Tag: Charlotte North Carolina
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
Restaurant Review – Sangam Indian Cuisine
More proof you can find vegan Indian cuisine in the Charlotte, NC area … Sangam, a restaurant that specializes in Punjabi food (my favorite)! The menu has an impressive list of 21 vegetarian options (not counting many of the appetizers, soups and salads, or accompaniments). At least half of those options are vegan or can… Read More ›
More DNC Veg News – Foo Fighters At Rock The Vote!
More DNC Veggie News – Foo Fighters Performing at Rock The Vote! Yes, Wednesday, September 5, the Foo Fighters played an awesome 3 1/2 hours, 35 song set before an enthusiastic crowd of approx. 1000 people at The Fillmore. Ok, I know the Foo Fighters are not vegetarian themselves – BUT about 1/3 of their… Read More ›
2012 has been a milestone year for Charlotte vegans and vegetarians! From Charlotte’s first Vegfest … to the opening of Bean, Charlotte’s first sit-down vegan restaurant and all-vegan bar … to the launch of Chelly’s Cakes-n-Pastries, it’s been quite a year! Chelly’s Cakes-n-Pastries has particularly taken the area by storm. The wholesale vegan bakery’s Launch… Read More ›
The Bean Has Landed
BEAN. Charlotte’s very first all-vegan, sit-down restaurant. If you’re not familiar with Charlotte, NC and its steak houses and BBQs and local yokels endlessly carrying on about bacon, you don’t understand just how truly groundbreaking Bean is. Trust me, it is a very big deal – history in the making! Bean had its “soft” opening… Read More ›
Veganism – The Newest, Hottest Trend!
Veganism is HOT! It is TRENDY! In 2012, Veganism is TOTALLY HAPPENING! It’s FRESH .. It’s NEW .. It’s NOW! (Nevermind vegetarianism and veganism have existed since ancient India and ancient Greece; those old dead guys don’t make good press.) In many ways, this trendiness is a good thing, as there is more information and resources for… Read More ›
Restaurant Review – Olive Garden
Olive Garden is probably not the first choice restaurant for most vegetarians/vegans, but let’s face it – we all wind up there sometime. Someone from your office will throw a birthday party there. Or you’re shopping at Carolina Place Mall with friends and they decide they’d rather eat at Olive Garden than the Food Court. … Read More ›
Don’t Panic! – Ordering At An Indian Restaurant
Indian restaurants can be a bit intimidating your first visit or two. You enter the restaurant, and your mouth waters – but you can’t really explain or identify what you are smelling. There may be traditional or contemporary Indian music in the background – you start to get into it, there’s some sort of weird funky one-string… Read More ›