Veganism is on the rise, and if you’re looking to embark on a plant-based diet, there are plenty of metro Atlanta restaurants that’ll fill you up without the meat and dairy.
Avocado Vegan Cafe. The OTP spot offers a variety of vegan burgers, entrees, starters, soups, sides, desserts, smoothies and juices. Menu highlights include a grilled “cheese” guacamole sandwich, the “Rooben,” a Reuben-inspired sandwich made with a chickpea patty and Jamaican Jerk prepared with tofu or soy chunks.
11105 Saddle Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 770-752-9333, avocadovegancafe.com/
Cafe Life. This cafe within a grocery store offers chef’s specials in addition to regular features such as a BLT made with tempeh bacon and Vegenaise and a Fusion Vetabowl with stir-fry veggies and brown rice.
1453 Roswell Road, Marietta. 770-977-9583, lifegrocery.com
Cafe Sunflower. A presence in metro Atlanta for more than 20 years, Cafe Sunflower offers starters, salads and entrees for lunch and dinner at both of its locations with options including spicy pad thai noodles, soy chicken and Supreme Nachos topped with three bean chili, vegan cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos and salsa. The Buckhead location also offers Sunday brunch featuring dishes such as a Tofu Benedict and chicken biscuit.
2140 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 404-352-8859 and 5975 Roswell Road, Atlanta, 404-256-1675. cafesunflower.com
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/
Go Vegetarian. 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 Hwy, Decatur. 404-481-5923, govegetarianrestaurant.com
Go Vindas Cafe. Wrap your hands around the sandwiches and wrapsat Go Vindas, including the Mama G’s sub made with vegetarian meatballs and marinara sauce, the Humble Crumble Wrap made with soy ham and seasoned tofu crumbles and the Peace Wrap prepared with chickpeas, vegan mayo and walnuts. Also look for soups, salads, sides and desserts.
1146 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-907-4387, menupages.com/go-vindas-cafe/1146-euclid-ave-ne-atlanta#about
Green Soma Vegan Cafe. Check this Hapeville spot’s Facebook and Instagram accounts for its daily offerings, which include dishes such as a fried jackfruit club sandwich, an “unshrimp” basket, crab cake mac “uncheese” and pigeon pea potato hash.
626 S. Central Ave., Hapeville. 470-346-2169, facebook.com/greensomavegan
Green Sprout Vegetarian Cafe. Get traditional Chinese fare without the meat at Green Sprout, which serves up a variety of vegan Chinese staples including kung pao tofu, sweet and sour soy chicken and fried soy salmon filet Hunan style. The restaurant also offers a small selection of gluten-free dishes as well as a separate lunch menu.
1529 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-881-8478, greensproutga.com
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, harmonyvegetarian.com/
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
Local Green Atlanta. There’s both a pescetarian and vegan menu at this new 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 Asiam-inspired menu at the Norcross location features dishes such as Holy Eggplant and Sweet & Sour Divine, while the Sandy Springs locations serves up dishes including a Philly Cheese Hoagie and several vegan pizzas.
6385 Spalding Drive, Norcross, 678-421-9191 and 220 Hammond Drive, Sandy Springs, 404-941-7992. lovinghut.us
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, facebook.com/plantbasedpizzeria
The Slutty Vegan. Prepare to wait -- maybe for up to a couple of hours -- to get a taste of this new 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.
1542 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. 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
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
Viva La Vegan. Satisfy your cravings with a selection of appetizers, sandwiches and main dishes such as vegan cheesesticks, chicken and waffles and a fishless po boy. Avoiding soy? The menu features a separate soy free category with dishes including a mock salmon burger and a buffalo cauliflower sub.
1265 Lee St. SW, Atlanta. 404-951-2737, facebook.com/vivalaveganatlanta
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