Fresno’s Best Vegan Meals

Carrie Bell
Vegan Ramen from Ramen vs Pho.

Whether Joaquin Phoenix is your spirit animal #alldayeveryday or you’re simply looking to go meatless on Mondays, there’s never been a better time to be powered by plants alone. Taste your way around the world with these globally inspired vegan eats that don’t rely on animals or animal products to find the flavor.


Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant

You don’t need a passport to experience the regional delicacies of East Africa. Fasika is the name of an important feast in Ethiopia, and it is a fitting moniker as this establishment has more than a dozen options for diners who prefer plant-based pigging out.

Miser Wat

These mildly spiced split red lentils, made with berbere, garlic, onions, and olive oil, are served with rolls of injera, an always vegan Ethiopian pancake/flatbread made from sour fermented batter of ground teff grains and water.

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Vegetarian Sambusa

East Africa’s version of a samosa. Fasika’s meatless version features brown lentils mixed with onions and garlic.

Casa De Tamales

The first stop on the Fresno vegan world tour is Mexico.

Spinach & Artichoke 

This tamale contains red chile masa, spinach, artichoke, potatoes, and a creamy vegan sauce and is garnished with roasted corn salsa. Add an extra punch of flavor with sauces, including habanero pesto or pineapple salsa, for an extra charge.

Portobello & Asparagus

Sautéed with guajillo chiles and filled with red chile masa, the Portobello & Asparagus tamales pack a kick of heat.

Sweet Corn Tamale

Grab this for a fresh dessert; to keep it vegan, skip the chipotle honey.

Ramen vs Pho

Hop over to this Asian noodle house, open as of winter 2019, to slurp up a humane taste of Japan or Vietnam. 

Vegan Ramen

It starts with a mushroom broth base and the earthy savory taste is built by adding spinach noodles, tofu, mushroom, carrots, cabbage, zucchini, yellow onions, bean sprouts, green onions, and sesame seeds.

Wayside Noodles

This pan-Asian noodle house is a takeout stalwart featuring many dishes without animal products.

Vegan Egg Rolls

Six pieces of vegetable-heavy happiness featuring cabbage, carrots, green beans, mushrooms, onions, bean thread, tofu, and spices come with sweet chili sauce for dipping.

India’s Oven

India’s nickname, the Land Of Spices, is well earned: No other country produces as many varieties of spices as it does, which means you won’t even miss the meat. 

Channa Masala

Garbanzo beans are simmered in a tomato curry sauce rich with pungent Indian spices. Despite being prevalent in Indian cuisine, tomatoes are not native to the country. They were introduced by the Portuguese.

Dal Tarka

Yellow lentils are cooked in ginger, garlic, and Indian spices. The heat level (mild, medium, or spicy) can be customized for personal preference.


Every culinary journey should end with something sweet—dessert is one of the best parts of any vacation in our book, after all.

Vegan Cookies

Choose to order Chocolate Banana Bliss, Fudging Awesome, or Oatmeal Me Crazy by the half dozen.

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Vegan Fudging Awesome with Soy Mint Ice Cream Sandwich

Take your nosh up a notch with this sandwich that pairs soy mint “ice cream” with vegan Fudging Awesome chocolate cookies.

Sticky Rice

If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth and also continue your cultural immersion, hit up this casual pan-Asian outfit. 

Nam Van

Popular in Laos, this pudding-esque dessert is made of jackfruit, tapioca(cassava root), jelly, coconut milk, and palm sugar.

Rocket Dog Gourmet Brats & Brew

Hot dogs, sandos, and russet potato chips bring the journey to your own backyard.

Der Brathundt

To make this traditional bratwurst (which is served on a pretzel roll with mustard, sauerkraut, onion, and a side of potato chips), select “Vegan Soy Dog” under “Healthy Options.”

Vegan Super Fan

It’s a Chicago-style soy hot dog on a baguette with yellow mustard, sweet relish, tomatoes, celery salt, sport peppers, and a dill pickle spear.

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