Your search for vegan Filipino soul food in Las Vegas ends here, thanks to OG Lola’s.
This pop-up hits farmers markets like the Las Vegas Farmers Market in Bruce Trent Park every Wednesday and have more coming soon. If you’re craving their food, you can also take advantage of their catering on non-pop-up days. For an up-to-date schedule, check them out on Insta or Facebook.
OG Lola’s specializes in vegan Filipino soul food.
Yes, it’s a thing. And, yes, it’s divine.
Traditionally, Filipino food is heavy on the meat, using even scraps.
“[Meat] is turned into delicacies in most native dishes due to high poverty and lack of resources back home,” explains owner Mary Dee Lindsey, who owns the Queer, women of color business, along with her wife, Brittany. “When we went vegan three years ago, we knew we had to pay homage to our native food culture.”
And, so they did.
Lindsey recreated her grandmother, Lola’s, recipes into fully plant-based versions.
Then, tapping into Brittany’s half-Black, half-Puerto Rican heritage and the both of them hailing from the south, vegan soul food and her abuela’s dishes were added into the mix.
Las Vegas Vegan Pop-Up: OG Lola’s
Launched in winter 2019, OG Lola’s quickly became a darling in the vegan dining scene in Las Vegas.
Popping up at restaurants across town to host Kamayan, a communal feast where everyone sits around a table sans utensils with food served on banana leaves, things changed drastically for the vegan Filipino business when COVID hit.
So, they changed focus and instead of hosting feasts, they gave their supporters the opportunity to host their own at home. OG Lola’s opened their kitchen every Friday, offering up a rotating menu of vegan soul food and Filipino treats.
Obviously, people wanted more.
“I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to handle cooking so many options for a once-a-week pop-up, but I realized that if I launched a full menu, I’d be able to get folks to try more options to get them familiar with Filipino flavors,” explains Lindsey.
Now, the OG Lola’s menu treats customers to a variety of Filipino foods, even a platter to try. And, they’ve expanded their operations to include a farmers market and additional day at Vida Kitchen,
Using quality, local ingredients, OG Lola’s offers a varied menu. Narrowing down what to order is tricky, so we suggest ordering a few times to discover what you love. In the meantime, we definitely have our top picks.
Our favorite food at OG Lola’s
A vegan Filipino soul food meal is not complete without lumpia. Wrapped in a thin, paper-like pastry and fried to perfection, the lumpia are filled with plant-based ground beef in their signature seasoning and veggies. Dip ’em in sweet chili sauce or spicy vinegar.
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Then, there’s the pancit.
Thin stir-fried noodles are accompanied by fresh veggies and topped with lemon or Filipino key lime, calamansi (depending on the season). OG Lola’s also offers jackfruit adobo. The sweet and savory dish features garlicky marinated jackfruit with sweet onions, garlic, potatoes and red bell peppers over Jasmine rice.
As for the desserts, there’s literally nothing on the menu we don’t love. The ube empanadas are some of the best we’ve ever had. For you gluten-free friends, order the cassava cake. This sweet treat comes topped with caramelized and salted coconut milk.
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.