Vegan burgers

The owners of Beaut Burger wanted to have the feel of a classic burger joint — without the meat.

We've now updated this list with more vegan dishes and restaurants via your suggestions. Thanks! Know of any other spots that should be on this list? Let us know!

Here's a big freaking list of vegan dishes you can find around Tucson! You don't have to be vegan to enjoy the restaurants on here ... But if you are, I hope you find some new places to put in your restaurant roster.

From sushi to banana bread, this list features a little bit of everything sure to satisfy your cravings. 

*Editor's note: In case of any menu changes at restaurants, it's recommended to check with your server or cashier to make sure the items listed are still vegan. 

Tofu scramble at The Cup Cafe, with potatoes and fruit. 


The Cup: The classic diner inside Hotel Congress serves vegan breakfast tacos, plus a fried tofu sandwich.  / website: / address: 311 E. Congress St.

5 Points Market and Restaurant: This trendy diner lets you substitute vegan sausage for eggs and cheese in many of the dishes, including the Breakfast Salad with butternut squash and roasted poblano peppers. There's also a Forbidden Rice Chilled Pudding with coconut, cashews and pistachios, as well as a smoked beet sandwich for lunch. / website: / address: 756 S. Stone Ave.

Bubbe’s Fine Bagels: All of Bubbe’s bagels are vegan, with the exception of the cheddar jalapeño. They offer Violife cream cheese spread, which you can get zhuzhed up with green onion and chive, and a variety of fresh veggie toppings. / website: / address: 1101 N. Wilmot Road and 1865 E. River Road

Blue Willow: The homey midtown diner has a menu with items like tofu scrambles and a breakfast burrito. / website: / address: 2616 N. Campbell Ave.

Cafe Maggie: If you find yourself missing Bentley’s vegan pancakes anytime soon, check out Cafe Maggie’s fluffy hotcakes on Fourth Avenue. / website: / address: 745 N. Fourth Ave.

Cal’s Bakeshop: Many of Cal's recipes use vegan ingredients: from traditional pan dulce conchas to laminated danishes called “sixes,” named after their shape. / website: 

• Dedicated: Dedicated is a family-owned bakery and café that offers various gluten-free goods. They have a vegan breakfast sandwich as well as several sandwiches perfect for your lunch break. / website: / address: 4500 E. Speedway

• Espressoul: Not only is Espressoul a woman-owned business, it also is a vegan mobile espresso bar. Each of their drinks are crafted with care and feature inventive flavors everyone can indulge in. Their blueberry lavender matcha is my favorite matcha in the city. / Check out her Instagram for info on the truck's schedule.

Houlden's Rise Above: This vegan baker makes all kinds of pastries, from boutique pop-tarts to laminated vegan croissants. / website: / address: 5029 E. Fifth St.

Oralia Coffee + Kitchen: Breakfast burritos, French toast and huevos rancheros are some examples of the vegan breakfast options at this restaurant. Also, their matcha lattes here are so good ... and they offer milk alternatives. /website: / address: 501 N. Sixth Ave.

Prep & Pastry: Check out the "plant-driven" section of the menu for a chickpea scramble with veggies, avocado, heirloom tomatoes, potatoes and more. There's also the oven-roasted sweet potato hash with corn, bell peppers, spinach and asparagus. / website: / addresses: 3073 N. Campbell Ave. and 6450 E. Grant Road

Snooze Eatery: Check out the brunch chain's "Plant Power" vegetarian and vegan section of the menu. Snooze offers a tofu scramble, Goldilocks porridge, and vegan pancakes, recommended by reader Zoe! / website: / address: 2500 E. Grant Road, 7315 N. Oracle Road

Red Captain Coffee: This super-cute coffee trailer is perched in a hidden courtyard. They have vegan soyrizo breakfast burritos and happily accommodate vegan substitutes on all their coffee and tea drinks. / website: / address: 4004 N. Stone Ave.

• Revive Fresh Bowls: At Revive Fresh Bowls, both sweet and savory options are on the menu. They offer a vegan salad, acai bowl, gourmet sandwich, artisan toast and smoothies. Whether you want breakfast or lunch, they got all your needs covered. / website: / address: 6890 E. Sunrise Dr.

