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

PETA Recognizes East Bay Hot Spot for Its Delicious Cruelty-Free Fare

For Immediate Release:
November 21, 2016

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Oakland, Calif. – Vegan soul food is killing it nationwide as demand soars for delicious down-home cooking that satisfies cravings without clogging arteries or causing animal suffering. That’s why PETA has compiled a list of the top vegan soul food joints across the country—and East Bay favorite Souley Vegan has earned a prime spot for its hearty and healthy fare.

Opened in 2009 by a single mother with zero savings—but a whole lot of passion for cooking scrumptious vegan food—this spot in Jack London Square is going strong, thanks to a mouthwatering menu inspired by Louisiana Creole classics. With robust entrées such as Okra Gumbo over Grits, Seitan “Shrimp” Po Boy, and Creole Style Spaghetti—plus hit-the-spot sides like vegan mac ‘n’ cheese, biscuits with gravy, and southern fried tofu—it’s no wonder that Souley Vegan was the East Bay Express Readers’ Poll Winner for Best Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant in 2016.

“Thanks to Souley Vegan, diners can enjoy all the lip-smacking flavor of classic soul food—minus the cruelty and cholesterol,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Remain. “PETA is calling on soul food lovers everywhere to satisfy their cravings with a hearty and heart-healthy vegan dish today.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that in addition to saving more than 100 animals every year from immense suffering, going vegan reduces diners’ chances of developing heart disease by a whopping 32 percent, according to a large-scale study conducted by Oxford University. Leading medical experts have determined that healthy vegan meals can even reverse heart disease in people who already have clogged arteries. In addition, going vegan reduces one’s risk of suffering from diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

PETA offers a free vegan starter kit here. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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