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," while also bestowing Souley Vegan with "Best of East Bay" awards for the past five years. USA Today has also recognized the eatery as among ten great places for soul food in the country.
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.