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Vegetarian Nashville?

ddue Jul 23, 2007 09:42 PM

Where's the best options for solid vegetarian restaurant fare in Nashville? I'll be there in August for a few days staying at Opryland Hotel. I don't mean the hippie dippy kind that tastes like someone put the patchouli in the sauce instead of in their dreads. I mean real food that happens to be vegetarian.

  1. jcr05 Jul 24, 2007 12:53 PM

    Unfortunately I don't think there are lots of vegetarian specific restaurants in Nashville, but a few places that I know would have 1-2 entrees and are consistently really good restaurants are: Flyte consistently has 1-2 veg. meals on their menu and they do mostly organic food and everything there is amazing. I doubt you'll find much at the hotel in the way of vegetarian and Flyte is near downtown. http://www.flytenashville.com/

    Zola is another great restaurant with a highly renowned chef that has a few vegetarian meals and would be very accomodating http://restaurantzola.com/

    I think your best bet for basic and good vegetarian food in a more casual setting (the other 2 are dinner only) would be Grins which is located on the Vanderbilt Campus, however they are closed when school is out so check to see if they are open while you're here. http://www.bongojava.com/

    I hope this gets you started....I would say definitely check out Flyte as they do a great job at everything; they change their menu pretty frequently but the last vegetarian entree they had was amazing. Good luck and enjoy your stay; try to get out of the hotel and into the city if you can. The hotel is about 15 miles from town and pretty isolated but worth seeing.

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      Jennie Jul 24, 2007 04:04 PM

      Margot Cafe or Marche in East Nashville will have quite a few vegetarian choices. Margot always has a vegetarian entree.


      1. jonich24 Jul 27, 2007 02:21 PM

        Try tayst near hillsboro village, the chef is very veg friendly, always includes true veg choices on menu. In the past he has made great things happen with a day or two notice, though you should call and ask. If not tayst, then Margot for sure.

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          fluffernutter Jul 30, 2007 09:29 AM

          I agree about Tayst and Zola, and would add Virago -- I've had meatless entrees there that were good. Also, I eat a lot of Indian food when I'm avoiding meat and dairy, and for that, I go to Sitar on 21st in the shadow of the Loew's Vanderbilt Plaza, and Best of India, out Charlotte Avenue, maybe the 5800 block, which my Indian friends tell me is as close to "real" Indian as they can findin Nashville.

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            nm1 Jul 30, 2007 01:44 PM

            Woodlands Restaurant (indian food) at 3415 West End Avenue is completely vegetarian and gets great reviews.

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              jcr05 Jul 31, 2007 12:32 PM

              Virago is great...also add PM http://www.pmnashville.com/index.html it's a newish place that has great sushi and some vegetarian entrees.

              1. re: jcr05
                Rory Jul 31, 2007 01:02 PM

                Also don't be shy about phoning ahead to a fine restaurant & seeing if the chef would like to whip up something special! I've done it it in other cities & usually they enjoy the challenge.

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                  notgreg Jul 31, 2007 08:52 PM

                  There is also Parco cafe downtown, a husband and wife operation that has won the hearts and stomachs of many a local in search of a great meal without pretension. There veggie burger is amazing, the fact that I, a proffesed beef fanatic, have ordered it more than once being proof a plenty. Word is that this Asian duo is heading back home before too long, so get there while you can.

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              ddue Aug 19, 2007 10:14 PM

              Thanks everyone for the help. You were right, the Opryland options were terrible. I actually found the food in general there to be very uninspiring, stale, expensive and hot food that comes cold. Unfortunately I did not have much time to explore downtown on my own, but did have quite an experience taking a big bite into some fried zucchini which turned out to be fried pickles! None of you warned me about that.

              If you are ever in Southern Oregon, I'll return the advice favor.

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              1. re: ddue
                fluffernutter Aug 20, 2007 06:00 AM

                It's funny, I work near Opryland, and it's on the verge of a waste land out here. But if I'd known you were staying in that area, I would have made different recommendaitons. There's Ellendale's, Phat Bites, and a couple of decent Chinese places not too too far away, plus a terrific donut shop in Donelson. And I ate on Friday at a Thai place on Music Valley Drive -- it's fairly new, and Thai in that part of town is a novelty. It wasn't especially good Thai, but it was meatless, which is pretty difficult to find in this part of town. I'm sorry you experience the culinary black hole that is Opryland.

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