Revolutionary Grounds: Reader Zoe recommends the coffee shop's vegan bagel sandwiches, as well as a slew of dairy-free coffee confections. Note: their website's menu includes soy and almond milk substitutes, but they do not mention oat milk. / website: / address: 4675 E. Speedway

Urban Fresh: This downtown nook offers tofu breakfast burritos, Irish biscuits in a coconut cream stout gravy, sweet potato pancakes and more. / website: / address: 73 E. Pennington St.

Zoe's Vegan Bakery: Reader Zoe did not include her own cottage bakery on her list of recommendations, but I want to connect readers with her cakes and festive pastries. / Check out her Facebook for more info.

The outdoor dining area for JoJo's in Tucson.

Burgers, sandwiches and wraps

Beaut Burger: All of the "burgers" here are vegan, made with a mixture of millet, beans, veggies and more. They also do a tasty vegan peanut butter ganache rice krispies treat. / website: / address: 267 S. Avenida del Convento

Beyond Bread: Reader Zoe shared some vegan sandwich options from the local chain, including a hummus-based Annie's Addiction, a vegan corned beef sandwich, and a pita wrap called Salam's Schwarma. / website: / addresses: 3206 N. Campbell Ave. and 6260 E. Speedway and 421 W. Ina Road

• Flower Child: At this Sam Fox restaurant, their mission is to provide customers with fresh ingredients and healthy food made from scratch. Various vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are offered here, including bowls, salads, wraps and desserts. / website: / address: 2960 N. Campbell Ave.

Jojo's: Formally known as LaCo, this downtown hideaway has vegan shareables, sandwiches and entrees, including dishes like mushroom tacos and cauliflower wings. / website: / address: 201 N. Court Ave.

Ermanos Craft Beer and Wine Bar: The kitchen at this Fourth Avenue gastropub serves up vegan items like cashew curry and fettuccine Alfredo. / website: / address: 220 N. Fourth Ave.

Goodness Fresh: Almost anything on the menu at this casual spot can be made vegan by omitting cheese or substituting agave nectar for honey in the acaí bowls. Goodness does several vegan sandwiches, bowls and salads including The Veg sandwich with garlic kale, butternut squash, roasted peppers, hummus and more. / website: / address: 2502 N. Campbell Ave.

Substance Diner: This revamped Airstream carries 100% vegan versions of your favorite comfort food classics. / website: / address: 103 N. Park Ave.

• True Food Kitchen: Dr. Andrew Weil and Tucson native Sam Fox teamed up to create True Food Kitchen, a restaurant based off Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid. This popular chain made its way to Tucson last year, offering vegan salads, pizzas and burgers. / website: / address: 2905 E. Skyline Dr.

Urban Fresh: The green chile burger patty is made from tofu, flax, mushrooms and panko, and sports avocado, roasted green chile and more on a sesame seed bun. / website: / address: 73 E. Pennington St.

Scott Volpe at his Fiamme Pizza Napoletana portable wood-fired pizza oven outside of Tap + Bottle. 

Pizza and Italian

Charred Pie: Reader Cindy recommends the Oro Valley pizzeria's sausage and fennel pie, made with vegan meat and cheese substitutes. / website: / address: 12125 N. Oracle Road

Fiamme: Vegan and gluten-free options are available at this Neapolitan pizza restaurant, upon request. / website: / address: 4706 E. Sunrise Drive

Falora: Vegan options at this trendy pizza restaurant include the Za Zucca with butternet squash puree, zucchini, garlic, sage and Brazil nuts. The crust itself is vegan, so most items can be made vegan without cheese. / website: / address: 3000 E. Broadway

Fresco Pizzeria and Pastaria: Enjoy the Margherita Fresco with garlic, tomatoes and basil, or the Herbivore, with mushroom, onion, bell pepper, olives, tomatoes, zucchini and garlic. / website: / address: 3011 E. Speedway

Magpie's: You can substitute vegan cheese in any of the pizzas, like the veggie with green bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and more. / website: / addresses: 605 N. Fourth Ave., 6342 N. Oracle Road and 105 S. Houghton Road

