Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
4305 State Bridge Rd., Ste. 108, Alpharetta, GA 30022
Indian. If you want curry, then this is the place! Madras Chettinaad has plenty of vegetable curry dishes and ample appetizer varieties as well. Naan, rice, and soups are all on the menu if you want a lighter meal option. This is classic Indian cuisine, no imitations!
5725 N. Commerce Ct., Ste. 250, Alpharetta, GA 30004
Vegan/bakery. Mama Bakes Safe Cakes is an allergy-friendly dedicated bakery - all items are gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, and peanut-free. They even have a second dedicated baking room for soy-free and nut/coconut-free items. Cupcakes are their specialty; enjoy flavors like Red Rooibos Velvet, Vanilla, Chocolate, Coconut, Mocha, or Chocolate Caramel.
255 W. Washington St., Athens, GA 30601
Vegan/natural foods/bar. Echo is a vegan restaurant and bar in downtown Athens. Enjoy delicious foods like their Chickpea & Sweet Potato Burger, Macaroni & No Cheese, Lentil Loaf, or BBQ Plate (marinated jackfruit). Don't miss their terrific daily specials listed on the blackboard. Live music is featured frequently and their outdoor patio is cozy with white lights strung above the tables.
199 Prince Ave., Athens, GA 30601
Vegetarian/international. According to one visitor, The Grit is "part of the funky Athens scene." This establishment serves global dishes like Indian Samosas, Mexican Mondo Burritos, Lentil Burgers, and the Middle-E Platter with Mediterranean favorites hummus and falafel, as well as several other eclectic dishes. Be sure to try their vegan gravy! Enjoy eating in their artistic dining room, complete with tin ceiling and mosaic tile floor.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Chamblee, Decatur, Duluth, Marietta, Norcross, and Stone Mountain.)
985 Monroe Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
1117 Euclid Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
3757 Roswell Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
2005 Hosea Williams Dr., SE, Atlanta, GA 30317
Juice bar. Wheatgrass, carrot-spinach, and frozen or soft smoothies are among a wide variety of fresh-made vegetable and fruit juice options.
2157 Briarcliff Rd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
Kosher. Broadway Café is a Kosher restaurant featuring Broadway music and memorabilia. They serve various vegetarian and vegan ethnic cuisines, including Chinese, Italian, and Middle Eastern.
2140 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA 30309
5975 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA 30328
Vegetarian/international. Elegant décor and beautifully presented dishes make for a memorable dining experience at Café Sunflower. By incorporating cuisines from the Caribbean, Asia, the American Southwest, and the Mediterranean, they create innovative vegetarian dishes such as Peppercorn Crusted Tempeh, Southern Polenta Napoleon, and Orzo Eggplant Lasagna. All desserts are dairy-free and whole cakes are available with advance notice. Café Sunflower is closed between lunch and dinner so please call ahead for hours.
100 Hurt St., Atlanta, GA 30307
Vegan/bakery/deli. Dough Bakery is a completely vegan bakery and deli. Their sandwich and soup specials are ever-changing but previous offerings have included the French Dip sandwich, "Meatball" sub, Chickpea Pasta soup, Cuban Black Bean soup, and Cuban sandwich. Enjoy sweets including cupcakes, cookies, coffee cake, and muffins. Cakes can be ordered for that special occasion. Dough Bakery is located in Inman Park, just east of downtown Atlanta.
1994 Hosea L. Williams Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30317
Vegan/bakery/café. Dulce Vegan offers completely vegan desserts that are allergy-friendly and free of processed sugars. This bakery/café also serves vegan sandwiches, soups, salads, breakfast items, coffee and tea. Try the 'chicken' salad sandwich made with tempeh, almonds and cranberries followed by a slice of moist coconut cake. These cruelty-free treats will not disappoint! Dulce is located in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta.
