EAT VEGAN: NASHVILLE

One of our stops on the road trip from Orlando to Iowa City was Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville is one of my favorite places to explore;  there’s just something about the food, nature, weather and culture of the city that captivates me.

My time in Nashville was very short- just one day! (boo). Here are some of the places  I tried out and would highly recommend!

Five Daughters Bakery

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I woke up on this particular morning with a sweet tooth- so I jumped on Yelp and searched for vegan donuts, duh. Five Daughters Bakery is a family business; owned and operated by a mom, dad and their five daughters. FDB is famous for their 100 layer donuts that take FOUR DAYS to make and they have a tasty selection of donuts including a small list of vegan and gluten free options.

Vegan flavors: Maple, Chocolate Sea Salt and Strawberry which were:

Sweet

Soft

Gone in 60 seconds

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Check out their menu, here.

Ugly Mugs

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I needed some coffee to wash down the delicious pastries that are Five Daughter’s donuts, so I walked right next door to Ugly Mugs. A coffee shop with a name like that was enough to get me inside the doors, which I am SO glad I did.

I had an iced caramel latte with almond milk. It was SO yum. Their coffee is locally brewed in Nashville, their decor is a variety of artworks from local artists and their pastries are from local artisans. I loved the atmosphere of this coffee shop, it’s definitely a must if you are in the area!

This shop was:

Aromatic

Chill

Friendly

Avo

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Thank goodness for the app/website, Happy Cow for suggesting Avo. I am having a difficult time writing about this one because it was just TOO GOOD. I have no words. But I will try.

At Avo, they work with sustainable businesses and local farms to source the finest plant-based ingredients. Their menu is entirely plant-based and does not use processed ingredients. Needless to say, you can order everything on the menu and no guilt will follow. 

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To get things started, we ordered the crispy fingerling potato and whipped avocado with a salsa verde. Did you guys read that? A whipped avocado. It was heaven for my tastebuds.

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Actually, I lied. I actually started things off with AVO’s signature cocktail, the Avo Margarita: blended with avocado, reposado tequila, cilantro, lime, and house made orange dust. At first I thought this would be strange but it was:

Smooth

Creamy

Real, Damn Good

I was tempted at this point to order another few rounds of the potatoes and margaritas but decided to be a responsible adult. For the lunch entree my husb got the Pad Thai and I got the Shaved Beet and Zucchini Panino. Yum yum yum.

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The food was high quality, organic and fresh. Nothing processed avo-here.

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Check out their menu.

Graze

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For dinner we hit up Graze, a plant-based Bistro and Bar, which coincidentally was right next door to Ugly Mugs! The atmosphere here was awesome, which apparently is a Nashville theme; at least all the places we stopped to eat at were chill, fun and dare I say it…hip. Anyway, onto the food.

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