Kortney’s Road Trip with a Pit Stop

by Kortney Campbell on May 31, 2012

Okay, so if last week seemed a little off kilter, that’s because I was out of town on a little road trip to visit family and spend some much needed time in one of the best places on Earth – Tennessee. The trip was amazing and it was hard to come home, but we made a couple of magical pit stops on the way there and back that I have been really eager to share with you.

In Atlanta (and a few other locations in Africa and the US including DC, Tallahassee and Oakland), there lives an amazing little chain of restaurants that go by the name Soul Vegetarian. As you may know, I grew up in a pretty southern family, so needless to say, when a meal contains the word “soul”, I’m there.

Anyways, it’s a tradition of mine and Johns to stop at Soul Veg every time we’re in Atlanta – whether we’re just passing through or there to stay. Since a trip to Tennessee takes us right through the city, of course we had to stop by for a bite…twice…

The restaurant is super simple. You can walk in, sit down and wait for someone to take your order like most other places, or just head up to the hot bar, and pick and choose what you want while they make you a heaping plate of heavenly goodness.

On pit stop number one, we both got the “chicken fried steak” with mac & cheese, collard greens and cornbread with a cinnamon roll to go. I’m pretty sure I had forgotten how good this place was, because I don’t think I shut up about it for the rest of the trip. Oh yeah, and the cinnamon roll made it about 2 hours before it was devoured too.

Round two was a little bittersweet, seeing as we were on our way home. We had the jerk tofu (which is super spicy while you’re eating it but doesn’t leave you with a terrible burning tongue), mac & cheese, yams and cornbread. As always, it was just as great as the last visit, and we snatched up two cinnamon rolls to go (eating them for breakfast seemed to soften the blow of making it back to reality).

We are seriously obsessed with this place. If you haven’t been yet, I highly suggest you make a point to visit. Whether you’re vegan, veg-curious or a straight up carnivore, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Here are a few more instagram photos from our trip:

This one wasn’t taken while we were there (or by me), but this is my aunt (you can call her Yoyo) and my uncle Bart. I am 100% serious when I tell you that they are the most amazing people I’ve ever met.

This is my aunt & uncle’s house. I dream of living on a little commune with them one day.

This is their amazingly adorable horse Raven. Their dogs like to follow him around every where he goes. Don’t you wish animals could roam around like this everywhere?

This is Oliver. He turned one while we were there (which was the reason for the trip). He’s an energetic little crazy, silly man and makes me extra excited to have a boy.

These are my cousins, Autumn (Oliver’s mommy) and Aubre. I miss them so badly all the time.

If you remember a while ago when I was telling you my cousin, Aubre, was responsible for me meeting John, then we hooked her up with John’s friend Dane? Yeah, well this is Dane. He and Aubre came down from Portland while we were there.

Also, speaking of babies and family…I’m 5 months and the bump is, well, bumpin! Soul Veg could be partly to blame, but I won’t point any fingers.

I’m finally getting back into the groove of being home, but I’m already itching for another road trip and Soul Veg pit stop.

Have you been to Soul Veg yet? If so, what did you try? We’d love to hear about your experience there!

PS: Be sure to like them on facebook as well!

About Kortney Campbell

I'm Kortney; a wife, natural mama and vegan in love with life, food and all things vintage! I've been vegan since December 2007, but have loved to cook & create pretty things since before I can remember. I started Vegan Housewives because I don't think you have to give up the joys of food when going vegan! I have a fondness for re-creating non-vegan recipes (especially my grandma's), making a healthier & animal friendly version so be sure to send me your favorite concoctions by clicking our "share a recipe" button - I would LOVE to veg-i-fy them!

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    luminousvegans May 31, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I love Soul Veg! I live in Atlanta, so I visit them frequently. My favorite thing at Soul Veg is the salad dressing. I wish they would bottle it and sell it. It looks like a fun road trip. Great pictures!


    Aubre May 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Yay for road trips!! We all miss you three so much already! Next you guys need to visit Portland so we can go on so many vegan excursions!


    Dee June 1, 2012 at 12:41 am

    I used to dream of that too. Glad to hear you had a great trip. Great pictures and I can’t believe the baby bump!!!!!


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