By Krystal Roberts

The next time you’re the lone vegetarian amongst carnivores, and a vegetarian restaurant is out of the question, make your way to one of these five “vegetarian friendly” restaurants. Prepare yourself for more than just boring side items, uninspired salads and hit-or-miss veggie burgers. Go ahead – have a taste!

Doc Chey’s Noodle House
Morningside, Grant Park, Emory

(Asian) Doc Chey’s offers 15 different vegetarian dishes and just as many non-vegetarians ones. You’ll have your choice of stir-fries and noodle bowls complete with veggies, tofu, chicken and beef. This should keep everyone satisfied and make for a tasty and satisfying dining experience. Happy noodles!

500 Pharr Road, Atlanta, 30305

(Italian) You’ll be happy to know that while your friends, family or colleagues are digging into their veal and rib eye steaks, you’ll have the wonderful task of choosing amongst five different salads, along with four vegetarian pizza and pasta options. No more disgruntled chewing.

Café  640
640 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, 30306

(American) You’ll find at least two vegetarian options for each part of your meal, in addition to the antipasto plate full of savory goodies. There’s also more than enough chicken, salmon and steak on the menu to gain the favor of your carnivorous companions.

Pasta De Pulcinella
1123 Peachtree Walk, Atlanta, 30309

(Italian) With three salads, six different veggie-friendly entrees, plus their classic linguini dish as backup, it’s possible to just close your eyes, point and order. But play it safe and take a quick peek because the menu is subject to change on a daily basis.

Seasons 52
Buckhead and Dunwoody

(American) Here, it’s all about the flatbread and fresh vegetables. Every meal is less than 475 calories (don’t tell your dining buddies until afterwards, they may assume the food is unfulfilling), but they never sacrifice flavor. True vegetable lovers, this will be the one time you’ll be glad to order a vegetable plate because they’re farmer’s market fresh, and the dish comes with wood-grilled ponzu tofu. Yum!

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.