There are many vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the Marietta area with amazing food and incredible service. With so many options, it makes it easy to find fresh and healthy options that taste delicious. In fact, you can probably find some veggie and plant-based dishes that even the pickiest kids will love. Whether your child loves veggies or you have to disguise them so your child doesn’t notice, you’re sure to find a dish they’ll love at one of these East Cobb restaurants. 

VeGreen Burger

VeGreen Burger is a 100% plant-based restaurant with creative items. Their mission is to remind people of the importance of eating healthy because they want to help people balance their physical and mental health. VeGreen takes flavors from around the world and turns them into vegan recipes. You can add vegan cheese or avocado to any of VeGreen’s delicious burgers. Some popular burgers include the vegan shrimp burger, vegan salmon burger, and vegan BBQ pork burger. They also have Asian-inspired dishes like vegan cream cheese Rangoon and a ginger salad. The crinkle fries have a salty house-made seasoning and regulars will tell you the fried kale chips are a must-try. 

You’ll get excellent customer service every time you visit VeGreen, as the carefully trained staff helps you navigate the menu and intentionally fosters a positive atmosphere. Also an environmental awareness group, VeGreen uses recycled materials for their carryout boxes and focuses on saving lives through healthy eating.

UpDog Smoothies and Juices

UpDog Smoothies and Juices uses organic and non-GMO ingredients almost exclusively to make the best smoothies, juices, and power bowls with real, natural fruits and vegetables. You’ll never find preservatives or artificial flavoring at Updog. They make every item fresh to order for maximum nutrient consumption. All their menu items are naturally gluten-free and vegan except for the power bowls, which you can customize with gluten-free granola if you want. Other menu items include concentrated nutrition shots for boosting your immune system, organic juice cleanses to make detoxing and energizing easy, and teas and other hot drinks. 

If you’re in the mood for a smoothie, try the Wanderlust with kale, banana, and blueberry, then choose from over a dozen add-ons like chia seed, matcha, raw cacao, or Goji berries. The cold-pressed juices offer a refreshing boost of nutrients and energy. Favorites include the Sun-C with carrots, orange, lemon, and ginger, and the Prana with kale, cucumber, lemon, celery, apple, and turmeric. The protein bowls are almost too pretty to eat, with a granola base, thick blended fruit, and fresh toppings like nut butter, hazelnut spread, coconut flakes, and fresh fruit. 

Good Kitchen + Market

A fresh salad at a plant-based restaurant near Marietta, GA

Close up of fresh summer salad with tomatoes and arugula” licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Flickr by wuestenigel

Good Kitchen + Market is a restaurant that focuses on a versatile menu of nutrient-dense and healthy dishes. All the menus at Good Kitchen have more vegetables, quality grains, and thoughtfully sourced protein. They even have a separate plant-based menu to go along with their breakfast, lunch, dinner, and kids’ menus. You won’t find canola oil, refined sugar, antibiotics, GMOs, or any laboratory ingredients you can’t pronounce. On beautiful days, you’ll love relaxing on the patio and soaking in the charm of downtown historic Marietta. 

As you browse the plant-based menu, tell the staff about any allergies, preferences, or dietary restrictions and they’ll happily accommodate you. One great option is the Thai crunch wrap that contains red cabbage, broccoli, carrots, red peppers, scallions, mixed greens, and a sesame ginger vinaigrette. Or, as a pasta replacement, try the Italian zoodle bowl tops zucchini noodles with kale, mushrooms, and Pomodoro sauce or vegetable-based Piccata sauce. The drink menu is massive with coffee specials, organic teas, house-made lemonade, kombucha, local beers, natural wines, and more. 

Twisted Kitchen 

The Twisted Kitchen is all about fresh ingredients and letting you be the chef. When you walk in the door, you can create your own pasta bowl, pasta salad, wrap, or salad bowl with a vast variety of sauces, spices, seasonings, and fresh ingredients. The chefs at Twisted Kitchen love providing new ingredients, new ideas, pastas from around the world, and a place for the community to gather. While the kitchen does serve a variety of meats, it’s easy to build your own vegetarian or vegan dish. Choose from one of the Twisted suggestions or be creative. 

First, choose a pasta bowl, pasta salad, wrap, or salad bowl. Next, choose a vegetarian-friendly protein like Beyond Meat or tofu. Then, pick from almost a dozen types of pasta like angel hair, farfalle, cavatappi, tri-color rotini, rice noodles, or gluten-free penne. Add your favorite toppings from an enormous list with options like fresh vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, cheeses, and fresh herbs and spices. Pick a flavorful sauce to top off your dish, such as pesto, creamy pesto, oriental sesame, mandarin orange ginger, marinara, Alfredo, garlic butter, or cheese sauce.

Seed Kitchen and Bar

The Seed Kitchen and Bar offers a playful yet modern approach to American cuisine in a stylish although casual atmosphere. The menu is seasonal because it includes numerous ingredients from local farmers and local artisans in the pursuit of freshness and quality. Doug Turbush is both the owner and executive chef. He brings decades of worldwide travel, big-city cooking, culinary accolades, and impressive customer service to his East Cobb neighborhood. He created Seed so there would be a place where the local community could make lifelong memories while enjoying modern comfort food at an excellent value. 

While not exclusively a vegetarian restaurant, there is an array of meatless options. Try the chickpea hummus, white corn grit fritters, or Vidalia French onion soup to start. Then choose from salads, pastas, and plates like the seasonal vegetable plate with the chef’s selection of fresh local vegetables served with your choice of grains. Delicious sides include options like grilled asparagus with roasted lemon, braised local green with soy and chile, field pea succotash, spring pea risotto, and caramelized Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.  Here at Creme de la Creme in East Cobb, we’ve been encouraging children to discover a love of learning since 2004. We also encourage a love for eating fresh foods and making healthy choices so future world leaders grow up strong and healthy. If we forgot to include your child’s favorite vegetarian restaurant, please let us know. We’d love to add another great vegan option to our list.