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Eat Your Veggies: A Vegetarian, Vegan Guide to Memphis

Whether you are a full-on vegan, vegetarian, or simply a “no-meat Monday” kind of person, we want to support you and provide a guide to help you to find some veggies. 

Check out these Memphis spots that are bringing the heat with vegetarian eats:

Bbq brisket, mac n cheese and fries on a black plate.
Photo: Justin Fox Burks via @imaginevegancafe | The Vegan Memphis Sandwich Platter

Comfort food cravings aren’t limited to meat eaters, but there can be difficulty in keeping those dishes plant-based or meat-free. Luckily, Imagine Vegan Cafe not only helps, but takes things one step further by creating some of the south’s most beloved meals sans the animals or animal by-products. This local, family-owned business offers an entire vegan menu without sacrificing that satisfying, southern food taste. P.S. Make sure not to overlook their homemade, vegan ranch and “honey” mustard dressing that is available to purchase online or in the cafe.


A stack of quesadillas in foil on a wooden table.
Photo: Shroomlicious Meals | Birria Tacos

Throw out any negative opinions you have about mushrooms because Shroomlicious is here to change your mind. Whether meat-free or just curious, one peek at the mushroom based menu will leave you wanting to push the limits of how much food a stomach can hold. Will your order be the birria tacos, fried oyster mushroom wings, Korean fried “chicken’ and waffles, or a smashed burger? Whatever you choose, you’re sure to leave questioning everything you’ve ever thought about mushrooms.

A white container with food in it.
Photo: @biancaphillips | Tofu Vermicelli with peanut sauce

One of the most popular Asian restaurants in Memphis has everything you need for a flavorful and protein packed meal. The lemongrass tofu is a consistent fan favorite that comes with enough food to share if you’re feeling generous. Whether you want curry or traditional Vietnamese pho, Pho Binh more than provides. They are currently to-go only so plan ahead.


A person holding a chicken sandwich in foil.
Photo: @veggiesabroad | PBH Chickn Sandwich

Plant Based Heat is true to its name and does not skip the spice. Bring your appetite and be prepared for a kick as you indulge in your favorite comfort food, including vegan wings. Available in eight flavors, grab a side of seasoned fries and the daily dessert special to have the full experience

Good Fortune Co

A bowl of ramen with noodles and toppings on a table.

Make Good Fortune Co. your new one stop shop for house made ramen and  dumplings, craft cocktails, and Taiyaki ice cream. Meat-free options are at the forefront of this popular South Main spot’s menu. From light bits to entrees, each plant-based dish is thoughtfully made and packed with flavor. 

Photo: City Silo | Caroline Howard Mosley

Whether you are in the mood for a quick smoothie or a leisurely, sit-down meal, City Silo prides itself on its healthy menu that is jam packed full of flavor. Don’t worry, you can bring your meat-eating mates (their menu is also omnivore friendly)!

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A plate with pasta and veggies on it.
Photo: Tamboli’s Creamy Bucatini “Cacio Whey Pepe”

Miles Tamboli ensures that his menu provides a handful of seasonal vegetarian options, from the shitake mushroom and spicy arribiata pizza to the salads, mushroom melt, and more. Famous for their homemade pastas and pizzas, Tamboli’s sources most of their plant-based dishes from local farmers and produce businesses. Need a sit down dinner with your girlfriends, or a much needed date-night with someone or just yourself? No matter the sitch, Tamboli’s is just right for the veggie-lovin’ folks!

Raw Girls Food Truck Salad
Photo: Raw Girls Food Truck

Best known for their juices and detoxing cleanses, Raw Girls also offers meals and snacks for plant-based foodies. With three locations-Downtown, East Memphis, and grab and go options at the Hyatt Centric Market, their food is the freshest of the fresh with raw meat served up as yummy dishes (like chana masala, taco salad, or sweet potato ginger soup). Oh, and make sure to bring your sweet tooth because they’ve got plant-based desserts like raw almond butter cookies. 

A bowl of nachos with black beans and sour cream.
Photo: RP Tracks | BBQ Tofu Nachos

Many East Memphians and University of Memphis students are well aware of the delicious food at RP Tracks, but not very many vegetarians know that the new menu has some goodies for all you lovers of legumes. Got a hankering for some nachos or a hotdog? RP Tracks doesn’t think that you should compromise. They offer tofu or meat alternatives to their already established menu, so call in or pull up a chair for some gameday veggies. 

A black box with rice, beans and a side of veggies.
Photo: Global Cafe Venezuelan Vegan plate

Global Community Cafe has some of the best food in Memphis AND has vegetarian options for you plant-based peeps. Created, cooked, and served by refugees and immigrants from countries like Venezuela and Syria, Global Community Cafe provides a dining experience for Memphians to get to know their neighbors by breaking bread together. We highly recommend trying the traditional Venezuelan flan!

Three plates of hummus and vegetables on a counter.
Photo: Casablanca | Sultan Mezza Combo

Casablanca is fresh, delicious comfort food that hits every time. Plant-based lovers have no shortage of options here. From falafel and hummus to grape leaves and baba ghanoush, you won’t be disappointed. Don’t forget dessert and for sure do not skip the Best Tea in Memphis served hot or cold.

A tray of wings and celery with veggies on a table.
Photo: @debbiescary Slider Inn Buffalo Cauliflower & Tofu wings

Slider Inn is a staple in the Memphis food scene, thanks to their sliders and the notorious Jameson Slushie. Vegetarians, find your place at the dinner table and you’ll be greeted with a handful of plant-based options—from chickpea patties and marinated mushroom caps to nuts and berries, and more. 

Load up, go on a foodie tour at some of these local faves, and let us know which vegetarian dishes you loved best!

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