Serves meat, vegan options available. Try the vegan tofu scrambler which consists of organic tofu seasoned with turmeric, cumin, and nutritional yeast prepared with grilled onions and peppers; served with a small side salad. Has quite a few other vegan choices including vegan mayo. Open Tue-Sun 8:00am-8:00pm.

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49 Reviews

First Review by claires321


Points +78

30 Jul 2023

Pretty Good

I love that they had several vegan options and a lot of clearly marked options that could be made vegan. They also had a vegan brownie and vegan sauces.

I ordered the Crispy PBT. It was pretty good but not super flavorful. I expected something super tangy bc of the pickles and pickle brined tofu. The best part was the vegan dressing on the side salad. The sweet potato fries were really good!

Pros: Vegan options clearly listed, Brownie, Vegan Sauces!

Cons: PBT wasn't very flavourful



Points +39

23 Mar 2023

Excellent entrée options

I've never had a meal at The Root that wasn't stellar. I love the pickle brined tofu. They also have a great creamy vegan salad dressing. The one downside to The Root is that it lacks a regular vegan offering on the dessert menu. You can go across the street to Loblolly for vegan ice cream, though, which is what I typically do when I dine at The Root.

Pros: Vibe, Several entrée options, local, sustainable

Cons: No dessert options on the regular menu


Points +590

26 Feb 2023

Fantastic vegan pancakes

The vegan pancakes were amazing and come with vegan butter. Oat milk is available for coffee. Try the lavender cold brew!


Points +129

19 Feb 2023

Deserves 5 stars

Not a fully vegan restaurant but they have multiple vegan options. Everything I have tried is amazing and I end up here every time I’m in town.


Points +30

04 Dec 2022

Loved this cute little cafe

We were driving through Little Rock and decided to check out this place. It was definitely not a disappointment. Friendly staff, delicious food and just love the entire vibe of this place. Will definitely be back if we are passing through this way.
Staff gave me spicy vegan Brownies on the house and it was one of the best Brownies I've had.

Pros: Many vegan options and many where substitution is

Cons: Little pricy


Points +1302

18 Aug 2022

Delicious Meal

The Crispy PBT was a fantastic sandwich! Just the perfect texture combination of crispy and chewy. The side salad was fresh and gorgeous. It was organic and locally sourced. Perfection. The half and half fries were delicious, but make sure to sub for vegan mayo. The mayo was very thin, but it had a good taste. For me, a good brownie has to have a good mix of textures, and
the spicy vegan brownie delivered. The spicy in the name is a nice background of flavor that gives it depth. I wish they were in better packaging, especially since I
was eating there and not to go.


Points +93

08 Aug 2022

Wait was worth it

About 30 minutes outside before we could order. Seriously yummy vegan breakfast Bánh mì. Great cold brew coffee with cardamom.

Pros: Some vegan options., Local food sourcing.


Points +24

16 Jul 2022

Great place to stop.

The vegan and vegetarian options were clearly labeled. The staff was very kind and the food was tasty and fresh. Easy to get to from the highway, but it was a quiet street with lots of outdoor seating.

Pros: Several vegan options., Locally sourced food., Our dog was allowed on the patio.


Points +45

13 Jul 2022

Super tasty but long wait

I had the bahn mi made vegan and the sweet potato curry while visiting the Root. The bahn mi came with a salad, but I’m not sure if the dressing was vegan so I didn’t eat it. I waited in line for about 30 minutes to place my order, but the food came out pretty quick.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Food comes out quickly

Cons: Long wait in line


Points +213

30 Apr 2022

inclusive menu

I had the vegan Shitake mushroom sandwich and the lavender lemonade. Both were pretty good! Several options for most diets.


Points +111

12 Apr 2022

Fresh and local

Amazing house salad with clearly labeled instructions for vegan options. I omitted feta and added both the tofu (pickle brine tofu) and grilled shiitakes. Lettuce was fresh/local from the Nurserie. Clear vegan labels on menu with multiple options. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Queer friendly. Racially diverse and age diverse clientele. Clearly sanitized and clean tables. Local coffee. Table markers give shout-outs to other local businesses, sweet.

Updated from previous review on 2022-04-12


Points +29

13 Mar 2022

Cute atmosphere, tofu was okay

We got our order to-go, but I enjoyed sitting in the building while I was waiting for them to finish it and staff was very nice. My partner really liked the biscuit breakfast sandwich, but my tofu scrambler was really just okay. I wanted a little more flavor and substance from it, but the sauce they put on the side helped some. If I’m ever in the area again I’d love to come back here and try something else on the menu.


Points +1618

07 Jan 2022

I’d give it 5 stars!

