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13 of Atlanta's Top Vegetarian Dishes

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Great vegetarian food can be had in Atlanta without resorting to obligatory vegetable plates, pure vegan eateries, or easy options like pizza, veggie burgers, and house salads. Below, find an alphabetical list of top-notch meatless entrees for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike at some of Atlanta's staple restaurants. Do leave other favorites in the comments.


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1. Better Half

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349 14th St NW Bldg C
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 695-4547
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The only dish on the ever-rotating menu that will never be taken off, chef Zach Meloy's silk handkerchief pasta at Better Half is the first dish he cooked for his wife and business partner, Cristina. It's got wild mushrooms, tomato marmalade, and porcini cream.

2. Big Sky Buckead

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3201 Cains Hill Pl NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 481-5168
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Longtime fans across the city rejoiced when Hector Santiago's coconut buns from shuttered restaurant Super Pan came back, this time in Buckhead. Order the off-menu tofu buns, and pair 'em with a bowl of the chips and wasabi guacamole.

3. BoccaLupo

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753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-2332
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It rotates seasonally, but the menu at BoccaLupo usually holds two or three interesting vegetarian pastas. A favorite is the 20-yolk tagliatelle, which also sees regular updates but currently has wild mushrooms and Tuscan kale kimchi.

4. Bone Garden Cantina

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1425 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 418-9072
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Sure, most combo-platter Mexican places are safe bets for anybody with dietary restrictions, but Bone Garden Cantina's "authentic" menu offers hibiscus flower tacos and vegetarian sopes, corn masa cups topped with black beans, quesa fresca, salsa verde, and vegetables, in lieu of the commonplace "Americanized" fare. [Photo]

5. Chat Patti

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1594 Woodcliff Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 633-5595
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Use the picture menu behind the counter at this all-vegetarian restaurant in a somewhat grungy, mostly Indian strip shopping center off North Druid Hills Road to order the samosa or papdi chaat, the chole batura, or South Indian dishes like uttapam, masala dosa, or idli with sambar. More mainstream Indian restaurants like Bhojanic and Chai Pani also have great vegetarian fare served alongside meatier dishes.

6. Eat Me Speak Me

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1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329
(678) 927-9131
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Jarrett Stieber's Eat Me Speak Me pop-up runs Wednesday through Friday at The General Muir and Sunday nights at Gato. At it, find a large selection of hyper-seasonal vegetable dishes, usually including a soup (borscht with buttermilk and turnip have been recent iterations) and a tofu dish.

7. Elmyr Restaurant & Cantina

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1091 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 588-0250
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Again, Mexican food is about as easy as it gets for vegetarians. But the combinations at Little Five Points dive Elymr merit a try: Head here for the pad Thai burrito with tofu, bean sprouts, egg, rice, and traditional pad Thai vegetables, all wrapped up in a tortilla. Late night, opt for the migas burrito, with eggs, salsa, corn chips, beans, and cheese. [Photo]

8. Fox Bros Bar-B-Q

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1238 Dekalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-4030
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Normally vegetarian dishes at barbecue joints are throwaways, but the smoked portabello sandwich at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is a standout. It comes with pimento cheese, jalapeno mayo, lettuce, onion, and tomato. All of the sides at the Candler Park barbecue joint are also great.

9. Gato Arigato

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1660 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Ramen is everywhere these days but it's also usually got a pork-based broth. Gato Arigato, the Tuesday through Thursday dinner pop-up at Candler Park's Gato, often offers a vegetable ramen, chock full of such ingredients as collards, tofu, edamame, and shiitake. Way OTP, there's also a soy milk version at Umaido.

10. The General Muir

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1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329
(678) 927-9131
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The lunchtime vegetarian reuben at The General Muir may just be a perfect sandwich. The non-veg options get all the love at this Emory Point favorite, but this reuben, with coriander-rubbed smoked beets, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, and gruyere is a home run.

11. Gu's Bistro

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5750 Buford Hwy NE, Ste A
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 451-8118
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Traditional Szechuan restaurants are known for their spicy meat dishes— and sneakily offering tofu tossed or stuffed with meat and seafood— but vegetarians can have a great meal at Gu's: Chengdu-style noodles, jerky-esque sweet and spicy dried tofu, and the eggplant are favorites.

12. Sobban

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1788 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033
(678) 705-4233
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Heirloom Market BBQ's sister spot in Decatur, Korean-Southern diner Sobban offers an array of worthy vegetarian entrees. Try the kimchi rice bibimbap or garden kalguksu at lunch, or opt for fresh tofu in the cold soba noodle dish or dinnertime appetizer, where it's served with kimchi, apple, miso mousse and ginger-soy reduction. [Photo]

13. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 221-2600
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Wrecking Bar hosts an all-vegetarian list of specials on Tuesdays, but on the daily menu is the risotto-style barley, a dish currently served with celery root, swiss chard, and local mushrooms. Last season saw sunchokes and pecorino, and chef Terry Koval will change the entree up for spring soon.

