Nashville has undergone a huge transformation in the past few years. We’ve gone from being famous for fried chicken, BBQ, Southern comfort food, and underwhelming pancakes to now having a plethora of gluten-free, vegan, and organic options in every neighborhood is a BFD.
This roundup doesn’t just include the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants — Nashville has expanded its health food scene to include a range of good-for-you restaurants and on-the-go healthy options serving up high-quality meals suited for all types of eaters. And we’re here to help keep you up to date on the healthiest restaurants in Nashville right now.
Stock up on all the good stuff at Vui’s Kitchen—bone broth, summer rolls, a banh mi, a lotus root salad—and you’ll leave feeling light and energized. Vui’s is a healthy Vietnamese cafe featuring delicious fresh coconut, avocado shakes, and Vietnamese Iced Coffee to sip. You can find Vui’s original cafe in Berry Hill, and its larger locale in Germantown.
This pink and rose gold Cuban restaurant in the Gulch has the menu clearly laid it out for those who need to see vegan, dairy-free, vegetarian, or paleo options. Order several plates for the table to share and have yourself a feast — we highly recommend the avocado, fingerling potatoes, and the goat.
AVO off Charlotte Ave. is hard to miss thanks to the brightly-painted avocados dotting the building. More than just avocados, this upscale vegan plant-based cheese plate, and try some of our favorite dishes, including Mushroom Tartare Toast, Seasonal Squash Bowl, and the Zucchini Pasta Verde.
Across the street on 12th South, Epice is a Lebanese restaurant that’s great for a date night out. The cozy, relaxing, and modern restaurant is small and intimate, making it so you’ll feel as if you’re sitting in a Lebanese kitchen eating family-prepared food. Scales of turmeric, cayenne, and other spices hang from the ceiling, so you know your food is prepared with the healthiest ingredients and ounces and ounces of flavor.
The Wild Cow
Everything at The Wild Cow in East Nashville is made vegan, but anyone has the option to add dairy, and gluten-free options are clearly marked. The best part, though, is this place has all the best plant-based “junk” food you can imagine, but prepared in the healthiest way possible, of course. So load up on the vegan nachos or buffalo tempeh, you’ve got no reason not to.
Just around the corner from The Wild Cow is Graze. This plant-based bistro and bar has vegan-style animal fries (that melty cashew cheese goes straight to your soul), cashew dip, and the best vegan brunch in town. Want the yum earlier? Brunch includes items like a root veggie biscuit, tofu rancheros, and cauliflower sausage biscuit.
A Berry Hill favorite, Sunflower Cafe touts a laid-back cafeteria style and delicious plant-based plates, making it welcoming to vegans and non-vegans alike. Walk along the bar to design your own bowl and pick whatever sides catch your eye. Oh, and get the caramelized apples. Trust us — just get them.