This vegan Iowa round-up features plant-based options from across the state: Des Moines, the Quad Cities, Iowa City, and more.
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! (The other place is in Waterloo.)
Update: The Cedar Falls location of Icon Donuts is closed while they move to a larger space. But the Waterloo location is still open! They offer vegan donuts every Friday through Sunday.
In addition to 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, raw food, 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 a few completely vegan establishments in the Des Moines area. 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.
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 and Thai food.
Get all of the details in this post Mason City, Iowa.
Iowa Farm Sanctuary
Iowa Farm Sanctuary is a haven for rescued farmed animals. During warm weather months, they are open to the public on Sunday afternoons.
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.
You can read all about it in this post on the Iowa Farm Sanctuary.
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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This post was updated on August 10, 2021 with current information. It was originally published November 2016.