Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada

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North Carolina

Asheville

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Black Mountain and Hendersonville.)

·Laughing Seed Café

40 Wall St., Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 252-3445

Vegetarian/international. Enjoy a wide variety of international vegetarian dishes, including a Carribean Quesadilla, Mid-Eastern Pita Sandwich, Greek Salad, Kung Pao Tofu, tempeh fajitas, and more. Indoor and outdoor seating available.

Open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for brunch and dinner. Closed Tuesday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, macrobiotic options
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

··Plant

165 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 258-7500

Vegan/natural foods/organic. Plant offers innovative vegan cuisine that is organic, local, and seasonal. Enjoy such dishes as Peppercorn Crusted Seitan, Smoked Portobello Steak, or Grilled Chili Glazed Tofu. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends. Plant is closed on weekends between brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Monday through Friday for dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner
Full service
take-out, beer/wine, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$

·Rosetta's Kitchen

116 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 232-0738

Vegetarian/soul food. Rosetta's Kitchen has a wholesome atmosphere that is the perfect setting for its homestyle cooking. More than just a restaurant, Rosetta's has become a local gathering spot, with friendly staff, local art, downtown bicycle deliveries, and dedicated, environmentally conscious policies.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner through late night. Open Sunday for brunch
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/AMEX, $-$$

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Cary

Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café

Ashworth Village, 115-G W. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511

(919) 319-6554

Café/bakery. Once in a Blue Moon features many vegetarian and vegan lunch options. Some to try include a spicy black bean burger, a grilled portabella mushroom sandwich, and even a vegetarian hot dog! Also a bakery, Blue Moon offers delicious cakes and pastries. They can make a vegan wedding cake, too.

Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Closed Sunday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC/AMEX, $

·Sri Meenakshi Bhavan

740 E. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511

(919) 463-9130

Vegetarian/Indian. For delicious and inexpensive vegetarian Indian food, you can't beat this restaurant. They serve various types of paratha (wheat dough filled with spices & potato, carrot, or cauliflower) and plenty of chaat (flat crisps served with potato, onions, chutney, etc). They offer some Indo-Chinese dishes such as fried rice and vegetable noodles.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Full service
vegan options
take-out, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

·Udupi Café

590 E. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511

(919) 465-0898

Vegetarian/Indian. Udupi Café serves appetizers, soups, Dosai, curries, breads, and much more on its large lunch buffet and for dinner. Unique dishes include Shredded Coconut Uthappam and Chana Batura. Within walking distance of the Madstone Theatre, Udupi Café serves genuine Indian food at very reasonable prices. While you are dining, enjoy the abstract art on display. They are closed between lunch and dinner so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, delivery, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

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Chapel Hill

Margaret's Cantina

1129 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

(919) 942-4745

Southwestern. Margaret's veggie options include Very Vegetarian Nachos, hummus, vegetarian black bean chili, and a tempeh pita sandwich.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC/AMEX/DC, $-$$

·Sage Vegetarian Café

1129 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

(919) 968-9266

Vegetarian/Middle Eastern. Sage Vegetarian Café offers a varied menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, entrées, and side dishes. Entrées include delicious black beans and rice, Persian Eggplant Paradise (made with split peas, saffron basmati rice, and fragrant spices), vegetable kabobs, and Persian pomegranate stew. Daily specials also available. Though there are many vegan options, eggs and cheese are used frequently. However, the friendly staff will happily answer questions about the ingredients. Outdoor seating is available.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out
$$

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Charlotte

··Bean Vegan Cuisine

3001 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28205

(980) 939-1234

Vegan/American. Bean Vegan Cuisine is an excellent place to go for vegan comfort food. Don't miss delicious sandwiches like their BBQ Jackfruit, Reuben, and Crabbie Patty. Ask about their daily specials and dessert selection. For classic American favorites made vegan, Bean can't be beat!

Open Wednesday through Monday for lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesday
Full service
take-out, catering, beer/wine
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

Berrybrook Farm Natural Foods

1257 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203

(704) 334-6528

Natural foods. Homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches are made fresh daily at this natural food grocery and deli. The menu at Berrybrook changes daily and is primarily vegetarian.

Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday
Take-out
vegan options
fresh juices
VISA/MC/DISC, $

·Fern

1323 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205

(704) 377-1825

Vegetarian/café. Fern features flavors from the garden in their all-vegetarian menu. Try the Arugula Harvest Salad, Laughing Buddha Bowl, or Sweet Potato Gnocchi. The numerous vegan items are noted on the menu. Their Chakra Juice Menu includes such tempting selections as Violet Bliss and Indigo Intuition. Reservations are accepted for dinner.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Healthy Home Market

2707 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28209

(704) 522-8123

1816 Galleria Blvd., Ste. G, Charlotte, NC 28209

(704) 319-2172

5410 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28212

(704) 536-4663

Natural foods store/deli. Healthy Home Market is a natural foods store with vegetarian and vegan options. They offer great smoothies like Almond Joy and Beauty Express. They also sell organic produce and bulk items. The Market features a deli at the South Boulevard store in Charlotte and the location in Davidson.

Open daily
Deli-style
vegan options
take-out, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC, $-$$

·Luna's Living Kitchen

2102 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203

(704) 333-0008

Vegetarian/raw foods/organic. Luna's Living Kitchen offers fresh, organic, local foods that are mostly vegan (only exceptions are honey offered as a sweetener and bee pollen in one smoothie). Enjoy homemade nut milks (almond, coconut, and hemp), locally-roasted fair trade coffee, and multicultural, world music. Luna's is located next to the Atherton Mill Farmer's Market and Evolution Fitness.

Open Monday through Thursday for lunch and dinner. Open Friday and Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Closed Sunday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

Pizza Fusion

1055 Metropolitan Ave., Ste. 130, Charlotte, NC 28204

(704) 370-0777

Pizza/organic. Pizza Fusion is an organic, eco-friendly pizza chain offering vegan and gluten-free options. Try the Very Vegan Pizza which has crimini mushrooms, roasted garlic, organic tomato sauce, and soy cheese (casein-free). Or build your own pizza with topping choices like roasted eggplant, kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, sauteed spinach, and vegan soy cheese. The motto at Pizza Fusion is, "Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time" and that's not just a slogan. Examples of how they promote sustainability include: using company-owned hybrid vehicles for food deliveries; giving customers discounts for bringing back their pizza boxes for recycling; using spudware utensils, made from potatoes, which biodegrade in 50 days; and offsetting their energy use by purchasing wind energy certificates.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, beer/wine
VISA/MC, $-$$$

Thai Taste

324 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203

(704) 332-0001

Thai. You can choose to have many dishes on Thai Taste's menu, such as curries, stir-fries, and noodle dishes, made vegetarian, with or without eggs. Try the Pud Met Ma Muang (cashew nut) or the Khing Sod (fresh ginger) stir-fry, the Thai Salad with vegetables and fried tofu, or one of several vegetarian appetizers.

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery
VISA/MC, $$

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint

101 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28280

(704) 733-9800

Pizzeria. Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is a fast casual, make-your-own-pizza restaurant. There are many vegetarian options, and pizzas can be made vegan with Daiya cheese. Other menu items include salads, paninis, and signature pizzas. Outdoor seating is available. Uncle Maddio's is located at Overstreet Mall.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

·Woodlands Pure Vegetarian Indian Cuisine

7128 Albemarle Rd., Ste. A, Charlotte, NC 28227

(704) 569-9193

Vegetarian/Indian. To find out why one VRG member called Woodlands "the best Indian restaurant in Charlotte," make sure to include a stop at this South Indian all-vegetarian restaurant. They offer an extensive menu that includes appetizers, dosas, uthappam (Indian-style pancakes), pullavs (rice specialties), curries, and breads. On weekends, stop in for their popular lunch buffet. Woodlands is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, beer/wine, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$

··Zizi's Vegetarian Restaurant

7945 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28262

(704) 595-9170

Vegan/American. Zizi's Vegetarian Restaurant offers all-vegan comfort foods created from soybeans, grains, nuts, and fresh vegetables. Try the Philly Cheese Steak Sub, BBQ Tofu, Fish & Chips, or Tempeh BLT Wrap. Zizi's is located in the Gold Hill Pavilion and is for take-out only.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Take-out
delivery, smoothies
VISA/MC, $$

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Davidson

Healthy Home Market

261 Griffith St., Davidson, NC 28036

(704) 892-6191

Natural foods store/deli. See description under Charlotte, NC.

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Durham

Blue Corn Café

716 9th St., Durham, NC 27705

(919) 286-9600

Latin American. Blue Corn Café features Latin American fare. They offer several vegetarian selections; many can be made vegan upon request. Make sure to try the Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew, their famous vegan stew. Blue Corn has live music and a full bar. Enjoy the warm, colorful décor featuring art from local artists. The restaurant is near Duke University. Outdoor seating is available.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC, $-$$

··Café Love

3219 Old Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC 27707

(919) 491-8055

Vegan/raw foods. Café Love is a 100% vegan, gluten-free and raw restaurant currently serving take-out only. When the weather is nice, find a shady spot to enjoy these delicious dishes! You can choose from a variety of healthy entrees such as Pad Thai, Manicotti or Spicy Kelp Noodles. They also offer desserts like Chocolate and Blueberry Squares and homemade juices.

