The 11 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Wichita

vegan and vegetarian restaurants in wichita

Here’s the deal: I’ve been plant-based for just shy of a decade and a vegan for over two years. So, I know how hard it can be to find a place to eat, especially in the Midwest.

Luckily, Wichita has introduced several new plant-based restaurants and expanded menus across town. Talk about a game-changer!

We’re still not perfect, but who is? Although most of these restaurants aren’t fully plant-based, they have plenty of options, and that’s what counts.

So, read on for my top 11 best plant-based friendly restaurants in Wichita!

Psst—I’d be remiss to not include the wonderful Shea’s Sol Kitchen. They are currently relocating, or else they’d receive the top spot for vegan soul food.

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Plant-based classic: Lotus Leaf Café

Right in the heart of downtown, Lotus Leaf Café is usually the first restaurant that comes to mind for plant-based friendly options.

The last time I was there I got this pita stuffed with homemade hummus and veggies. It was smooth and crunchy and had a nice bite of red onion. Oh boy—I could go for one of those again.

Along with their lunch and dinner menu, Lotus Leaf also offers juices, smoothies, vegan desserts, and drinks! Yes, I’m talking beer, reds, and whites, which makes Lotus Leaf a certified date night hotspot.

Best of all, though, are their sweet potato chips that come on the side. So crispy and curly, salty yet sweet. You’ll just have to get a plate to try for yourself.

  • Address: 251 North Washington N, Wichita, KS, 67202
  • Website: Lotus Leaf Cafe

Baked goods galore: Poppie’s Café

The owner of Nice Bites Bakery, sold in some of Wichita’s best coffee shops, has opened up a new restaurant called Poppie’s Cafe, located in the Ruffin building.

Of course, since they serve mostly breakfast and lunch, Poppie’s is only open from 8-3 on weekdays. But their prices can’t be beat (Less than $10 for a plant-powered Philly steak), so I’m sure they’ll be your new favorite lunch place.

Their menu has options for meat-eaters and vegans alike, with sweet treats like cinnamon rolls. Their Korean bowl is perfect for lovers of all things savory. If you’re gluten-free, never fear—most items can be altered to fit your needs! All you have to do is ask.

I, for one, am so glad that NiceBites has taken the plunge into a full restaurant!

  • Address: 9111 East Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS, 67202
  • Website: Poppie’s Cafe

Best brunch: Homegrown

I remember when Homegrown came to town in 2017. All of the sudden, every single occasion had to be celebrated there with a mimosa or fresh glass of OJ.

Now, that would be annoying just about anywhere else. But when the food is that good—who would complain?

Homegrown now has three locations in Wichita and even more in Kansas City due to their explosion in popularity. Although their menu is not specifically plant-based, there are several noteworthy options.

They are most well-known for their homemade pop tarts: the ones that melt on your tongue and make for a great Instagram pic.

I personally love their avocado toast—cliché, I know. It’s served on fresh bread from Bagatelle Bakery with an additional sprinkle of red pepper flakes that really takes it up a notch.

Be warned: there will be a line. Go online ahead of time and hop on their waitlist to beat the crowds and get the best breakfast of your life.

  • Address 1: 2835 North Maize Rd, Wichita, KS, 67205
  • Address 2: 1900 North Rock Rd, #108, Wichita, KS, 67206
  • Address 3: 645 East Douglas, Suite 102, Wichita, KS, 67202
  • Website: Homegrown

Great value: Little Saigon

Wichita is chock-full of Vietnamese restaurants, but Little Saigon shines brighter than most.

Little Saigon has a small vegetarian menu, where you pick a base that will then come with sauteed tofu and veggies. For example, you could pick the fried rice, curry stir fry, or pad thai, and rest easy knowing your plant-based heart won’t be broken by a stray piece of chicken.

As for appetizers, there’s always the ever-fresh and delicious spring roll, which you can order with tofu and vegetables.

Although there aren’t any vegan or vegetarian pho options, there’s still plenty here to try and enjoy.

  • Address: 1015 North Broadway, Wichita, KS, 67214
  • Website: Little Saigon

Best pho: New Lemongrass Taste of Vietnam

New Lemongrass Taste of Vietnam is one of the few joints in town that actually has vegetarian pho. Plant-based eaters rejoice!

Their vegetarian menu features a Buddha bowl, veggie lemongrass bowl, shaky tofu, and papaya paradise salad. There’s enough here to satisfy multiple cravings, savory and sweet.

So, why not go get yourself a bowl of vegetarian pho and slurp away in delicious heaven?

