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 Collegedale.)
149 River St., Chattanooga, TN 37405
Vegan/natural foods. Located right by Coolidge Park, Cashew offers completely vegan meals and treats made from local produce. This plant-based café and bakery serves up a large selection of unique specials every day. Be sure to try a vegan sweet like their Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies! Cash only.
501 Cherokee Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37405
Vegan/café/eclectic. Sluggo's North Vegetarian Café is 100% vegan, and includes a variety of dishes such as nachos, sandwiches, the "Popeye Bowl," chocolate oatmeal bars, fudge brownies, and much more. Check out their special events such as movie showings with vegan pizza, live music, and more!
5002 University Dr., Collegedale, TN 37315
Vegetarian/natural foods store deli. This ultra-affordable deli, in a natural foods store catering to the Seventh-day Adventist community, offers hot foods for lunch, such as cheese enchiladas and Spanish lentils and brown rice. Grab-and-go items, a pay-by-weight salad bar, and soups are available until 6 on weekdays. They can also make vegan cakes to order.
1244 5th St., Jellico, TN 37762
Vegetarian/café/deli. The Sweet Pea Garden Pantry is located right off of I-75 offering all vegetarian dishes which are mostly vegan. An attractive setting of beautiful tapestries compliments the simple, yet open café. The owner/chef prepares made from scratch fare such as ciabatta burger and falafel (with lemon dill sauce) which are baked not fried, homemade split pea and lentil quinoa soups, soy-based “chicken” salad and oat based burgers. The zucchini muffins and eggless egg salad are deliciously rich and filling, as are the oatmeal based burgers. The affordable prices and friendly service, in combination with the awesome menu choices and flavors make this a repeat and memorable stop for travelers and locals alike.
6502 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
10400 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922
Mexican. This Mexican establishment offers veggie burritos, enchiladas, tacos, beans without lard, and rice.
12 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902
Pizza/Italian. The Tomato Head offers a variety of pizza topping for their gourmet pizzas. Feast on vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, a hummus pita, or tofu enchiladas. Enjoy your meal in their dining room, which doubles as an art gallery.
2052 Town Center Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37922
Pizzeria. Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is a fast casual, make-your-own-pizza restaurant. There are many vegetarian options, and pizzas can be made vegan with Daiya cheese. Other menu items include salads, paninis, and signature pizzas. Outdoor seating is available. Uncle Maddio's is located at the Northshore Town Center.
8520 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Indian/Pakistani. Woodlands Indian Restaurant is very vegan-friendly. They offer waiter service as well as buffets. Enjoy authentic Indian cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere at Woodlands. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
211 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville, TN 37801
Pizza/Italian. See description under Knoxville, TN.
394 N. Watkins St., Memphis, TN 38104
Vegan/raw foods/organic. Balewa's Vegan Gourmet specializes in organic and vegan raw cuisine. The menu includes fresh salads, sandwiches, wraps, raw soups, and the extremely popular, "live" burger. They also offer a variety of services including herb walks, sprouting classes, and seminars on the benefits of raw foods and holistic living. Balewa's is located at the corner of Watkins and Overton Park near the Sears Crosstown building.
3519 S. Walker Ave., Memphis, TN 38111
American. Be sure to try Brother Juniper's scrambled tofu, granola with rice milk, Greek salad, and unique sandwiches made on Armenian cracker bread.
51 S. Main St., Memphis, TN 38104
Creole. DeJaVu bills itself as a "New Orleans Creole Soul Food & Vegetarian Restaurant." Although meat is served, many vegetarian and vegan selections are offered. Try vegan dishes like Mock Chicken Salad, Tofu Your Way, and Pasta Primavera. Vegan desserts include Chocolate Cake with strawberry sauce.
2299 Young Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
Vegan/café. Imagine Vegan Café is a family-owned restaurant with the goal of giving vegans a taste of the ubiquitous Memphis barbecue but without the meat! Their menu features a wide variety of vegan meat and dairy substitutes in dishes such as chicken nuggets and corn dogs. Enjoy a vegan milkshake or bring your own wine (for a small corkage fee). They hope to have local bands come to play live music on the weekends. Imagine is located in the Cooper-Young neighborhood.
916 S. Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104
Thai. Despite the restaurant name, Jasmine Thai & Vegetarian does serve meat. But they have plenty of vegetarian options (some vegan). Feast on Wonderful Mushrooms, Zucchini and Yellow Squash, or Eggplant with Garlic Sauce in a cozy, friendly atmosphere. Jasmine is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
394 N Watkins St., Memphis, TN 38104
Vegan/bakery. This vegan bakery features a variety of cupcakes and cakes. Flavor options include Snickerdoodle, The Unicorn, and Chocolate Covered Pomegranate. They also have options that exclude gluten, nuts, or sugar. Be sure to check their Facebook page or call in to see what they offer from day to day!
