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“Great even for meaty folk” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Souley Vegan

Souley Vegan
301 Broadway, Oakland Ca, 94607, Oakland, CA
510-922-1615
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Ranked #58 of 1,009 Restaurants in Oakland
Cuisines: Vegan
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: amazing Vegan food for those who miss meat!! Souly vegan is an amazing restaurant with an amazing story! You MUST go to there web sight & check them out. Great collard greens, amazing no meat chicken & free oranges wail you wait. I am a vegetarian who used to love a good meaty sandwich & this place makes me forget all about my old habits. The first time I eat the chicken sandwich I knew going vegetarian wasn’t going to be as hard as I thought, as long as souly vegan is open!!!
Oakland, CA
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great even for meaty folk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The food rocks. I love meat, but when I eat at Souley Vegan I don't feel like there is anything missing. I had the goulash and I crave it.

Visited July 2012
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English first
San Francisco, California
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247 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Owner makes this spot special....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

4 stars for the owner, the concept, and the service. Everything about this place was top notch for a low key local eatery. The problem is that it exposes everything that is wrong about the vegan movement: the clientele were uppity hipsters desperate to differentiate themselves, making their dining choices antithetical as they puff on cigarettes by the front door. The other issue is that it exposes the problem with vegetarian and vegan cuisine - to come of age, it needs to be itself and stop trying to mimic meaty food. The choice of eating veggie / vegan stems from many a philosophy - religion, ethical sustainability, etc, and often times is largely informed by the need or desire to be healthy. This simply exposes the insecurity of veganism, and proves that people who choose to eat a limiting palette of options from this cradle of health can eat just as unhealthily and poorly as those who choose to eat meats and traditional soul foods. When you fry everything, and then masquerade everything with spices, etc... to *my* personal, uninformed, confused mind - it sort of defeats the purpose. There's eating healthy and ethically for personal, spiritual, or economic reasons.... then there is a hipster scene of duality, hypocrisy, and shallow misinformation.

The owner of this establishment has done everything right. She is a consummate professional, kind and jolly, friendly and community minded. The FOOD!!! The fried tofu barbecue is out of sight. The macaroni and cheese is vegan and MIND BLOWING. Black eyed peas are the yum. The fried dishes seemed like proper po boys, and the atmosphere and ambiance is fun and low key (park benches with jazz greats stenciled all about). Incredible service, incredible concept, but the clientele just expose it. Maybe I am an old grump, but I just rather have the same unhealthy food with a little bit of protein and a hell of a lot less desperate steampunk / goth / punk / 80's throwback hipster piquant. It doesn't seem like community as much as a lonely circus.

Visited June 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Best vegan soul food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

The best soul vegan food around! They have the best fake ribs! Ask for spicy, and that is what you will get. Homemade Mac and cheese, and all the "fixins". The place had benches for tables, murals of blues legends, and the best music. You order from the counter, and the waiter delivers the food. Nice staff. Has a home feeling

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Olympia, Washington
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Souley Vegan has incredible food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

This food is incredible even for those who aren't vegan! I began eating here when it first opened, and became a "regular" after my first bite. The fried minis are wonderful, as well as the okra. Now they even have dessert...a true jewel in my hometown.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pinole, California
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Tasty, Soulfully pleasing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Came here with a Groupon and was pleasantly surprised by the heartiness of flavor and portions, and pleasant laid back atmosphere. We had fried kale, served over a fresh bed of spinach and tomatoes, stewed okra, very well seasoned with a kick of Jalapenos, fried tofu over white rice and a side of sweet yams. Everything was delicious.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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