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Eating vegan around Music City
A cone of purple ice cream
We’ll take a couple scoops of KOKOS ice cream on a warm summer day. | Photo by NASHtoday
Eating meat-free hasn’t always been easy, but in Nashville, it’s a piece of (vegan) cake.

Our local food scene is as vibrant as ever, so it’s no surprise there are a slew of local chefs serving up fresh, vegetarian bites across town. From vegan barbecue to scrumptious vegan tacos, here are 24 restaurants serving up meat-free fare in the 615.

🧁 Delicious desserts

Yellow & Lavender, 1406 McGavock Pk., Ste. D | Choose from pop tarts, croissants, and other fresh pastries items. If you prefer savory, order a quesadilla, biscuit, or crunchwrap from the hot food menu.

Sunflower Bakehouse, 2414 Lebanon Pk. | This full-service bakery, coffee shop, and restaurant offers everything from cookies and cupcakes to smoothies, burgers, and sandwiches.

KOKOS Ice Cream, 3 City Ave., Ste. 700 | The scoop shop’s dairy-free ice cream comes in a variety of seasonal flavors — make sure you’re following on Instagram for the latest offerings.

A cone of purple ice cream

We’ll take a couple scoops of KOKOS ice cream on a warm summer day. | Photo by NASHtoday

🥘 Comfort food

Guerilla Bizkits, 1006 Fatherland St., Ste. 207 | Choose from Straight Edge (buttery), Blackout (dried cherries and pickled jalapenos), and Loaded (cheesy and garlicky) biscuits.

The Southern V, 1200 Buchanan St. | Go with the classic Nashville hot friend chick’n sandwich, strips, or salad or pass on the heat with a barbecue jackfruit sandwich.

🥪 Casual eating

The BE-Hive, 2414 Gallatin Ave. | Shop grab-and-go market items or order fried tenders and sandwiches, nachos, and more from the deli.

Lucky Vegan, Richland Park Farmers Market | Early birds get the vegan treats at this pop-up — some recent specials include bang bang shrimp bao buns and curried chickpea salad sandwiches.

Succulent Vegan Tacos, Nashville Farmers Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. | This vegan taqueria serves tacos, esquites, and weekend specials.

Click the button below for vegan pizza recs, date-night sushi (yes, also vegan), and more.
Kid-friendly bars and breweries are:

A. A life-saver for me and my family
B. A fun place to gather with a group of friends
C. Places I actively avoid

Wednesday, May 24
  • Bob Dylan Birthday Bash | Wednesday, May 24 | 6 p.m.-12 a.m. | The 5 Spot, 1006 Forrest Ave. | $5 | 20+ artists celebrate the music of Bob Dylan on his 82nd birthday.
  • Author Doan Phuong Nguyen | Wednesday, May 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pk. Ste. 14 | Free | A conversation with Vandy alum Doan Phuong Nguyen, author of the middle-grade kids’ novel, “Mèo and Bé" — registration required.
  • Boot Scoot | Wednesday, May 24 | 8 p.m. | Cross-Eyed Critters, 101 20th Ave. N. | Free+ | Expect a country DJ party with performances by local (and beyond) favorites like gowa, DJ John Stamps, and Radiorodd.
Thursday, May 25
  • The Beach Boys with The Nashville Symphony | Thursday, May 25-Saturday, May 27 | Times vary | Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Pl. | $30+ | You’ll have “Fun, Fun, Fun” when The Beach Boys join the Nashville Symphony for a night packed with all your favorite hits.
Friday, May 26
  • Food Truck Friday | Friday, May 26 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. + 4-7 p.m. | Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Harrison St. | Cost of purchase | Choose from four different food vendors for lunch and dinner.
  • Home Espresso and Extraction | Friday, May 26 | 6-9 p.m. | 8th & Roast, 4104 Charlotte Ave. | $65 | This hands-on class for aspiring espresso aficionados will focus on dialing in and extraction.
Saturday, May 27
  • Star Party at Cornelia Fort | Saturday, May 27 | 8-10 p.m. | Cornelia Fort Trailhead at Shelby Bottoms | Free | Members of the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society set up telescopes and everyone is invited to enjoy the views of the night sky.
Sunday, May 28
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7 secrets comfortable retirees know about hiring a financial advisor
Smart retirees know a thing or two — and you should, too. | Photo by SmartAsset
Research suggests people who work with a financial advisor could end up with about 15% more money to spend in retirement.1 Read: A lot of margaritas.

