Vegan Restaurants in South Georgia

While it can be difficult to find vegan and vegetarian dining options outside of major metropolitan areas, South Georgia and in particular, Savannah, offers a number of tempting possibilities. Most of these restaurants are not vegan, or even entirely vegetarian, but are considered "veg-friendly." This means that they include several vegetarian or vegan items on their menu, or that they will customize dishes to accommodate their vegetarian and vegan diners.

The Sentient Bean

This organic coffee house serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their vegan breakfast baked goods are made with soy butter and soy milk. The "Queso no queso" with hummus, onion, spinach and tomato, or the "BBQ wrap" with marinated tofu and roasted red pepper are tasty lunch/dinner picks. Prices inexpensive (about $7 for lunch/dinner entrees). The Sentient Bean also hosts movie nights, art shows, bands and other events. The restaurant is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10. p.m. and features a casual, family atmosphere. The Sentient Bean 13 E Park Ave Savannah, GA 31401 (912) 232-4447 thesentientbean.com

Pakwan Indian Restaurant

The ingredients in Indian cuisine make it a good choice for vegans. Pakwan Indian Restaurant has separate (and extensive) vegetarian appetizer and entree menus. Vegetable samosas and the cashew pakora (sauteed cashews and herbs) are popular starters. For an entree, try the vegetable curry or vegetable masala. When in doubt, specify your vegan needs as some of the vegetarian dishes use butter or cheese. The lunch buffet, open 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, also includes vegan selections. Prices are inexpensive ($3.50 for veggie appetizers, $10 for veggie entrees) in this family-friendly restaurant. Pakwan Indian Restaurant 7804 Abercorn, Suite 144 Savannah, GA 31406 (912) 353-5799 pakwanindianrestaurant.com

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

Family dining with a plethora of vegetable dishes, served up Southern style. The menu changes daily and seasonally. Though this is not a vegetarian restaurant, there may be up to a dozen veggie platters set on the long group tables featuring brown rice, butter beans, black-eyed peas and okra and tomatoes among others. Vegans should ask about ingredients, as butter and cream are used in some of the vegetables. The restaurant is located in the Historic District of Savannah, making it ideal for vegan and vegetarian tourists. It is only open only for lunch, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The eatery is moderately inexpensive (lunch is $16, children are $8). Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room 107 West Jones Street Savannah, GA 31401 (912) 232-5997 mrswilkes.com

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