Posted on August 9, 2016

Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in North Carolina


Did you know that North Carolina has over 150 vegetarian and vegan restaurants as well as health food places?  In fact, according to Happy Cow, over 400 places in North Carolina are vegetarian and vegan friendly.  We will look at four of these restaurants each of which is near our North Carolina Bed and Breakfast member inns.

When you visit Asheville, try the restaurant simply named Plant located at 165 Merrimon Avenue (call 828-258-7500).  Open Sun.-Thu. 5:00 pm-9:00 pm, Fri.-Sat. 5:00 pm-10:00 pm.

This all-vegan restaurant features local, seasonal, and organic scratch-made food from the earth. The multi-cultural menu includes raw, gluten-free, and house-made infused soda, bread, dessert, non-dairy ice cream and cheese. All beer and wine is also vegan.  A recent Trip Advisor restaurant reviewer stated, “We are not vegetarians and we absolutely loved Plant.”

While you stay in Charlotte (and a new location just opened in Raleigh on Fayetteville Street), go to Luna’s Living Kitchen at 2102 South Blvd and Cleveland Ave (call 704-333-0008). Hours are Mon.-Sat. 8:00 am-9:00 pm.

Located beside Evolution and the Atherton Market in historic South End Charlotte, this soy-free vegan restaurant serves mostly raw food. Raw lasagna with cashew cheese, raw stir fry, quinoa-kamut veggie burger, organic fruit-filled breakfasts. There is also a smoothie and juice bar featuring green juices and coconut, almond and hemp milks made in-house. Provides free Wi-Fi to its patrons.  Luna’s Living Kitchen received this Trip Advisor restaurant review, “I had been very skeptical about vegan diet till I tried Luna’s Living Kitchen. It is very tasty, beautifully done dishes.  I’m still craving their cheesecakes.  Everyone must try!”  

In Durham and in the mood for dessert?  Visit Francesca’s Dessert Caffe at 706-B 9th St and Main Street (call 919-286-4177).  Open Mon.-Wed. 8:00 am-10:00 pm, Thu.-Sat. 8:00 am-11:00 pm, and Sun.10:00 am-10:00 pm.

A tasty bakery and cafe. Francesca’s has soy ice cream, vegan cookies, vegan gelato, and soy/rice milk available for coffee and tea drinks. Sometimes there is even live music for your entertainment.  “I’ve been to Francesca’s many times in the last 20 years. The dessert selection never fails to amaze me,” states a recent TripAdvisor restaurant review.

When you stay in Hendersonville, go to the Sanctuary Brewing Company at 147 1st Ave East (call 828-595-9956). Hours are Tues.-Thurs. 4:00 pm-10:00 pm, Fri.-Sat. 12:00 pm-11:00 pm, Sun. 12:00 pm-8:00 pm.

This local brewery serves all vegan food brought in from local restaurants and food producers. You’ll find typical bar food such as pizza, sandwiches, and appetizers but in vegan versions. On Tuesday nights there’s trivia and tacos. TripAdvisor restaurant reviewer raves, “Sanctuary has made quite a splash with its low-key atmosphere, local music, regular crowd and all-around friendly feel. They’re turning out about 10 of their beers now, and the ones I’ve tried are great…This has quickly become a local hangout for many.”

Even if you do not stick to a vegan or vegetarian diet, these restaurants offer something delicious for all of its guests.  Our North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inn members strive to accommodate any dietary requests.  Our innkeepers appreciate advanced notice so they can plan accordingly.