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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Vegan Bakery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Dulce Vegan Bakery & Cafe (Featured)

Best Vegan Bakery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Tinkertown pies (Permanently Closed)

Best Vegetarian/Vegan BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Viva la Vegan (Permanently Closed)

Best Vegetarian/Vegan BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)

Best Vegetarian/Vegan BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)
Cafe Sunflower proves that being vegan doesn't mean you can't enjoy fine dining. It opened over 20 years ago, when vegan/vegetarian options were rather limited, and has been serving delectable entrees like cauliflower steak, 'meat'loaf, sesame 'chicken', and 'crab' cakes ever since. The Sunday brunchmore...
Cafe Sunflower proves that being vegan doesn't mean you can't enjoy fine dining. It opened over 20 years ago, when vegan/vegetarian options were rather limited, and has been serving delectable entrees like cauliflower steak, 'meat'loaf, sesame 'chicken', and 'crab' cakes ever since. The Sunday brunch buffet is one of our favorites in town. less...

Best Vegan Bakery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Dulce Vegan Bakery & Cafe (Featured)

Best Vegetarian/Vegan BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)

Best vegan/vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)

Best vegetarian cuisine from a non-vegetarian chef BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The General Muir
For chef TODD GINSBERG, successful vegetarian cuisine needs to have plenty of texture and balance. The crave-worthy meatless dishes at Fred’s Meat & Bread and the General Muir are packed with both. The vegetarian banh mi sandwich at Fred’s, which was inspired by the chef’s travels around Vietnam,more...
For chef TODD GINSBERG, successful vegetarian cuisine needs to have plenty of texture and balance. The crave-worthy meatless dishes at Fred’s Meat & Bread and the General Muir are packed with both. The vegetarian banh mi sandwich at Fred’s, which was inspired by the chef’s travels around Vietnam, combines dense roasted cauliflower, creamy sliced eggplant, pickled carrots, jalapeño, and more for its gratifying heft, chew, and spice. For his vegetarian Reuben at the General Muir, Ginsberg kept the sandwich’s fundamental building blocks — sauerkraut, Russian dressing, rye bread — but employs fat slabs of smoky beets to replace corned beef’s meatiness. When it comes to vegetarian cooking, Ginsberg says there’s no precise formula that will yield perfect results every time, especially when diners naturally seem to crave protein. This can make cooking sans meat a challenge, but, for Ginsberg, it also makes creating veggie dishes that guests crave much more exciting. Fred’s Meat & Bread, 99 Krog St. N.E. 404-688-3733. www.fredsmeatandbread.com. less...

Best vegan BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)
And other metro Atlanta location.

Best vegan BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)

Best vegan BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)

Best vegan BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Dough Bakery (Permanently Closed)

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)

Best vegan BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Dough Bakery (Permanently Closed)

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)

Best afternoon (veggie) delight BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
We know, we know. We commented on this last year, but the inherent problem with farmers markets is that they require getting up early on the weekends. Convenient for farmers, perhaps; not always convenient for a hardworking gal who just so happens to enjoy sleeping till noon on Saturdays. And Sundays.more...
We know, we know. We commented on this last year, but the inherent problem with farmers markets is that they require getting up early on the weekends. Convenient for farmers, perhaps; not always convenient for a hardworking gal who just so happens to enjoy sleeping till noon on Saturdays. And Sundays. The organizers of the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, in their infinite wisdom and unparalleled benevolence, solved the conundrum and scheduled their market to take place on Wednesday evenings. From April to December, the EAV Farmers Market has all the best that Atlanta-area growers, bakers, and makers have to offer at the weekend market: H&F breads, yogurts from Atlanta Fresh Creamery, honey from Hidden Springs Honey, and awesome hummus and nan from Nazifa's Bakery. And they have it at twilight. If you've already stocked up on produce for the week from a weekend market, you can still come to browse, (inevitably) run into friends, and grab some dinner from Little Tart Bakeshop or Woodfire Pizza. Enter from Stokeswood Avenue, and you'll find a real backyard atmosphere with plants and picnic tables. Best of all: You can enjoy sleeping in next Saturday. Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. April 19-Dec. 13. less...

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)

Best vegan BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)

Best vegan BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Soul Vegetarian Restaurant (Featured)

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead (Featured)

Runner-up: Dynamic Dish


427 Edgewood Ave., 404-688-4344, www.dynamicdish.net

Best tofu BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Bishoku
BISHOKU is the brainchild of Jackie Fukuya-Merkel, the daughter of the former owners of the venerable Sushi Huku in Sandy Springs. Merkel's endeavor is a feminine Japanese restaurant with a long list of handwritten specials that push the teriyaki envelope. Bishoku has started making its own tofu infusedmore...
BISHOKU is the brainchild of Jackie Fukuya-Merkel, the daughter of the former owners of the venerable Sushi Huku in Sandy Springs. Merkel's endeavor is a feminine Japanese restaurant with a long list of handwritten specials that push the teriyaki envelope. Bishoku has started making its own tofu infused with classic ingredients, such as edamame. No tofu dish is more beautiful than her homemade egg tofu topped with an unctuous sliver of uni and served with a tiny spoon. 5920 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-252-7998. www.bishokusushi.com. less...

