Souley Vegan

California / July 20, 2012 / by Steven
Souley Vegan

Vegan Soul Food

I had never thought of the possibility of combining vegan eating with soul food.  We were driving around the San Francisco area after picking up Carter, a friend of Chris and Rob from their younger years. He is a vegetarian and suggested we try Souley Vegan in Oakland. I didn't know much about Oakland and I never thought that this would be the place to wow my culinary mind.

Souley Vegan. A modest corner building with a brightly lit sign, "Vegan Soul Food". Entering Souley Vegan we are met by a line stretching all the way to the door. Always always always a good thing. Tables are strewn throughout the seating area and wrap around the corner to the back. Like most family-owned or inspired restaurants, pictures of grandma and uncle Bob are hung on the walls. Tucked away in the back is a bar and seats anywhere in the place are hard to come by.

I like restaurants that have relatively small menus. I want to take a quick glance over the menu and know what you do best. Deciding between 40 dishes is a pain. Also, smaller menus mean that those dishes are ordered fairly regularly and the expansion to more dishes is not required based on the demand of the customer. Souley Vegan had a page and a quarter. 

I ordered a southern fried tofu burger, fried okra, and seasoned fries. I have had fried okra and fries many times so these were nothing extremely special. However, the vegan dipping sauce that came with them was fantastic! That would be a recipe worth acquiring. The southern fried tofu burger was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. After taking the first bite I could easily understand why everyone in Souley Vegan was happy and content with life. The tofu burger was juicy, flavorful, and perfectly cooked.


I believe in what Souley Vegan is doing and I only had to eat there one time. Their menu is creative, fun, and it combines vegan and soul food with ease.