Vegan Eats in Savannah

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For most travelers, enjoying the local cuisine is an important part of the travel experience. It is for me as well. However as one who lives a plant based lifestyle, I carefully research restaurants and cafes before I travel, for vegan options.

My research pays off. I travel with a list of possible eateries in the area.

Even southern cities like Charleston or Savannah, famous for comfort food, offer plant based options.

Check out these vegan eats in Savannah for your next trip to the city, if healthier eating is important to you.

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Vegan Eats in Savannah

All of these restaurants are in Savannah’s historic district and very walkable if your accommodations are there as well. I stayed at Indigo Hotel and walked to all of these locations.

Most of these eateries are not specifically vegan, however they do offer vegan and vegetarian options.

Here are my top five favorites plus a list of other possible restaurants on my list.

Olympia Cafe

My first meal in Savannah took place at this restaurant near the river. Located only blocks from my hotel, it was perfect after a day of travel.

Located at 5 East River Street, Olympia is a cheerful Greek cafe serving authentic fare. Their food is prepared from scratch daily and they offer entrees such as Mousaka, Dolmades, Pastisio and Spanikopita.

They do offer a variety of healthier options as well. Browse the menu or ask your server for suggestions.

I enjoyed fries and a falafel wrap with fresh veggies, no cheese. It was delicious!

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Vegan Eats in Savannah – Olympia Cafe
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Olympia Cafe falafel wrap with fries.

Kayak Kafe

This cafe at 1 E Broughton Street is a locally owned casual restaurant in the heart of the historic district. They specialize in freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, tacos and plant based cuisine.

Kayak Kafe serves locally sourced foods and use organic produce as much as possible. They also offer quality cocktails.

Whether you stop by for lunch, dinner or a drink, you’ll enjoy Kayak Kafe’s outdoor dining. The location is perfect for appreciating views of the city or people watching.

I love their vegan taco salad! It was so filling that I took half of it back to the refrigerator in my hotel room.

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Vegan Eats in Savannah – vegan taco salad at Kayak Kafe.

The Olde Pink House

I chose this restaurant, even though their healthier options are limited, because it’s one of the most famous in Savannah.

Located at 23 Abercorn Street, this restored Colonial mansion houses an elegant restaurant on the upper floors and a fun pub style tavern in the basement. The Olde Pink House serves up Southern cuisine and lots of charm. The wait staff is amazing and happy to share the history of the building, the oldest house in Savannah. Because of its popularity, you must make a reservation.

I made my reservation HERE before I traveled. Seated near a window in the spacious ballroom, I savored a vegan burger with avocado, served up with an order of crispy onions. After my meal, I toured the rest of the house, which is reportedly haunted, and the tavern in the basement, where, according to my server, most of the ghosts hang out! (Read Ghost Stories from Savannah!)

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Vegan Eats in Savannah – The Olde Pink House
Vegan Eats in Savannah the olde pink house meal
The Olde Pink House vegan burger

b. matthew’s eatery

This classy, updated vintage space, at 325 E Bay Street, was a planned stopped for dinner, right before a scheduled evening ghost tour.

Their cozy interior offered a welcomed space to sit, after a full day of exploring, and eat a leisurely meal before my tour.

b. matthew’s eatery serves classic and new American fare for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in the historic district near the river.

I ordered their vegan Summer Risotto, loaded with veggies. It was perfection!

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Vegan Eats in Savannah – b. matthew’s eatery
Vegan Eats in Savannah b matthews eatery meal
b. matthew’s eatery vegan risotto.

Flying Monk Noodle Bar

My last full day in Savannah ended with a delicious dinner here at this Asian restaurant located at 5 W Broughton Street.

I LOVE noodles and Flying Monk did not disappoint.

Pho and other Asian noddle dishes are offered in this trendy storefront eatery with outdoor seating available as well.

I had the veggie Singapore Noodles, a gluten free and vegan meal. And I lingered over it because it was so good.

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Vegan Eats in Savannah – Flying Monk Noodle Bar
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Noodles at Flying Monk.

Other Vegan Eats in Savannah

Here is a list of other restaurants in Savannah that offer healthier meal options:

Fox & Fig  321 Habersham Street

Naan on Broughton  114 E Broughton

Hungry Vegan  2 E Lathrop

The Sentient Bean  13 E Park

Namaste Savannah  8 E Broughton

Henny Penny  1514 Bull Street

The Vault Kitchen and Market  2112 Bull Street

Java Burrito Company  420 E Broughton

I didn’t have time to eat at all of these restaurants. That gives me an excellent reason to return to this beautiful city!

Have you visited Savannah? What was your favorite restaurant?

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Sidewalk dining at Kayak Kafe.

 

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Vegan Eats in Washington DC

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On my recent trip to Washington DC, to explore the city for the first time and to see my grandson Dayan, we came up with a fun daily plan: eat brunch together…walk in DC and visit museums and memorials…eat dinner.

DC offers many restaurants with very diverse food choices and vegan options are plentiful. While I’ve been plant based for more than six years, my grandson is not. Living, working and going to school in DC, he gets ample exercise walking everywhere. And he eats on the healthier side as well. So we chose places from different cultures that also offered vegan options.

