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You probably think of Nashville for its music and the old southern character, so you might be surprised to find that it’s a great place for vegan dining too. With choices ranging from the international to the totally local, anyone looking for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and even raw choices will be thrilled to see what Nashville’s got to offer. Check out our guide to the 10 best vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants in Nashville.
Much of the Wild Cow’s philosophy reveals itself in the fact that they own neither a freezer nor a microwave. Most of their food is locally sourced and organic, and much of it is naturally gluten-free. Vegetarians and vegans who are used to having only a few choices on any given menu will be floored with the sheer number of choices here – between the tacos, soups, wraps, salads, sandwiches, and entree bowls, the decision might take quite a while. This is another great place to get vegan baked goods, or, if your preferences run on the raw side, they’ve got all-raw cakes as well on their rotating selection.
The Wild Cow, 1896 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 262 2717
Is Fido a restaurant, a coffeehouse, or an innovative mixture of both? Everything on the menu, including the daily specials, is full of locally-grown produce. While this is a vegetarian- and vegan-friendly restaurant as opposed to one that is strictly veggie-oriented, there are still plenty of great choices. Definitely have a look at their specialty drinks menu, where the chefs get to play around every season with coffee as a basis and come up with delicious combinations that you never would have thought of yourself. For example, the Pepperton is a winter drink with peppermint, cayenne, espresso, and milk. If you’re not afraid of a spicy drink, this is something you must try.
A local ethnic favorite, The Smiling Elephant serves some great Thai food in an intimate location. While you’ll see some meat on the menu, Thai cuisine has any number of authentic vegetarian dishes for you to enjoy. Some of the classics, including the Pad Thai, are even gluten-free, thanks to those rice noodles. The chefs are very accommodating, so they’ll be careful with your order once you tell them your preferences.
The Smiling Elephant, 2213 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 891 4488