Industry News | July 19, 2012

Seattle Tops List of Vegetarian-Friendly Cities

Vegetarian Thalis, filled with various vegetable-based dishes, are a popular item at Indian restaurants. image used with permission.

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From veggie burgers to ratatouille, meat-free options continue to grow in popularity among U.S. diners, with 47 percent of Americans eating at least one vegetarian meal per week, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group's May 2012 National Harris Poll.

To help track how delivery and pickup restaurants are responding to this growing trend, GrubHub has identified the 10 most vegetarian-friendly cities in the country, with Seattle and San Jose, California, topping the list.

To compile the veggie-friendly ranking, GrubHub analysts reviewed the more than 15,000 online ordering restaurants available through GrubHub's website and mobile apps. More than 9 percent of GrubHub's restaurants identify vegetarian as one of their primary cuisines, with the following cities offering the highest percentage of vegetarian restaurants:

Most Vegetarian-Friendly Cities

  1. Seattle
  2. San Jose, California
  3. San Diego
  4. Houston
  5. Dallas
  6. Austin
  7. San Francisco
  8. Los Angeles
  9. Denver
  10. Chicago

"Local restaurants are working to meet the growing demands of diners, and diners are asking for delivery and pickup options that cater to certain dietary restrictions," says Mike Evans, GrubHub co-founder and COO. "GrubHub has more than 1,400 restaurants that feature vegetarian cuisine, and this number will only continue to grow in the coming years."

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