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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

GeneO

Points +256

Vegan
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.

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bekkadallasen

Points +1027

Vegan
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!

hcarnes

Points +22

Vegan
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.

NatErlin

Points +18

Vegan
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

KC135Starr

Points +24

Vegan
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

imwhoim

Points +16

Vegan
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

lleslienicole

Points +168

Vegan
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

BrandonConnelly

Points +26

Vegan
26 May 2022

Amazing

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

StephanieDavy

Points +131

Vegan
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

TerriL

Points +62

Vegan
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

Damntastyvegan

Points +961

Vegan
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

PaintedRavensong

Points +16

Vegan
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!

heyoverhere

Points +62

Vegan
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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