Mac and cheese
The classic dish that takes us back to our childhood is the perfect accompaniment to a night of board games in front of the fire. Restaurants such as Homeroom in Oakland, California, make vegan versions with nutritional yeast, soy milk, and tofu, and Homeroom guarantees that its dish is “[s]ure to please even the biggest cheese fanatics.” You can order a platter to go and add in veggies, including peas, broccoli, hot peppers, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, or caramelized onions.
The Okinawan staple can keep tummies warm in Oklahoma and other places where the temps are less than toasty. Tulsa’s Japanese hotspot Zanmai on Cherry Street offers hibachi-seared vegetables and tofu with the option to add a salad, rice, and other tasty sides. Most Japanese restaurants ask people ordering vegetarian options if they would also like their dishes prepared without butter.
There are few foods as comforting on winter nights as warm bread and a big bowl of vegetable soup. Chicago’s Soupbox tosses together carrots, onions, celery, tomatoes, and potatoes in vegetable stock for its Hearty Fresh Vegetable soup. The restaurant, whose menu changes daily, also offers vegan Fire Roasted Vegetable and 7 Bean Melange soups.
Nothing says “date night in” like vegan pizza and a movie. Mellow Mushroom eateries across the country will bake your pie with Daiya vegan cheese and load it up with your perfect combination of nearly 20 veggie topping options.
Chili might be the quintessential cold-night staple. At MacNiven’s Restaurant & Bar in Indianapolis, you can get the restaurant’s vegan version by itself, atop a taco salad, or inside a quesadilla.
Burgers and fries
Sometimes you just want to grab a burger and get home. Red Robin’s vegan Boca burger is one of my favorites, with either the whole grain or sesame bun and steak fries. It’s perfect for after that helluva day of driving through snow, when you just want to drink a beer and watch Shark Tank.
To find the best of hearty vegan dining near you, check out HappyCow’s searchable Restaurant Guide.
What’s your favorite vegan takeout?