Grubhub confirms what we’ve been seeing: plant-based food is on the rise. According to the company’s 2018 “Year in Food” report which analyzes the popular food delivery service’s ordering data, bean burritos climbed an astounding 276 percent from 2017 … and red meat didn’t even make the top 10. Other plant-based dishes that climbed in 2018 were cauliflower rice bowls (155 percent, ranking 7th on the list) and buffalo cauliflower (124 percent, coming in at 10th).
But, that’s not all. Grubhub also reported that vegan-friendly foods on its platform increased by 25 percent (compared to January – May 2018), with the Impossible Burger orders climbing 82 percent. And, Las Vegas ranks fourth for areas ordering the most vegan foods. Ahead of Vegas are LA, Brooklyn and Portland. Rounding out the top 10 are Rochester, NY, Philadelphia, Detroit and San Diego.
The report also released the most popular food items ordered for breakfast, late-night and dessert. And, guest what? Some of the are vegan.
Find the most popular items on Grubhub in Las Vegas … veganized
Coming in first place for breakfast items is the peanut butter açai bowl, followed by detox juice, then the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, breakfast burrito and french toast.
If you’re looking for vegan versions of these items, we suggest:
Peanut Butter Açai Bowl — try the Nutty Buddy from Coldpress Express, made with açai, nut butter, cacao nibs, banana and raspberry chia jam.
Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich – Get the vegan version of this over at Violette’s
Breakfast Burrito – Try the savory breakfast burrito from PublicUs that comes loaded with crispy potatoes and soyrizo.
French Toast – Ante up with VegeNation’s french toast that comes stuffed with cream cheese and jam
While Vegas doesn’t have many of the top five late night options veganized, you can order the spicy, creamy vegan ramen from Jinya (spicy miso ramen ranked second). Sliders, which came in third, can be found at White Castle.
For the top desserts, it’s another story. And easy to find vegan versions in Las Vegas.
Brownies (which ranked first) — Order these sweet treats at VegeNation in the form of their brownie sundae, as well as at Vioette’s Vegan and Veganbites.
Oreo Cookie Cupcake — Veganbites is your go-to for these, as well as Go Vegan.
Baklava — Try the vegan baklava at Amena or Violette’s.
Salted Caramel Cookie — Catch a Bleu Moon pop-up to try their salted chocolate chip cookies instead.
Cobbler — Head over to The Modern Vegan to devour the Don’t Stop, a hot skillet of cinnamon golden apples topped with crumble and vanilla ice cream, or to VegeNation for their warm apple cobbler.
The sixth most requested dessert? Vegan brownies.
As for 2019, it looks like vegan orders are continuing to grow. The Impossible Burger is leading the late night trend and is the third most ordered item in the West.
This isn’t the first time Las Vegas has gotten nods for its vegan dining. Las Vegas was named one of the top 10 cities in the nation for vegetarian and vegan food in 2018, too.
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.