Veganism is on the rise, and if you’re looking to embark on a plant-based diet, there are plenty of metro Atlanta restaurants, pop-ups and food trucks that’ll fill you up without the meat and dairy.
A Full Taste. A Full Taste, which opened in the North DeKalb Mall in 2019, relocated to Chamblee in 2022. Its extensive vegan menu features salads, pasta, sandwiches including the Jerked JackFruit and the Artichoke Croquet, bowls, burgers and smoothies. Brunch offers special dishes such as Spinach-Artichoke Quiche and a Scramble Plate made with vegan eggs, hash potatoes and rice sausage.
5255 Peachtree Blvd., Atlanta. 770-696-4741, fulltastevegan.com.
Bad Gyal Vegan. Try Caribbean-influenced plant-based dishes at this Marietta Square Market stall, including the spot’s signature Voxtail, Mac and Jeeze and Sweet Baddie Yams.
68 N. Marietta Parkway NW, Marietta. badgyalvegan.com.
Bar Vegan. Slutty Vegan founder Pinky Cole is also behind this Ponce City Market bar that offers a plant-based food menu in addition to a selection of cocktails and other drinks.
675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-600-6122, barveganatl.com.
Cafe Kulture. Specializing in breakfast and late night options, Cafe Kulture’s menu features paninis, salads, subs and wraps including the Big Momma’s House, a baked sweet potato topped with kale, black bean-tomato relish, cheese, meatless Sloppy Joe and an avocado-mint sauce. Hydrate with a selection of juices and cocktails.
43 Jesse Hill Junior Drive NE, Atlanta. 470-889-7916, cafekulture.co.
Cafe Sunflower. A presence in metro Atlanta for more than 20 years, Cafe Sunflower offers starters, salads and entrees for lunch and dinner with options including spicy pad thai noodles, soy chicken and Supreme Nachos topped with three bean chili, vegan cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos and salsa. Sunday brunch features dishes such as a Tofu Benedict and chicken biscuit.
2140 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-352-8859, cafesunflower.com.
Chat Patti Indian Vegetarian Restaurant. This Decatur restaurant has served North Indian, South Indian, and Gujarati-style vegetarian food for more than 20 years.
1707 Church St., Decatur. 404-633-5595, chatpattiatl.com.
Chi Chi Vegan Tacos. Founder and chef Chris Hodge offers a dairy, egg and meat-free menu featuring tacos, salads, nachos, burritos and rice bowls for lunch and dinner, with breakfast and late-night offerings to come. Tacos include hibiscus and vegan chorizo, chicken and barbacoa beef, with locally-made tortillas. Desserts including churros and tres leches will be made by a local baker.
1 Moreland Ave. SE, Atlanta, 404-464-7153 and 2566 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, 404-500-1900. chichivegan.com.
Cinnaholic. The vegan bakery chain, which first gained national attention on the TV show “Shark Tank,” has locations in Dunwoody and the Edgewood shopping center. The bakery is known for its vegan cinnamon rolls and wide range of frosting flavors. It also serves brownies, cookies, baby buns and ice cream.
Multiple locations. cinnaholic.com.
The Creamy Spot. This walk-up window in The Met development in Adair Park serves both hard scoop and soft serve vegan ice cream, in addition to treats like ice cream sandwiches and shakes.
680 Murphy Ave. SW, Atlanta. 404-738-6310, thecreamyspot.com/findus
Dulce Vegan Bakery & Cafe. Satisfy your sweet tooth at this all-vegan bakery with a variety of cakes and other baked goods (recent offerings include brownies and raspberry chocolate almond cheesecake). The menu also features coffee drinks and sandwiches.
1994 Hosea L. Williams Drive NE, Atlanta. 404-624-7417, dulcevegan.com.
Eighty7 Sweets Ice Cream. Take pride in your city while treating yourself to plant-based flavors including Morehouse Chocolate, Lenox Lime and Avocado and Buckhead Mocha.
56 Broad St., Atlanta. 404-939-2745, eighty7sweets.com.
EnVegan. Head to one of EnVegan’s multiple metro Atlanta locations for a variety of bowls, burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps, desserts and smoothies.
Multiple locations. envegan.com.
Go Vegan. Comfort food is the name of the game at this eatery which serves up indulgent breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes including vegan shrimp and grits, smothered fried vegan chicken with gravy and crispy vegan chicken and waffles.
2179 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur. 404-481-5923, govegangrill.com.
