Eating Plant Based at the Mall of America

This is a list of my favorite plant based options at the Mall of America and is by no means a comprehensive list.

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!

two enchiladas topped with red bell peppers and green tomatillo sauce. in the background are black beans, guacamole, and salsa
Cantina Laredo’s Enchiladas de Aguacate

Cantina Laredo

Ask for the vegan menu and select from nachos, salad, enchiladas, tacos, a burrito, and fajitas. All but the burrito are also gluten-free. It’s plant based, so you won’t find vegan meat or cheese on the menu. The guacamole is on the chunkier side, just the way I like it. I enjoyed the Enchiladas de Aguacate which include avocados, poblano peppers, and artichoke. The tomatillo salsa isn’t super spicy, but if you’re a typical Minnesotan, you’ll probably find it too spicy.

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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. Choose from sushi, appetizers, salads, entrees and more. I have dreams about the truffle parmesan fries. They change up the entrees periodically so check in with them now and again.

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Crave and Burger Burger both use the Impossible Burger on their menus.

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 Naf Naf Grill and Hot Indian Foods side-by-side-by-side. Piada Italian Street Food was recommended to me by other vegans, though I haven’t eaten there myself.

Hot Indian Foods (temporarily closed)
Think of this fast casual eatery as a Chipotle for Indian food. They have multiple locations around the Twin Cities, 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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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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scoop of chocolate ice cream topped with Oreos


If you have a sweet tooth, there are a few places you can hit up. Häagen-Dazs® typically has one dairy-free offering, and Dough Dough has a Cookievore flavor that says there’s a vegan option. 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.
Doc Popcorn vegan flavors: simple, kettle corn, salt ‘n pepper, sinfully cinnamon, and apple crisp (thanks, Garrick!)
Jamba Juice
Noodles and Company
Thai ExpressI’ve heard mixed reviews

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

9 comments on “Eating Plant Based at the Mall of America

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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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