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Vegan quiche at Coronet Cafe (Photo credit: Hannah Hernandez)

Foodie 15: The Best Vegan Food in Downtown Tucson

Updated March 5, 2024

They say that variety is the spice of life, and downtown Tucson’s food scene offers just that in its dining options for vegans, vegetarians, and those simply wanting to add more plant-based meals to their diet.

This guide includes creative restaurant dishes ranging from creamy pasta to vegan poke, burgers, and desserts. So buckle up, and add some variety to your life as you eat your way through the heart of Tucson any time of the day.

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Vegan hot dog at 4th Ave. Deli (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

4th Avenue Delicatessen

This shiny little gem on Fourth Avenue recently added a vegan menu, and they went all out with a variety of stacked sandwiches and smothered hot dogs. The “Vegan Hot Dog” menu includes Chicago, N.Y.C., Chili, and more. The garlicky pesto spread and savory veggies on the Sundance Kid sandwich will have you falling in love with veggies if you’re not a fan of them already. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

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Beyond Burritos at Los Perches (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

The Boxyard

Stop by Daddy Burger for lettuce-wrapped Beyond burger and crispy fries. Visit Nhu Lan Vietnamese and order a Banh Mi Dau Hu (French-style soft sandwich) and tofu spring rolls with peanut sauce. Los Perches offers packed Beyond Burritos and we’ll-dressed Veggie Hotdogs on toasted buns.

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Breakfast at Cafe Maggie (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Cafe Maggie

There’s something extra special about breakfast all day, especially when pancakes are involved. Throw some crispy house potatoes and freshly baked goods in the mix, and you’ll have the recipe for a good time. Cozy up on the outdoor seating, or sit in the art-filled indoor space.

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Vegan quiche at Coronet Cafe (Photo credit: Hannah Hernandez)

The Coronet

Coronet Cafe and Coronet Restaurant offer impressive vegan options. The cafe’s buttery vegan quiche is a total winner, and the restaurant always serves at least a couple of incredible vegan dishes like the Tofu Bun Cha.

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Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo at Ermanos (Photo by courtesy of Hannah Hernandez)

Ermanos Bar

The popular creamy Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo is now a special, so watch Ermanos’ Instagram for availability. The buttery Cashew Curry is always available. It’s served with Basmati rice and grilled garlic naan. Outdoor seating is available, along with the gorgeous Portal cocktail lounge.

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Vegan burger at HUB Restaurant (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery

Grab a seat indoors or out on the patio and enjoy a loaded vegan burger and your choice of fries or tater tots. Plus, they have tart, sweet, and creamy hand-crafted ice creams. Rotating vegan selections are always available and made only with the best natural ingredients.

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JoJo's (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

JoJo’s Restaurant

Savor house-marinated olives, grilled carrots, brussels sprouts, mushroom chorizo, and mushroom baguettes. In the courtyard, you’ll find the Monsoon Room with various beautiful cocktails, some featuring oat milk. 

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Lemongrass (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Lemongrass Restaurant

Healthy and hearty comfort food on Fourth Avenue. Freshly prepared organic meals with options for everyone. Are you looking for gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian dishes? You’re all set. Decide the level of spice you’re in the mood for, whether or not you’d like some vegan rice pudding for dessert, and grab a seat indoors or out on the spacious patio.

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Martin's Comida Chingona (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Martin’s Comida Chingona

Never frozen, never fried. You’ll find endless high-quality vegan options on Martin’s menu. The beans, rice, flour tortillas, salsa, and horchata are all vegan as is. With tacos, tortas, burritos, and tostadas, there’s something for everyone. Dine inside with a ton of entertaining art, or grab a seat outside.

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Death Free Vegan Ramen at Obon (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

OBON

Sip a cool drink and enjoy the weather on Obon’s misted patio. Choose from Fresh Veggie HandrollsVegan Poke, and two different variations of vegan ramen. Veggie White: mushroom soy milk marinated tofu, scallions, broccolini, enoki, and the Bamboo Veggie Black: red miso beech mushroom, enoki, bean sprouts, onion, scallions, garlic oil, and kombu.

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Penca (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Penca

 Enjoy tacos, pozole, and even a chile relleno stuffed with sautéed spinach, mushroom, squash, and amaranth on a creamy cashew tomato salsa. The black beans, calabacitas, arroz poblano, and nopales sides are all vegan.

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Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink

Doesn’t matter if you’re casually wandering downtown or wanting to add romance to your date night; Reilly’s warm ambiance and light dishes will be a great addition to your day. Start your visit with their house-made bread (ask for no butter to make it vegan). Garlic, mushroom, eggplant, peppers, and onion top the crispy Vegan Pizza. Add nutritional yeast to make it cheesy.

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Urban Fresh (Photo credit: Hannah Hernandez)

Urban Fresh

Urban Fresh’s menu is thoughtful, house-made, and 100% vegan. Are you working or wandering downtown on a weekday? Order ahead or walk up Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Burgers, smoothies, fresh juice remedies, and a plentiful selection of gluten-free dishes are available. Eat your meal out in the spacious outdoor seating area.

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The Little One (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

The Little One

Authentic, home-style Mexican food, daily vegan specials, with indoor/outdoor seating available. The Little One consistently offers creative vegan specials, successfully taking traditional dishes and recreating them without animal ingredients. After your meal, purchase a present for yourself or a loved one at their lovely local gift shop.

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