Restaurants

It’s easy to have a great vegan meal when eating out with friends. More and more restaurants are adding vegan items to the menu, and many chefs are happy to prepare a custom dish if you ask for one. Ethnic restaurants are a great option to explore. Indian restaurants offer savory stews and curries made with lentils, beans, potatoes, and vegetables. Italian restaurants have a variety of pasta dishes and salads. Thai restaurants serve noodle, curry, and mixed vegetable entrees, usually available with tofu. And Mediterranean restaurants carry falafel sandwiches and vegetarian platters. Several fast food and restaurant chains also serve vegan dishes – visit our Fast Food page for a detailed listing – but these local restaurants go above and beyond those common options. And if you know a restaurant with great vegan food in the Chico area that we’ve missed, please contact us. Bon appétit!

Aca Taco – Downtown
133 Broadway St.
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 894-0191

Vegan-friendly, but not clearly labeled. Simple menu. Seasoned rice, black beans, refried beans, and guacamole are all vegan.

Aca Taco – Nord
1000 W Sacramento Ave, Ste D
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 343-0909

Vegan-friendly, but not clearly labeled. Simple menu. Seasoned rice, black beans, refried beans, and guacamole are all vegan.

Amigos de Acapulco – Chico
820 Oroville Ave
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 898-8488

Vegan-friendly, but not clearly labeled. Located near Chico Natural Foods, with another location in Paradise. Their rice and beans are vegan. Their salsa is delicious without being too reliant on spicy heat. The tacos “especiales” are good–made with the veggies that are simmered in a big pot of delicious soupyness that looks and smells like something from mom’s kitchen.

Amigos de Acapulco – Paradise
6145 Skyway
Paradise, CA 95969
(530) 872-1594

Vegan-friendly, but not clearly labeled. Their rice and beans are vegan. Their salsa is delicious without being too reliant on spicy heat. The tacos “especiales” are good–made with the veggies that are simmered in a big pot of delicious soupyness that looks and smells like something from mom’s kitchen. They have another location in Chico.

Aonami Sustainable Sushi
128 W Second St
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 924-3168

All vegan menu choices are clearly labeled; miso soup is mushroom-broth based and is always vegan; tempura batter is vegan. There are weekly specials, many of which are vegan – so be sure to ask what’s cooking. (You might want to try the off-menu “Toube roll” (“Toube” is pronounced like “Toby”).) Portion sizes and price are excellent. Mention this page or Chico Vegan Meetup and get a smile from Jimmy, the owner.

Banshee
132 W 2nd St.
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 895-9670

Vegan-friendly menu offering up unremarkable portabella burgers and vegan steak-cut fries. Nice dark ambience and selection of brews.

Beatniks Coffee House
1387 E 8th St.
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 894-2800

Assemble your breakfast from the sides menu – veggie hash, home fries, steamed greens, and a fruit bowl. There is a tasty vegan breakfast burrito on the menu with tofu, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, yellow squash, spinach, and tomatoes. They also offer breakfast cookies that are vegan and gluten free, which contain bananas, peanut butter, cranberries, coconut, almonds, semisweet chocolate chips and oats (doublecheck that they haven’t included white chocolate chips (which are almost always non-vegan).  Be sure to tell server you are vegan.

Burgers and Brew
301 Broadway
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 879-9100

Two vegan burger choices: smoked tofu and marinated portobello mushroom. The curly fries are good, as are the sweet potato fries, but are cooked in a shared fryer with other non-vegan menu items. They used to have vegan mayo, but no longer. This place is open till 3 am Thursday through Saturday.

Cafe Coda
265 Humboldt Ave
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 566-9476

Vegan-friendly, but not clearly labeled. Pretty decent tofu scramble. Be sure to tell the servers that you are vegan and they will know how to accommodate you.

Cafe Petra
163 E. 2nd St
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 717-6789

Mediterranean restaurant with vegan and vegetarian options. Vegan community members rave about the delicious food and the warm, attentive service. Favorites include the pitas, hummus, and dolmas. Be aware the the hummus includes a drizzle of tzatziki dressing (made with dairy yogurt), but can be ordered without it.

Chico Natural Foods Cooperative
818 Main St
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 891-1713

Vegan-friendly, but not always clearly labeled. The hot bar usually has one or two vegan options. Some staff are disdainful of veganism, some are great about it.

