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*Vegan soul food is killing it nationwide as demand soars for delicious down-home cooking that satisfies cravings without clogging arteries or causing animal suffering.

That’s why PETA has compiled a list of the top vegan soul food joints across the country, and 16 restaurants have nabbed a spot.

The eateries can be found coast to coast, from Souley Vegan in Oakland, California, to Detroit Vegan Soul and the family-run Seasoned Vegan in Harlem, New York. And, of course, the South puts up a good show, especially in Atlanta, which boasts Soul Vegetarian South, Go Vegetarian, and Soul Vegetarian No. 2. Menu standouts from the list include Black Eye Pea Fritters, “Catfish” Tofu Sandwiches, BBQ Vegan Rib Tips, Loaded Smashed Potato Bowls, Spicy Jerk Tofu, Avocado Plantain Pies, Okra Gumbo over Grits, and much more.

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“At restaurants across the country, diners can enjoy all the lip-smacking flavor of classic soul food—minus the cruelty and cholesterol,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Remain. “PETA is calling on soul food lovers everywhere to satisfy their cravings with a hearty and heart-healthy vegan dish today.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that in addition to saving more than 100 animals every year from immense suffering, going vegan reduces one’s risk of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

PETA offers a free vegan starter kit here. For more information – and more mouth watering photos – please visit PETA.org.