Eating Plant Based at the Mall of America

The Mall of America has much to offer when it comes to plant-based eating. While I could offer up a really long list, I’m going to stick to my favorites, including some honorable mentions. Please note that businesses sometimes come and go quickly at MOA, and ingredients can change so be sure to double check things for yourself. I will do my best to keep this post current. Happy eating!

Earth Burger’s BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich

Earth Burger

Find this vegan fast food joint on the third floor in the food court below the movie theater. I love the heat of the BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich and the fishiness of the Fishless Sandwich (in addition to using Gardein fishless filets, they add nori flakes for extra flavor). If you like Beyond Burgers, you’ll enjoy the Earth Burger, and I also enjoy the Buffalo Chik-n Wrap. Make sure to snag a coconut soft serve cone for dessert.
The BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich and Earth Burger can be ordered without gluten.

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Crave’s Vegan Chicken Stir Fry

CRAVE American Kitchen and Sushi Bar

All Minnesota CRAVE locations have a veg section in their menu (skip to the back of the menu), and many dishes include The Herbivorous Butcher’s meats and cheeses. I’m a huge fan of the Loaded Signature Nachos, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Truffle Parmesan Fries and Basil Gnocchi. As a pizza lover, I’m not a huge fan of the Vegan Meat Flatbread because the crust is too cracker-like and there’s not enough sauce, but that’s a personal preference.

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Melt Shop’s Vegan Burger Melt

Culinary on North

This is a newer wing on the third floor that boasts an “elevated dining experience,” though it includes eateries like Burger King and Panda Express. On the plus side, you’ll find Melt Shop, Naf Naf Grill, and Hot Indian Foods side-by-side-by-side. Piada Italian Street Food is also next to Melt Shop and was recommended to me by other vegans, though I haven’t eaten there myself.

Hot Indian Foods
Think of this fast casual eatery as a Chipotle for Indian food. They have multiple locations around the Twin Cities along with a food truck, and I’ve long been a fan of their Channa Indurrito (an Indian burrito made with roti instead of a tortilla). They also have Aloo Gobi Indurritos, or you can get these as a rice bowl, salad, or tacos.
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Melt Shop
They have a Vegan Burger Melt on their menu which is made of beets, quinoa, black beans, brown rice, and spices. It’s quite soft, but it’s delicious. They also include a slice of
Field Roast’s Chao tomato cayenne cheese, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, and arugula.
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Naf Naf Grill
With many marked vegan and gluten-free options, Naf Naf offers Middle Eastern cuisine and is quite popular among vegans. They have multiple Twin Cities locations and can be found in other states. Try a rice or hummus bowl with falafel, and choose from tahini, s’khug (green hot sauce), harissa, and amba (pickled mango sauce) plus veggies. Their pita bread is also vegan, so go to town on those carbs, and take note that some locations have vegan baklava.
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Masu Sushi and Robata

Ask for their veg menu and enjoy a selection of sushi, small plates, and noodle and rice dishes. The Caterpillar and Grasshopper Rolls are yummy and instagrammable, and I’m a sucker for noodles so any of their four options is a good choice. It’s also a nice spot to step away from the hustle and bustle of the mall if you need a break.

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Desserts

If you have a sweet tooth, there are a few places you can hit up. As mentioned previously, Earth Burger has a coconut soft serve cone. Häagen-Dazs® typically has one dairy-free offering, and Dough Dough has a marked vegan option called the Herbivore. Cold Stone Creamery also has fruit sorbets with various mix-ins.

Honorable Mention
These spots either aren’t really my favorite but are known for having vegan options, or they’re more mainstream and not as unique as what’s mentioned above.
Chipotle
Doc Popcorn vegan flavors: simple, kettle corn, salt ‘n pepper, sinfully cinnamon, and apple crisp (thanks, Garrick!)
Freshens
Jamba Juice
Noodles and Company
Panera
Pita Pit
Thai ExpressI’ve heard mixed reviews

Please feel free to share your favorite Mall of America plant based eats in the comments!

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5 Responses to Eating Plant Based at the Mall of America

  1. BL says:

    This is SUPER on point!📍

  2. Mary Montoya says:

    Great article! Burger Burger does a good job with the impossible burger and they have an awesome happy hour. Cafe Laredo didn’t have anything special on their menu so the chef came out to our table and offered to create a vegan entree for us. Can’t beat service like that. Our friends wanted to go to Cowboy Jacks and surprisingly they had a tasty Quinoa bowl. Just sub the chicken for a portabella mushroom. There is my 25 cents, lol. Love your writing 🙂

  3. Erin says:

    Great post. I found some new places to try. Paciugo Gelato has sorbets and now offers a few coconut milk based ice cream flavors.

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