One Place in Memphis Where Vegans Can Be Happy
Posted on 08 / 22 / 2009
It is true that not much on the buffet is marked as vegan, but they do list ingredients for nearly every dish, so you can determine if it is vegan or not. I've rarely found non-vegetarian dishes on one side of the bar. The quality and types of food vary from day to day at this location. Sometimes they have up to six vegan mock meat and/or tofu dishes on the hot bar at one time. There are many vegetables dishes suited for vegans as well. Sometimes the soups are vegan. It just all depends on the day you are there, but there is always SOMETHING. They have a great salad bar too, and oftentimes there is vegan chocolate mousse available (and it is marked vegan). There are also 4-6 types of vegan cookies and 2-3 types of vegan muffins (always marked vegan) in the self-serve bakery case. The deli ALSO has some AMAZING vegan options like mock chicken salad made with Gardein, vegan crab cakes (marked vegan), cashew noodle salad, and many other things. They have also begun carrying an excellent raw vegan product line made locally in Tennessee. You can find it across from the deli and sometimes certain products in the deli case. Finally, there's always vegan sushi available (not a lot of it but I've always seen at least one pack of it) All that aside, even if it's a bad day at the hot bar, there are plenty of vegan items in the grocery section of the store. Check out the freezer and refrigerated sections if you want something convenient to take with you. Tons of vegan dessert products are available too - including raw vegan and coconut milk ice cream! I feel like I could list so much more stuff available here. This place has made my and my husband's lives so easy as vegans in a city where there are very few of us.
I recently went to a bigger Whole Foods in a Chicago suburb, and they weren't nearly as good for vegans as this location is. They didn't even sell nutritional yeast in their large bulk bins!
The people who work here are always friendly too. Sometimes the deli people aren't in that great of a mood, but the cashiers are really great. I've rarely ever had to wait longer than a couple minutes in line too, and I go here several times a week.
great, filling food, huge selection, very quick
everything should be marked vegan, dumpsters out back smell terrible!, store could be bigger