Vegan/Vegetarian Survival Guide?
Posted by mscaveney

This is my first year in over a decade, and my first year as a vegetarian. I'm curious as to what local restaurants/food resources other non-meat-eaters have availed themselves of? 

Posted by gamerlaura

Old Spaghetti Factory generally has good options.  Their broccoli side is delicious.

I also like Panera Bread for breakfast options, especially.

There used to be a Noodles and Co., but they flooded and closed a few years back.

I haven't tried it, but a lot of people recommend a place called Purple Carrot.

Believe it or not, Yard House has a lot of meat replacement  Gardein, if that's something you like.

Bear in mind I haven't been to Indy since 2019, so there are probably more places I don't know about.

Posted by cinnibar

Old Spaghetti Factory is right next to the local escape room which offers tickets in the events.  Last year it made for an easy lunch place after the game.

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Posted by quarex

I tried to pay attention whenever I heard a recommendation for a great vegetarian place since one of the guys I usually go with is a vegetarian, and I have heard several good things about Public Greens (https://www.publicgreensurbankitchen.com/) and Tinker Street (https://tinkerstreetrestaurant.com/indianapolis-tinker-street-food-menu) though neither are right by the convention center certainly

Posted by mscaveney

These are very helpful! I can (and do) Google stuff, but it's helpful to hear more anecdotal reports about what folks like.

Posted by mscaveney quarex

quarex wrote:
I tried to pay attention whenever I heard a recommendation for a great vegetarian place since one of the guys I usually go with is a vegetarian, and I have heard several good things about Public Greens (https://www.publicgreensurbankitchen.com/) and Tinker Street (https://tinkerstreetrestaurant.com/indianapolis-tinker-street-food-menu) though neither are right by the convention center certainly

Public Greens in particular looks very promising, and while it's not all the close, that's what DoorDash is for.

Posted by llenlleawg

I always enjoyed Three Carrots (https://www.threecarrotsfountainsquare.com/), which is vegan. While they no longer have the downtown location, Fountain Square isn't very far away (and is a nice place to visit in the city).

Posted by gamerlaura

Forgot to mention, many of the food trucks will have vegetarian or vegan options.  If you have some time, check them out.

Posted by gib_rebeg

Go to Google Maps. 

Zone in over the ICC and Lucas with about 3-4 city blocks around.

Type in "vegan food" into the search box. 

You will find about half a dozen Vegan restraunts and shops offering Vegan meals, including a Vegan vending machine at Floor 1 · Hyatt Regency Indianapolis.

Posted by mscaveney gib_rebeg

gib_rebeg wrote:
Go to Google Maps. 
Zone in over the ICC and Lucas with about 3-4 city blocks around.
Type in "vegan food" into the search box. 
You will find about half a dozen Vegan restraunts and shops offering Vegan meals, including a Vegan vending machine at Floor 1 · Hyatt Regency Indianapolis.

I mean, yes, but anecdotal reports are more valuable to me, esp with fake reviews becoming a thing.

Posted by kissingeralison mscaveney

mscaveney wrote:
This is my first year in over a decade, and my first year as a vegetarian. I'm curious as to what local restaurants/food resources other non-meat-eaters have availed themselves of? 
Social Cantina (it's right around the corner!) is bringing it back the themed restaurant and great for vegetarians!! They are going to have themed nights with old movie marathons, they just posted! They'll have swag as well! The post said, Thursday is Star Trek, Friday is a fusion of D&D, Super Smash and Sonic, Saturday is Star Wars, Sunday is Superheroes. They redesigned their menu and have special cocktails for the weekend! Count me in for the Star Wars marathons!!!!

Posted by mistnoth

Wei ramen has a top notch veggie tempura bowl as well as other vegetarian looking options. I highly recommend the vegetable croquettes!

Posted by llenlleawg

I cannot guarantee that it has properly vegan options, but there are vegetarian options at Thai Paradise (137 W. Market St.), close to Monument Circle. They have a Mon-Fri lunch special, which comes with rice, soup, and a spring roll.

Posted by llenlleawg

A new place, so I can't vouch for quality, is The Alkaline Electric Goddess (in the Circle Centre Mall, 49 W Maryland), which presents itself as "Soul food powered by plants, with simple organic ingredients".

Posted by ladye

You all do know that Indy has a website that lets you search for things like vegitarian restaurants? https://www.visitindy.com/restaurants/

Posted by rutherfordr

Here's an interesting vegan restaurant that's about a mile north of the ICC:

Black Leaf Vegan Cafe
 

Posted by llenlleawg ladye

ladye wrote:
You all do know that Indy has a website that lets you search for things like vegitarian restaurants? https://www.visitindy.com/restaurants/

Fair enough, but a lot of the places mentioned as Vegetarian/Vegan seem to be there because they feature Vegetarian/Vegan items on the menu, so it does not seem as immediately helpful as asking people who have been there or might know places not listed. All the same, thanks for posting the link!

Posted by mscaveney llenlleawg


Posted by mscaveney

Posted by mscaveney llenlleawg

llenlleawg wrote:
ladye wrote:
You all do know that Indy has a website that lets you search for things like vegitarian restaurants? https://www.visitindy.com/restaurants/

Fair enough, but a lot of the places mentioned as Vegetarian/Vegan seem to be there because they feature Vegetarian/Vegan items on the menu, so it does not seem as immediately helpful as asking people who have been there or might know places not listed. All the same, thanks for posting the link!
Yeah, there are some good ideas here, but also a lot of steakhouses that seem to be included because there are one or two things on the menu that are vegetarian.

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