I am currently visiting some family in Atlanta, Georgia. After Googling the best veggie spots in this city, I knew I had to stop for lunch at Café Sunflower, one of Atlanta’s best vegetarian restaurants. They have been serving award-winning cuisine for more than 20 years and have two locations (one in Buckhead and another in Sandy Springs).
My dad accompanied me to lunch and I think he was skeptical at first. He is not vegetarian, so he just ordered the soup of the day, which was a creamy tomato bisque. Thankfully, he said it was very good and ate the whole thing. Our waitress told us that many eaters come to Café Sunflower, not just vegetarians. The restaurant has earned a reputation as a place for vegans and meat eaters alike to enjoy a compassionate meal together.
I ordered the Organic Broccoli Grain Bowl since I wanted to have a very healthy and gluten-free lunch (though I was totally eyeing that Eggplant Parmesan sandwich…next time I’ll get it!). The Grain Bowl contained quinoa, tofu, navy beans, broccoli, red cabbage, and a scallion yeast sauce. It was filling and packed with protein. I was so full that I had to take half of my bowl home. It made for an excellent dinner later!
My meal was calcium-packed! People are often perplexed when I tell them I’m a 99% vegan, because they think milk is the only source of calcium available. However, the Earth provides many other calcium sources that do not harm animals! Broccoli, navy beans and tofu are all excellent sources of calcium for vegans and vegetarians. If you’re in the Atlanta area, ordering Café Sunflower’s Organic Broccoli Grain Bowl is a great way to get more calcium in your diet.
I enjoyed my experience there. My only complaint is that the Organic Broccoli Grain Bowl did not come with enough sauce for my liking. I asked the waitress if I could have some more, and later I had to ask her for even more because there just wasn’t enough sauce. Maybe if the bowl had more seasoning, I would not have needed extra sauce, but without it, it seemed a bit too plain. I would order it again and recommend it — just with more sauce or seasoning. Perhaps what it needed was some kick from spicy peppers or hot sauce.
Other menu items I was considering that sounded scrumptious were the Pan Fried Dumplings, the Organic Black Bean Quesadilla, the Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich, the Spicy Pad Thai Noodles, and the Quinoa Avocado Burrito. Also, check out how beautiful their Orzo Eggplant Lasagna is!
Have you ever been to Café Sunflower or any vegan/vegetarian restaurants in the Atlanta area? Share your favorite places and dishes in the comments! I’m also a fan of Radial Cafe in Atlanta.
Top image: Cafe Sunflower
Lasagna image: Yelp
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