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Top Rated Restaurants in Small Towns

It’s a good time to be vegetarian or vegan! Even in small cities, new veg restaurants are popping up making it easier than ever to get a wholesome vegetarian meal. I wanted to recognize these small town restaurants that are going against the grain and taking chances in their communities to offer healthful food for everyone. As you can tell from our new Restaurateur Interview Series, opening a restaurant is not an easy task. So cheers to these top rated restaurants in small towns!

Zen Garden
2240 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, Kentucky 40206

Zen Garden provides Asian fusion vegetarian food for the folks in Louisville with profits going to a number of non-profit organizations. How cool is that? They have your typical Chinese items like spring rolls and hot and sour soup, but also Japanese items like sushi rolls, and Thai favorites like pad thai. There’s also Vietnamese dishes thrown in there, so there is something for everyone at Zen Garden!



Lov’n It Live
2796 East Point St
East Point, Georgia 30344

This raw cafe is outside of Atlanta and near the airport, making it a great stop on your way in or out of town. They try to buy from local farmers and use all organic produce to offer high quality, delicious raw meals. They even have raw food preparation classes if you want to learn how to make raw meals at home. Reviewer favorites are the stuffed avocado, the nutloaf, and the strawberry pie.


Garden Secrets
538 W Grand Ave
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901

Garden Secrets just opened this year and is a big hit with folks in surrounding cities who make the drive to try the only pure vegan restaurant in Arkansas. The menu looks mouth-watering offering wraps, burgers, eggplant parmesan, chick’n alfredo, quesadillas, and desserts. Meat-eaters and vegans alike will find something to devour here.

Eden – A Vegan Cafe
344 Adams Ave
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18503

Scranton’s only vegan cafe offers up a variety of comfort food items, changing soups, rice bowls, salads, and more. One HappyCow reviewer said it’s hard to choose because Eden has so many great choices. Featured to the left is the “Slow Poke” bbq sandwich special. Yes please!

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