Happy New Year AE family! We planned on avoiding resolutions in 2019, but in comes the queen of inspiration Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter and her husband Jay-Z to hype veganism, so now we have to be on board!
That’s right, in 2019 the Carters have co-signed a book by Beyonce’s trainer Marco Borges that’s all about living your best vegan life. Here are some great Atlanta spots to get right in 2019, #Beyhive or not:
Chai Pani: This Decatur delight brings you the best of Bombay street food. You’ll find that a lot of Indian food has many vegetarian options, so it’s a safe bet for vegans quite often if you omit the yogurt and the occasional cheese, but Chai Pani takes the cake with fresh and fun flavors. It’s a whole new world of spices and variety and will help going vegan feel less like you’re eating grass from the front yard.
Slutty Vegan: Cheeseburgers, but make it vegan! This food truck has been taking the city by storm with their plant based patties, decadent toppings, and provocative naming methods. Everyone from meat eaters to literally every celebrity that comes through ATL (Lena Waithe, Big Boi, Jermaine Dupri, Tyler Perry, Tiffany Haddish, Natasha Rothwell, Rose Byrne, it goes on and on) has been #sluttified. There’s always a line for a Sloppy Toppy or One Night Stand but it’s worth the wait. Keep an eye on their Instagram (@Sluttyveganatl) for their location and hours.
Cafe Sunflower: Located in both Buckhead and Sandy Springs this entirely plant-based restaurant has been cooking up nutritious and delicious meat free options since 1994. The Buckhead location gets a special nod for offering Sunday brunch and booze, but both locations are open for lunch and dinner and have so many options you’ll be back to try something new. The word around town is they’re really good at making you forget that it’s meatless, so try to Sesame Soy Chicken and see if it passes for you!
Herban Fix: I imagine this place as the fine dining of vegan food. When you’re plant based, but you still want to feel boujee. Herban Fix is a vegan Asian fusion that elevates the vegan experience with fresh ingredients and high levels of imagination. In the heart of Midtown, they focus on the journey of vegan food and Southeast Asia. It also helps that the building is beautiful, the kind of serenity that makes it reasonable for vegans to talk about being vegan all the time. They also have a Sunday brunch buffet, so bonus points there!
Soul Vegetarian no.2: It wouldn’t be the right if I didn’t include soul food. We’ve all heard that vegan soul food was a thing a few Thanksgivings ago with that notorious video “Beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes…” but let’s be fair it was met with a large serving of skepticism. SV2 also boast their special “Kale Bone” which you can get as a roast or simmered in their BBQ sauce. Sounds too good to be true… but maybe worth the shot?
Maybe you’re not ready to commit to a completely meat, dairy, and egg free lifestyle that is #veganism. You can start small with Meatless Monday or Tofu Tuesday, but give at least one of these tasty Atlanta spots a try. #QueenBey said so!