Zenaida’s Cafe

The vegan options off of Pecos and Tropicana are becoming easier to find with spots like Pancho’s Vegan TacosTaco Y Taco, and now the all-vegan restaurant/bar Bar Boulevard. But have you heard about Zenaida’s Cafe, a family-owned diner open for breakfast and lunch? Zenaida’s has a homey feel, like you walked into Zenaida’s Chef Sterling Burpee’s living room ready to enjoy a home-cooked meal.

Vegan dishes at this great local spot, Zenaida's Cafe. For more vegan dining in Las Vegas, visit www.vegansbaby.com

Make no mistake, this is no home cooking.

Chef Sterling has been a part of the opening team of multiple major hotels including Wynn Resorts. He is also not new to meatless dishes, thanks to having family members who are both vegans and vegetarians. These dishes are reflected on the menu.

Vegan dishes at this great local spot, Zenaida's Cafe. For more vegan dining in Las Vegas, visit www.vegansbaby.com

Like many hot spots in town, avocado toast is on Zenaida’s menu. While it’s not vegan in its original form, Chef Sterling can swap the baguette for garlic sourdough. This bad boy comes topped with grape tomatoes and a balsamic glaze.

Vegan dishes at this great local spot, Zenaida's Cafe. For more vegan dining in Las Vegas, visit www.vegansbaby.com

If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, order the quinoa burger, a goodie straight from Chef Sterling’s personal recipe. He uses quinoa, grits, and white beans to create this protein-filled patty that is seared and served on toasted naan. It is then topped with Daiya Cheese and avocado slices (Yes! More avocado!) with a seasonal side salad.

Chloe’s Tofu Scramble was created for Chef Sterling’s wife, who you might also run into during your meal. Think less scramble and more vegan fried rice style. It’s a huge mound of jasmine rice, tofu, sauteed mushrooms and other veggies, plus some nori with a side of pickled slaw. Rice in our breakfast tofu scramble, why haven’t we been doing this before?

Vegan dishes at this great local spot, Zenaida's Cafe. For more vegan dining in Las Vegas, visit www.vegansbaby.com

Finally, there are vegan tacos on the menu which feature meatless grounds.

Happy with your eats? Let Chef know how much you appreciate the vegan options on his menu when he comes around to shake your hand at the end of the meal.

3430 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, 89121 | 702.476.3117

Open Sunday: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday – Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— Kathryn Hartwig, recipe blogger at GrassFedKat – Food For All

2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89052 | 702.797.7344

Open daily: Monday – Saturday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m & 5 p.m. to 10 p.m

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