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Soul Vegetarian South

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 27 reviews )
Contact 404-752-5194

879 Ralph D Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 30310

Vegan American comfort soul food, with exception of honey used in a couple items. Open Tue-Thu 11:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:00pm, Sun 10:00am-8:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, American, Take-out, African

Reviews (27)

First Review by kimmie2072

Delicious with Great Ambiance - Edit

The food here is as comforting and wonderful as the staff. The atmosphere is relaxing and work-conducive for people on working lunch breaks. All the menu items seem to be of good quality and the salad/vegetable selection is impeccable.

Pros: Great Ambiance, Friendly Staff, Yummy Food

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So so Sunday Brunch - Edit

Glad Soul Vegetarian offers a filling mostly vegan (serves honey) Sunday brunch in Atlanta's west end neighborhood. Disappointed that the taste and quality of the food is not as delicious & flavorful as it has been on previous visits.
Tofu scramble was good, though only lightly seasoned, made munch better by adding the season-all condiment. The seasoned potatoes with onions, garlic & bell peppers were excellent, crisply tender wedges sautéed without being greasy. Good cheese grits, lightly seasoned, no lumps. Flaky biscuits, though only lukewarm. Broccoli was over cooked, somewhat mushy & cold despite being on the buffet warming tray under lights. Sausage patty/vegetable croquet was only lightly seasoned, yet moist & tasty. Also available, but not tried, were pancakes.
Service was spotty; had to ask for water. Procedure for buffet not posted; what was included, what was extra, had to ask about pricing, food was not labeled, where to pay, beverages/water & whether to serve oneself or whether waitstaff would bring to table. Also, trays for carrying food not replenished.
Someone unfamiliar with vegan food might have been discouraged by lack of posted labels.
Limited hours for Sunday brunch, 10am-1pm, & our 12pm arrival may have accounted for the food not being warm, if it had been sitting out for a while. Still it was under lights on warming trays. Should not have affected the flavor, though.
Plan to revisit restaurant next visit to area to sample other menu items and find out if what was once known as "Atlanta's best mac & cheese" is still worthy of the title.
Parking an issue, less so on Sunday when on street parking is available.

Pros: Vegan, except for honey, Sunday brunch buffet

Cons: Cold food, Borderline bland , No parking lot, busy area

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Lunch - Edit

Hungry for something eat and reluctant to visit Soul Vegetarian South. We decided to go for it.
What a huge disappointment. I had vegan mac and cheese, cornbread, pinto beans and rice and I assume collard greens. Over twenty years of being vegan and born and raised down south, I ‘m pretty sure the collard greens was frozen not fresh and the yams my friend had was right out of the can. The vegan mac and cheese was over powered by nutritional yeast, very rich and oily. The beans and rice had absolutely no taste-just bland. I cannot recommend and will never visit there again.

Updated from previous review on Monday November 30, 2015

Pros: decent environment

Cons: sweet cornbread, not interested in customers concerns, not soul vegan food

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Vegan Soul Food - Edit

This restaurant is wonderful!!! The people who work here are very kind and hospitable, and the food is so good you may be licking your plate at the end.

You walk to the cases in the back, look at all the food options, and take your pick. You can get a meal with two sides + corn bread and a side salad, a veggie plate that consists of three sides, or just a side or two. I had their mac n cheese, kale greens, and candied sweet potatoes. DELICIOUS. The baked mac n cheese is especially garlicky, which I love (it's officially tied for 1st place best mac n cheese in the USA with the baked mac n cheese from Quickie Too in Tacoma, WA). Along with the warm food they have a case of "live" (aka raw) foods you get per scoop. They're also totally tummy. Finally, they have shakes, ice cream, and desserts if you have any room left. Go eat here!!!!!!! It's totally worth it.

Pros: Wonderfully kind staff, Black owned and operated, Large portions

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Amazing Every Time - Edit

I have eaten at Soul Veg many times, and each time it is consistently wonderful. The staff is always friendly and welcoming, the service is excellent, and it is the best vegan soul food in Atlanta, hands down. Make sure to try the mac and cheese, you won't be sorry!

