For your vegetarian fix, head to Irving.
The suburb known for its culturally diverse dining landscape grabbed the No. 14 spot for best U.S. cities for vegetarians and vegans in a report from the personal finance website WalletHub.
Irving beat back major urban centers like Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C. Other North Texas cities that ranked highly include Plano at No. 23, Dallas at No. 33 and Garland at No. 55.
WalletHub released the rankings in honor of World Vegetarian Day on Thursday and as synthetic meat products, like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger, are growing in popularity.
To determine the best and cheapest places for people following a plant-based diet, WalletHub compared the country’s 100 largest cities across 16 key indicators of vegan- and vegetarian-friendliness. Metrics included the share of restaurants serving meatless options, cost of groceries for vegetarians and salad shops per capita.
Irving scored No. 5 for affordability for vegetarians, strengthening its overall score. The city also boasts a large number of Indian restaurants, a cuisine rife with tasty vegan and vegetarian dishes.
About 5 percent of Americans identify as vegetarians, according to a 2018 Gallup poll, but roughly two-thirds of Americans have reported reducing their meat consumption in recent years.