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. Open Tuesday through Sunday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Monday. Counter service, take-out, VISA/MC, $.
428 Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37402
Vegetarian/natural foods/juice bar. Green Thumb Vegetarian Kitchen is a very bright and colorful eatery offering sandwiches, salads, soups, hot dishes, and a juice and smoothie bar. The restaurant is in the former location of Country Life. Open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday for lunch. Closed Monday and Saturday. Limited service, vegan options, take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, VISA/MC/DISC, $.
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! Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday. Limited service, take-out, catering, espresso/cappuccino, VISA/MC/DISC, $.
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. Deli open Monday through Friday for lunch. Store open Sunday through Thursday for three meals. Open Friday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Saturday. Deli-style, vegan options, take-out, VISA/MC/DISC, $.
6502 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
10400 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Mexican. This Mexican establishment offers veggie burritos, enchiladas, tacos, beans without lard, and rice. Open daily. Full service, take-out, wine/beer/alcohol, VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$.
12 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902
Pizza/Italian. The Tomato Head offers a variety of pizza topping for their gourmet pizzas. Feast on vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, a hummus pita, or tofu enchiladas. Enjoy your meal in their dining room, which doubles as an art gallery. Open Monday for lunch. Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, take-out, delivery, catering, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$.
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. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday. Counter service, take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $.
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. Open Tuesday through Saturday for three meals. Closed Sunday and Monday. Full service, vegan options, take-out, catering, $.
936 Florida St., Memphis, TN 38106
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. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday. Full service, vegan options, take-out, catering, fresh juices, special beverages, VISA/MC/DISC, $$.
2299 Young Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
Vegan/café. Imagine Vegan Café is a family-owned restaurant with the goal of giving vegans a taste of the ubiquitous Memphis barbecue but without the meat! Their menu features a wide variety of vegan meat and dairy substitutes in dishes such as chicken nuggets and corn dogs. Enjoy a vegan milkshake or bring your own wine (for a small corkage fee). They hope to have local bands come to play live music on the weekends. Imagine is located in the Cooper-Young neighborhood. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Limited service, take-out, fresh juices, soymilk, beer, VISA/MC, $.
916 S. Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104
Thai. Despite the restaurant name, Jasmine Thai & Vegetarian does serve meat. But they have plenty of vegetarian options (some vegan). Feast on Wonderful Mushrooms, Zucchini and Yellow Squash, or Eggplant with Garlic Sauce in a cozy, friendly atmosphere. Jasmine is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday. Full service, vegan options, take-out, beer/wine, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$.
2886 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 38111
Vegan/juice bar. This small juice and smoothie bar is Memphis' only vegan drive-thru, offering a wide array of juices, smoothies, lattes, and homemade baked goods. Try the Pomme Carrote Cannele which is a fruit cider containing apple, carrot, lemon, and cinnamon. Choose from a variety of smoothies including the Avocet-Lait which is a blended avocado shake with coconut, coconut milk, pineapple, stevia, and lime. Outdoor seating is available. Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. Counter service, take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, VISA/MC/AMEX, $.
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. Open Tuesday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Sunday and Monday. Limited service, take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, special beverages, VISA/MC, $.
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. Open Sunday through Thursday for lunch and dinner. Open Friday for breakfast and early lunch. Closed Saturday. Full service, take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, $-$$.
5022 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38117
Natural foods store/deli/juice bar. Stop by for lunch or dinner and experience their juice & java bar, fresh sushi station, pizza station, sandwich station, deli, hot bar or salad bar. Open daily. Cafeteria, vegan options, take-out, fresh juices, VISA/MC, $$.
(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Madison.)
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). Open Monday through Thursday for lunch and dinner. Open Friday for lunch. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Cafeteria, vegan options, take-out, catering, VISA/MC, $.
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. Open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for brunch. Closed Tuesday. Limited service, vegan options, take-out, soymilk, smoothies, wine, VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$.
3415 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203
Vegetarian/Indian. Woodlands offers an extensive all-vegetarian menu of South Indian cuisine. Enjoy their awesome lunch buffet. Vegan items are not labeled on the buffet or menu so make sure to check with the very friendly and helpful staff. Woodlands is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, take-out, catering, special beverages, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$.