Vegging Out in St. Louis

Dive into these delicious vegan and vegetarian restaurants

Even if your “healthy eating” New Year’s resolution is a foggy, distant memory, you can kick your healthy eating back into gear with restaurants catering to the vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free crowd. 

Frida’s Deli serves up vegetarian and vegan delights including wraps, hot sandwiches, and a comforting soup selection that changes daily. Gluten-free options like pizza, and choice for raw food enthusiasts round out the menu offerings, which also include soy-free and oil-free selections. The raw fettucine (shown here) goes vegan, raw, gluten-free and soy-free with zucchini noodles, sundried tomatoes, a nut-free alfredo sauce, scallions and basil. (622 North and South Rd., 314.727.6500).

Frida's zucchini pasta

SweetArt is a marriage made in veg heaven, with a husband (Cbabi—sounds like kuh-bobby) who sells his art inches away from his wife’s (Reine—sounds like rain) delectable and healthy menu. Go for Mama’s Bowl of Soul, complete with lip smackin’ vegan, gluten free Mackin’ Cheeze.  Save room for dessert, made with organic and/or unbleached/unbromated flour, organic eggs when possible and local, hormone-free dairy products. Trust us. (2203 S. 39th St., 314.771.4278)

You can count on three square meals a day, plus snacks, to be 100% vegan, gluten free and mostly raw at PuraVegan (307 Belt Ave., 314.932.5144). The tacos and pasta dishes are satisfying, light, and won’t break your calorie bank.  You can also step right into a yoga class in the next-door studio for a whatever-feels-right donation, 100% of which goes to the instructor. Check out the schedule online.

Seedz Café serves up fresh juices like Sunrise in Paradise (mangos, apples, ginger), Pomegranate Pow Pow (pomegranate, lime, apples) and Orange Ecstasy (carrots, ginger, lemon) and elegant vegetarian, vegan and raw entrees, almost too pretty to eat. But eat them anyway. (6344 South Rosebury, 314.283.6681)

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