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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

PETA says Atlanta's pretty darned veg-friendly

The folks over at PETA sent out a press release earlier today ranking the top ten most vegan-and vegetarian-friendly cities in North America. Based on vegetarian restaurants and vegetarian-friendly restaurants per capita, as well as input from PETA supporters, Atlanta ranked fourth behind Washington, D.C., Portland, OR and Albuquerque, NM. Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto round out the top ten.

Here's a totally ridiculous blurb from PETA's website:

4. Atlanta, Georgia
Life for Georgia's vegans is increasingly peachy, with restaurants such as Café Sunflower (offering stuffed mushroom caps in a miso mushroom sauce), Green Sprout (presenting veggie pork with tofu and Szechuan sauce), and Ria's Bluebird (serving up Southwest tofu scramble with veggies). The South will rise again—and ask for seconds.

You see what they did there? They said life is "peachy" because Georgia's the Peach State. You get it?

Anyway, bloggers in San Francisco and New York — which ranked seventh and ninth, respectively — are ticked about where their cities ended up on the list. The San Francisco Chronicle whines of the snub, "We practically invented the vegetarian movement, and now you say San Francisco is only the seventh most vegetarian- and vegan-friendly city in the United States?" Robert Sietsema at the Village Voice says, "New York's low position comes as something as a shock, since the metropolitan area probably has more vegetarian Indian restaurants alone than all the vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Washington, DC, Albuquerque, NM, and Portland, OR combined," and asks, "Does Albuquerque even qualify as a city?" Ouch.

Oh, and, If ranking higher than NYC and San Fran wasn't reward enough, there's more ...

"The mayor and tourism bureau of each city that ranked among the top 10 in either category will receive a framed certificate and a letter of congratulations."


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