Atlanta, GA Pt. 1 (Favorites) – Dulce Bakery & Cafe, Lov’n It Live, Cafe Sunflower, Soul Vegetarian, + A Sea Shepherd Sighting!
Oooh, hotlanta! Are you ready to do this? ;)
I had a wonderful time in Atlanta, due in large part to my wonderful new friends Eric, Denali, Jes, and Tracey. As you might have caught wind by now, after first meeting Eric in Atlanta (you can read about it here) he later joined me for a week on the road, in Florida. Denali is Eric’s Bernese Mountain Dog (AKA adorable snuggle-muffin). Jes and Tracey are two local-to-Atlanta vegans who reached out to me early on, and we made plans to hang out while I was in town. Between all of ‘em I felt right at home and had a SPLENDID time.
Dulce Vegan Bakery & Cafe – 100% vegan
1994 Hosea L. Williams Dr. NE
Atlanta, GA 30317
Naturally, I’ll start with a picture of Denali! :D Oh and pictures of food stuffs too! ;)
I ended up visiting Dulce about three times while I was in Atlanta. They have awesome breakfast food and nice outdoor seating. So I’ve thrown together some pics from every stop, in addition to some pics off of Dulce’s Facebook page since I didn’t get a chance to try much of their sweets. I know, I know!
As a result of finding myself at Dulce most often during breakfast hours I have a few lovely pics of their breakfast sandwiches and scones. Here we have a couple of Dulce’s breakfast muffins with tempeh bacon, Daiya cheese, and an “egg” round. The muffins were soft and perfectly flakey. So delicious! The scones were wonderful too, a bit buttery and just sweet enough. The two scones pictured below include lavandar, and chocolate chip flavors. Yumm-o!!
On another day Eric and I met up with Jes, of Buckets of Color, for lunch. We enjoyed some lunch sandwiches and chatted about…ya know..veganee things. :)
Since I was relatively good at keeping it together at Dulce, as far as sweets go, I didn’t get many pics in the way of their other popular items, like cupcakes and sticky buns. However, I found some beautiful photos taken by Bonnie Heath via Ducle’s Facebook page. Mmmm!
Thanks so much to Jes for letting me park the van in her living community for a night!! :) Oh yeah, Jes also told me about Atlanta’s Slow Food Festival and their ginormous Food Truck Park (I guess it’s kind of a big deal). I didn’t get to check out either one, but if you get to let me know how they are! :)
Lov’n It Live – 100% vegan
2796 East Point Street
East Point, GA 30344
Eric ended up hanging out in Atlanta for a few days (though he was residing in Chattanooga, TN at the time…not too far away) so I was happy to have his company for dinner at Lov’n It Live too!
This place rules! It’s in my top two as far as Atlanta vegan eats go. The service was phenomenal (enthusiastic, passionate employees can make all the difference **shout out to Akua**), and the food is incredible. I’ve eaten at a number of raw restaurants so far and this place truly has it together in terms of creativity, quality, and flavor. Also, great, calming vibe!!
We started with the Stuffed Avocados (avocado, nutmeat, bell peppers and tomatoes). These things are PACKED with flavor, dude! The stuffing is intense. It sounds so simple right? So few ingredients. But somehow these food artists take a few simple ingredients and create powerhouse meals. The tomatos were incredibly fresh and the dish as a whole seemed to be presented like a healthy/fancy deviled eggs. Sort of. It was really cool. You should totally get this!
The first pic below is of Eric’s Tostado, one of Lov’n It’s most popular dishes (crisp flax shell layered with local field greens, Lov’n it Live’s delectable tomato sauce, pine nut cheese, chopped tomatoes, avocados, black olives, and sage patty crumbles). I had the Mushroom Steak (portabella mushrooms seasoned with savory spices, and onions over greens).
