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Bay Naturals

Restaurant Review: Bay Naturals Healthy Market & Kitchen, Myrtle Beach, SC

If you are vegan or vegetarian, you can’t say you’ve been to Myrtle Beach until you’ve been to Bay Naturals!

Chicken In Chipotle Sofrita Bowl

Chipotle Chicken Cross Contamination In Vegan Sofritas Bowl

Several weeks ago, my partner and I tried Chipotle’s new vegan tofu offering, Sofritas, for the first time. I have to say, we were impressed. So impressed, in fact, that Sunday night my partner and I decided to have Sofritas again. We invited his vegetarian-all-her-life sister to accompany us. I ordered the same Sofritas bowl… Read More ›

Sofritas burrito

Chipotle Sofritas Mania Hits Charlotte, NC!

Rarely does a new menu item at a fast-casual restaurant incite so much passion, controversy, adoration, and debate as Chipotle’s new Sofritas. I and 11 other members of VegCharlotte visited a local Chipotle in Charlotte, NC to taste the sofritas for ourselves.

Leroy Fox Restaurant

Restaurant Review: Leroy Fox

Pros: Great atmosphere and service. Cons: Not a lot of options for vegans and vegetarians. However, we don’t always get to choose where we eat, and if you find yourself at Leroy’s you do have some options.

Fern Buffalo Cauliflower

The Evolution of Fern, Flavors from the Garden

It’s been exciting to watch the evolution of Fern, Flavors from the Garden! Fern has new-ish management (Susan Walley), a new Executive Chef (Matt Martin), and a new seasonal menu coming October 2nd!

Bombay Grille Charlotte NC

Restaurant Review: Bombay Grille

Bombay Grille Cuisine of India is a delightful surprise for vegetarians and especially vegans. It has a large selection of vegetarian entrees and appetizers (many of which are vegan) and waiters that know exactly how the food is prepared.

1900 Mexican Grill Guac and Chips

Restaurant Review: 1900 Mexican Grill

At first glance, 1900 Mexican Grill seems to be trying to appeal to their veggie customers. Unfortunately, this restaurant doesn’t have a clue.

Zada Janes Corner Cafe Charlotte NC

Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe

Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe (located in a former dry cleaners on Central Avenue in Charlotte, NC) is one of those bright, funky, Southern-style, breakfast-all-day places, similar to The Flying Biscuit or Tupelo Honey. Similar, but not the same. Zada Janes has far, far more vegetarian and vegan offerings than the Charlotte Tupelo Honey.  In fact,… Read More ›

If You’re Vegan, Don’t Eat At Tupelo, Honey!

Tupelo Honey is a rock star of a restaurant, one of those that inspires a cult following.  The original is located in Asheville (vegan and vegetarian capital of North Carolina) and offers “Nuveau Southern cuisine.” (Their misspelling, not mine.) Tupelo Honey has seven locations in North Carolina and Tennessee, two cookbooks, and a huge reputation… Read More ›

Restaurant Review – Treetops Cafe at Doubletree Hotel by Hilton – Charlotte Airport

Sometimes, somewhere, some place when I least expect it … I have an unexpectedly wonderful vegan dining experience! Most recently that happened at the Treetops Cafe at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton – Charlotte Airport. I was taking a two-day financial seminar at the hotel.  The first day of the seminar was gray, cold, and… Read More ›

Restaurant Review: Saffron Indian Cuisine

Understand, when I do a restaurant review, I do it from a veg (and mostly vegan) point of view. That means, a place like Saffron (2135-B, Ayrsley Town Boulevard, Charlotte, NC) might have the best goat biryani in the world, but I’m not interested.  That’s not what I’m reporting on.  I’m judging and reporting on the… Read More ›

Restaurant Review: Maharani Indian Cuisine

Maharani is, without question, my favorite Indian restaurant in Charlotte. I admit I’m prejudiced. Maharani is where I had my first date with my partner … on September 21, 2009. And, Maharani was my re-introduction to Indian food.  Charlotte, until recently, was not very diverse.  Growing up, there was only one Indian restaurant in Charlotte,… Read More ›

Brunch at Bean With Special Guests The Humane League!

Today, members of VegCharlotte Meetup Group checked out Bean Vegan Cuisine’s new Brunch Menu. Formerly, Bean had offered a weekly Sunday Brunch “special” … now, they have a Brunch Menu available all day on Sundays. (You can still order off their regular menu, however, if you would rather have a hamburger.) I ordered the Bean… Read More ›

A Vegan Surprise at Buca di Beppo

How in the world do two vegans wind up in a place like Buca di Beppo? For those that aren’t familiar with Buca di Beppo, it’s an American chain restaurant serving “fresh, authentic Italian food – family style.” Of course, it’s really only America’s idea of “authentic Italian food” – if everyone in Italy really… Read More ›

Hickory Tavern – Not For Vegans or The Allergic

First of all, let me say I am well aware that many restaurants do not cater to vegetarians or vegans. And I am also aware that sometimes, I have to eat at one of those places. Because it’s a work function or because it’s someone’s birthday/baby shower/going away party and they (rightly) get to choose… Read More ›

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