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From Matcha Truffles To Tempeh Scramble, Vegan Memphis Is Rockin’ The Food Scene

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Tennessee is definitely not known for vegan food; there is very little way around that. But we also know that vegan and veggiephiles are growing in numbers, all across the country, so I made it my mission to find the vegan locals in Memphis, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Best Eats in Vegan Memphis

Memphis Downtown Farmers Market

There are a number of Farmers Markets across Memphis, most of them happening on Saturday mornings until the early afternoon. The Downtown Farmers Market isn’t huge but comes with a nice mix of fresh produce as well as ready-made foods, baked goods, and drinks. I loved Guilt-Free, an amazing vegan, partly raw, pastry stand. The matcha green tea truffles and the avocado brownies were delightful. Also, it’s a great place to pick up some local kombucha.

Juice Bar

Juice Bar is located in central Memphis in an artsy shopping mall. Juice Bar is a great place to pick up a smoothie or an açai bowl. I love the fact that they do BYOB – Build Your Own Bowl – they all come with fresh fruit as well as homemade granola. Just make sure to skip the honey.

French Truck

If you are a coffee aficionado, check out French Truck, a local coffee shop and roaster that offers a variety of different roasts, mainly from South America and the Caribbean. It’s also a great place to get an espresso and an avocado toast if you are looking for a quick bite or breakfast.

Imagine Vegan Cafe

This (clearly ethically motivated – because lots of vegan pamphlets!) vegan restaurant is hearty and serves Southern comfort foods. Perfect for brunch on a weekend or just a delicious lunch, you can find waffles, pancakes as well as vegan sandwiches, grits, hush puppies and BBQ wings on their menu. The desserts are all homemade and the smoothies are a great addition if you are looking for a little healthy touch.

City Silo

City Silo is a little plant-based party. While a lot of their options aren’t all vegan, pretty much everything can be veganized by just leaving the cheese off. Between açai bowls, Buddha bowls, tempeh breakfast scramble, as well as various fresh salads and made-to-order vegan burgers, this place is definitely a must. I was also intrigued by their coffee alternatives, such as ‘Don Quixote’s Dream’ made with young thai coconut, spices, almond milk and maples syrup. Yum!

Germantown Whole Foods

Okay, I usually don’t write about Whole Foods, but I was very impressed with the German Town Whole foods and the Japanese Korean Food Bar in it. They are serving lots of vegan options, such as avocado tofu hand rolls and freshly made Ramen that can easily be all plant-based. It’s also a great place to pick up local and regional Kombucha, such as the NC-based Tribucha.

From Matcha Truffles To Tempeh Scramble, Vegan Memphis Is Rockin’ The Food Scene

Have you been to Memphis? What are your favorite vegan restaurants in the south?

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Photo: Isabelle Steichen

Isabelle Steichen

Isabelle Steichen

Founder at The Plantiful
​Isabelle grew up in Luxembourg and transitioned from an omnivore, cheese loving life to a plant-based diet after she finished her master's in urban studies in Paris and moved to NYC in January 2013. Her decision was triggered by environmental, ethical as well as health reasons. She is passionate about veganism and health and has a plant-based nutrition certificate from e-Cornell. The Plantiful is her blog and creative outlet that she uses to share her love for all things plant-based. Isabelle is also a health coach and a certified yoga teacher with focus on restorative.
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