Vegan Guide For Duluth & The North Shore
We’ve always enjoyed eating out in Duluth, MN. Switching to a WFPB way of eating has certainly not changed being able to find delicious dining out experiences in Duluth. One thing that we really love about Duluth and the North Shore area is that the local restaurants that we like to hit tend to use local ingredients whenever possible. Our experiences below were researched online before we got there. We made sure there were a couple of things we’d be happy to order. Since a lot of the places mentioned frequently change their menus, our specific plates might not be available, but it’ll likely be replaced with another vegan option.
A Vegan Guide for Duluth & The North Shore
We’re not playing favorites, so here is an alphabetical list of vegan meals to enjoy in Duluth, MN and then by location as you drive up the North Shore.
At Sarah’s Table Chester Creek Cafe- Duluth, MN
Described as “locally influenced comfort food” and on-site vegetable gardens, this is a real gem. We were seated in an area that felt like we were at Sarah’s home, in her library. Very cute with shelves loaded with books that are available for purchase. If you’re looking for a place to eat that has more than one vegan option, this is your place!
Kelly ordered the Buddha Bowl with Kimchi and added tofu. There was also an option to add tempeh, which is kind of a rare opportunity in our experience. The bowl included kimchi, kale, edamame, broccoli, brown rice, tahini dressing, sesame seed, pepitas, and avocado.
Dusty ordered the vegan sliders. They were really good and were surprised to hear that they were Beyond Meat. We made a Beyond Meat at home and were unimpressed. We found out these vegan sliders were a mixture of Beyond Meat and other ingredients. It was a delicious surprise! House-cut fries were a special treat, too.
Dining at Sarah’s Table Chester Creek Cafe
Each time we go to Duluth Grill they have new items on the menu and depending on what’s in season. Even if you can’t find the particular dishes we ordered, know that there will be some good, straight-up vegan options, with the ability to adapt other recipes as well. One cool thing we learned while talking to our waitress is that the owners of the restaurant grow a lot of their own vegetables on their own property. The employees also help harvest and tend to the garden. We also noticed herbs growing in raised gardens in the parking lot!
Dusty and I each find an item that we’d both like on the menu so that we can share our dishes with each other. Dusty definitely won this pick- he ordered the Thai-Ghetti. It was a peanut sauce over zucchini.
Kelly ordered the Buddha Bowl. It was good but not nearly as good as Dusty’s Thai-Ghetti. Pro Tip: request no oil. It was a little overpowering but that’s because we don’t eat oil at home. The oil may not bother everyone.
Dining at Duluth Grill
We found Juice Pharm thanks to our Instagram Account. According to their website, Juice Pharm is Duluth’s first juice bar & 100% plant-based bistro. They serve fresh-pressed juices, super food smoothies, acai bowls & fresh food in a travel-inspired atmosphere.
Of course, we could not resist the avocado toast. It included a smashed avocado on Positively 3rd Street bakery toast and top it off with alfalfa sprouts, cracked lemon pepper, flax seeds and olive oil.
The special for the week we visited was cauliflower ceviche tacos. We knew we’d be ordering those!
Here is the curried chickpeas + cucumbers, purple cabbage slaw, thinly sliced radishes, cilantro, and creamy siracha on corn tortillas.
Dining at Juice Pharm
New Scenic Cafe
We have driven by many times but for whatever reason, we have never eaten here before. Our meal was so delectable that it makes us wonder what we missed out on by not eating here before. We totally loved our experience. We were greeted with toasted pistachios in the cutest little cups and water at a perfect drinking temperature. Our choices were simple to make because they were the only 2 vegan options on the menu. This was definitely a case of quality over quantity.
We ordered the Heirloom Tomato appetizer- melon cucumber arugula artichoke hearts Marcona almond sauce vierge tomato shrub
Our entree was the Marinated Tofu- wakame miso ginger & soy green tea soba noodles bok choy shiitake hon shimeji togarashi. It is an understatement to say that this tofu was likely the best we’ve ever tasted. I actually emailed the chef upon returning home, hoping for some secrets to recreate it at home. My email went unanswered.
