You don’t have to be a vegan or even a vegetarian in order to appreciate a good plant-based meal; in fact, many meat eaters are cutting down on their meat consumption in order to reduce our carbon footprint, to improve their health or even to save a few bucks. Whether you’re a lifelong vegan or simply looking to start a meat-free Monday dining plan, there are lots of great vegan and vegetarian dining options in Pittsburgh that will make dining out both tasty and fun.

Here are a few of our favorite vegan and vegetarian bites in Pittsburgh — and no, they’re definitely not all veggie burgers.

Apteka’s Pierogis 

We love just about everything about Bloomfield’s resident vegan Polish eatery, but you just can’t top the pierogis. They’re always changing (and they’re never like the buttery, cheese-stuffed kind your grandma used to make), but these pierogis are so authentic, they draw from the owners’ Polish heritage and traditional, old school recipes.

Reed & Co’s Grab-and-Go Selection.

From healthy harvest bowls to avocado and cashew cream toast, you’ll find all kinds of veggie things (in addition to cold-pressed juices) in the refrigerator at Lawrenceville’s Reed & Co.

B52’s Kofta Tofu Scramble. 

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For brunch, you can’t beat the veg options at B52. This Middle Eastern vegetarian eatery is located in Upper Lawrenceville and boasts a cozy, stylish dining room complete with a barista counter, but its platter-style brunch options are the real draw. We love the Kofta Tofu Scramble, which includes spicy seitan kofta, scrambled tofu with a hot and spicy sauce, garlicky kale and sides of crispy pita. Pair it with an almond milk Chai for a healthier take on brunch.

Kaya’s Monthly Vegetarian Prix Fixe Menu.

Every third Thursday of the month, Kaya hosts a vegetarian dinner featuring seasonal fare for $39 with wine pairings for $19. It’s always fun, inventive and perfect for a date night out.

Onion Maiden’s Hot Dogs 

With names like the Kale Satan and the War Pig, the vegan hot dogs at heavy metal-themed Onion Maiden in Allentown are right on theme. Top yours with their incredible kimchi for an extra kick, and don’t forget to BYOB for an extra dollar per person.

Spak Brothers Pizza.

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Ugh, is there anything better than a hot slice from Spak Brothers? We’d be lying if we said we didn’t sometimes eat a slice straight from the box before we even got the pie home. With lots of meat-free options like veggie sausage and dairy-free mozzarella, you can create your ultimate vegan pie without sacrificing taste.