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

Group Celebrates the Restaurant for Dishing Up Some of the Best Southern Fried Tofu and Croquettes in the Whole Country

For Immediate Release:
June 25, 2020

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Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

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

Owned and operated by Tamearra Dyson for over 10 years, its menu offers authentic Louisiana Creole favorites—vegan style. Standouts include the Pray 4 Me burger (two housemade patties with all the trimmings and special sauce), Hearty Croquettes (breaded zucchini and hearts of palm served with a zesty sauce), and The Southern Staples Bowl (a generous serving of grits, crispy tofu, and housemade okra gumbo).

“Whether you’re in the mood for unique and super-tasty items or craving an old favorite like crispy chicken and waffles, Souley Vegan 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 than meat-eaters do.

The other honorees are Drop Squad Kitchen in Wilmington, Delaware; Oh Vegan Soul in Boise, Idaho; Veltree in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Trio Plant-Based in Minneapolis.

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