We’ve found our new favorite vegan-friendly restaurant in Las Vegas — Baby Birds Cafe. This adorable (and we mean adorable) spot is located in The Lakes and offers gorgeous views of one of Las Vegas’ only lakes (albeit manmade, but whatevs, it’s still pretty) and even more gorgeous food. Like, the prettiest vegan food we’ve seen arrive to our table in Las Vegas.
Baby Birds Cafe offers plenty of vegan eats, and even more dishes that can be made vegan. If you’re looking for a whimsical place to unwind, sip a taro latte (so good!), devour a toast or salad and then finish your meal with a stunningly plated vegan dessert, Baby Birds Cafe is the place to be.
The cafe’s goal is to appear to the ever-growing audience of health conscious diners, so here you can find dishes that cater largely to those who are gluten-free, keto or vegan. Baby Birds Cafe also features numerous organic ingredients, and adds to the roster when the products are available.
A main feature of the vegan-friendly cafe are the drinks. They offer organic milk alternatives in the form of soy, almond and coconut to accompany organic tea, coffee and non-caffeinated alternatives including the color-changing butterfly pea tea adorned with passion fruit and berries.
Pro tip: order up the taro hot beverage with almond milk. So. Good.
If you want a smoothie, all of Baby Bird Cafe’s smoothie options are vegan. Choose from the Banana Colada (gluten-free) with banana, pineapple, organic coconut milk mixed with fresh-pressed pineapple juice and organic agave, the Escondido Blended (GF) made with mango, tomato, avocado, fresh-pressed pineapple juice and organic agave, The Tropical (GF) featuring pineapple, passion fruit, mango, lime juice, basil, fresh-pressed pineapple juice, organic agave and cayenne pepper, or The Protein King packed with avocado, peanut butter, organic vegan chocolate protein, organic cocoa nibs, banana and organic chocolate milk.
The organic açai and pittaya bowls (blended with a combo of frozen bananas, organic coconut milk or organic coconut water with no added sugar) can all be made vegan upon request, but the vegan option is the Summer Bowl topped with mango, strawberry, passion fruit, raw almond slices, organic chia seeds and maple syrup.
While there aren’t any specific vegan salads at the time, they all can be made vegan. We tried the Harvest Salad, a heaping plate of organic wild arugula, organic baby spinach, apples, roasted pecans, dried cranberries and organic raw pumpkin seeds tossed with house-made organic mandarin balsamic vinaigrette (hold the feta).
There is one vegan toast on the menu at Baby Bird Cafe — the popular Best Tuna that recreates tuna salad using jackfruit, organic wild arugula, potatoes, celery, corn, carrot and shallots blended with vegan mayo.
You can also veganize the Avocado Toast, a gorgeous toast topped with avocado, cherry tomatoes, organic sprouts, organic wild arugula, shallots and black sesame seeds (hold the poached egg). While it’s not on the menu, Baby Birds Cafe can also make a beet hummus that is divine.
What truly takes the vegan cake here are, well, the cakes and sweets. House-made, Baby Birds Cafe vegan desserts can include a chocolate caramel raspberry tart …
Caramel custard …
And even a light and airy hazelnut mocha cake.
Are you hungry yet?
2910 Lake E. Drive, 89117; 702-202-3583; Tuesday – Sunday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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.