Best tofu BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Green Sprout

Runner-up: Soul Vegetarian


879 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., 404-752-5194; 652 N. Highland Ave., 404-875-0145

Best vegetarian: Tie BOA Award Winner

Cafe Sunflower

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Dynamic Dish

Best vegetarian: Tie BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Sandy Springs (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up
Soul Vegetarian
652 N. Highland Ave., 404-875-4641
879-A Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., 404-752-5194
www.soulveg.net

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Dynamic Dish (Permanently Closed)

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Dynamic Dish (Permanently Closed)
David Sweeny's DYNAMIC DISH would be one of our favorite restaurants even if it weren't healthy and meat-free. The Old Fourth Ward cafe has the look and feel of a modern European hangout, with clean lines and midcentury accents. But Sweeny's 100 percent organic, often vegan cooking is the real revelation.more...
David Sweeny's DYNAMIC DISH would be one of our favorite restaurants even if it weren't healthy and meat-free. The Old Fourth Ward cafe has the look and feel of a modern European hangout, with clean lines and midcentury accents. But Sweeny's 100 percent organic, often vegan cooking is the real revelation. Outrageous intensity of flavor is the common theme, surfacing in soups such as ginger carrot with so much ginger it would cure a cold. Unexpected uses of ingredients (fig sandwich, anyone?) and an eye for design on the plate make this one of Atlanta's true treasures, for carnivores and veg-heads alike. less...

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Sandy Springs (Permanently Closed)

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Cafe Sunflower Sandy Springs (Permanently Closed)

Best vegetarian: Tie BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Soul Vegetarian Restaurant (Featured)
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Cafe Sunflower
2140 Peachtree Rd Nw 105 404-352-8859 In the world of vegetarian cuisine, imposters run rampant. Rather than innovating, some chefs opt for a selection of faux-meat dishes based on what they think vegetarians are missing. Not at CAFE SUNFLOWER. Here the food embraces its veggie roots with such dishesmore...
2140 Peachtree Rd Nw 105 404-352-8859 In the world of vegetarian cuisine, imposters run rampant. Rather than innovating, some chefs opt for a selection of faux-meat dishes based on what they think vegetarians are missing. Not at CAFE SUNFLOWER. Here the food embraces its veggie roots with such dishes as the woodsy Tuscan sandwich stacked high with portobello mushroom, onions, tomato, spinach and creamy goat cheese. The Sunflower Box - an appetizer sampler cleverly displayed in a geometric bento box - lifts flavors from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and the dairy-free cakes are a must. Vegetarian or not, when you eat at Cafe Sunflower, you're not missing a thing. less...

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Sandy Springs (Permanently Closed)

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Sandy Springs (Permanently Closed)

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Sandy Springs (Permanently Closed)

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

CAFE SUNFLOWER

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Lush
Throw out those Birkenstocks! Have that dolphin tattoo lasered off your butt. Kick the granola to the sidewalk and head to LUSH. This gorgeous restaurant with a pleasant patio and educated servers features dairy-free vegan cooking of a quality rarely seen in our city. Here you get vegetables cooked withmore...
Throw out those Birkenstocks! Have that dolphin tattoo lasered off your butt. Kick the granola to the sidewalk and head to LUSH. This gorgeous restaurant with a pleasant patio and educated servers features dairy-free vegan cooking of a quality rarely seen in our city. Here you get vegetables cooked with class. The best dish is probably the Mexican-style chilaquiles. There's a very good hummus and an endive salad with pears. The gazpacho ain't bad, either. Desserts, the vegan's biggest challenge, are very good - especially the banana "cream" pie. "913 Bernina Ave. 404-223-9292." less...

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Madras Saravana Bhavan

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Cafe Sunflower
CAFE SUNFLOWER is the place for "normal" vegetarians, and meat eaters who just may not be in the mood for flesh or are humoring their veggie partners. Here, there are no "live food" gimmicks or macrobiotic manifestos, just warm, woodsy ambience and good, meatless offerings. We like the bento box of springmore...
CAFE SUNFLOWER is the place for "normal" vegetarians, and meat eaters who just may not be in the mood for flesh or are humoring their veggie partners. Here, there are no "live food" gimmicks or macrobiotic manifestos, just warm, woodsy ambience and good, meatless offerings. We like the bento box of spring rolls, Asiago-stuffed olives, hummus and more; the steamed dumplings; the carrot soup when it's available; and we always have good luck with the specials. "2140 Peachtree Road, Buckhead. 404-352-8859; 5975 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-256-1675. www.cafesunflower.com." less...

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Cafe Sunflower
2140 Peachtree Road 404-352-8859 and 5975 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs 404-256-1675 http://www.cafesunflower.com Any restaurant that serves an all-vegan chocolate cake with no eggs or dairy deserves points for sheer effrontery. With locations in Sandy Springs and Buckhead, Cafe Sunflower has been pleasingmore...
2140 Peachtree Road 404-352-8859 and 5975 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs 404-256-1675 http://www.cafesunflower.com Any restaurant that serves an all-vegan chocolate cake with no eggs or dairy deserves points for sheer effrontery. With locations in Sandy Springs and Buckhead, Cafe Sunflower has been pleasing Atlanta herbivores for years with its international approach to animal-free meals, drawing on cooking styles from China, India, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the American Southwest. You may not forget you're eating tofu, but you'll become more appreciative of Cafe Sunflower's menu as a garden of earthly delights. less...

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Cafe Sunflower

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower
The cuisine at Cafe Sunflower might best be described as well-rounded. As artistic as it is nutritious and tasty, the cuisine here is also ambitious in its inventiveness. Entrees such as ravioli with capers, zucchini, yellow squash, kale, bell peppers and white mushrooms served in a tomato-coconut herbmore...
The cuisine at Cafe Sunflower might best be described as well-rounded. As artistic as it is nutritious and tasty, the cuisine here is also ambitious in its inventiveness. Entrees such as ravioli with capers, zucchini, yellow squash, kale, bell peppers and white mushrooms served in a tomato-coconut herb sauce will send you home both healthy and happy, even if you're not a full time vegetarian. less...

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