5101 Sanderlin Ave., Ste. 104B, Memphis, TN 38117
Vegan/organic/juice bar/café. The Cosmic Coconut is best known for its smoothies and juices with such cheery names as 'Peace, Love & Pears' and 'Good Vibrations.' They also serve vegan snacks such as Acai Bowl, Steel-Cut Oats, and Coco-Nutties. Free Wi-Fi is available. The Cosmic Coconut is located in the Sanderlin Centre near Bikram Yoga and Muddy's Bakeshop.
6343 Summer Ave., Ste. 110, Memphis, TN 38134
Vegan/raw foods. For tasty vegan eats at a price that can't be beat, Two Vegan Sistas is the place to go! Their menu is all-vegan, soy-free, and mostly raw. They make everything fresh and from scratch. Try their Cashew Burger, Living Pizza, Stir Fry Quinoa, or Bretta's Mock Chicken Salad Sandwich. Save room for a dessert like Raw Strawberry Cheesecake. Two Vegan Sistas offers cooking classes and weekly meal plans. Cash only.
5022 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38117
Natural foods store/deli/juice bar. Stop by for lunch or dinner and experience their juice & java bar, fresh sushi station, pizza station, sandwich station, deli, hot bar or salad bar.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Madison.)
212 Louise Ave., Nashville, TN 37203
Vegan/natural foods. Greens Vegan Café provides a vegan exclusive menu for the everyday vegan, as well as the health conscious. They offer a wide variety of freshly cold-pressed juices as well as a vast amount of desserts that are baked daily in-house. As for their food menu they offer salad, sandwich and stir-fry options. Fan favorites include the “Stand Out” burger made with a beet and lentil based burger and topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and a chipotle aioli, served on the bread or vegetable wrap of your choosing. For healthy comfort food, try their Mac n’ Squash made with a delicious blend of gluten free pasta and a creamy squash sauce.
2421 Vanderbilt Pl., Nashville, TN 37212
Vegetarian/café/kosher. Grins is pronounced "greens," like the Yiddish word for vegetables. Daily special may include Mexican, Thai, or Indian-inspired dishes. This kosher, vegetarian café on the Vanderbilt campus offers entrée and panini specials, as well as a Curried Tofu Wrap, Hummus Wrap, Veggie Sandwich on Maple-Wheat, and other sandwiches. Options include soy mozzarella, and sandwiches that can be made vegan are clearly marked on the menu. The café also offers salads, sides, soups, cookies, muffins, and desserts, many of which are vegan. Grins is located at 25th Avenue in the Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life on the Vanderbilt University campus but is open to the general public and has convenient parking. Please note that Grins is closed during university breaks including summer (May through August).
733 Porter Rd., Nashville, TN 37206
Vegan/bakery/café/juice bar. Khan's Desserts is a bakery that offers a breakfast and lunch menu, as well as a juice bar. Their products do not contain any animal products, artificial flavors and coloring or bleached flour. On the dessert menu, you will find several yummy treats like cakes, cookies, and brownies. One item on the menu that you should try is the cactus burrito. It is prepared with black beans, poblano peppers, cactus, avocado, mixed greens, salsa, cashew cheese, and seitan chorizo on a whole wheat wrap.
2834 Azalea Pl., Nashville, TN 37204
Vegetarian. The Sunflower Vegetarian Café offers a menu of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. A bright and open cafeteria style restaurant with a friendly ambiance and kind welcoming staff make the dining experience a wholesome and refreshing one. Diners can choose from various styles of gourmet veggie burgers of sunflower, black bean, quinoa, or Portobello mushroom caps, delicious gourmet wraps and all-time favorites such as the Thai Ginger Tofu and Vegan BBQ. They even have samples and complimentary cucumber water for lunch. There are so many different variations of tasty fresh combinations, you will always come back to this vegetarian oasis.
1896 Eastland Ave., Nashville, TN 37206
Vegetarian/natural foods. The Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food in a fun, casual environment. They make most everything from scratch and feature great daily specials along with a cold case of grab 'n go items. Menu selections are noted as 'Vegan' or 'Vegan Upon Request' and they have a separate gluten-free menu. Enjoy Mock Chicken Salad Sandwich, Vegan Queso Dip, TLT (tempeh or tofu), or Grilled Tofu Salad. Don't miss their Sunday brunch with a revolving menu that may include tofu scrambler, veggie sausage, and German Toast (their vegan version of French Toast). The Wild Cow is located across the street from the Rose Pepper and just a few minutes from Five Points in East Nashville.
306 46th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37209
Vegan. Vegan Vee is a gluten-free only bakery offering American and European style bakery goods featuring mainly organic ingredients and fresh local fruits. Try their baked doughnuts with unique flavors such as pistachio rosewater and snickerdoodle. There are cookie sandwiches, brownies, blondies and about six muffin varieties offered each day. They also offer raw desserts, breads, rolls and chocolates. Vegan Vee’s tasty treats are also sold at several local markets.
3415 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203
Vegetarian/Indian. Woodlands offers an extensive all-vegetarian menu of South Indian cuisine. Enjoy their awesome lunch buffet. Vegan items are not labeled on the buffet or menu so make sure to check with the very friendly and helpful staff. Woodlands is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.