This is a “catchall” category for those entrees or specials that do not fall into an “ethnic” restaurant category or the predefined categories of soup, sandwich, veggie burger, etc.
Since results were varied and “scattered,” there were no clear winners.
But it’s heartwarming to see the variety Charlotte, NC has to offer vegetarians and vegans. So, here are entrees/specials Charlotte vegans and vegetarians voted on, in no particular order:
- General Tso’s Chicken – $10.99. Not a regular menu item, but it shows up on a regular basis on their weekend specials. My partner is absolutely ga-ga over this and often has me call Zizi’s on the weekend “just in case” they have it as a special. (Tip: Go to http://awesomevegan2go.com/ and enter your email address to be notified of specials. They don’t have specials every week – more like once or twice a month – but when they do it’s typically lunch specials such as any sandwich or wrap for $4.99, a weekend special like General Tso’s, and often a Saturday brunch. You can also “like” their Facebook page, but I’ve found Facebook is not too great at showing me page posts in my newsfeed.)
- Weekend Brunch – $8.99 – Usually French toast, organic corn grits, scrambled tofu, and soy sausage or faux canadian bacon).
- Southern Style Tempeh with Gravy and Collards – $10.99
- Holiday Dinners (Thanksgiving/Christmas ) – Prices vary; you can purchase these meals as a dinner, or order the items a la carte. Around $17 for a dinner; a la carte items range from about $1.50 – $6.00.
- Cauliflower/Parsnip Mash – sounds weird, but voters swear it’s wonderful!
- Pumpkin Filet over Cashew Cream Sauce with Brussel Sprouts – (“TODIEFOR! If they still have this as a special, you need to stop what you are doing and go try it immediately.”) Run fast – this was on their Winter Menu but doesn’t appear to be on their Spring Menu.
- Everyone loves the Brunch, especially the Vegan French Toast.
- The “Meatless Loaf,” served with veggie gravy and soymilk mashed potatoes – $8.95.
- Grecian Meze Platter – dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), black bean hummus, feta, Kalamata olives, Solonika peppers, and tzatziti sauce with toasted pita. Some vegans say it’s still good without the feta and tzatziti sauce – $7.95.
The Village Tavern:
- Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini – “Roasted spaghetti squash and fine julienne zucchini, broccoli, roasted red peppers, cauliflower with toasted pine nuts, basil and Parmesan cheese in a plum tomato sauce.” I just love it when spaghetti squash is used as – well, spaghetti noodles. Vegans, ask that they hold the parmesan cheese. $13.95.
- “Just ask the server , but small plates, snacks and sides make an awesome meal here. And for vegans they can actually put “dairy allergy” on the ticket to ensure nothing is made with dairy.”
Sir Edmund Halley’s:
- Quinoa & Roasted Root Vegetable Stuffed Peppers – $13.50. Served with brussel sprouts and potatoes.
Luna’s Living Kitchen:
- Lunasagna – “Layers of tender, crisp zucchini noodles, sun‐dried tomato sauce and mushrooms. This dish gets rave reviews for its velvety, vegan cashew‐basil cheese made in house. Served with a local green salad” – says the menu. Says one voter: “Lunasagna always brings a smile to my face.” $12.00
Bean Vegan Cuisine
Crabbie Patty Platter – two jackfruit Cabbie Patties served on a bed of spring mix with vegan Thousand Island on the side. – $12.00. Former lovers of crabcakes and fans of Spongebob Squarepants love this. (I admit it, my partner, my furry son, and I are all Spongebob Squarepants fans and I can’t help but giggle a little every time I order a “crabbie patty.”)
Daily Special – “Charlie is always up to something new and creative in the kitchen so I always make sure to ask about the daily specials,” said one voter.
Holiday Takeout Dinners – (Thanksgiving/Christmas) – Mains, sides, and desserts served a la carte. Prices vary.