Noodies: Three of their four types of house-made pasta are made vegan, without eggs, and their tomato basil sauce can be made vegan upon request. But our favorite vegan item at Noodies might be when they debut rotating vegan flavors of their soft-serve gelato. Oh baby! / website: / location: 1730 E. Speedway

 The Pasta Shop: Who doesn’t love pasta?! At The Pasta Shop, they offer a vegan marinara sauce so everyone can feel like they’re in Italy. You can also add veggies to any pasta dish and there are both gluten-free and vegetable noodles. / website: / address: 3951 W. Ina Road

Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink: The vegan pizza at this downtown restaurant is a masterful combination of mushrooms, peppers, eggplant, onions and more, with nutritional yeast optional for $1. / website: / address: 101 E. Pennington St. 

Renee's: Lot of vegan options, or you can substitute Daiya mozzarella for regular cheese. Try the Vegan Crush with red sauce, vegan pesto, olives, zucchini, artichoke, broccoli and peppers. / website: / address: 7065 E. Tanque Verde Road

Rocco's Little Chicago: This deep-dish heavy-hitter offers a scrumptious, cheeseless mushroom pie called Fungus Humongous. It's a great option for eaters who might not be on board yet with cheese substitutes. / website: / address: 2707 E. Broadway

Vivace: While this upscale Italian restaurant doesn't have an extensive vegan menu, readers highly recommend their vegan Bolognese. / website: / address: 6440 N. Campbell Ave.

ZPizza: Get the Berkeley Vegan with Daiya cheese, vegan sausage, mushrooms, zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, red onions and bell peppers. / website: / address: 11165 N. La Cañada Drive

• Barro's Pizza: This Phoenix-based pizza spot has a vegetarian pie, plus dairy-free mozzarella. / website: / address: 410 N. Wilmot Road, 5884 Arizona Pavilions Dr. 

Chilaquiles covered in chocolatey mole sauce and topped with jackfruit carnitas at Tumerico. 

Mexican food

Charrovida: This Mediterranean Mexican fusion spot at Casas Adobes boasts separate grills for meat and plant-based foods. Vegan options are plentiful and clearly marked, like jackfruit carnitas. website: / address: 7109 N. Oracle Road

• The Blacktop Grill: This spot might be known for its indulgent eats, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be vegan-friendly. The Blacktop Grill recently debuted a vegan menu featuring vampiros tacos, street corn and loaded fries. / website: / location: 8300 N. Thornydale Road

Tumerico: The entire menu is vegan and vegetarian, and changes every day. You won't miss the cheese, because there's a rich cashew cream on many of the dishes. And the guacamole is awesome. / website: / addresses: 2526 E. Sixth St. and 402 E. Fourth St.

BK Tacos: There aren't a ton of vegan options besides veggie burritos, but they do have a vegan Sonoran dog upon request. / website: / addresses: 5118 S. 12th Ave. and 2680 N. First Ave.

Buendia Breakfast & Lunch Cafe: This sunny cafe has a small but mighty vegan section on their menu with options ranging from tacos with nopales or poblano peppers to open-faced sandwiches called molletes. / website: check out their Yelp page or Instagram. / address: 2530 N. First Ave.

Del Cielo Tamales Restaurant: This restaurant started as a fan-favorite food truck at farmers markets across town. Now they serve a full menu of vegan Mexican specialties, from horchata to tacos dorados and tamales to gorditas. / website: / address: 3073 N. Campbell Ave.

Ensenada Street Food: My favorite all-women-owned taco shop uses jamaica in their vegan birria to give extra tang. They also have vegan al pastor and carne asada tacos. / For more information, check out their Instagram. / address: 1602 S. Park Ave.

El Charro: This classic Tucson restaurant has a vegan menu with tamales, avocado tacos, vegan enchiladas, burros and more. / website: / addresses: 311 N. Court Ave., 7725 N. Oracle Road and 6910 E. Sunrise Drive

El Torero: Though El Torero has been around for nearly 70 years, its menu is more than just old-school. They have put effort into a bevy of vegan options. / website: / address: 231 E. 26th St.

