Vegan Spotlight: Souley Vegan Restaurant in Oakland, California

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The first time our founder Michelle ate at Souley Vegan in Oakland, California was a bit of a ah-hah moment for her. It finally clicked that she wouldn't have to give up on her love of food in favor of her vegan diet. Even better, she realized that vegan food can taste better than non-vegan food. That realization made the idea of long-term veganism more viable for her, so this restaurant will always have a special place in her heart. 

Souley Vegan is located in the Jack London area of Oakland. Serving up Creole-style Vegan Soul Food, the menu is packed with delicious offerings, ranging from Fried Okra to Vegan Mac and Cheeze and Country Style Seitan Steak. You honestly can't go wrong with anything you order. 

We are partial to the combo plate because you can sample some of their famous dishes that way. Served with either a side salad or vegan cornbread, the plate will likely leave you with leftovers. We've tried the carb-bomb option of cornbread, potato salad, mac and cheeze and mashed potatoes and gravy. We've also gone for the lighter fare, opting for the collard greens, salad, red beans and rice and black-eyed peas option. Both were delectable. 

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A true Bay Area staple, Souley Vegan is frequented by lots of local (Go Warriors!) and international celebrities and we can see why. The food is mission-driven, delicious and totally traditional-tasting vegan soulfood. Be sure to add it to your list when you visit the Bay Area. 

We've also heard that Souley Vegan also offers a delicious vegan brunch. We'll have to make sure to sample that next time and report back!

Do you have any recommendations for other vegan businesses we can feature? Let us know in the comments!