Memphis Vegan Guide: 15 Vegan Friendly Restaurants

Memphis Vegan Guide: 15 Vegan Friendly Restaurants

Where To Eat Vegan In Memphis

Most vegans assume visiting or living in Memphis means one thing, starvation! Memphis is synonymous with BBQ and not in the Beyond Meat kind of the way — but things are changing, my friends! What was once a meat-centric landscape is shifting, and the vegan food scene is starting to take off (hooray!) 

Memphis is home to many family- and black-owned vegan restaurants ready to tantalize your taste buds with golden waffles covered in sweet maple syrup and even traditional BBQ. 

So, the next time you're looking for a vegan-friendly experience in Memphis, use this guide to ensure you don't miss any veggie-friendly hot spots!

You might like this Chubby Vegetarian guide to vegetarian dishes in Memphis, too.

Vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and food trucks in Memphis

Whether you're looking for nutrient-dense bowls or sinful vegan sweets, you'll find it in Memphis at one of these terrific vegan-friendly restaurants. 

Raw Girls

150 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103

Whether kicking off your day with a nutrient-dense smoothie or grabbing a fresh salad for lunch, you won't be disappointed with the lineup of fresh eats at Raw Girls!

raw girls salad
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Plant-Based Heat

669 S Highland St, Memphis, TN 38111

Get ready to indulge in some of the best vegan comfort food at this Black-owned spot! Sweet and sticky cauliflower wings, loaded burgers with homemade sauces, and much more. Whoever said vegan food was boring needs to come here!

mushroom burger plant based heat
Rebecca Gade Sawicki
vegan chicken wings plant based heat
Rebecca Gade Sawicki

Imagine Vegan Café

2158 Young Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

This sweet little family-owned café has been delighting locals and even celebrities for years — Bill Clinton, Janet Jackson, and Ariana Grande are just a few famous folks who have come in to see what's cooking! If you thought you'd miss out on BBQ, this is the place to go. Their vegan Memphis sandwich platter was featured in the best BBQ in the US in USA Today.

vegan buffalo sandwich from imagine vegan
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Da Guilty Vegan Food Truck

2053 N Houston Levee Rd, Cordova, TN 38016

Usually stationed just a little outside of town is one of Memphis' amazing Black-owned vegan food trucks! You'll want to get Google Maps out to track down their loaded BBQ nachos, spicy buffalo chick'n sandwich, or an A1 steak burger.

Bedrock Market & Café

327 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103

If you're vegan and gluten-free, don't miss this downtown spot! The entire menu is gluten-free with a vegan menu that features golden waffles (choose between a peanut butter banana waffle or cinnamon sugar donut waffle or get both!), breakfast tacos, protein-packed smoothies, and much more. This is a terrific place to start your day.

bedrock waffles
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Bala's Bistro

4571 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, TN 38116

After visiting Graceland, make sure you pencil in a stop here! This black-owned café serves up African-inspired (along with traditional American fare) eats with an "All About Vegan" menu that is sure to please. Don't skip their Maafee (creamy peanut stew) or sweet plantains. 

balas bistro
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Speed Vegan "Unbelievable Burgers" Magic Food Bus

2041 E Brooks Rd, Memphis, TN 38116

How can you not want to check it out with a name like that? This Black-owned magic vegan food bus is right around the corner from the airport; maybe stop in before or after your flight for one of the best vegan burgers in town.

Evelyn & Olive 

630 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

Vegan-friendly fusion of Jamaican and Southern cuisine is on the menu at this Black-owned restaurant. To experience the full flavor fusion, don't miss their Conscious Potato Chickpea Curry.

City Silo Table + Pantry

5101 Sanderlin Ave #104b, Memphis, TN 38117

Whether vegan, gluten-free, or omni, you'll be sure to find something to love at this clean-eating café. Open all day with a fantastic selection of smoothies, acai bowls, toasts, salads, burgers, and so much more! Don't skip one of their house-made burgers for a filling lunch or dinner.

Good Fortune Co.

361 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103

Addictive edamame, spicy dumplings filled with Impossible Meat, and never-ending bowls of noodles are on the menu at this quaint Asian bistro. The menu is well-marked and features a great assortment of vegan options — the most challenging part will be deciding what to order.

Curry n Jerk

126 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

Authentic Caribbean cuisine is on the vegan-friendly menu at this Black-owned downtown restaurant. Go traditional with a plate of hearty rice and beans with plantains, or get a little spicy with their jerk veggie fried rice. 

Slider Inn

363 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103
2117 Peabody Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

The perfect place to hang out on a hot day! This trendy downtown spot features vegan-friendly sliders and a massive lineup of creative cocktails. Choose between their vegan Triple B, falafel (minus the dill yogurt), or peanut butter and jelly slider but make sure you add an order of finger-licking vegan wings!

vegan slider with lettuce wrap
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Café Eclectic

603 N McLean Blvd, Memphis, TN 38107

Come here to kick off your day with a stack of light and fluffy vegan pancakes or a nutty quinoa bowl. But, if you're not a breakfast person, check out their house-made black bean burger for lunch.

Lamplighter Lounge

1702 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

Looking for a laid-back hangout with live music, pool tables, and great vegan options? Look no further than Lamplighter. Whether you're looking for a Hangover Helper (vegan sausage, egg, and cheese on a biscuit) or creamy mac-n-cheese, you'll find it here and won't be disappointed!

RP Tracks Restaurant and Bar

3547 Walker Ave, Memphis, TN 38111

Right around the corner from the University of Memphis is the home of the world's best BBQ tofu (self-proclaimed, of course). Aside from BBQ tofu, vegan diners can also check out their lineup of sandwiches and even a Beyond Brat (some items do require adjustments to make them vegan). 

