Nashville is a booming city right now. Apparently, about 85 people move there everyday! With that surge of people, comes a surge of awesome restaurants, including vegan-friendly restaurants! I only live about an hour from Nashville. Often, I visit friends there, or hop over with my boyfriend, Cass, for dinner at one of our favorite places. This post is a a list of my favorite places to eat.
Now, I haven’t been to all vegan-friendly places in Nashville. So I plan to update this list every time I make it to a new place! If you have any suggestions of restaurants, leave a comment below!
The Wild Cow – 1896 Eastland Avenue
The Wild Cow is my most-visited restaurant in Nashville. I loved this place way before I was even vegan! This vegetarian restaurant (they have dairy or vegan cheese) offers a wide variety of appetizers, salads, bowls, tacos, sandwiches, kids’ meals, desserts, and drinks like smoothies, beer, and teas. I’ve eaten so many different things here, and everything has been super delicious and fresh. The portions are large for the price, which is a plus. This is the place I’d take any newbie to eat some vegan cuisine because of the friendly atmosphere and the wide variety of food. You can get healthy and clean meals or pig out on vegan reubens and burgers! Check out their menu here.
Last time Cass and I went, we shared nachos as an appetizer, I had the Patty Melt Style Veggie Burger with a side salad, and Cass had the Far Eastland Bowl.
We had to take a lot of this home because the portions are HUGE.
Seriously, check this place out!
Graze – 1888 Eastland Avenue
Graze is a relatively new entirely plant-based restaurant that is located on the same block, and created by the owners of The Wild Cow. Compared to its sister restaurant, Graze feels slightly more chic, and is just a tad pricier. They serve breakfast (vegan breakfast biscuits!!!), lunch, dinner, juices, smoothies, and desserts, all of which you can order all day. You can check out their menu here.
This is what I got the first time I went: Breakfast Biscuit (veggie sausage, hollandaise, tempeh bacon, avo, and arugula) and veg Mac and Chorizo !!!
I took Cass there recently. According to Cass, who is vegetarian and transitioning in to veganism, our meal there was one of the best he’s ever had! We shared the special appetizer: fried okra and pickles (not pictured because we devoured it too quickly). He ate the Breakfast Burrito and the Nashville Hot Tempeh all by himself (he rated himself an 8.2 on the 1 – 10 fullness scale).
And I had the Loaded Potatoes with cheese, sour cream, guac, jalapenos, chorizo, green onions, and cilantro. All vegan, of course.
Cass was way too stuffed for dessert, which was okay with me. I got this baby all to myself: the Chocolate Lava Cake with coconut ice cream. This was so good that I did a little dance in my chair after the first bite. I wanted to cry from how tasty this chocolately, peanut buttery, creamy goodness was. I ate one of the little cakes and finished the ice cream. I felt like exploding after that, so I boxed up the other cake to eat the next day. AND GUESS WHAT. When we got home an hour later, I realized that I had left the to-go box at the restaurant. I acted like a pouty child for the next 30 minutes because I was so mad that I left my amazing cake.. We’ll just have to go back soon and get more. 😉
Go to Graze. You won’t regret it!
Bagel Face Bakery – 700 Main Street
This bakery isn’t vegan or even vegetarian, but it’s too good not to mention. They make their bagels fresh everyday out of a few simple ingredients: four, water, salt, yeast, and malt. They offer vegan sausage, vegan cream cheeses, and non-dairy milk for coffee. I had a sweet potato bagel with vegan sausage.
Also, they offer day old bags of bagels for only a few bucks. So yeah, go get some.
Rosepepper Cantina – 1907 Eastland Avenue
Right across the street from Graze and The Wild Cow, Rosepepper Cantina offers super delicious and high quality Mexican food. They have a plenty of choices for vegeterians on the menu, and they were more than willing to remove the cheese from what I ordered. I had a combo plate with a veggie tamale, black bean taco, spinach enchilada, rice, and beans. Also, you get served three different salsas when you go here. Mexican food is one of my favorite cuisines, and it’s so easy to make vegan! See their menu here.
Hit up Rosepepper Cantina for awesome Mexican food in a cute and eclectic environment.
Not Photoed Nashville Vegan Faves:
Calypso Cafe – Veg-friendly restaurant that serves Cuban style beans, rice, sweet potatoes, and greens. Great prices and fast service!
Chipotle – Dat sofritas bowl. Pay extra for the guac. It’s worth it.
Turnip Truck – Healthy grocery store with a hot and cold buffet, grab-and-go foods, juices, and smoothies. I ate a massive amount of food from here to fuel up before taking a six hour test once.
Places I want to go:
Avo – Raw vegan food.
Sunflower Cafe – Vegetarian cafe offering quick meals.
Woodlands – Vegetarian Indian restaurant.
Let me know if you have any suggestions for awesome vegan food in Nashville!