Chipotle Mexican Grill – Chico
620 Mangrove Ave
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 343-8707

1960 E 20th St #100
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 879-1623

Black beans, pinto beans, tofu sofritas, and guacamole are vegan. This listing is also on the fast food page.

Cocodine Thai Cuisine
2485 Notre Dame Bl, Suite 250 (Raley’s Shopping Center)
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 891-1800

Vegan-friendly, but not clearly labeled. They offer a a really nice vegan spinach wrap appetizer that is unique and delicious — it is a big plate with spinach leaves that you fill with items from the rest of the plate, including small chunks of tofu and ginger, and dip in a sweet sauce.  Try the eggplant and tofu dish and the spicy fried rice (good). As with all non-vegan restaurants, it’s important to identify that you are vegan and that you need to have the non-vegan ingredients and condiments omitted. Warning: The curries are of unknown vegan status at this time, though staff will say that it is vegan in that they do not add fish, oyster, or shrimp-based sauces to their dishes (but it’s possible that the commercial base that they use contains animal products).

Crazy Dog – Hot Dog Cart
W 1st St & Ivy St
Chico, CA 95928

Hot dog cart that offers vegan Tofurky Beer Brats.

Farm Star Pizza
2359 The Esplanade
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 343-2056

Ask for vegan cheese (Daiya). Regular crust is vegan; it is made of organic wheat flour, whole wheat flour, rye flour, olive oil, sea salt, and filtered water and is excellent.  They also can make a vegan calzone with Daiya cheese, veggies and marinara with basil, be sure to ask them to hold the ricotta. The gluten-free crust is not vegan.[As of 3/2017.]

Fresh Twisted Cafe (formerly known as Hernandez Farms)
NEGATIVE REVIEW

Although this page is not in the business of posting negative reviews of restaurants with vegan options, Fresh Twisted has made mistakes on multiple occasions with serving animal products on vegan orders, such as putting beef patties on vegan burgers. If you notice the mistake, they refund your money, of course, but if their systems cannot reliably fulfill vegan orders, that shows a lack of respect for their vegan customers and makes them even worse than a non-vegan restaurant.

Gogi’s Cafe
230 Salem St
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 891-3570

Indian fast food, simple, good, and tasty. Let the staff know that you are vegan and they will happily point you to the vegan choices for the day… which often includes about half of the items! Chana masala, dal, aloo gobi, and other vegetable-based dishes are usually on the menu. They sometimes have a tofu or soy “meat” dish as well. Can’t choose? Get the thali plate! (Or ask for a sample.) Please note, the naan is not vegan.

Gordo Burrito – Taco Truck
Park and 20th St / Cypress and 8th St / 1295 E. 8th St (dine-in/next to Valero Gas Station Market)
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 809-1211

Vegan-friendly menu, but not clearly labeled. These are two taco trucks and a restaurant run by the same family. Good old standard bean and rice burrito. The beans and rice are vegan. Dine-in location offers complimentary salsas, escabeche, and spicy pickled carrots.

Grana
198 E 2nd St
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 809-2304

Vegan-friendly, but not clearly labeled. Advise server that you are vegan. Grana serves excellent flatbread and hummus, a roasted cauliflower bowl (with olive oil, lemon, and capers), and an excellent arugula salad with roasted tomatoes on top of flatbread. Also excellent is their ‘green’ pizza (specify no feta cheese). Other options include a beet and romaine salad with candied almonds (again, specify no cheese) and an appetizer that consists of olives, roasted garlic and local almonds in seasoned olive oil.

Green Paradise Café
6695 Skyway Rd
Paradise, CA 95969
(530) 876-1964

Vegan-friendly menu, with gluten-free options. Vegan breads for veggie sandwiches and decent vegan pizzettes.

The Handle Bar
2070 E. 20th St
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 894-2337

Their portabella sandwich with vegan cheese is reported to be delicious. The wait for vegan orders, even simple items like salads, seems to take a long time as if the kitchen has trouble comprehending what vegan means. The Greek salad should be easily veganizable by just omitting the feta cheese, but this restaurant has stumbled badly on even simple orders like this. (As of 7/2016)

Ike’s Place
648 W 5th St (corner of Fifth and Ivy)
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 924-3171

Vegan-friendly menu, with many veganizable hot and cold vegetarian sandwiches. A good one to try is the Vegan Meatless Mike, which has marinara, Daiya mozzarella shreds, and vegan meatballs. Another good option is the James and the Giant Peach, which features a vegan fried chicken patty, cheese, and Ike’s yellow BBQ sauce. Their Dutch crunch and sourdough breads are vegan; the others may have honey or dairy in them. They also have a basic vegan burger (the King’s Hawaiian sweet roll that it is served with are not vegan (whey, eggs, butter, etc.), so swap it out for a Dutch crunch or sourdough roll) and vegan seasoned air fries. They can also make any combo listed on their  main website.