Vegan-friendly hotel in Memphis

If you’re looking for a unique spot to stay in Memphis that is also vegan-friendly look no further than the historic James Lee House. When you book, request vegan options in the dietary section and they will ensure you’re treated to gourmet meals. 

The James Lee House
690 Adams Ave, Memphis, TN 38105

Vegan and vegan-friendly events in Memphis

Mark your calendars! Throughout the year, multiple vegan and vegan-friendly events are happening throughout Memphis. This is a terrific opportunity to taste delights from longtime restaurants and check out up-and-coming pop-ups and small shops that are just starting out!

Loving Local Presented by Project Green Fork

June 16, 2022 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Ravine: 435 Madison Ave. Memphis, TN 38103

A celebration of everything local! This foodie event seeks to highlight a local Memphis hotspot and inspire attendees to be a little greener. Guests can learn about PGF initiatives and Memphis Food Waste Project efforts while enjoying yummy eats from local vendors, including vegan and vegan-friendly hot spots like Da Guilty Vegan and Good Fortune Co. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.

2nd Annual Memphis Vegan Festival

June 18, 2022, from noon to 7 p.m.
Pipkin Building: 940 Early Maxwell Blvd Memphis, TN 38104

Don't miss a full day of vegan food, clothing, personal care products, entertainment, and more! The event will feature 18 vegan vendors, 6 vegan food trucks, and 26 shopping vendors. The entrance fee is $10.

Vegan Potluck Brunch

June 19, 2022 from 12 PM – 1:30 PM
909 N Willet Memphis, TN

Just a day after the Memphis Vegan Festival is this amazing brunch hosted by The Memphis Vegan Club. The delicious brunch events happen on the third Sunday of every month! Make sure you RSVP if you plan to attend.

7th Annual Soulful Food Truck Festival

September 25, 2022, from 12 PM – 6 PM
Tiger Lane: 450 Early Maxwell Blvd Memphis, TN 38104

Enjoy live music, two DJs, a kid zone, and vegan soul food at this 7th Annual Soul celebration! The event offers an early bird general admission ticket for $5 and a VIP ticket for $15, but the sale ends July 1!


This isn't a complete list - there are plenty of other Memphis restaurants that are vegetarian and vegan friendly. For Memphis restaurant reviews from a real live vegan, you can't go wrong with Vegan Crunk.

About the Author

Rebecca lives in Metro Detroit and is the creator of the vegan travel blog Veggies Abroad. Born of her love for travel and the curiosity of others about her plant-based lifestyle, the blog addresses the question, "What in the world did you eat?" When she isn't checking out new vegan hot spots, you can find her strategizing ways to amplify the voices of vegan businesses and nonprofits in an effort to build a kinder world.

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lelizabethellis
Yum! I love to eat local AND veggie and I'd never heard of some of these places! Looking forward to trying them.
May 17, 2011 1:06pm
Jay
Beleive it or not, Huey's has a great selection of non-meat items. The veggie burger and black bean burger (all variations)are great. You can get the big salads without flesh products if you simply ask. My vegetarian wife and daughters love to eat at Huey's.
May 17, 2011 4:40pm
Ariel A
I am not a vegan fan but some of this stuff sounds great. I have been debating on stopping at Fuel for a while now and after this I might just have to this week. Thanks so much for this
May 17, 2011 8:47pm
laura
*love* the cosmic coconut, have tried about five different drinks and they've all been amazing. love fuel as well, and i'd like to put in a plug for their vegetarian 'meat loaf' - it's not vegan - has walnuts and cheese - but it is delicious and i crave it often. (served with homemade mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, and green veg of the day). really good when one wants a healthier version of 'comfort food'. a final plug - the pizza at lou's pizza pie (formerly pie in the sky) in cooper-young is awesome. the crust has some whole wheat and is delicious, and they have loads of veggie toppings. my recent favorite combo: pesto, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, and olives. they also deliver!
May 24, 2011 3:50am
Bianca- Vegan Crunk
Thanks Kerri for this great list!! And the link! <3 Imagine totally rules my world. I wish that Las Savell guy would make a "Imagine Vegan Cafe Makes Memphis a Better Place" billboard....
May 25, 2011 3:43pm
Vegan dining i…
[...] Many thanks to Morgan of Nashvillest for noting that I Love Memphis blog just posted “11 Ways To Eat Meat-Free in Memphis” yesterday. I missed that and it is a fantastic list. It’s got a list of vegan and [...]
June 5, 2011 9:55am
Ann
We took your list with us for our visit to Memphis. OMG, what a joy that was! Thank you soo much for this. We ate twice at the Imagine Café - of course - Déjà Vu, what an experience, so nice people!, Jasmine and Pho Hoa Binh. Fuel was closed unfortunately. We also had a falafal at the Pita Café on Bianca - Vegan Crunk - list. I told the man who served us Bianca did not lie when she wrote it is the best falafel in the world. He had a copy of her review:)
August 22, 2011 2:42pm
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October 22, 2019 6:26am
Kim
Wild Beet should be on here. Since you choose every one of your ingredients, it's easy to get vegan or vegetarian. They also offer vegan cheese, tofu, and quinoa.
January 13, 2020 8:13pm
Holly Whitfield
Love this suggestion, Kim! We'll add it soon.
January 14, 2020 3:42pm
Harilal's
It is good to read blogs about vegetarian food. Countries apart from India rarely encourage vegetarian food. Restaurants across the globe must encourage vegetarian eating too. Harilal's have taken this initiative to serve vegetarian meals and snacks to its customers in Patna. You can check our website to take a glance on our menu. https://www.harilalventures.in/
April 4, 2020 7:31am