A Guide to Eating Vegan in the 901

If you’re thinking of trying the vegan lifestyle, or if you already eat a vegan diet and have trouble finding places to go out to, fear not! The Bluff City is full of options to accommodate you. Below are just handful of the locales you can find in town to make sure you’re not only eating “right” but also eating good.

 

FULLY VEGAN

Green Goddess Popcorn & Tea Lounge – If you need a snack and sip that’s free of any animal product, you can turn to Green Goddess for artisan popcorn and teas. But that’s not all! They also have a full line of vegan pastries in store so you can fully indulge. You can even find Green Goddess popcorns in places like Whole Foods, so keep an eye out on your next grocery run.

Imagine Vegan Café – Ever imagined what it would be like to have an affordable, fully-vegan sit down restaurant in town? Well Imagine has you covered. The offer vegan versions of everything from chicken and waffles to Philly cheese-steak and more. They even have a robust dessert menu that includes cakes, pies, and soft serve!

Vegan Sistas Meal Prep and More – While not a sit-down restaurant, these “Vegan Sistas” (actual biological sisters and practicing vegans) offer premium, homemade vegan meal prep items that will have you eating healthy without the hassle of cooking it yourself. They also offer catering!

 

MOSTLY VEGAN

I Love Juice Bar – I Love Juice Bar has an overwhelmingly plant-based menu, predominantly vegan options, and organic whenever possible. On top of their smoothies and fresh juices, they offer full sit-down meals as well as grab-n-go dishes for the nutritionally conscious.

Mama Gaia – This restaurant offers a fully organic vegetarian menu. Many of those items are vegan and most can made vegan by removing a single ingredient, such as cheese. Mama Gaia also has an extensive list of gluten-free options.

 

PRETTY VEGAN

Bahn Thai – The gourmet Thai cuisine of Bahn Thai can always be made with tofu instead of meat upon request, meaning you don’t have to miss out on things like their delicious Pad See-U.

Blue Nile – The Ethiopian cuisine of Blue Nile contains a variety of veggie dishes, and they can substitute tofu into any of the meat dishes. Try the tofu tibs!

Crazy Noodle – This Overton Square staple offers a vegan ramen dish, which can be hard to come by!

Evelyn and Olive – Vegan doesn’t mean flavorless, and the Jamaican eats of Evelyn and Olive make sure that rings true. Among their long list of vegetable menu items is the crowd-pleasing Kingston Cabbage.

Pho Binh – During the week, you can take advantage of their stir fry buffet with tofu; all you can eat vegan for $6.

Robata – Robata also offers a vegan ramen, as well as their yakitori vegetable menu.

Zaka Bowl – Dubbed “clean fast food” Zaka offers build-your-own-bowl dishes and some specialty menu items that are mostly plant-based. They also have vegan “meatballs” as a topping option.

 

BONUS

Muddy’s Bake Shop – Bless it, the best cupcake shop in town knows better than to leave you in the dust. Muddy’s offers vegan cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more for the sweet-toothed vegans among us.