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Believe it or not, the vegan Nashville scene is something to talk about. When I decided to make the transition to veganism, I was pleasantly surprised by this news. As many know, Nashville is rapidly growing. Many, many people are moving here every day and more restaurants are popping up all the time. Lucky for us vegans (and even non-vegans!), more vegan restaurants in Nashville keep popping up along with vegan-friendly restaurants so being vegan in Nashville is super easy. We have everything from vegan donuts to vegan hot “chicken” and just about everything in between.
Vegan Nashville Map
Green indicates vegan restaurants in Nashville. Yellow indicates vegetarian restaurants in Nashville. Purple indicates vegan-friendly restaurants in Nashville.
Vegan Nashville Restaurants
TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN, KOSHER COST: $$ NEIGHBORHOOD: MIDTOWN – WEST END GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED
I’ve been to Avo a few times now. They used to be a raw only restaurant but they now offer cooked food as well. After some changes in menu and ownership, I feel it is one of the best vegan options in the city again! When I went the first time, we got the ‘cheese’ plate and pad thai. I’ve also had the walnut lentil cheeseburger and strawberry Caprese. The dishes were beautifully plated and very delicious! Avo also has housemade draft kombucha as well as a large selection of organic, biodynamic, gluten-free and/or additive-free bar offerings.
TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN, COMFORT FOOD COST: $$ Neighborhood: EAST NASHVILLE GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED
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 every day 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!
TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN, COMFORT FOOD COST: $$ NEIGHBORHOOD: EAST NASHVILLE GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED
The Wild Cow, under my impression, is one of the oldest vegan restaurants in Nashville and I can see why it’s still one of the most popular. It is also owned by the same owners as Graze and is literally around the corner. So maybe wear your stretchy pants and go to both?? The Wild Cow is labeled as a vegetarian restaurant because they offer dairy cheese but otherwise, it’s completely vegan. [UPDATE: They are now completely vegan] I’ve had the nachos and the Philly sandwich. Both are outstanding. They also donate 2.5% of their sales every Thursday to a charity – the charity changes every month.
photo courtesy of The Wild Cow’s Instagram
Essential Information about The Wild Cow
Address | 1100 Fatherland St Suite 104 11/22, Nashville, TN 37206 Hours | 11am-10pm daily; closed Tuesdays Website |thewildcow.com
The Southern V
TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN, COMFORT FOOD, SOUTHERN COST: $$ NEIGHBORHOOD: NORTH NASHVILLE GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED
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 the spot. The mac n cheese is definitely one of the best I’ve had.
TYPE OF CUISINE: BAKED GOODS, SWEETS, DESSERT COST: $ NEIGHBORHOOD: SYLVAN PARK GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, EVERYTHING IS GLUTEN-FREE
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. 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.
TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN, COMFORT FOOD COST: $$ NEIGHBORHOOD: MIDTOWN GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED
Vege-Licious is Nashville’s newest all-vegan spot. It’s actually located in The Southern V’s old location off of Fisk Street. They opened in late June 2018 and from what I’ve seen, it’s been a huge success. All of my vegan friends love their food – as they should – but also make note of how wonderful the owners are and the welcoming atmosphere. I tried the lasagna, the vegan soul food plate, and the Philly cheesesteak. My favorite was the Philly followed closely by the soul food plate. I’m fairly picky about barbeque and mac n cheese and I loved both of these!
***Update – I’m not sure if she’s still accepting orders at this time.***
I’ve dreamt of vegan hot pockets for the last two years and finally…they’ve arrived! I’m so excited to see this business expand because they’re seriously delicious! I had the egg & cheese, bacon egg & cheese, and southwest flavors! All were fantastic but I was partial to the egg & cheese. I just realized all the other flavors she offers though and HELLO pepperoni and hot chicken flavors. I’m coming for you!
Koko’s Ice Cream
TYPE OF CUISINE: SWEETS, DESSERT, ICE CREAM COST: $ NEIGHBORHOOD: MIDTOWN AND COLUMBIA GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES
Koko’s is a brand new vegan ice cream in Nashville! 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 as some do. I highly recommend the Moon Dust, Golden Milk, Cookies n Creme and Elderflower flavors!
Essential Information about KoKo’s Ice Cream
Address | 3 City Ave, Suite 700, Nashville Hours | 6pm-10pm Mon-Thu; 12pm-10pm Fri-Sat; 12pm-8pm Sun Website |kokosicecream.com
Succulent Vegan Tacos
TYPE OF CUISINE: TACOS COST: $ NEIGHBORHOOD: GERMANTOWN GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: UNSURE
Succulent Vegan Tacos is Nashville’s first plant-based taqueria. You can find them the first weekend of every month at the Nashville Farmers’ Market.
TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN, FAST FOOD, COMFORT FOOD COST: $$ NEIGHBORHOOD: EAST NASHVILLE GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES
The BE-Hive teamed up with the Rosemary & Beauty Queen to bring a BE-Hive curated food truck. R-BE-Q is Nashville’s first place to get late-night, 100% vegan food. The menu is focused on Asian inspired tacos and nachos.
TYPE OF CUISINE: CAFETERIA-STYLE, FAST FOOD COST: $ NEIGHBORHOOD: BERRY HILL GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED
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. I also highly suggest this cookie dough parfait.
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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. If you are vegan (even if you’re not), don’t skip this.
Essential Information about Woodlands
Address | 3415 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 Hours | 11am-2pm + 5pm-9pm Mon-Thu; 11am-230pm + 5pm-930pm Fri-Sat; 11am-230pm + 5pm-9pm Sun Website |woodlandstennessee.com
Falcon Coffee Bar
TYPE OF CUISINE: SMALL BITES COST: $ NEIGHBORHOOD: WEDGEWOOD GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES
A new coffee bar and cafe in the South Nashville area! They have an almost completely plant-based menu and what I had was absolutely delicious!
