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2013 VegCharlotte Awards – Thai Restaurants

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March 17, 2013

The Thai category received more responses than any other restaurant category in the 2013 VegCharlotte Awards– with some voters offering a second, and even third, Thai choice. I suppose it shouldn’t be that surprising – Thai food is notoriously vegan-friendly, and Charlotte, NC seems to have more of its fair share of Thai restaurants – from… Read More ›

VegCharlotte Awards – Best Thai Part 1 – Dining Out Tips

Charlotte, NC Vegans and Vegetarians really like to “Thai” one on! And no wonder, since Thai food is notoriously vegan-friendly and Charlotte seems to have more than its fair share of Thai Restaurants, from takeout to dine in, from inexpensive to pricey, from mild, “Americanized” Thai to the stronger, richer flavors (and more intense heat)… Read More ›

2013 VegCharlotte Awards – Best Italian, Part II – Restaurants!

In my last post, I gave you tips on dining out, veggie-style, at Italian restaurants. Today, I’m sharing what veggie voters said were the best Italian restaurants in Charlotte, NC! First Place:  Portofino’s.  I was glad to see vegans and vegetarians voting for this one!  Portofino’s is a Charlotte institution that’s been around a long,… Read More ›

2013 VegCharlotte Awards – Best Italian Part 1 – Dining Out Tips

When I proposed the category of Best Italian Restaurant for the 2013 VegCharlotte Awards, I had some unusual responses. One person wrote, “The sound you hear is that of crickets chirping.” Another person was even more blunt.  “There is no such thing as vegan Italian food.” That’s a common attitude among Charlotte, NC vegans, which… Read More ›

2013 VegCharlotte Awards – Entrees/Specials!

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…. Read More ›

2013 VegCharlotte Awards – Tofu Preparation!

Ok, I admit I am not the biggest fan of tofu (I know, bad vegan; bad, bad vegan!) so this wasn’t one of my original 2013 VegCharlotte Awards categories. However, a reader requested it so I added it to the survey.  Since this category was added late, there were only a handful of responses and… Read More ›

2013 VegCharlotte Awards – Pizza!

Where do vegans and vegetarians in Charlotte, NC like to go for pizza? The vegans have voted and the results are below! First Place – Brixx Pizza.  Brixx is known for their thin-crust pizzas, huge selection of lacto-vegetarian options, and decent vegan options. Among vegans, the Greek Pizza appears to be the favorite; vegetarians prefer Pear… Read More ›

VegCharlotte Awards – Veggie Burgers!

This is one category that received A LOT of votes! So many, in fact, that I had to choose three winners – or rather, give three awards to two winners … You’ll see what I mean! Bean Vegan Cuisine won for Best Veggie Burgers overall.  I wasn’t surprised –  they have not just one, not… Read More ›

2013 VegCharlotte Awards – Best Sandwiches!

It’s time to announce the 2013 VegCharlotte Awards for Best Sandwiches! And the winner is … Zizi’s. I know, I know.  Not much of a surprise, huh?  After all, Zizi’s IS a vegan deli specializing in vegan sandwiches.  (They do offer salads, smoothies, and entrees, but Zizi’s mock-meat sandwiches are what we know and love… Read More ›

VegCharlotte Awards – Veggie Dogs!

Announcing the winner of the 2013 Awards for Best Veggie Dog! By a laaaandslide, Pinky’s Westside Grill.  The Stray Dog ($4.50) received top votes among vegans (vegetarian dog topped with veggie chili, mustard, slaw and onion.)  Pinky’s has confirmed the wieners they use are indeed vegan (but I believe the slaw has mayo, though).  Vegetarians… Read More ›

VegCharlotte Awards – Best Chili

Welcome back to the 2013 VegCharlotte Awards! Today’s category:  Best Chili. And the winner -by a landslide – Pinky’s Westside Grill. Yes, apparently Charlotte, NC vegans and vegetarians LOVE Pinky’s Homemade Veggie Chili.  They like it by the bowl ($3.95).  They like it on the Stray Dog (vegetarian dog topped with chili, mustard, slaw, and… Read More ›

VegCharlotte Awards – Soup!

It was a gray, rainy day in Charlotte, NC.  A perfect time to announce the 2013 VegCharlotte Awards Winners in the Soup Category! And by a wide margin, the winner is … Berrybrook Farm Natural Foods! Berrybrook Farm is the kind of place that’s easy to overlook.  From the outside it just looks like a… Read More ›

2013 VegCharlotte Awards – Salads!

The 2013 VegCharlotte Awards – For The Vegans, By The Vegans! Today we’re going to review the nominees for Best Salads in Charlotte, NC! There were not as many votes in this category as in some others – perhaps vegans are tired of having “salad” as their only option at many restaurants when they eat out; or… Read More ›

2013 VegCharlotte Awards – Best Appetizers

So  … drumroll, please!  … It’s the 2013 VegCharlotte Awards, celebrating the best vegan (and occasionally vegetarian) food in the Charlotte, NC area! Let’s whet our appetites with a few appetizers, shall we? The Appetizer category received a ton of votes, and there were a couple of clear winners. It probably won’t surprise anyone that… Read More ›

VegCharlotte Awards – Methodology

It’s almost time to announce the winners of the 2013 VegCharlotte Awards … but I first, I wanted to explain the concept and the methodology I used. The VegCharlotte Awards were created after I read one too many articles about “Best Vegetarian Food in Charlotte” or “Best Vegan Food in Charlotte” – articles that were… Read More ›

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