Atlanta, Georgia is a city with a great influence on the future while still boasting rich history. Also known as the Black Mecca, Atlanta is easily associated with black achievement in fields like education, business, film & television, and music. You will be mesmerized by the glimmering skylines but also informed and transported to the past when visiting historical sights such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Park or the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Want a more lighthearted experience? Take a tour of the Tyler Perry Studios or even Marvel Studios (many Marvel movies have been filmed in Atlanta!)
In 1925, Atlanta’s first airport was built. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was a very strategic project then and still proves to be now as it has consistently been the world’s busiest airport.
People are not just stopping by on a layover, they are starting to admire what the city in the forest has to offer because in 2021 alone, around 60,000 people moved to the city. With all these recent migration and progress, Atlanta has been ranked sixth best city for vegan and vegetarians. There are more options outside of the delightful peaches!
Let’s explore our list of best vegan food in Atlanta
Cuisine: Farm-to-table, New American
Rated Atlanta’s best vegan cuisine, this restaurant turns vegan food into fine dining. A vegan restaurant that is not fast casual is not as common so this place is for sure a gem. Full Taste Vegan creates every meal from scratch; brunch, lunch, and dinner. Want to celebrate your birthday in a large group? You can do that here too. They even offer a 10-course meal option. We recommend the crowd favorites. Start off the night with the luscious cheese plate, then get the turnip-parsnip scallops for your main dish and finish off with the oh so decadent coconut cream pie, lavender Ice Cream & salted caramel. A dinner so delicious your omnivore friends will question if everything is actually vegan!
Cuisine: Cinnamon rolls
Cinnaholic, as seen on Shark Tank, serves up 100% vegan cinnamon rolls. You’ll no longer miss the nostalgic Pillsbury cinnamon rolls once you try one of these. The sweet aroma begins to fill your nose before you take your first step into the store. You can choose one of the pre-made confections displayed in front of you such as the Old Skool, your classic roll with vanilla frosting or the Caramel Apple Pie, which is self-explanatory! You can even customize your own by choosing a frosting flavor and any combination of toppings. Our personal favorite is Tropical Bliss but you can’t go wrong with anything here. It’s ok if you want to come back everyday to try endless combinations. We do too!
Cuisine: fast-food casual
Slutty Vegan has the best vegan burger we’ve ever had. With two Atlanta locations, this black-owned restaurant originally opened up to spread awareness about vegan options in a community suffering from food-borne ailments. Not only is the food amazing, but you are in for a unique experience when you step foot in the store. The workers are very dedicated to the theme (you will have to see what we are talking about for yourself). You honestly can’t go wrong with any option as they have a rotating menu. Our personal favorites are the One Night Stand and Super Slut burgers. And don’t worry, the fries are included.
Cuisine: bar, american
Located in Ponce City Market, Bar Vegan has become very popular in the Atlanta nightlife scene. From the furniture, wall decor, and DJ this place is sure to delight your senses. This 100% vegan, black-owned bar + restaurant serves up creative signature cocktails and vegan bites to die for. Classic dishes such as sliders, wings, and pizza have been recreated for a fully vegan experience. Bar Vegan is also created by Pinky Cole (owner of Slutty Vegan) so you are guaranteed to have mouth-watering food and enjoy a vibe on your night out. Make sure to come earlier in the night as space fills up quick! While we have not had a chance to experience this groundbreaking bar, we would definitely recommend two favorites that people in Atlanta can not stop raving about: the Cheezesteak Combo paired with the Strawberry Bourbon Smash.
Say hello to Atlanta’s first vegan hibachi ! This is Benihana on the go – but vegan ! You will instantly be met with friendly staff and eye-catching designs that match the hippie theme. You can really have fun with the customizing here: they have great variety in veggie & plant protein. Definitely don’t skip out on the plant-based shrimp and yum yum sauce with any veggie you want. Don’t forget to grab a hippie sticker on your way out!