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1. Better Half

349 14th St NW Bldg C, Atlanta, GA 30318
The only dish on the ever-rotating menu that will never be taken off, chef Zach Meloy's silk handkerchief pasta at Better Half is the first dish he cooked for his wife and business partner, Cristina. It's got wild mushrooms, tomato marmalade, and porcini cream.
349 14th St NW Bldg C
Atlanta, GA 30318

2. Big Sky Buckead

3201 Cains Hill Pl NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Longtime fans across the city rejoiced when Hector Santiago's coconut buns from shuttered restaurant Super Pan came back, this time in Buckhead. Order the off-menu tofu buns, and pair 'em with a bowl of the chips and wasabi guacamole.
3201 Cains Hill Pl NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

3. BoccaLupo

753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
It rotates seasonally, but the menu at BoccaLupo usually holds two or three interesting vegetarian pastas. A favorite is the 20-yolk tagliatelle, which also sees regular updates but currently has wild mushrooms and Tuscan kale kimchi.
753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

4. Bone Garden Cantina

1425 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Sure, most combo-platter Mexican places are safe bets for anybody with dietary restrictions, but Bone Garden Cantina's "authentic" menu offers hibiscus flower tacos and vegetarian sopes, corn masa cups topped with black beans, quesa fresca, salsa verde, and vegetables, in lieu of the commonplace "Americanized" fare. [Photo]
1425 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. Chat Patti

1594 Woodcliff Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
Use the picture menu behind the counter at this all-vegetarian restaurant in a somewhat grungy, mostly Indian strip shopping center off North Druid Hills Road to order the samosa or papdi chaat, the chole batura, or South Indian dishes like uttapam, masala dosa, or idli with sambar. More mainstream Indian restaurants like Bhojanic and Chai Pani also have great vegetarian fare served alongside meatier dishes.
1594 Woodcliff Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

6. Eat Me Speak Me

1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230, Atlanta, GA 30329
Jarrett Stieber's Eat Me Speak Me pop-up runs Wednesday through Friday at The General Muir and Sunday nights at Gato. At it, find a large selection of hyper-seasonal vegetable dishes, usually including a soup (borscht with buttermilk and turnip have been recent iterations) and a tofu dish.
1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329

7. Elmyr Restaurant & Cantina

1091 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Again, Mexican food is about as easy as it gets for vegetarians. But the combinations at Little Five Points dive Elymr merit a try: Head here for the pad Thai burrito with tofu, bean sprouts, egg, rice, and traditional pad Thai vegetables, all wrapped up in a tortilla. Late night, opt for the migas burrito, with eggs, salsa, corn chips, beans, and cheese. [Photo]
1091 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

8. Fox Bros Bar-B-Q

1238 Dekalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Normally vegetarian dishes at barbecue joints are throwaways, but the smoked portabello sandwich at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is a standout. It comes with pimento cheese, jalapeno mayo, lettuce, onion, and tomato. All of the sides at the Candler Park barbecue joint are also great.
1238 Dekalb Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

9. Gato Arigato

1660 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Ramen is everywhere these days but it's also usually got a pork-based broth. Gato Arigato, the Tuesday through Thursday dinner pop-up at Candler Park's Gato, often offers a vegetable ramen, chock full of such ingredients as collards, tofu, edamame, and shiitake. Way OTP, there's also a soy milk version at Umaido.
1660 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

10. The General Muir

1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230, Atlanta, GA 30329
The lunchtime vegetarian reuben at The General Muir may just be a perfect sandwich. The non-veg options get all the love at this Emory Point favorite, but this reuben, with coriander-rubbed smoked beets, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, and gruyere is a home run.
1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329

11. Gu's Bistro

5750 Buford Hwy NE, Ste A, Doraville, GA 30340
Traditional Szechuan restaurants are known for their spicy meat dishes— and sneakily offering tofu tossed or stuffed with meat and seafood— but vegetarians can have a great meal at Gu's: Chengdu-style noodles, jerky-esque sweet and spicy dried tofu, and the eggplant are favorites.
5750 Buford Hwy NE, Ste A
Doraville, GA 30340

12. Sobban

1788 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033
Heirloom Market BBQ's sister spot in Decatur, Korean-Southern diner Sobban offers an array of worthy vegetarian entrees. Try the kimchi rice bibimbap or garden kalguksu at lunch, or opt for fresh tofu in the cold soba noodle dish or dinnertime appetizer, where it's served with kimchi, apple, miso mousse and ginger-soy reduction. [Photo]
1788 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033

13. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

292 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Wrecking Bar hosts an all-vegetarian list of specials on Tuesdays, but on the daily menu is the risotto-style barley, a dish currently served with celery root, swiss chard, and local mushrooms. Last season saw sunchokes and pecorino, and chef Terry Koval will change the entree up for spring soon.
292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

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