When you think about Southern cuisine, vegetarian dishes probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. Growing up in the South provided endless occasions that centered on food, family, and fun. When I became a vegetarian in college, I discovered that the Atlanta vegetarian scene was rich in flavor and culture. In exploring local restaurants, I found plenty of vegetarian options that showed me that although the dishes were meatless, the love and charm of Southern cooking was there in every bite. I’ve cooked up a vegetarian food guide for foodies discovering (or rediscovering!) Atlanta’s veggie-friendly flavors.
590 Auburn Ave NE
Auburn Avenue is arguably the most historic street in Atlanta. Located steps from Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood home, LottaFrutta’s Pan-Latin origin adds to the multicultural roots of the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. The core of LottaFrutta’s menu is the Mexican-style fresh-cut fruit cups, South American–style smoothies, and Cuban-inspired grilled sanduches followed by traditional Mexican paletas and Ecuadoran helado (ice cream). With Atlanta temperatures routinely reaching well into the nineties during the summer, LottaFrutta’s light menu will help to cool you off and give you energy to explore. Sip and eat outside and strike up a conversation with the friendly locals, or beat the heat inside and hear awesome stories from the owner about her grandfather’s orchard and fruit-carving skills. LottaFrutta is the perfect spot to start your day.
Tassili’s Raw Reality
1059 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd
If you’re a fan of spicy fare, you must check out this raw vegan restaurant in Atlanta’s West End. Tassili’s provides a unique variety of raw vegan entrées like spicy kale salad, kale wraps, and homemade desserts. Six years ago, Tassili Ma’at, the owner, set out to make the best kale in Atlanta and to provide this delicious superfood to the community. By seasoning raw kale with a variety of spices, onion, soy, avocado, and tomato, Tassili’s succeeds in both endeavors. In addition to all the kale goodness you will enjoy at Tassili’s, you can try the gluten-free desserts, which include the African Carob Cake and Carob Climax Brownie. The welcoming Afrocentric ambience of Tassili’s creates a really chill vibe to relax in and enjoy raw vegan treats. Come to Tassili’s hungry and leave full of the best raw vegan cuisine in Atlanta!
The Corner Grille
3823 Main St
The Corner Grille is located near the airport, so stop by on your way into or out of town. The friendly wait staff and cute neighborhood will make you forget you’re in the middle of a bustling city. Come for brunch, lunch, dinner, or dessert and you will leave full and satisfied without spending a lot of money. I really enjoy the pasta dishes, especially the cajun pasta (hold the sausage, please). The chef layers the flavors and textures in the dishes so well. My waiter told me the chef adds a tangy secret sauce to make these dishes extra tasty—but you didn’t hear it from me! If pasta isn’t your thing, come for a light brunch with your crew. If you taste the beignets with your eyes closed, you’ll swear you’re in France. They’re that good. As an added bonus, the interior of The Corner Grille gives off uptown loft vibes, with exposed brick and clean lines that are perfect for the ’Gram.
Le Petit Marché
1984 Hosea L. Williams Dr
This cute little French-inspired café is off the beaten path in the quiet Kirkwood neighborhood and serves American food. Le Petit is my favorite brunch spot, and I’m sure it will have you planning your next trip back to the city soon. The menu has something for whatever you have a taste for. Are you in the mood for a salad? How about a panini? You can even get oatmeal at this eatery. You won’t feel limited as a vegetarian here. Personally, the tofu scramble is my go-to breakfast item at Le Petit. The French toast is a close second. In addition to the tasty menu items, the fried apple pie and chocolate croissant with fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth. My favorite part of Le Petit is the family vibe. Pops, the owner’s dad, greets customers while her mother whips up mouthwatering soups. I recommend you ask for the creamy potato soup. As you dine, feel free to fill the journals on the tables with stories of your Atlanta adventures.
535 10th St NW
Sublime is the place to grab a unique doughnut, with enough different choices that you might as well grab a dozen. The Brown Sugar Oat Wheat Cinnamon Twist is as good and fun to eat as it sounds, but the Fresh Strawberry N Cream doughnut will always be a classic. They have ice cream too! And if you want to get really fancy, call a day ahead and order custom doughnuts that spell out your name or a fun message. Located across the street from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Sublime offers a 15% discount to anyone with a valid student ID and it’s open 24 hours a day. Make sure to get the A-Town Mocha doughnut to commemorate your time in the A.