Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Homewood and Hoover.)
1901 11th Ave., S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Vegetarian/natural foods store/café. Come to Golden Temple for American favorites like veggie hot dogs and cheeseburgers, or satisfy your hunger with a tofu salad sandwich and vegan soup of the day. A market and café all in one, Golden Temple is completely vegetarian! The market features a wide array of products including organic produce, raw foods, vegan snacks, and vegan mineral makeup.
1918 11th Ave., S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Thai. This formal restaurant offers sushi, stir-fries, and many traditional Thai dishes. Nearly everything on their menu can be made vegetarian or vegan upon request. Surin West is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
3719 3rd Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35222
Natural foods/eclectic. The Bottletree Café is a unique place. It's a bar and music venue but also a café that is extremely vegetarian-friendly. Try their homemade black bean burger, vegan chili, tofu hot dogs, blackened tofu tacos, or a mixed green salad with vegan ranch dressing. Outdoor seating is available.
1106 12th St., S., Birmingham, AL 35205
Mediterranean. Enjoy Middle Eastern dishes including hummus, baba ghanouj, tabbouleh, and falafel. The Pita Stop is located near the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Southside. The restaurant is closed on Fridays and Saturdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
28600 US Highway 98, Daphne, AL 36526
Thai. Bangkok Thai Cuisine offers a large selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes such as Vegetable Pad Thai, Curry, Fried Rice, and more.
2323 W. Main St., Ste. 105, Dothan, AL 36301
Vegan/raw foods. Eve’s Garden offers a vegan menu with dishes ranging from pastas and pizzas to sandwiches, nachos, and enchiladas; there’s also a small breakfast menu. Cooked dishes are clearly noted but most are raw – the pastas are made with zucchini or kelp noodles and sandwiches are served on rehydrated bread. Desserts include salted caramel bars and chocolate ganache. Chocolate cravings can also be met with a chocolate protein shake or chocolate mesquite smoothies. The café has daily specials and a seasonal menu.
1841 Montgomery Hwy., Hoover, AL 35244
Indian. Royal India Cuisine and Grill is located in The Plaza at Riverchase. The menu has a number of vegetarian friendly options. Choose from dishes like the Bengan Bharta (an eggplant dish) or Navratan Curry. Closed between lunch and dinner, so call ahead for hours. Accepts reservations.
2420 Jordan Ln., Ste. J, Huntsville, AL 35816
Caribbean. Curry-N-A-Hurry has lots of vegetarian options and some vegan ones, though they are not listed as such. They offer wraps and huge plates of home-cooked Caribbean dishes. The restaurant provides a great environment with soca music and casual decor. Curry-N-A-Hurry serves imported sodas with sparkling water, like Apple Jay from Jamaica.
413 Jordan Ln. NW, Huntsville, AL 35805
Café/coffeehouse/juice bar. Jamo's Café serves Middle Eastern and American fare with several vegetarian options. Try the Vegetarian B.L.T. and the soups, which are always vegetarian. Jamo's is near the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
7540 Memorial Pkwy., SW, Ste. R, Huntsville, AL 35802
6125 University Dr., NW, Huntsville, AL 35806
Mexican. Rosie's offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare in an open, authentic, and family-style Mexican restaurant. Try the vegetable burrito with mushrooms, zucchini, onions, bell peppers, and beans. Also note that the rice and beans used in vegetarian dishes are prepared without chicken broth, as opposed to the meat dishes.
3821 Airport Blvd., Mobile, AL 36608
5345 Highway 90 W., Mobile, AL 36619
Thai. See description under Daphne, AL.
4715 Airport Blvd., Mobile, AL 36608
Middle Eastern. Jerusalem Café offers traditional Mediterranean dishes such as hummus and falafel. They have many vegetarian and vegan dishes to choose from.
5660 Old Shell Rd., Mobile, AL 36608
Pizzeria/bar/eclectic. Mellow Mushroom is a pizzeria chain known for its cool vibe, tasty eats, and craft beer. They offer a large variety of vegetarian options, many of which can be made vegan. They serve appetizers, salads, calzones, hoagies, pizza, and micro brews. Their crust and red sauce are both vegan and they offer Daiya vegan cheese as well. Vegan pizza toppings and sandwich fillings include tofu, tempeh, and fresh veggies like avocado. Their Mega-Veggie pizza is very popular. Mellow Mushroom cares about its sustainability; their napkins, paper towels, tissues, and pizza boxes are made from 100% recycled material. This location is in the Country Club area of Mobile.
3952 Airport Blvd., Ste. B, Mobile, AL 36608
Natural foods store/café. Virginia’s Health Foods is a natural foods store offering organic produce, personal care products, books, and more. Within the store is the Sunflower Café, which features many vegetarian and vegan items, all of which are labeled on the menu. For lunch, try the hummus of the day or vegan falafel with soy yogurt. Dinner options include lemongrass stir fry and Thai peanut pasta. They also offer a children's menu with some vegan options.
9 Du Rhu Dr., Mobile, AL 36608
American. Zoes Kitchen offers fresh, original fare in a relaxed and casual setting. Enjoy salads, sandwiches, hot entrées, and more. Try the Hummus Salad Plate. Zoes is located in the Legacy Village shopping center at Spring Hill.
908 Main St., Roanoke, AL 36274
Vegetarian. The premier indoor farmers market in Roanoke, Alabama also offers this vegetarian restaurant. Local fresh produce and food are their main staple as well as a variety of beer and wine. It offers a friendly environment and relatively cheap dishes. Their happy hour offers more entrees and live music every Thursday!