Herbivore Havens: Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Wichita
Here in the meat-and-potatoes Midwest, you might think it’d be hard to find vegan dining options. Not so, my friends! Whether you’re a vegan, hosting vegan peeps for the weekend, or are merely veggie-curious, Wichita dishes up plenty of fabulous plant-based eats. Here are some of this herbivore’s favorite vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in Wichita.
Lotus Leaf Cafe
Committed to providing nutrition to support a healthy lifestyle, Lotus Leaf Cafe focuses on serving clean, sustainable foods and accommodating a variety of dietary needs. This means that much of their menu is vegan! They offer delicious, nutritious vegan sandwiches, salads, smoothies and entrees, all helpfully marked on the menu. Lotus Leaf also promotes fair trade (an issue near and dear to many vegans).
This chef-casual restaurant offers many exciting and healthy options for vegans. The menu features locally sourced ingredients and minimal use of processed ingredients, with an emphasis on keeping food in its whole form. You’ll see this immediately from the fresh, colorful, beautifully plated dishes. Two Olives also prides itself on a minimalist approach to waste of food, energy and water.
Vegan options are helpfully marked on the menu, and don’t be shy about asking for recommendations and daily specials. The warm, friendly staff is happy to assist. There may just be some additional vegan entrees, soups and desserts not shown on the menu!
Beautiful Day Cafe
Beautiful Day Cafe’s seasonal menus are founded in organic practices. Whenever possible, they source from local and regional farmers and fair/direct trade cooperatives. They also use goods grown in the adjacent Green Street Permaculture Garden, a garden meticulously laid by volunteers to provide bounty for Beautiful Day customers. Beautiful Day Cafe offers several healthy and delicious vegan options for breakfast and lunch.
Oh Yeah! China Bistro
This fine-dining Chinese restaurant offers a wide array of traditional Asian favorites, available with plant-based protein options. Several of the appetizers are also vegan—you’ll never lack for choices! The staff is knowledgeable about vegan diets, and happily accommodates special requests.
In addition to dine-in and carry-out, Oh Yeah! China Bistro offers a delivery option for Wichita’s Northeast side.
Passage to India
Passage to India is beloved by Wichita vegetarians for its many delicious meat-free options, with an extensive selection of rice, vegetable and curry dishes. The friendly staff is knowledgeable about which items are vegan, and many dishes can be easily adapted to vegan as well—just ask!
Kind Kravings Food Truck
Wichita’s first vegan food truck! Kind Kravings’ delicious, old-fashioned comfort foods, drinks and desserts (with a healthy twist!) have earned rave reviews from omnivores, too.
Kind Kravings is passionate about leaving a lasting positive impact on the planet. They support ethical, eco-friendly, sustainably sourced foods that are as free as possible from animal products, GMOs, and chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
To see their schedule, click here.
NiceBites Vegan Bakery
Once, Wichita vegans were rather limited in the types of baked goodies we could buy. No more! NiceBites, Wichita’s first vegan bakery, opened in 2016. The mother-daughter team behind NiceBites specializes in transforming traditionally non-vegan favorites, like brownies and gooey cinnamon rolls, into vegan-friendly treats. Muffins, breads, cupcakes, sheet cakes, truffles, candies...they’ve got it all.
How can you get your hands on these vegan delights? You can call or text NiceBites directly to order, or you can find them at local farmer’s markets and coffee shops. Keep up with them on Facebook or see the menu on their website.
Vegan Wednesdays at the Donut Whole
A vegan does not live on granola alone. Every now and then (or more often than that, let’s be real here) we enjoy the sweet, starchy goodness of a donut. The Donut Whole offers a wide selection of vegan donuts every Wednesday, from old school cake donuts to their signature colorful creations. (Homer J, anyone?)
Little Lion Ice Cream
There You Have It!
This is by no means an exhaustive list, and many Wichita restaurants have vegan options on the menu. We’d love to hear about your favorite places in the comments!