The 10 Best Vegan Fish Buns in the US You Must Try


Vegan Chicken Is The New Beef – Is Seafood The Next Frontier? According to the Good Food Institute, the burgeoning industry grew 23 percent of U.S. sales in 2020 and now has a market value of $12 million. While that number pales in comparison to other more established plant-based sectors like dairy and meat ($2.5 billion and $1.4 billion, respectively), both the quantity and quality of vegan fish options have increased significantly in recent years. Restaurants also venture into the vegan fish category – typically in the form of a vegan fish sandwich. Could these flaky, fried handles become the vegan chicken sandwich’s popularity? Here are 10 vegan fish rolls that will convince you. Bring on the remoulade!

Honeybee Burger

1 Honeybee Burger

First and foremost, this Los Angeles microchain is a burger joint. In October 2021, it introduced a fishier handle that would rival any animal-based Filet-o-Fish. The creation features a breaded and deep-fried Good Catch plant-based fish fillet, garnished with tartar sauce and topped with pickles. The fillet rests on a melting bed of two Violife cheddar slices, all held together between two soft potato buns. We know fish and cheese is a little unorthodox, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
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2 Nice guys

If you’re looking for a burger dive, Nice Guys has you covered. This no-frills shop serves up the basics with an always-hot grill and an always-bubbling fryer. The burger options are certainly worth considering, but the fish sandwich option is spot on if vegan beef isn’t your thing. The easy sesame bun consists of two golden fish steaks on a piece of lettuce, tomatoes and tartar sauce. Be sure to pair it with a Nice Guys dairy-free moss shake in strawberry, malt, chocolate or vanilla.
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3 Champ’s Diner

A New York City vegan institution, Champ’s Diner adheres to the essence of diner food. The menu is extensive and eclectic, offering everything from classic Reubens to French Toast. Joining the plethora of plant-based offerings is a solid fish fillet sandwich. Served with vegan cheese, fried pickles, and tzatziki sauce, it’s a slight detour from the traditional fish sandwich, but it’s delicious nonetheless.
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4 vegetable grill

The good-catch boom has found its way into several vegan-friendly restaurant menus — including the Veggie Grill. In fall 2021, the national plant-based chain launched their Cajun Fish Sandwich, featuring the crunchy fish fillet Good Catch. The kitchen spices up this humble sandwich by layering lettuce, tomato, pickled celery, and a fiery Cajun Devil sauce on two buttery brioche buns. Order while you can — not all new Veggie Grill items make it onto the permanent menu (although this fish sandwich certainly deserves it!).
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5 Vegan soul from Detroit

This isn’t just a fish sandwich, it’s a catfish sandwich. This women- and black-owned vegan restaurant puts a southern spin on its plant-based fish fillet by dredging tofu in a cornmeal batter and deep-frying until crispy. The homemade catfish is topped with lettuce, tomatoes and tartar sauce – all served on a fluffy, chewy pretzel bun. One bite and you’ll agree that more sandwiches should be pretzels.
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6 Fast food with plant power

While this fast-growing vegan fast-food chain is currently limited to California, it may be coming to a state near you. Among the burgers, wraps, shakes and tots, the “Fish” Filet Sandwich is a star. It marries vegan cheese with a fried fish patty, tartar sauce and the usual lettuce and tomatoes. The best thing? Many of these locations have drive-thrus.
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7 Slutty vegan

You won’t find a filet-o-fish or anything commonly referred to as a “fish sandwich” at Slutty Vegan. Instead, scan the menu for the item called Heaux Boy. Unorthodox in name and composition, this vegan fish sandwich is made with fried vegan shrimp instead of a flaky steak. The New Orleans-seasoned shrimp halves are piled together with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and the chain’s signature slut sauce, which is rarely found in a sweet Hawaiian bun.
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8th The Spicy Vegan

For a taste beyond the usual fillet, lettuce, and tomato, visit this family-run Harlem spot. It’s BBQ Crawfish Sandwich is one of the most popular dishes on the menu – no doubt thanks to the homemade ingredients that go into this tasty Sammie. The kitchen combines fermented soy “shrimp” with grilled burdock root and smothers it all with bayou BBQ sauce. This handle is one of the most original vegan fish rolls that we have ever had the pleasure of devouring.
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9 Next level burger

You might walk up to the Next Level Burger counter with the intention of ordering a burger, but then you spy on someone taking a bite out of the Fried Fish (less) Burger, and suddenly a vegan fish sandwich sounds pretty good right now. Paired with dairy-free American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and tartar sauce, this sandwich is simple but filling. Order it with crispy fries for a great vegan fast food experience.

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10 The modern vegan

Clearly different from a split-top lobster roll, The Modern Vegan’s Lobster Melt is only available in Vegas. The triple-stacked sourdough sammie is loaded with vegan palm lobster heart, melt-in-your-mouth plant-based cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and a dash of pesto. If the standard fish roll doesn’t appeal, this lobster version will at least pique your curiosity.

For more vegan fish finds, visit:
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