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2023 VegOut Awards Winners

Help us congratulate these award-winning vegan businesses.

Kale My Name vegan entree
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Help us congratulate these award-winning vegan businesses.

Introducing the 2023 VegOut Awards winners!

Vegan Restaurant of the Year

Kale My Name

Chicago, IL

This homey vegan restaurant offers delicious globally inspired fare, refreshing drinks, and welcoming vibes. Owned by the oh-so-sweet Nemanja Golubovic, Kale My Name is a staple for Chicago natives and visitors alike. Opt in for the Afternoon Tea Party to elevate your experience even more!

Kale My Name meal on plate

Courtesy of Kale My Name

Pop-Up/Food Truck Gone Brick-and-Mortar

Hijo de su Madre

Los Angeles, CA

From food truck to brick-and-mortar, Hijo de su Madre continues to astonish customers with their vegan Yucatecan food. The Phat Hass Taco, Spicy Beach Burrito, and Kibis are a few VegOut faves. In addition, the vegan Mexican restaurant hosts immersive multi-course dinner parties worth signing up for.

Hijo Su Madre meal on plate

Hijo Su Madre Photo by Allie Mitchell

Best New Restaurant

Tellus Joe

Austin, TX

Introducing The Beer Plant’s new sister restaurant, Tellus Joe! This trendy spot is a coffee shop by day, and bar by night. So whether you’re looking for a caffeinated beverage and breakfast tacos or specialty cocktails and bar snacks, Tellus Joe is the place to go.

Multiple entrees from Tellus Joe

Courtesy of Tellus Joe

Chef of the Year

Tara Punzone

If you’ve had the pleasure of dining at Pura Vita in Los Angeles, then you already know that Chef Tara Punzone is the real deal. The Italian American vegan female chef is known for her mindblowing vegan pastas, pizzas, and other Italian favorites. With years of experience, an Italian New York upbringing, and innovation like no other, it’s no surprise that Punzone won Chef of the Year.

Tara Punzone in restaurant

Courtesy of Tara Punzone

Most Sustainable Restaurant

Sage Vegan Bistro

Los Angeles, CA

With regeneratively grown agriculture at the forefront of their menu, Sage Vegan Bistro is a wonderful place to go for eco-friendly vegan fare. In addition to the ingredients used, this plant-based spot practices sustainability with upcycled silverware, eco-friendly takeout containers, and the use of oat milk instead of almond milk.

Sage Vegan Bistro entree

Courtesy of Sage Vegan Bistro

Takeout of the Year

Monty’s Good Burger

Los Angeles, CA

No VegOut Awards list is complete without Monty’s Good Burger! The highly acclaimed vegan burger joint is on just about every vegan’s must-try list. Because where else can you order quadruple vegan cheeseburgers, loaded tots, cookie milkshakes, and a sick matching sweatsuit?

Multiple Monty's Good Burger menu items

Courtesy of Monty’s Good Burger

Best Vegan Bakery

Karma Baker

Los Angeles, CA

No matter where you are in the country, you can get vegan, gluten-free desserts shipped to your door thanks to Karma Baker! The California-based bakery offers allergy-friendly renditions of childhood favorites like cake pops, oatmeal sandwich cookies, donuts, and brownies.

Karma Baker baked goods in box

Courtesy of Karma Baker

Best Dining Experience


Los Angeles, CA

From your first step inside the restaurant to your last bite, Shojin offers an exquisite dining experience unlike any other. The staff is kind and attentive, the wickedly delicious menu items feature whole food ingredients, and the ambience is romantic to boot. And who doesn’t love sushi?

Shojin vegan entrees

Courtesy of Shojin

Vegan Chain Taking Over the World

Slutty Vegan

Multiple Locations

Slutty Vegan opens new locations faster than you can say “VegOut!” The Black woman-owned vegan fast-food chain got its start in Atlanta but now boasts restaurants all across Georgia, New York, and Alabama, with more on the way. Could it be the droolworthy menu items, stellar marketing, or upbeat service? We say all of the above.

Slutty Vegan meal on table

Slutty Vegan Photo by Madelynne Boykin

Best Fine Dining Restaurant

Crossroads Kitchen

Los Angeles, CA & Las Vegas, NV

Since its inception in 2013, Crossroads Kitchen has led the vegan movement to a new level. The vegan celebrity hot spot features elevated Mediterranean-inspired fare in an upscale setting. Strawberries & Whipped Feta, Eggplant Skirt Steak, and Asparagus & Artichoke Tartare are a few new menu additions worth checking out.

Crossroads Kitchen dish

Courtesy of Crossroads Kitchen

Allie Mitchell

Allie Mitchell


When Allie responded to an Instagram post on @vegoutlosangeles a few years ago, she had no idea she’d join the coolest vegan team on the planet. An Austin native, actress, yogi, and part-time sword fighter (don’t ask!), Allie is on a mission to live her best life and inspire others to do the same. She graduated from Hussian College In Studio with a B.F.A. in Contemporary Musical Theatre + Film and currently acts, writes, and eats her way through Los Angeles.

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