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Fort Worth just squeaks onto list of top 20 vegan cities in U.S.

Fort Worth just squeaks onto list of top 20 vegan cities in U.S.

Belenty's Love
Belenty's Love Mexican is one of Fort Worth's top award-winning vegan restaurants. Photo courtesy of Belenty's

A new survey of the top 20 vegan cities in the U.S. has determined which city is the most vegan of all. Spoiler: It's not Fort Worth. Boo.

But Fort Worth did squeak onto the list, coming in at No. 20, boasting 68 restaurants that are vegan or offer vegan options.

The survey by the team at Meal Delivery Experts set out to determine which cities have the most vegan food options. They compiled the 20 most populous cities in the U.S., then used data from TripAdvisor to count how many restaurants or food venues in each city offers at least one vegan option.

New York comes in at No. 1, blowing everyone else away with 1464 restaurants or food venues offering vegan options — more than double the number than any other city on the list.

No. 2: Los Angeles is in second place, with 705 restaurants or food venues offering vegan options. Los Angeles has among the widest variety of cuisines including vegan Korean, Ethiopian, and Thai food.

No. 3: Chicago, with 489 restaurants or food venues offering vegan options, which is a surprise since Chicago is such a big meat town, although the city is best known for deep-dish pizza, and many Chicago restaurants now offer a vegan alternative.

Houston and Austin both make the top 10. Houston comes in at No. 6, with 312 restaurants — snatching the surprise win for top vegan city in Texas away from Austin, which has a bigger reputation for being veg-friendly; Austin is No. 8 on the list with 286 restaurants.

Dallas was No. 12, with 209 vegan- or vegan-friendly establishments, just nosing out San Antonio which has 202 restaurants.

Fort Worth's last place ranking is misleading. Despite what the numbers may say, Fort Worth has the buzziest vegan scene in Texas right now with trailblazing places like Pizza Verde, Zonk Burger, Mariachi's Dine-In, and Belenty's Love Vegan Mexican Resteaurant, so good that it won 2022 Restaurant of the Year in CultureMap's annual Tastemaker Awards. Fort Worth is also home to Texas' most famous vegan restaurant, Spiral Diner.

Whether motivated by health, environmental, or ethical reasons, the number of vegans in the US is rapidly increasing, reaching new heights in 2022. One in ten, or 10 percent, of Americans now consider themselves vegan or vegetarian.

The dollars are also there, with the plant-based industry worth over $7 billion in the US in 2022.

The milk substitute market is valued at over $3 billion in 2022.

The meat substitute market is valued over $1 billion in 2022.

The full list, by ranking: 

  1. New York - 1464
  2. Los Angeles - 705
  3. Chicago - 489
  4. San Francisco - 467
  5. San Diego - 385
  6. Houston - 312
  7. Seattle - 309
  8. Austin - 286
  9. Denver - 261
  10. Philadelphia - 258
  11. Phoenix - 234
  12. Dallas - 209
  13. San Antonio - 202
  14. Charlotte, NC - 176
  15. Jacksonville, FL - 140
  16. Indianapolis - 140
  17. Columbus, Ohio - 137
  18. San Jose - 80
  19. Oklahoma City - 80
  20. Fort Worth - 68