These Latinx Vegan Places Are Amazingly Good
"I will never lose touch with my roots. Every dish has a story behind it, re-creating meals vegan just adds a twist to it." —Lyana, owner of Black Rican Vegan
Whether you're going out to eat or cooking for yourself, combining vegan/plant-based food with bold Latinx flavors doesn't have to be a challenge.
BuzzFeed spoke to the following six establishments about what it means to provide Latinx vegan and plant-based versions of some of their favorite meals while keeping the culture present.
Lyana continued by saying she will never lose touch with her roots and that every dish "has a story behind it. Re-creating meals as vegan just adds a twist to it. I would also like to think that we are finding better ways to enjoy healthy eating."
Lyana told us she started Black Rican Vegan just for fun and was surprised at the amount of attention she received when everyone wanted to try her food. "In April, I made a menu and started taking orders and selling out as fast as five minutes. Today has marked five months in business with a following of 9K+."
"More recently, Latinos have caught on and it feels amazing to hear how much they enjoyed the familiar filling flavors they've missed since their diet change."
When it comes to how it's impacted his own life, Alex says when they first opened Vspot, located in NYC, he actually still ate meat.
Vspot is available for pickup and delivery at both 12 St Marks Pl, New York and 156 5th Ave, Brooklyn. To view their website, click here.
"Next Stop Vegan was founded with the intention to help our community eat healthier food without feeling deprived from the flavors and taste of their culture."
Blenlly says she is constantly inspired by how customers have decided to try vegan food or switch to a vegan diet entirely because of her food.
"Veganizing popular dishes, that I myself grew up eating, is a great way to keep the culture present while showcasing amazing Vegan food, and modeling to people that are not yet vegan that they too can keep those flavors and those memories alive while preparing food that is healthier for themselves, and the planet, and at a great price point!"
Michelle says that providing vegan food relief for the past six years has changed her life.
To visit Chilis on Wheels in person, you can find them:
• Fridays at Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park at 3 p.m.
• Saturdays: Tompkins Square Park (Ave B and 9th St) from 2–4 p.m. (for meal shares, open to the public).
• Sundays: Sunnyside, Queens at 2 p.m. in collaboration with Sunnyside Mutual Aid 47th Bliss Station.
Click here to follow them on Instagram.
Alex says that for him, he felt the community needed it and he also wanted to raise awareness about the extinction of sharks and pollution of the ocean.
Alex wants to help set a standard "for all businesses to start worrying about our animals and oceans and the earth in general instead of just making a profit."
To order for pick up, visit Savage Sicko at 37-10 31st Ave, Astoria, NY and click here to visit their Instagram page.