Being a vegetarian or vegan in the Magic City can be tough living. Luckily, we’re here to find the best spots to make it all the easier to unearth those meatless gems.
Alright … so this one might be obvious. With Birmingham’s only all-vegetarian cafe, the Golden Temple, and Makario’s falafel just down the street, Southside has the most meatless options in the city. (And should you live at LaSalle or Dulion, you’re in the perfect locations for a five-minute walk to lunch or dinner.)
It’s no surprise The Summit made the list. Right down the road from the Whole Foods in Cahaba Village and a Trader Joe’s right next door, there are vegetarian and vegan options as far as the eye can see (Vegan eggs? Mayo? Cheese crackers?) The salad and hot bars at Whole Foods make a quick lunch much easier than sifting through menus online. With 150 Summit within walking distance of Trader Joe’s, getting out for groceries or a meal is an easy way to avoid the normal 280 traffic.
El Barrio boasts a Mexican-influenced menu with a veggie quesadilla and a vegan tostada plate in constant rotation with new seasonal vegetables. Plus, Bamboo on 2nd has a veggie noodle bowl as well as a number of small plates catering to the plant-eating crowd. The extensive cocktail menu is an added bonus. (Meaning Station 121 residents are near two of the finest vegetarian eateries in Birmingham.)
Homewood is slowly, but surely, working its way to becoming a new hub for herbivores. With Your Pie’s make-your-own vegan pizza and Shiki’s tofu and mushroom entrees, Homewood becomes more veg-friendly almost every month! Plus, Edgewood is home to Sprout & Pour, with juices and smoothies for the perfect refresher on an afternoon out. (Moretti at Vulcan Park is a stone’s throw away from these spots.)
Highlands might not have the most variety to offer vegetarians, but what it does have is two of the better eats in town. (And Pawnee Square is in the middle of it.) Just down the street is Rojo, a gathering spot for locals with a large outdoor patio. For vegetarians, try the black bean burger, and for vegans, sub out cheese and add tofu sausage to any tacos. Taj India’s lunch buffet rewards you with a bang-for-your-buck plethora of hearty Indian (meatless) entrees.
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