Cuisine: Soul food
Atlanta is known for black-owned businesses and their plentiful options for soul food. Planted soul checks off both boxes. Have you ever heard of a vegan seafood boil? Well now you have. Planted Soul pays great attention to their menu curations and simply does soul food the right way. Grammy-nominated artist Lizzo even thinks so. Our advice? Get their most famous dish – the Jamaican me crazy platter. You’ll be running back for more once you taste their vegan jerk chicken, mac-n-cheese, collard greens, and cornbread.
Cuisine: juice bar & smoothies
Nothing beats a fresh pressed juice or smoothie to start off your day. Juiceheads is your one stop shop for fresh pressed juice, smoothies, wellness shots, and even a vegan meal if you’re feeling peckish. If you’re feeling extra dehydrated they even have fresh coconuts that the friendly staff cracks open for you on the spot. The coconut water was so fresh that we were instantly transported to the closest tropical island. Juiceheads has cozy indoor and outdoor seating that it is so hard not to sit down and enjoy the live music and conversation. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu but if we had to choose it would definitely be Mama’s Favorite juice with ginger. It’s sweet and fresh and the ginger gives it that extra zing you need for a midday lull.
Cuisine: Southern BBQ
This would not be a proper list for Atlanta without a BBQ joint. Although Georgia does not have a distinct barbeque style, you can find a more tomato based bbq similar to the style in Tennessee at Atlanta’s first plant-based bbq joint. The mock pulled pork will surprise you from its resemblance to the real thing and how jam-packed it is with smokey flavor. We strongly recommend getting exactly what the picture shows: a groveway sandwich, side of mac n’ cheeze and an ice-cold coke to wash down all that goodness.
Chi Chi Vegan prepares vegan tacos like no other. This quaint, pink storefront has both instagrammable decor and food. Believe us, everyone who comes here takes advantage of the photo opp. Does Tabitha Brown ring a bell ? Your visit here would not be complete without the savory + sweet combination of the pollo & pineapple tacos. You might even go back for a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th because it is simply that good. Of course you can’t forget about dessert, grab a mangonada to-go for a sweet,spicy flavor explosion. We’ll be waiting for those instagram pictures.
Vegan Friendly Restaurants in Atlanta
These restaurants are not entirely vegan, but we wanted to highlight them as they are primarily plant-based and have great vegan options. Here are three of our favorite restaurants with vegan options in Atlanta !
Cuisine: Breakfast & brunch, american
Snooze A.M. strives to disturb the typical breakfast and brunch spot menu offerings. They have their own unique spin on breakfast classics. From a pineapple upside down pancake to pumpkin spice bacon. You are sure to have a new breakfast experience with the nostalgia of all the classics. And even better, they have a full bar with seasonal drinks and local craft beers. This is definitely not your average brunch spot. Snooze A.M. may not be an exclusively vegan restaurant, but they happily accommodate diets: they have paleo, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten free friendly. Our advice ? You can’t go wrong with the sweet potato veggie smash up or the tofu scramble if you want something a little more savory.
Cuisine: New American
Looking for the season’s best strawberries or fall’s best vegetables ? True Food Kitchen will probably incorporate that into its health conscious meals. They boast a seasonal menu, so you can go at different times of the year and have completely different menu options. You can dine at True Food Kitchen in other states, but the location located inside of Lenox Mall in Buckhead will definitely dazzle you because of its beautiful, spacious interior, full bar, and excellent customer service. We highly recommend the edamame dumplings and seasonal ingredient salad (these are always on the menu).
Cuisine: Gelato/ice cream, coffee
Three Peaches Gelato will surely put a smile on your face once you try their naturally sweetened dairy-free ice cream. Although not fully vegan as they offer collagen in their signature blend, you can swap it out with pea protein instead for your creamy gelato base. We recommend trying their water based lemon basil gelato and the southern inspired molasses pecan gelato.
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Shantinque is an undergraduate student at Emory University studying Economics and Business Administration. She has followed a plant-based diet for six years and loves how her eating habits have positively contributed to her health. She is passionate about natural healing, sustainability, and supporting small businesses.
When she’s not writing or studying, she spends her time interning at corporate offices to gain applicable experience for her career after college. She loves to travel and try new foods in each city that she visits. She is also a cat lover and has three of her own.