Whether you’re a committed vegan, curious foodie, or simply someone looking to explore new culinary horizons, the vegan food scene in the 417 continues to grow. With bakeries, restaurants and coffee shops catering to the plant-based lifestyle, here are some local gems just waiting for you to come indulge in their delectable vegan menus.

Brunch Box

Brunch Box

Breakfast, coffee, baked goods, oh my! That is just the tip of the iceberg regarding the menu at The Brunch Box. In downtown Springfield, Brunch Box is a great restaurant serving a 100% vegan menu. They are a bakery making cakes for your special occasions and a coffee shop serving lattes, espresso and hot tea. They also offer a great breakfast menu, filled with breakfast sandwiches, breakfast tacos, killer biscuits and gravy. 

Address: 211 E. Walnut St., Springfield 

The Frosted Fox Bakery

The Frosted Fox is a vegan bakery customizing vegan cakes and sweet treats for all your special occasions. They offer a variety of cake flavors, from chocolate to lemon to coconut cream. They also have a peach champagne flavor, which they say is their most popular. Why wait for a special occasion to order cake when you can just treat yourself to one from The Frosted Fox?

Address: 4268 S. Hillcrest Ave. Suite 105, Springfield 

Piccolo Contemporary Italian


If you’re from the area, then you’re fully aware of the greatness that comes out of Piccolo Contemporary Italian in Nixa. Voted the Best Neighborhood spot, Best Italian, and Best Vegetarian options by 417 Magazine, they are also serving some vegan Italian dishes as well. Their pizza menu has the Vegan Italian pizza topped with locally owned Jake’s Italian Sausage. You can also order spaghetti and vegan meatballs, Vegan pesto fettuccine with vegan pesto, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert, as they offer a collection of seasonal vegan and gluten-free cakes and a vegan New York-style cheesecake. 

Address: 107 W. Aldersgate Dr., Nixa

Café Cusco

Café Cusco doesn’t skimp on flavor for their vegan menu items. Utilizing jackfruit for many dishes as it makes for an excellent substitute for dishes that are traditionally meat-based. The Yucca Mojo on their starter menu is a personal favorite. Fried yucca seasoned and then tossed in a mojo citrus pepper sauce. The Sweet potato noodle stir fry and the black bean quinoa burger are also a must-try.

Address: 234 E. Commercial St. Springfield

The Wheelhouse

The Wheelhouse

The Wheelhouse has been a personal favorite for many years, from the food truck days to the brick and mortar, and even back to the food truck at the food truck park on St. Louis Street. The reputation for having a menu that allows customers to customize based on dietary restrictions has always been phenomenal. There are options to choose grilled or crispy tofu to add to the already great veggie burrito or even the pineapple fried rice. They also have delicious falafel made with fresh herbs, whole garbanzo beans, and fresh garlic. The vegan kimchi fries should be on the top of your must-try list.

Address: 1845 E. Sunshine St. Springfield 

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