I felt excited to try so many new restaurants and foods. Check out these vegan eats in Washington DC.

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Vegan Eats in Washington DC

What a rich foodie experience in DC. We enjoyed a wide variety of food, learned it’s best to make reservations for evening meals and definitely walked off our calories. That’s important due to generous meal portions! I usually ate half of my meal and sent the rest home with Dayan.

Art and Soul

Located in the Capitol Hill area, this hip restaurant offers seasonal, locally sourced dishes from owner and chef, Art Smith. In warm weather, enjoy dining on a spacious outdoor patio. Chef strives to make sure every plate achieves that perfect combination of sweet, salty and sour flavors.

Menu offerings range from southern favorites to bowls to pasta dishes to avocado toast.

Vegan options are limited here, however I enjoyed a delicious pasta dish with freshly sauteed veggies.

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Vegan Eats in Washington DC – Art and Soul

Busboys and Poets

DC is known as a brunch city, which worked out so perfectly for my grandson and me. I looked forward to our first brunch together at this popular spot.

Busboys and Poets is located in a lively neighborhood, at 14th and V Streets NW, and serves as a bookstore, coffee shop AND restaurant. They focus on global fare and offer a wide variety of vegan meals. Busboys and Poets cares for the body, with its carefully prepared food, for the mind with curated events and for the soul with their books and poetry.

We made reservations and then browsed in the bookstore after we arrived. I loved the fun atmosphere. I also loved my meal, a vegetable quinoa bowl full of grilled eggplant, asparagus, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, avocado, red peppers and kale. Truly, it was SO good. And the portion was huge. Dayan took half my meal home to enjoy later in the week.

Busboys and Poets
Vegan Eats in Washington DC – Busboys and Poets

Doi Moi

For our Saturday evening meal, Dayan and I selected a Vietnamese restaurant, Doi Moi. This popular spot on 14th Street NW offers Southeast Asian fare, a vegan menu and fresh pressed juices.

Executive Chef Wade Foo Fatt finds inspiration for his dishes in the vibrant street markets of Vietnam. He relies on fresh herbs and vegetables to deliver a flavorful, healthy menu.

The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, with flickering candles at each table. I enjoyed the Ratatouille Curry, richly flavored with bell pepper, zucchini, eggplant, macerated tofu, coconut milk, cilantro and peanuts, with a side of rice.

Doi Moi Vietnamese Restaurant
Vegan Eats in Washington DC – Doi Moi Vietnamese

Gypsy Kitchen

For brunch on Sunday, we visited the bohemian inspired Gypsy Kitchen, also located on 14th Street. Even though it was cool and rainy, Dayan and I sat on the covered patio on the rooftop. Large heaters circulated warm air, making the setting perfect for our meal.

Gypsy Kitchen serves international dishes and cocktails for brunch, lunch and dinner in laid back, eclectic surroundings with warm vibes. Flavors hail from Morocco, Israel, Spain, Greece and Lebanon. I was particularly drawn by the boho decor…plump pillows, tapestries and woven rugs…and the fun menu.

Dayan and I started with the delicious house made hummus, served with flatbread. My meal was crispy cauliflower with a lemon tahini, dried fruit relish, capers and pistachios. We splurged on desserts, a Basque cheesecake slice for Dayan and grilled peaches for me. So yummy!

Delicious crispy cauliflower
Vegan Eats in Washington DC – Gypsy Kitchen

Rasika

As the long weekend wound down, we selected Rasika, a modern Indian restaurant for our evening meal. Located on D Street, between 6th and 7th Streets, this sumptuous restaurant offers authentic Tawa, Sigri, Tandoori and regional curry dishes, with vegan options.

We started with flash fried spinach and delicious naan bread. I chose fragrant Dal Makhani with lentils, tomato, garlic and fenugreek served with rice. The whole meal, which we enjoyed in a leisurely fashion, was amazing. It was a fitting end to the weekend.

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Vegan Eats in Washington DC – Rasika Modern Indian Cuisine

Arepa Zone

Although Dayan returned to work on Monday, and I flew out that evening, we decided to meet for lunch near his office. In keeping with trying different foods, Dayan selected Arepa Zone, a Venezuelan cafe known for food truck style hand held meals.

This cafe says they exist to create delicious, authentic Venezuelan food in a casual dining atmosphere. They’ve served arepas, cachapas and tequenos in DC since 2014 and offer vegan options.

I selected the vegan arepa, a hand held sandwich with bread made from white corn meal, full of sweet plantains, avocado and black beans. I loved it!

My first arepa
My first arepa, from Arepa Zone in DC.

Vegan Foodie

You can live a vegan lifestyle…and still enjoy being a foodie!

What a fun four days in the nation’s capital, visiting my grandson, exploring the city and trying a wide variety of foods. I happily discovered that every coffee shop we popped into for a snack between brunch and dinner offered vegan options as well. And our sampling barely scratched the surface of what’s available in DC.

There’s no help for it. I simply must return!

Have you visited Washington DC? What was your favorite restaurant?

Busboys and Poets restaurant and bookstore
Busboys and Poets restaurant and bookstore.

