When most people think of southern food, they think of barbecue. However, a quick look around Atlanta’s dining scene today reveals a completely different picture. More than ever before, vegans living in Georgia’s largest city are now finding meat-free versions of their favorite foods.
Whether you’re looking for classic barbecue, pizza, soul food, or anything else, you can bet Atlanta has a vegan-friendly option for you. Take a look at some of the best vegan restaurants in Atlanta below and make your next reservation.
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1. Slutty Vegan
No list of vegan dining in Atlanta would be complete without mentioning Slutty Vegan. Started in 2018 as a delivery-only service, it quickly gained popularity for its creatively-named burgers like the Menage a Trois and the One Night Stand. Now they have four locations across the city, with two more on the way.
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges of going vegan is sacrificing pizza. Luckily, Plant-Based Pizzeria has got you covered with an incredible selection of meat-free, vegan-friendly pies that will always leave you craving more. They even offer a gluten-free crust to satisfy all eaters.
Plant-Based Pizzeria may be known for their vegan fare, but the fact is, they’re one of the best pizza places in the city, even for meat-eaters. Whether you try their Hawaiian pizza, Georgia Peach pizza, or one of their other flavors, you’ll be sure to enjoy seeing what all the fuss is about.
As one of the oldest vegetarian spots in the city, Soul Vegetarian has a well-earned reputation. Their food is a cross between vegan soul food and Israeli cuisine, with selections like Jerusalem rice, onion rings, and barbecue tofu. You can even try their Divine Vegan Feast, which lets you get a taste of everything they offer at once.
If you think the meat-filled menus of Caribbean food aren’t compatible with a vegan diet, then you’ve never been to Healthful Essence. Combining traditional jerk spices with lentils, beans, and splices brings all the flavor of the Caribbean isles to your plate. Try the jerk un-chicken with the marinated kale salad for a delicious and healthy meal.
When you're looking for something a little different from your usual vegan dishes, try Hippie Hibachi's all-vegan hibachi food. They offer a wide variety of gluten-free options that are sure to be fresh, unique, and exciting.
You can choose to add one or two of several types of proteins to customize your meal—tofu, eggplant, mushroom, chick'n (soy-based), or vegan shr'mp made from konjac root. Then, you can pair your proteins with a hibachi veggie plate, fried rice, and a homemade sauce that will suit your taste. With so many possible combinations to try, you won't run out of choices any time soon.
While Tassili's claim to be “faster than full-service restaurants and healthier than fast-food restaurants” may seem like a tall order, the truth is that they deliver just that and more. With a variety of vegan wraps, salads, and sandwiches, you’ll never be at a loss for new things to try. It’s a great place for a casual lunch or a weekend spot to meet up with friends.
What would a southern dining best-of list be without at least one die-hard barbecue joint? Grass VBQ takes all the rich flavor that makes southern barbecue famous and gives it a vegan twist.
They go far beyond your typical barbecue tofu sandwich, taking advantage of various ingredients to capture the flavor and texture of real BBQ. Try their brisket sandwich made with smoked jackfruit or their oyster mushroom po’boy. They also have a range of desserts, including vegan cupcakes and sweet potato pie.
Recently opened in 2020, Chi Chi vegan taco shop has succeeded in completely redefining Mexican and Tex Mex cuisine. Their burritos, tacos, and nachos are completely free of meat, dairy, and eggs. While that’s an accomplishment in itself, it’s even more impressive when you see for yourself how delicious the food is.
Lov’n It Live is about serving killer vegan food in a comfortable, laid-back environment. Enjoy the friendly services, jazz-filled music, and a taste of their wide range of raw and vegan dishes. Their zucchini lasagna is one of the most popular options.
10. Cafe Sunflower
If you just can't choose what type of food you’re in the mood for or want to satisfy a group of people who want something different, head over the Cafe Sunflower. Their menu includes Tex Mex, Asian, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and more, in a breathtaking selection that will surely satisfy anyone.
They specialize in brunch, serving up classics like vegan chicken and waffles and their loaded breakfast burrito. They also offer helpful menu indicators that tell you whether their dishes include soy, nuts, or gluten.
11. Herban Fix
The Asian-inspired dishes at Herban Fix offer a unique blend of flavors and textures that any vegan will surely enjoy. They are open for lunch and dinner, with dishes like their glazed king oyster mushroom and spicy tofu soup. Many of their options are also gluten-free.
Hands-down, the best place in Atlanta to enjoy 100% vegan baked goods is Dulce Vegan Bakery and Cafe. Their cakes are to die for, though they also serve up a wide range of other pastries you can enjoy while sipping coffee, espresso, or tea. It’s the perfect place to meet a friend for an intimate chat.
The menu at True Food Kitchen is always changing, offering seasonal items packed full of organic and local ingredients. They offer a solid selection of salads, pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches, all designed with a vegan diet in mind. They also offer anti-inflammatory menu items, which is a first for us.
Chinese takeout menus can often be dicey for vegans and vegetarians, packed with meat-filled items. Luckily, Harmony Vegetarian offers all your Chinese favorites in a meat-free and animal-friendly version. Kung Pow “chicken,” lo mein, Moo Shu “Pork,” and hot pot are all available.