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THE BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN EATS IN NASHVILLE

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NICHOLAS MILEWSKI

SEP 12, 2019

It's no secret that Southern soul cooking goes heavy on the meat and dairy. But what may come as a surprise is how quickly the veggie-loving community in Nashville is growing. Recently, there's been a push to make the most of the abundance of fresh, local produce.

Thanks to the surrounding farmlands and a whole bunch of foodies who like to keep it sustainable, Nashville has some of the best veggie eats in the South.

If you find yourself near Centennial Park, you’ll want to pop into AVO, a 100% plant based restaurant off of Charlotte Ave. Sink your fork into a mostly gluten-free menu of raw and cooked dishes packed full of locally-sourced vegan ingredients. Oh, and did we mention that this modern, healthy restaurant is set inside a big shipping container? Yes, a shipping container. And, like their name suggests, they're best known for their avocado margaritas! We’ll see you during happy hour.

The Wild Cow is one of the OG fully-vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Nashville. Almost everything on the menu is organic, locally sourced, and made in-house from whole foods. This restaurant prides itself on using fresh ingredients, and it shows in the quality of the meals they serve. Our recommendation? Try their sweet potato and black bean tacos the next time you’re in the Eastland area.

Vui's Kitchen

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This place is amazing—pho real. With two locations in Berry Hill and Germantown, Vui’s Kitchen does Southeast Asian food right — by that we mean, light, fresh, and full of veggies. Certified by Eat REAL Tennessee, you know you’re getting a holistic, environmentally-friendly, and mouth-watering meal. While Vui’s offers paleo delights like bone broth, they can also make most items vegetarian or vegan.

With a name like Coco Greens, you can definitely expect some hardcore veg-love. And Coco’s delivers on all fronts. This fully-vegan restaurant and market serves up their plant-based dishes even late into the night. So the next time you’re out in Music Row, swing by the Louise Ave shop for a meatless snack, alkaline water, or any one of their many healthy products.

Slightly hidden on the Vanderbilt campus, Grins slings some amazing vegetarian soups and sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every weekday. Don’t worry — they’ve got plenty of parking for non-students. Just make sure you do yourself a favor and dig into one of their vegan cookies; you won’t regret it.

It’s time to put the laid-back, super-casual vegan cafe trend to rest and open the door to more upscale vegan eats. We love cheap vegan food, don’t get us wrong, but we could use more places that focus just as much on the atmosphere and experience as they do on the food. Graze is exactly that. Right on the corner of Eastland Ave. in East Nashville, Graze is a buzzing vegan restaurant that offers brunch and entrées like roasted veggie alfredo, seitan steak and potatoes, and spaghetti and wheatballs.

Over in the quaint neighborhood of Berry Hill, this hidden gem serves up some of the best burgers in all of Nashville. In our not so humble opinion, Sunflower Cafe's veggie patties are better than the OG meat variety— they’re that good. Oh, and if burgers aren’t your thing, head over for a bit of vegetarian barbecue.

If you consider yourself a hardcore herbivore, we’ve got some news: the best, authentic Indian food in Nashville also happens to be fully vegetarian. Right past Midtown on West End Ave., Woodlands serves up a Palak Paneer (creamy spinach curry) that’s absolutely to die for. They also offer plenty of dishes with vegan-friendly options, so there's something for everyone.

Think that eating vegan means you’ll forever miss out on Nashville hot chicken? The Southern V in the Buchanan Street Business District is the answer to your prayers. Sink your teeth into their vegan hot fried chick’n dish with a side of mac n' cheese, and order a doughnut for dessert. While it may not look like it, everything on this made-from-scratch menu is completely plant-based. The weekend breakfast menu even puts hot chick’n in a biscuit. Need we say more?

Nestled in the heart of Sylvan Park on the West side of town, Vegan Vee is a dedicated vegan and gluten-free bakery boasting American and European delights like doughnuts, muffins, cakes, and more. All ingredients are organic, and no artificial flavors or sweeteners are used. The only downside is that you only have three days a week to indulge, so make sure to stop by Friday-Sunday until 2pm.

Using food for fuel is the idea behind the menu at E+ROSE Wellness Cafe. Whether you’re in the mood for a smoothie bowl, avocado toast, fresh pressed juice, or snack on-the-go, they have you covered with plenty of vegetarian options to keep you full and happy. Stop by in the Brentwood area or downtown across from The Diner on 3rd Ave. for a refreshing treat.

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