Nashville Debuts as a ‘Top 10 Vegan-Friendly City’

PETA Honors Music City for Feeding the South's Hunger for Delicious Vegan Food

For Immediate Release:
April 20, 2016

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Nashville, Tenn. – Where does vegan singer Carrie Underwood go for a delicious meal? Nashville, of course, where hungry diners can find everything from creamy vegan Caesar salad to meat-free burgers, “meatball” subs, and more. That’s why, for the first time, Music City has landed on PETA’s list of the Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities, making its debut in the number five spot and earning a framed certificate for Mayor Megan Barry to display. Paul McCartney kicked off this year’s list by presenting top honors to Portland, Oregon (photo available here).

“Whether you’re looking for a pizza topped with melty dairy-free cheese or a dozen freshly baked vegan cupcakes, Nashville has the restaurant for you,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “The huge rise in Nashville’s plant-based meals, which are as delicious as they are kind to animals, is music to PETA’s ears.”

Nashville’s all-vegan eateries include Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery, Avo, and Coco Greens Vegan Café & Juice Bar, while the Sunflower Vegetarian Cafe’s menu is largely vegan. The Post East is known for its tofu sandwich and vegan ranch dressing, among other vegan options, and Bagel Face Bakery is the perfect place to find a hearty vegan breakfast featuring vegan sausage and dairy-free butter. Nashville pizzerias with dairy-free cheese include Five Points Pizza, Mellow Mushroom, and Two Boots, among others. Compassionate diners can also check out Sloco for a shaved seitan sandwich, Mad Donna’s for a black-bean burger, or Frothy Monkey for a protein-packed tofu salad.

Rounding out PETA’s list are Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, San Diego, Honolulu, and Seattle, as well as Austin, Texas, and Richmond, Virginia.

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