Serves meat, veg options available. Try the vegan tofu scrambler which consists of organic tofu seasoned with turmeric, cumin, and nutritional yeast prepared with grilled onions and peppers; served with a small side salad. Has quite a few other vegan choices including vegan mayo. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Lacto, Organic, American, Take-out, Delivery, Non-veg
1500 S Main St (15th St)
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

Open Tue-Fri 7am-2:30pm, Sat 8am-3:30pm, Sun Brunch 9am-2pm.

  • Outdoor seating
  • Accepts credit cards


First Review by claires321
  • mostly-vegetarian

best vegan food in the south

4 Posted on 08 / 07 / 2014

The Root Cafe should be the first visit for a vegan in Little Rock, AR. Open early for breakfast and until early afternoon, the restaurant has several vegan options for both periods. Most of the food is sourced organically / locally and is proudly displayed.

The food is great and the service is friendly. It gets busy during lunch so prepare to wait in line and even for a seat (seating is on first come first serve basis) if you come during peak hours. The vegan options were great but it would be nice if they had a few more (they have around 5 or 6 I think including a house salad and PB&J w/ vegan sour cream).

Pros: several vegan options, polite and informed staff
Cons: not a mass of vegan options
  • vegan

Best vegan option in Little Rock

4 Posted on 08 / 07 / 2014

When we arrived at The Root Cafe during peak lunch rush the line was out the door. After dining here twice during our vacation we understand the popularity of this small diner for its cozy and healthy feel. They have several vegan options for breakfast and lunch. The concept of "vegan" is well understood by the staff and our food was great with excellent service. The only thing keeping us from giving it five stars is a lack of vegan options but nonetheless the Little Rock community hasn't quite accommodated for the vegan community and the effort is appreciated. We will think to eat at The Root Cafe next time we visit.

Pros: several vegan options , great service, locally sources
Cons: small interior, busy during lunch, could be healthier
Vegan Vagabond
Vegan Vagabond
  • vegan

A few good vegan options

3 Posted on 07 / 16 / 2014

This is a cozy little place, with seating inside and outside, with a fairly decent menu with some vegan options. I had the Bahn Mi sandwich, which was loaded up and very good. The service was slow, as they make everything fresh to order. They do have vegan baked goods. On the day I was here, they had a spicy chocolate brownie. I opted to skip dessert.

  • vegetarian

Local & Organic Food Heaven

4 Posted on 06 / 21 / 2014

The Root Cafe is my favorite restaurant in Little Rock. It has a really cool atmosphere - it used to be an old diner/drive through (not totally sure) and now it is decorated in a cosy/alternative style. There's outdoor seating in a pretty garden area with some slides & kids toys. There's also a patio around the restaurant that is heated during the colder months. Now the most important part - the food! It is not all vegetarian - and indeed there is more meat on the menu than veggie. However, the vegetarian (& vegan) food that they have is phenomenal. Think really good sandwiches, salads, & veggie sides. My personal favorite is the spicy banh mi sandwich (made with grilled tofu). They also have tons of delicious locally made drinks (soda, kombucha, beer, coffee, etc.) and really good baked goods.

Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with the restaurant in any way besides being one of their biggest fans.

Pros: amazing food, cool atmosphere, very friendly people
Cons: not entirely vegetarian, crowded at lunchtime


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Last updated: 2013/07/13


Added: 2013/06/06


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