Tired of ordering the one vegetarian item on the menu: macaroni and cheese? Check out this list of 17 St. Louis restaurants that cater to vegetarians (some to carnivores as well), offering plant-based dishes in a variety of cuisines, including Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, Turkish, Mediterranean, Korean/Mexican fusion, tapas, Chinese and American.
This 100% vegetarian restaurant serves a 100+-item menu of Indian specialties (also kosher) at very affordable prices. Appetizers like samosa and paneer pakora are $4-$5, while dinner entrees are all under $13. The menu is rounded out with soups, salads, sides and desserts. Open W-M for lunch & dinner (closed Tu).
Decked out in a beautiful minimalist décor, Frida's takes recycling, composting and its menu of vegetarian dishes very seriously, which includes a hummus platter, black bean and jalapeno masa cakes, zucchini fettucine, salads, sandwiches and wraps. Not quite vegan (dairy and eggs), Frida's offers gluten-free items.
This is the bricks-and-mortar spot of a very popular food truck, and the Korean/Mexican mash-up here is nothing short of addictive: a short and sweet menu of tacos, nachos, burritos, quesadillas and a gogi bowl, all customizable with protein and a few add-ons. Kimchi rules the day. L and D (daily).
Features bright, open dining room with hardwood floors and ceramic tiles. Menu favorites are the sizzling rice flour crepe filled with shrimp and chicken, or tiger prawns sautéed with chili pepper and other fresh offerings. Dinner entrées $10-$26. Open M-Sa lunch and dinner, Su dinner only.
The small-plate concept goes Greek (turning the small plates into “mezes”), and diners can enjoy sampling portions of spanakopita, garlic shrimp, dolmades and grilled lamb, along with a mostly Greek wine list. Small plates $3.95-$8.95. Open M-F for lunch and dinner; dinner only Sa & Su.
When the lines are too daunting at nearby Pho Grand, (or even when they aren’t), smart diners will head for the culinary delights of Lemon Grass, in a clean corner space. Large menu of Vietnamese favorites, including spring rolls, eggplant curry and one of our favorites, sesame tofu. Open for lunch and dinner daily except M.
The granddaddy of local Thai places, where the experience starts with cocktails (like Siam Stinker and Fog Cutter). Large menu befits a large restaurant. Try the pad Thai, any of several excellent curries, panang tofu and much more. Dinner prices $6.95-$12.95. Lunch and dinner daily except M. (Cards: AE DS MC V)