Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 10:10 pm
Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by eating and living green. Multiple studies suggest that eating a vegetarian diet is more carbon efficient than an omnivore diet and vegan diets (which exclude eggs and dairy) are even more beneficial.
Luckily it isn’t too hard to find delicious vegetarian food in Pasadena. Get a head start on your Meatless Monday and eat vegetarian in celebration of Earth Day (or for longer)!
Paco’s Mexican Restaurant is not just accommodating dinners but excelling at providing top-notch vegan fare. They have vegan burritos, tacos and salad but the real stars of their menu are the fajitas and potato flautas.
The fajitas are a sizzling plate of mixed vegetables served with frijoles de olla, rice and a choice of tortillas. Or choose the unexpected potato flautas, a traditional dish so full of flavor that you won’t miss the meat.
Paco’s is located at 200 E. Foothill Blvd, Arcadia, call (626) 357-7270 or visit www.pacosmexicanrestaurant.com for more tasty details.
The elegance of the Timballo di Pasta Primaverile made of timballo pasta with mixed vegetables in an artichoke sauce, will surely put the “art” back in Earth; while diners seeking a bit of an herbaceous tang can enjoy the Risotto with Aged Balsamic Vinegar and Rosemary. Guests can also indulge in some of our planet’s finest fare as they enjoy the Tortelloni di Zucca al Burro e Salvia, which is a house-made tortelloni stuffed with pumpkin, cream, butter and sage sauce.
Celestino Ristorante Address: 141 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, (626) 795-4006 or visit celestinopasadena.com.
Bengees Ice Cream Crafters
Bengee’s Ice Cream Crafters is an all-inclusive ice cream parlor that has tasty vegan options every day of the week. Pair these flavorful scoops with fun toppings like Oreo crumbles and you’ll forget all about the dairy.
Bengee’s Ice Cream Crafters is located at 901 E Del Mar Boulevard.
Try the Black Bean Burger which comes with queso cotija, guacamole, street cart pickles and cilantro or substitute a grilled portobello cap or a black bean burger in any of their signature burgers. Steer clear of the Umami ketchup though – it’s flavored with anchovies.
Unami Burger is located at 49 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena. Call (626) 799-8626 or visit www.unamiburger.com for more delicious details.
Umami Burger is located at 49 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105. Call (626) 799-8626 or visit www.umamiburger.com for more delicious details.
Although they’re known for their charbroiled burgers and larger-than-life breakfasts, Lucky Boy offers a Veggie Burger and will make grilled vegetable sandwiches on request.
Lucky Boy serves breakfast from 6 a.m to 10:30 a.m and has two locations in Pasadena. Visit them at 640 S Arroyo Parkway or 531 East Walnut Street.
If you’re in the mood for pasta, you can’t go wrong with the Vegetarian Marinara, bowtie pasta with cherry tomato marinara, Parmesan cheese and basil.
Or opt for a Cheeseless Vegetarian Pizza which comes with tomatoes, artichokes, bell peppers, red onions, mushrooms and black olives.
City Café is located at 607 N. Azusa Ave. in Azusa and can be reached by calling (626) 633-0269. Check out their full menu online by visiting www.citycafeazusa.com.
True Food Kitchen
Visit this stylish restaurant and take a seat in their extensive outdoor patio. Choose from a variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options plus fare for omnivores. You can never go wrong with pizza and True Food Kitchen’s spring pizza is a sure winner. This vegan pizza comes topped with a garlic puree, housemade vegan almond ricotta with black truffle oil, crunchy snap peas and savory smoked onions.
True Food Kitchen’s spring menu will debut on April 5. True Food Kitchen is located at 168 West Colorado Boulevard. Call 480.905.6920 or visit www.truefoodkitchen.com/locations/pasadena/.
Completely Vegetarian Restaurants
Green Earth Vegan Cuisine
Green Earth Vegan Cuisine also has a location in Toronto, Canada and serves dishes from across the globe. Try the Kale-Fornia salad with kale, diced tomato, onions, cilantro, carrots, avocado, organic red and white quinoa, and grilled kabocha pumpkin, topped with sunflower shoots and don’t forget a slice of organic chocolate cake for dessert.
Green Earth Vegan Cuisine Address: 37 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, (626) 584-0268 or visit greenearthvegan.com/about-pasadena.html/
This vegan restaurant serves food with an Asian flare like Sweet Chili Soy Fish served with bell peppers, onion, pineapple, Thai chili, basil and garlic in a sweet and spicy sauce. Or try the homemade basil pesto pasta with sundried tomatoes.
My Vegan Address: 633 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, (626) 578-9017 or visit www.myveganrestaurant.com.
Real Food Daily
Considered the mecca of vegan cuisine, Real Food Daily offers staple dishes like their Real Food Bowls in addition to seasonal specials and mouthwatering desserts like Fauxtess Cupcakes. Don’t miss out on their smoothies, juice bar and carefully curated selection of wine and beer.
Real Food Daily is located at 99 East Del Mar Boulevard Pasadena. Call (626) 844-8900 or visit www.realfood.com for more details.
The Veggie Grill
Consider The Veggie Grill you answer to fast casual vegan and vegetarian food. They offer sharable plates like the popular Sweetheart Fries as well as bowls, sandwiches like the Tofu Thai Wrap and filling salads.
The Veggie Grill is located at 200 South Lake Avenue. Call (626) 535-9561 or visit http://veggiegrill.com/.
One Veg World
One Veg World offers a wide assortment of vegan comfort food dishes like Zesty Orange Chickun and their unbeatable tempeh bacon sandwich. You can also start your morning off with a freshly baked vegan doughnut if you don’t hit the snooze.
One Veg World is located at 950 East Colorado Boulevard #104, Pasadena. Call (626) 744-3141 or visit www.onevegworld.net for more information.
Sage Vegan Bistro/KindKreme
This lunch and dinner spot has a full selection of KindKreme vegan ice creams with flavors like Coconut Carrot Ginger and Maple Pecan. On the more savory side, the Jackfruit Nachos are an unexpected and memorable dish.
Sage Vegan Bistro Address: 319 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, 1- 877-985-5463 or visit www.sageveganbistro.com.
Happy Earth Day!