Vegan Restaurants in OKC | Where to Eat in Oklahoma City
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When I decided to go to Oklahoma City, I definitely didn’t do it based on the vegan scene. In fact – I fully intended to survive on french fries the whole weekend but I was excited to visit a new city regardless. Even my Uber driver who picked me up from the airport confirmed my initial thoughts. Before knowing I was vegan, he goes “I hope you’re not a vegetarian…” to which I replied “Nope, I’m not. I’m actually vegan.” But he also said “What is there to write about in Oklahoma City?” so despite how nice he was, his opinion is totally untrustworthy.
However, I can see why he would think the way he does especially being from OKC. Oklahoma City is cattle country and home to the largest stockyard in the world which is located right in the city limits – you can literally be at a cattle market in just a few minutes and eat at a restaurant there. This is not the place you go to eat anything other than steak…right? I’m happy to report that’s not true at all!
Times are changing – even in cattle country.
Oklahoma City’s foodie scene is growing drastically as the city is being revitalized and more and more restaurants in OKC are popping up all over the place.
Vegan Restaurants in OKC
The Loaded Bowl
Right after I checked into my hotel, I immediately went to the Loaded Bowl. It had come recommended by several people and apparently, their claim to fame dish was macaroni and cheese so I was definitely there for that. The Loaded Bowl started as a food truck and now has a lovely brick and mortar location. I got the cashew mac & cheese, of course, and the chicken melt bowl. I also got a few baked goods to go because why not. I desperately wanted to get back here before I left but with only 48 hours in the city, I never got to.
Nourished Food Bar
I didn’t get a chance to go here but this is the other all-vegan spot in OKC. If you’re looking for places to eat downtown OKC, then Nourished Food Bar is perfect. It’s a grab & go clean eats spot with salads, soups, snacks and more!
While I wouldn’t classify Holey Rollers as all-vegan, all of their donuts are vegan. They did have dairy milk options for coffee and some breakfast sandwiches that I believe had non-vegan options. But, the donuts are what are important here – they’re all vegan, very unique flavors and extremely delicious! Eater even named Holey Rollers as one of the best new restaurants in OKC.
Vegetarian Restaurants in OKC
The Red Cup
Another place that I’m really bummed that I missed was The Red Cup. It is the only all vegetarian restaurant in Oklahoma City. I actually ended up driving by it and it looked absolutely adorable. It’s definitely on the top of my return to Oklahoma City visit.
Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in OKC
I was excited to find this spot as it wasn’t on any of my radars. In fact, I better add it to Happy Cow so others can know about it. The Mule is located in the Plaza District which is one of the best neighborhoods to go to in OKC for street art. They really only have one option but its really delicious one! The sandwich is called the herbivore and just tell them you want it vegan – they cook it in oil instead of butter. Otherwise, its vegan as is!
Mary Eddy’s at 21C
If you’re looking for the best brunch in OKC, Mary Eddy’s is a great start! This is where we had brunch before heading back home on Sunday and it was absolutely delicious. They have a couple already vegan options on the menu and have a full scratch kitchen so are willing to make you something. This is the second 21C restaurant I’ve eaten at (the first was in Bentonville, Arkansas) and I’m continuing to be highly impressed. I had the hashbrowns and tofu lettuce wraps – the aioli is vegan!
The Jones Assembly
The Jones Assembly is a unique spot located directly behind the 21C hotel making it a great spot if you’re staying there! It’s a restaurant, bar and event space! They have concerts and show movies in the main room which is pretty awesome! While it is mostly non-vegan food, they are well-versed in what is vegan and have a few options including vegan cheese for pizza! While I don’t eat the Impossible burger, they also have it here with cashew cheese and a vegan bun!
Germany may be the vegan capital of the world but that doesn’t mean that traditional German food is very vegan-friendly so I was pretty hesitant to go here but they do have a few options! Their kitchen is connected to the Dust Bowl downstairs (bowling alley/restaurant) and so you can get food from either menu. This is a great place to catch some live music and hang out in a traditional German hall setting. It also has a great view of the skyline so head here for sunset!
- haus salad
- beet hummus
- veggie gyro (no feta, no tzatziki)
- black bean burger (no bun)
- sprouts (no parmesan)
Stone Sisters Pizza Bar
I kind of wish I had tried one of the pizza places in OKC because two of them have a vegan menu! Stone Sisters has three completely vegan pizzas on their menu and they sound so good. Can’t wait to try next time!
The Wedge has a full vegan menu – you just may have to ask for it! It has four appetizers, three salads, and SIX pizzas! Definitely check it out! There are also two locations – Western Avenue and Bricktown.
Green Goodies is a bakery with a wide selection of gluten-free and vegan options. They mainly focus on cupcakes and I can’t believe I missed a chance at vegan cupcakes. I think I’ve made it clear by now that there are enough vegan options in OKC that you can’t even get to them all in one weekend. Completely unexpected!
Wheeze the Juice
Wheeze the Juice is located in Bricktown in the OKSEA shipping containers – a small section of shipping containers turned into businesses – how sustainable of them! Perfect place to go if you’re headed down here to take a ride on the water taxi or going rock climbing at Climb Up.
Who doesn’t love corn dogs? I do but its hard to find a vegan one because of the batter! Well, fear not. Anchor Down (also in Bricktown) has a field roast hot dog battered and fried. They also have fried oreos that are marked vegan so go and bask in the deep friedness and then maybe get a healthy juice from Wheeze the Juice to make yourself feel better.
Cool Greens is a local spot with several locations (including one in the airport!) with a mission to provide healthy and natural foods. They have a very wide range of vegan options and probably one of the best vegan options I’ve seen in an aiport before!
Vegan-Friendly Coffee Shops
All of the below coffee shops were visited by me (yes, I consumed way too much caffeine) and have plant milk! Some even have vegan food options.
Want to try the best chocolate chip cookie in Oklahoma, according to Cosmopolitan, that just happens to be vegan?! Head to Elemental Coffee in OKC where you’ll find a bunch of other vegan options as well!
By the way, it was a damn good chocolate chip cookie.
Stella Nova also had a vegan muffin on their menu!
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Grocery Stores, Health Stores & Markets
- Native Roots Market – 131 NE 2nd Street
- Green Acres Market – 7301 S Pennsylvania Ave
- Akins Natural Foods – 2924 NW 63rd
Oklahoma City is getting the first ever vegfest and its happening in just a couple weeks!
OKC Animal Activism
I wasn’t able to find a local Anonymous for the Voiceless or Save chapter but will update this section if I do find one!
Local Vegan Resources
There is a local group that takes part in events, activism and meetups – check it out here!
A lot of eating happened in 48 hours but there’s so much more to do than eat. Check out A Brit and A Southerner’s post on how to spend 48 hours in Oklahoma City.