• La Frida: East-siders rejoice: a new Mexican restaurant has made its way to our neck of the woods. La Frida serves picture-perfect Mexican dishes, including a vegan option. Their catrinas tacos are crispy battered cauliflower topped with sweet potato puree and an avocado chipotle sauce. / Check out their Instagram for more info. / address: 7230 E. 22nd St.

La Chaiteria: Run by the same folks as vegan hotspot Tumerico, this west-side establishment offers vegan and vegetarian takes on a variety of Mexican classics, as well as quirky murals. / website: / address: 1002 W. Congress St.

La Indita: Ask for spinach and nuts in the Tarascan tacos, made from handmade corn tortillas and fried up into a half-moon. / website: / address: 722 N. Stone Ave.

Nopalinda: This pop-up got major hype on social media for their inventive twists on classic dishes, from al pastor tacos to menudo and barbacoa. While dishes like carne asada nachos might be meat- and dairy-free, they look just as indulgent as the original. / website: check out their Instagram

Penca: Their corn tortillas, beans, rice, nopales, rajas and more are all vegan. Ask your server for options. / website: / 50 E. Broadway

Tanias 33: This popular west-side restaurant has lots of vegan fillings including lentils, cauliflower, soy chorizo and hibiscus. / website: / address: 614 N. Grande Ave.

Taqueria La Esquina: While most of the items on their plant-based menu are listed as vegetarian, they can be made vegan by omitting the three non-vegan ingredients included across the board: cheese, sour cream, and the small flour tortillas used in tacos. The burro-sized flour and small corn tortillas are vegan. / website: / address: 4876 S. Sixth Ave.

Tucson Tamale: Try the vegetable curry tamale or the blue corn and veggie tamale for vegan options. / website: / addresses: 7286 N. Oracle Road

520 Taco Stop: Reader Zoe raves about this food truck's vegan menu, led by jackfruit birria in tacos and burritos. Vegan rice and beans and quesabirria are also available. / Instagram: @520tacostop / address: 10290 E. Speedway Blvd.

The veggie ramen at Raijin Ramen is packed with zucchini, bok choy, corn, bean sprouts and more. 

Asian and Indian food

Raijin Ramen: This isn't necessarily a vegan hotspot, but they do have a vegan ramen made from a soy broth with zucchini, bok choy, seaweed, corn, bean sprouts and more. / website: / address: 2955 E. Speedway

Bombolé: Two vegan combo plates are on the menu at this downtown lunch spot, with rice, Indian lentils and Honduran cabbage salad. / website: / 100 N. Stone Ave.

Fatboy Sandos: Not only is this the only place in town to find aesthetic Japanese-style sandwiches, their vegan options — like an eggplant katsu and a vegan whipped cream and fruit dessert sando — are as exciting as their vegetarian and non-veg items. / website: / location: 100 S. Tyndall Ave.

Gandhi Cuisine of India: This midtown Indian restaurant is known for having several vegan options on its lunch buffet. / website: / address: 150 W. Fort Lowell Road

Golden House Chinese Fast Food: This casual restaurant on the southeast side devotes a large part of its menu to vegetable and tofu dishes as well as veggie chicken, beef and shrimp substitutes. / website: / address: 9431 E. 22nd St.

Govinda's: This midtown spiritual center has vegetarian and vegan options. / website: / address: 711 E. Blacklidge Drive

Guilin: This is the best place to get vegan Chinese food in town. It's known for its vegan renditions of chicken, beef, duck and more. / website: / address: 4445 E. Broadway

Indian Twist: Indian Twist's aloo gobi, chana masala, and daal makhni (and all veg dishes made without cream or paneer) are 100% vegan. All veg dishes made without paneer can also be made vegan upon request: they sub in coconut milk. They have many gluten-free veg options as well. / website: / location: 4660 E. Camp Lowell Dr.

