This vegan Iowa round-up features plant-based options from across the state: Des Moines, the Quad Cities, Iowa City, and more.
Vegan Iowa? Well, corn is vegan, right? I kid, I kid. There are more vegan options than you might expect in the middle of the Heartland.
In this alphabetized list, you can find vegan options from around the state.
Cedar Falls is one of the few places in Iowa where you can find fried, yeast-raised vegan donuts any day of the week! (The other place is in Waterloo.)
In addition to their bounty of donuts, Cedar Falls offers vegans burgers, fajitas, wraps, bowls, and salads.
Get the inside scoop in this vegan food & fun guide for Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa. In addition to The Full Bowl, a vegetarian fast food spot in NewBo Market, there are a number of vegan offerings in the city. Options include Mexican fare, Indian stews, and deep dish pizza.
Get the full rundown in this post on vegetarian restaurants Cedar Rapids.
Des Moines & surrounding areas
The number of vegan items in Iowa’s capital city seem to grow by the day. There are two completely vegan restaurants in the Des Moines area – Brightside Kitchen & Dirt Burger. Plus, many more places that offer plant-based options like pizza, bagels, Thai food, and an award winning farmers market.
Get the full rundown in my post on vegan Des Moines.
Iowa City has the charm of a small town and the vibrancy of a place that attracts people from all over the globe.
Trumpet Blossom is the city’s one vegan restaurant. There are also lots of restaurants that can accommodate vegan diners with options like dumplings, cinnamon rolls, and even nooch for your popcorn.
Get all of the details in this post on vegan Iowa City.
Iowa Farm Sanctuary
About 10 minutes away from the Tanger Factory Outlets, you’ll find Iowa Farm Sanctuary – a haven for rescued farmed animals.
It opened in 2016, and was co-founded by Shawn & Jered Camp. They have been rescuing abandoned, abused, and neglected cows, pigs, sheep, goats, and chickens ever since.
During warm weather months, they have open barn days on Sunday afternoons.
Past events have also included live music, and a cooking demonstration by yours truly, where I showed how to make vegan three bean chili.
Mason City is best known as being home to Meredith Willson of Music Man fame. It also offers a number of options for plant-based eaters like noodle dishes, Thai food, and even a bed & breakfast that can accommodate vegans.
Get all of the details in this post Mason City, Iowa.
The Quad Cities runs along the Eastern border of the state. It includes Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline. Vegans can find delicious options that include Ethiopian wots, pizza, and Indian stews.
Get all of the details in this post on vegan Quad Cities.
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For more up-to-the-minute vegan Iowa options, follow me on Instagram. I share where I’m eating around the state. And remember to use the hashtag #vegansofiowa whenever you post plant-based items from Iowa on Instagram!
This blog post was originally published November 2016. It was updated October 2019 with current information.