Fayetteville has long enjoyed a reputation of offering a solid selection of dining options for those among us who embrace a plant-based diet. These picks run the gamut from healthy to splurge worthy, with a little something for any size of appetite you’re bringing to Fayetteville!
The one thing these vegan and vegetarian restaurants do have in common is that their dishes are the real deal. These menu items aren’t there out of obligation – they’re purposeful, deliciously crafted plant-based meals! Never boring, embracing bold flavors and using the freshest ingredients.
Traveling while vegan or vegetarian (or with a friend or family member who is!) can be tough, but it’s blissfully simple in Fayetteville. If you’re looking for vegan and/or vegetarian brunch, lunch, dinner, and snack options in Northwest Arkansas, this is the spot! Check out our list below to get started - your taste buds can thank us later.
Vegetarian & Vegan Dining in Fayetteville, AR
Petra Café | 31 E Center St #101
This tiny, charming and absolutely delicious lunch-only café near the Fayetteville square has been satisfying Mediterranean cravings for countless locals for years! We recommend stopping in for a visit after enjoying the Fayetteville Farmers Market and insist that you sample the falafil pita with hummus, veggies and tahini sauce. It’s authentic as you can get – and the number of vegetarian/vegan selections available is incredible!
Hammontree’s | 326 N West Ave #8
When vegan grilled cheese sandwiches are served hot without batting an eye, you know that you’re in veggie paradise. In fact, the vegan cheese selection at this gourmet grilled cheese joint is just the beginning, as vegheads can also nom on veggie dogs, made-from-scratch soups, and salads from Hammontree’s menu! The outdoor patio is a treat, and the whole experience is a vibe.
Mamaka Bowls | 495 W Prairie St
Inspired by healthy beach food and the idea that “being a free spirit is a dang good thing,” Born in Fayetteville, Mamaka's craveable bowls with secret-recipe granola are now found in several locations in the southeast. Come for the bowls, stay for the swings and laid-back, beachy style!
Farmer’s Table Cafe | 1079 S School Ave
If you ask a local where they love to eat brunch, there’s a very good chance that they’ll send you to the Farmer’s Table Cafe! Lucky for our veggie friends, the folks at this charming south Fayetteville restaurant have developed a homestyle breakfast, brunch and lunch menu that features a tasty range of plant-based treats.
Girls Gone BBQ | 2630 E Citizens Dr #20
Fayetteville’s newest BBQ joint is a women-owned and run operation specializing in modern takes on classic hickory-smoked Arkansas-Delta BBQ. Believing BBQ should be for everyone, this place is far from the standard good ol’ boys establishment. Expect the standards, with a delicious new twist: like pouring smoked serrano rye whiskey honey all over your cornbread! Our vegetarian and vegan friends will be delighted to find that there are options for them on every section of the menu, a rare treat in the BBQ world.
Zanzibar Kitchen | 50 E Township St
This quaint mobile restaurant serves east African dishes out of the most charming purple trolley you ever did see! The menu is announced weekly, with curated dishes created and inspired by generational recipes - mainly from Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda. Wednesday menus are strictly vegan, while Saturday menus offer an even split.
Doomsday Coffee & Roasterie | 436 W Watson
Just off of Dickson Street in downtown Fayetteville, you’ll find walkable, bikeable Doomsday Coffee & Roasterie! Breakfast quesadillas, tacos, and sandwiches are available all day long, along with a lunch menu (after 11am) in case you’d like more options - or just feel like sleeping in! Most any menu item has a vegan protein option, and there are also plenty of coffee choices to enjoy alongside your brunch.
The Hip Café | 2229 E Huntsville Rd
A decidedly vegetarian and vegan friendly cafe, The Hip (as locals call it) serves coffee, fresh-baked goods, breakfast and lunch. You can find vegan and vegetarian scones, muffins, cookies, bread, and sandwiches to go every day, along with vegan lunch specials - follow along on their social media to see delicious examples, like the vegan crunchwrap!
Arsaga's Mill District | 481 S School Ave
Ethically sourced and locally roasted coffee, remarkably thoughtful dishes spanning the entire spectrum of diets, including lots for our vegetarian friends, plus a huge heated patio. What’s not to love?! Arsaga’s is a local mainstay in Fayetteville, and the Mill District location is a particularly popular location due to its innovative menu, airy restaurant space, and open seating areas. It’s a must-try for any visitor to Fayetteville, but we think your vegan friends will be particularly delighted!
Khana Indian Grill | 2101 N College Ave
There is no shortage of flavor and amazing smells for visitors to the lovely Khana Indian Grill, an airy midtown Fayetteville eatery adorned with colorful pendant lights and sustainable wood furniture. The menu spans lunch and dinner, with a gorgeous sampling of savory street snacks (chaats), spiced basmati rice plates, and khati rolls with flaky bread wrapped around various fillings and served with an incredible mint yogurt chutney.
Nomads Southtown | 1431 S School Ave
You know you’ve found the perfect taste of Fayetteville funky when you arrive at this converted old gas station, which happens to boast a craft kitchen and artisanal cocktails! There’s a fun and spacious outdoor dining option, frequent live music and even the occasional local comedy night. Veggie lovers and vegans will find some tasty nosh, including on the brunch menu that’s served every day of the week.
Looking for more? You’ll find a plethora of additional vegetarian and vegan options at Fayetteville’s pizza places and food truck courts, too. No matter where you land for a meal, most local restaurants do offer or are willing to adapt their offerings to include vegetarian or vegan fare, so don’t be afraid to ask!