The Modern Vegan’s creator and owner, Toronto native Gia Schultz, wants to serve you the vegan breakfast of your dreams. And your favorite lunches in the world. And — literally — the best of every kind of sandwich, soup, burger and dessert your sweet vegan tastebuds will ever touch.
Beginning on Thursday, March 15, Las Vegans and visitors from around the world, will get the chance to sink their teeth into appetizers like jalapeño corn dogs and baseball-sized mac and cheese balls as a new vegan restaurant in Las Vegas opens.
They’ll also get to taste the city’s first veganized dishes of omni favorites like V’eggs Benedict (vegan eggs, grilled tofu, vegan bacon served on a toasted and buttered English muffin and smothered in a choice of Hollandaise sauces), Steak and V’eggs, a variety of waffles, pancakes and crepes, plus eats like Rueben, gyro and egg-less salad sandwiches. The Modern Vegan’s menu even includes the city’s first vegan fried chicken — the Louisiana Fried Chicken entree featuring two jumbo pieces of chick’n that are breaded and deep-fried with Louisiana seasoning and served with fries or mashed potatoes, coleslaw and vegan mushroom and sausage gravy.
But wait. There’s more. So. Much. More. We’re talking skillets and omelettes. Salads. Soups. Burgers. Acai bowls. Booze. Desserts. And, when we rattle these options off, know that every category offers about 10 options.
Schultz has created a vegan’s dream menu, loaded with about 100 items.
“I want to change the way the world looks at food,” says Schultz. “Anything you can eat, I can eat vegan. Specifically, breakfast.”
When she went vegan, she began to experiment with vegan food, recreating some of her favorite dishes and making them plant-based.
However, the restaurateur didn’t always have her mind set on opening a vegan restaurant in Las Vegas … in fact, her background is in fashion design. Until she went vegan.
“Growing up in a Greek family there’s a huge influence and importance on food,” she says. “Learning how to cook by watching my mom create fabulous dishes growing up gave me the love I have for food and for cooking. My mom taught me everything … of course now I’ve veganized it all.”
A self-taught chef with a passion for tapping her creativity and having it shine in the dishes she would make, she decided to deliver something the city was missing: a hip all-vegan spot to devour veganized versions of breakfast, lunch, brunch and dessert favorites.
“I ran the idea [of opening a restaurant] by my husband and told him I’m really passionate about it, and he loved the concept — he came up with the name. It just snowballed from there and I ended up finding the perfect location five days later.”
The hip spot is tucked into the Hard Rock Hotel neighborhood, just off Tropicana and Swenson. Dishes range between $5 – $15 per tasty, comfort food-y item.
700 E. Naples Drive, Ste. 111, Las Vegas, 89119
Open Wednesday, Sunday, Monday: 9 a.m. -11 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 a.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.