It started at Dough Bakery, where we stopped for brunch after checking out of our hotel.
Dough is a magical land that functions as part vegan bakery/part vegan butcher shop. Yes, you read that right. Butcher shop. The meat counter is called Gutenfleischer's Deli, and there a "butcher" uses a deli meat slicer to cut paper-thin slices of their homemade seitan meats. I visited Dough when I was in Atlanta last year and simply fell in love. But this year, it was even better because they offer a full-service, sit-down brunch.
The brunch has crazy things like biscuits topped with gravy and fried pickles! As tempting as that sounded, I was craving something tofu eggy. So I went with the slightly more traditional Southern Eggless Benedict — biscuits topped with tofu eggless patties, Gutenfleischer's homemade Canadian bacon, and country gravy. Breakfast heaven.
I couldn't leave without getting some meats sliced at the deli counter. I ordered a half-pound of the herb roast and all that was left of the pesto roast. It's wrapped in butcher paper and stored in a plastic deli bag. I also grabbed some of their homemade white vegan queso and Treeline Scallion Soft Cheese, a new probiotic, cashew-based cheese. Thank goddess we brought a cooler for stashing food souvenirs.
After brunch, I was stuffed. But we still had one more crucial food stop — Revolutions Doughnuts!
Y'all this is a vegan-friendly doughnut shop! Most of their doughnuts are vegan, and it's easy to tell which ones aren't safe because the vegan ones are marked with a V. I died when I saw this case. Just died.
I know Cassi and I looked like giddy vegan tourists. We even had some random stranger take our picture in front of the case.
I ordered the Raspberry Sprinkle, the Orange Pistachio, and the Vanilla Bean.
Y'all, I've never had a doughnut this soft and fresh in my life. I've eaten at Voodoo a few times when in Portland, and I do love that place. But Revolutions puts Voodoo to shame. And it's only a short drive from Memphis! Don't put it past me to do occasional road trips for vegan doughnuts. I will do crazy things for doughnuts.
Since we were hitting the road, I also grabbed a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Revolutions.
For those who don't know, the Starbucks Pumpkin Latte isn't vegan even if you get it with soymilk due to dairy in the flavor syrup. It's totally stupid, and I miss those lattes. But this one was totally vegan! And better than Starbucks anyway.
The drive home seemed as though it'd never end. We were so worn out, and I may have been in the beginning stages of a food coma. But when we finally arrived, I immediately drove my ass to Subway, where I ordered a Veggie Delite to stuff with my new vegan deli meats!
Aw, we had such fun in Atlanta. But I'm glad to be back. Now, if only Memphis had a vegan doughnut shop ...