There’s nothing more awkward than going out with friends and realizing there is NOTHING plant-based on the menu. Nada. Unless you order the bread basket from the appetizer menu, you’re toast (pun was TOTALLY intended). That’s why we’ve found a solid bunch of restaurants that will tickle your palate with a bit o’ kale – just read on.
8. Whole Earth Grocery - Gatlinburg
A grocery WITH a cafe, this is like a Whole Foods but way, way better - there's character here, not snobbery. Whole Earth Grocery receives rave reviews on both sides of the spectrum and you're sure to indulge a bit of spending money on the treat.
7. Sunflower Café - Nashville
The cafeteria-esque setting offers a couple of different sides a day, as well as vegetarian entree options that are perfect for anyone in your party.
6. The Tomato Head - Knoxville
Everyone can come to The Tomato Head, as the fresh eatery proffers options that span the gamut of the picky palate. Simply choose one of their locations and go to town.
5. Imagine Vegan Café - Memphis
It's a bit difficult to find a great vegetarian restaurant in the heart of bbq laden Memphis, but this cutesy bistro is located in a darling bungalow and offers a menu that seeks the love of all ages.
4. Sluggos North - Chattanooga
Chattanooga may be known for being crunchy, but Sluggos North is by far the cream of the crop diet-wise. Quirky daily specials and a vast menu will keep you on your toes - and coming back for more.
3. Little Octopus - Nashville
A bit more expensive, this upscale eatery is definitely for the vegan and vegetarian in you. Plus, the sweet East Nashville location makes it easy to live it up with a bit of snobby coffee afterwards at Barista Parlor.
2. Three Rivers Market - Knoxville
This Knoxville food co-op has a hot bar for your enjoyment, and will fill your fridge as well as your belly. Plus you'll be buying local which is always a gold star in our book.
1. The Wild Cow - Nashville
The Wild Cow has a cult following of hipster soy lovers and every vegan this side of the Mississippi - and for good reason. Their menu is long and illustrious, and their meals? Positively delectable. Plus, they have dessert which is ALWAYS a solid plus.