1529 Piedmont Ave., Ste. D, Atlanta, GA 30324
Vegetarian/Chinese. Most of Green Sprout's dishes are vegan and those with eggs can be made without them. Items listed as beef, chicken, pork, and shrimp are actually made from flour, potatoes, and other non-meat products. Try their Kung Pao Squid, Spicy Eggplant with Garlic Sauce, Cold Vegetarian Duck, or Divine Portabello Mushroom with Sesame Sweet Sauce. Make sure to go for a weekday lunch when you can get one of their delicious and inexpensive lunch combos. Green Sprout is located in Clear Creek Mall across from Ansley Mall.
875 York Ave., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Vegan/Caribbean. Healthful Essence offers Caribbean cuisine that is all-vegan. Try such items as Jerk UnChicken, Stewed UnSalmon, BarBQ Tofu, or Sweet and Sour UnDuck. Don’t miss their great weekday lunch specials. WiFi is available. Healthful Essence is in the Westend area of Atlanta.
4274 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30319
Natural foods store/café. This whole foods restaurant offers home-baked goods, sandwiches, salads, side dishes, chili, and soup. They also have a health foods store.
1812 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
Natural foods. This café offers vegetarian tacos and burgers, as well as pasta dishes.
421 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Café. Many of the menu items here have both meat and vegetarian options. Breakfast, which is served all day, may include pancakes, the Bionic Breakfast (with potatoes, veggies & a spicy tofu sauce), country-fried tempeh, biscuits & gravy, vegan sweet potato cakes, veggie grits, and a side of soysage. For lunch, have the soup of the day, a salad with or without grilled tempeh, a barbeque tofu sandwich, a tempeh Reuben, a Harvest sandwich with oven-roasted vegetables, or a spinach, grilled corn, and potato quesadilla. Outdoor seating is available.
467 Moreland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Natural foods store/deli. Sevananda is the Southeast's largest consumer-owned cooperative. Its deli has a salad bar and a hot bar with creative, mostly vegan ethnic foods on weekdays and hosts a vegetarian brunch bar on Saturdays and Sundays. They also offer organic coffees and teas, and their bakery is the only 100 percent vegan one in Atlanta.
652 N. Highland Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Vegan/soul food. Soul Vegetarian Restaurant No. 2 is located in Atlanta's Poncey-Highland neighborhood. See description under Soul Vegetarian South in Atlanta, GA.
879 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Vegan/soul food. Soul Vegetarian has its own unique gluten creation called 'kalebone' that is made into burgers, steaks, and salads. Their many other original dishes -- soups, lentil burgers, veggie patties, tofu filet, veggie gyros, salads, and desserts -- are sure to keep your taste buds happy. Children's dinner is also available. Soul Vegetarian South is in the West End area of Atlanta.
227 Sandy Springs Pl. NE, Ste. 302, Atlanta, GA 30328
Vegetarian/natural foods. World Peace Café offers a relaxing environment where you can enjoy a meal with friends or check email on your laptop. Volunteers from a local Buddhist center make up the majority of the staff. The food is organic whenever possible and wheat-free options are available. Afternoon tea is served daily. Make sure to try their signature drink -- mock mint julep.
4897 Buford Hwy., Ste. 109, Chamblee, GA 30341
Vegan/Chinese. Enjoy vegetarian Chinese cuisine including taro dumplings, cold sesame noodles, spinach and bean curd soup, noodle platters, hot pot specials, and more. They also serve mock meats such as "chicken" and "fish." Harmony Vegetarian is located in the Orient Center Shopping Plaza.
1217 Eberhart Ave., Columbus, GA 31906
Vegan. The fare here is "healthy foods that taste good," with a menu that changes daily. A buffet lunch and a soup and salad bar are available. They have a health food store as well, which is also open on Sundays.
1707 Church St., Ste. C-5, Decatur, GA 30033
Vegetarian/Indian. Enjoy a wide variety of vegetarian Indian dishes, including specialities from the nation's south.
2118 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur, GA 30033
Natural foods. Sandwiches and soups are featured along with daily specials. Lunch is full service, but the self-serve salad and hot bars are open until 8 p.m.
