October 1 is World Vegetarian Day! The number of incredible restaurants in Athens is impressive, with many award-winning establishments serving up almost every type of cuisine. Many Athens restaurants have a mission to provide fresh, high-quality, and wholesome food using local and seasonal ingredients, also priding themselves on an excellent selection of vegetarian and vegan options. 

heirloom patio truckHeirloom Cafe and Market

Location: 815 N Chase St

The mission of Heirloom Cafe in the Boulevard Neighborhood is to create community, celebrate local farmers, and tell a story through food. By using the freshest, highest quality ingredients, Heirloom provides an exceptional menu full of flavorful farm-to-table dishes. Many of the items on the menu are vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian-friendly. Heirloom provides a list of their producers so you can learn more about where your food came from! 

The NationalThe National

Location: 232 W Hancock Ave

The National, a famed Peter Dale establishment, serves Mediterranean inspired food made with seasonal ingredients from Northeast Georgia. The menu changes daily based on season and availability, so it's sure to be a new experience each visit! For the perfect evening, enjoy dinner at the National and take in a film at Cine next door, an independently owned art house and movie theater. 

The Grit

The Grit

Location: 199 Prince Ave

Looking for a unique spot that's popular with the locals? The Grit knows how to prepare incredible food. Whether you're vegetarian, vegan, celiac, or someone with no dietary restrictions, you are sure to receive a delicious meal. The menu isn't small either! A local favorite is the Golden Bowl, bound to make even the wariest of tofu skeptics think again. Visit the Grit for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner and definitely don't miss the dessert case! 

Maepole photo


Location: 1021 N Chase St

A fun twist on the classic "meat and three" idea, Maepole serves fresh, seasonable food free of hormones, antibiotics, and additives like high fructose corn syrup. Build your own delicious bowl of goodness or choose one of the chef's favorites. Maepole is the perfect spot any day, but especially when good weather prevails and you can enjoy the backyard. 

White TigerWhite Tiger Gourmet

Location: 217 Hiawassee Ave

White Tiger Gourmet offers a tasty selection of vegetarian (and some vegan) meals such as the grilled tofu sandwich, portabella cheeseburger, and vegetarian ciabatta. Take a stroll through the beautiful Boulevard neighborhood and stop by White Tiger for a delicious meal! 

Eden's CafeEden's Cafe 

Location: 1660 W Broad St

Eden's Cafe is a plant-based grab-and-go spot that uses locally sourced and organic produce. They offer compostable packaging as part of their plan to operate with zero waste. Swing by anytime for a snack from their vegan vending machine outside the restaurant!