Veg Out
Unity Falafel Wrap

It’s unusual for the Scene to highlight the local outpost of a restaurant chain, but Copper Branch is an unusual case. The Nashville location of what claims to be the world’s largest plant-based restaurant chain opened downtown earlier this year. The entire menu, from breakfast to dinner, is vegan, so if you are eschewing meat — either on occasion or 24/7 — this is the place to get quick, filling, not-at-all-boring eats downtown.

Located where Provence Breads and Cafe used to be in the Nashville Public Library building (yes, they validate parking in that library garage), Copper Branch offers smoothies, maple tempeh sandwiches, "wings," baked goods, salads, soups and pretty much anything else you can imagine, made with plant-based ingredients. There’s even a vegan poutine. The satisfying Unity Falafel Wrap is spiced with nutritional yeast, red cabbage, turmeric and garlic and uses a spelt tortilla to hold it all together. There are a few tables inside, plus on the patio, but the restaurant is across the street from the newly reopened and entirely awesome Church Street Park — so if you’re going to picnic, this is a great spot to grab supplies. Free WiFi means you can send your friends pics of the brightly colored sriracha coleslaw.

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