Healthful Essence

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 35 reviews )
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875 York Ave SW (at Ralph D. Albernathy), Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 30310

Caribbean style vegan cuisine. Menu features jerk un-chicken, curry vegetables, tofu cutlets, marinated kale salad, iris moss drinks, and more. Reggae music played in the background; has Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Thu 11:00am-8:00pm, Fri-Sat 12:00pm-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Take-out, Caribbean, Southern American

35 Reviews

First Review by HoneydewBliss

Great place for a quick Lunch - Edit

This place exceeding our expectations!! The food was wonderful! Lots of options. We had the medium size plate that including 3 choices and it was perfect for lunch! We also had a green lemonade fresh juice that was so good! Best of all it has no sugar! Definitely get dessert! The cookies are really good and not too sweet. Everything is healthy and made in house, prices are good, atmosphere good, and the staff is so helpful and nice! We will definitely go here again when back in Atlanta!

Pros: selections, price , quick

Cons: none

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West Indian, what? - Edit

I decides to venture to this establishment on a whim after finding out about it over the weekend. The building sits off on the side in a lot. The atmosphere inside is fairly simple. If youve ever been to Sevenada in little five points, think that but on a very basic level. This is not a bad thing, what I mean is how they have fliers and such up. This is like the basement version of Seven. The staff were friendly. The selections were simple. The seating is very basic, maybe only serving 10 to 15 maybe. The food, which is the purpose of this review. The options were simple, steamtable cafeteria style servings. The kitchen staff were on it in terms of keeping the table full. I decided to try the rotti. Now being of west indian descent, I am a little biased. It was a basic rotti. I had it filled with the ungoat, which is seitan in a curry soup. To me when you do curry, the flavors should be bold. Now I understand that a lot of "west indian" restaurants in the south cater to the american taste buds, but to me that lacks the authenticity of whats to be considered Caribbean.

You get 3 fillings inside the rotti. I had the curry veg, and lentils. To me the flavors of each should not have been mixed together. The lentils could have come on the side. For dessert I got the carrot cake. I was a little disappointed, by it. When you think of cake especially carrot. You think of moist lightly spiced and sweet. This wasnt that. It was dry, more on the side of a panitone. The flavors were mellow and barely noticable.

Hopefully they improve on the quality. Because I would really like to see black establishments flourish.

Pros: Decent selections to choose from. Friendly staff

Cons: Bland food.

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bland lackluster - Edit

i’ve tried to give this place a chance on numerous occasions but it just does not do it for me. for this to be jamaican spot it lacks flavor. the “duck” dish tasted like rubber. the collard greens are bland. i do not see the hype with this place.

Cons: no flavor. don’t be afraid of salt.

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Not bad - Edit

We got the unfish, the mac, an eggplant dish with vegan sausage, and another meat replacement- I forget the name but it was a patty made with chickpeas. The eggplant dish was delicious, and the mac was pretty good although a little bland. The unfish was good, but I didn't think it really resembled fish in anyway and my boyfriend didn't like it. The other patties were cold and pretty bland.
The staff was nice and explained pricing and offered recommendations when asked.

Pros: Eggplant, Staff was nice

Cons: Some dishes lacked intense flavor

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awesome!!! - Edit

Great vegan alternative for food I never thought I would get to eat again as a vegan!!!

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best plantains!!! - Edit

Love this place. Authentic Jamaican food and the seasoning in all dishes is perfect. They have the best plantains in town because they allow them to ripen fully!

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Awesome - Edit

The food was great! Took my non-vegan sister-in-law and they were playing Cowspiracy. She is considering a vegan lifestyle now because she didn't know the food could be so delicious.

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Excellent choice - Edit

Service was great, food, dessert and juice are beyond delicious! You will not be disappointed!

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So glad I stopped by! - Edit

Thanks Happy Cow for steering me right into the door of DELICIOUSNESS! Friendly people. Smiling faces. Great aura in this place! I'll be back very soon!

Pros: Friendly service, great food , great drinks

Cons: they're not closer to where I live.

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Great Restaurant - Edit

Great Restaurant, the food was great along with the customer service. Joi was very helpful and courteous and knowledgeable about the food and what's in the food. I'll definitely be back. I had the Collard greens and the Curry Un Goat along with the Mac and Uncheese and Sweet Potato Cornbread.

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pretty good - Edit

Jerk is super hot and not enough rice. Service kind of slow.

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Good food and environment - Edit

Amazing food and cool environment, however I believe the employee should all wear better hairnets

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My Favorite Spot - Edit

This is a Caribbean style vegan spot. I love the the people who work there and the owner. I always meet nice people while stopping by to pick up some food. I always get a rotti and three items and the hot sauce. The hot sauce isn't hot but extremely flavorful.
The veggies are always fresh and flavored perfectly. I try not to let myself get too hungry but if i do I go straight to Healthful Essence and get full. I met a lady in Healthful Essence that turned me on to Happy Cow. If you enjoy delicious food great service and some reggae music in the background this is for you.

Pros: Fresh Vegetables, Deliciously flavored, Great service

Cons: Not open 24hours a day

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A must! - Edit

Every time my husband and I are anywhere near Atlanta, we have to stop by this place. The staff is very nice and the food is so good! They have the best cornbread - ever! It is (I think) pumpkin cornbread - so moist and so delicious!

