About VegGuide.org

VegGuide.org is a project of Compassionate Action for Animals, a Twin Cities, Minnesota animal rights organization, in partnership with Compassion Over Killing, Farm Sanctuary, Jewish Vegetarians of North America, Mercy for Animals, PETA, The Humane League, and Vegan Outreach. The site was designed (such as it is) by Dave Rolsky. Dave also did the programming for the site, so you can blame him for all the bugs you find.

If you're part of an organization that would like to join us as a partner, please see our page on partnership.

You can help this guide by keeping it up to date. Sign up for an account, and you can add new entries, ratings, and reviews.

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Our goal for this site is to build a community of users, so everyone's input is welcome. Please take a look at our todo list before making a feature suggestion.

If you want to read a lot more, you can check out the philosophy of VegGuide.org.

Privacy Policy

Our privacy policy basically says we use cookies to track logins, and we promise not to share your personal info with anyone else.

Copyright Details

VegGuide.org and its contents are Copyright © 2003-2019 Compassionate Action for Animals. All rights reserved.

All content on this website (including text and images), unless otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Copyright Infringement

This website is hosted by Compassionate Action for Animals. Please see our copyright policy for details on how we handle allegations of copyright infringement.

Source Code

The source code for this site is licensed under the Artistic License 2.0, and is available from our source repository.

The site is written in Perl using the Catalyst MVC framework.


The first version of VegGuide.org went live in October of 2002 on either waste.org or ca4a.org (I just can't remember). However, at this time we didn't really announce the guide outside of a small circle of users in order to give it some beta testing.

In March of 2003, the site moved to its own domain, regveg.org (Regional Vegetarian Guide) and we started promoting it publicly.

The design of the site saw various revisions until February of 2004 brought us what we consider to be VegGuide 1.0. Look at that lovely three-column design in purple, white, and black. Needless to say, this was a look that only a geek could love.

In March of 2004, the site moved to the vegguide.org domain, which we thought was more easily pronouncable and rememberable.

In April of 2005, we released what we consider to be VegGuide 2.0. This was a new color scheme and layout intended to be easier to use and easier on the eyes. Unfortunately, at the time Dave didn't really know a much of anything about UI design or usability, so it was still not a very intuitive or friendly UI.

On January 1 of 2008, we released VegGuide 3.0, the layout you're looking at now. Besides the new UI, there are various new features, and there was a lot of reworking of the underlying code that drives the site. We hope that this UI is more usable and intuitive.


S4 created the icons used for listings.

John Eckman contributed code for the Google Maps view of a listing. John also contributed the rating star icons.

MaxMind provides the Geolocation database we use to show you nearby restaurants on the home page.

Thanks to XMission and Eric Waters, who provided our server and hosting for many years. Thanks also to Mike Selner of tela.com, who provided hosting after XMission.

Support Us

Make a tax-deductible donation to VegGuide.org.

Donations go to Compassionate Action for Animals, a 501c3 nonprofit.

Contact Us

This site is community-maintained. Anyone can make an account and add new entries or suggest changes to existing ones. Please do this instead of writing us email telling us a piece of data is out of date.

If you want to ask for some sort of link exchange, please don't. Instead, just add your site to the Internet "region" listings.

It is our editorial policy not to remove negative reviews submitted by our users unless we find them offensive or inappropriate. We reserve the right to publicly repost any threatening correspondence related to negative reviews, which will prove significantly worse for your reputation than the reviews in question.

Please email us at guide@vegguide.org if you have any questions, or are having a technical problem with the site.