Not that long ago, it took some effort to locate vegan dining options in Music City, but cut to 2021, and there is plenty of yummy plant-based fare. The Nashville restaurant scene has clearly caught on and is rising to the occasion! Whether you’re vegan or merely vegan-curious, here are 14 not-to-be-missed vegan dishes found on local menus.
14 Must-Try Vegan Dishes on Local Menus
Kimchi Spring Rolls from AVO
3 City Blvd. #200, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 329-2377
It’s nearly impossible to choose only one standout dish from AVO because the menu is chock-full of them. However, if forced to pick only one, the Kimchi Spring Rolls win every time. Also gluten-free, this crave-worthy appetizer is an AVO menu staple and a favorite among SB staff members (not to mention a multitude of other Nashvillians) . The kimchi and cashew filling, spring mix, collards, cucumber, and carrot and cabbage slaw merge to create a depth of flavor that’s out of this world, and the Thai peanut dipping sauce is downright addicting! Pair the tasty starter with a house-made avocado margarita, and you’ll be in heaven — whether you’re vegan or not!
Vui’s Vegan Pho from Vui’s Kitchen
Berry Hill: 2832 Bransford Ave., Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 241-8847
Germantown: 1120 4th Ave. N. #101, Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 610-3383
East Nashville: 975 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 610-3396
Franklin: 1201 Liberty Pike #113, Franklin, TN 37067 • (615) 567-5962
Vui’s Kitchen may not serve an entirely vegan menu, but it definitely serves delicious pho! The fast-casual healthy restaurant is known for its traditional Vietnamese cuisine made with whole food ingredients. While it’s certainly possible to get the slow-simmered soup with beef or chicken, Vui’s Kitchen comes through with a flavorful vegan option that brims with mushrooms, tofu, rice noodles, bean sprouts, onions, fresh herbs, jalapeño and lime. How soon is lunch?
“Nashville Hot” Kale Salad from E+Rose Wellness Bodega
The Gulch: 1201 Demonbreun St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 200-7684
Brentwood: 700 Old Hickory Blvd. Suite 203, Brentwood, TN 37027 • (615) 678-8364
Wedgewood-Houston: 610 Merritt Ave., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 915-2734
The 505: 501 Church St., Nashville, TN 37219 • (615) 942-6521
Peabody Plaza: coming spring 2021
Nashville is known for its hot chicken — no surprise there. But did you know you can also get the legendary Nashville-born flavor in a vegan salad? E+Rose Wellness Bodega, a plant-based eatery with four (soon to be five) Nashville locations, offers several vegan salad options, including the “Nashville Hot” Kale Salad. They toss local kale, shredded carrots, cashews, hemp seeds, diced cucumber, crunchy chickpeas and paprika. The homemade “Nashville Hot” green sauce, a dressing made from fresh ingredients such as pumpkin seeds, cashews and jalapeños, gives it a protein-packed kick.
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BBQ Chik’n Quesadilla from Graze Nashville
1888 Eastland Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 686-1060
Nothing says “Southern Comfort Food” quite like barbecue, and thankfully, Graze Nashville has us covered. The plant-based bistro and bar in East Nashville serves a BBQ Chik’n Quesadilla that features BBQ soy strips, BE-Hive cheese, spinach, black beans, peppers and onions, along with sides of vegan ranch and pico de gallo. Unsurprisingly, it’s one of the most popular items on the menu.
Fried Chxn Sandwich from The BE-Hive Deli & Market
2414 Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 733-9609
On Gallatin Avenue in East Nashville, sandwiched between live music venue The East Room and oddities shop Hail Dark Aesthetics, sits The BE-Hive Deli & Market. Small and unassuming, it’s the predominant go-to for vegan meat substitutes. Their vegan deli “meats” are so popular, in fact, they distribute their products across the country — you can find them from New York to California and everywhere in between, including in dishes at the majority of the restaurants on this list such as AVO, Graze and Wild Cow. You can also create your own case of deli options through their online market and have them shipped directly to your door. And while their wholesale and catering business is booming, so is their deli, which offers a plethora of classic sandwiches and sides to satisfy your palate. A local favorite is the Fried Chxn Sandwich, made of seitan, which comes in “Plain Gain,” Buffalo, and Nashville Hot.
Philly Cheese from Vege-licious Cafe
513B Fisk St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 942-6978
With menu items like the “Soul Food Plate” and the “Not” BLT Po Boy, it’s clear Vege-licious Cafe is giving us hearty home-style comfort food in spades — and it’s 100% vegan. Making its mark on their menu, the Philly Cheese is a tasty hoagie smothered in house-made seitan, peppers, sautéed onions and vegan cheese. Yum!