As we mentioned before, the menu changes frequently because of what is available seasonally. If you plan to dine here, it might be best to call ahead or check an online menu to see if there are any vegan options during your visit.
To say this was a favorite meal is an understatement. There’s something about the North Shore that is magical to us. This meal just completely enhanced our North Shore experience.
Dining at New Scenic Cafe
To say we love Pizza Luce is an understatement. There are a few metro locations that we dine at when we’re jonesing for a pizza. There are so many vegan choices at Pizza Luce- it’s awesome!! You definitely don’t have to comb the menu for that one meal that you can kind of modify. There are plenty of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and pizza options that are vegan.
They also have a brunch with plenty of vegan options that we’ve heard is amazing.
Pro Tip: Follow Pizza Luce` on social media. Last year we got in on a deal for a free $25 gift card when you purchase a $100 gift card.
Dining at Pizza Luce
Sala Thai Restaurant
Full disclosure: this was not the best Thai we’ve eaten but it is an option if you need to satisfy a craving!
We ordered our Pad Thai without egg but it arrived with egg. Also, the flavor was just average. We ate around it because it was close to closing time. Most of the lights were off. We didn’t want to bother with a re-order. Sometimes *stuff* happens, amiright?
Dining at Sala Thai
Toasty’s is all about the grilled cheese! There are three vegan kinds of cheese to choose from so you can customize any of the sandwich options with the vegan cheese. We were especially impressed when they asked if we had allergies. This is because they have a completely separate grill for those with gluten or severe dairy allergies. They also have vegan butter, in case you’re wondering.
Since they had three kinds of cheese, we got the Double Decker so we could have all three kinds of cheese (Daiya Swiss, Cheddar, and Jalapeño Havarti). We totally enjoyed it. Hit play on the video below to see the cheesy goodness!
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Dining at Toasty’s
Zeitgeist Art Cafe
Surprisingly, we’d not been to Zeitgeist Art Cafe before. It was a treat. So much to look at, it’ truly is an art cafe! We opted to share an appetizer and an entree. The Mediterranean Plate included roasted red pepper hummus with naan, Kalamata olives, sliced cucumbers, red peppers, and carrots. It was delicious and also a feast for the eyes.
For our entree, we chose the Thai Chili Bowl. It consisted of Thai chilies, pea pods, shiitake mushrooms, and carrots served in a mushroom broth over rice noodles, topped with roasted peanuts and cilantro. It was divine and the broth was perfect for a chilly Duluth day!
Dining at Zeitgeist Art Cafe
Cedar Coffee Company- Two Harbors, MN
We’ve stopped here a couple of times and it’s a great atmosphere. A bike shop is attached. If you’re so inclined, you can sit on the patio, tucked into the tall pine trees. It’s a delightful stop.
We asked during one of our visits and they’re happy to veganize most items upon request. We opted for fig toast (omitting the salted butter). It was a fun treat.
Grab a coffee or tea for your ride as you continue to enjoy what the North Shore has to offer!
Dining at Cedar Coffee Company
Rustic Inn Cafe- Castle Danger, MN
There were a couple of options that were easily veganized for us. We opted for the Hummus/Flatbread Pizza. It was seriously amazing. One Or Two Grilled 8″ Flatbread, Roasted Hummus, Seasonal Vegetables and Balsamic Reduction. We omitted the feta cheese from this.
Can’t say enough about this- it was big enough that it could have been a meal.
Pro Tip: Share an appetizer and a meal for an opportunity to taste more of the menu!
We also shared the Roasted Vegetable Melt which had grilled mushrooms, peppers, red onions and tomato with a roasted red pepper vinaigrette and topped with sprouts on top of a Focaccia Bread. We omitted the swiss cheese.
Dining at Rustic Inn Cafe