Karuna's Thai Plate: Karuna's specialty is the cuisine of Isan. While Isan's best-known dishes like larb and soam tum (green papaya salad) are not necessarily vegan-friendly, Karuna's makes an effort to note plentiful vegetarian and vegan options on their menu. / website: / 1917 E. Grant Road

Izumi Sushi: Reader Zoe recommends their sweet potato sushi rolls, as well as their larger variety of veggie sushi options. All their tempura batter is vegan. / website: / 3655 E. Speedway Blvd.

Lemongrass Restaurant: Reader Lee Ann raves about this health-conscious, vegan-friendly curry place on Fourth Ave. The owner brought their successful Nepalese restaurant from the main street of Silver City to our downtown! / website: / 344 N. Fourth Ave.

• Obon Sushi Bar Ramen: This downtown bar and restaurant offers a variety of vegan options, from vegan soup choices to a jackfruit steamed bun and veggie sushi rolls. / website: / 350 E. Congress St.

• Maru Plus: After closing Yoshimatsu, chef Yoshimi Tashima decided to start a new chapter in the same building. Maru Plus has now taken over, specializing in dishes like ramen, onigiri and sushi. Like Yoshimatsu, Maru Plus has various vegan options including veggie broth, vegan appetizers, sushi rolls and onigiri. / website: / address: 2741 N. Campbell Ave.

New Delhi Palace: This Indian restaurant has several vegan dishes on the menu, like lentils, potatoes and more. / website: / address: 6751 E. Broadway

Noodleholics: While you can get their sizzling garlic noodles (@deathfreefoodie gets it with Sichuan oil and tofu) at both locations, the Noodleholics in Oro Valley has debuted vegan chao mian.  / website: / addresses: 3502 E. Grant Road and 7850 N. Oracle Road

Tuk Tuk Thai: While this buzzy Thai street food restaurant doesn't have many vegan options on their menu, they are very accommodating to vegan substitutes. Reader Zoe said that you can substitute tofu on pretty much any dish, and ask for no egg to make it vegan! / website: / addresses: 2990 N. Campbell Ave.12125 N. Oracle Road, 6878 E. Sunrise Dr.

Phở Cần Thơ by 1: This Vietnamese restaurant stands out with the strength and flavor of its vegan and vegetarian options, including pho and bánh mì chay, made with tofu (to be certain it’s veg, ask for no liver spread). / website: / address: 2746 N. Campbell Ave.

• Samurai Sombrero: This east-side sushi truck specializes in spicy, flavorful sushi, aiming to provide their customers with the “perfect bite” each time. At Samurai Sombrero, the offer three vegan rolls: avocado, cucumber and sweet potato. In addition to their bold flavors, their presentation is a 10/10. Sometimes it’s even too pretty to eat. / website: / address: 8101 E. 22nd St.

• 81 Hong Kong Cafe: Check out their full vegan menu on their Instagram. Reader Zoe recommends their veggie chow fun, lemon pepper tofu, and basil eggplant dishes. / website: / address: 625 E. Wetmore Road

Find Zayna at 1138 N. Belvedere Ave. in Tucson.

African and Mediterranean food

• Aspasia: Aspasia opened in 2023, serving up Mediterranean cuisine in midtown. Falafels, baba ghanoush and a vegan entrée platter are just a few of the vegan options Aspasia is cooking. / website: / address: 2310 N. Country Club Road

Cafe Desta: Ethiopian food naturally has a lot of vegan options, and this downtown restaurant spells them out on a separate section of the menu. You can also get a vegan plate with all seven. / website: / address: 758 S. Stone Ave.

• La Merguez: La Merguez is bringing a little taste of Morocco to Tucson. At their food cart, owners Jeremy Kneller-Hernandez and Zak Boucetta serve up sandwiches made with Knobz, a semolina bread baked by local vendor, Holy Focaccia. While these Moroccan sandwiches are typically made with meat, La Merguez does offer vegan options for those who also want to try their delectable bites. / Check out their Instagram for their schedule. 

Pita Jungle: Most of the falafel dishes like the falafel plate, falafel bowl and falafel lettuce wrap are vegan, in addition to many of the dips. / website: / address: 7090 N. Oracle Road

Zayna Mediterranean: Servers are trained to help customers with vegan items. Many dishes like the house salad or the falafel and cauliflower sandwich can be prepared vegan upon request. The fryer is also vegan-friendly. / website: / address: 1138 N. Belvedere Ave.

