A not-very-definitive guide to eating (and living) as a vegan in Nashville.

Get Sconed February 22, 2010

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This is a special guest post from Kenny Torrella of Murfreesboro. Kenny is head of MTSU student organization Raiders Against Animal Cruelty and an all-around cool dude. So, take it away Kenny!

Who says veganism has to be a sacrifice? When I heard that there was a bakery in town that was interested in offering vegan options, I gave them a few vegan cookbooks, ran over the basics of vegan baking, and set up a taste-test meeting for a week later.

I brought the best vegan baker I knew, a vegetarian food-lover, and our non-vegetarian friend nicknamed “Cupcake. They had already set up a mountain of vegan donuts and desserts for us to test–glazed, jelly-filled, apple fritters, raspberry glazed brownies, and more. They nailed it! Everything tasted perfect–the donuts were just how I remember them and the non-vegans couldn’t believe they were eating vegan donuts that tasted just like regular donuts.

In only 3 weeks they went from having no vegan options, to having a huge vegan menu. Here’s what they have that’s vegan: glazed donuts, chocolate glazed donuts, jelly-filled donuts, donut holes, apple fritter donuts, cinnamon twist donuts, raspberry glaze brownies, chocolate glaze and peanut-topped brownies, coffee w/soymilk, hummus + pita plate, tomato soup, a grilled vegan-cheese sandwich … and they’re still experimenting to expand their vegan menu! Some days they don’t have certain donuts but they’re open to requests and suggestions.

My review: like I said, all of the vegan donuts taste just like regular donuts. It’s magic. The brownies are great, too. The hummus is made from scratch and is really good. The grilled vegan-cheese sandwich is really good–it’s hard to get vegan cheese to taste like dairy cheese so it’s not the best thing I’ve ever had, but I’d order it again. I don’t like the tomato soup, but tomato soup just isn’t my thing anyways. I’m also not a coffee drinker but my friends like it (it’s roasted in Nashville).

If you’re planning on making the trip to Murfreesboro, make sure to call in advance to see if they have some vegan goodies left (sometimes they sell out before the day ends). Though, they will hold them for you if you ask!

Get Sconed Bakery
1875 Memorial Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

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FiddleCakes October 30, 2009

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FiddleCakes - Baked Goods

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie & Chewy Oatmeal, Fruit and Nut Bar

When I read that someone in Nashville went and opened up a vegan-friendly bakery, I almost peed myself with excitement.  I went that very same day to see what they had.  Dreams of fluffy vegan cupcakes danced in my head.  Imagine my disappointment when there were no vegan cupcakes to be found.  There were only two vegan baked goods in the case, and I bought both of them, but more on them in a minute.

FiddleCakes is in the middle of that awesome part of 8th Ave. that’s home to thrift and vintage stores and my beloved Grimey’s.  I was worried I was going to miss it while driving there, but they have a huge pistachio-colored sign.  The interior of this place is simply adorable.  There’s a ton of SPACE for sitting and chatting with your friends over coffee, or working towards a deadline with vegan cookies their free WiFi.  The bakery case is front and center, and there’s also a cooler full of sandwiches.  This is their soft opening, and they’ll be having a grand opening sometime in November–don’t worry, I’ll let you know when.

On my visit to FiddleCakes, I was the only one in the place, but the proprietress informed me that the place is quite busy around lunch time.  The vegan soup of the day was Mushroom Barley, but I did not partake–I was there for baked goods.  I also scoped the sandwich selection and saw a Curried Tofu sandwich that would probably be delish.  As mentioned above, I grabbed the two vegan treats available that day: a chewy bar and a soft cookie.  The bar was chewy as promised, and flavorful.  But the cookie completely blew me away!  It was awesome!  And just in time for Halloween!  Look how many exclamation points I’m using!

Bottom line: head down to FiddleCakes.  Do it now.  Right this second.  Get a cookie.  I’m serious.



2206 8th Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37204



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