This place is adorable!
The staff are very friendly and welcoming to visitors! They gave us local recommendations to check out and their service was very speedy.
I don’t even like breakfast food but their vegan options made me LOVE it!
A group of customers walked out saying “best breakfast ever!” And we couldn’t agree more ^_^

Pros: Amazing vegan options , Great staff , Awesome portion sizes


Points +77

31 Dec 2021

Vegan options, mostly vegetarian

Vegan breakfast and lunch options. The brownie available at the cash register was amazing as was the Bloody Mary. Nice outdoor seating

Updated from previous review on 2021-12-31

Pros: Options for lunch and breakfast , Friendly staff , Well marked menu


Points +47

Mostly Veg
19 Dec 2021

Deserves 5 stars

The food is really good. I love that everything comes with a small salad and the homemade salad dressing is delicious! It has a very dog friendly patio!

Pros: LBGTQIA+ friendly, Amazing food, Dog friendly


Points +29

18 Nov 2021

Vegan options

Love their tofu options and has gluten free buns from Dempsey Bakery.


Points +40

28 Oct 2021

Very good vegan option

I had the mushroom burger and eggplant fries (not available all the time). I was very happy with this meal. Everything tasted excellent and was filling. Not all menu items are vegan, so be mindful what you order or ask first.

I will be back soon.

Pros: Plenty of vegan options, Tasty, Visually appealing


Points +49

01 Oct 2021

Yummy vegan breakfast

My husband and I went to The Root Cafe for breakfast after seeing that they had some vegan options. Definitely loved the vibe- very inclusive and colorful! They can adjust some of their vegetarian menu items to make them vegan. I got the tofu scrambler and my husband got the breakfast banh mi. Both were tasty but the banh mi is definitely a deconstructed banh mi (there was no baguette, just a few small pieces of toasted bread). This was not at all what as expected from the description but it was still pretty tasty. The tofu in the scramble and the tofu in the banh mi tasted the same- there was some kind of curry (?) flavor to it- good, but it would have been cool if they tasted different. The coffee (with soy milk) and fresh-squeezed orange juice were delicious! Definitely would have gone back if we were in Little Rock longer.

Pros: Great, inclusive vibe, Friendly staff!, Yummy food


Points +89

22 Sep 2021

Incredible food and service.

The vegan food variety and flavor was wonderful. The people were so incredibly nice and hospitable. Great spot in Little Rock!

Updated from previous review on 2021-09-22

Pros: Great vegan options, Amazing vegan ranch dressing, Vegan buttery cornbread, do I say more!

Cons: Non-vegan food items on the menu. 😬


Points +16

16 Jun 2021

Love them!

They have outstanding customer service and I love their mission, outreach and food.


Points +1461

02 May 2021

Great Vegetarian and Vegan options!

Cute restaurant nestled in SoMa. Seem to make a positive impact on the community. The breakfast scramble was quite tasty.


Points +352

22 Apr 2021

Deserving of the full four stars

This is a neat place. We sat in the little garden area with our dogs. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We had the crispy PBT and the spicy bahn mi. We also had the potato and sweet potato fries with vegan sauce. Everything tasted very good.

Pros: Nice atmosphere and outdoor seating area


Points +48

07 Apr 2021

Would give five stars if I could!

I was in Little Rock for 24 hours and I went to the root cafe twice for lunch. The workers were so friendly and the space was beautiful (though I took to go both times). The food was EXCELLENT— I got the vegan Banh Mi sandwich and the mushroom burger made vegan. Delicious.

Pros: Friendly workers, Menu items can be made vegan


Points +1414

26 Sep 2020

Limited VEGAN options. Plenty vegetarian options.

We stopped here while traveling. The place is super cute and there is on site parking. There is also plenty of outdoor seating. The food left a lot to be desired for vegans. There is only 1 vegan breakfast option. They call it a tofu scramble, but it's just chopped tofu & a side salad. Not exactly my idea of breakfast. However, their dressings and sauces are legit! If you're vegetarian, this would be a great option.

Pros: Parking, Outdoor seating

Cons: Only 1 vegan option.


Points +18

01 Sep 2020

Great Vegan Options!

Great place and vibe. Really attentive staff and service. Especially for breakfast they have some really nice vegan dishes. The spicy vegan brownie is a must try!
Highly recommended

Pros: Great atmosphere and vibe, Good food, Nice Vegan options

Cons: Not fully vegan menu


Points +50

03 Aug 2020

Oyster Mushroom Burger

The mushroom burger was delicious! I also subbed the fries for a side salad with a tahini dressing! YUM

Pros: Easy take out service, Friendly Staff


Points +49

10 Jul 2020

Good Food

I frequent LR often and it’s nice to have Vegan options.

Pros: Great staff, Food is good, Plenty of options.

Cons: Little pricey for portions

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