Vegetarian diners used to have to settle for dry veggie burgers, cheese sandwiches, and a consistent barrage of hippie dippie decor. Those days are over. Today's vegetarian dining scene across the continent includes everything from a death metal-themed cocktail den serving an all-vegan menu in San Diego to a fully vegan cheese and butcher shop in Portland, OR. We live in an age where vegan charcuterie is seducing carnivores in Houston. Veggie-centric restaurants are mushrooming all over New York City. And huge-name chefs like Joël Robuchon are cranking out $445 vegetarian tasting menus for the jet set.
For an inside look at the latest in vegetarian dining by locale, click each city name below. But please don't expect many bean sprouts.