I’ve been intrigued by this Black-owned restaurant ever since I heard about them (probably on social media) but was always turned off by the long lines. After being able to avoid the lines because of a great catering choice for a professional development event, I understood (and later found myself in) the lines.
In case the name didn’t tip you off, Slutty Vegan is not the place to go for a quiet family meal. From the moment you walk in, you’re greeted with shouts and banging, and excitement. And if you happen to be in one of their larger locations, you may even be “accosted” by someone who can’t believe the bite they just took is vegan (true story; this actually happened to me).
With its original location in the Westview neighborhood of Atlanta, Slutty Vegan has now expanded into Alabama (Birmingham), New York City (Brooklyn), and across the state of Georgia (Edgewood in Atlanta, Jonesboro, Gwinnett, and Athens).
The locations that I’ve been to are all set up for takeout, so you order at the counter and take your food to go.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES:
There are six different burgers, two shrimp options, a Philly, a chicken sandwich, a plantain sandwich, a bratwurst, and chili all with at least slightly salacious names (like Ménage à Trois, Super Slut, and Sneaky Link). Everything is plant-based.
The burgers taste like burgers. The chicken tastes like chicken. They’re messy and juicy, and exactly what you want when you’re eating a fast food-type meal.
Every sandwich comes with crinkle-cut fries (because who wants a sandwich without fries?). I’m not sure what the slut dust seasoning on them is, but it’s delicious.
I don’t usually order a drink, but I got a cream soda during my last visit, and it was one of the best ones I’ve ever had.
The burgers are about $15 (with the fries!) Adding a drink will add another $2-3 or so.
The energy is high and the service is fast. Despite the long lines, things tend to move faster than you might expect, especially if you’re in line with a friend or two.
Aside from the good food, I appreciate that there is intention behind the locations (which are placed in food deserts), the staff (which include formerly incarcerated youth), and the work of the Pinky Cole Foundation (the owner’s foundation that focuses on empowering generations of color to win in life, financially, and in the pursuit of their entrepreneurial dreams) makes it even better.
Sometimes when something is super hyped on social media, the real deal is a letdown. That’s not the case here. I once backed out of a Chick-Fil-A drive-through to go get Slutty Vegan. I am very much not a vegan, but I would eat food from Slutty Vegan on a VERY regular basis.