January, shmanuary. This month is actually Veganuary, if you didn’t know. To celebrate before it’s over, we’re giving you a comprehensive guide to eating plant-based in the Scenic City. And after making this guide, it’s overwhelmingly clear why Chattanooga was named a top vegan-friendly city. Us vegans have a lot of options here, and it’s much appreciated.
Plants are pretty cool, and turns out, they can make a lot of different dishes — like a vegan burger that tastes just like the meat version or a superfood salad with so many colors it’s like eating a rainbow. So next time your body is begging for something healthy + wholesome (or greasy but plant-based), reach for this guide and try something new.
Cashew | 149 River St. | From classic delicious meals like jackfruit “bbq” nachos and Impossible + Beyond burgers, to a full dessert menu with cakes, truffles, pie and more, Cashew has something for everyone. (Bonus: they also have several gluten-free options.)
Final Girl Vegan Food | Order online | Final Girl’s weekly vegan delivery options make vegan meal prepping easy + delicious.
Jussa 2 Chicks | Order online | Order all-vegan wraps and juices, and wellness shots online from these 2 chicks.
Not Your Mama’s Greens | Pickup + catering service | Get hot plates like steak + potatoes or meatball sub sliders, or order a pan for the fam — think Mexi rice and baked ziti. Plus, check out their recipes to make your own vegan meals.
Plant Power Café | 6215 Lee Hwy. | This cafe + juice bar is Chattanooga’s best-rated vegan cafe, with several burger and sandwich options, salads + more.
Real Roots Café | 607 N. Market St. | Real Roots offers incredible paninis, bowls, smoothies + raw desserts that can’t be beat.
Sluggo’s | 505 Cherokee Blvd. | Sluggo’s is a well-known southern vegan soul food restaurant with tons of delicious options (we recommend the pecan dusted seitan + garlic mashed potatoes)
Your Local Seitanist | 3950 Brainerd Rd. | Formerly the Willow Street Deli, Your Local Seitanist has all the carnivorous menu items you used to love, veganized, like fried “chickn,” chop house burgers and more. Oh, and sweets (like beignets + cupcakes), custom cakes + CBD treats.
Places that offer vegan dishes
American + bars
Barque Barbecue | 2309 E. Main St. | Don’t let the “Barbecue” part fool you — this spot offers a few vegan options, like a smoked portobello sandwich, smoked tofu, and a “veggie meal.”
Bitter Alibi | 825 Houston St. | Pick from a variety of vegan options that are easily located on the menu, like their B.A. lettuce wraps with Impossible crumble, bang bang curry, and “Fun Guy” tacos.
Easy Bistro & Bar | 801 Chestnut St. | Easy bistro has a few fancier vegan options, like their broccoli with sunflower, nutritional yeast, paprika. (Bonus: talk to your waiter about other options, too.)
Exile off Main Street | 1634 Rossville Ave. | Exile offers a weekly, rotating vegan soup.
Fat Boy’s Roadside Eats | 8210 Apison Pike, Ooltewah | Fat Boy’s vegan menu includes items like a southwest Impossible burger, buffalo chicken wrap, and “beef,” “steak,” or “bbq” nachos.
Feed Table & Tavern | 201 W. Main St. | A great place to take your non-vegan friends, thanks to the many classic non-vegan options + an Impossible and black bean burger for you.
Flying Squirrel | 55 Johnson St. | Choose from a variety of vegan-friendly brunch + dinner foods, from local mushrooms + grits to ginger and scallion noodles.
Good Dog | 34 Frazier Ave. | Good Dog’s vegan sausage topped with veganaise, grilled onions + peppers, tomatoes, and lemon arugula will more than curb that hot dog hankering.
HiFi Clyde’s | 122 W. Main St. | Enjoy a number of vegan options at this burger/bbq joint, including a fried cauliflower po’ boy + badass vegan nachos.
Hotel Indigo | 300 W. 6th St. | West Village’s newest hotel has a number of signature cocktails + a couple of vegan food options.
State of Confusion | 301 E. Main St. | This popular Southside dining spot has vegan options like a po’ boy + burger.
STIR | 1444 Market St. | STIR’s menu offers a vegan poke bowl entreé, plant-based burger, and roasted vegetables.
Urban Stack | 12 W 13th St. | This classic burger joint can make its chicago + new mexican green chile burgers vegan on request, in addition to offering a mushroom burger and “the vegan big cheese.”