2179 Lawrenceville Hwy., Ste. V, Decatur, GA 30033
Vegetarian/Indian. Located only 4 miles from Stone Mountain, Saravanaa Bhavan is part of the popular Chennai-based international franchise. Specializing in South Indian vegetarian cuisine, the restaurant offers traditional dishes including dosa, uthappam, curries, rice dishes, and whole wheat breads. The menu is mostly vegan, except for some curry dishes and desserts made with dairy products. Reservations are required on weekends and recommended for larger groups. Saravanaa Bhavan is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
1707 Church St., Decatur, GA 30033
Vegetarian/Indian. Udipi Café is an all-vegetarian restaurant offering authentic South Indian cuisine. Try their daily lunch buffet for a lot of food at a great price!
6125 Covington Hwy., Ste. 5, Decatur, GA 30035
Vegan/Caribbean. Vegetarian Paradise is a café-style eatery with a juice bar. Their menu features organic, energy-rich foods, particularly fruits and vegetables. They also serve a wide variety of mock meats including fish, steak, lamb and salami. Vegetarian Paradise is located in the Pawn Mart shopping complex.
3675 Satellite Blvd., Ste. 1000, Duluth, GA 30096
American. All sandwiches rolled in a 12-inch flour tortilla; over a dozen are vegetarian.
3300 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Ste. J, Duluth, GA 30096
Vegetarian/Indian. See description under Decatur, GA.
3113 Main St., East Point, GA 30344
Juice bar. See description under Atlanta, GA.
2796 E. Point St., East Point, GA 30344
Vegan/raw foods/organic. Lov'n It Live offers organic and raw vegan cuisine that is prepared fresh daily. The restaurant contains an art gallery and often has live music. They host a "12 Steps to Raw" support group as well as an organic raw food preparation course. Lov'n It Live is located about ten minutes from Atlanta.
1453 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062
Vegan café/organic. Life Grocery & Café is a natural foods store with its own all-vegan café. Life Café features a 100% vegan buffet. juice & smoothie bar, raw foods bar, salad bar, hot food bar, and living and baked desserts.
1475 Terrel Mill Rd. SE, Ste. 105, Marietta, GA 30067
Vegetarian/Indian. Vatica offers fresh daily Indian food at a very reasonable price. The Gujurati Thali, an all-you-can-eat lunch or dinner specialty, consists of one variety of Dahl (kathor, lentil) or Kadhi (curd preparation), two to three varieties of vegetables, salad, puri or roti, and chutney or pickles. Appetizers are also available. Vatica is an affordable way to enjoy a good, home-cooked meal.
6385 Spalding Dr., Ste. E, Norcross, GA 30092
Vegan/Asian/American. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain with the slogan, "Be Veg. Go Green. Save the Planet." They offer gourmet vegan cuisine "for those making the noble transition to a plant-based diet." Although the menu varies by location, it typically includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and special beverages. Both Asian and American meals are served including mock meat and vegetable dishes. Loving Hut was created with a vision that all beings could live in peace, love, and harmony with each other and the planet. This location is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
1102 Bull St., Savannah, GA 31401
Natural foods store/deli. This deli is located in Brighter Day Natural Foods store and offers fresh juices and vegetarian or macrobiotic options with international flavor. Enjoy a view of historic Forsyth Park while dining in a restored 1911 building with hardwood floors and a pleasant atmosphere.
13 E. Park Ave., Savannah, GA 31401
Vegetarian/coffeehouse/café. The Sentient Bean is a café, coffeehouse, and cool place to hang out. Enjoy sandwiches, salads, soups, and baked goods along with organic & fair trade coffees; seating is available inside or in their outdoor courtyard. There's always something going on at the Bean: poetry & literary readings, independent films, live music, and more. Cash only.
108 E. York St., Savannah, GA 31401
International. Zunzi's TakeOut & Catering offers an international menu selection with several vegetarian items. Veggie fare includes Falafel, Pasta Marinara, Vegetarian Curry, and Portobello Mushroom Sub.
2772 Cumberland Blvd., Smyrna, GA 30080
Vegetarian/Indian. See description under Decatur, GA.