Once again, a highlight of my travels was discovering the many (many!!!!) vegan businesses and options around town. For Thursday lunch, we padded through uncharacteristically cold rain to arrive at Soul Vegetarian. The staff immediately knew we were first-timers, because we stood awkwardly at the front, waiting to be seated. It turns out you walk to the counter, pick up a tray, and get served cafeteria-style. You can order from a menu also, but there's something fun about getting your little tray and picking an entree and two sides. We both got the BBQ seitan with macaroni-and-cheese and cabbage, and a lagniappe of cornbread. We wanted to stop by Healthful Essence ("Soulful Caribbean Vegan"), but had to save it for another trip, as we were full up. Soul Vegetarian was so filling and delicious (best mac-and-cheese I've EVER had!), it powered our little legs for about 10 miles afterwards as we walked the BeltLine and looped through Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market, and all the neighborhoods in between. We were totally satisfied and not even hungry again until 11:30pm, when we discovered we were starving and made an emergency take-out call to Atkins Park, a trendy little bar/pub across the street from my host's house that served us a local roasted vegetable plate to die for.
Saturday morning, we stopped by Aurora Coffee. After coffee, it was time for a drive to the famous Vegan Dream Doughnuts. Although they opened at noon, the doughnuteer delivered them fresh at 1:30pm. Great doughnuts are like cheap plane tickets — you just gotta go with the flow and get em when they're ready! And they were a million percent worth the wait!! The doughnut maker said he learned to make them from his father, who learned to make them from a woman in Africa. The small storefront has an Ethiopian theme, and serves fresh juices as well as doughnuts. As a black-owned and operated business, it has a beautiful story, mission, and vibe.
Here are some pics of my favorite finds, though I could post millions of pictures with all the treats Atlanta has to offer!
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