Pros: Excellent Brunch, Great Soul Food, Friendly Staff

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Welcome To The Garden InSide - Edit

Alittle spaced out ,not cleary defined as what too door where.
To go.they have juice bar,but its hidden.they have buffet but they slow to tell us

Pros: Good Food, Good Food, Good Food

Cons: A Little Slow Off The Mark, Too Dark, To Slow With Some Items

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Best Vegan Soul Food I've Ever Had! - Edit

I've been to Souley Vegan in Oakland, CA several times and I knew after my first visit here that this is the best vegan soul food ever. The collard greens are the bomb, mac and cheese and candied yams are amazing, and the fish cakes and tartar sauce were delicious. Staff was friendly and helpful and I liked the wood-beam interior. I would be at this place all the time if I lived in the area. Don't be deterred by the neighborhood -- it's worth it.

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Delicious delicious delicious - Edit

I love the Soul Veg chain. The people are extremely friendly, the food is great, and - if you aren't in a rush - the service is fine.

Definitely recommend going here.

Pros: All-veg, Very friendly

Cons: Uses honey

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Real Vegan Soul - Edit

One word: Pizza. While pizza might be a far cry from soul food, Soul Veg's Friday special pizza is a serious hit! Customer's come to the restaurant on Friday specifically for the pizza alone. And they buy 2 rectangle slices at a time. (The slices are nice-sized and filling.) Salivation! lol Very popular restaurant. This Soul Veg has a hot bar and a grill menu to order from. The hot bar always has Mac and cheese (one of the biggest sellers... but not my favorite honestly), brown rice, bean curd gravy, candied yams, broccoli, cornbread and 2 featured soups-- most of the time split pea and orange lentil. There are also daily specials that are featured on the hot bar-- of which the pizza is the favorite. The other daily specials featured regularly when I used to go there were the BBQ Tofu, burritos, stir-fry spaghetti, jerk tofu and southern steak. All pretty good. The grill, on the other hand is hit or miss. Depends on who is on the grill that shift. The grill features all types of vegan burgers (thumbs up), battered baskets (mushrooms, tofu etc..... too oily), stir-fried rice (hit or miss), etc. They also have live salad selections which, again, are great on some days, bland on others. But when its good, it's good! The deserts are great. The restaurant also has a smoothie bar which is AWESOME!!!!! And they sell DELICIOUS ice cream. Sunday morning they open early for brunch which includes hot pancakes, scrambled tofu hash browns, biscuits, etc. Friendly service. Family atmosphere. Large seating area. Clean. Only thing I'm not too crazy about are the prices-- leans a bit on the pricey side for a dinner plate-- around $15... and on the wrong side of town too. But if the latter and former are not issues for you. Go for it!!!!!

Pros: 100% vegan, Tasty, Smoothies and ice cream bar

Cons: pricey, not a safe location

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Yummy vegan shakes! - Edit

I had gone to their Highland location so I called this one to inquire if their menu was different and they said yes, but it was basically the same menu, just a few tweaks. But that's ok. I got the country fried seitan and greens again, since they were very good. My intention was to make it to their brunch, but I missed it. :( This location looked a lot better on the inside though (compared to the Highland location)... Very spacious and it appeared to have been recently re-modeled. This location also had more dessert options, which is right up my alley! There was a smoothie bar in the back (off to the side) and I had a yummilicious berry shake! And I was so excited as I bought several vegan strawberry cakes to take back home with me. However, when I got home I discovered that it was way too dry to my liking. I love moist cakes. So needless to say, I was beyond disappointed. As a matter of fact, their cornbread was also very dry. Maybe that's just how they cook their cakes and breads? I'll pass. But I'd go back for the shakes, greens, and country fried seitan!

Also, this location is close to the Clark, Spelman, Morehouse, Clark college/university campuses. So it's a great alternative to fast food for the busy and on-a-budget student.
Updated from previous review on Sunday April 17, 2011

Pros: affordable, nice portions, smoothie,shake,ice cream bar

Cons: parking

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Outstanding place with a welcoming atmosphere - Edit

My wife and I ate lunch there for the first time the day after valentines day. upon walking in the door we were greeted with great smiles. eager to make our first experience here a success, we were explained the lunch special and given a chance to peruse the menu. taking enthusiastic advice from the server, we chose the lunch special. jerk tofu, mac, and collard greens, along with cornbread. fantastic! absolutely fantastic! every aspect of out visit was super pleasant. vegan heaven! i can't even explain how good the food is, but what made it even better was the attention to us. great food is....great, but it is even better when it is served by people that care. people that care about what they are doing and who they are doing it for. my wife and i will be back every chance we get to, when we are down in atlanta