Whiskey Thief | 102 Walnut St. | Whiskey Thief’s menu changes each season, but there is most always a vegan option or two to be found.
Whistle Stop | 5503 Main St., Ooltewah | This unique comfort food restaurant provides a few vegan offerings + its “Whatever Lola Wants” vegan milkshake.
The Yellow Deli | 737 McCallie Ave. | Peruse the menu for lots of veggie dishes, including salads + sandwiches.
Alex’s Thai Bistro | 26 E. Main St. | From appetizers like veggie curry puffs + fried tofu to the pineapple curry and pad pak ruam, this menu is packed with plant-based options.
Cafe and Toast | 3536 Cummings Hwy. | Find vegan dishes like veggie pho, Thai green curry, and fried broccoli + veggies at this Vietnamese and Singaporean eatery.
Calliope Restaurant | 313 McFarland Ave., Rossville | Try mead from Flora De Mel while eating “South influenced Levantine cooking.”
China Kitchen | 9408 Apison Pike, Ooltewah | Order favorites like General Tso’s and Kung Pao but with tofu instead of meat + veggie dumplings and bean curd soup.
Fulin’s Asian Cuisine | 6011 Chesterton Way Suite 103, Ooltewah; 4478 Frontage Rd NW, Cleveland, TN | The separate vegan menu makes it easy to order your favorites, like fried rice, lettuce wraps + vegan sushi rolls.
iPho | 7003 Lee Hwy. | Try some of the curry + noodle dishes with tofu.
Rain Thai Bistro | 6933 Lee Hwy. | Start with the fresh basil rolls with veggies then venture into the lunch + dinner entrees with tofu options.
Rice Boxx | 3600 Hixson Pike | The extensive menu has plenty of vegan options with veggies and tofu + some plant-based sushi rolls.
Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine | 5845 Brainerd Rd. | Try the Tom Kha coconut soup and panang curry tofu, and make sure to specify vegan for any dish you order.
Taichi Bubble Tea | 411 Broad St., 1820 Gunbarrel Rd. | This impeccably fresh eatery has rice and salad bowls with a long list of toppings, a tomato base ramen (ask for no egg), sushi burritos, and fruit teas + smoothies.
Thai Esan | 4330 Ringgold Rd. | The yellow curry is free of animal products.
Thai Smile | 219 Market St. | From appetizers, soups, and salads to entrees with tofu + curry, you can find a good selection of vegan dishes here.
Totto | 330 Frazier Ave. | Totto has vegan sushi-lovers covered with avocado, sweet potato, vegetable, and cucumber sushi rolls.
Two Ten Jack | Warehouse Row, 1110 Market St. | This restaurant’s yasai shoyu ramen is made with veggie broth + contains all vegan-friendly ingredients. (Add some edamame or crispy brussel sprouts and you’ve got a great meal.)
Bakeries, Breakfast + Brunch
Bluegrass Grill | 55 E. Main St. | The menu at Bluegrass Grill has vegan hashes, potato dishes, and black bean chili + granola and sides.
Bread and Butter | 3955 Dayton Blvd. | Almost all the bread is naturally vegan (skip challah and anything with cheese) + they have a chickpea salad sandwich and a vegan chocolate tart.
The Local Juicery + Kitchen | 975 E. 3rd St., 45 E. Main St. | Chattanooga’s local juice bar has tons of juices to choose from, plus smoothies, bowls, kombucha + more.
Niedlov’s | 215 E. Main St. | Many of the breads are vegan, and you can order a bagel with avocado for a bite to eat with your coffee.
Southern Squeeze | 1301 Dorchester Rd. | Vegan. Waffles. Plus, an almost entirely vegan menu aside from a few products that use honey.
Syrup and Eggs | 107 Custom St. | Vegan. Pancakes. And (as if we needed more) a vegan breakfast plate with potatoes + gravy, salad, and toast with jam.
The Daily Ration | 1220 Dartmouth St. | Try the “veggin’ out” or southwest bowl or salad. Don’t forget the cold brew.
Coffee + tea shops
Be Caffeinated | 14 W. Kent St. | Aside from the delicious coffee with milk alternatives, this local shop carries vegan pastries from Poppyton’s + plant-based bites from Vibrant Meals.
