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Atlanta's Best Vegan Restaurant: R. Thomas Deluxe Grill
by Beth Hall
The patio is cool in the summer and heated in the winter.
R. Thomas is probably the oldest of Atlanta's tried and true organic and vegan restaurants. Although they do serve some organic meats I still feel that they try to provide everyone with an excellent visit and don't begrudge them (that sounded kinda snobby huh?) these items on the menu.
I love the Thai Express and the Sloppy Veggie Joe with the red slaw... spicy and ohh so unforgettable. Cool down with an awesome smoothie. You can make your own or pick from some rather wild inventive ones.
The coffee is even top notch for a late night warm up to get you home after a night at The Masquerade or a questionable one at The Drunken Unicorn. It's open 24 hours and never have I seen this place empty.
If it's available try the Raw Apple Pie... dreamy good.
You should check it out when you're in town...http://www.rthomasdeluxegrill.net/index
I've also been to R. Thomas Grill and had a great experience there. The first time I went must have been a Monday morning, and it was relatively calm inside, so we got great customer service. The second time was a Sunday morning and it was swarming with people with a really long wait and frantic wait staff. The difference is totally understandable and just goes to show you that their food is really good.
One thing that seriously disturbs me about their restaurant is the caged birds outside the restaurant. I am hugely conflicted about zoos and caged animals because I love animals and would love to be able to see them and be around them all the time. But, I think the ideal way for me to see them would be in their natural habitat, not in a cage.
At R. Thomas, there are many, many tropical birds in small cages. The times I visited, it was cold outside, much colder than anything these birds would experience in nature. One time the owner was staging birds on the shoulders of some children so their parents could take pictures. Cute, and fun to see the birds, but I didn't like it.
Putting all the negativities aside, their food is fabulous. We loved their Thai Express quinoa bowl with tons of veggies and peanut sauce. Their ocean garden seaweed salad is made with kelp noodles, which are some of my favorites. The first time we went we had a delicious appetizer full of raw spreads with vegetable sticks and it was delicious, although I'm not sure it's on the new menu.
Thanks so much for the review, and I'd agree it's definitely worth a stop. Maybe we can kindly request they not keep the caged tropical birds outside so we can better enjoy the restaurant itself.