Check out our DC walks in the rain in this post. And Fun Things to Do in Washington DC on my other blog.

 

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Eating Plant Based On Vacation

One of the reasons I switched to a plant based lifestyle last summer was because of a planned trip to Italy this year. Before I embraced eating healthier, I had trouble walking without pain and I was using a cane. My hope was to walk without a cane and without pain, during the trip. 

Eating Plant Based on Vacation
If you’ve followed my healing journey, you know my health has been transformed by adopting a plant based lifestyle. No more cane and no more pain have been just two of the positive outcomes as a result. However, as the trip drew closer, I wondered if it would be possible to eat plant based in Italy.
Eating Plant Based on Vacation
Breakfasts were easy while in Italy. Every hotel we stayed in offered a large breakfast buffet. I could choose from a selection of fresh and baked fruits, juices and even veggies such as green beans, mushrooms and tomatoes. 

Eating Plant Based on Vacation
But what about lunches and dinners, in a country famous for pasta? A Divine opportunity brought the answer. Because of severe weather in the US and being diverted to London rather than Rome, we missed the welcome dinner the first night of the tour. The next day, catching up with our tour director, Fabi, I asked if it was considered rude to request gluten free pasta at restaurants. 

My daughter Elissa, grandson Dayan and I were about to head out into Rome for our first dinner. Fabi happened to be giving Dayan directions to nearby cafes. Otherwise, I would not have asked my question. I felt reluctant to ask at a restaurant. I didn’t want to be perceived as a picky eater. That was my issue though, I realized. It is always appropriate to ask! 

Fabi assured me that most restaurants did indeed offer gluten free pasta and vegetarian or vegan meal options. My first dinner was in a delightful cafe with outdoor seating, located on a narrow street lined with restaurants. I enjoyed roasted potatoes and freshly grilled veggies. No one looked at me oddly or questioned my selection. 

Eating Plant Based on Vacation
The ease of ordering that first meal encouraged me to stay within my plant based diet during the entire trip. However, I have to praise Fabi for taking charge of my meals. Our tour included some lunches and dinners, at various restaurants and two different vineyards. Without me asking her to, she called ahead to each venue and explained that I was following a restricted diet. 

Eating Plant Based on VacationA five course totally plant based, gluten free meal!

Without exception, at each place I was served delicious, freshly prepared plant based meals. No gluten. No meat. No sugar, dairy or eggs. Instead of a sweet dessert, I was presented with a bowl of sumptuous fruit. The chefs or head waiters introduced themselves to me before the meals, delivered each course with a flourish and a smile, and checked with me after to make sure I was happy with the food. 

Happy? I was thrilled! And those who brought me my special meals did so with a noticeable sense of accomplishment and pride that was endearing. I felt so well cared for, and not at all a burden. 

Eating Plant Based on VacationGluten free pasta with pesto

When we were free to eat on our own, I did fine ordering from the menu. Dayan noticed the small print that read gluten free available. From Rome to the coastal villages in Cinque Terre to Venice, gluten free pasta and/or vegan options were readily available, making it easy for me to stay plant based. 

Eating Plant Based on Vacation
Was it difficult, eating differently from everyone else? Not at all. Was it boring? Absolutely not. I enjoyed a variety of delicious foods. And it was crucial for me. If I had abandoned my plant based lifestyle, even for a few days, I would have risked feeling unwell or opened myself up to discomfort. It was important to me to feel my very best. 

And I did do well. I walked with ease, 4-6 miles a day. I flew for hours and hours, without my legs locking up. I climbed stairs, which a year ago would have been impossible. While stairs can still be a challenge for me, due to years of pain and inflammation that has caused muscle tightness around my knees, I am continuing to improve. I kept up with the tour group and I was extremely pleased with my level of fitness. 

Eating Plant Based on Vacation
My experience was encouraging. I found that it is possible to eat a plant based diet while on vacation. My tips for a healthy vacation are: 

Make healthy eating a priority, because health IS a priority

Drink plenty of water. It is easy to become dehydrated while traveling. 

Get enough rest. Jet lag is a real thing! Stay awake during the days and get to bed early the first couple of nights to adjust to a different time zone. 

And don’t be afraid to ask for specially prepared meals. Express sincere appreciation and gratitude to the waiter and chef. 

I am so grateful for Fabi, who went above and beyond to ensure that I ate healthy meals. And I am grateful for each chef who took the time to create magnificent meals for me. I’m also so thankful for my grandson and daughter who frequently asked if I was finding healthy options on the menus and often checked ahead before choosing a cafe, just to make sure I could find something to eat. 

Eating Plant Based on VacationBlack lentils and vegetables, beautifully prepared. 

Surrounded by such caring and conscientious people, how could I not do well on this trip? And that would be my last suggestion for maintaining a diet while on vacation…surround yourself with supportive people. They may not eat what you eat, but they can certainly offer encouragement and love and compassion as you care for yourself.  

Healthy eating is a choice…a daily choice. Whether dining in my own home or in a fine restaurant in Venice, I am the one who decides what I will eat. I chose well. And my body thanked me for it. 

Eating Plant Based on Vacation