La Cocina Economica
905 Wall St
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 809-0370

Vegan-friendly menu, but not clearly labeled. The refries and black beans are vegan (yay), as is the guacamole. Sadly, the rice is not vegan — it is made with chicken broth powder. They variably advise the customers that the rice is vegan or not vegan, but unless they come out with clear labeling on their menu, it is hard to have confidence that the rice is vegan. A good alternative is to order their sopes with tofu, hold the cheese, add lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado slices, with a side of refries and black beans. Delicious!! (Sopes are English-muffin-sized pieces of cornmeal (masa) that are fried on each side.) The tofu was heated on the grill, but wasn’t well-seasoned. There was enough seasoning in the other ingredients, so that is not a big deal. Tofu can be subbed in any of the menu items, so you can try a tofu huevos scramble, a tofu enchilada (the enchilada sauce is vegan), a taco plate, and a nacho plate. You can also add fajitas to anything. As with so many restaurants in Chico, be sure to remind the server that you are vegan and to leave off the cheese.

La Flor De Michoacan Paleteria y Neveria
1008 West Sacaramento Ave
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 893-9999

Vegan-friendly scoops, paletas (popsicles), and fruit-based cold drinks, but feel free to ask server to confirm which frozen goodies are water-based (=non-dairy). The water-based items are clearly marked in bold on the takeaway menu. Some vegan neveria include: kiwi, mango, mango-chamoy (chamoy are those salty-sweet mango candies — they mix these in with the mango pulp), strawberry, watermelon, pico de gallo, pineapple, pineapple-chamoy, strawberry, watermelon, tuna (Yes, it’s vegan! Tuna is Spanish for cactus fruit.) and tamarind. On the drink side, there are some unusual non-dairy choices – alfalfa, jamaica (hibiscus), lime, mango, peach, and pineapple. Combine a scoop of fruity goodness with a fruity drink and end up with a delicious smoothie. They also offer freshly squeezed juices.

There is a second location on East Avenue in the Safeway shopping center.

Leon Bistro
817 Main St
Chico CA 95928
(530)-899-1105

This is an upscale, vegan-friendly restaurant. Their menu focuses on local and seasonal foods They have supported the vegan community by offering a special vegan dinner night and a vegan cooking class (both in Spring 2014), and may offer similar events in the future.

Although much of the menu is heavy on local/organic meat dishes (which some people may find off-putting) it does include some vegan and vegetarian items. Also, the chef has been known to provide special off-menu items for their vegan diners.

The food is very tasty and artfully presented, and filling enough that you may need to take leftovers… but be sure to leave room for dessert!

Lovely Layers Cakery
131 Meyers St, Ste 120
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 828-9931

Fairly consistent gluten-free and vegan cupcakes offered – very cute decorations; custom-ordered vegan cakes and cupcakes available.

Mamma Celeste’s Stone-Baked Pizzeria
1000 W Sacramento Ave
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 345-1510

Serves up delicious pizzas with both cracker-crisp thin crust and deep dish. Ask for vegan cheese (Teese) for a $5 upcharge. Can also make custom calzones! They also deliver, which is a blessing on game night.

Mod Pizza
851 East Ave, Ste 150
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 636-4862

MOD is a pizza and salad place with beer and wine, conveniently located next to the movie theatre and Trader Joe’s. This is a make-to-order pizza place with vegan crusts, vegan cheese and vegan red sauce (as well as BBQ). The gluten-free crust is NOT vegan. You choose your crust, then go down the line and add whatever sauces/toppings/herbs you want, all for a single price. When the pizza is done, you can choose to finish it with a number of sauces. [added 10/2016]

Marketplace Cafe at the CSU Chico BMU
400 W 1st St
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 898-4696

The Marketplace is located inside the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) on the CSU Chico campus. There are several food stations to choose from. They are closed on weekends. BREAKFAST (made to order, 7am-10am): Steel-cut oats, add-in options include dried cranberries, walnuts and/or brown sugar; seasonal fresh fruit cup; hash browns.

