At Soul Vegetarian, gravy cascades over the burgers and country-fried steaks and creamy cucumber sauce nestles into a gyro pocket. This picture of decadence aside, even as the chefs eschew animal products, they also avoid heavy fats or preservatives. The result is a surprisingly healthy take on classic Southern cuisine, including macaroni and cheese and cornbread. Savory protein comes in the form of tofu, lentils, and a flexible vegetable-protein roast they've dubbed "kalebone."
Even dessert has a healthy side at Soul Vegetarian. Blenders whir with fruit smoothies and soy shakes, many of which incorporate nutrient-dense foods such as coconut milk and almond butter, and even energy or protein supplements. To make perfectly creamy shakes, the restaurant's food inventors created the soy-based Dream Kream—also available by the scoop.
B. Beattys chefs follow the time-honored family recipes that were handed down from their parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. They begin each morning with breakfast, rolling up their sleeves and firing up grills before whipping up fluffy omelets and crispy chicken and waffles. Come lunchtime, they turn their attention to customized sandwiches, layering toasted rolls and sourdough bread with slow-roasted pork, fried turkey, and bacon. When dinner rolls around, they load plates with hearty servings of catfish, rib-eye steaks, and pork chops. The accommodating chefs invite guests to personalize many menu items, encouraging diners to choose seasonings for their meats and take a moment to come up with a nickname and backstory for each one of their french fries.
Servers flit about the casual dining room, where sunlight streams in through towering windows. Diners sit at booths and tabletops, sipping on smoothies and shakes.
Grandma had a saying: Pick an apple from a tree—you've got a delicious apple; order an apple from the Internet—get your identity stolen. With today’s Groupon, you can eat locally and avoid identity fraud entirely. For $10, you get $25 worth of healthy, locally sourced food for dine-in or carryout at Urban pL8, a trendy new restaurant in Atlanta’s burgeoning and well-liked Westside.
Fifth Group Restaurants began in 1993 with a hunger-driven dream and the opening of South City Kitchen in Midtown; in the intervening 17 years, the restaurant management company has grown to include a caravan of five grumble-silencing victual villas in a variety of cuisine styles. The restaurant group is also actively involved in a number of charitable and green programs, including a no-trash initiative where at least 95% of waste is either composted or recycled (Ecco is dumpster free and recycles or composts everything).
Steamhouse Lounge has long been one of Atlanta’s favorite down ‘n’ dirty seafood restaurants. Unexpectedly located on West Peachtree in Midtown, this kitschy local favorite is known as much for their annual Oyster Fest as they are for an excellent lobster bisque, both of which come with a heavy side of neon lights and beachy accents. Patrons can sit in a cozy upstairs patio or sidle into one of the downstairs booths before making their way to the bar for drinks with friends. This may not be the best place to head for a first date or late dinner with the family, but Steamhouse is a great fit for anyone in the neighborhood looking to relax and enjoy some seafood. And if they’ve saved room, maybe a touch of chocolate peanut butter mousse cake as well.