A few weeks ago, we spent a long weekend in Las Vegas, which remains one of my favorite places in the entire world. The first time I went to Vegas after going Vegan, I was apprehensive. I was worried that there wouldn’t be anything to eat, and did a lot of research into the matter. That first trip went fairly well, but I stuck mostly to pasta with tomato sauce (and a side trip to Ronald’s Donuts). This past trip, I had the advantage of safety in numbers. Since my boyfriend and I are both vegan, we got to share the challenge and adventure of feeding ourselves in a city known for it’s all-you-can-eat shrimp cocktail. The following is meant to serve as a brief guide of some places that we managed to find food.

Day 1: Chain Dining at PF Changs

I forgot to take a picture of this one, but we got in fairly late on Thursday night, and both found that the pretzels we had eaten at LAX were not going to tide us over until morning. We were staying at the Aria and did a quick once-around of the restaurants that were still open. The one helpful thing about Vegas is that many restaurants put their menus right out front, so you can study it before committing to eating. The Aria was sadly devoid of vegan food, but I did look on my phone and realize that PF Chang’s was still open. We skipped over the sky bridge to the Planet Hollywood.

PF Chang’s in Las Vegas is no different than PF Chang’s anywhere. We grilled the waitress pretty thoroughly about the menu before we ordered, because we’re used to having to get assertive to get food we actually want to eat.  After a brief consultation, we settled on splitting a crispy tofu dish and vegetable lettuce wraps. All of our apprehension was assuaged when our waitress came back to make sure that we were ok with the refined sugar that was going to be in the tofu sauce. Her manager was a vegan and actually had her come back to us and check. The food was pretty tasty, and I can reccomend it to anyone in a bind. PF Chang’s is located in the Planet Hollywood and closes at midnight during the week and 1am on Saturday and Sunday.

Day 2: Getting Our Feet Wet

Determined to find something a little more exciting, I jumped online and put together a list of every place on the strip where I thought we could find vegan options. We skipped breakfast, but for lunch, we opted for Il Fornaio in the New York New York. They have a vegetable pizza which they can make without the cheese. It was good, but there was no question about it: it was missing something. Maybe even a tomato sauce would have made it more satisfying. We also split an angel hair pasta pomodoro, which was delicious. The meal was salvaged by Il Fornaio’s bountiful bread basket, which they serve with olive oil for dipping. They are open from 11 AM- midnight and located on the casino floor of the New York New York. After our carb feast, we gambled a little and I won $20 because I am awesome.

We had an event to go to in the evening, so we needed to grab a quick dinner before we went out. We decided to try Tamba, which is an Indian Restaurant in the Hawaiian Marketplace. For those of you who don’t know, the Hawaiian marketplace is the huge strip mall right in the middle of the strip. It wasn’t anything special, but our server did know what vegan was and was able to recommended some things on the menu. I had chana masala and my boyfriend had aloo gobi, both of which were good, but very very spicy. Tamba closes early at 10:30 PM, but it’s a solid bet for lunch.

Day 4: Mecca

We rounded out the trip with our first real breakfast: Ronald’s Donuts. They are the most amazing vegan donuts I’ve ever had, which is to say that they are just as good as regular donuts. If you’re vegan and in Vegas and need a special treat, Ronald’s is open from 5AM-4PM and is located at 4600 Spring Mountain Road, about a $15 cab ride from the strip.

You may be wondering what happened to day 3, stay tuned because it was so epic that it deserves its own post.