Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada

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Tennessee

Chattanooga

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Collegedale.)

··Cashew

149 River St., Chattanooga, TN 37405

(423) 355-5486

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, $

··Sluggo's North Vegetarian Café

501 Cherokee Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37405

(423) 752-5224

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, $

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Collegedale

·Village Market Deli

5002 University Dr., Collegedale, TN 37315

(423) 238-3286

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, $

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Jellico

·Sweet Pea Garden Pantry

1244 5th St., Jellico, TN 37762

(423) 784-9484

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.

Open Monday, Friday and Sunday for lunch. Open Tuesday through Thursday for lunch and dinner.
Counter service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC/DISC, $

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Knoxville

El Charro Mexican Restaurant

6502 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

(865) 584-9807

10400 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922

(865) 693-9660

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, $-$$

The Tomato Head

12 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902

(865) 637-4067

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, $$

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint

2052 Town Center Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37922

(865) 692-2426

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.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

Woodlands Indian Restaurant

8520 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

(865) 670-2878

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.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

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Maryville

The Tomato Head

211 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville, TN 37801

(865) 981-1080

Pizza/Italian. See description under Knoxville, TN.

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Memphis

··Balewa's Vegan Gourmet

394 N. Watkins St., Memphis, TN 38104

(901) 859-0590

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, $

Brother Juniper's College Inn

3519 S. Walker Ave., Memphis, TN 38111

(901) 324-0144

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
$

DeJaVu Restaurant

51 S. Main St., Memphis, TN 38104

(901) 942-1400

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, $$

··Imagine Vegan Café

2299 Young Ave., Memphis, TN 38104

(901) 654-3455

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, $

Jasmine Thai & Vegetarian Restaurant

916 S. Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104

(901) 725-0223

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, $$

··The Cosmic Coconut

5101 Sanderlin Ave., Ste. 104B, Memphis, TN 38117

(901) 729-7134

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, $

··Two Vegan Sistas

6343 Summer Ave., Ste. 110, Memphis, TN 38134

(800) 984-0379

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
$-$$

Whole Foods Market

5022 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38117

(901) 685-2293

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, $$

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Nashville

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Madison.)

··Greens Vegan Cafe & Juice Bar

212 Louise Ave., Nashville, TN 37203

(615) 321-4040

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.

Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Open Sunday for lunch and early dinner
Full service
vegan options
fresh juices, take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $

·Grins Vegetarian Café

2421 Vanderbilt Pl., Nashville, TN 37212

(615) 322-8571

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, $

·Sunflower Vegetarian Café

2834 Azalea Pl., Nashville, TN 37204

(615) 457-2568

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.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday.
Cafeteria
vegan options
VISA/MC/DISC, $$-$$$

·The Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant

1896 Eastland Ave., Nashville, TN 37206

(615) 262-2717

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, $-$$

·Woodlands Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

3415 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203

(615) 463-3005

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, $-$$

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