Vegan soul food is sweeping the nation—think black-eyed peas, collard greens, cornbread, fried green tomatoes, grits, mac ‘n’ cheese, and fried “chicken” (for starters). Is your mouth watering yet? Visit one of these soul food joints to experience scrumptious, compassionate down-home cooking:
CNN called this soul food restaurant “the shiniest rising star in the vegan world.” Popular dishes include the Seitan Pepper Steak, the “Catfish” Tofu, and the Smothered Tempeh.
Detroit Vegan Soul is located at 8029 Agnes St., Detroit, MI 48214 and is coming soon to 19614 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48223.
2. Souley Vegan
You can peruse the vegan menu online, but beware of drooling on your computer keyboard. The Oakland, California, restaurant’s soulful offerings include Creole Style Spaghetti, Black Eye Pea Fritters, Souley V’s Chick’in (Seitan) Nachos, and okra gumbo.
Souley Vegan is located at 301 Broadway Ave., Oakland, CA 94607.
If you are what you eat, we want to be anything that the NuVegan serves. That’s because everything there is 100 percent vegan, with organic and raw options. It has two locations, in Washington, D.C., and College Park, Maryland, and recently added a food truck to share the love throughout the nation’s capital.
NuVegan Cafe is located at 2928 Georgia Ave., Washington, DC 20001 and 8150 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD 20740.
Located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, B’Gabs offers delicious items such as the Loaded Smashed Potato Bowl, nacho salad, jicama fries, and so much more that we want right now.
B’Gabs Goodies is located at 1450 E. 57th St., Chicago, IL 60637.
This Chicago-based gem of a restaurant is dedicated to delicious vegan cuisine—and it’s been open for more than 33 years and counting.
Original Soul Vegetarian is located at 203 E. 75th St., Chicago, IL 60619.
This popular Atlanta-based spot isn’t related to the Chicago restaurant of the same name, but they both serve delicious food.
Soul Vegetarian South is located at 879 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30310.
Feast your eyes on this plate of tofu, mac ‘n’ cheese, yams, and cornbread from another Atlanta restaurant.
Soul Vegetarian Restaurant No. 2 is located at 652 N. Highland Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30306.
8. Stuff I Eat
Reading the descriptions of chef Babette Davis’ menu items is like being transported to vegan heaven. Also check out this video, which will take you on a field trip to Inglewood, California, to experience these divine dishes.
Stuff I Eat is located at 114 N. Market St., Inglewood, CA 90301.
This soulful restaurant started as a pair of food trucks and has since traded in its wheels for a brick-and-mortar location. Scrumptious dishes include spinach quiche, Battered Tofu, and Spice Jerk Tofu. It also offers catering and delivery services.
Soul Veg Tallahassee Restaurant & Catering is located at 1205 S. Adams St., Tallahassee, FL 32301.
10. The Southern V
This Nashville, Tennessee, hot spot will satisfy your sweet tooth with doughnuts, sweet potato pie, caramel apple pie, ice cream cake, and more—in addition to classic savory dishes.
The Southern V is located at 513 Fisk St., Nashville, TN 37203.
11. Moor Herbs
This Detroit-based restaurant and nutrition store serves as a complete marketplace for those looking for plant-based products and meals. Check out this pumpkin pecan pie, gasp!
Moor Herbs is located at 16140 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit, MI 48235
Raw foodists in Washington, D.C., are lucky to have Khepra’s nearby. Dishes such as Avocado Plantain Pie, Creamy Collards, and Jerk Eggplant and sweet treats such as Cashew Cheesecake and Apple Pear Goji Pie also make this restaurant a must-taste destination for visitors.
Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar is located at 402 H St. N.E., Washington, DC 20002.
13. Seasoned Vegan
Harlem’s first full-service vegan restaurant, this family-run operation serves up gourmet soul food that puts a “soul food” twist on Asian, Italian, and Middle Eastern dishes. Its motto is “The food you love, veganized.”
Seasoned Vegan is located at 55 St. Nicholas Ave., Harlem, NY 10026.
Your taste buds will be tantalized by dishes such as vegan BBQ Chicken, Pepper Steak, and Curry Chicken.
Belmont Vegetarian Restaurant is located at 157 Belmont St., Worcester, MA 01608.
This 100 percent vegan restaurant based in Wilmington, Delaware states their mission clearly: “In this wilderness of the Standard American Diet, our kitchen represents a new beginning for food, business, and community…unapologetically!”
Drop Squad Kitchen is located at 928 Justison Street., Wilmington, DE 19801.
16. Vegan’s Delight
Specializing in Jamaican soul food, this Bronx-based restaurant, grocery store, and juice bar has been thriving since 1992. Interesting menu items include vegan fish and prawn dishes, pepper “steak,” and Eggplant Mélange.
Vegan’s Delight is located at 3565-C Boston Rd., Bronx, NY 10469.
Mouthwatering, Creole-inspired items such as Southern-fried nuggets, gumbo, Creole zucchini wraps, and sweet corn polenta can be found at this New Orleans restaurant.
Seed is located at 1330 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70130.
18. Go Vegetarian
This Atlanta-area restaurant doesn’t shy away from vegan meat and features items such as BBQ Vegan Pull Steak Sandwich, BBQ Vegan Rib Tips, and Vegan Sliced Roast Steak with Gravy, among many other hearty dishes.
Go Vegetarian is located at 2179 Lawrenceville Hwy., Ste. H, Decatur, GA 30033.
Interested in incorporating some soul food recipes into your cooking repertoire? Check out one of Bryant Terry’s soul cookbooks, like Vegan Soul Kitchen, to help get you started. You can also check in with your local soul food restaurant and encourage the owners to add some vegan fare to their menu.
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