No matter the reason you follow a vegan/vegetarian diet, you’ll always be on the hunt for a delicious new restaurant to sit down for a meal. Healthy foods don’t have to be boring, and the best vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants in West Virginia will give you delicious choices that won’t leave you missing meat. Here are the best in the state.
If you’re looking for a charming out of the way place to enjoy a delicious meatless lunch or dinner, you need to visit Blue Moon Café in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. From great appetizers choices like the cucumber bruschetta, sesame noodles, and Quiche of the Day, to yummy entrees like the Kimster Vegetarian, two breaded eggplant cutlets covered in mozzarella cheese and basil pesto on a ciabatta roll or the Philly Shroom Sub, a sautéed Portobello mushroom sandwich with onion, tomatoes, mozzarella and a sun-dried tomato-garlic mayonnaise that will make your taste buds dance.
From the moment you walk through the doors of the Bluegrass Kitchen in Charleston, West Virginia, you’ll know you’re somewhere special. Trendy food alternatives to heavy meat dishes are a specialty of the house and ingredients are fresh daily and delivered by local distributors. Using herbs and spices to create modern taste treats, you can enjoy mock chicken & dumplings with delicious veggie gravy or tofu wings, made Buffalo-style and served with ranch dressing.
For a fantastic sampling of authentic African/Jamaican cuisine, Africana Cherith in Morgantown, West Virginia, has a great selection, including their specialties Jollof rice and fried plantains. Serving buffets twice a week, the Africana Cherith is an undiscovered foodie’s dream come true. Offering some of the best curries around, everyone is friendly and helpful in suggesting menu items that will satisfy your hunger. Meals are made to order and most are gluten-free. Groups get discounts, free delivery, and they will cater your next event or host private parties in their event hall.
Fast, friendly service and great food is what you can expect at Black Bear Burritos in Morgantown, West Virginia. The vegetarian choices will exceed your expectations for quality and deliciousness. Located downtown but close to the university, this place is a favorite among locals, but there is a second location in Evansdale. Great reviews on social media and the chips and salsa is the best around with a beer selection that compliments any food choice.
More than just a great burger place, although they were recognized as having of the best burgers in America by Thrillist Magazine, this quaint little place packs a punch when it comes to delivering great taste in the non-meat arena, too. Avenue Eats in Wheeling, West Virginia, resets the bar for healthy flavorful alternatives for those preferring meatless food choices. If you crave tasty vegan/vegetarian food, try the teriyaki tempeh tacos, the grilled apple and brie sandwich, made with brie, Granny Smith apples, and caramelized onions on cinnamon raisin bread, or any one of the many house salads with homemade dressing. Avenue Eats isn’t just a restaurant. It’s a food-lover’s destination!
Another great vegan/vegetarian alternative restaurant in Wheeling, West Virginia, Later Alligator provides a great place to step back into history and enjoy culinary creativity at its best. Known for the delicious sweet and savory crepes like the Alligator Rock, made with tomatoes, ricotta, roasted red peppers, pine nuts, avocado, and pesto basil, Later Alligator also offers specialty wraps, soups, salads, sandwiches, and sides that will make your mouth water. Featured in In Wheeling Magazine and WV Living Magazine, they were also named one of the “101 Most Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia” People’s Choice Award by the West Virginia Department of Tourism.
The Wild Bean in Lewisburg, West Virginia, believes in supporting local farmers, and that’s why they source the freshest ingredients for everything they make. Opened in 2006, the idea was to form a community diner where people could come, relax, meet with friends and family, and enjoy healthy food and drink. Offering breakfast and lunch, you won’t have to be a vegetarian to love the food here, but you won’t find anything frozen or pre-processed. Everything here is made on site, such as Vegan Burrito made with potatoes, avocado, spinach, tempeh bacon, and served on a whole wheat tortilla with salsa, or the Healthy Wrap, made of mixed greens, avocado, maple roasted tempeh, red onion, green pepper, cucumber, tomato with sunflower and pumpkin seeds, drizzled with a maple balsamic dressing, and served with the daily side.