If you’ve never visited Amena Mediterranean Cafe, go! This gem on S. Decatur is filled with vegan options, from the 10 types of hummus (yes, 10!) to the gorgeous salads, falafel and more. They hype is real here, and resorts around town are in the know regarding the dishes Amena creates — they serve them at the resorts!
First off, the bread here is on point. Fresh baked pita bread in wheat or white is soft and chewy. The manakesh zatar is a must if you’ve never had it. It’s an oven-baked pita topped with herbs, thyme, olive oil and sesame seeds.
There are a variety of salads which are vegan, including the Amena salad made with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions, the perfect Tabbouleh with chopped parsley, green onion, tomatoes, mint, crushed wheat (if you’re gluten-free, ask to hold that) and olive oil and the Fattoush Salad with pita chips, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions.
Amena serves up veggie soup and lentil soup, couscous, stuffed grape leaves and the lentil dish, magadara.
But, there are even more vegan options like the falafel. It’s amazing (we devoured them immediately) and comes either as a sandwich or platter, an open-face eggplant sandwich, baba ganoush and more.
For dessert, order up the fresh baklava or kunaffe with walnuts and wash it down with a Turkish coffee.
2101 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, 89192 | 702.382.1010
Open daily: Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday: noon – 7 p.m.
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Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby. She previously lived and worked in Thailand where she spent years working for an elephant sanctuary and has traveled around the world speaking about the realities of elephant tourism. She is a public speaker who has appeared at SEED Food + Wine, VegFest Puerto Rico, VegFest Toronto and more, a journalist and entrepreneur. Diana is also behind the Vegas Vegan Dinners at James Beard Foundation’s James Beard House.