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The 7 best American cities for vegetarians by region

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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 4:00 pm | Updated: 1:33 am, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

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Food is an important part of traveling for many reasons. Dining is a great opportunity to socialize, you can rest while you refuel, and what better way is there to get to know a city than by trying its food? While it can often be difficult for vegetarians to dine out, if the proper research is done before going on a trip, you could end up having some meals to remember. DreamPlanGo found these cities to be the best for vegetarians to get their grub on.

1. Mountain: Denver, Colorado

With more than 65 vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the city, Denver has plenty of options for vegetarians. Restaurants in this area seem to have mastered the art of making delicious and health-conscious vegetarian options. That fact, with the addition of the breathtaking views of the mountains, makes for a pleasant dining experience for any vegetarian.

When visiting try: City O’City’s Tempeh Bacon Hash

2. Northeast: New York City, New York

When most people think of New York City, they think of pizza. But the number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the Big Apple has been growing substantially since the early 2000s. New York City was also one of the first cities to open restaurants serving raw vegetables to customers, a trend that quickly spread to other cities in the country.

When visiting try: Dirty Candy’s Jalapeno Hush Puppies Served with Maple Butter

3. Plains: Kansas City

Decade after decade, Kansas City has proved to be a city that knows its barbecue. However, vegetarian/vegan restaurants have slowly been creeping onto the scene. With its strong barbecue and jazz influences, Kansas City is adding its own flavor to vegetarian/vegan cuisine.

When visiting try: Eden Alley’s Creamy Dreamy Mac & Cheese

4. Southeast: Asheville, North Carolina

Everyone knows that Asheville has mastered the art of southern cooking. But that shouldn’t be the only thing that this North Carolina town is known for. From spicy Caribbean to tasty Mediterranean food, there’s something for everyone, including vegetarians! With more than 35 vegetarian-friendly restaurants to choose from, even the pickiest eater could find a meal that they would enjoy.

When visiting try: Plant’s Jerk Black Lentil Croquette

5. Midwest: Minneapolis, Minnesota

This green city is known for many things: cold winters, health-conscious residents and an appreciation for the arts. Over the years, both vegan and vegetarian restaurants have been popping up all over the city. Minneapolis has a large number of restaurants that support locally grown produce, which ensures that vegetarians dining in this city are given the freshest vegetables imaginable.

When visiting try: French Meadow Bakery’s Grilled Tempeh Reuben

6. Southwest: Austin, Texas

With Austin being the home of the University of Texas and many large corporations, this spunky city is the hub for diners who love a wide variety of cuisines. While Texas is often thought of as a state that loves its meat, Austin has built a reputation for loving vegetables and meat-substitutes just as much.

When visiting try: Vegan Yacht’s Chili Freeto Burrito

7. West Coast: Portland, Oregon

Portland is probably the best city in America for a vegetarian to visit. With organizations and groups formed to promote a vegetarian lifestyle, this city doesn’t just have tons of options, but many of its restaurants have hired chefs that have mastered the art of vegetarian cuisine. Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, these restaurants are a must when visiting Portland.

When visiting try: Natural Selection’s Four Course Prix Fixe Meal

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