8 Places for Plant-Based Fare Around Delaware

Delaware’s vegans and vegetarians have more local dining options than ever before.

While some establishments cater to plant-based diets, others feature tasty selections on the mainstream menu, and the vibes vary to suit your mood.

Coffee & Cocktails

The coffee machine’s buzz and a cocktail shaker’s rattle greet guests at The Mercury Café and Teahouse. (Brewing tea is a quieter affair.) The menu is 100% vegetarian but can be vegan upon request. Gyros are made with thinly sliced vegan “meat.” Instead of pulled pork, the barbecue sandwich is made with oats. New Castle; themercurynewcastle.com

Grab & Go

Delectablez, part of DE.CO, is 100% vegan, from the “burgers” to the milkshakes to the pancakes. Pizza is a specialty. Wilmington; decowilmington.com

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Vegan empanadas are the star of Rooted AF, inside The Chancery Market Food Hall & Bar. Purchase them at the counter, Janssen’s Market and local ShopRite stores. Wilmington; rootedaf.com

Daily Veg in the Shops of Limestone Hills is another 100% plant-based restaurant. Beyond Burger, Chick’n and Good Catch “fish” filets replace traditional proteins. The restaurant also serves salads, dairy-free milkshakes and fries topped with vegan cheddar cheese and “bacon.” Wilmington; dailyveg.com

Have It Your Way

Although Philadelphia-based Honeygrow offers composed salads and bowls, customers can modify the ingredients. They can also create their own dish by choosing a base, a protein, vegetables, a garnish and sauce. Wilmington, Christiana and Newark; honeygrow.com

Seedbol Kitchen follows a similar concept for the create-your-own option. Vegans can select Asian tofu, roasted red pepper hummus or scrambled falafel as a protein, while meat eaters can choose chicken or shrimp. Rehoboth Beach; seedbol.com

Full-Service

Larger restaurants with something for everyone include Home Grown Cafe, whose menu has icons for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free selections. (The Harvest Buddha Bowl boasts all three.) Newark; homegrowncafe.com

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In Sussex County, Our Harvest is a critically acclaimed restaurant focused on artisanal ingredients, with a vegan menu section. The paella, for instance, has no meat or seafood, and cauliflower is covered in 11 herbs and spices, fried, and served with hot sauce and vegan ranch dressing. Fenwick Island; ourharvestde.com

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