Pros: friendly staff, great ambiance, healthy cuisine

Cons: none

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Great Food - Edit

The food at Soul Vegetarian is very good. I had a great Split Pea soup and the Kale Bone sandwich that unfortunately had no kale. My waiter did not know the menu even though he had been working at the restaurant for 5 weeks. The other staff members were more helpful and told me what I should order the next visit. The restaurant is very close to the airport and is worth a visit.

Pros: Reasonable Prices, Lots of Variety, Excellent Quality

Cons: Slow Service, Limited menu knowledge of the waiter, Challenging Parking

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Decent Vegan Food - Edit

I ate at Soul Vegetarian while visiting Atlanta, and had their Sunday brunch. During brunch hours you can pick 3 of their sides and then your choice of biscuits or pancakes. I had scrambled tofu, tofu seaweed croquettes, sauteed veggies, and pancakes. First off, it was a TON of food. I ate most of it, but probably shouldn't have. Also, everything was pretty good, but very greasy. The tofu could have been more flavorful as well, but it wasn't bad. The pancakes were delicious, but again, very greasy. The service was great, since I had never been there before, the server let me sample all of the sides in order to pick which ones I wanted, which was nice. In addition to the sides that I ordered, they also had some sort of tofu cutlets (sort of a mock-baco) fried potaotes, grits, and soy sausage patties. If I had more time to eat at Soul Vegetarian to try their standard menu, I would go back.
The atmosphere was pleasant. Other reviews have mentioned the place looked dirty, but I did not notice that at all.

Pros: Big portions, Good variety

Cons: Very greasy

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Randy here to save you a stomach ache - Edit

One word, unprofessional. Their food taste descent one Monday, but on Tuesday... not so descent. Also I've found their food to be extremely greasy, almost like they use oil as a topping, or condiment. If you're dining in, you'll notice salt shakers... You're gonna need them.
It wasn't that bad, the first time I dined there. But the second time, I went home with a stomach ache of unbelievable agony... Don't touch the "Mac n cheese", "cornbread", "Collard greens", or any of their soups.

Pros: quiet, during the day

Cons: The servants are men with messy beards, Unsanitary

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Soul Satisfying - Edit

Every time I am in Atlanta I make a conscious effort to eat here. The male servers always address me as "brother" and make me feel welcome. Soul and comfort food items are my favorite so this place is a blessing. The salad dressing is incredible and the macaroni and cheese is a must as well.

Pros: Great Food, Salad Dressing

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A must-visit! - Edit

Every time I drive through or visit Atlanta, I must visit the Soul Veg. Most recently, we stopped by on a Sunday morning and had brunch. My goodness! So much food! I had the best scrambled tofu I've ever had (better than my own, even), homemade veggie sausage, two dinner plate pancakes, and tomatoes and sprouts. My oldest daughter and my wife had the biscuits instead of the pancakes, and they couldn't even finish them. Just like mama used to make.

Pros: Vegan, Fresh, Flavor

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There is some Consistency - Edit

I've been a dining on and off at this place for over 20 years (both Atlanta locations). The male staff is consistently nice. The female staff is consistently unpleasant especially if you don't meet their stereotypical notion of who's conscious enough to be dining at their restaurant. The food is oftentimes amazing. The service is oftentimes slow and rude. The staff knows very little about the preparation or what's in the food they just serve it. And sometimes the environment is dirty and unfit for dinning in. For this I'm very disappointed especially since the Black Hebrews who own it claim to offer you a "royal environment" serving their "royal cuisine". Sometimes the food temp is too low and some of the main entrees on the serving line may be cold(west end location offers this cafeteria style experience). But overall, ordering from the menu is a smart and wiser choice. And the desserts never fail. The Soul Veg is good when you want vegan style soul food items such as barbeque ribs or fast food novelties like a filet o fish or a roast beef sandwich all of which the Soul Veg has vegan versions that are sure to delight. Give it a try but get it to go. This way you won't be disappointed with the service or the environment.