LUNCH (11am-3pm, get there by 2:00 pm (they sell out): Stations include (1) Chinese Food – tofu veggie entree; steamed white rice; steamed veggies (cabbage/broc/carrots), (2) Salad bar (you pick, they build), many options, including garbanzo, kidney, edamame beans and tofu, (3) Burrito/Taco Bar – spanish rice and both pinto and black bean options are vegan, (4) Sushi Bar – Ginger-teriyaki “sushirrito” with seasoned tofu cutlet, avocado, cucumber, jicama, red and green cabbage, julienned carrots, daikon sprouts, green onions, teriyaki sauce, nori sheet, sushi rice, (5)Soup bar – vegan chili always available, other vegan soup options, ingredients always listed on board above soup. Assorted grab and go snacks with many vegan options, including plant-based milks.

Midtown Local
365 E. 6th St
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 966-0054

Offers Daiya cheese and a vegan BLT. For breakfast they offer scrambled tofu and vegan Belgian waffles! Several salad options, none of which are vegan as described, but easily veganized. Do not try to order their specialty coffee/chai mix as the blend is pre-mixed with dairy. They have a contract with a Bay Area bakery for a mix of vegan and non-vegan cookies and scones, and they offer deep discounts on day-old baked goods. It never hurts to ask.

Mountain Mike’s Pizza
1722 Mangrove Ave
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 893-1923

1105 W 5th St
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 899-9115

Basic pizza joint with a salad bar. They make their dough in-house from a special Mountain Mike’s mix, which is vegan. Their tomato-based pizza sauce is also vegan. Put the two together and you have a basic, no-frills vegan pizza. They do not have vegan cheese on-hand, but if you bring your own, they will gladly put it on your pizza for you. On the salad bar, only the low-fat/no-fat Italian dressing is vegan.

New Earth Market
864 East Avenue (map)
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 673-9355
Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-9pm, Sun 8am–8pm

Natural foods and vitamin store featuring an excellent selection of organic produce and many vegan specialty goods. The sandwich and burrito bar have vegan options and you can build your own sandwich with Tofurky slices or hummus. The hot bar and deli have vegan options which are haphazardly labeled vegan; sometimes they’re labeled, sometimes not. Ask the staff to be sure. There is a co-located pizzeria in a corner of the store that will make pizzas to order; be sure to specify the “longboard flatbread” crust, as their usual pizza crusts are not vegan. They do not offer vegan cheese, but you can buy your own from elsewhere in the store and they will make your pizza with it. (Hopefully this tedious process will change in the future.)

Noodle House
605 Mangrove Ave
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 345-2022

Vegan-friendly menu, but not clearly labeled. Happily, the entire section labeled “Vegetarian Special” is actually vegan. The A4 vegetarian crunch roll appetizer is vegan (classic Vietnamese spring roll). The noodle soup is passable, especially given Chico’s limited soupy options.

OM Foods
1008 W. Sacramento Ave, Ste I (stand-alone kiosk in parking lot)
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 566-9880

Vegan-friendly, clearly labeled. Serves up a terrific range of vegan take-away foods from a small kiosk/hut in the Safeway parking lot. Seating is limited and outdoor only, so plan to take your order to go and eat in Bidwell Park! Limited hours – check their Yelp page or website for hours. Menu includes tempeh burgers, wraps, soft tacos, vegan nachos made with homemade cashew cheese, brown rice and bean bowls, and many salads which are 100% vegan. OM Foods’ cream sauces are made from scratch with Follow Your Heart Vegenaise, and they are wonderfully generous with avocado on all their dishes.

Pageant Theatre
351 E 6th St
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 343-0663

ABC cookies, Blue Sky natural sodas, organic popcorn, and Earth Balance for your popcorn. It’s a pretty great little movie theatre.

Peeking Chinese
243 W 2nd St
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 895-3888

Ask for the vegetarian menu and remind the server that you don’t want chicken broth. Broccoli with garlic sauce is excellent–beautiful, tasty broccoli. The choices on the vegetarian menu feature Asian faux meats based on seitan and soy.  Many people enjoy the vegan seaweed soup from the vegetarian menu, but other people dislike it.

