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By Vanessa Willis, Staff Writer —
Chattanooga has been labeled one of the top 10 vegan-friendly small cities in the United States by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) due to the growing and diverse restaurant scene in the city.
According to an article published in December, 2020, PETA wanted to recognize smaller cities and towns that are vegan-friendly since they have previously rated large cities in the past. This list includes various cities such as Ann Arbor, Michigan, San Marcos, Texas, Boise, Idaho and others, with Chattanooga ranking seventh.
According to PETA’s Executive Vice President, Tracy Reiman, these cities were chosen due to their copious vegan restaurant options.
“The small cities on PETA’s list are big hot spots for the delicious animal-friendly cuisine that today’s diners demand,” Reiman said. “Whether you’re looking for a fish-free fillet sandwich, vegan biscuits and gravy, or a decadent dairy-free dessert, Chattanooga’s got it.”
Several Chattanooga area restaurants were mentioned in the article, including Cashew, Taco Mamacita, Your Local Seitanist, Clumpies Ice Cream Co., Firebox Grill, and Mr. T’s Pizza.
Cashew is a popular Chattanooga establishment that is known for having a fully vegan menu featuring classics like burgers and BBQ and other exploratory eats such as jackfruit tacos and Thai baked sweet potatoes.
These restaurants and their innovative menus are responsible for Chattanogoa being awarded this title. This distinction by a popular organization such as PETA is extremely important to the restaurant scene in Chattanooga, which got hit hard during the pandemic. With the number of Americans who say they are vegan growing 500% between 2014 and 2020, the market for vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants is growing rapidly.
For more information on Chattanooga’s vegan options, visit https://www.chattavegan.com/.