Good As Burgers. The menu includes vegan handhelds, besides the Beyond Meat patties piled with tomato, lettuce, onion, pickles, melted cheese and a house sauce, and slapped on a Hawaiian bun, as well as a variety of sides.
670 Terry St., Atlanta and 830 Willoughby Way, NE, Atlanta. 678-647-6997, goodasburgers.com.
Grass VBQ Joint. The plant-based vegan barbecue venture from chef Terry Sargent, who recently released a cookbook, features Nashville hot chic’n, smoked veef brisket and lobstah, all made with vital wheat gluten and pea protein.
2670 College Ave., Decatur. 470-310-3656, grassvbqjoint.com.
Gregory’s Atlanta Vegan Breakfast. Try a variety of breakfast classic made vegan, including biscuit sandwiches, grits and acai bowls.
114 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. instagram.com/atlantaveganbreakfast.
Harmony Vegetarian. Like Green Sprout, Harmony offers a variety of vegan Chinese dishes with imitation chicken, beef, pork and seafood in addition to a selection on hot pots and soups, fried rice and lo-mein.
4897 Buford Highway, Chamblee. 770-457-7288.
Healthful Essence. The menu changes often at this vegan spot whose menu is designed with Caribbean influences. On any given day you might find options such as curried "ungoat", callaloo patties and veggie lasagna on the cooked menu and a sprouted kamut bread sandwich and nori rolls on the raw menu.
875 York Ave. SW, Atlanta. 404-806-0830, healthfullessence.com.
Herban Fix. Looking to go a little upscale with your vegan dining? Herban Fix offers "fancy night out" dishes made with vegan ingredients including a steak-like king oyster mushroom glazed with sesame soy au jus, pad thai with tofu and sweet pea ravioli in curry jus with leeks and mushrooms. Don't miss the Sunday brunch (a favorite of former WSB anchor Monica Pearson), featuring a variety of dishes you won't find on the regular lunch or dinner menus.
565 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-815-8787, herbanfix.com.
Credit: Courtesy of Thomas Marin
Credit: Courtesy of Thomas Marin
Higher Taste. Open in the former Govindas space, Higher Taste offers an aryuvedic-based vegan and vegetarian menu featuring wraps, soups, salads, curries, burgers and fried rices.
1150 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta.
Hippie Hibachi. Josh Brock opened this vegan stall in the Chattahoochee Food Works food hall that replaces the traditional beef, shrimp and chicken with plant-based proteins.
1235 Chattahoochee Ave. NW, Atlanta. hippiehibachi.com/menu.
Jikssa Vegan Ethiopian Cuisine. You’ll find traditional Ethiopian dishes including gomen, ingudai tibs made with mushrooms, and fasolia at this newly-opened Municipal Market stall.
209 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-791-7443.
Lazy Betty. Treat yourself to the ever-changing vegetarian tasting menu at chef Ron Hsu’s Inman Park restaurant, with recent dishes including wild mushroom agnolitti, char siu eggplant and salt-baked kohlrabi salad.
1530 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-975-3692, lazybettyatl.com.
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Credit: Natrice Miller / Natrice.Miller@ajc.com
Life Bistro This vegan fine dining spot serves lunch and dinner, with dishes including grilled oyster mushroom carbonara, curry quinoa stir fry and bacon cheeseburger sliders. Life Bistro also features an alkaline-only menu, weekend brunch specials and dessert.
2036 Sylvan Road SW, Atlanta. 404-464-5139, lifebistroatl.com.
Local Green Atlanta. There’s both a pescetarian and vegan menu at this Atlanta restaurant, with the plant-based menu featuring dishes with playful names such as the “My Mayor’s Name is Keisha” Quinoa Salad, “Bubba Sparxx” Pulled BBQ Sandwich made with jackfruit and the “Basquiat” Veggie Pizza made with vegan cheese.
19 Joseph Lowery Blvd. NW, Atlanta. 770-883-8291, localgreenatlanta.com.
Lov’n It Live. Take a look at pieces from local artists while you wait for your food at this East Point spot, which sources ingredients from local organic farms and offers a menu of appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, burgers, sandwiches, drinks and desserts as well as a kids menu. Options include a quesadilla made with sage crumbles, lasagna prepared with pine nut cheese and Vitality Soup made with avocado, onion, garlic, olive oil, kelp, sea salt, spinach, distilled water and zucchini.
2795 E. Point St., East Point. 404-765-9220, lovingitlive.com.
The Loving Hut. The vegan chain has locations around the world, including two in metro Atlanta. The mostly Asian-inspired menu at the Norcross location features dishes such as Holy Eggplant and Sweet & Sour Divine.
