Food Memory: Vegetarian Soul Food

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Vegetarian food has always intrigued me, but I think of it as cool and light, watery and crunch. I didn’t think, when I thought vegetarian, of ooey-gooey macaroni and cheese, of rich falafel patties, or spicy peanut sauce all over my broccoli. In Georgia, though, even the vegetarian places can make a veggie plate look like a pile of soul food. I loved the vibe of this restaurant, where there were many mainstays on the menu but a ton of people just ordered off the chalkboard full of today’s “veggies” for the veggie plate – clearly, if mac and cheese is a vegetable, I’m going to be happy eating my soul food meat-free.