How to Eat Like a Vegan in Plano | 2020

Eat Like a Vegan

We’re currently in the middle of Veganuary, a month when people are encouraged to learn about and try a plant-based diet. As the average citizen becomes increasingly aware of his or her carbon footprint and its effects on the environment, many decide there’s no time like the present to introduce more plant-based meals.

As most folks know, both vegans and vegetarians forego meat consumption; however, as vegans eschew eating any animal products, vegetarians oftentimes include eggs and other dairy products in the diet. As a vegan blogger, here are some of my favorite vegan-friendly eateries in Plano to help you dip your toe into a meat-free lifestyle.

Plant-based options // courtesy Earls Kitchen + Bar

Earls Kitchen + Bar

Earls Kitchen + Bar in Legacy West has an upscale yet laid back vibe that is perfect for a romantic date night or a fun night out with friends. Not widely known as a vegan hotspot, multiple dietary needs can be accommodated, and there is even a separate vegan menu. The Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower and Crispy Tofu Zen Bowl are both must-tries.

7401 Windrose Ave D100
Plano, TX 75024

Singapore noodles with vegan protein // courtesy Happy Panda
Singapore noodles come with the option of vegan protein // courtesy Happy Panda

Happy Panda

Happy Panda’s menu offers traditional Chinese dishes as well as an extensive list of vegan options. It has everything from vegan Hot and Sour Soup to Sesame Soy Pork to Vegan Mongolian Beef, and the menu clearly denotes what can be made vegan. Happy Panda also gets bonus points for its monthly vegan buffet, which I recommend trying for both new and longtime vegans.

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1116 W Parker Rd Ste 300
Plano, TX 75075

courtesy JuiceLand
Freshly-pressed juice // courtesy JuiceLand

JuiceLand

Austin transplant JuiceLand has a mission of encouraging the community to embrace health, wellness and a vibrant, plant-based diet. It is famous for all-natural, whole food smoothies and raw juices, but its all vegan food menu is just as imaginative and delicious. My favorites are the Vegan Gyro, Beyond Burrito and Queso Roller.

2401 Preston Rd Unit D
Plano, TX 75093

North Indian Thali dish at Kesari // photo courtesy Yelp user Raquel O.
North Indian Thali dish at Kesari // Yelp user Raquel O.

Kesari

Kesari serves up traditional South Indian vegetarian cuisine and has several vegan-friendly options. The affordable portions are huge, and food quality is always top notch. The Mini Thalis also change daily, so check the website for the offering of the day. My current favorite is the Masala Dosa and Masala Vadai.

3100 Independence Pkwy, Ste 319
Plano, TX 75023

Chickpea Noodle Soup // courtesy Nature's Plate
Chickpea Noodle Soup // courtesy Nature’s Plate

Nature’s Plate

Dallas-based Nature’s Plate opened its Plano location in early 2019, bringing in the concept of whole food, plant-based meals to-go. The menu rotates weekly; Nature’s Plate offers a weekly meal subscription delivery service to help take the guesswork out of enjoying healthy plant-based meals at home or work. My favorites are the Mushroom Stroganoff, Buffalo Chickpea Salad and BBQ Plate.

8404 Preston Rd. Suite 226
Plano, TX 75024

Nom Bars // courtesy Nom Noms Mexican Grill
Nom Bars // courtesy Nom Noms Mexican Grill

Nom Noms Mexican Grill

Located at The Shops at Willow Bend, family-owned Nom Noms Mexican Grill offers a menu of simple yet delicious tacos, bowls and burritos. Fellow vegans usually lament over the difficulty in finding restaurants that offer vegan rice and beans, so Nom Noms is a personal favorite for offering both on its menu. The fast-casual counter service allows customers to customize meals to their liking, and there are vegan frozen fruit pops for dessert.

6121 W Park Blvd FC-108
Plano, TX 75093

Gnocchi topped with butternut squash, spiced cauliflower and sundried-tomato pesto // courtesy Seasons 52

Seasons 52

If you’re looking for a more contemporary spot to have a vegan-friendly date night, then look no further than Seasons 52. It has maintained its place on my list of favorites by continuing to offer a seasonally changing menu with vegan options in an upscale setting. My recent favorites are the Roasted Vegetable Gnocchi and Grilled Artichokes with Preserved Lemon Hummus.

7300 Lone Star Dr Suite C100
Plano, TX 75024

Squash Pie at True Food // photo Jennifer Shertzer
Squash Pie at True Food // photo Jennifer Shertzer

True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen was founded on the concept that food should make you feel better, not worse. The menu rotates seasonally and is made of flavorful, all natural, whole food dishes. I highly recommend the Creamy Tomato Soup, Butternut Squash Pizza with house-made vegan almond ricotta or, if you’re in the mood for something sweet, the Squash Pie.

7601 Windrose Ave Suite F100
Plano, TX 75024

Vegan street taco // courtesy Viridescent Kitchen
Vegan street taco // courtesy Viridescent Kitchen

Viridescent Kitchen

The women-owned and women-built Viridescent Kitchen opened in July 2019 and offers an innovative 100% plant-based and vegan menu that proves you don’t have to sacrifice flavor when omitting meat and dairy. The rotating menu features classic favorites like Monster Nachos and Stacked Grilled Cheese, while also offering a variety of flavorful bowls with a wide-range of vegan protein options.

5760 TX-121 #140
Plano, TX 75024

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3 Comments

    • Thanks for your comment. We agree that it is sometimes hard to find vegetarian or vegan options on the east side. Please feel free to reply with your own recommendations!

    • I agree. I work in Downtown Plano and would love to know more vegan options around here. West Plano is way too far for me to go on a regular basis.

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