1551 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, 404-968-2288, and 804 Town Blvd., Brookhaven, 404-464-8971, hobnobatlanta.com.
R Thomas’ Deluxe Grill, an eclectic 24-hour diner in Buckhead, has been serving up health food for several decades. LIGAYA FIGUERAS / LFIGUERAS@AJC.COM
The Southern Vegetarian at R Thomas’ Deluxe Grill
Peace, love, live birds in cages and feel-good bites are all to be found at this eclectic 24-hour Buckhead diner. R Thomas’ has been serving up health food since Richard Simmons was sweatin’ to the oldies in the ’80s. When you need to get your greens workout these days, R Thomas’ delivers with a plateful — slow-cooked collards here, lettuce leaves there — along with a mashup of millet corn casserole, dabs of butternut squash and smashed potatoes with shiitake mushroom gravy.
1812 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-881-0246, rthomasdeluxegrill.net.
Vegetable Curry of the Day at Bhojanic
If vegetarian fare is what you desire, Indian restaurants are a safe bet. At Bhojanic, located in a Lenox Square outbuilding, they offer a vegetable curry of the day, which equates to a handful of meat-free dishes from the specials sheet. For early fall, go with the bhindi masala of shallow-fried okra, browned to a nicety with caramelized onions. Rounded out with fragrant basmati rice and a smooth, cooling raita that keeps the heat of the garam-masala-seasoned okra halves at bay, it makes for a satisfying autumnal meal.
3400 Around Lenox Road NE, Atlanta. 404-841-8472, bhojanic.com.
Veggie Tuesday at Wrecking Bar Brewpub
When a restaurant pays homage to produce with dedicated vegetarian-only specials one day a week, make the most of it. Meatless Mondays might be a national rah-rah day for the veg crowd, but in Atlanta, Tuesdays are the day to hit up Wrecking Bar for the chef-love it gives to vegetables at their peak. The Veggie Tuesday menu board always features a soup, app and entree. Order one or make a multicourse meal out of the trio. A recent visit saw one-offs like vegan butternut squash soup with Jonah Gold apples. A slab of house-made, seared seitan was coated with a bright red blend of lemon-tangy wild sumac and ground flaxseed, and served with sauteed rattlesnake pole beans. The winner: a picture-perfect plate of tofu marinated in a sherry vinaigrette with thin rings of banana peppers, flecks of sunflower shoots, snips of garden herbs and tiny edible flowers, all scattered here and there. If dishes could speak, this beauty would whisper sweet nothings into a vegetarian's ear.
292 Moreland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-221-2600, wreckingbarbrewpub.com.
Salad selections on Saltyard’s debut lunch menu include charred eggplant mounded with shaved fennel and flecked with feta, mint, toasted pistachios, lemon zest, Korean red pepper flakes known as gochugaru, and a buttermilk yogurt dressing. CONTRIBUTED BY SALTYARD
The lunch menu at Saltyard
Saltyard is 4 years old. But only now has it begun to offer lunch. The debut midday menu, which launches Oct. 3, features what we've come to expect from chef Nick Leahy: all things fresh and seasonal. Redolent with soups, salads, sandwiches and shareable boards, this lunch won't put you to sleep — and veg offerings are aplenty. Start with the Veggie Board, an assembly of raw, pickled and roasted vegetables that will change with the seasons just like the accompanying hummus — currently, field peas are the replacement for traditional chickpeas — and house-made seed crackers. Salad selections include a chopped, a kale and one with charred eggplant (meaty skin still on), mounded with shaved fennel and flecked with crumbled feta, mint, toasted pistachios, lemon zest, Korean red pepper flakes known as gochugaru, and a buttermilk yogurt dressing to unite it all. Saltyard's panzanella salad tosses bread cubes with watermelon, radishes, red onion, sweet and hot peppers and a spunky watermelon-lemon-chili vinaigrette. Get it before cooler weather nixes it from the menu. Get all the salads when you order the Salad of the Moment, a sampler of four veg compositions.
1820 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta. 404-382-8088, saltyardatlanta.com.
Your friends might be there for the brisket, but you can enjoy the 4 Rivers Smokehouse Vegetarian Sideboard with homemade biscuit, Smokehouse Corn, Coleslaw, and Sweet Potato Casserole. CONTRIBUTED BY MIA YAKEL
Vegetarian Sideboard at 4 Rivers Smokehouse
You're the odd man out at a barbecue joint? Well, the veg-inclined have been known to make a meal out of sides. New 4 Rivers Smokehouse on Atlanta's Westside acknowledges your need for something other than meat. With the Vegetarian Sideboard, you can load up on a carb-heavy platter that includes a house biscuit and your choice of three sides, five if you order the dinner version. The fried okra is a nice finger nibble. The mac and cheese is creamy. The hefty, foil-wrapped serving of warm, baked cheese grits is a must. (Collards and green beans are staple sides here, but they are flavored with meat.) The sweet potato casserole, seasoned with fall spices and studded with pecans, is dessert.
822 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta. 1-844-474-8377, 4rsmokehouse.com.