Truth & Tonic Vegan Wellness Café inside Canyon Ranch Spa + Fitness Las Vegas nabs the recognition for being the first vegan restaurant on the Strip, thanks to Chef Pete Ghione and his desire to heal people with food.
Open for breakfast and lunch every day, Ghione has tapped into the healing power of plants with his menu. Inspired by “capturing the flavors of wellness and infusing it into” the restaurant’s cuisine, he hopes guests come away nourished.
Despite being a part of the well-known Canyon Ranch family, Truth & Tonic is open to the public.
The all-vegan restaurant on the Strip is serving up a hearty menu.
If you’re in a rush, grab house-baked muffins, available in peanut butter and banana, blueberry avocado or carrot, golden raisin and ginger.
For those who like to start their day with something sweet, the Las Vegas vegan restaurant has you covered. It offers rustic fruit-based dishes like coconut yogurt with açai and blueberry compote topped with house-made granola, cinnamon powder and candied pecans; fresh watermelon and raspberry salad with tangerine, sliced bananas, toasted hazelnut and essence of red vinegar; and more.
Of course, what’s breakfast without toast on the menu? Truth & Tonic features a handful of whole grain ciabatta toasts (served with a Belgian endive and strawberry salad) like a gorgeous Instagram-ready black bean hummus toast topped with avocado, Persian cucumber, toasted sesame seeds and petite cilantro. For a sweeter toast, try the cashew butter version with sliced banana, maple syrup, toasted cashews and organic strawberries. We think it’s important to point out that off-Strip toast spots actually charge more for their toast than Truth & Tonic’s at $10 a pop.
Ghione hasn’t left the breakfast staples off the menu, either. His baked organic JUST Egg frittata is light and fluffy and is offered with spinach, tomato, turmeric and garlic oil; caramelized curry cauliflower, spinach and toasted pine nuts; sweet potato, Brusells sprouts, broccoli and garlic oil; and soyrizo, potato, avocado, spinach and cheddar. In keeping with the wellness theme, if you want to add in turmeric and pepper, it’s no problem.
Other breakfast items include tofu nooch or JUST egg scramble with breakfast potatoes, house-made toast and freshly made jam; grilled aubergine with warm spinach, petite tomatoes, mushrooms and red lentils; roasted Portobello ‘shrooms; and a soyrizo rice and bean burrito with melted vegan cheese.
Lunch service starts at 11 a.m. and features salads and sandwiches. We’re partial to the grilled Portobello salad (the mushrooms have a perfect flavor) with romaine, spinach, endive, avocado, tomato, cucumber, Yukon potato and vegan Canyon Ranch-style dressing. Truth & Tonic also offers a Greek salad, sesame tofu spinach salad, and a roasted cauliflower Caesar salad with Follow Your Heart parmesan.
If you want something a little less green, you can’t go wrong with the grilled hand-made veggie burger topped with gem lettuce, Heirloom tomatoes, avocado, black bean hummus and vegan chipotle mayo sandwiched between a whole-grain bun. There’s also a vegan chicken avocado wrap, and a grilled tomato and mozzarella caprese grilled sourdough sandwich.
The menu also has tacos filled with grilled Portobello mushrooms, house-made soyrizo or chimichurri chicken — you can choose one of each or opt for three of the same — whatever makes your little vegan heart happy.
Truth & Tonic has a comprehensive beverage program that includes fruit juices, house blended juices designed to fight inflammation and more, as well as blended smoothies. If you want a hot drink, they’ve got coffee, cold brew, tea and other specialty drinks.
That’s not all though. This is The Strip, and even though Truth & Tonic is rooted in wellness, it still gets a little naughty with mimosas (hello, La Marca prosecco with raspberry pure and fresh mint), mojitos, craft beers and vegan California and Oregon wines. They’ve also got gorgeous Bloody Mary concoctions that blend wellness like turmeric and saffron with a little booze.
PS – parking is free at both Venetian and Palazzo Resorts and locals get a 20% discount with ID. So get on over there.
Venetian Resort, Canyon Ranch Spa + Fitness Las Vegas (located on the fourth floor in the spa), 702-414-3633, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby. She previously lived and worked in Thailand working for an elephant sanctuary and has traveled around the world speaking about the realities of elephant tourism, being a positive activist and entrepreneur at events including TBEX, SEED Food + Wine, VegFest Puerto Rico, VegFest Toronto and more. Diana is a proud partner with the James Beard Foundation and curates their Vegas Vegan Dinner series at the famous James Beard House, as well as the vegan activation, The Farm Stand, at Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful festival.