Frothy Monkey | 1400 Market St. | There’s obviously coffee, but you can also order oatmeal, bagels, salads (may need to be altered), hummus with veggies or chips, and The Ned sandwich.
Mean Mug | 205 Manufacturer’s Rd., 114 W. Main St. | This popular coffee shop has milk alternatives, superfood lattes, and vegan dishes like peanut butter toast + the Albert veggie wrap. Many other dishes can be made vegan as well.
Oaks Coffee House | 2916 Silverdale Rd.| Kind of a hidden gem, this coffee house has an almost 100% vegan menu, with dishes like biscuits + gravy, waffles, and a patty melt.
Sleepyhead Coffee | 735 Broad St. | Recently remodeled, this beautiful space has vegan pastries + coffee with plenty of alternative milk options.
Velo | 509 E. Main St. | This coffee shop has a simple drink menu with milk alternatives + grab ‘n go bites, like the chickpea salad sandwich from Bread & Butter and protein bars.
Note: We listed the coffee + tea shops with vegan food options available — other coffee shops in the area have milk alternatives so your drink can be vegan, but no food options.
Asarum | Location depends on event/day | Asarum offers a local mushroom Bahn Mi + one other rotating vegan option on the menu.
California Smothered Burrito | Location depends on event/day | Grab a vegetarian burrito or nachos, take off the queso, and you’ve got a great vegan option.
*Know of another vegan-friendly food truck? Let us know.
Aji Peruvian Restaurant | 5035 Ooltewah Ringgold Rd. | Aji’s vegetarian section of the menu also features several delicious vegan dishes or can be slightly altered (like taking off cheese) to create vegan dishes.
Mexiville | 811 Market St., 103 Cherokee Blvd. | Mexiville’s menu features a vegan section with items like veggie fajitas + a vegetable burrito.
Tropical Cuisine | 5035 Ooltewah Ringgold Rd. | This vegetarian latino cuisine restaurant offers a number of vegan options, including empanadas, arepas, a Carribean sandwich + vegan desserts.
The Curry Pot | 9408 Apison Pike, Ooltewah | Curry-lovers, enjoy a variety of vegan options like vegetable Biriyani, cauliflower Manjurian, and coconut chutney.
Desi Bros | 6500 Lee Hwy. | An ethnic grocery store with hot takeaway food. Try the samosas.
India Mahal | 5970 E Brainerd Rd. | Check the “vegetarian specialties’’ section of the menu for several vegan-friendly options, too, like Chana Masala + Baingan Bhartha (specialty -baked eggplant with lots of spices, garlic, and onion).
Sitar Indian Restaurant | 200 Market St. | Sitar’s vegetarian section of the menu also provides tons of vegan options like vegetable vindaloo, Chana Masala, vegetable curry, and more.
Fit + Meals | 6231 Perimeter Dr | This meal prep service allows you to create your own custom meal by choosing your own base, veggies, protein, sauce, and add-ons.
Vibrant Meals | 601 Cherokee Blvd. | This meal prep restaurant has a few vegan options like its protein lentil stew + black bean burger with sweet potato fries.
Mediterranean and Greek
Acropolis Grill | 2213 Hamilton Place Blvd. | Acropolis Grill has several vegan options like its falafel pita, vegetable lemon pasta (ask for it without cheese), and a variety of salads.
Bela Lisboa | 417 Frazier Ave. | Bela Lisboa features a spiced chickpea dish + paella vegetariana dish.
Olive Branch | 3992 Ringgold Rd., East Ridge | Enjoy a falafel or vegetarian sandwich served with hummus + toppings of your choice.
UPD | 430 Vine St. | This eatery is located near UTC and has all the falafel you could ask for + a variety of salads.
Boccaccia | 3077 Broad St. | Ask your waiter for specifics about the menu’s vegan options to ensure that your dish is free of any animal products.
Hummingbird Pastaria | 720 Mississippi Ave. | Hummingbird has a full plant-based kitchen menu with items like vegan bruschetta + several vegan pasta dishes.
Tony’s | 212 High St. | Make your own vegan pasta dish, but make sure to ask for no cheese shreds on top of your dish.
Community Pie | 850 Market St. | Make your own New York or Detroit-style pizza completely vegan.
Fiamma | 405 N. Market St. | Fiamma recently added vegan cheese to its menu, so you can create a vegan pizza that’s exactly to your liking.
