A Google search led me to Jannah’s. It was about 15ish minutes from the job and I didn’t bring any food. But I was hungry. I got in my car and drove down Indian Trail to this forgettable shopping center.
Once I got inside, I noticed the establishment was take-out friendly with very few seats. The menu was draped above the ordering counter. There is a flat screen television hanging above the last booth with some home improvement show playing. Two girls contemplated their meals. And a man that looked like a taller Cee-Lo Green was waiting to take the next order.
I went up the counter. I was overwhelmed. I had no idea what I wanted, honestly. But the bottom right-hand corner spoke to me. It contained of their vegan options. Now, y’all know I’m not a vegan, but after going to Soul Vegetarian No. 2 in April, I was curious to see how this compared. I ordered the vegan fried chicken plate after learning that the steak and gravy was sold out.
Then…I waited. And waited. One thing I ignored in Yelp comments was that ordering fresh, vegan soul food meant it was prepared when you order it. Vegan food is not a quick fix, especially during lunch time. I’d say about 30 minutes later, my meal was ready for me to take it back to work.
When I eventually made it back to my desk, I took a bite of my chicken and looked at the receipt. It wasn’t itemized but I needed to make sure that I didn’t make a mistake. This really tasted like chicken. I looked inside. It looked like white meat and it almost tasted like white meat, but I knew it wasn’t. I ate the rest of the meal extremely satisfied.
Since that visit, I’ve returned and ordered steak and gravy, a hamburger, and the tofu scramble. I have yet to find something I don’t like which is refreshing because this type of cuisine is rare, especially in Gwinnett. For Atlanta to be such a location for foodies, some trends are slow to catch on and migrate to the ‘burbs.
Anyone in the mood for good soul food should find their way to Jannah’s.
Jannah’s Soul Food
535 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd NW, Lilburn, GA 30047 / (770) 638-1626 / Menu