Clean South started as a fantasy in fall of 2014 when we were driving around LA , passing local BBQ joints and chicken restaurants: Wouldn’t it be amazing if we, as vegans, could go to a corner store and order freely, create a plate of fried chicken, cornbread, and mac and cheese, or buffalo wings and slaw? After many years cooking vegan food together, we decided to attempt to create a meat-free version of the Southern guilty pleasures that remained appealing to us even though we are committed to not eating animals. After many trials and errors, we’ve come up with a menu we are confident will satisfy vegans and meat-eaters alike.
Taking inspiration from authentic Southern recipes and chefs, we have created our menu with a commitment to the history and heritage of Southern food, adapting traditional meat prepping and cooking techniques to our seitan and soy proteins. After exploring the American South, including New Orleans, Charleston, South Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia, we have found that Southerners eat with soul. The pace is slower and they savor the in between moments, relishing meals with family and friends. Southerners cook with the seasons and are uncompromising in their preference for high quality food cooked with soul. After interviewing many Southerners on their favorite spot for fried chicken, we heard the same answer time and again: “my Grandma makes the best fried chicken.” With Clean South we present to you: comfort food like Grandma makes, minus the meat.