Home Slice | 2000 E. 23rd St. | Home Slice’s vegan pizza menu is pretty unbeatable, with options like bbq smokehouse + buffalo chick-un pizzas. Side note: intern Brianna dreams about their cauliflower wings.
Lupi’s | 406 Broad St., 1414 Jenkins Rd., 5504 Hixson Pike, 9453 Bradmore Ln. Ooltewah | Lupi’s is another great make-your-own pizza option with vegan cheese available.
Mellow Mushroom | 205 Broad St., 2318 Lifestyle Way | Mellow Mushroom has a couple of vegan options, from pizza to a tempeh hoagie + smaller menu items in between.
Mr. T’s Pizza and Ice Cream | 3924 Tennessee Ave. | This St. Elmo classic offers vegan cheese so you can make your pie completely vegan.
Pizza Bros | 501 Cherokee Blvd. | Make your own pizza with vegan cheese (we recommend the Vegeta with vegan cheese instead of regular).
Southside Pizza | 612 E. Main St. | Sub normal cheese for their vegan variety + you’ve got yourself a delicious vegan option.
Your Pie | 1919 Gunbarrel Rd. | This create-your-own pizza joint has all the ingredients to make your perfect vegan pizza. (Bonus: their sorbet gelato is 100% dairy free.)
Clumpies | 26 Frazier Ave., 1401 Market St., 3917 St. Elmo Ave. | Clumpies always has a few dairy-free options on its menu, from sorbet to mocha chip. (Our fav is the classic dairy-free chocolate.)
Duck Donuts | 2115 Gunbarrel Rd. | Create your own vegan donut at Duck Donuts with their several vegan coating, topping, and drizzle options.
NoBaked | 330 Frazier Ave. | There are several vegan options, including a confetti sugar flavor + Brownie Batter Cookie Dough.
Tacos + burritos
California Tortilla | 5215 Hwy. 153 | Create your own vegan burrito, burrito bowl, or taco.
Del Taco | 564 Battlefield Pkwy., Fort Oglethorpe | Del Taco’s famous vegan + vegetarian menu features your favorite fast food tacos + burritos made with beyond meat.
Chipotle | 2122 Gunbarrel Rd. + 20 Cherokee Blvd. | Try the sofritas when you build your own meal or spring for the Lifestyle Vegan Bowl.
Mexiville | 811 Market St. + 103 Cherokee Blvd. | Look for the vegan section on the menu. The fajitas are *chef’s kiss.*
Mojo Burrito | 1800 Dayton Blvd., 3950 Tennessee Ave. | Enjoy Mojo’s vegan big s’mac burrito or create your own vegan burrito loaded with vegetarian chili + cashew queso.
Poblanos | 551 River St. | Poblanos’ vegan menu features enchiladas, chimichangas, tamales + more.
Taco Mamacita | 109 N. Market St. | Taco Mamacita has a full vegan menu with several different vegan taco variations, enchiladas + more.
Taqueria Jalisco Ania | 1639 Rossville Ave. | Try the street tacos with nopales (cactus), the warm chips with homemade salsa + guacamole, the de frijoles torta, or the fajita burrito. Be sure to tell your server you want the dish vegan so they know to leave off cheese.
St. John’s | 1278 Market St. | This is some of the finest dining in Chattanooga, and there’s always a vegan entree + vegan cashew cheesecake.
Whitebird | 102 Walnut St. | Some items can be made gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan, upon request.
Jussa 2 Chicks | Order online | Order all-vegan wraps and juices, and wellness shots online with these 2 chicks.
La Cabriole | 1341 Burgess Rd. | If there ever was a hidden gem, this is it. This French restaurant boasts a seven-course meal, and when you call ahead to make a reservation, let them know of your dietary restrictions and the kitchen will accommodate.
Market South | 1501 Long St. | From green chili and cauliflower wings to vegan Kung Pao chick’n — Chow Main at Market South has plenty of options. Plus, Five Wits has bar pizza with vegan cheese.
Neutral Ground | 422 E. MLK Blvd. | Chef Kenyatta Ashford added some vegan dishes to his New Orleans style menu — try the wok-fried peanut + garlic noodles, West African red-red, and french fries.
Bonus: There are Rumors of an Ethiopian restaurant coming this year with vegan options.