Pasadena is full of vegan and vegetarian restaurants providing quality plant-based plates that don’t compromise on taste.
Beaming Organic Superfood Cafe
Best known for its vast smoothie and superfood bowl menu, Beaming also has a selection of grab-and-go plant-based meals for busy, health-conscious customers. With food ranging from lunch wraps to the popular shiitake kelp noodles, Beaming believes in the importance of healthy convenience. 300 E. Colorado Blvd., 626-360-3103, livebeaming.com
Green Earth Vegan Cuisine
While vegan burgers have become a staple at many restaurants, Green Earth ups the ante with its diverse menu of Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Italian, and Middle Eastern dishes. From quinoa sushi rolls and Indian curry tofu to eggplant lasagna, plant-based offerings abound here, using fresh vegetables and rich flavors that easily compete with their meat-laden counterparts. 37 S. Fair Oaks Ave., 626-584-0268, greenearthvegan.com
Roots & Rye
Founded in 2018, Roots & Rye offers fast and healthy treats, from customizable acai bowls and smoothies to toasts that are equal parts Instagram-worthy and delicious. Every bowl is made to order, personalized to your preference. Simply mix and match your base (acai, pitaya, oats, matcha, activated charcoal, or chia pudding) and finish it off with unlimited toppings such as granola, fruits, and nut butters. 36 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626-345-5055, ourrootsandrye.com