Pros: Good Vegan Versions of trendy foods, Great Desserts

Cons: Slow Service, Attitudes, Not the Cleanest Environment

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this place is gooood - Edit

I try to eat here every time i'm in atlanta. The food is healthy and tastes great. You've got a lot of options for dinner that change every night. Everyone says the mac and cheese is good, but the yams are better :) It is pretty expensive (expect dinner with no drink to cost about $15 for one person) but the portions are decent and very filling.

Pros: big portions, yummy, healthy

Cons: expensive

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One of the better eaterys - Edit

The resturant sticks with the favorites and features new dishes daily.There is vegan soups,ice cream,smoothies,cakes and pies.However it is a bit pricey so it is not an everyday eatery.

Pros: completely vegan, great food

Cons: expensive, service slow

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a must go. - Edit

a goal in life for me is to make it to all the soul veg establishments. google the restaurants name and find thier other locations around america and the world. this place is great, the folks are top notch, the food will make you melt. oh and if my memory serves me, i think there is a goodwill or salvation army close by or across the street too worth checking out.

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Best Vegan Restaurant in Atlanta! - Edit

Soul food to me is home. And this is the best vegan soul you can get! I like their macaroni and cheese better than the original when I was vegetarian! Their tempeh and seiten dishes are best, the sides are always spot on with collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and small salad my favorite. The cornbread is ok, a little dry and crumbly and too large a portion. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, however the music can be annoying at times. The vegan ice kream tastes like frozen soy milk, and they don't have sweet ice southern tea :(. But other than that, this place is delicious!

Pros: yummy food, friendly staff, great location

Cons: prices can be a little high, annoying music, no sweet tea

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Really unique, good "soul vegan" food - Edit

It's been several months since we ate at Soul, so I may be off on a few details. They have a lot of vegan options. My kids were delighted to have vegan macaroni and cheese, deep fried tofu, and vegan ice cream. The flavors got a little heavy at times, but overall were creative and good.
The atmosphere is family/African/Christian and the staff were very nice. The service was very slow, though.
It's a unique place that we'll definitely try again (if we have the time).

Pros: Vegan options, Creative vegan food, Good taste

Cons: Slow service

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happyheifer 22 Feb 2013 - Watch out! They're *Hebrew*, NOT Christian or Jewish.

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Odd - Edit

I have eaten at another Soul Vegetarian restaurant in Washington DC. I liked that one better. The buffet food was varied and healty (beans and rice or barbequed tofu with cornbread and choice of veggies), but 13.95 for an adult portion. We opted for sandwich platters at 7.95 for a sandwich, salad, and fried side. The salad was fresh and came with a yummy house dressing that tasted tahini based. The onion rings were greasy (which I was craving) and crispy. My non-vegan friend thought they tasted "normal." My sandwich was yummy, although their seitan (which they call kalebone) was a little tough. The menu had lots of smoothies and desserts that I just didn't have room in my tummy for. One note of caution is that the neighborhood it is in is a little rough. The restaurant is located just two blocks from the MARTA rail system, but after dark you might be the unfortunate recipient of insults and slurs for not buying bootlegged movies. It was a weird mix to be paired with such a calm, peaceful restaurant where everyone wishes you a blessed day.

Pros: All vegan, Good variety, Friendly service

Cons: Pricely for what you get, Rough neighborhood

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twutterfli 22 Feb 2013 - just a tad bit of history. The neighborhood is eclectic, but harmless. It is walking distance from something called The AU center, which is a cluster of HBCU's... Morehouse, spelman, clark atlanta. All though the homeless tend to gravitate there, it is only because the community tends to feed them and show compassion, as apposed to the way they'd be treated in a more affluent area. Also all the vegetables and fruits prepared at the restaurant are actually grown in that community by those "rough" neighborhood volunteers. The community is historic, and it has risen and fallen with the economy. But the community itself is safe, young, filled with most of the south's Future heart surgeons, and lawyers, and etc. Don't be put off by the few entrepreneurial spirits. Also if you take a walk around a corner you will come across another phenominal restaurant called chantrells.

okay food - Edit

The food here was okay. my husband loved the way the added flavor to the veggies, but we were not impressed by the cornbread. The bbq tofu was good but to heavy in sauce. However, I would eat here again and the customer services was very friendly and the place was very clean.

Pros: clean, customer service

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