh, you can find a half vegetarian restaurant/half antique shop, a punk rock vegan cafe that makes their own vegan eggs, a vegan DIY hot dog eatery, and so much more. Here’s a list of our favorite vegan restaurants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
We’ve had the pleasure of experiencing this venue on both a date night and on a night out with friends. With its lively atmosphere and delicious vegan versions of Central and Eastern European cuisine, come here for a meal of light tapas or for a full night exploring the whole menu with your party in this beautiful, dim-lit dining room.
Highlights: Boczniaki Z Kapusta, Kluski Slaskie.
This beloved vegan cafe features a menu of American and Middle Eastern favorites, as well as a bakery and bar. All it takes is one short look at their Instagram to book it on over. If you’re interested in vegan pancakes, fried oyster mushroom sandwiches, latkes, or seitan shawarma, move this cafe to the top of your Pittsburgh bucket list.
Highlights: Look out for their amazing specials!
This vegan restaurant is inspired by punk rock and heavy metal music, which makes for a badass vegan menu. Its menu features a fusion of vegetable-based Asian and American comfort food dishes that makes for a really fun and flavorful dining experience. Don’t leave without trying their “Killing Yoke” Deviled Eggs made in house and certainly indulge in their poutine with tater tots. On top of the wonderful comfort food, Onion Maiden also composts any food waste and makes it a priority to use eco-friendly products.
Highlights: Bunno))), Aqua Poutine Hunger Force, Munster Mash, Coffins.
If you’re craving a good ol’ American hot dog, this place will not disappoint. While the majority of the menu surrounds their meat-based options, vegans can order their tofu hot dog or Beyond Meat sausage. Top it with dozens of vegan goodies including vegan bacon, chili, cheese sauce, chipotle aioli, house gravy, and more. Fun fact: Franktuary says it doesn’t claim responsibility for unpalatable combinations so be careful how you concoct your loaded hot dog.
Highlights: DIY tofu hot dog, vegan cheese sauce, vegan bacon, vegan chipotle aioli.
This half vegan restaurant, half antique shop is one of the quirkiest stops we’ve found during our travels. A small kitchen separates the two spaces—the right side filled to the brim with objects and clothing, the left side filled with mismatching dining room tables and chairs. If you’re looking for a place that feels like you’re getting a homemade vegan meal cooked for you by your best friend, this is the spot for you. It’s definitely not a four-star or a traditional cafe, but it’s a uncommon experience that allows you to enjoy vegan comfort food in Pittsburgh’s oldest vegetarian restaurant.
Highlights: Tofu Walnut Meatball Sandwich, Seitan Stew.
Biddle’s Escape is the perfect place to take a break after a long hike in Frick Park, for a coffee break mid-day, or to work for a few hours. While Biddle’s Escape is not exclusively a vegan restaurant, or may not even have many vegan food options, their extensive drink list is easily customizable; we felt it deserved a spot on here as it’s a very vegan-friendly coffee shop.
This quirky neighborhood shop has dozens of tea and coffee options, with many of them available to buy in bulk as displayed on the back wall. Have fun choosing your ideal latte or tea beverage from their creative menu and be inspired by this beautiful location among a neighborhood adorned with artwork in their yards.
Highlights: Dirty Chai Latte.
Other Vegan Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Pastoli’s Pizza: vegan-friendly pizza and Italian restaurant in Squirrel Hill.
El Burro: vegan-friendly Mexican restaurant with seven distinct vegan options of burritos and tacos, available at their two locations.
Gluten Free Goat Bakery and Cafe: gluten-free bakery with light options, now available for delivery and wholesale only.
Eatunique: a sandwich shop in North Oakland with a veggie-friendly menu.
Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream: beloved local ice cream shop with a rotating selection of vegan flavors.
If you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to know your favorite spots so we can visit them next time we’re in town. Feel free to share your favorites, or places you hope to visit in Pittsburgh one day, in the comments below.
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