Short of salads, green is gone in Atlanta. What once was a “meat and two veg” kinda city is now a “meat and two more meats and also a corndog” town. Even Soul Vegetarian, your local vegan go-to, touts a country-fried steak as their signature dish (meat free though it may be). Luckily, there are still a few spots around town that understand how tasty a plate of fresh veggies can be. Whether you’re an omnivore, vegetarian, pescetarian, or Rastafarian, you can bet on these delicious dishes to satisfy your garden-variety cravings.
The Bookhouse Pub
Bookhouse’s veggie offerings change with the seasons and the specials, but what’s on the plate is always hearty, well prepared, and colorful. Typically roasted, the four chef-chosen vegetables are given room to shine, with simple seasoning amping their natural delectability. If you’re lucky, your veggie grab bag will come with roasted beets, as Bookhouse’s are some of the best in the city.
Streetstall-Style Corn on the Cob
Nothing beats the first bite into a piece of fresh corn. (Well, nothing aside from dosing said corn with queso fresco.) Which is exactly how Holy Taco serves up their organic corn on the cob, in traditional elote fashion. Spiced mayo works with the corn’s sweetness to make this the perfect summer bite. Be warned though: your dining partners might need ponchos.
Southern Vegetarian Bowl
R. Thomas Deluxe Grill
R. Thomas is unique. Not just because of the parrots, or the Tampa-on-acid décor, but because the food literally makes you feel like a better person. Not just healthier, but arguably smarter. Finishing a Southern Vegetarian bowl (stacked high with collards, squash, and lolla rossa greens) will make you feel like you might love yourself after all. Shiitake gravy and chunks of millet corn casserole make this thing a feast, but one you can’t possibly regret.
A truly bombastic dish. This classic Hyderabadi side consists of Indian eggplant in a sauce of sesame seeds, coconut, and tamarind, and it makes for some serious flavor. And because Zyka is so affordable, you won’t have to worry about inevitably ordering seconds, and some veggie samosas while you’re at it.
A staple of this Little 5 staple – that makes it stapler. This vegan quesadilla comes jam-packed with mushrooms, broccoli, bell peppers, and spinach, and makes a perfect partner to a cheap beer. Typically getting the veggie option means a cut in portion, but not at El Myr. This thing will keep you full for a week. Until, you know, it’s time for another.
Local Scout Travis Broyles once stared at the internet until it made sense. He's been writing and eating in Atlanta for five years, and even forced down 5.2 pounds of pizza just for Scoutmob. (The goal was 5.5, but we appreciate the gesture.) If you need him, he will be at Park Grounds with his dog, steadily transitioning from coffee to beer, and writing weird tweets under the ineffective pseudonym @TravisBroyles.