Best of: Vegan

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Spicy Lemongrass Soup at Freshii.

When it comes to finding vegan or plant-based meals, it seems almost impossible, especially living in Mississippi. Thankfully, several restaurants in Jackson offer options that cater to those that prefer vegan and plant-based meals. We searched around and found a few places in Jackson that offer vegan menu options.

Freshii: New to the Jackson restaurant scene, Freshii is located at The District at Eastover and is serving up healthy burritos, salads, bowls, and even smoothies and breakfast items. Their goal is to make superfoods like kale and quinoa convenient and affordable for everyone and redefine the “fast-casual space.” Everything is customizable and the menu offers a wide range of options to choose from. Vegan options include tofu, falafel, a variety of beans, and all of the bases are vegan, including lettuce, brown rice, quinoa, and rice noodles. The whole wheat and green wraps are also vegan. The Pangoa Bowl should be first on the list to try. Since it’s customizable, the customer can take off and add on any ingredients they wish and make it full of superfoods and vegan-friendly. Or, instead of choosing a set menu item, build your own dish and choose exactly what you want. For colder days, the Spicy Lemongrass Soup is also an excellent choice and is packed full of veggies.

High Noon Café: Located in the Rainbow Co-Op on Old Canton Road, the entire menu at High Noon Café is meatless. High Noon Cafe only uses USDA-certified organic dairy products, cold-pressed organic oils, and local produce. Soups and special entrees are prepared fresh daily, and an organic salad bar is offered daily, Monday through Saturday. Being that everything is meatless, you’re sure to find something on the menu that meets your vegetarian, vegan, or plant-based lifestyle.

Spice Avenue vegetarian buffet.

Cool Al’s: Cool Al’s is known for their burgers, but their menu also includes a vegetarian section. Toppings and other items are customizable to meet the requirements of a vegan diet, of course. One of the menu items is the Garden Burger, which includes a patty made from grains and veggies. The menu suggests adding grilled onions or mushrooms and a spicy ginger tomato sauce. A dairy-free veggie mayo spread is also available upon request.

Hummus at Aladdin.

Spice Avenue: Fine Indian cuisine can also be vegan friendly at Spice Avenue, located on I-55 N Frontage Road. The lunch buffet offers vegetarian and vegan options, as well as some of the appetizers. The Aloo Ghobi is a simple dish of cauliflower and potatoes cooked in onion, tomatoes, ginger, and light spices, and offers big flavor. The Chana Marsala is also a tasty option, consisting of chickpeas cooked with onions, tomatoes, and Indian herbs.

Aladdin Mediterranean Grill: The menu at Aladdin is authentic Mediterranean, and also includes a vegetarian/vegan section. Much like most places, each dish is customizable to meet certain vegan requirements, and each dish is full of flavor. The Vegetarian Plate includes hummus, baba ganuj,
tabouli, and two falafel. It makes for a perfect appetizer or main dish for those looking for something light and flavorful.

Paige McKay

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