Mediterranean joy: N & J Cafe & Bakery

Growing up Lebanese-American in Wichita meant frequent trips to all the Mediterranean restaurants in town, N&J’s included. We buy our pita bread from N&J’s, plus our spinach pies, meat pies, and grape leaves (vegetarian and not). Clearly, we’re die-hard fans.

All this to say, N&J’s has been a Wichita classic for over 30 years for good reason. Whether you’re new to Lebanese food or a well-versed, baba ghanouj-loving snob, you are sure to love all that N&J’s has to offer.

For vegetarian options, they have grape leaves, spinach pies, tabouli, falafel, baba ghanouj, hummus, and more. That Fattoush salad is iconic, as well it should be!

They have a little store as well, where you can pick up all the pita chips your stomach can stand. And, on Mondays, you get one free serving of hummus with your meal. Talk about a sweet deal.

Head on down to N&J’s, and if you see any Farhas, make sure and tell them hi for me!

Best pizza: Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria

Here’s the deal: Piatto keeps some slightly strange hours. They’re open from Wednesday-Sunday, 5-9 PM. Now, that may not seem like a long time, but you’ll be grateful for it once you realize how good that pizza is and how much you want it every night.

The chefs behind Piatto trained under master Pizzaiolo Enzo Coccia in Naples, bringing authentic pizza to Doo-Dah City. If you have any doubts, their brick pizza oven was handbuilt and weighs more than 6,000 pounds. These people take pizza seriously, and I am so grateful for it.

If that weren’t enough, they have a whole vegan pizza menu! I love the vegan margherita, mushroom medley, and pesto & mushrooms, but I’m sure everything tastes good. It can be difficult to make vegan cheese melt properly and resemble fresh mozzarella, but these masters do it well.

Plus, the crusts are beyond good. Fluffy, a little chewy, and a nice char on the outside. UGH! Go grab a pizza at Piatto’s for me, and maybe stop at Hopping Gnome along the way.

Date night: Sabor Latin Bar and Grille

Sabor Latin Bar and Grille is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Wichita. It’s classy, fun, in a great location, and the food is absolutely drool-worthy.

For an appetizer, try out their plantain chips with the chimichurri sauce and avocado crema. You won’t regret it. I always order the polenta vegetarian tower, no cheese, and revel in the crispy corn cakes, roasted tomatoes, and delicious (never rubbery) mushrooms. Of course, they have four options on their vegetarian menu and even more elsewhere, so you won’t be limited to polenta only. But man, it’s so good.

Whether you’re dressing up for date night or hosting a business luncheon, Sabor Latin Bar and Grille will blow your mind away.

Shop till you drop: Sunflour Café & Collective

Sunflour is new to town and already making Wichita a better place.

Everything is vegetarian and can be made gluten-free or vegan upon request, with no extra cost. Their specialty lies in their pizza and waffles. Ever heard of a figged up pizza or red velvet waffle? Me neither, but I sure want to try one!

Sure, they’ve got delicious food, but they also support and uplift other local businesses. They feature local artists, makers, and bakers, including Soft Swerve Creamery, which serves vegan soft serve! You can grab a new candle, painting, wooden spoon, and more here.

And, be still my beating heart, Sunflour only uses compostable or eco-friendly items for take-out! Is this true love??

Best coffee: Leslie Coffee Co

I always feel super cool whenever I set foot in Leslie Coffee Co. The vibes, the ambiance, the hanging plants. All of a sudden, I’m a bougie woman who takes soy milk in her cappuccinos and wears dress pants on Saturdays!

Leslie Coffee Co is not a plant-based only shop, but they are always happy to accommodate and make sure everyone is served. They have non-dairy options and milks, so you never have to worry about a pesky stomachache or breaking your diet.

And, in the case off to the side, they usually have vegan banana bread. You just have to know where to look!

If you’re looking for something new to try, they also teach classes! Latte art, espresso, pour-over, and all that jazz. Isn’t that fun?

  • Address: 930 West Douglas Ave, Ste A, Wichita, KS, 67203
  • Website: Leslie Coffee Co

Best smoothies: Songbird Juice Co

There weren’t a lot of great smoothie options in Wichita, until Songbird came along and changed the game.

Honestly, Songbird Juice Co has some of the best acai bowls in Kansas. Yeah, I said it!

Everything is plant-based, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options for you to peruse. Songbird has all the classics like smoothie bowls and cold-pressed juices, but they also have local kombucha, health shots, CBD lemonade, tea, coffee, and pitaya bowls.

You know they’re legit when they sell NiceBites Vegan Bakery goods, run by the founder of Poppie’s Café.

If you need a pick-me-up or are feeling a little dogged, try their Gratitude juice or grab a Sunflower bowl for lunch. Songbird’s dedicated to making Wichita healthier and happier, and I’m here for it!