Vegan or not, celebrities are helping to popularize the shift toward plant-based dining. Actors, musicians, and high-profile athletes have all been spotted within the protective low-lighting of fine-dining restaurant Crossroads and dashing into a Veggie Grill for an irresistible fast-food pick-me-up. While a comprehensive list is virtually impossible given the surge in celebrity plant-based dining, here are 16 spots to keep your camera at the ready.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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1. Veggie Grill, multiple locations
Stars love fast food, too! This rapidly expanding national vegan chain known for its plant-based crispy chicken sandwiches and spot-on mac and cheese is a reliable go-to for a number of celebrities. Craig Susser, Harley Quinn Smith, and Jeff Goldblum are just a few who have patronized this establishment in person. Kevin Smith is a die-hard fan. He once drove three hours one way from a television set in Canada to Seattle just to get his Veggie Grill fix. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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2. Little Pine, Los Angeles, CA 
A celebrity-owned restaurant is bound to attract fellow celebs. Add a nonprofit component and an outstanding vegan menu, and it will become a celebrity hang. Famed musician Moby opened Little Pine in 2016 with an activist attitude in mind. All profits go toward animal-rights organizations, and those who work for these organizations receive an appreciation discount every Tuesday. Stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Lisa Edelstein, however, are happy to pay full price for the exceptional fare—from flaky croissants to sausage and fennel flatbread pizza. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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3. Crossroads, Los Angeles, CA
Located in the prime celebrity-spotting neighborhood of West Hollywood, Crossroads has become a favorite of vegan and non-vegan celebs alike. Katy Perry, Russel Simmons, Mya, Kevin Smith, and Harley Quinn Smith are all devoted fans of Chef Tal Ronnen’s fine-dining plant-based menu. While the low-lit lighting might offer some disguise for these A-listers, you can still spot them enjoying the exceptional pastas or seasonal vegetable dishes if you take your time innocently meandering to the restroom.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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4. Planta South Beach, Miami, FL
Rub elbows with the likes of famous actors, athletes, and musicians on the rooftop dining patio of this Miami hot spot. Vanessa Hudgens, Pharrell, Mark Wahlberg, Rob Gronkowski, Jaden Smith, Bella Hadid, and Adriana Lima have all Instagrammed their praises for this chic, plant-based restaurant. Capturing a shot of the cinnamon rolls, Pharrell coyly captioned, “These are the things that make me happy.” 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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5. by CHLOE, multiple locations
Although celebrity chef and Instagram darling Chloe Coscarelli may be absent from her name-brand restaurant, her original recipes are still bringing in the celebrity crowd. High School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron has been spotted at the New York City location on 22nd Street while actress Angelina Jolie is known to frequent the Los Angeles outpost of this fast-casual vegan chain. Instead of getting your taco salad, mac and cheese, and Chlostess cupcake to go, enjoy your meal “for here” and stakeout hungry celebrities. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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6. Gracias Madre, multiple locations
It’s hard to top the polished vibes at this sophisticated Mexican eatery. The flagship location in West Hollywood offers a sprawling bar with an impeccable cocktail list coupled with an outdoor patio that is nothing short of magical. At night, the restaurant takes on a party atmosphere as guests are packed in—surging off the contagious energy of excellent food, engaging conversations, and the buzz of a craft cocktail. The boisterous and often crowded environment makes it the perfect spot to enjoy a plate of gorditas or sopes incognito. Miley Cyrus and Nikki Reed are both fans. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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7. Urth Cafe, multiple locations 
While not completely vegan, this laidback bistro offers plenty of vegan options, from decadent dark chocolate cake to veggie-loaded Kite Hill cheese pizzas and enormous multi-component salads. Paris Hilton, Demi Lovato, and Lana Del Rey can’t stay away. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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8. Monty’s Good Burger, multiple locations
Everyone can get behind a solid burger and milkshake combo, whether you’re a celebrity or one of us plebeians. Heralded as the vegan version of In-N-Out, Monty’s has caused Jaden Smith, Travis Barker, Kat Von D, and Ireland Baldwin to rave about its nostalgia-inducing food. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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9. Cafe Gratitude, multiple locations
Anne Hathaway, Rooney Mara, and Mena Suvari have graced the tables of this Los Angeles institution on Larchmont. Like its sister restaurant Gracias Madre, the restaurant provides an open, enlivening indoor and outdoor atmosphere coupled with locally sourced and organic, life-affirming dishes. With menu items such as “I am Dazzling” (a plant-based Caesar salad) and “I am Next Level” (watermelon poke), anyone can feel like a star. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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10. Millennium, Oakland, CA
A San Francisco transplant, the latest Millennium location across the bridge in Oakland serves international comfort food in an elevated setting, often to a high-profile crowd. Make your reservation to find Sean Penn, Natalie Portman, Erykah Badu, Tom Waits, Ellen Page, Davey Havok, Kate Hudson, Ed Templeton, and Owen Wilson cutting into the Eggplant Tonkatsu or having a moment with the multi-dimensional Kofta. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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11. Candle79, New York City, NY
This decades-old upscale restaurant in Manhattan tops every vegan hot list, so it is only fitting that it has attracted the city’s prestigious clientele. On any given day diners may find regulars such as Paul McCartney, Woody Harrelson, Drew Barrymore, Brooke Shields, and Alicia Silverstone sitting down to a bowl of Saffron Lobster Mushroom Ravioli or Seitan Piccata.