Open Monday through Wednesday for lunch and dinner. Open Thursdayand Saturday for lunch. Closed Friday and Sunday.
Take-out
fresh juices, take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

··Full Lotus Juice Bar & Café

716 9th St., Durham, NC 27705

(919) 998-6621

Vegan/raw foods/organic/juice bar. This juice bar whips up a multitude of juices with customizable options. They also offer raw foods including Lotus Kelp Noodles, Marinated Mushroom in Lettuce Wraps, Chia Coconut Macaroons, and Rawberry Cheesecake. Outdoor seating is available.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch. Closed Saturday through Monday
Counter service
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

·Pomegranate Kitchen

5504 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd., Ste. 102, Durham, NC 27707

(919) 886-0356

Vegetarian/Persian. Pomegranate Kitchen has outdoor seating so you can enjoy your meal in the fresh air when the weather is good. They use natural, local, and seasonal ingredients so call ahead to see what's on their menu for that day. Choose from dishes like fresh herb patties, pomegranate and walnut stew, or Persian noodle soup. Meal portions are large and include freshly baked bread and a piece of chocolate. Cash only.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and early dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, catering
$$

Saladelia Café

4201 University Dr., Durham, NC 27707

(919) 489-5776

Middle Eastern. The vegetarian and vegan options at Saladelia include the Vegetarian Gyro, Hummus Pocket, Mediterranean Eggplant Melt, stuffed grape leaves, and falafel.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, espresso/cappuccino
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $

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Greensboro

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Winston-Salem.)

·Boba House

332 Tate St, Greensboro, NC 27403

(336) 379-7444

Vegetarian/Asian. An all-vegetarian restaurant and teahouse, Boba House offers a wide variety of fake meat dishes including Hawaiian Chicken, Sauteéd Cuttlefish, Calamari Salad, Chef's Tuna, and Black Pepper Steak. They also offer soups, salads, a children's menu, and vegan desserts. All menu options are clearly marked as "can be made vegan".

Open Monday through Saturday for two meals. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
boba tea, hot tea, specialty drinks
$$

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Hendersonville

Blue Mountain Café

715 Old Spartanburg Hwy., Hendersonville, NC 28792

(828) 693-0505

Natural foods café. Located in the Hendersonville Co-op, this café serves sandwiches like the Café Veggie Burger, Tempeh Reuben, Veggie Roll-Up, and Herb Baked Tofu Sandwich. It also offers entrées, such as the Hummus Plate, Happy Buddha Plate, and seasonal platters. The Blue Mountain Café Organic Juice Bar offers a number of organic fruit and vegetable juices, allowing you to create your own blend, as well as tasty smoothies and tonics. Plus, their Grab n' Go case is stocked daily with sandwiches, salads, desserts, soups, and more.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Deli-style
vegan options
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies
$-$$

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Morrisville

Neomonde Bakery & Deli

10235 Chapel Hill Rd., Morrisville, NC 27560

(919) 469-8009

Middle Eastern. Neomonde serves Middle Eastern and American cuisine, including stuffed grape leaves, tabbouleh, spinach pie, chickpea salad, hummus, and baba ghanouj.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA, $

·Tower Indian Restaurant

144 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville, NC 27560

(919) 465-2326

Vegetarian/Indian. The menu at Tower Indian Restaurant includes samosas, pakoras, puri, vadai, dosais, utthappams, masala dosas, curries, rice dishes, and more! Lunch is a buffet, while dinner is served á la carte. Tower is located near the Morrisville Fire Station and is on the same road that serves the airport (you can literally be parked in front of check-in in about 5 minutes from leaving the restaurant).

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $

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Raleigh

(For restaurant listings in the surrounding areas, see Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Morrisville.)

