Trio Plant-Based Nabs Spot on PETA’s List of Top Vegan Soul Food Joints

Group Celebrates the Restaurant for Dishing Up the Best BBQ Jackfruit Riblets in the Whole Country

For Immediate Release:
June 25, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

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

Owned and operated by Louis Hunter, it offers a varied menu of wraps, burgers, nachos, and more. Favorites include the For Your Soul Bowl—a hearty helping of mac and “cheese” accompanied by collard greens, Buffalo sauce, cornbread, and BBQ jackfruit riblets—and the Chili Cheeze Fries, which are topped with homemade Southern chili, cashew cheese sauce, and sour cream.

“Whether you’re in the mood for unique and super-tasty items or craving an old favorite like sweet potato pie, Trio Plant-Based 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 move for social justice. 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 Souley Vegan in Oakland, California; Oh Vegan Soul in Boise, Idaho; Veltree in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Drop Squad Kitchen in Wilmington, Delaware.

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