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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 vegan cheese and then you can load it up with all the vegan toppings and sriracha! Also, both of their tomato soups are vegan.
TYPE OF CUISINE: DONUTS, DESSERT COST: $ NEIGHBORHOOD: EAST NASHVILLE, FRANKLIN, 12 SOUTH GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED
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 Graze!
photo courtesy of Five Daughters Bakery’s Instagram
TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN, FAST FOOD, COMFORT FOOD COST: $ NEIGHBORHOOD: HILLSBORO VILLAGE, FRANKLIN, FOOD TRUCK GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED
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 been to the food truck before being vegan and have now been to the storefront since being vegan and all of the above is delicious! Worth a visit!
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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.
TYPE OF CUISINE: ETHIOPIAN COST: $$ NEIGHBORHOOD: ANTIOCH GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: UNSURE
Amy’s Ethiopian Restaurant is very vegan-friendly and has vegan options clearly marked on their menu. They also JUST started an all-vegan buffet on Friday nights! I really need to get to that. They also have a small market attached to the restaurant where you can find some unique food items.
TYPE OF CUISINE: VIETNAMESE COST: $$ NEIGHBORHOOD: BERRY HILL, GERMANTOWN GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: UNSURE
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.
TYPE OF CUISINE: ITALIAN, PIZZA COST: $$ NEIGHBORHOOD: EDGEHILL GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: UNSURE
A new vegan pizza option aside from all the chain places! Decided to try out Bella Napoli, located in the Edgehill neighborhood, and was not disappointed! They have a couple of pizzas that are easily veganized. Pictured is the ‘Vegetarian’ with cheese removed and sauce added. It has eggplant, peppers, broccolini, and zucchini. Yummy! They also have a pizza called the ‘Marinara’ and if you removed the anchovies, it’s vegan (it already is cheese-less). Edgehill seems to have lots of vegan options – going to head back soon and try out more!
Essential Information about Bella Napoli
Address | 1200 Villa Place #206, Nashville, TN 37212 Hours | 11am-10pm Mon-Thu; 11am-11pm Fri-Sat; 12pm-1opm Sun Website |bellanapolipizzeria.com
Two Boots Pizza
TYPE OF CUISINE: PIZZA COST: $$ NEIGHBORHOOD: MIDTOWN GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: UNSURE
You can never have too much pizza, amiright? Two Boots has a sizable vegan selection with five all-vegan pizzas on their menu. Additionally, you can alter their other pizzas to make them vegan. They use Daiya cheese but also have a pretty bomb homemade vegan ricotta too!
TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN COST: $$ NEIGHBORHOOD: DOWNTOWN GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: UNSURE
Pinewood Social is amazing. You can go here to eat, have some drinks, have a coffee (Crema is located inside) or bowl. Yes, I said bowl. You may even spot a celebrity or two in here. I’ve been told to have the fried broccoli from here and I was like, really? Broccoli? I mean I like broccoli but is it worth going out of my way when I can make it at home? The answer is yes. This stuff is like crack. Definitely worth it! Plus, you can bowl.
TYPE OF CUISINE: TEX-MEX COST: $ NEIGHBORHOOD: GREEN HILLS GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: UNSURE
We just recently got a Freebirds in Nashville and finally got a chance to try it recently. Freebirds easily climbed to the #1 spot on my tex-mex radar with their addition of Beyond Meat to the menu. It’s a counter-service type spot with nachos, burritos, tacos and burrito bowls. The Beyond Meat is cooked with potatoes and onions which I thought was a nice touch! Definitely, my choice when it comes to this type of food and a great new option in the Green Hills area.
TYPE OF CUISINE: DESSERT, ICE CREAM COST: $ NEIGHBORHOOD: EAST NASHVILLE, HILLSBORO VILLAGE, 12 SOUTH, GERMANTOWN, BRENTWOOD, FRANKLIN GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES
Essential Information about Jeni’s Ice Cream
Address | see website for locations Hours | see website for hours Website |jenis.com
TYPE OF CUISINE: PIZZA COST: $$ NEIGHBORHOOD: MURFREESBORO GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: UNSURE
This is not an all-vegan spot but you will be treated like it is. I’ve never been to an omni restaurant that cared this much about their vegan customers. Their vegan menu is absolutely huge and delicious. Can’t wait to get back and try more.
The year-round Market provides retail space to farmers, artisans, nonprofits and small businesses. The facility includes two covered open-air sheds, a container farm, a greenhouse micro greens farm, a 24,000 square-foot garden center, a culinary incubation center and an international food hall that includes some two-dozen restaurants and shops. The Market offers monthly chef-led cooking demonstrations, community workshops and free on-site two-hour parking for Market patrons.
Essential Information about Nashville Farmers’ Market
A weekly community market, with live music and food trucks, every Tuesday afternoon, 4:00PM to 7:00PM from May through October with a focus is on celebrating the rich food & creative culture of Tennessee.
Essential Information about 12 South Farmers’ Market
My favorite way to get vegan options in a new place is by joining the local Facebook group. The locals will you give the best advice on where to eat, what not to miss and the hidden gems of their city!
Ashley Hubbard is a blogger and freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee focusing on sustainability, travel, veganism, mental health, and more. Passionate about animal rights, sustainable travel, and social impact, she seeks out ethical experiences whether at home or on the road. She shares these experiences on her website, wild-hearted.com.
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