Aladdin's Eatery

6325 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615

(919) 878-7690

Middle Eastern/Lebanese. Aladdin's Eatery is a popular regional restaurant franchise offering Middle Eastern cuisine. Their website boasts that over 70 menu items are vegetarian or vegan. These include Lentil Soup, Vegetarian Chili, Hummus, Tabbouleh, Dawali (stuffed grape leaves), Baba Ghanouj, Falafel, and Vegetarian Rolled Pitas. Enjoy Lebanese cuisine, a relaxing atmosphere, and friendly service at Aladdin's Eatery.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, beer/wine, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Irregardless Café

901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh, NC 27603

(919) 833-8898

Natural foods/American. The Irregardless Café presents a new menu each day to offer what is freshest and in season. They feature an extensive selection of vegan dishes which are noted on the menu. Some include Tofu Stir Fry, Cauliflower Tower of Power, Vegetable Curry, Portabella Polenta, and Acorn Squash Cassolette. Live music is featured nightly. Irregardless is closed between lunch/brunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours. Reservations are accepted.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday for brunch and dinner. Open Sunday for brunch. Closed Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering, soymilk, espresso/cappuccino, wine/beer/alcohol, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$

Neomonde Bakery & Deli

3817 Beryl Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607

(919) 828-1628

Middle Eastern. See description under Morrisville, NC.

·The Fiction Kitchen

428 S. Dawson St., Raleigh, NC 27601

(919) 831-4177

Vegetarian/natural foods/eclectic. The Fiction Kitchen is a vegetarian restaurant that is mostly vegan. Their location near the farmers markets allows them to have daily specials with fresh produce and local foods. Vegan menu selections include Sweet Potato Sushi Rolls with Sashimi Tofu, BBQ Pulled 'Pork,' and Crispy Fried 'Chicken' and Waffles.

Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, beer/wine/alcohol
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

The Remedy Diner

137 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601

(919) 835-3553

American. The Remedy Diner serves up rustic American fare that is good for what ails you! Vegetarian and vegan dishes and substitutes are clearly stated on the menu. Entrées are divided into "Mainstream Therapies" for omnivores and "Alternative Therapies" for vegetarians and vegans. Some Alternative dishes include Tempeh Tantrum (a marinated tempeh sandwich with avocado, vegan bacon, and lettuce on sourdough), and Country-Fried Seitan Steaks. Attention sweet tooths: vegan desserts can be made to order, and whole pies can be ordered with 48 hours notice!

Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, soymilk, beer/wine
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

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Smithfield

·Eden's Vegetarian Dining & Catering Services

709 S. 3rd St., Smithfield, NC 27577

(919) 938-3880

Vegetarian/international. Eden's Vegetarian is a family-run restaurant, located in the Dupree House, that serves a variety of international dishes in vegetarian form. The menu changes often, as they use local and seasonal foods as much as possible. Vegan items are noted on the menu as well as items that can be made vegan upon request. Reservations are required for 3 to 5 course meals or for 4 or more people. Tea parties are available by appointment. The restaurant is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.

Open Tuesday through Thursday for lunch and dinner. Open Friday for lunch. Open Sunday for brunch and dinner. Closed Saturday and Monday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, catering, non-alcoholic wine
VISA/MC, $$

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Sylva

Lulu's on Main

612 W. Main St., Sylva, NC 28779

(828) 586-8989

American. Lulu's on Main offers an informal atmosphere of fresh, local foods. They feature a variety of ethnic foods including dishes for vegetarians and vegans.

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
vegan options
take-out, non-alcoholic beer, beer/wine
VISA/MC, $$

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Wilmington

Lovey's Natural Foods & Café

1319 Military Cutoff Rd., Ste. H, Wilmington, NC 28405

(910) 509-0331

Natural foods store/café. Lovey's Natural Foods & Café is very veg-friendly. Lunch items include Boca Burgers, Sunshine Burgers, Tofu Melts, and Bean Burritos. They have a salad bar with food sold by the pound and a few choices of soup each day. You can also buy vegetarian and vegan items in the store as well. Lovey's is located in the Landfall Shopping Center.

Open daily for lunch
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, soymilk, smoothies, fresh juices
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

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Winston-Salem

Nawab Indian Cuisine

129 S. Stratford Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27104

(336) 725-3949

Indian. Nawab features a large selection of vegetarian and vegan appetizers and entrées. Sample vegetable patia (vegetables cooked with sweet and sour mangos and a touch of ginger), palak paneer (spinach with or without Indian cheese), mushroom broccoli krahi (sautéed with vegetables, garlic, and herbs), Bombay potatoes, eggplant bharta (baked, then mashed and sautéed with garlic, onions, and tomatoes), and much more. Children's portions are often available for half the price of a regular entrée.

Open daily for lunch and dinner
Full service
vegan options
take-out, reservations recommended, beer/wine/alcohol, non-alcoholic beer, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $$

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