What cities have the most vegan food?

Portland, Oregon, is the best city for vegetarians and vegans in the U.S. UU. Veganism has exploded in the U.S. However, despite growing popularity, vegetarian diets aren't widely accepted in all of the U.S.

I've been a vegetarian for 15 years and it can take hours to find restaurants willing to adapt to my diet when I travel to certain parts of the country. To help determine where meatless diners can get a decent and consistent meal, WalletHub researchers have published a study that evaluates the 100 most populated cities in the country based on 16 criteria in three different categories. To ensure affordability, they studied the cost of food for vegetarians, the availability of affordable restaurants suitable for vegetarians with high grades, and the average cost of a meal in each city. They also wanted to understand the diversity, accessibility and quality of vegetarian and vegan food in each city, so they analyzed aspects such as the number of salad stores per capita, the proportion of restaurants that serve meat- and dairy-free options, the number of community gardens per capita and the availability of vegetarian cooking classes.

Finally, the researchers worked to understand the vegetarian lifestyle in each city by studying the consumption of fruits and vegetables among residents and data from Grubhub on the places where diners are most likely to order a vegetarian or vegan meal. WalletHub then used a 100-point system to rate each city's metrics based on how favorable it was for vegans and vegetarians. Once the scores were counted, WalletHub weighted the average of all the metrics to find an overall score and put the cities in ranking order. The results contain information on which cities are the best for vegetarians and vegans.

Portland, Oregon, ranked first, while San Bernardino, California, came in last place. Scottsdale, Arizona, was not in the top 20, but it did have the highest proportion of restaurants serving vegetarian options, at 27.76%, as well as the highest proportion of restaurants with vegan options, at 16.01%. New York City is the 20th best city for vegans and vegetarians in the U.S. Celebrate by taking a look at the 20 best cities for vegans and vegetarians in the U.S.

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and a southern city with a rich musical history and diverse dining scene. In Music City you can find many restaurants suitable for vegans. The adorable, cheerful and aptly named Sunflower Café offers a varied vegan menu. The Grins Vegetarian Café, on the Vanderbilt campus, serves vegan dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

You can't miss The Wild Cow and Graze Nashville. Have a hamburger at Krowarzywa, described by a critic on Tripadvisor as the “best hamburger in history” and on YouTube as “the best” vegan burgers in Europe, or treat yourself to a vegan version of traditional Polish and Eastern European food, such as plant-based pierogis, blini and borscht at Vege Bistro. This list shows cities that have a high proportion of vegan restaurants compared to the population, which also means that you're likely to see a lot of vegan restaurants just walking around. From food carts to upscale restaurants, the city's vegan restaurants offer fun environments and serve delicious plant-based dishes.

One of the best cities to be vegan in North America, Portland's well-deserved and enduring reputation as a vegan paradise continues in this city, where nearly every restaurant offers plant-based options. You can find vegan soft drinks in many local movie theaters, and most restaurants strive to meet the needs of the many vegans in the area with creative dishes that go far beyond salads. Oregon is generally a vegan-friendly state, but vegan visitors are sometimes surprised to find all the options available in the relatively small town of Eugene. A smaller city, on the other hand, that has fewer vegan restaurants in total could have a high number per capita, which probably means that more residents are vegans or that there is more demand for vegan food, making the smaller city seem more vegan-friendly.

And while Berlin has plenty of fully vegan restaurants, depending on the city's population, it doesn't rank as high as the other cities on the list. From classic vegan restaurant food at Wayward Cafe to the Instagram-ready Plum Bistro (and its most famous dish, spicy Cajun macaroni and cheese), Seattle has vegan spots for every taste. Naturally, Tel Aviv, as one of the biggest cities in one of the best countries for vegans, is one of the best cities for vegans. Phuket, a mountainous island, has many of the most popular beaches in Thailand and, in addition to the tropical fruits you imagine eating on the beach, its capital, the city of Phuket, is also home to many vegan restaurants.

Other vegan restaurants in Los Angeles include Sage Plant Based Bistro and Brewery and Crossroad Kitchen. Many cities are missing. Even where I live, San Diego (including La Jolla, which appears separately but within the city limits) has 22 fully vegan restaurants (that is, about 1.5 or 1.6 for every 100,000 inhabitants, which would place it just below San Francisco). Ronald's Donuts is a donut place that has had vegan options for many years, including classics like glazed vegan donuts and apple fritters.