Pluto’s
201 Main St
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 343-0165

Vegan-friendly build-your-own salads. Salads come in two sizes, small and large, with the large containing more lettuce, but not more toppings. Salads come with your choice of seven toppings that include various vegetables, fruits, beans, seeds, potatoes and more. Choose from two vegan dressings, the pan-Asian vinaigrette and the fat-free raspberry-walnut vinaigrette. Salads also come with your choice of bread, but the staff are are not sure which are vegan. Generally, sourdough bread is a safe bet. The sweet potato fries are a good vegan add-on. Great meal for a great price!

Priya
2574 Esplanade
Chico, CA 95929
(530) 899-1055

Decent vegan Indian options, such as chana masala and dal, but also idli, dhosa, and rasam. Let the server know that you are vegan, non-dairy and he or she will direct you to the vegan options on the menu or on the very affordable lunch buffet. The naan is not vegan (made with yogurt), but they usually sub parathas at no extra charge. Double check the condiments; one or two of them have yogurt or dairy in them. Many find the food filling and good, but some report that it tastes salty or greasy. Sadly, the desserts are not vegan, but there is usually a half-hearted whole fruit option.

Ready Chef G0 / Unwind at 980
980 Mangrove Ave
Chico, CA 95926
Ready Chef Go (530) 893-2433 / Unwind (530) 809-2634

This is two concepts in one building so they will be co-reviewed. They offer similar hours, but not exactly the same, so check the links.

Unwined at 980 is a sit-down restaurant with a limited menu created from local, in-season items. Because the menu is always changing, there are no specific item recommendations. The menu is vegan-friendly, but, sadly, not clearly labeled.  The servers and/or kitchen staff are knowledgeable about the ingredients and seem happy to provide information, so feel free to inquire! In general, if an item looks vegan, it is, and it if looks vegetarian, it is. Most items that were vegetarian could be modified to vegan by asking them to remove the cheese. Half of the appetizers were vegan and all of the salads were easily veganized by asking for no cheese.  Sadly, they did not have a main dish that was vegetarian/vegan or even easily veganized. However, the kitchen is responsive to requests for vegan entrees. In one case the owner stepped in and had the kitchen prepare the “nutloaf” that is usually served on the Ready Chef go side. It turned out to be very good, so perhaps they will add this to the regular menu on the Unwind side of things. In this case, the team at Unwind did not make me feel uncomfortable for making special requests and asking lots of questions.

Ready Chef Go is co-located with Unwind. Its main draw is a great salad bar that includes crumbled vegan “nutloaf,” local beans, local wild rice, local produce, and many options to make a well-rounded, delicious vegan salad. They also have ready-made entrees in a case to take home and a deli with many pre-made or ready-to-heat items in it. As with so many places, they have basically zero vegan desserts. Sadly, most of the pre-made items are NOT vegan. The vegetarian wraps and sandwiches on the menus cannot be altered to vegan because they are pre-made. About 50% of the deli salads are vegan, with the rest being vegan.

Because the restaurants are co-located, they intermix menu items and change the menu frequently. The executive chef develops the menu for both sides and is (currently) very knowledgeable about vegan food and promises to make sure there are vegan options in the future as well as some gluten-free ones. Both Ready Chef Go and Unwind at 980 offer high-quality ingredients, nice ambiance, and friendly and knowledgeable staff. The cases are restocked on Sunday night so Monday is the best day to show up for the biggest selection.

Rice Bowl
2804 Esplanade
Chico, CA 95973
(530) 899-9098

Vegan-friendly, but not clearly labeled at all. Be sure to specify that you are a strict vegetarian, no eggs, no fish, no fish sauce, oyster sauce or chicken broth. They have a tasty chicken-like seitan that they will substitute for the meat on any entree (extra charge). The place is clean and great for large groups. They have a Japanese menu that I have never ordered from.

S&S Organic Produce and Natural Food Store – BBQ and Deli
1924 Mangrove Ave
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 343-4930

Vegan-friendly, sort of. S&S is a natural foods store paired with a rather unappetizing butcher shop at one end, but if you can get past that, the store has a good selection of vegan products and a well-stocked health and beauty section. They have a made to order deli with two vegan sandwiches, “Spiced Tofu and Avocado” (be sure to ask for Vegenaise) and good old PB&J. There are two cheese-based “veggie” sandwiches (aka salad on a roll) which can be veganized by omitting the cheese and subbing Vegenaise for regular mayo. On the BBQ side they have the standard fresh-grilled portabella sandwich, but no vegan burger or hot dog option. There’s also a decent salad bar IN the butcher shop (!), but since that’s rather beyond my ability to ignore reality, I haven’t ever made a salad there.

Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant
1075 E 20th St
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 345-2739

Sierra Nevada now has a vegan burger. It is a grain and chickpea burger that comes with yogurt, so you have to request it without yogurt. (How stupid is that?) This place frustrates Chico vegans no end. But at least the beer is vegan (made with “Irish moss” instead of isinglass (which is fish bladder)). They also have a Vegan Noodle Bowl – which is an overpriced ($16!!) bowl of rice noodles, sauteed veggies, and a ginger-soy sauce and a lime-garlic drizzle; no protein, because that’s how clueless this place is. Sierra Nevada changes its menus at the drop of a hat, so who knows whether there will be anything vegan on the menu next week…

Sipho’s Jamaican Food
1228 Dayton Rd
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 895-1866

Vegan-friendly Ital cuisine. Be sure to tell the server that you are vegan. Most of the dishes use coconut milk, not cow’s milk. The Ital Stew, Tofu and Ackee, and Brownstew Tofu are all good choices. [Updated February 2017.]

Sol Mexican Grill
3269 Esplanade
Chico, CA 95973
(530) 342-4616

Despite having a reasonably good dining experience described below, vegans dining at this place need to proceed with caution sign because the staff is not forthcoming on non-vegan ingredients on their menu. Other vegan diners confirmed that Sol’s hot salsa has chicken broth in it. (Why does a restaurant do this?!) Additionally, the rice is made with chicken broth. (Again, why?)  They offer a great little enchilada with a side of refries and black beans, which are made with canola oil. They make fresh-cut skinny fries from scratch. The deep fryer for the fries is used to deep fry chimichangas and other items (but not fish). Tofu is available as a protein option and fajita veggies can be added to just about anything. The guacamole is vegan. As with almost all restaurants in Chico, inform your server that you are vegan; if you fail to do that here, cheese might be unhelpfully sprinkled over your beans. Do not expect your server to let you know that there is chicken broth in the salsa. They serve water in plastic reusable cups, instead of the foam or one-time use plastic cups that other places favor.

T-Bar Fusion Café
250 Vallombrosa Ave
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 895-8100

555 Flying V St #1
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 809-1545

Vegan-friendly menu, but not clearly labeled. The bowls and wraps are good. The wasabi-ginger dressing is a good vegan choice for your bowl or wrap. The frosts are not vegan as the base has casein (a milk protein).

Tacos “Mary”
429 Ivy St (Fifth and Ivy)
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 892-8176

Vegan-friendly menu, but not clearly labeled. Really good Mexican takeout (a bit greasy with huge portions) with super late-night hours (open till 3 am). The beans and rice are vegan. (As of 7/2016.)

Thai Express Chico
1354 E Ave
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 898-8424

Standard Thai take-out. Just order your entrees and specify tofu, no fish or oyster sauce. The green curry with tofu and the tofu with peanut sauce appetizer is a hit.

Tong Fong Low
2072 E. 20th St
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 898-1388

Standard Chinese fare: vegetable chop suey, vegetable chow mein, orange fried tofu, garlic eggplant, broccoli with garlic sauce. Fast service. As with all Chinese restaurants, it’s smart to ask whether a dish includes eggs. Their soups are not vegan, despite being listed as vegetarian, and the servers are not forthcoming on this fact. They contain a chicken flavoring powder that is not vegan. In particular, be wary of the Shanghai Wonton Soup, which is misleadingly listed as “no meat.”

Unwined at 980 / Ready Chef G0
See the listing above under “Ready Chef Go.”

Weiner Man (hot dog cart)
2nd St and Broadway
Chico, CA 95928

Mostly late-night hot dog cart which offers vegan (Tofurky) sausage and a wide selection of condiments. Parks in front of Chase bank on Friday and Saturday nights. Look for the rainbow umbrella!

Woodstock’s Pizza
166 E 2nd St
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 893-1500

Vegan-friendly menu, but not clearly labeled. Regular, thick, and gluten-free crusts are all vegan (and all tasty)! Extra charge for Daiya cheese. They have a great two-for-Tuesday deal where you can get two large or two extra large pizzas for the price of one.

Last update: March 2017