6385 Spalding Drive, Norcross, 678-421-9191. lovinghut.us.
Mamak Vegan Kitchen. This Malaysian vegan spot from the team behind sister restaurant Mamak offers plant-based dishes including Fragrant Spice Tofu, Ancient Meat made with Beyond Meat and Curry Laksa, as well as a variety of cocktails and desserts.
2390 Chamblee Tucker Road, Chamblee. 678-909-8188. mamakvegan.com.
Plant-Based Pizza. Get your favorite treat veganized at this new spot, which offers several styles of pizza made with vegan cheese. Choose from a variety of toppings and create your own or select from options including the Georgia Peach made with veggie sausage, roasted peaches, scallions and jalapenos and the Philly, topped with onions, peppers, mushrooms and veggie sausage. Pizzas can also be made with gluten-free crust upon request.
730 Barnett St. NE, Atlanta, 404-835-2739. plantbasedpizzeria.net.
Planta. The Miami-based vegan chain opened its first Atlanta location in Krog Street Market, with a menu featuring Bang Bang Broccoli, 1,000 Layer Potatoes, Avocado Lime Tartare and Udon Noodles. An Asian-focused sister concept called Planta Queen is set to open in Buckhead soon.
99 Krog St. NE, Atlanta. 404-905-1480, plantarestaurants.com/location/planta-atlanta
Planted Soul. Treat yourself with Planted Soul’s menu of dishes including cajun shrimp pasta, vegan chili and garlic bread, lobster melt and fries and the Jamaican Me Crazy wrap, which Lizzo recently sang the praises of.
800 Forrest St. NW, Atlanta. 678-465-7576, plantedsoulatl.com.
Royal Health Vegan. This Grant Park cafe’s menu includes sandwiches, wraps and seamoss smoothies. Try the sweet tacos filled with plant-based meat or mushrooms, truffle lobsta’ salad and quesadillas, then check out the restaurant’s small retail section.
371 Boulevard SE, Atlanta. 678-974-7358, hwretailvegancafe.com.
Shawnee’s Goodies Vegan Bakery and Cafe. Come for the veggie sandwiches, loaded fries and nachos, burritos and salads and stay for the cakes, muffins, ice cream and cinnamon rolls at this Lilburn spot. Shawnee’s also offers a small weekend brunch menu with items including a waffle and fried oyster mushroom plate.
4895 Stone Mountain Hwy, Lilburn. 678-825-2393, shawneesgoodies.com.
Slutty Vegan. Prepare to wait -- maybe for up to a couple of hours -- to get a taste of this brick-and-mortar’s lineup of vegan burgers and sandwiches (it also continues to operate as a mobile food truck). Look for the Dance Hall Queen, topped with grilled onions, vegan cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and sweet jerk plantain and the Fussy Hussy, topped with vegan American cheese, shredded lettuce, onion, pickle and vegan mayo on a Hawaiian bun.
Multiple locations. sluttyveganatl.com.
Soul Vegetarian. Look for a variety of hearty vegan dishes at this Atlanta staple, including the kalebone roast, an eggless salad plate and barbecue cauliflower. The Poncey-Highland location is a sit-down restaurant while the West End location offers options from its hot bar.
652 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, 404-875-0145; and 879 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta, 404-752-5194. soulvegetarian2.com.
Tassili's Raw Reality Cafe. Get your food both raw and vegan with a variety of "raw delectables" including the TRR Original Kale Salad made with kale, red onions, sundried tomatoes and wraps including the Dat Ish Wrap (named an AJC Dish of the Week), which uses the kale salad as a base and adds mushrooms and avocado.
1059 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. 404-343-6126, tassilisrawreality.com.
Veganish. Dubbing itself metro Atlanta’s “first and only” vegan/vegetarian/pescatarian food truck park, the just-OTP Veganish plays host to a rotating list of (mostly vegan) trucks including It’s Go Thyme, 2 Scoops and Yunique Tacos.
8271 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. instagram.com/atlfoodtruckpark.
VeGreen. Head to Duluth for a vegan fusion menu offering a variety of veggie sushi, rice and noodle dishes and dishes made with soy mock meat including General Tso Chicken and Red Curry with Beef.
3780 Old Norcross Road, Duluth. 770-495-8828, vegreen.com.
Vegan pop-ups and food trucks to try around metro Atlanta:
Bien Vegano ATL
Quira’s Vegan Eats
Slim Thick Vegan
The Tasty Plant-Based Kitchen
Vegan vs. Fries
Vegan House of Pancakes
WTF Vegan Fast Food
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