Today, business review platform Yelp announced its top 100 places to eat in 2021 and vegan restaurant Kelley Farm Kitchen took the number one spot. Yelp compiled the list from thousands of user nominations which its trend experts narrowed down to represent its diverse community. Kelley Farm Kitchen is a women-owned vegan restaurant in Harpers Ferry, WV that serves a wide variety of burgers made with Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger patties, JUST Egg rolled breakfast omelets, barbecue jackfruit stuffed tacos, veggie packed ramen bowls, and more. Kelley Farm Kitchen—along with nearly all the restaurants chosen this year—are new to Yelp’s annual top-places-to-eat list.
Yelp’s vegan insights
Nearly half of the restaurants on Yelp’s top places to eat in 2021 either identify as vegan or serve vegan options, with 11 businesses identifying as Latinx-owned, one business identifying as Black-owned, and 14 businesses identifying as women-owned. In 2020, searches for women-owned businesses increased by 2,739 percent, compared to 2019, and mentions of plant-based in reviews were up 26 percent for the same time period.
“With nearly half of the businesses on the top 100 list identifying themselves as vegan or providing vegan menu options, it’s clear that diners are looking for a wider variety of restaurants that can accommodate a range of dietary preferences and lifestyles,” Yelp Trend Expert Tara Lewis told VegNews. “And with Kelley Farm Kitchen taking the number one spot, Yelpers have spoken that they are seeking out and rating vegan restaurants on the platform more than ever before.”