Plantsburgh: Pittsburgh Ranks As One Of The Best Cities For Vegetarians

The area ranks 5th best in America for Vegetarian/Vegan Eateries

Andrew Limberg
January 17, 2019 - 11:55 am

Katarzyna Bialasiewicz |


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh ranks high on another list but this one might be a bit surprising to some. says the ‘Burgh is the 5th best city in America for vegetarians.

The study considered the number of vegetarian, vegan and organic dining options per capita.

They say for every 2,653 people there are two organic, 76 vegetarian and 36 vegan eateries around the area.

Related: Pittsburgh Ranks High In Another Best Cities List

Elaine Smith who has been owner of The Zenith on S. 26th Street in the South Side since 2003, says the surge in vegetarian/vegan restaurants in the Pittsburgh area is relatively new.

Smith adds a lot of establishments are only now offering vegetarian/vegan options because it is the trend. She says when she took over The Zenith the focus was on “not eating animals, not necessarily eating healthy.”

Smith says another reason she believes the non-meat diet is becoming more popular in Pittsburgh is because of the increasing age of the population adding that some doctors are advising older Pittsburghers to shy away from meat and focus on a more plant based diet.

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