No longer do our plant-based friends have to settle for boring garden salads and stale bread baskets at restaurants. Now, vegans and vegetarians have almost as many options as regular old omnivores, and the cruelty-free alternatives do not disappoint on the taste and satisfaction scale—a burger from Lord of the Fries will cure a hangover just as well as a Big Mac, in case you’re wondering.
Here’s our round-up of the best vegan versions of classic junk foods:
Fish And Chips At The Cornish Arms
To be fair, you can get almost any kind of plant-based salty delight at The Cornish Arms, but vegan versions of fish are hard to come by.
The ‘fishless box’ comes with mock fish fillets, chips to dip into a vegan tartare, tempura ‘prawns’ and salad—because balance.
Now even vegans can head down to the beach with a fishless box and have their food swooped by seagulls like everyone else.
Pizza At Red Sparrow
There’s really no one else who does vegan pizza quite like Red Sparrow—I mean they’re the first fully plant-based, wood-fired pizzeria in Melbourne, so no wonder.
The bases here are thin crusted—just as they should be—with loaded toppings like the Bianca with a white base, garlic confit, mozzarella, potato, leek, rosemary and parmesan.
Hot Dogs At Massive Wieners
Massive Wieners are known for their incredibly long wieners (innuendo intended), but they’re also a great place for omnis and vegans alike to go to after a long sesh at Revs or any other nearby drinking establishment.
Anything on the menu can be made vegan, including the artery-clogging Chilli Cheese served with ketchup, mustard, cheese, onion and a beef and bean chilli.
Don’t forget to check out the popular Disco Fries while you’re there (they’re topped with gravy and cheese).
Ice Cream At Girls & Boys
Finally, vegans and the lactose intolerant don’t have to settle for the lone citrusy gelato option (sorry lemon, you’re still tasty), with legends like Girls & Boys coming to the rescue with 100% vegan offerings.
We can’t go past their classic soft serves and sundaes with choc fudge and salt caramel toppings.
Donuts At Daniel’s Donuts
You know the doughnuts here must be good when the stocks are running low by midday.
It’s no surprise when Daniel’s Donuts is serving an impressive selection of vegan doughnuts with classic flavours like jam, cinnamon, original glazed, Oreo and peanut butter jelly. Just what the doctor ordered.
Honourable mention to the Happy Vegan Bowl at San Churro which is literally a bowl made of churros and filled with salted caramel and honeycomb gelato.
Waffles At Black Waffle
You don’t have to worry about reading the menu key with this one because 6 out of the 7 waffles on offer at Black Waffle are vegan-friendly. Such legends.
Our eyes are on the lemon shortbread Belgian waffles served on a shortbread crumb, topped with lemon custard, raspberry puree and vanilla gelato. Or you can go for some original waffles with vanilla gelato—nothing wrong with that.
Chicken Wings At Wings of Glory
This is the ideal place to bring your omnivore friends, so you can all have a finger-licking good time.
The veggo wings at Wings of Glory have the meaty texture and taste you want after a boozy night, and you can combine them with any flavour, dip and side you can think of—you’ll get the chips, obviously, but there are salad and veggie sticks for your perusal as well.
Burrito At Trippy Taco
If you’re like us, then you’re constantly craving a hefty burrito and you can’t function until you’ve satisfied that craving.
Luckily, Trippy Taco has your plant-based backs with vegan variations available for almost all options on the menu.
You can’t go past the Breakfast Burrito—just don’t forget to sub in scrambled tofu and vegan cheese before you scoff it down.
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Image credit: Red Sparrow | Michelle Jarni