Vegan Las Vegas Is Hard Work
Keira blogs all things food at Around the World Vegan.
Vegas. We had to do it, even if it is just lights, strippers and extra charges.
When I first realised we were heading to Vegas, I used the power of the Google to see what vegan fare might be around. I was happy to see there was one blog about vegan options and even a casino which promised to have edible vegan options at every meal, at every restaurant.
What the google failed to mention was that without a car access to anything vegan was nearly impossible, and that the vegan options at the Wynn started at the $28 per person price point (including tax and tip) and that was for breakfast at the cheapest place, the buffet. Lunch was more like $35 per person, and dinner was unmentionably expensive.
So, trying to save dough, as doing so keeps us out of jobs for as long as possible, we went in search of other stuff.
Only three places really stood out in the end, so here they are in order of least to most.
The Buffet at the Flamingo Casino, where we stayed, actually had a couple of vegan options. I went once, for lunch, and I could make up a big meal out of the salad bar, make-your-own nachos and some steamed veg. Not the most exciting or protein-filled meal, but doable in a pinch. They also had a lot of fruit for dessert.
While the buffet was okay, I should point out that the casino gave us kind of a crappy stay. The room had someone guy's stuff in it when we got there, it advertised as having a gym when actually the gym was privately run and stupidly costly, various things were broken or not as advertised, they wanted $14 per day for internet, and they were horrendously understaffed. Staff were nice but often seemed harried and tired, so I blame the management for being cheap and not employing enough of them.
Tamba Indian Restaurant is located on the strip, in the Hawaiian centre, near the Hard Rock Cafe. The website is here, but I warn you it is very Flashy and blasts loud music, so don't click if that will disturb your chi (I nearly dropped my laptop when I clicked).
We went to Tamba twice, once for the lunch buffet, and once for dinner.
The dinner was fantastic, with the best chana masala I've ever had, and really fresh roti. The buffet was also good, with more than half of the options being vegetarian, and most of those vegan. The staff were friendly and understood what veganism is, which always makes things easier.
I didn't get a photo, but trust me, it was good food and not too costly for the strip, so if you're Vegas bound you should give it a try.
Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant was our favourite place in Vegas. Located just off the strip, at the Circus Circus end, it was very quiet and felt much further away from the hustle and lights than it really is.
You have the choice of ordering the vegetable combo or to pick your own dishes, or a mixture of both. We got the vegetable combo and shiro both times, and it was too much food for us each time. We did try to ask for less the second time, but it came out even bigger.
All the dishes are served on injera, one of my very favourite foods. Everything was fantastic here - deep-flavoured shiro, spicy lentils, sour aletcha, and all around wonderfulness.
I can't recommend this place enough. It was quiet in a way that makes me worry for its future, so if you're in the area get over there and support a veg-friendly business!
Now to leave with you with a few photos, just 'cos I can.