There’s a new vegan-friendly Mexican restaurant open in Downtown Las Vegas. The cozy spot on Main Street is home to El Zaguán Mexican Bistro.
You can’t miss the bright building, and it’s a good thing because inside home-cooked vegan eats await.
The restaurant opened at the beginning of March and celebrated its grand opening only a few days ago. With exposed brick walls, gorgeous tiling and an intimate vibe, El Zaguán seats around 40 people in its 2,640 square-foot venue.
While the restaurant isn’t vegan, many of the staff are, including Yvette Mendoza, one of the owners of El Zaguán, who went vegetarian two years ago (her daugher has been vegetarian), and later shifted to a vegan diet.
“I’m vegan myself and many of our friends and family members are vegan so it was very important to us that we included these options in our menu,” she says. “When I have people over for dinner, I want everyone to feel welcome and enjoy a delicious meal and that’s exactly how we want our customers to feel when they visit El Zaguán.”
It’s the goal of the restaurant to serve the vegan community authentic, traditional Mexican food using the recipes the owners grew up with … minus a few tweaks but “still full of love and flavor.”
“We don’t want anyone to feel like they are missing out on traditional Mexican food,” says Mendoza. “We put a lot of pride and detail into every dish.”
Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby and has emerged as the face of plant-based dining in Las Vegas and the leading plant-based restaurant consultant in the city. She spent a decade in the travel blogging world before switching gears to work in elephant rescue in Thailand. Diana travels the world to meet chefs and try vegan food, as well as speak at events focusing on travel, tourism, veganism and entrepreneurship. She’s a partner with the prestigious James Beard Foundation and curates their Vegas Vegan Dinners at the James Beard House. Diana is also a partner with Life is Beautiful, curating the all-vegan Farm Stand.