Serves meat, vegan options available. Bookstore with cafe serving drinks, sandwiches, and other foods. Includes several vegan choices plus usually a vegan cookies n' cream cake in the dessert case. Open hours vary.

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13 Reviews

First Review by heyoverhere


Points +256

28 Nov 2023

Must visit! Great little spot!

Was traveling to the Knoxville airport and found this cute little book store. This tiny town of Maryville had three places I would have loved to try, but I decided on this one. How wonderful of a place! It's aside a cute book store and they have an entire (huge) vegan menu on their blackboard with all kinds of sandwiches named after famous authors. I had the Mary Shelley, which was a chickpea salad with rosemary and garlic and a vegan provolone and vegan bacon. I understand they sometimes make their own bacon, but not always. I would come back to this place over and over if I lived anywhere nearby.

Pros: Many sandwiches to choose from!, All vegan menu., Delicious and satisfying food.



Points +1027

08 Nov 2023

Neat bookstore with cafe inside

I stopped to browse the bookstore and did not get anything from the cafe, but thought I would update the posting with pictures of the menu!


Points +22

01 Sep 2023

Favorite Place

Southland is my absolute favorite place in Blount County, the people are amazing, the food is delicious, and there’s a book store attached! They have local goods for sale in the cafe, and I’ve always walked out of here having a better day.

I got the Ada Lovelace (JustEgg burrito with Benevolant Bacon) and I’m blown away, just fantastic.


Points +18

22 Aug 2023

Delicious Food and Adorable Atmosphere

I ordered the Hannah Arendt on the Rosemary and Garlic bread and LOVED it. The sandwich came with a side of kettle chips and a homemade pickle sprar, which was divine. I found out after the fact you can purchase a whole jar of their house pickles to take home!

I also ordered an oat milk latte and took a vegan cookie bar to go. I enjoyed the food more than the coffee (the Espresso was a little sharp), but I still enjoyed the drink overall!

Bonus is the charming book store attached to the cafe which was chock full of used titles and even included a vinyl collection. I'd definitely stop here again!

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Service


Points +24

26 Jul 2022

My new favorite lunch spot

I’ve known about Southland Cafe for a couple of years but I had no idea that they had a vegan menu! It’s such a quaint little place and the staff was super nice. The vegan menu has so many options! I had the Jane Austin on the rosemary garlic bread and it was delicious. I’ll definitely be back to try out the rest of the menu.

Pros: Prices are good , Staff is super friendly

Cons: Limited parking


Points +16

20 Jul 2022

How did it take me 20 years

Not sure how it took me 20 years to discover this gem, but you can call me a regular now. They have the most extensive vegan menu I’ve found in the Knoxville area. Great place to meet a friend or just stop for a lunch with a good book. Haven’t had anything yet I didn’t enjoy.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Your non-veg friends will love it too, Shop local

Cons: Parking out front Is limited, look out back


Points +168

05 Jul 2022

Amazing! There’s an entire vegan menu in this adorable bookstore cafe.

I had the Jane Austen and the chickpea salad was delicious. They have an entire vegan menu and the staff is friendly and polite. Cute bookstore too with rare finds!

Pros: Entire vegan menu, Good prices


Points +26

26 May 2022


Very awesome place! The prices are very reasonable and we love their vegan chocolate cake!!


Points +131

12 Mar 2022

Yummy! Yummy!

I wish I could make this 5 star, but HappyCow won’t let me unless they are fully vegan. But please please go here. As a newer vegan it was a great way to try homemade food and have a great conversation with someone who has been a vegan for many years. I could see bringing my whole family here who all have different dietary habits. I can not wait to go back again!

Pros: Homemade food , Fresh vegan bread


Points +62

30 Jan 2022

Full vegan Menu

The chef has veganized their entire regular menu (and named the dishes after famous women, which is cool.) I loved the BLT with Benevolent Bacon. They always have a vegan dessert available, too. Unlike some restaurants, they have a separate vegan grill. The vibe is casual as it is attached to a bookstore and the menu is comfort food-focused.

Pros: Extensive vegan offerings, Vegan desserts, Love the BLT


Points +961

05 Jan 2019

Great food friendly service

Delicious food! Many items were from local ingredients and made in-house like their bread and hummus. They had a vegan wrap and a few vegetarian wraps that could be made vegan. They also had salads, a veggie burger and slices of vegan chocolate cake.

The owner, Matt was extremely nice and interesting and struck up a conversation with us.
I also had their strawberry iced tea which was delicious! I believe their coffee is from a local roaster as well. They had a cute bookstore attached to it that we perused while waiting for our food. Will definitely be back.

Pros: Great prices , Friendly staff, Fresh local ingredients


Points +16

22 Jul 2018

Wonderful atmosphere and vegan choices!

I am so happy we sought out this wonderful bookstore with lots of vegan options! I had a delicious sandwich made with tofu that was fantastic. Everyone was so friendly and helpful and we ended up hanging out and reading for a few hours sipping our delicious coffee drinks. We will be back to try the vegan dessert soon!


Points +62

09 May 2018

Great cafe with vegan options

Great little cafe with fresh, well-made food

Pros: Cookies and Cream Cake is really good, Nice diner-style seating , Good vegan lunch options

Cons: Doesn’t open until 10am

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