Celebrity chef Vic Moea’s new Black and Blue Diner lets vegans do something they couldn’t do before in Las Vegas — eat diner food together with non-vegans under one roof. Black and Blue Diner is a new vegan-friendly restaurant in Las Vegas.
“It’s about time a vegan could look at a meat-eater and say ‘hey, let’s go get some steak and eggs together,'” he says. “That’s something I feel that needs to be made possible and that’s what we’re doing right here.”
In fact, vegan steak and eggs are one of a handful of dishes on the vegan menu at Back and Blue Diner.
Las Vegas Vegan-Friendly Restaurant: Black and Blue Diner
Housed inside an old Arby’s off I-95, Black and Blue Diner brings to life the diners Moea grew up with on the East Coast in New Jersey, plus the diners of the South (think Waffle House). Here, guests will find traditional diner eats, veganized, along with a full omni menu of diner favorites.
But, unlike other diners, Black and Blue keeps in mind the vegan audience.
“I understand that this culture is growing and there is a demand for it as it is time for it to be fulfilled through my style of food,” says Moea. “It’s an avenue I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to explore.”
And, explore he does.
Moea, an expert chef on Bar Rescue, was a finalist on The Next Food Network Star and has starred in Chopped, Late Night Chef Fight and more. Also known as Chef Vic Vegas, he has been deeply rooted in the Las Vegas culinary scene for more than a decade. Moea has helmed several Las Vegas restaurants and is also behind Sinful Subs.
The vegan options, which he dubs Round One, officially debut on Monday, Jan. 18 when the diner opens its doors to the public. Previously, it had been operating take-out and pick-up through its drive-thru window.
Moea is serious about his vegan audience. All vegan dishes are cooked in green pans, and there’s a third fryer for fries that’s entirely vegan.
Vegan breakfast options at Black and Blue Diner
The menu focuses on veganized versions of diner favorites, like the aforementioned steak and eggs.
Breakfast is where the diner shines with its vegan options, offering one of the largest selections of traditional breakfast dishes veganized in Las Vegas.
For example, Moea serves a fluffy JUST egg omelette which can come accompanied by buttery, perfectly cooked shredded hashbrowns.
Next, there’s a two egg breakfast featuring scrambled JUST egg with a choice of sliced tomatoes or hashbrowns, plus toast.
They also offer a breakfast sandwich with a choice of chicken or steak and filled with JUST egg, mozzarella, grilled onions and grilled green chilis.
A hearty breakfast bowl rounds out the savory options. It includes a choice of chicken or steak with onions, green peppers, mushrooms, spinach, mozzarella, JUST egg and toast.
Finally, for those who want something sweet, try the French toast. The toast is dipped in JUST egg and cinnamon and topped with powdered sugar. Dress it up with some berry compote to finish it off.
Most of the items comes with a choice of New York diner potatoes, shredded hashbrowns, grits, fruit or fries.
Vegan lunch and dinner options at Black and Blue Diner
Vegan lunch and dinner options include a variety of sandwiches.
There’s the toasted caprese with vegan mozzarella, spinach, tomato and grilled onions with Italian dressing.
In addition, there’s a green chili steak panini, a chicken Philly grilled cheese with grilled ‘shrooms and onions, and a grilled cheese.
Black and Blue Diner also offers a vegan pepper steak dinner with Uncut steak, peppers, grilled onions, mushrooms and white rice.
Get the dishes with a choice of side salad complete with vegan cheese, New York fries or fruit.
Vegan options in the future at Black and Blue Diner
“We purposely started with about 12 items with a few other options around the menu that we could make vegan, like our grits and others,” he says. “But, as we go here we are absolutely going to expand the menu.”
According to Moea, expect to see more vegan eats added in as soon as the spring. He’s planning on offering veganized versions of meatloaf, chili, soups, burgers and more in the coming months.
“I’m in the laboratory after hours working on the next phase for my vegan friends,” says Moea. “We will be testing these items in a few months as specials before they are staples.”
315 S. Decatur Blvd., 89107, 702-821-0660, 7:30 a.m. – 8 pm.