The only negative comment I could give would be that although there is an option to dine in (very limited seating), their computer always asks if you want to leave a tip. Most people get their food to-go, so it can be somewhat uncomfortable when you opt not to leave a tip. Even if you dined in, they don't wait on the tables so I'm not sure what anyone would really be tipping for. The food isn't expensive, but it isn't cheap either so asking for a tip seems like overkill.

Pros: Delicious, Best cornbread, Friendly staff

Cons: Always asks for a tip

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Great Vegan food - Edit

Great place with great food!

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Food is amazing - Edit

I haven't tried many vegan/vegetarian restaurants because there aren't many in Houston where I'm from. This has to be some of the best food I've had. The staff there allowed me to taste test the food and I settled on the Bok Choy, rice, and seasonal mix of veggies. That was awesome, but when I ate the samosas stuffed with lentils I KNEW I was coming back. Good good food.

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amazing! - Edit

Everything was delicious. Customer service was awesome and they give huge portions. Will definitely come back every time I'm in Atlanta. Waiting for them to open one in Savannah already!!

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Excellent Food & Service - Edit

Great things come in small packages and that is what this restaurant holds. A variety of vegan options including desserts. The Un-Meat choices are delicious. Staff is always pleasant and will offer a sample before you buy. A must try is the Curry Ungoat.

Pros: All vegan options

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delish - Edit

I wasn't attracted by the name but it was around the corner from my non vegan book club. I pulled into this hole in the wall and was greeted by lovely people who let me try samples and I ended up with the most delicious curried meat substitute and plantains . I had some eggplant that needed salt but overall it was amazing!!!

Pros: delicious, lots of options, Carry out or eat in

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Almost all has been said :-) - Edit

I agree 99% and won't bore you with what has been said already. In addition I liked that it was easy to reach from the subway.

Pros: Walking distance from subway., Counter stile buffet., Delicious raw chocolate cake.

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wonderful - Edit

Awesome. Great service

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Keep coming back! - Edit

We keep coming back to this place. Easy parking, great food and juices and friendly staff. The only complaint I have is that it always seems to be hot in there, but that doesn't play a big factor when it comes to coming back to a restaurant. :) Would definitely recommend!

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Great - Edit

It was my first time visiting there today and the food, staff, and atmosphere was great! I will definitely be back!

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Jerked Vegan - Edit

It's tough finding vegan island food in any city. There are none in DC where I reside for example. So when I make it to Atlanta I head to York Street in the Westend for the finest spiced grub in the city. Not only does this small, eclectic spot play reggae all day, but their culinary philosophy is based on optimal health. Irish moss, raw foods, smoothies and whole foods are the staple foods. Brown rice and peas for example, collards, curry veggies, lentils, black beans, egg plant and string beans are some of my favorites. Snacks include their seasoned popcorn and banana nut bread. Prices are very fare and portions are more than you can ingest.

Pros: Caribbean delight , healthy portions , whole foods

Cons: none

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AjJones 20 Jul 2017 - This is not true!!!! DC is FULL of vegan and vegetarian restaurants!!!! Full!!!!!!!!!!!! Full!!!!!!!!!!!!! Has been since I moved here 14 years ago. I don't know where this dude lives.
 


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Delicious Carribean Cuisine! - Edit

The food was extremely delicious! We had the un goat, rice with black beans, curry vegetables, casserole, samosas, and blueberry coconut cake (not all in one sitting!). It was all delicious and very filling. The service was great! Very friendly staff who work hard to provide excellent cuisine! If we ever come through Georgia again we will definitely stop here!

Pros: Vegan, Flavorful, Great service

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Real Carribbean Ital! Delicious! - Edit

I went here with a pretty large group (about 10 of us) and the restaurant was large enough to accommodate with no problems. Nice Carribbean-style decor, and casual counter service worked out just fine. The food was amazing! I had jerk "duck," BBQ tofu, greens, fried plantains. Next time I go I'll have to order the jerk "chicken". I had a taste from my friend's plate and it was divine. Homemade sorrel was wonderful too! Service was pleasant. They don't accept restaurant.com coupons, though.

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Great food, friendly staff - Edit

Visited Healthful Essence Dec 1, 2009 while in Atlanta on business. Very helpful friendly staff gave me good directions to the location; about 3 blocks from West End MARTA stop. Close to public transportation.
Excellent food at very reasonable prices, all vegan, some raw.
Cooked - had the curried vegetables over rice with collard greens and un-fish cake. Curry hot and spicy like I like it.
Next day I had a raw sampler: Quinoa salad, with a kale salad and spinach salad on the side. Both excellent and well seasoned. Option for less spicy salad available.
Back in May 2015, as delicious as ever!
Desserts: sweet potato pie, cooked one day, raw the next. Both very good, though I highly recommend the raw one.
Appetizer: the nouri bites hit the spot and kept me revived during long meetings.
Highly recommend, and will return when in Atlanta.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday December 08, 2009

Pros: healthy, well seasoned food, good value, friendly staff

Cons: neighborhood in transition, closes early

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