Vegetarian Adventures in Asheville
Vegetarian Foodtopia in Asheville
Asheville is an adventure land for vegetarians. VegNews listed Asheville as "One of the Top Dreamy Towns for Vegan Living” and PETA has called Asheville as "America's Best Vegetarian-Friendly Small City” with good reason. Great veggies options abound here in Asheville - from the food trucks to the five-star restaurants and every restaurant in between. While you can find delicious vegetarian and vegan menu items at most of our local restaurants, we also have several amazing vegetarian restaurants. When visiting, pack your appetite and make time to check out each one.
Plant is currently Asheville’s only completely vegan restaurant. They focus on using local, organic produce to create inspired vegan cuisine. Plant is an upscale eatery that has become extremely popular and reservations are recommended. With its great variety of delicious options on the menu (including raw entrees), it might be hard to pick but make sure to leave room for dessert. The chef’s recipe for vegan ice cream is such a hit that it was recently adapted for mass production and is now sold in pint form by the national organic company, Amy’s Kitchen.
Rosetta’s Kitchen has been serving up hearty vegetarian and vegan menu items for the community in a warm, relaxed setting since it’s opening in 2002. Their mission is to provide creative, flavorful food made with whole foods with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients. To make their food accessible to all, one of their menu items, Everybody Eats, is offered on a sliding scale - allowing people to pay what they can. Rosetta’s is open for late night dining and is located conveniently downtown. They also have a satellite cafe on the UNC campus.
Located nearby in the Montford District, Sallie Lee Cottage is the perfect place to get away from in all in the heart of it all. This 2-bedroom, 1-bath historic cottage is pet-friendly and is in a charming, peaceful neighborhood setting. Yet, it is within walking distance to most of the restaurants on this list as well as many shops, breweries, and night life.
Laughing Seed’s first incarnation opened as a small lunch counter in 1991 on the lower level of the local YMCA. In 1993, Laughing Seed moved to it’s present location on historic Wall Street. It is a Green certified eco-friendly restaurant. The menu is extensive and puts a strong emphasis on local, organic ingredients. This is an ideal spot for Sunday brunch - breakfast bowls, tofus benedict, and a brunch burrito. Plus, they have a fantastic patio for people watching and a great selection of local beer and exotic drinks.
Green Sage Cafe is not exclusively vegetarian but it has a decidedly healthy, natural, and delicious menu. Made from scratch biscuits, amazing salads, fresh juices and smoothies, burgers, rice bowls - this casual cafe is a great compromise for vegetarians who have meat eaters in their travel party. With locations in West Asheville, downtown and South Asheville, Green Sage is convenient no matter what part of town.
Another restaurant that serves meat but is very vegetarian-friendly is Nine Mile which serves Caribbean inspired cuisine in a casual, friendly setting. The menu is filled with many vegan options including Irie Ites - tofu and veggies served with a dairy-free pesto sauce over pasta. Another favorite menu item is Jamaican Me Thirsty - grilled tofu and veggies in a jerk sauce over linguine. Not a fan of pasta? Raw zucchini spirals can be substituted for pasta in any dish. Check out their original location is in the Montford District or their recently opened a second location in West Asheville.
West Asheville is also home to a favorite vacation home, City Retreat. This 3-bedroom, 3 bath home is modern and stylish. Close to all the restaurants, shops, and bars of West Asheville it is also minutes away from downtown and has ample space for the whole family. It is the perfect place to relax and recharge.
Opening later this year in South Asheville, Charlotte based Bean Vegan Cuisine will be the area’s second all vegan restauarant. Serving vegan comfort foods - veggie burgers, vegan meatloaf, fried tofu fingers, mashed potatoes and gravy - Bean is sure to be another favorite for local as well as visiting vegans.
If you are one of the 7.3 million vegetarian or vegan Americans, traveling and going out to eat can sometimes be a challenge. Luckily, when visiting the Asheville area, the problem isn't finding a place that has veggie options, it’s making sure you stay in the area long enough to try them all! Make your vegetarian adventure to Asheville one to remember. Call Carolina Mornings Vacation planners today to help you locate the perfect vacation home for your trip to the area.
By: Carmen Ybarra