There are many benefits for kids and adults eating plant-based foods, such as maintaining a healthy weight and improving one’s immune system. That’s why many families are eating more plant-based meals at home. But sometimes, you just want to treat your family to a meal out. If you’re looking for great restaurants that serve plant-based meals or have vegetarian and vegan options on the menu, then try one of these local restaurants around Buckhead. 

Cafe Sunflower

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Cafe Sunflower has been a leader in Atlanta’s vegan food scene for more than 25 years, serving up amazing plant-based dishes that aren’t just hearty salads. On this restaurant’s menu, you’ll see many of your family’s favorite dishes, including nachos, tacos, gyros, lasagna, burgers, and pad Thai. It’s quite an eclectic mix of cuisines, so it’s also a great place when everyone in the family is craving something different. This veggie-friendly restaurant also serves gluten-free and nut-free dishes as well as dairy-free and gluten-free desserts, like cake and mousse. Saturday brunch features these items and an amazing vegan breakfast burrito.

Visit Cafe Sunflower at 2140 Peachtree Road in Atlanta. They’re open every Monday through Saturday for brunch and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. 

Herban Fix

Herban Fix is a fully vegan restaurant serving Asian-fusion dishes inspired by recipes from the chef’s home country of Taiwan and other neighboring nations. This place serves lunch and dinner, with each menu having many of the same dishes but with smaller portions served at lunch.

Start your meal with appetizers like spring rolls and scallion pancakes, lemongrass soup, or a raw vegetable and nut salad. For your meal, try an entree like crispy eggplant with chutney, tofu curry, tofu pad Thai, vegetable bibimbap, or stir-fry soy-based chicken in a citrusy sauce. 

You’ll find Herban Fix at 565 Peachtree St. N.E. in Atlanta. They’re open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Local Green Atlanta

Local Green Atlanta has a mission to serve hearty and healthy foods that promote healthy eating, combat diseases like diabetes, and help the Atlanta community. This restaurant makes vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as those made with fish and seafood to accommodate pescatarians who don’t eat meat or poultry. You’ll see many of your favorite dishes, including Southern soul food staples, burgers, and sandwiches.

If you’re looking for fully plant-based dishes, try the Oh Boy Vegan Cheeseburger, the 3 Stack Cauliflower Tacos, or the Keisha Bowl featuring quinoa, roasted broccoli, kale, peppers, and your choice of housemade sauce. Try one of the pescatarian dishes, like the Rapper’s Delight Salmon Philly in sandwich or quesadilla form, Notorious Shrimp Tacos, or the Sterling Salmon Sliders. Pair any of these dishes with Cajun Air Fries or vegan Brussels sprouts slaw.

You can find Local Green Atlanta at 19 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. N.W. in Atlanta. They’re open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Thomas Deluxe Grill

The R. Thomas Deluxe Grill has been around since 1985 and has developed an amazing diner menu full of dishes that vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters enjoy. You can get breakfast all day, including French toast and omelets, and lunch or dinner items like burgers, melts, salads, pasta, and internationally inspired dishes from Latin America, the Mediterranean, and Asia.

There are many vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options, as well as ingredient swaps you can ask for, that make items fully plant-based. For example, you can order scrambled tofu in lieu of eggs with any breakfast combo. You will also find plant-based options like the Sausage Queen Omelet made with veggie sausage and the Veggie Omelet, which you can get without cheese for a dairy-free option. For lunch and dinner, try plant-based options like Portabella Melt, R’s House-Made Veggie Burger, grilled veggies and hummus plate, Portabella Linguine, and the Teriyaki Bowl with veggies or tofu.

Thomas Deluxe Grill is located at 1812 Peachtree St. N.W. in Atlanta. They’re now open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Bole Ethiopian Restaurant

Bole Ethiopian Restaurant is a family-owned and -operated restaurant that serves authentic Ethiopian food made with high-quality, healthy ingredients. You can order traditional meat dishes as well as vegetarian and vegan options that are equally rich and delicious. On the menu, you’ll find breakfast, lunch and dinner appetizers, shareable platters, and fusion dishes inspired by a mix of Ethiopian and other ethnic cuisines. You’ll see that all of the plant-based options are clearly marked, so it’s easy to explore this menu.

For breakfast, you can get the mostly plant-based Foul dish, which features fava beans, tomatoes, onions, and hard-boiled egg on toast, or opt-out of the egg for the vegan version. You can order the Vegetarian Combo for yourself or the shareable Veggie Lovers platter for the table. Both feature cooked and spiced veggies over injera, an East African flatbread. You should also try the vegan Ethiopian Spaghetti or vegetarian Cajun rice.

Bole Ethiopian Restaurant is located at 1583 Virginia Ave. in College Park. You can dine here every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Papi Ali’s

If you’re feeling Latin cuisine, then Papi Ali’s is the place to go. This restaurant serves fully plant-based Latin American-inspired dishes, including sandwiches, tacos, wraps, and rice bowls. The Chorizo Torta is a must-have sandwich, inspired by the Mexican torta sandwich but made with a flavorful mushroom-based chorizo sausage, roasted red pepper cashew crema, and roasted veggies. The MBLTA is a BLT made with mushroom bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado with chipotle cashew crema.

Not feeling a sandwich? You can make your own grain or rice bowl with your favorite plant-based meat alternatives, vegetables, and housemade vegan sauces, or pick from recipes like Papi’s Bowl (mushroom chorizo, sofrito brown rice, black beans, and cashew crema) or Lime to Me (cilantro-lime rice, black beans, avocado, lettuce, chipotle crema, and roasted vegetables.

You’ll find Papi Ali’s 2323 Main St. Suite 1A in nearby Tucker. They’re open Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

So there you have it, six plant-based restaurants in and around Buckhead. Did we miss your family’s favorite places for veggie-filled dishes? If so, let Crème de la Crème of Buckhead know. Contact us today, and we’ll be sure to add it to our list!