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Best Vegan Options in Birmingham (and North Alabama)?

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Hey everyone, I need a little help with some restaurant options for some out-of-town guests - one of whom is a strict vegan and the others are "selective" meat eaters (little chicken, little fish).

I was not very impressed by the food at the Bottletree Cafe - nice atmosphere, low quality food - and the only other vegetarian place I know of is Golden Temple (I love their GT Snack).

What are some other mid-range restaurants in town with vegan and vegetarian options?

We were planning on having dinner on Friday night and brunch on Saturday morning and then heading up to Huntsville for a late afternoon dinner.

I thought about brunch at Little Savannah - are they still doing that on Saturdays?

Please help me. You are my only hope...

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Little Savannah Restaurant
3811 Clairmont Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

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  1. The only other option that I can think of would be an Indian place for vegan. Sitar is really good (eat from the menu, not the buffet). I think most places probably have a vegetarian offering or two. Check Rojo's menu. They may have a few vegetarian items on their menu, but they are decidedly casual. Also, check out Chez Lulu's. I'm almost positive that they have a few meat-free options. They do brunch too.

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    Chez Lulu
    1911 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223

    Rojo
    2921 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205

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    1. re: sheilal

      Thanks for the reply - I think I am going to have to go with a restaurant with some meat-free/vegan options. My guests live in NYC/Miami and I don't think they will be impressed by our Indian offerings - though Rojo might cut it as a decent mid-priced location.

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      Rojo
      2921 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205

      1. re: ButtermilkMeeks

        Do you really think the food at Rojo is any better than Bottletree's? I find Rojo to be super bland and unexciting. Then again, I just like Bottletree as a casual lunch place, vegan or not. To my knowledge, Birmingham has nothing vegan/vegetarian that can remotely compare to places in NYC (or even Miami although I do not know much about the Miami food scene).

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        Rojo
        2921 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205

        1. re: Dax

          I do think the food at Rojo is better than the food at Bottletree - though not by much.

          I'd describe them both as middling restaurants with interesting ambience(Rojo's is based on its location, not its decor) and good places to have a drink with friends. I don't expect my friends to be impressed by the food at Rojo...

          Though I was hoping to impress my friends with the local food scene before I asked if any were vegan. I don't think they will be impressed by any vegan offering here locally, its hard to find vegetables cooked in this town that do not have some meat/fat thrown in for flavoring.

          Of course, I'm sure a vegan is accustomed to eating bland food (please don't throw any tomatoes at me vegans).

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          Rojo
          2921 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205

          1. re: ButtermilkMeeks

            I like Rojo's porch for drinks and people-watching but I think the food is pretty boring. The food at Bottletree could be better but I like it as a lunch destination if I'm looking for something simple.

            It might be worth calling one of the Stitt joints, Hot and Hot, Verand, etc. to see if they can do a vegan tasting menu for one while other have a vegetarian tasting menu. Worth a hot. Good luck!

        2. re: ButtermilkMeeks

          Okay, so no Indian. Since Bham is known for all the great greek/medi restaurants, why not choose from one of them? There's tabbouleh, falafel, hummus, greek salads, veggie kabobs, etc. Go urbanspoon.com and check out the myriad of vegan-friendly places. There are quite a few listed.

          1. re: sheilal

            Thanks sheilal - I've think you have named the best option for my guests. Now I have to figure out where to eat in the Huntsville area...