Sacramento has a surprising number of amazing vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants. If you are tired of bland veggie burgers and mushroom-only options, then try one of these places. You won’t regret it.
Sunflower Natural Food Restaurant
10344 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 967-4331

If you are in the mood for a vegan burger or sandwich, Sunflower Natural Food Restaurant is the place to go. Its nut burgers are incredible when you add avocado, and the patty is nutty, crunchy and filling. If you are looking for something a little different, its vegan nachos and vegan burritos are to die for.

The Coconut Midtown
2502 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 447-1855

Not only does the Coconut have delicious Thai food, but its vegan options are also incredible. If you are bored with going to restaurants with two to three vegan options only, then head to this place, where almost every item has a vegan option. If you aren’t sure what to order, start with the vegan cheese wontons, and then order the drunken noodles, a Thai tea and finish it off with the fried bananas and vegan vanilla ice cream.

El Papagayo
5804 Marconi Ave.
Carmichael, CA 95608
(916) 487-7742

It’s hard to find a Mexican restaurant that has a lot of vegan options. However, El Papagayo has an incredible vegan selection. One of the highlights is the enchiladas with mushroom and cactus. If you are looking for something gigantic and deep fried, then its vegan chimichanga is your best bet. El Papagayo has won awards for its vegan food, and after one visit, you will definitely know why.

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Noble Vegetarian
5049 College Oak Drive, Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95841
(916) 334-6060

The Noble Vegetarian is not the best when it comes to atmosphere, but its food makes up for the decor. Completely vegetarian and vegan, Noble Vegetarian offers Asian fusion fare that’s well seasoned and not your run of the mill mushroom or eggplant entree. Its Ruby Pearls is an orange chicken substitute that will impress even your most carnivorous friends. Make sure to try the Golden Rolls, which are deep fried spring roll heaven.

Queen Sheba
1704 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 446-1223

Ethiopian food is truly underrated, especially vegan Ethiopian food. Not only does Queen Sheba have a vegan buffet, but the portions are ridiculously large. The awazie tofu tibbs are worth the trip alone, and the injera (similar to naan bread) is plentiful.

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Megan Bowyer is a freelance writer in search of the best food and drinks that Sacramento has to offer. You can find her at any number of dive bars or trendy restaurants; just look for the short blonde feeding the jukebox. Her work can be found at