Vegetarian Times Dine Out Awards

Vegetarian Times 2009 Dining Out Awards
Readers’ favorite veg restaurants from sea to shining sea
By Jolia Sidona Allen
Vegetarian Times
April 2009

Every year, more and more exclusively veg restaurants pop up across the United States like stars in the night sky – too numerous to count. While each has its shining attributes, we wanted to know our readers’ go-to restaurants from coast to coast, in five geographic regions: the Northeast, the Midwest, the South, the Northwest, and the Southwest.

Nearly 700 readers voted in VT’s 2009 Dining Out Awards, casting their nominations for five regional winners and a roster of specialty awards, including Most Eco-Fabulous and Totally RAWsome!

From the Big Apple to the Bay Area, the sheer number of eateries that garnered votes reflects that vegetarianism is alive and well in every neck of the woods in America. And that, dear readers, is something we can all be happy about.[…]

The South
Cafe Sunflower
Atlanta, cafesunflower.com
Price: $$
Opened: 1994
Proprietors: Edward Sun and Lin Sun

The Vibe: With two Atlanta neighborhood locations – Sandy Springs and Buckhead – Cafe Sunflower offers a friendly atmostphere and delicious veg food even omnivores love. World travelers Edward Sun and Lin Sun have crafted a menu full of international flavors, including tastes from Caribbean, Asian, American Southwestern, and Mediterranean cuisines.

Signature Plates: Stuffed Acorn Squash: baked acorn squash filled with navy beans, corn, dried cranberries, mushrooms, carrots, wild rice, walnuts, and spinach; Spring Salad: mixed greens with asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, apples, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, Gorgonzola cheese, caramelized walnuts, and herb croutons tossed in a thyme vinaigrette; dairy-free Carrot Cake.