The best vegan spots in Atlanta (or vegetarian-friendly)
Finding the best vegan spots in Atlanta shouldn’t be hard these days, as going vegan or vegetarian is not a new fad. This way of eating is something that many people are trying, as evidenced by growing sales of plant based meat alternatives and the many restaurants in Atlanta that cater to vegans and vegetarians.
With the Lent season coming up (for those that practice Christianity), eating vegan during this 40-day period is often a part of their religious observance. There are many other reasons to choose this diet as well, including lowering your negative environmental impact by eating only plant based food; reducing your risk of chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure; and helping with weight loss. If you’re looking for some of the best restaurants for a vegan meal in Atlanta, then check out this list.
Atlanta City Juice Bar
Also known as Atlanta City Juice Bar & Vegan Lounge, this establishment offers all-organic juice and other invigorating drinks including juices, smoothies, teas, tonics and herb-infused alkaline spring water.
A true pioneer of vegan cuisine in Atlanta, Cafe Sunflower has been serving the community for more than 25 years. They serve an entirely plant based menu for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch including starters, salads, entrees and desserts.
Dulce Vegan Bakery & Cafe
For the past 10 years, the Dulce Vegan Bakery & Cafe has served the community and catered to coffee and dessert lovers with its organic vegan pastries, breakfast sandwiches and coffee drinks.
Go Vinda’s Cafe
Located in the heart of Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood, Go Vinda’s Cafe has plenty of delicious vegan and vegetarian options to satisfy your hunger. There’s also live music there occasionally in the evenings providing a nice atmosphere for your visit.
Grass VBQ Joint
Barbecue is synonymous with Atlanta, and Grass VBQ Joint is Atlanta’s first vegan barbecue restaurant. They use meat alternatives made in-house and smoked with a blend of Georgia woods. There are also plenty of great vegan sides to round off your meal.
With 100% vegan cuisine, Green Sprout has been serving the Atlanta community for 18 years. For meat-free options with a Chinese flair, this is the place to go for a warm and friendly atmosphere with reliably tasty food.
At Healthful Essence Caribbean Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant & Food Truck you’re promised vegetarian cuisine like you’ve never tasted before. The founders of this establishment have been in the business for more than 40 years and strive to bring to life healthy, pleasing comfort food.
If you’re looking for fine dining in Atlanta of the vegan variety, then Herban Fix Vegan Kitchen is where to go. Chef Wendy Chang specializes in preparing pan-Asian fusion cuisine primarily from Southeast Asia. Her mission is to provide food that is both well-plated and delectable in a calming and welcoming environment.
Food to promote healing and health is a core concept of Life Bistro, which aims to help visitors transition to a more conscious diet with delicious food. Dishes are all vegan and range from international options to American comfort food.
Local Green Atlanta
With a mission to redefine healthy, affordable food for all by creating an ecosystem based on trust and accountability, Local Green Atlanta provides visitors with a culinary experience focused on health and taste. This fast-casual restaurant seeks to provide more than just food, but a cultural experience of community connection as well.
Born from the founder’s desire for fresh street food like what was available in her South Texas hometown, this restaurant opened its doors 15 years ago and has been providing fruit-based dishes and Latin American rooted foods to guests ever since. It’s not a totally vegan establishment, but there are a ton of options including dairy-free creams to add to their famous fruit cups.
Lucky Lotus Juice Bar
Birthed from founder Chantel Jiroch’s enthusiasm for a plant based lifestyle and her love for her kids (the establishment is named after her daughter, Lotus), Lucky Lotus Juice Bar serves a range of juices, acai bowls and wellness shots.
Plant Based Pizzeria
You can get delicious plant based pizza at two different locations of Plant Based Pizzeria in Old Fourth Ward or Sandy Springs. Options include veggie-loaded pizzas like the Vegan Deluxe as well as several choices featuring Beyond Meat products.
For more than 40 years, Soul Vegetarian has been providing 100% vegan comfort food to Atlanta with the freshest ingredients possible. All of their dessert options are made with nondairy ingredients, and they also serve fresh juices and teas.
High on the list for the best vegan spots in Atlanta, or at least the most popular, is Slutty Vegan. What started as a food truck now has three brick and mortar locations with two in Atlanta and one in Jonesboro, Pinky Cole’s Slutty Vegan is an Impossible Burger phenomenon. Over just three years, this restaurant has amassed a die-hard fan base as evidenced by long lines that stack up for its offerings. Their menu is streamlined to specialize in vegan burgers, fries and a few other casual sandwiches. It’s an Atlanta favorite that you must try.
Tassili’s Raw Reality
Founded by Tassili Ma’at, this eatery serves Afrocentric raw cuisine in a fast-casual format. Entrees include raw vegan options like spicy kale salad, kale wraps and other choices catering to flexitarian, vegetarian, vegan and raw food lovers.
True Food Kitchen
For a true farm-to-table experience, True Food Kitchen is one of the best choices in Atlanta. Founded by Dr. Andrew Weil, a doctor of integrative medicine, this restaurant’s menu is always changing and every ingredient is carefully selected and handcrafted for flavorful dishes that are well-loved by the Atlanta community.
If you like vegan sandwiches, then head down to East Atlanta for Villy’s, formerly just a pop-up option that has now expanded into a brick-and-mortar restaurant with both sandwiches and desserts. It’s hard to believe that their bacon-wrapped cinnamon rolls are all vegan, but you’ll have to taste them to see for yourself.
Viva la Vegan
You can get a huge variety of vegan foods at Viva la Vegan including fried cauliflower, vegan cheese sticks, chili fries and a mock salmon burger. This establishment has been delighting Downtown visitors with its flavorful food for several years. Their Beyond cheesesteak is mind-blowing, so we recommend starting here.
Whether you’re just dipping your toe in the world of vegan and vegetarian options or you are a committed diet practitioner, there are a ton of options for a vegetarian meal in Atlanta (or vegan!) From fine dining to fast-casual to sloppy burgers, there are so many delicious options, you’ll need plenty of time to try them all. Dining out as a vegan is getting easier and easier, so make it a point to check out the best vegan spots in Atlanta next time you are out and about.
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