Whoever said vegans can’t eat dirty didn’t grab these sloppy, sexy and oh so sinful meat-free creations. Filthy, fashionably fried and guilt-free, take a look at these places getting down and dirty vegan style.
These Bedminster pioneers are the unabashed front runners in the vegan junk food game. Think of your typical late-night cravings - kebabs, burgers, chicken, nachos, the like. VX are offering all of these treats completely cruelty free, paving a new path to junk food heaven with vegan soft cheese and meat-free nuggets. Besides offering a mean feast of savoury wonders, they provide thick slices of mouth-watering cake, sweet toasties, oreo milkshakes and peanut butter lattes (if that isn’t enough to tempt you, we don’t know what is). Serving a scale of vegan delights unlike any other, VX have gained a loyal following from vegans, veggies, and meat-eaters alike.
The beloved burger folk over on King Street (soon to be residing in their own shiny place) have created a veggie/vegan menu fit for a king of carbs. The ‘Southern Hippie’ is a masterly crafted patty and a real feast for the eyes: deep fried mushroom and fresh salad with vegan mayo dressing, topped with a slice of vegan cheese and smoky BBQ sauce. With these guys around you can forget all about your unappealing bean patties, they are ready and waiting to take you on a journey of meat-free discovery and taste-bud trip with big, juicy burgers crammed with exciting flavour combos.
This family run pizzeria down in the cellars of the Beer Emporium are smashing it with their impressive servings of organic vegan pizzas. Ranging from the regular vegan-style cheese with tomato and basil to the slightly bonkers vegan ham, chorizo and smoked salmon, you can certainly expect the unexpected. If you fancy an authentic Italian experience with an abstract (and meat-free) twist, this is a top-notch destination for pizza freaks seeking to venture into something a little bit weird and a little bit different.
Oowee are considered by many as the home of Bristol’s best burgers, and it’s certainly safe to say they know a thing or two about creating craft burgers oozing with heavenly goodness. They have taken Veganism and mastered it to perfection with ‘The Good Burger’, a caramelised onion and lentil patty topped with pickled beetroot, onions and oowee relish. This burger is so good, it’s claimed numerous orders and praise from the most devoted of meat-eaters. It doesn’t stop there - you can also tuck into their Southern fried cauliflower, crispy bites of heaven and a cruelty-free rival of its meaty brethren. Topping it all off by dirtying up their vegan buffalo fries, Oowee prove that there’s nothing they can’t master.
From the outside, The Hobgoblin seems like your bog-standard watering hole, pouring your average pint with comfy pub staples. What you don’t see is the team in the kitchen crafting culinary excellence, elevating these staples to an unimaginable standard (and volume) with juicy burgers standing high and mighty and skinny fries served seriously dirty. Word on the street is, they recently made a vegan’s dream come true by serving them their meanest and dirtiest chilli fries completely animal-free.
The name may or may not conjure up the image of a sweet tiny pie looking for its mama but do not be fooled - Pie Baby are here to fill you right up on some pastry filled, vegan goodness. Fill your hole with pies rammed with fiery chilli beans, mac’n’cheese and mushroom stroganoff, topped generously with garlicky servings of creamy mash. Comfort food has never looked so sweet.
Planted are speedily becoming vegan street food specialists with their wide range of comfort delights. Earlier this year they planted their seeds around Bristol’s pop-up markets, and it’s safe to say they’re growing with greatness. The team are nailing comfort classics with a sprinkle of meat-free creativity, take their fancy hot dogs with avocado, chilli relish and greens as a fine example of why ditching the meat by no means sacrifices the taste. With every appearance, they rock up with shiny new original creations, ranging from BBQ Bourbon tacos to hearty dishes of Ramen. You can catch them serving these tasty treats in a number of locations: The Bearpit, Harbourside Market and the one and only St Nicks.
Over in Fishponds, you’ll find a small fish and chippy surprising vegans and carnivores alike with recreations of seaside staples. This is fast-food that matters, fantastically fried and completely cruelty-free. Their plant-based offerings of vegan battered sausages and chilli torbeef fills the room with the alluring scent of fried food which will inevitably make any mouth water. Their meat-free take on fish’n’chips is arguably their pièce de résistance: deep fried tofu and crunchy golden chips served with hot mushy peas and a side of fresh salad. A real catch of the day.
Over at Burger Joint you are given the chance to build-a-burger designed and eaten by your sweet self - so you can take full reign in designing the vegan burger of your dreams. Choose your bun (ciabatta, brioche or gluten-free), and stuff your sandwich with a vegan patty and a range of toppings such as vegan cheese, jalapeños and roasted peppers plus a sauce of your choice. With your meat-free hands on deck, there’s a glorious opportunity to masterly craft a burger unlike any other.
The small and modest space of Earthcake is sending out seismic tasty waves with delicious home-made vegan cakes. Serving up a moist scale of plant-based delights, ranging from birthday and wedding cakes, cupcakes to afternoon teas, you’re also welcome to pop in and gobble up a thick slice of your choice. Whilst crafting new creations (Salted Caramel Fudge Cake with Lotus Biscuits anyone?), you can also expect classics such as Victoria Sponge, Coffee Walnut and Carrot. If you’re thinking that cake can’t taste good dairy-free then think