Nashville has many nicknames. It’s been called The Music City, the Athens of the South, the Buckle of the Bible Belt, and even Cashville. Soon it may take on the nickname of Vegan City, too! Not only are more general restaurants featuring a large vegan menu, these plant-based eateries serve up some of the tastiest fare you can get anywhere. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore, it’s worth your while to dine in as many of these restaurants as possible the next time you’re in Nashville.
Comfort food is served daily at The Southern V. Situated in the Buchanan Street Business District, this family-owned restaurant is known for their plant-based version of Nashville Hot Chick’n that is better than any spicy poultry dish in town. It also offers Southern-style dishes such as a chickpea tuna melt, faux fried “chicken” salad, and biscuits and gravy. The style here is casual, and the servings are generous.
With a name that is short for avocado, AVO is an upscale vegan restaurant that serves both raw and cooked plant-based dishes. There’s a focus on healthy fare, and they posted a pledge on social media to “make eating vegan fun”. That mission has been accomplished! AVO has a bar with a seasonal cocktail menu, and they have Happy Hour from Tuesday through Friday. They usually serve seasonal dishes or specials for holidays, too. Dishes served here include vegetable lasagna, green bowls, soups, and salads.
As a bright and casual eatery, the Sunflower Cafe serves homemade, hearty vegan meals in a comfortable setting. From the moment you arrive at the charming cafe, you feel a bit like you’re arriving to a friend’s cozy home for lunch or dinner. Sunflower Cafe serves a wide variety of vegan sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads, and bowls. It is also noted for ambrosian desserts like its chocolate mousse and no-bake peanut butter cookies.
With its whimsical theme and amazing vegan dishes, Deep Sea Vegan is a place like no other. It’s a family business that’s co-owned by twin brothers Kendall and Kelvis Duffie. They are both certified scuba divers, and their menu reflects their shared passions of diving and vegan cuisine. All their menu items are themed to scuba diving, the ocean, or the beach. They serve a variety of vegan seafood and other dishes, including a fried vegan “fish” sandwich. Michelle Duffie, a partner in the business and the owners’ sister, provides their wildly popular Peach Nemo cobbler that you’ll want to try for dessert! Deep Sea Vegan is currently a pop-up restaurant, so be sure to check the website before planning your next meal here.
As Nashville’s first vegan taqueria, Succulent Vegan Tacos lives up to its name. It is known for its delicious vegan versions of Mexico City street foods. Like Deep Sea Vegan, it’s a pop-up and very popular eatery. Its four signature (and much loved) tacos are al pastor seitan, papas & kale, soy asada, and chipotle carrot & black bean tinga.
The Wild Cow is as fun as its name! This all-vegan restaurant has been going strong for over a decade. It empowered Nashville residents to enjoy its decadent vegan fare throughout the pandemic through take-out options, and the dining room will reopen for guests on May 19, 2021. Some of its most loved menu items include the buffalo beans and greens, mashed sweet potatoes, nachos, and the blackberry and blueberry orange blondie.
As one of the beloved Copper Branch chain of restaurants, Nashville’s Copper Branch is a cheerful, comfortable place to get mouthwatering vegan fare. It recently partnered with JUST Egg and Field Roast to serve an all-day breakfast menu with dishes like the Ultimate Bagel Sandwich that layers the JUST Egg and the Field Roast Plant-Based Breakfast Patty with a topping of vegan cheese and a hash brown. The regular menu includes such treats as chilis, chowders, vegan burgers, smoothies, power bowls, and brownies.
The BE-Hive Deli & Market is a unique, completely vegan deli that has both delicious hot food and cold case staples. They serve vegan roast beef, plant-based seitan chorizo, nacho tots, crunch wraps, taco, and lots more. The deli is also known for its coffee and matcha lattes. The BE-Hive is a collective that strives to support community responsibility, awareness, and involvement in Nashville.