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Sun Valley’s Green Plate: A Guide to Vegetarian and Vegan Dining

Though it may be small, the town of Sun Valley, Idaho, competes with cities on many levels: art galleries, concerts, events—and food. The Sun Valley area encompasses the towns of Sun Valley, Ketchum, and Hailey, and all three are home to a variety of cuisine, much of which is vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. There are even entirely plant-based dining spots! 

Whether you’re craving a heart veggie burger, a fresh salad, or a vegan slice of cake, these are the restaurants and cafes that are sure to satisfy.

Breakfast

The breakfast spot with the biggest plant-based selection is certainly the Konditorei, located in Sun Valley proper. An Austrian-inspired breakfast and lunch spot, the Konditorei has an entire section of its menu dedicated to plant-based fare. Try their vegan omelet or upscale avocado toast. For those who eat dairy, there’s an entire case of fresh-baked pastries as well as crepes, waffles, and egg-based dishes. 

For some simple coffee and avocado toast, there are several options in town. Head to Maude’s in Ketchum for some strong espresso and one of the five toasts from their menu (as well as locally-made pastries and goods). Another Ketchum mainstay is Java (with a location in Hailey as well), which serves up a wide variety of veg-friendly breakfast options like poached eggs and toast, granola with yogurt, or simple avocado toast. 

Photo of baked goods at Maude's

For those who are more inclined to drink their breakfast, head to Ginger Sweet in downtown Ketchum for one of their many cold-pressed juices or smoothies.

A photo of acai bowls from Ginger Sweet
Ginger Sweet also offers bowls! Photo from Ginger Sweet

Lunch

While you could easily stick around at any of the aforementioned breakfast spots to try their lunch menus as well, let’s head into new territory, shall we? The Wylde Beet is a former food truck turning brick-and-mortar restaurant with a 100% plant-based menu. While relatively new, The Wylde Beet has already made a splash with delicious veggie burgers, curries, flow bowls, tacos, and desserts. 

For those looking to eat at a sit-down restaurant, try Rasberrys, a lunch-only spot serving up local, organic, fresh dishes Monday through Friday. While items on the menu often change seasonally, there are always a large rotation of vegetarian and vegan soups, Mexican dishes, sandwiches, and salads. Most dishes can be modified to be completely vegan and there are plenty of vegetarian options available as is. The bistro also features a large deli case of to-go items and a small store of breads, desserts, homemade spices, and more. 

For a simple, inexpensive lunch, you can’t go wrong with Wrapcity. A local staple, Wrapcity serves a variety of one-of-a-kind wraps, many of which are vegan or vegetarian. Try the Chinese Tofu wrap: baked tofu, napa cabbage, peanuts, green onions, cilantro, crunchy rice sticks, jasmine rice, and sesame dressing in a large flour tortilla (also available as a salad). 

Another local staple for all manner of eater is KB’s, a casual Mexican eatery with locations in Ketchum, Hailey, and beyond (though the first was in Ketchum; KB’s stands for “Ketchum Burritos”). Their menu of burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and salads has many listed vegetarian and vegan options, but there are also build-your-own options for those who want to get even more specific!

Dinner

While there are certainly veg options at every restaurant in the Sun Valley area, some are more veg-friendly than others. First is Ida Thai, your standard Thai restaurant serving up all manner of Thai dishes in Ketchum with tofu as an optional protein. 

For those staying in Hailey or willing to drive, Dang’s and A Taste of Thai also offer Thai food with lots of tofu options. For more upscale Asian food, try Ketchum spot Rickshaw, which serves a variety of Asian dishes from Thai to Chinese to Indian. Sharing is encouraged at Rickshaw, and many plates are small, so do yourself a favor and try a number of plates, particularly their vegetable-forward dishes, of which there are many. Vegetarian and vegan options are clearly marked on their menu. 

If veg sushi is your game, head to Sushi on Second in Ketchum for some fresh rolls, many of which are vegetarian or vegan or can be customized to be so. Lastly, for something different, try Sawtooth Brewery. This eatery serves upscale pub fare from a killer Beyond Burger to soft pretzels to kale ceasar and falafel.

Exploring the Vegetarian and Vegan Culinary Gems of Sun Valley

From the Austrian-inspired Konditorei with its vegan omelets and avocado toast, to the eclectic flavors of Ida Thai and Rickshaw, Sun Valley proves that it can stand toe-to-toe with larger cities when it comes to offering a diverse and delicious plant-based culinary scene.

Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor exploring the area, these dining spots offer a plethora of options that cater to every taste and preference, ensuring that your plant-based dining experience in Sun Valley is as enriching as it is delicious.

We’d love to hear about your experiences! Have you visited any of these spots? Do you have a favorite dish or restaurant that wasn’t mentioned? Share your stories and recommendations in the comments below. Your insights could help fellow readers discover their new favorite vegetarian or vegan haunt in Sun Valley!

Hayden Seder

Hayden Seder is a freelance writer based in her hometown of Ketchum, Idaho. In the 10+ years she’s been a writer, her work has been published in publications including Backpacker, Climbing, Sun Valley Magazine, Boise Weekly, Idaho Press, and more. When not putting pen to paper, Hayden loves rock climbing, mountain biking, reading, and camping with her rescue pitbull Otis.

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