Buffalo Beans and Greens from Wild Cow
1100 Fatherland St. Suite 104 11/22, Nashville, TN 37206 • (615) 262-2717
A long-standing vegan spot on the Nashville restaurant scene (they opened a decade ago), Wild Cow offers an extensive menu with everything from tacos to salads and wraps. But it’s their Buffalo Beans and Greens entrée that has customers talking. With sautéed garlicky kale, pinto beans, brown rice, shredded carrots and grilled tofu or tempeh tossed in the house buffalo sauce and topped with vegan ranch, you’re in for a flavor-packed treat.
Jerk Fried Jackfruit from Radical Rabbit
Radical Rabbit is a pop-up that delivers soul food, soul food and more delicious soul food. From gumbo to loaded Mac and Cheeze, owner Mariah Ragland brings us family-friendly vegan fare that’s simply divine. She posts her weekly menu on Instagram, and there’s no question her food is getting rave reviews. Her dishes often center around the exotic jackfruit, which easily absorbs the flavors it’s seasoned with or marinated in. One such dish is the Jerk Fried Jackfruit, which can often be found for grab-n-go at Citizen Market in the Hunters Station food hall.
Chick’n & Waffle from The Southern V
1200 Buchanan St., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 802-8136
A nod to the popular combo of chicken and waffles, this vegan version from Southern-style eatery The Southern V is everything you want it to be — a Belgian waffle topped with two pieces of crispy, fried and seasoned goodness (which happens to be seitan) and served with 100% pure maple syrup. Brunch — or dinner — just got even better.
Al Pastor Tacos from Succulent Vegan Tacos
900 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 880-2001
One of the Nashville Farmers’ Market’s newest restaurants, Succulent Vegan Tacos is a fast-casual plant-based taqueria with authentic Mexican street food. The menu offers all sorts of yummy traditional fare. Still, the signature tacos are where it’s at — especially the Al Pastor, which consists of marinated seitan, topped with pineapple, onion, cilantro and lime.
Jalapeño-Style Burger from Sunflower Cafe
2834 Azalea Pl, Nashville TN 37204 • (615) 457-2568
Sunflower Cafe in Berry Hill has one of Music City’s most extensive vegan menus, and much of it can be adapted to be gluten-free as well. And while there are plenty of options — from wraps to salads to bowls — it’s the jalapeño-style burger we crave. The classic Sunflower burger is topped with red onions, spring mix, tomato, sundried tomato spread and garlic aioli, and it’s finished with sliced jalapeños. SO good! Ask for a gluten-free bun should you so desire. And if you’re out near Donelson, check out Sunflower Bakehouse, the vegan restaurant and gluten-free bakery that’s a sister to the cafe.
XL Brownies from Vegan Vee Bakery
306 46th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37209
Sylvan Park’s Vegan Vee Bakery specializes in vegan and gluten-free baked goods of every kind, from breakfast muffins and donuts to cakes and cookies. Though the storefront is currently closed, they’re still offering online shipping and Saturday pickups, with the menu frequently rotating to reflect seasonal selections. One of the menu staples is the XL Brownies, a nut-free, triple chocolate square sweetened with organic maple. Who says vegan and gluten-free desserts can’t be decadent?
Log Cabin Latté Ice Cream from KOKOS® Ice Cream Scoop Shop
3 City Ave. Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 730-7807
As if the name weren’t intriguing enough, the Log Cabin Latté ice cream from local plant-based ice cream shop, KOKOS® Ice Cream Scoop Shop, is a nostalgic treat reminiscent of a fresh pot of coffee paired with maple syrup pancakes, a hint of smoke, and a drizzle of cinnamon. The seasonal flavor is available in scoops at the door and 16-ounce cubes online. Oh, and the shop itself is conveniently located right next to AVO, which has the makings of an afternoon filled with delicious vegan dining!
OG Classic Banana Pudding from The Fair Shepherd
Via Radical Rabbit: (865) 214-7116
Ah, the nostalgia abounds. Childhood memories of digging into a perfectly luscious banana pudding come flooding back with The Fair Shepherd’s locally made vegan OG Banana Pudding. There are several other dessert-in-a-mason-jar options to choose from, including the Oreo Brownie and Strawberry Shortcake Banana Puddings, but the classic OG is the one that will take you back. Since The Fair Shepherd is a super small operation, you can purchase the plant-based sweet treats through Radical Rabbit.
We hope you’re inspired to check out some new and delicious vegan dishes!
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