That’s because they know the seven secrets to hiring a financial advisor, like never hiring the first advisor you meet. (Rookie mistake.)

The ultimate tip? Answer a few questions in this free, five-minute quiz to match with vetted financial advisors serving your area who can help optimize a retirement plan for you.*
1“Journal of Retirement Study Winter” (2020)”. The projections or other information regarding the likelihood of various investment outcomes are hypothetical in nature, do not reflect actual investment results, and are not guarantees of your future results. Please follow the link to see the methodologies employed in the Journal of Retirement study.
News Notes

  • A five-building mixed-use development is slated for Murfreesboro Pike near Antioch High School. Three structures would be entirely residential, with the other two a mix of commercial and residential. (Nashville Post)
  • Nashville ranked No. 2 on Cvent’s 2023 “Top 10 Meeting Destinations in North America” list. Music City’s up 4 spots since 2019 and trails only behind Orlando in this year’s ranking. Other top destinations include San Diego, Las Vegas, and Chicago. (Nashville Business Journal)
  • Cheekwood is in the process of restoring trees and other vegetation lost during December’s freeze. In the short term, ~50 Cryptomeria trees will be removed from the Turner Seasons Garden. Cheekwood is accepting donations for its Replant, Restore & Renew initiative. (WTVF)
  • Schools out, pools open. Several YMCA of Middle Tennessee locations will open outdoor pools on Saturday, May 27 (Green Hills, Margaret Maddox, and Franklin). The Brentwood location will open its new outdoor pool the week of June 5.
  • TailGate Brewery’s summer movie series returns to the HQ location (7300 Charlotte Pk.) on Thursdays in June. Films include “Princess Bride,” “Homeward Bound,” “Pitch Perfect,” “Shrek,” and “Mean Girls.” Pro tip: Arrive early for pizza and choice of picnic table.
  • The American Red Cross is calling for more donors in the Middle Tennessee area to help offset a recent drop in blood and platelet donation appointments. Donors will receive a Red Cross beach towel (while supplies last) and be entered to win various prizes. View drop-in appointments.
  • Earl Scruggs’ famous Gibson RB-Granada Mastertone banjo joined the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s permanent collection. The renowned bluegrass musician played the banjo throughout his career, including on famous recordings such as “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.”
Fun Fact
  • You can get $15 towards your tab at Dock Local in Assembly Food Hall when you become a member with Offline — a local restaurant club. Use the code “NASHTODAY” to skip the waitlist and become a member so you can get dinner on them + more perks.*
🏆 And the winners are...
A building with glass windows all around and a sculpture out front
Werthan Warehouse at 601 Taylor Pl. received the Preservation Award in the Commercial category.| Image by Matthew Carbone via Metro Nashville
In honor of Preservation Month, the Metropolitan Historical Commission recognized preservation projects for their contributions to maintaining Nashville’s historic architecture.

Along with celebrating residential, infill, and commercial preservation projects, the Historical Commission presented the following three awards at the 47th annual Preservation Awards:
  • Gary M. Burke, Fletch Coke Award | “Gary M. Burke is widely known for his advocacy for the preservation of Fort Negley, the surrounding community, and the stories of its descendants.”
  • Phil Ponder, Achievement Award | “Since 1982, [Ponder] has released 11 skyline paintings of Nashville, documenting the loss of historic buildings as well as the creation of new icons.”
  • RCA Studio A, Commissioners’ Award | “The threat to RCA Studio A galvanized a movement to preserve Music Row and other music industry resources across the county, leading to a comprehensive documentation study supported by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.”
Fun fact: Properties are nominated by the public, with over 400 awards given since 1973.
The Wrap
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From the editor
Speaking of vegan eats, you may remember news of The Gluten-Free Goose opening in South Nashville. Yes, the bakery has some delicious gluten-free treats, but arrive early to get your hands on vegan brownies, cupcakes, and cookies when available.
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