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15 Fantastic Spots to Eat Vegetarian and Vegan in Buffalo

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Written by Francesca Bond

Published on January 13, 2022

Vegetarians, vegans, and plant-based peeps, you’ve all been there. You go to a restaurant, excited to try it out, only to find out the few things you can eat are salad…salad…and another salad.

Though going meatless can be hard, there has never been a better time to dive in. With options popping up left and right, and more restaurants adapting to your dietary needs, here is a list of restaurants and cafes that will not only accommodate you but leave you feeling oh-so-satisfied.

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Amy’s Place // Photo x Facebook

1. Amy’s Place

3234 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214 / More Info

Amy’s Place is one of the go-to vegan restaurants in the city. Located in University Heights, Amy’s offers a menu full of healthy breakfast options, sandwiches, soups and salads. Amy’s is a Lebanese and American restaurant so they have classic options as well as unique dishes such made with falafel and tofu.

2. The Healthy Scratch

  • 75 Main St #4, Buffalo, NY 14203 / More Info
  • Buffalo General: 100 High Street Buffalo, NY 14203 / More Info
  • Roswell Park: Carlton Street at Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14263 / More Info

This centrally located cafe is the perfect spot for healthy grab-and-go, but if you’re specifically looking for vegan or vegetarian eats, their menus is stocked with options. Pretty much the entire menu is either already vegetarian or can easily be made vegetarian including several toast options, bowls, smoothies, sandwiches, etc. When it comes to vegan choices, Healthy Scratch has a variety of fresh juices, smoothies, and make-your-own bowl options that fit the bill. Plus you can make any of their salads vegan. Did we mention they have a food truck too?

Inside Bettys
Bettys // Step Out Buffalo

3. Betty’s

370 Virginia St, Buffalo, NY 14201 / More Info

Betty’s is another go-to dinner spot for vegetarians, but they also offer dishes with meat too, which makes this the perfect restaurant to bring your meat eating friend or family member to, if they can’t sacrifice meat for a meal.

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4. Taste of Siam

810 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 / More Info

The Taste of Siam is as beautiful as it is delicious. Located on Elmwood, this authentic Thai restaurant has floor to ceiling windows with an adorable view of the heart of the Elmwood Village. Oh yeah, and the food, the Pad Thai is incredible. You can choose your meat, and vegetarians can opt for tofu or veggies in their noodles, along with other Thai dishes.
Vegetarian pro tip: order a Thai iced tea or iced coffee, you won’t regret it.

5. Dosa Place

745 E Market St Buffalo, NY 14301 / More Info

Dosa Place serves up authentic Indian cuisine prepared fresh daily. Their menu is mostly vegetarian and vegan with dishes that are bursting with flavor. They serve brunch, lunch and dinner and are open every day.

6. Ashker’s Juice Bar and Cafe

414 Amherst St. Buffalo, NY, 14207 / More Info

Ashker’s is a go-to spot for vegetarians. While they don’t offer quite as many vegan options, Ashker’s is perfect for vegetarians since their menu is full of delicious veggie options. Plus they have a full smoothie and juice bar!

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7. India Gate

  • 1116 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 / More Info
  • 1264 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216 / More Info

India Gate describes themselves as “exotic healthy Indian cuisine” and while they have meat options, they offer many vegan/vegetarian alternatives and dishes that wouldn’t have meat in them anyway. (The mango chutney and veggie curry sound amazing).

8. Sunshine Vegan Eats

893 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo 14204 / More Info

This mega hit in Buffalo is located on Buffalo’s East Side, in the historic Fruit Belt neighborhood. Owner Chef Nikki Searles offers up a fast casual, animal-free restaurant concept.

CoreLife Eatery
Photo courtesy of CoreLife Eatery

9. CoreLife Eatery

  • 5175 Transit Rd, Buffalo, NY 14221 / More Info
  • 3670, McKinley Pkwy, Hamburg, NY 14219 / More Info
  • 1595 Niagara Falls Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14226

CoreLife recently opened on Transit Road in Clarence, and since opening has gained quite a bit of popularity with healthy eaters on the go. They’re a great lunch option, with reasonable prices, a large dining area, and an assembly line full of workers who make your salad or grain bowl in record speed. Though not entirely vegetarian, they offer lots of options and have a lot of protein-packed healthy food.

10. Squeeze Juicery

  • 5419 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221 / More Info
  • 770 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222 / More Info

Squeeze Juicery, home of the smoothie bowl. With two locations, one on Elmwood and one in Williamsville, Squeeze is a great choice for anyone looking for something super healthy on the go. They have an extensive menu of juices, smoothies, and salads but their bowls steal the show (try the pink cadillac).

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11. Rachel’s Mediterranean

Multiple Locations / More Info

Rachel’s offers a great alternative to fast food, they have fast, healthy and vegetarian bowls and wraps. They’re a little Chipotle-like in style, but they’re local and have many locations around WNY.

12. Green Eats Kitchen and Juice Bar

6445 W Quaker St, Orchard Park, NY 14127 / More Info

Not only does Green Eats have many tasty smoothies on their menu, but they offer meal plan packages, something that has been catching on lately. If you have a busy life, trying to make your own healthy food from scratch can be hard, so pick up one of their meal plan packages and have food for up to three days. They also have juice cleanses, for when you need to get back on track.

Elm Street Bakery
Elm Street Bakery // Step Out Buffalo

13. Elm Street Bakery

72 Elm St, East Aurora, NY 14052 / More Info

Elm Street’s menu will make your mouth water instantly, everything sounds so good. From interesting variations of toast to wood-fired pizzas, Elm Street offers more upscale fare for decent prices and have many meatless choices.

Poppyseed // Photo x Facebook

14. Poppyseed

 3670 McKinley Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14219 / More Info

Poppyseed serves up healthy but innovative entrees that you’ll love. This restaurant has interesting flavor combinations, some with meat, but quite a few vegetarian options and they have vegetarian/vegan specials. Pictured above: the One Eyed Jack, handmade jalapeno lentil burgers paired with a sweet pineapple pico, guacamole and quinoa salad.

15. Tavern at Windsor Park

8444 Transit Rd Williamsville, NY 14221 / More Info

Tavern at Windsor Park has a wide selection of English fare but, they have some Vegetarian options too! They have a veggie burger, a vegetarian taco salad, house-made humus wrap, and more.

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This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.

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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/francescab/" target="_self">Francesca Bond</a>

Written by Francesca Bond

Francesca was a Step Out Buffalo intern in 2017.

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