A mural of the Brooklyn rapper Biggie Smalls adorns the storefront of Slutty Vegan.
In April 2018, Pinky Cole, the founder of Slutty Vegan, began selling vegan burgers out of her two-bedroom Atlanta apartment. In October of the same year, Cole launched her first storefront in the west end of Atlanta.
According to the restaurant’s website, Cole intended to provide the Black community with vegan options. Additionally, Slutty Vegan has locations in Athens, Jonesboro, and Duluth, Georgia. August saw the opening of their first location outside of Georgia, in Birmingham, Alabama.
The opening of Slutty Vegan’s newest Brooklyn location in the Fort Greene neighborhood on September 18 has advanced Cole’s objective to deliver vegan food to neglected populations. According to the Times, increasing levels of gentrification in historically black Fort Greene have altered the neighborhood’s population.
The inviting environment and wonderful comfort cuisine pleasantly pleased me.
When I arrived, the line wrapped around the corner.
Since the restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays, I opted to visit the fast food place on the following Tuesday to avoid the opening day lines.
When my roommate and I arrived, the queue was modest, but it expanded to the length of an entire city block as we waited. Even though the waiting line was long, personnel helped organize and inspire customers. The receptionists sung along with the music playing inside and engaged us in discussion.
The incredibly inventive branding of Slutty Vegan made the ordering process a delight. After receiving your payment, the cashier advised you to “remain sexy” as you exited the store.
The right side of the restaurant is lined with products, while the left side houses the kitchen.
When my roommate and I entered the space, I was shocked by how little it was. Without a seating area, the interior consists of solely the kitchen and a wall of items. While placing our order, Ariana Grande’s “7 rings” played, and we sang along with the kitchen staff.
Half restaurant, half nightclub, Slutty Vegan had me captivated before I even took my first taste. The wall was adorned with a parody of “Hypnotize” by Biggie Small, which read “Slutty Slutty Slutty can’t you see?” as a tribute to the Brooklyn native.
After obtaining our dinner, we had to find a location to eat it. We sat on a seat across the street, and I was sad to leave the restaurant’s carefully manicured atmosphere.
The “One Night Stand” burger was one of three options available.
The two of us immediately received our orders but were forced to leave the lively music and enthusiastic staff behind. In a perfect world, the Brooklyn location would provide outdoor and indoor dining options for diners to enjoy their vegan meals.
After removing the burger from its packaging, it smelled great and resembled a greasy diner burger in appearance.
The burger was significantly more wonderful than it appeared, and I will return.
Even though the burger seemed unattractive, we were eager to take our first bite. The “One Night Stand” was an almost flawless imitation of a delicious burger. The vegan bacon threw me off a bit, but the rest of the burger reminded me of the fatty comfort food I’m accustomed to eating as a non-vegan.
The “Slut Sauce,” Slutty Vegan’s interpretation of thousand island dressing, is the ideal combination of sweet and salty flavors. It brought the entire burger together, and I could see me purchasing it separately to use on my own burgers.
After my first visit to Slutty Vegan, I will include it in my rotation of city fast food restaurants.
The distinctive “Slut Sauce” of Slutty Vegan gives their vegan comfort food flavor.
As a major fan of Shake Shack and In-N-Out, I’ve been seeking out new burger joints in the city to try. Even though I’m not a vegan, Slutty Vegan can easily compete with the greatest beef burgers, and I’ll be back to sample their extended menu.