A vegan diet requires people to get a complete day's worth of nutrition without eating animals, animal byproducts, or plastic animal figurines. Simplify your sustenance with this Groupon.
$12 for $25 Worth of Vegan Soul Food
Diners can create one-, two-, or three-item plates ($6–$10) culled from a menu of vegan comfort foods, such as barbecue or southern fried tofu, baked yams, mustard greens, and mac 'n' cheese. The menu also includes crispy tofu burgers ($6), fried okra appetizers ($6), and fresh-squeezed lemonade ($4).
Souley Vegan's proprietor Tamearra Dyson uses techniques she learned from her family in Louisiana to subvert that idea that healthy, vegan eating lacks flavor. She dredges tofu in a southern-style batter that mimics fried catfish and fashions a menu that appeals to meat-eaters and vegans alike. Tofu also gets dressed in BBQ sauce in burgers and tossed in sweet and sour and green peppers. Tamearra and her kitchen staff put a vegan spin on a roster of Southern classics, such as potato salad with black olives following a family recipe three generations old, as well as mashed potatoes drenched in vegan gravy made like her mom did. The eatery's mac and cheese made with yeast-based, non-dairy cheese earned it accolades from the East Bay Express, which said that it "is so perfect a substitute to its dairy-based kin that it leaves the eater convinced it’s the real thing."
Brightly painted walls and block-style prints of blues musicians lend a cozy Southern atmosphere to the restaurant, where diners gather around color-splashed tables or cluster on picnic style benches as they share family-style meals or play License Plate Bingo for the last piece of fried okra.