There are some foods I have missed in following my vegan path, pimento cheese being one of them. I am a southerner- born and raised. I started eating pimento cheese as soon as I could eat solid food. If you were not born in the south or raised by a southern parent, you’re probably are mystified by the love affair with this food, but trust me it is amazing and my mother makes the best. As of late, I have watched my friends and family enjoy this food product, all the while keeping my self-righteous distance. So imagine my delight when I found out there was a bakery in Atlanta that made a vegan version. The Dough Bakery not only makes pimento cheese, they also make vegan eggs benedict (brunch menu), vegan deli sandwiches, and have a complete vegan bakery. How about a jalapeño, cheddar, bacon scone? Yes, please! Also, good to know, all their soy products are organic, as in NOT genetically modified. Now I realize that these foods are occasional splurges, and one of my main reasons for becoming vegan, after advocating humane treatment of animals and making our planet even better, was to eat a cleaner diet. That being said, I have to admit that every once in awhile I WANT a cupcake. I was accompanied by one of my awesome carnivorous friends, (who will be referred to as A.C. = Awesome Carnivore), for a meat-eater’s perspective and off we went to the Dough Bakery.
Even from the outside, Dough Bakery looks cool. I could see parking being a problem on busy weekends, but I easily found a space right out front on a Friday afternoon. It is right across the street from the Inman Park/Reynoldstown Marta station, so you could be super green and take Marta. There is street parking around, but being a horrendous parallel parker, for me that is not an option.
When you walk inside it has a cool vibe, think Mad Men meets school cafeteria. The employees are super friendly and happy to answer any questions. Take note, delicious vegan food takes time to prepare. I suggest coming when you have a minute or two to wait. There is a call ahead option if you would like to have your order waiting for you, or you want it to go. Also, keep in mind that everything here is vegan.
After perusing the menu for about ten very excited minutes, I decided on the vegan chicken salad sandwich on homemade oat bread, toasted with vegan mozzarella cheese, kale and carrot salad with tempeh bacon. A.C. had the vegan buffalo turkey sub and chicken salad. The bakery items we chose were the Pumpkin Whoopee Pie, Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Icing, Sticky Bun, and a Jalapeño, Cheddar, & Bacon Scone. I also purchased their Pimento Cheese from the refrigerator, along with Vegan Ranch Dressing. Some of this went home to enjoy- not all was eaten at lunch.
Let’s start with my chicken salad sandwich on the homemade oat bread. I thought it was delicious. I am still upset that I did not pick up some of the bread to take home with me. The mozzarella cheese was the best vegan cheese that I have tasted. I was very skeptical because I have not found a vegan cheese that I like, but I like this one. The chicken salad was very good. A.C. and I disagree on the chicken salad. A.C. gave it a “Meh”, which translates into an okay.
Moving on to the kale and carrot salad topped with tempeh bacon. This was fantastic! I have not found a bacon substitute that would actually bring back fond memories of the real deal. This one did. I could serve this to meat eaters having Sunday brunch at my house and they would tell me it was delicious. It was that good. A.C.’s buffalo turkey sub, the special that day, was fantastic, thumbs up all around.
Let’s move on to the sweet and savory treats. I need to make a quick mention that Dough Bakery has vegan soft serve ice cream. I did not have it, but people were ordering it like crazy when I was there. I will be going back to try it. Now onto the pumpkin whoopie pie… SERIOUSLY delicious! The vanilla cupcake with chocolate icing was very good but nothing like the whoopie pie. If you’re going to choose one over the other, go whoopie!!! The Sticky Bun was amazing. I would go back and pick these up for the Sunday brunch to go with the tempeh bacon. The Jalapeño, cheddar, and bacon scone was also quite good with a little vegan butter… divine. This would definitely also make the brunch menu. Now, I know the southern vegans and maybe some non-vegans out there are wondering about the pimento cheese. Well, I have to admit, it was pretty good. It tastes like pimento cheese, not my mother’s, more like what you would buy from the grocery store’s deli. I will be back to purchase more and I guess that is the best endorsement of a product, because at the end of the day, mom knows best. All in all, the Dough Bakery is awesome. The food is wonderful, the staff are super nice, helpful and the atmosphere is great. I hope these guys are around
for a long time! Head there for a visit & let them know you heard about them from the AYS!
100 Hurt St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Meredith Hesse is part of the AYS family as a fellow Co-Editor of Community Lifestyle and Events Director. She teaches yoga and pilates instructor in Atlanta and also private ballet instruction. When she is not teaching, she is practicing either at home or at one of the amazing studios in the Atlanta area, going on adventures with her son, reading, writing, or dining out at some of the local vegan eateries- checking them out for veggies and carnivores alike! Meredith loves being part of this yoga community and enjoys planning events the help bring this wonderful community together.
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