Vegan Restaurants in the Inland Empire

vegan orange chicken

Veganism has been exploding in popularity during the 2010s, and not just in alternative lifestyle meccas like Brooklyn and San Francisco. Vegan-only restaurants are sprouting like alfalfa across the country. Popular mainstream restaurants are now offering vegan options. Even the IE isn’t immune from soy tacos and dairy-free pizza. Thing is, modern vegan cuisine can actually taste surprisingly good, and I say this as a steak-loving carnivore. So if you’re dating a vegan, have vegan friends, are a vegan yourself, or simply want to try something new, here is your guide to vegan options in our little corner of California:

Claremont/Pomona/Upland Area

  • The Last Drop Cafe – The Vegan Out sandwich and banana chocolate chip cookies are especially good.
  • Loving Hut – Claremont and Upland – International vegan chain, different menus at both locations, with Upland leaning more Asian.
  • Zpizza – Claremont and Upland – Many vegan pizzas.
  • Le Pain Quotodien – Soups, quinoa cakes, and more with all vegan options clearly marked on their menu.
  • Some Crust Bakery – Vegan muffins and chocolate chip cookies.
  • I Like Pie – Small personal pies, with vegan versions available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
  • Eureka Burger – Has a burger patty made of red beets and kidney beans.
  • Bowl of Heaven – La Verne – Nutritious bowls and smoothies.

    The junction claremont vegan bibimbap

    The Junction’s Tofu Bibimbap

  • Sanamluang – The area’s most famous Thai place can modify dishes to be vegan.
  • Ashirwad the Blessings – Funny name, but an authentic all-vegetarian Indian menu, and no shortage of vegan dishes..
  • The Junction – Korean/Mexican fusion, with some vegan options like this bibimbap.

Rancho Cucamonga/Ontario Area

San Bernardino Area

  • Rose Apple – Choose your meat substitution and get anything from Thai fried rice to green curry.
  • Happy Family Vegeterian – Delicious vegan sweet ‘n sour pork and orange chicken.
  • India’s Clay Oven – Always has multiple vegan options in their buffet.
  • Muffin Top Bakery – Redlands – Has many vegan pastries.
  • The Living Root Cellar – Redlands – Cold-pressed juices, smoothies, burgers, tacos, and more.
  • Vegan Korner – Colton – Specializes in all-vegan pizzas including loaded meat, buffalo chicken, chorizo, and chicken alfredo. They even have cheesy garlic bread and even calzones.

Riverside Area

Temecula/Murietta

  • So Good Gluten Free Foods – Vegan brownies, vegan pizza, vegan sandwiches, vegan Caesar salads, all made in-house.
  • E.A.T. Marketplace – Many choices, from vegan breakfast scrambles, donuts, and wraps.
  • Earth Bistro – Family-run restaurant with an emphasis on pure, fresh ingredients. Make your own vegan pizza and finish with some vegan cookies!
  • @ Thai BBQ – Murietta – Most of their menu can be made vegan.
  • Mantra – Very well-ranked amongst the IE’s Indian restaurants, plenty of vegan options.
  • Pepperoni Xpress – They not only have vegan versions for most of their pizzas, but vegan calzones as well!
  • Vince’s Spaghetti Express – Part of the Vince’s empire in the Ontario area, also has vegan pasta sauce.
  • Hi Tofu – Korean Tofu dishes and Bibimbap.

Large Chains:

  • Lazy Dog – Rancho Cucamonga, Temecula – popular chain, but with vegan options.
  • Souplantation – Chino, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, Temecula, La Quinta – Has a very large all-you-can-eat salad bar.
  • BJ’s Brewhouse – Chino Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Corona, San Bernardino, Moreno Valley, Victorville, Menifee – Can do vegan on request.

Just Outside the IE

  • One Veg World – West Covina and Pasadena – Popular, all-vegan menu with a bit of everything, with fun entree names like Zesty Serendipity, Mama’s Love, and Supernova Pasta.
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