Vegans used to be few and far between, but the food-conscious group is in the midst of a serious population explosion, with a 600 percent increase from 2014 to 2017 (from 1 percent of the U.S. population to 6 percent).
So, it's no surprise that vegan and vegetarian-friendly eateries are popping up all over the place featuring plant-based selections that even the most devoted carnivore will find tasty.
Whether the average Atlantan opts for a vegan diet because they want to save animals, reduce climate damage or improve their own health is the ultimate individual choice.
Once that choice is made, they'll have plenty of places to nosh in and around the city, since Atlanta is so very vegan-friendly. Check out this list of the best vegan restaurants in Atlanta and just try not to salivate.
Go on, we dare you.
Vegan with a pan-Asian flair is the hallmark of this Midtown Atlanta spot (closed Tuesdays). The menu at Herban Fix is stacked with everything from organic bibimbap to crispy purple yam cakes, all made with authenticity and enjoyability in mind.
Don't forget to give the kid and adult-friendly Sunday brunch a try! Just don't go expecting an omelet station, naturally.
Even in eclectic Little 5 Points, Go Vinda's Cafe manages to stand out, thanks in large part to its bright green storefront. The “green" mentality continues on the inside, thanks to a menu full of delicious vegan choices like cauliflower wings, vegan meatball sub and the decadent Faux Philly sandwich.
Just be sure to allow extra time for parking because it can be hit or miss in the area, particularly on mild, sunny days when everyone comes out to play.
With locations all over the country and more popping up all the time, True Food Kitchen might not be Atlanta-specific, but it's beloved nonetheless. The chain is a combination of efforts by chefs, restaurateurs and an integrative medicine physician named Dr. Andrew Weil.
Dishes like Spicy Panang Curry, Unbeetable Burger and the seasonal Winter Immunity Bowl are designed with an anti-inflammatory diet in mind, which is believed to improve overall health and curb the risk of many diseases, like cancer.
Cafe Sunflower got with the vegan program more than 20 years ago, long before it was so hip. With locations in Buckhead and Sandy Springs, the spot is so hot that reservations are highly recommended, whether for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch (Buckhead location only).
They're particularly known for their fine wines and craft beer menu full of delicious local options. Who can resist a dessert menu that features vegan chocolate ganache, carrot cake and raspberry chocolate mousse, among others?
With vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian options, Local Green Atlanta's ambition is to inspire underserved communities to trade fast food for empowering, healthy food. A self-described “public health initiative" designed to reduce food deserts, Local Green's menu caters to urban tastes with a healthy flare in such dishes as the “Bubba Sparxx" pulled BBQ sandwich and the “Rapper's Delight" Cauliflower Philly.
The restaurant was founded by Zachary “Big Zak" Wallace, an Atlanta native who wrote songs for major music industry names. This restaurant is his labor of love to combat diets full of empty calories, sodium and unhealthy fats that plague food insecure communities.
Indian food-lovers flock to Chat Patti, located in Decatur and home to vegetarian and vegan cuisine in the North Indian, South Indian and Gujarati styles. From Masala Veda to Idli Sambhar, Chat Patti is a family operation devoted to both authenticity and hygienic food preparation (if only every restaurant were so committed to both, right?)
Green Sprout was opened in 2003 by the Fu brothers when they moved to the area and found the vegan food scene lacking. Today, Green Sprout serves a menu full of 100 percent vegan Chinese options.
Feeling adventurous? Start with the seaweed tofu soup and fried curry spring rolls, then nosh on some twice cooked soy pork for an extra kick of spice.
Plant Based Pizzeria has totally taken care of all the pesky cheese and other ingredients that make regular pizza so annoyingly un-vegan. Grab any of the creative pizzas, calzones, flatbreads and even burgers and enjoy a meal that's almost too attractively prepared to eat. (Almost!)
Anyway, it's also the perfect place to stop for a late-night snack, as it's open until the wee hours on the weekends. Just don't forget that it's carry-out only because that would make for a really awkward date night mishap.
Don't let the name fool you, this restaurant in the trendy Westview neighborhood in Southwest Atlanta is a must-visit for anyone who loves vegan food. Slutty Vegan began as a food truck, but became so popular that the owners had to open a restaurant. Even months later, it's still not uncommon to see lines around the block for one of the unique vegan burgers.