The Ultimate Vegan Guide for Nashville

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THE ULTIMATE VEGAN GUIDE FOR NASHVILLE

Believe it or not, Nashville has a fantastic vegan scene.

When I decided to make the transition last year, I was pleasantly surprised by this news.  As many know, Nashville is rapidly growing.  Many, many people are moving here everyday and more restaurants are popping up all the time.  Lucky for us vegans (and even non-vegans!), more vegan restaurants keep popping up along with vegan-friendly restaurants.  We have everything from a vegan donuts to vegan hot “chicken” and plenty in between.

I’ll start with the places I’ve actually been to and add more places as I go!  Here is the ultimate Nashville vegan travel guide.

Enjoy!


Avo

3 City Ave #200, Nashville, TN 37209 – www.eatavo.com

I’ve only been to Avo once and to my understanding, they are predominately a raw vegan restaurant.  When I went, we got the ‘cheese’ plate and pad thai.  The dishes were beatifully plated and very delicious!  Avo also has housemade draft kombucha as well as a large selection of organic, biodynamic, gluten free and/or additive free bar offerings.  I know they also have many gluten free food options as well.  Inside the restaurant, is a small little shop area too with vegan products to purchase!


Graze

1888 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 – http://www.grazenashville.com/

Graze is one of my favorite all-vegan restaurants!  It’s only a year old but it has certainly impressed us all in that short year!  They have an absolutely delicious menu with brunch on the weekends and dinner everyday but Monday.  I’ve had their breakfast burrito, hot tempeh biscuit, their biscuits and jam (!), salad (their salads are beautiful) and a few specials which aren’t on their regular menu.  Everything was fantastic.  They also have great bar options.  I can not recommend Graze enough!


Tom and Chee

6702 Charlotte Pike #105, Nashville, TN 37209 – http://www.tomandchee.com/

Tom and Chee is not all-vegan.  In fact, it’s mostly not vegan but what they do offer us, is really, really tasty.  Their sourdough bread is vegan and they have a vegan cheese and then you can load it up with all the vegan toppings and sriracha!  Also, both of their tomato soups are vegan.


The Wild Cow

1896 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 – http://thewildcow.com/

The Wild Cow, under my impression, is one of the oldest vegan restaurants in Nashville and I can see why it’s still one of the most popular.  It is also owned by the same owners as Graze and is literally around the corner.  So maybe wear your stretchy pants and go to both??  The Wild Cow is labeled as a vegetarian restaurant because they offer dairy cheese but otherwise, it’s completely vegan.  I’ve had the nachos and the philly sandwich.  Both are outstanding.  They also donate 2.5% of their sales every Thursday to a a charity – the charity changes every month.


The Southern V

513 Fisk St, Nashville, TN 37203, Nashville, TN 37203 – http://thesouthernv.com/

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The Southern V is…it’s just amazing.  The Southern V started out just in their home after this adorable family went vegan due to many food allergies.  They started with custom orders that they would deliver and farmer’s markets – mostly just bakery items.  But, then they went and opened a to-go only location that is open only on the weekend.  The line is usually always decent and they stop selling when the food runs out and it does, run out.  Here are my directions for visiting.  Order one of everything.  Your mind will tell you that you can’t eat it all but you can.  I promise.

In all seriousness, this is where you get your hot chicken fix.  Also, get all the donuts.  And, all the potato casserole.  And, that’s just breakfast!

I finally just had dinner at Vegfest and I can now officially say it’s amazing as well!  Pictured is the jackfruit sliders and mac n cheese.  I was never a HUGE BBQ fan but if I was and that was something I missed from my pre-vegan days, this would definitely hit t craving.  The mac n cheese is definitely one of the best I’ve had.


Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery

306 46th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209 – http://www.veganvee.com/

Speaking of donuts.

As far as I know, Vegan Vee is the only place like it in Nashville.  They are entirely vegan and entirely gluten free.  Not OR but AND.  They are also peanut-free facility, predominately organic and offer soy-free and nut-free items daily.  They are literally everyone’s best friend.  It’s a take-out style bakery  and it’s heaven.


Sunflower Cafe

2834 Azalea Pl, Nashville, TN 37204 – http://www.sunflowercafenashville.com/

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Sunflower Cafe is completely vegan except for one of their breads and they do offer dairy cheese.  They are known for their gourmet veggie burgers and barbeque but I can’t get enough of their portobello wrap and buffalo wrap.  They have endless side items that are bought a la carte.

THE ULTIMATE VEGAN GUIDE FOR NASHVILLE


Woodlands Indian Vegetarian

3415 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 – http://www.woodlandstennessee.com/

**temporarily closed**

Here it is, guys.  Probably my favorite restaurant ever.  Go during lunch.  The buffet is like 10 dollars and is 95% vegan.  Everything is CLEARLY marked.  I could eat here every day.  There is nothing else to say here.  Okay, maybe a little…the pakora and haika noodles (those red noodles) are probably my favorite but I’ve literally never eaten something here that I didn’t like.  They are temporarily closed due to renovations but I will update this as soon as they are open!  If you are vegan (even if you’re not), don’t skip this.


