Photo: Aubrie Pick/Andrea's
Health-focused diners no longer have to sacrifice taste to enjoy vegan meals. A number of Las Vegas restaurants are offering dishes that are 100 percent plant-based (without any meat or animal products) that are so delicious, they'll appeal to anyone, including carnivores.
Both the Wynn and Wynn Encore have some of the most acclaimed restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip. Each one of them offers at least a few vegan options on their menus, thanks to the influence of Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn, who himself follows a vegan diet.
The philosophy of following animal-free dining can be seen with the recent introduction of the Impossible Burger at Andrea's inside Wynn Encore. Much more than your ordinary veggie burger, it's made from wheat and potato protein, coconut fat, a touch of soy protein, natural binders and leghemoglobin (or "hemo") - a natural molecular element that's found in all livings and gives cow meat its hearty flavor. In this case, hemo is made from fermentation and combined with vitamins, amino acids and sugars to produce a rich taste and natural red color similar to what's found in real beef.
Andrea's is offering the Impossible Burger in a trio of sliders, a serving of Thai lettuce wraps and a Ma Po tofu with meatballs. The Wynn Country Club is working on its own dishes featuring the Impossible Burger as well.
This Italian restaurant is perfect for date night, with tall floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room that not only capture the neon glow of the Strip, but also planes taking off from McCarran International Airport across the street. However, Panevino also has a large section of its menu entirely devoted to plant-based options.
That includes a hearty selection of soups, salads, appetizers, side dishes and at least eight full entrees. A favorite choice is a serving of ravioli stuffed with spinach and imitation ricotta cheese that's dairy-free but tastes just as good as the real thing. It's prepared with walnuts for an earthy crunch and an oil-free vodka-tomato sauce. Equally impressive is the "meatloaf" which is prepared without any meat at all. Instead, it's crafted with organic legumes and wild mushrooms on a bed of garlic and rosemary mashed potatoes with tomato and kalamata olive sauce.
The best 100 percent plant-based menu in Vegas can be found just around the corner from the Downtown Container Park and a short walk from the Fremont Street Experience. VegeNation offers a vegan take on familiar favorites like burgers, tacos and pizza without sacrificing taste.There's also a brownie ice cream sundae that's made from black beans and dairy-free ice cream, a carrot cake with cashew frosting and cocktails that combine fresh cold-pressed juices with alcohol.
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By Rob Kachelriess