Vegan Soul Food? Oakland's 'Souley Vegan'

There are some foods and cuisines that, once vegan, you may find yourself missing. Even if you are merely trying to incorporate more vegan/sustainable eating habits, passing up on the delicious comforts of soul food is a tough pill to swallow. 

Fortunately, Oakland's Souley Vegan has changed the soul food vegan game. Started in 2007 by Tamearra Dyson, Souley Vegan began as a pop-up that would sell at farmer's markets and the like. Dyson, a long-time vegan (vegetarian since childhood) left her very promising career in medicine to do something she had been passionate about for ages: vegan cooking, and thus Souley Vegan was born. With only $27 in the register, Souley Vegan secured a store front location in 2009. However, things have changed pretty drastically since then for the little vegan soul food shop. 

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Souley Vegan has been featured on USA Today, SF Gate, and even Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. It's no wonder they've garnered so much popularity in the past few years; the food speaks for itself. Try their Everything Plate; for only $19, you can taste all their delicious sides, such as candied yams, southern fried tofu, and vegan mac and cheese!



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