  

 
 
 
 
 
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12. Vegan Treats, Bethlehem, PA
The remoteness of this vegan bakery has not shadowed it from the spotlight of the entertainment industry. Stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul McCartney, and James Cameron have relied on it for catering purposes, and musicians such as Toby Morse, Fall Out Boy, AFI, and Moby have all declared their sweet loyalty to these addictive baked goods. From the gigantic gourmet doughnuts to the headline-making Peanut Butter Mousse Bombs, these treats have the stars crossing the country just for a bite. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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13. Cafe Sunflower, Atlanta, GA
Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink has a soft spot for the vegan chicken and waffles. This celebrity-approved brunch special features a fluffy-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside waffle topped with vegan fried chicken seitan and maple mustard syrup, doused in whipped cream. Reservations are highly recommended. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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14. Oracle Coffee Company, Portland, OR
Like Moby, Fall Out Boy drummer Andrew Hurley decided to get into the hospitality business himself. The vegan alternative rocker opened this third-wave coffee shop in Portland in 2017. No doubt his  bandmates have sipped many a plant milk cortado and nibbled a local artisanal vegan Doe Donut

 

 
 
 
 
 
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15. Vegetable, Los Angeles, CA
This intimate, relaxed space often gets overlooked by the vegan crowds of Los Angeles, which works in favor for celebrities hoping to dine under the radar. Regulars have spotted Steve-O, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth (prior to breakup), Billy Corgan, Rachel McAdams, Ariana Grande, Rob Zombie, Sasha Baron Cohen, Daisy Fuentes and Richard Marx, Olivia Munn, Mayim Bialik, Christine Taylor, Kate Mara, Paul Rudd, Jennifer Coolidge, Leah Thompson, Sam Waterston, Sean Gunn, and Moby (“of course,” they added, referring to the latter). It’s safe to assume that the word has spread about this vegetable-focused comfort food within the A-list celebrity circles.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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16. Double Zero, New York City, NY
Part of celebrity chef Matthew Kenney’s vast plant-based hospitality empire, this hotspot attracts the NYC elite who are craving something more than the standard New York slice. Kenny’s light-as-air crusts and inventive vegetable-based toppings keep celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Lenny Kravitz, and Dave Portnoy regularly rotating through. While names have not been released, we wouldn’t be surprised to find other stars dining Double Zero’s sister locations in Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. 

 

Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast living in Orange County, CA.

Photo credit: Evolving Vegan

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