Zemam's: This Ethiopian restaurant has veggie dishes to put on your injera bread, like shiro chickpeas, red lentils, gomen wat collard greens and more. / website: / addresses: 2731 E. Broadway (temporarily closed due to street construction) and 119 E. Speedway

The American Nightmare at Mockups Tucson includes vegan vanilla soft serve, apple pie filling and Biscoff cookie crumbs.


• Churros Inzunza: Nothing in this world can beat a churro. I mean, who wouldn’t want a cinnamon-sugar treat that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside? At Churros Inzuna, the churros are vegan-friendly, so everyone can enjoy their lasso-shaped treats. / Check out their Instagram for their schedule.

Dirty T Tamarindo: Dirty T Tamarindo specializes in sweet and spicy candy, using family recipes that date back to the 1980s. They have a variety of tamarindo-covered goodies that are also vegan. / visit their website,, to find where they are at.

Ducky's Pineapple Banana Bread: There’s a reason Ducky’s Pineapple Banana Bread is a very popular vendor in Tucson. Not only do they make decadent banana bread, they make sure they also have vegan flavors so no one misses out. Their vegan menu consists of strawberry banana bread, pineapple banana bread and chocolate chip pineapple banana bread. / website:

Hub Ice Cream: This downtown ice cream shop has rotating vegan ice cream flavors, as well as sorbet. / website: / address: 266 E. Congress St.

Lovin' Spoonfuls: This local vegan spot has an entire pastry case filled with vegan goods, plus various vegan milkshakes. / website: / address: 2990 N. Campbell Ave.

• Mockups: Craving a sweet treat? Mockups has you covered. This new food truck serves up vegan soft serve and mocktails for all to enjoy. Apple pie, cinnamon toast crunch, cookies and cream, and peanut butter and jelly are just a few of the toppings that are layered in between their vanilla soft serve. The best part: it tastes exactly like regular ice cream. I really could not tell the difference. / Check out their Instagram for their schedule.

Find the “chicken” avocado salad at Midtown Vegan Deli and Market.

Vegan and vegetarian kitchens

The Tasteful Kitchen: This vegetarian spot puts an emphasis on non-GMO ingredients and keeping produce in its natural state. / website: / the restaurant side is now closed, but catering and meal prep options are available.

Beaut Burger: All of the "burgers" here are vegan, made with a mixture of millet, beans, veggies and more. They also do a tasty vegan peanut butter ganache rice krispies treat. / website: / address: 267 S. Avenida del Convento

Lovin' Spoonfuls: Since 2005, Tucson's most popular vegan restaurant has provided an eclectic menu that caters to people with unique diets. They've got pastas, rice dishes, fried "chicken," burgers and more. / website: / address: 2990 N. Campbell Ave.

Midtown Vegan Deli: While many of the spots on this list are here for their vegan-friendly options, Midtown Vegan Deli is 100% vegan. You don’t have to check any ingredients lists or make sure there’s no fish sauce here: their vegan dupes of classics like reubens are guaranteed to be plant-based. They also offer a wide, yet curated, selection of vegan pantry items. / website: / location: 5071 E. Fifth St.

Substance Diner: This revamped Airstream carries 100% vegan versions of your favorite comfort food classics. / website: / address: 103 N. Park Ave.

• Nopalinda: This pop-up got major hype on social media for their inventive twists on classic dishes, from al pastor tacos to menudo and barbacoa. While dishes like carne asada nachos might be meat- and dairy-free, they look just as indulgent as the original. / website: check out their Instagram

• Urban Fresh: This downtown nook is 100% plant-based, with greens, wraps and sandwiches. / website: / address: 73 E. Pennington St.

• Tumerico: The entire menu is vegan and vegetarian, and changes every day. You won't miss the cheese, because there's a rich cashew cream on many of the dishes. And the guacamole is awesome. / website: / addresses: 2526 E. Sixth St. and 402 E. Fourth St.

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