Oh Vegan Soul Nabs Spot on PETA’s List of Top Vegan Soul Food Joints

Group Celebrates the Restaurant for Dishing Up the Best Mac and 'Cheese' Platter in the Whole Country

For Immediate Release:
June 24, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Boise, Idaho – As restaurants welcome diners back after coronavirus shutdowns, PETA is highlighting some of the Top Vegan Soul Food Restaurants across the country—and Oh Vegan Soul has secured a spot on the list.

Owned and operated by Mae Gaines, the award-winning pop-up vendor dishes up delicious vegan twists on classic home-cooked meals like Southern fried chicken and Caribbean jerk jackfruit—plus sides, desserts, and more. Favorites include the Macaroni Platter—a heaping plate of “beefy” mac, Southern baked mac, and BBQ mac alongside BBQ vegan meatballs—and its signature Soul Rice, complete with green onions and meat-free sausage.

“Whether you’re in the mood for unique and super-tasty items or craving an old favorite like fried chicken and greens, Oh Vegan Soul has a vegan dish for you,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the restaurants on PETA’s list are satisfying diners’ hunger for soul food that’s as delicious as it is kind to animals.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that going vegan is a social justice issue. Vegan restaurants help keep some communities from being stranded in food deserts, which contribute to higher rates of strokes, heart disease, and diabetes—all conditions that going vegan can help prevent—and each person who goes vegan combats speciesism, the archaic belief that other animals are inherently inferior to humans and that it’s acceptable to exploit them. Vegans also have a smaller carbon footprint and a lower risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and strokes than meat-eaters do.

The other honorees are Souley Vegan in Oakland, California; Drop Squad Kitchen in Wilmington, Delaware; Veltree in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Trio Plant-Based in Minneapolis.

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