Rachel Kirsch suggest some restaurants in Nashville that offer some interesting, different, and easy vegetarian options.
Nashville is known for being Music City, but is it starting to become Food City? According to The Tennessean, the Nashville area has gained almost 500 restaurants since 2010. Restaurants that include barbecue, Mexican, and the healthier options, including vegetarian restaurants. It can be a little difficult to locate some of those vegetarian options, but with this list, it should give you some choices that should keep you busy for a while!
1. Sunflower Cafe
This restaurant features an all-vegetarian menu, along with many gluten-free options. It is well-known for its gourmet veggie burgers and vegan barbecue. Its goal is to use fresh and local ingredients whenever possible, and also offer catering. The Sunflower Cafe is located in Berry Hill and features a shady outdoor patio as well as indoor dining.
2834 Azalea Pl, Nashville, TN 37204
2. Smiling Elephant
If you’re in the mood to try something different, but still delicious, this is it! While the Smiling Elephant isn’t strictly a vegetarian restaurant, it does feature several great items. This is a Thai restaurant and it is always willing make almost all entrees with vegetables or tofu. The Smiling Elephant is located in the Belmont area.
2213 8th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37204
3. Acme Feed & Seed
While Acme Feed & Seed is not a vegetarian restaurant by any means, it does have a few options. What it may lack in quantity, it sure does make up in quality. One item, The Hatchery, is a bowl of curried chickpeas, creamy coconut rice, cashews, and cilantro, topped with a fried egg and served with fry bread. For a vegan option, simply ask for it sans fried egg. This option is great because vegetarian options in downtown Nashville are pretty limited.
101 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
4. Wild Cow
This is one of Nashville’s most well-known vegetarian and vegan restaurants. It strives for organically grown ingredients and it is always attempting new recipes such as lentil bowls, chipotle seitan tacos, and tofu buffalo grinders. Its website is updated daily with its specials, so make sure to check it out before you go!
1896 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
5. Two Boots
Again, this may not be a strictly vegetarian restaurant, but it does have excellent vegan pizza options. Two Boots has proudly been serving vegan options for two decades. It is located on Broadway in Downtown Nashville.
1925 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
6. Five Daughters
Five Daughters is a well-known Nashville bakery that has several locations. Such a popular spot for baked goods, but did you know it sells vegan items? While the main focus of the menu is not vegetarian, it does feature some vegan donuts. Some flavors include maple, chocolate sea salt, orange dreamsicle, purist, and strawberry. It is located in Franklin, 12 South, and in East Nashville, as well as in various Barista Parlor locations noted on the website.
(615) 933-9332; 230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064
12 South location: (615) 490-6554; 1110 Caruthers Avenue, Nashville, TN 37204
East Nashville location: (615) 891-1293
1900 Eastland Avenue, Ste 101, Nashville, TN 37206
7. Taco Mamacita
Taco Mamacita has Mexican food for everyone. This restaurant features an entire vegan menu and we hear that the everything tacos are delicious, along with its margaritas. The vegetarian jerk taco is also a favorite. Taco Mamacita is located near Music Row.
1200 Villa Place, Nashville, TN 37212
Located in East Nashville, Graze is the sister restaurant to the Wild Cow. It’s entire menu is plant-based and vegan friendly. Graze has a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu as well, but don’t forget that it’s closed on Mondays.
1888 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206