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A Vegetarian Booker's Guide to the USA

The United States might be the home of the lobster roll, the corn dog, the cheesesteak and other plates of meaty goodness but certain cities have also taken an interest in the other side of the plate. Here are the best destinations for vegetarian food in the USA, according to our bookers.*

Portland, Oregon

Hummus worth traveling for in Portland

Hummus worth traveling for in Portland

Portland’s vegetarian restaurant scene has flourished in recent years with exclusively vegetarian and vegan establishments popping up throughout the city. The Aviv restaurant is a fantastic (and delicious) example of this trend. After starting life as a falafel and hummus food truck, today this Israeli-inspired restaurant is one of the most popular in Portland (ranking higher than most meat-serving restaurants). Many of the city’s best vegetarian restaurants are in the Irvington district and bookers can stay nearby at the Hotel Eastlund.

Los Angeles, California

Tacos at Flore Vegan in LA

Tacos at Flore Vegan in LA

Los Angeles tends towards the purist when it comes to vegetarian food, with many restaurants swapping meat substitutes for greens, grains, and more innovative forms of protein. The city’s best vegetarian restaurants can be found in East Hollywood (including the legendary Flore Vegan) and it’s even possible to stay in a completely meat-free villa, where bookers will be taught to create their own vegetarian menus.

San Francisco, California

Vegan burritos in San Francisco

Vegan burritos in San Francisco

As the home to the world’s first VegFest, it’s not surprising to see San Francisco rated so highly for vegetarian food, although the number of options on offer is still a little breathtaking. Whatever time of year you visit, you’ll find every type of vegetarian cuisine from fine dining to junk food, alongside Japanese, Mexican, Chinese and Thai food. And if you’re planning to visit for VegFest stay close to the venue at Casa Luna.

San Diego, California

Vegetarian street food in San Diego

Vegetarian street food in San Diego

San Diego’s vegetarian restaurants rely on classic Californian flavors to create an ever-changing menu. Vegetarian bookers staying in the city center will quickly find their way to the Donne Jean, even the city’s meat eaters can’t get enough of it’s hearty comfort food like bourbon chili and smoked sweet potato. If you’re planning to travel outside the city head north up the coast to the Trilogy Sanctuary & Cafe for organic vegan fare and aerial yoga.

NYC, New York State

Cinnamon rolls and the Cinnamon Snail in NYC

Cinnamon rolls and the Cinnamon Snail in NYC

New York City has a reputation for mouthwatering menus and the veggie burgers is no exception. Classic burger joints like Superiority Burger and 5 Napkin Burger have mouthwatering meat-free burgers but the best in NYC has to go to the Cinnamon Snail food truck. Try a Beastmode Burger Deluxe (seitan with mac-n-cheese) or a Lentil Artichoke Burger (including a pretzel bun), then sleep it off at the veggie-friendly Marlton Hotel.

Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Diner veggie burger and sweet potato fries

The Chicago Diner veggie burger and sweet potato fries

While many of Chicago’s eateries focus on meat, the city is also home to a vibrant vegetarian community. Bookers in search of traditional (a.k.a. hearty) Chicago fare should make sure to have their first meal at the Chicago Diner. Order the Radical Reuben (corned beef seitan) or the Cuban Sandwich (with a side of fried yucca root chips) and top it off with one of their vegan milkshakes. The Fairmont Chicago hotel is popular with vegetarian bookers and it overlooks Millenium Park.

** The data scientists at Booking.com looked at the top places in the USA that were endorsed by our bookers for vegetarian food.

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