Five Daughters Bakery

1900 Eastland Ave #101, Nashville, TN 37206 – http://www.fivedaughtersbakery.com/

1110 Caruthers Ave, Nashville, TN 37204

The Factory At Franklin, 11J,, 230 Franklin Rd, Franklin, TN 37064

Five Daughters Bakery has grown to three locations in just two years.  They are a predominately non-vegan bakery but usually have three vegan donuts to choose from daily.  I really enjoy the chocolate ones and the pumpkin spice was fantastic in the fall.  The first location listed here is right next door to The Wild Cow and Graze!


Sprinkles

2606 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 – http://sprinkles.com/

Sprinkles is known for their 24hr cupcake ATM but you can also go inside during business hours.  They offer ONE vegan cupcake but at least it’s my favorite – red velvet!  I *would* call first before heading over to make sure they have them that day.


The Grilled Cheeserie

2003 BELCOURT AVENUE, NASHVILLE, TN  37212 – http://grilledcheeserie.com/

The Grilled Cheeserie food truck is extremely well-known but now they have two trucks AND a brick and mortar store.  The owner is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met and her food is amazing.  Fortunately, she offers vegan cheese, vegan tomato soup AND a vegan milkshake!  I’ve only been to the food truck (before my vegan days) but I will be visiting the storefront location to report back soon!


Thai Phooket

207 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37213 – http://thaiphooket.wixsite.com/thaiphooket

Thai Phooket offers vegan options as well while they are predominately non-vegan.  The few times I’ve been there, they know what vegan is and are willing to leave out certain items just be very clear about what you’re asking.  I’ve only gotten the pad thai  and crispy tofu but it was delicious!  They are located right next to Nissan Stadium so the perfect vegan option before or after a Titans Game or concert.


The Smiling Elephant

2213 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 – http://www.thesmilingelephant.com/

The Smiling Elephant is a wonderful, wonderful Thai restaurant.  Not only are they very well aware what vegan is but it is the MOST authentic Thai food I’ve had since Thailand.  That’s saying a lot.  Plus, I love the atmosphere here!  A lot of their curries are okay to eat too because they make them without dairy – just ask!  And, they have mango sticky rice.


Coco Greens

212 Louise Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 – http://www.cocogreenvegancafenashville.com/

Yummy Vegan food from Coco Greens!

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Coco Greens is very unique!  They offer juices, desserts, a full vegan menu and a vegan market.  They also offer other services such as massage, holistic therapy and more.  It can be a little confusing as they are directly beside of a place called Cafe Coco which is definitely not vegan.


Amy’s Ethiopian Restaurant

2510 Murfreesboro Pike #10, Nashville, TN 37217 – http://www.amysethiopianrestaurant.com/

Amy’s Ethiopian Restaurant is very vegan friendly and has vegan options clearly marked on their menu.  They also JUST started an all-vegan buffet on Friday nights!  I really need to get to that.  They also have a small market attached to the restaurant where you can find some unique food items.


Vui’s Kitchen

2832 Bransford Avenue, Nashville, TN 37204 – http://www.vuiskitchen.com

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Vui’s Kitchen is a wonderful Vietnamese shop in Berry Hill (S. Nashville) with yummy vegan options.  Vegan options are clearly marked and I got the pho.  They use a veggie broth instead of bone broth and tofu + mushrooms instead of meat.  It was a huge portion and I left very satisfied!  There’s also patio space both in front and the back of the building.


Bella Napoli

1200 Villa Place #206, Nashville, TN 37212 – https://bellanapolipizzeria.com
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A new vegan pizza option aside from all the chain places!  Decided to try out Bella Napoli, located in Edgehill neighborhood, and was not disappointed!  They have a couple pizzas that are easily veganized.  Pictured is the ‘Vegetarian’ with cheese removed and sauce added.  It has eggplant, peppers, broccolini and zucchini.  Yummy!  They also have a pizza called the ‘Marinara’ and if you removed the anchovies, it’s vegan (it already is cheese-less).  Edgehill seems to have lots of vegan options – going to head back soon and try out more!


Check back – there will be more added regularly!


Koko’s Ice Cream

http://www.kokosicecream.com

THE ULTIMATE VEGAN GUIDE FOR NASHVILLE

Koko’s is a brand new vegan ice cream in Nashville!  Currently, they operate via bicycle cart (so cute!) and pop up in different locations – White’s Mercantile on 12 South is a popular one!  They update their location mostly on Instagram.  This is some of the best ice cream I’ve had – it’s not heavy at all and you almost feel like you’re eating something healthy – which can be dangerous!  They’re coconut based but don’t taste really coconut-y like some do.  I highly recommend the Golden Milk, Cookies n Creme and Elderflower flavors!

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THE ULTIMATE VEGAN GUIDE FOR NASHVILLE

Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function. Other passions | activism, minimalism, zero waste, books + writing.

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