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The Best Vegan Diners Across the US

These groovy diners are slinging Cinnabun pancakes, biscuits & gravy, and loaded fries galore.

Ro's Diner chicken n' waffles
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These groovy diners are slinging Cinnabun pancakes, biscuits & gravy, and loaded fries galore.

Groove out to retro tunes at these drool-worthy American diners—gone vegan! From Phillies to chick’n & waffles to strawberry shakes and Southwest loaded nachos, these vegan diners offer a plant-based taste of the US! Whether it’s Animal Style Fries in Florida or Smokey Tempeh Bacon in Salt Lake City, we’ve got a spot for you!

Vertical Diner

Salt Lake City, UT & Portland, OR

From Avalanche Pancakes to Bombastic Biscuits & Gravy, Vertical Diner is not your fifties fare diner. Enjoy cheeky celebrity-themed burger plates, such as the Joaquin Phoenix (lentil veggie burger topped with smoky tempeh bacon, dill pickles, BBQ sauce, and ranch) or the mac ‘n’ cheese loaded Ian Mackaye (lentil veggie burger topped with vegan mac and Vertical sauce) in the midst of an adorable classic diner aesthetic. Vertical diner is fully vegan with 90% of its menu gluten-free upon request.

Vertical Diner sandwich on plate

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Spiral Diner

Forth Worth, TX & Denton, TX

This quirky vegan diner from the Lone Star state has been slinging unique Southwest fare, such as Texas BBQ Nachos and Chocolate Mountain Mudslides, for over two decades. Everything’s bigger in Texas, including Spiral Diner’s menu, which features ten different varieties of nachos, thirteen all-day breakfast plates, six burgers, fourteen sandwiches, five sundaes, and five milkshakes. Still hungry? Wash it all down with a seasonal Strainge Beast Hard Kombucha or a boozy Martin House Sour Pickle Beer.

Vegan nachos from Spiral Diner

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Angel Hearts

Ithaca, NY

Indulge in scratch-made diner classics made plant-based at this retro gem an hour south of Syracuse. Pair a locally roasted espresso-based macchiato with a housemade seitan Chick’n & Waffles plate or open-faced Tofu Benedict crafted with house-made biscuits, locally pressed tofu, Hollandaise sauce, and home fries. In the mood for something lighter? Opt for a Buffalo Caesar Salad (their house Buffalo Nuggets on a bed of romaine, red onion, and tomato, with Caesar dressing) or one of their rotating seasonal soups.

Angel Hearts vegan breakfast sandwich

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Ro’s Diner

Brooklyn, NY

Ro’s Diner, named after head chef Ro Seaward, replaced the legendary Champs Diner one month after closing in early 2023. With a new grunge aesthetic, this hip Brooklyn spot leans heavily into the culinary finesse of Chef Ro with dishes like the Thingamacobb Salad (with Ro’s hard-boiled eggs, chick’n, bleu cheese, bacon crumbles, red onions, tomatoes, and avo on romaine with ranch) and Blazing Parm sandwich (chik’n, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, with Blazing Buffalo marinara). Cap off your visit with a cold brew float or an item from their pastry case.

Ro's Diner chicken n' waffles

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V’s Diner

Casselberry, FL

From food truck to electric-blue swanky diner, Orlando’s latest vegan restaurant features groovy tunes and familiar, nostalgic grub. Order a hearty portion of Steak Animal Style Fries for a flavor explosion of housemade vegan steak with sauteed onions, cheese sauce, and Thousand Island dressing on piping hot fries. Or opt for their wildly popular Caesar Chick’n Wrap, with vegan parm & Caesar dressing (can be made GF as a salad, too!). Pair with classic Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cupcakes and glass-bottled soda pop for the ultimate diner experience.

V's Diner vegan sandwich

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4th & State

Columbus, OH

Fried tempeh Jalapoppin’ Chick’n sandwich. Big Island patty melt. Cinnabun Pancakes. Drooling yet? We are. Get your plant-based nosh on at this nationally recognized vegan diner that has been featured on cooking shows like Top Vegan and on sites like America’s Best Restaurants. Located in Downtown Columbus, Ohio, this adorable spot is just steps away from Ohio’s Capital Square.

4th & State vegan dish on plate

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Sealevel City Diner

Wilmington, NC

Wilmington’s crown jewel, Sealevel City Diner, is your one-stop shop for delicious diner fare along Cape Fear, featuring a large range of gluten-free options, housemade lentil burgers, and black bean tempeh. Sink your teeth into rotating weekly specials, including their Gochu-Tofu Sandwich (with kimchi, melted Gouda, avocado, Napa cabbage, and spicy mayo) or a breakfast Breakfast Banger (with New York everything bagel, housemade chive cream cheese, tomato, JUST Egg, tofu bacon, two hash browns, Violife cheese, and sriracha).

Vegan sandwich from Sealevel City Diner

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Cheezy Vegan

Woodlyn, PA

Leave room for dessert! This Pennsylvania vegan diner has an unbelievable range of sixteen milkshake flavors, including Tahini Chocolate Swirl, Pineapple Upside Down, Bananas Foster, Salted Caramel Graham, and Strawberry Crunch varieties! Alongside three varieties of chipwiches, two cookies, four cakes, two ice cream pies, three artisanal desserts, and five specialty ice cream floats, it’s hard to imagine this menu also features a full savory vegan menu of seitan cheesecakes, hot chicken sandwiches, mac ‘n’ cheese, and pizza!

Cheesy Vegan milkshake

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Allison van Tilborgh

Allison van Tilborgh

Allison is a digital media consultant, writer, and aspiring vegan-feminist scholar living in the Orlando, Florida area. She’s the founder of The Sanford Vegan, a vegan media brand, through which she connected with VegOut. As an early reader of VegOut Magazine, she dreamed of one day putting her own writing on the national stage (spoiler alert: that dream came true!). Allison loves experimenting with plant-based cooking and reading up on the latest trends in veganism and animal rights scholarship.

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