We know the feeling. You’re in the mood to head out for a wholesome meal with your family, but you don’t know where to look to get a lunch or dinner that’s just as healthy as it is tasty. Thankfully, the area in and around our West Chester home boasts a wide range of restaurants with mouthwatering vegetarian and vegan choices on the menu.
Crème de la Crème of West Chester takes the guesswork out of planning your next meal with this list of amazing restaurants right in our area. From global flavors to unique takes on kid-tested fare like pizza and burgers, there’s something for everyone here in our own backyard. Get inspired for a family excursion trying new plant-based foods with this list.
Thai Koon Kitchen
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If you’re seeking tasty plant-based meals in West Chester, you can’t go wrong with Thai Koon Kitchen. This laid-back bistro features classic Thai cuisine like curry, fried rice, and of course, popular Pad Thai.
The menu includes appetizers, soups and salads, fried rice and noodle dishes, and traditional Thai dishes, all offering various meat and seafood as well as veggie options. Transform a favorite dish to suit your dietary needs by choosing tofu or vegetables when you order. Need some more plant based inspiration? Explore the “vegetarian plate” section of the menu to indulge in a range of flavors sure to please every member of the family thanks to spicy dishes like “Hot Pepper Garlic” being available alongside milder possibilities.
Indian Fusion is another West Chester spot ready to impress kids and adults alike. Whether you order your favorite dish mild or “extra hot,” this restaurant offers an abundance of delicious treats.
Start the meal off with an appetizer like vegetable samosas, deep-fried pastries stuffed with potatoes and peas, or warm up with a lentil or coconut soup. Add some naan, a traditional Indian bread, to your table to accompany the main meal — the garlic naan is a surefire favorite. Then dive into any of the many vegetarian specialties this restaurant offers, including chana masala (chickpeas and potatoes), saag paneer (homemade cheese cooked in spinach and cream), and aloo gobi (potatoes and cauliflower). You can even treat the kids to a dessert like kheer, an Indian-style rice pudding served with pistachios.
Tikka Grill has two locations, one in Cincinnati and one right here in West Chester, making it easier than ever to get a delicious meal with the family. That’s especially true if you’re looking to please meat-eaters and vegetarians at the same time. The restaurant has served the community since 2014, offering high quality, homestyle Mediterranean food ranging from slow-roasted gyros to tasty falafel.
Sure, the restaurant calls itself “Tikka Grill Philly Steak and Gyro,” but don’t let that moniker keep you away. Those looking for a plant based meal will enjoy options like “veggie delight” pita wrap, falafel rice platter, and hummus and pita. It’s easy to keep your entire group happy with so many options on the menu.
Sultan’s Mediterranean Cuisine
Craving Turkish food? Head over to Sultan’s Mediterranean Cuisine, another West Chester restaurant offering a range of tastes you’ll love exploring with the kiddos. Turkey sits at the crossroads of Europe and the Middle East, and fare from that region has the flair you’d expect. Choices like yogurt, eggplant, hummus, and other bean dishes mean you’ll have a range of new things to try, too.
This menu features a few main plates specifically catering to a vegetarian diet. The baked casserole includes eggplant, tomatoes, string beans, carrots, and potatoes, all baked in a clay pot. Then there’s the okra stew, baked baby okra, and vegetables served with rice. Finally, the falafel dinner is served with hummus and a mixed green salad, making this restaurant yet another option for a tasty meal out with the kids.
The Veg Head
The area around West Chester also features great options for plant-based meals. One example? Loveland’s popular spot, The Veg Head. The restaurant aims to take fast food into the 21st century, serving up ecological, low impact food that you can carry out when you’re looking for a quick and wholesome meal on the go. They even have two grills to ensure they cook their vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals separately.
So, what vegetarian foods can you look forward to? Options include a twist on your classic pizza that takes an ultrathin crust and tops it with curry hummus, mozzarella cheese, garlic olive relish, and a wrap chock full of veggie eats like red cabbage and brown rice and a garlic and herb tofu spread. They even have a menu section devoted to kids. Even the youngest in the family will enjoy their vegetarian options, including a black bean veggie burger, cheese quesadilla, and grilled cheese sandwich.
The Wildflower Cafe
Nearby Mason is home to The Wildflower Cafe, boasting a menu filled to the brim with creatively prepared dishes constructed with fresh ingredients sourced from local and organic farms. Not only can you stop in here for a meal with the family, but you can also bring home meal kits to cook with fresh, local, organic ingredients yourself.
From roasted Brussels sprouts to organic macaroni and cheese, there’s something for anyone’s craving here. You’ll also find hearty salads, house-made kimchi, vegan bacon, and so much more. Whether you’re stocking up on wholesome groceries or want an easy-to-make meal to enjoy as a family at home, The Wildflower Cafe has it all.
That wraps up Crème de la Crème of West Chester’s list of restaurants you have to try the next time you’re searching for delicious plant-based food close to home! We’re always looking for tasty, healthy, and of course, kid-friendly locations to explore. Did we miss your go-to place for vegan or vegetarian eats? If we did, drop us a line to let us know so we can check out your family’s favorite spot!