It’s hard to tell in the photo but the Tostado plate looked absolutely beautiful when it came out. All of Lov’n It Live’s plating was great but this dish in particular will just make you melt. It not only looked good but tasted wonderful as well, FULL of so much flavor, and on so many levels. You liked it, right Eric? My dish was incredibly delicious as well. It was a little spicy, wonderfully succulent, and perfectly light. Yum, yum, and yum.
For dessert we split a piece of this rawesome Strawberry Cheesecake. I’m not sure what else to say other than, it was awesome. Get it. Like…yesterday! ;)
On my last night in Atlanta (I’m presenting the restaurants out of order) I met up with Tracey, a fellow vegan food enthusiast who is also friends with Jes (from above). Upon her recomendation we met up for dinner at Cafe Sunflower. It actually wasn’t originally on my list because they make a lot of non-vegan meals. However, I’m so glad that Tracey twisted my arm because this restaurant is amazing and provided one of the most delicious meals I had while in Atlanta.
Cafe Sunflower – 50% vegan
2140 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30309
We started with an order of deep fried brussels sprouts. They were incredible!! The breading and sauce was pretty sweet and reminded me of a non-spicy general tso’s. Very, very, very good. I was trying to be polite and let Tracey have just as many, if not more of them, but I’m pretty sure I ended up having more. Eep! :)
Tracey, what did you have again? I can’t remember. It looked great though (the wraps, below). I had the Garden Loaf (hearty soy veggie loaf and herb mashed potatoes with miso mushroom gravy, accompanied with grilled asparagus and spring rolls). It’s the pyramid shaped food thing below. Haha. It was delicious!!
For dessert we indulged in what is truly one of the best desserts I’ve ever had: Cafe Sunflower’s Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake. Holy friggin’ wow, y’all!! The layer of thick chocolate on top was crazy delicious and the Mousse layer was **bleeping** out of this world. And the raspberry-filling layer? –> To. Die. For. Oh and then, what’s this?! The bottom, cake-like layer was not only rich and moist but had little chocolate chunks throughout. OMG. No but seriously O.M.G. GET THIS (in addition to those other things I told you to get!)!!!! :)
Tracey, thank you so much for the great company and very interesting conversation! ;) It was great to hang!!
Soul Vegetarian 2 – 100% vegan
652 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
I have been to a couple other Soul Veg restaurants in other parts of the country but I think this is one of the originals (anyone know for sure?). Regardless, it was great AND I had an unexpected treat…err experience while dining here. Eeeee!!! Read on, you! Read on! :)
Here we have Soul Veg’s deep fried (notice a southern theme? ;) cauliflower appetizer as well as their Kalebone steak sandwich. Both were tasty and provided that it’s-too-good-to-be-good-for-you, satisfaction. NOM.
Okay, okay, okay. This was by far one of the highlights of not only Atlanta, but the whole trip, to date. Are you ready? Eheheheheee!! Okay so…
So I’m sitting there, right… just taking notes about the restaurant and guy leans over from neighboring table… “excuse me, do you have a vegan travel blog?” .. Yes, I do! … “Is it Will Travel For Vegan Food?” Yes, yes it is! (((I start squealing inside))) turns out the table is full of Sea Shepherd volunteers who are tabling at the Chili Peppers shows across the country!! Eeeeee!! We talked. It was AWESOME!!!!!
Who knew!!? Hahaha.. I was just so thrilled and completely flattered that I had been recognized, um… at all! Not only that but Kelly, Fred, Mike, and Betty were so super nice and friendly. Naturally we had to take a pic together! :)
Side note: THIS is one of the many reasons that Sea Shepherd rocks hard! They recognize that some of the band members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers are veg (therefore some of their fans might be as well, or at least, sensitive to animal welfare issues) so they think outside the box by touring around, tabling at Chili Pepper shows. Brilliant! It just makes so much sense, especially given Sea Shepherd’s edgy brand messaging.
I could go on because I just think this is so perfect and awesome. But I should get going. I have places to drive to and things to eat. :)