There is literally no better time than now to transition to a vegan or vegetarian diet. There are endless easily accessible protein-rich and delicious meat alternatives as well as a plethora of recipe sites geared just for vegans. With all these aids you’re bound never get bored cooking up your next meal. But there’s still one area that many believe is a no go for vegans and that’s eating on the go. Besides meal prepping and packing up your own food, being a vegan on the go is one area that many struggle with. Many are left hungry and unfilled not knowing where to eat or what to eat other than gimpy side salads.

Being a busy vegan on the go was always something looked at with envy in the midwest but recently the local vegan scene in Indy has really begun to flourish. Making way for vegan exclusive restaurants, farmers markets, and bars with extensive Gardein menus. So long to side salads and hello to be Firecracker Gardein Wings. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing a few vegan gems I’ve found in Indy.

Farmers Markets

Not only are farmers markets great for picking up fresh farm to table produce but they are a great place to go and find nutrient packed vegan snacks. From brownies to energy bites, flavor and variety are never lacking from the vendors that attend farmers markets. Not only will you be able to try something new and delicious it’s also a great opportunity to pick the brains of these vegan experts. This past weekend we met the owners of Roamers, an Indy-based company that advocates for plant-based lifestyles and create simple, nutrient-rich, internationally inspired vegan food for everybody to enjoy. We sampled their vibrant and delicious pink beet hummus while discussing vegan Instagram pages that’ll make your mouth water!

A few of my favorite Farmers Markets to attend are Saxony Market in Fishers, Garfield Park Farmers Market, and Broadripple Farmers Market.

Vegan Restaurants

The vegan restaurant scene in Indy is BOOMING, with restaurants offering vegan biscuits and gravy to Connie Dogs. You are bound to find something you’ll like. We recently tried 3 Carrots an all-vegan restaurant with two Indy locations. They can be found in the City Market downtown and on the southside in Fountain Square. 3 Carrots offers brunch, lunch and dinner menus serving up items like Seitan Bacon, Po Boys, and beet burgers. I recently tried their Seitan and Waffles, which was delicious, and Kristin had their Loaded Biscuits and Gravy.

Here are a few other local vegan restaurants to give a try:

Gardein Menus

If your friends aren’t down with going to an all vegan restaurant no worries there are a bunch of local bars and restaurants that offer more than salads to their vegan partons. One of my favorite places to go is Yard House in downtown Indy. Not only does Yard House offer some beefy entree salads (remove the meat of course) but they also have an entire section solely for Gardein items. I recently tried their Gardein firecracker chicken wings, it wasn’t exactly chicken but it sure was tasty!

You can also try these restaurants if you don’t want to fight downtown Indy traffic:

So yes, going vegan can sound like quite the daunting task but hopefully, this list will make it slightly easier. If you have any other restaurants or vegan events you recommend please put them down in the comment section below, we’d love to go and try them out!

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Hey Hipsters, my name is Krystal. Lover of video, DIY projects, natural hair and small cute animals! I'm a scatter-brained perfectionist representing Ball State University!!! Chirp Chirp👌🏽👌🏽! I have a passion for being behind the camera and bringing stories to life. And my motto is if it exists I can probably look it up and make it myself.

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Indy Hip Chic is a lifestyle blog following the amazingly awesome lives of 4 Indy natives. Originally created to be a creative outlet and place to try new things we thought why not share this experience??? And with that Indy Hip Chic was born. From cosplay to vegan recipes we cover a little bit of everything while showing off the place we call home.

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