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Vegan-friendly restaurants in Chapel Hill, NC?

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toby2006 Feb 14, 2011 12:26 PM

Hello...we'll be visiting Chapel Hill NC. Can anyone recommend any vegan-friendly restaurants? We are not looking for fine dining, just some good mid-range options.
Thank you!

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  1. romansperson RE: toby2006 Feb 14, 2011 12:40 PM

    Try Sage (http://sagevegcafe.com/Home_Page.html) or Butternut Squash (http://www.butternutsquashrestaurant....).

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      dfilpus RE: toby2006 Feb 14, 2011 01:07 PM

      Vimala's http://www.curryblossom.com/
      Queen of Sheba's http://www.queenofshebachapelhill.com/

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        Tom from Raleigh RE: dfilpus Feb 14, 2011 02:08 PM

        Surprisingly, The Pig has some tasty Vegan options

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          Rory RE: Tom from Raleigh Feb 14, 2011 03:03 PM

          As someone who cooks vegan at home, you really could go anywhere & ask. Chapel HIll is very vegan friendly that way.
          Mediterranean Deli on Franklin St. also Pomegranite Kitchen...

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          Mediterranean Deli
          410 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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          LulusMom RE: dfilpus Feb 14, 2011 03:42 PM

          I'm going to guess, from some knowledge of Ethiopian food, that the base fat in most of the food at Queen of Sheba's is butter. But worth calling and asking. You'd think the same would hold true with ghee at Vimala's, but again, worth calling. Sage and Butternut Squash will definitely work for you, and (broken record) Panzanella has one or two vegan options on the menu.

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          Panzanella
          101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510

          Queen of Sheba's
          1129 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

          Butternut Squash Restaurant
          Chapel Hill, NC, Chapel Hill, NC

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            rajeevofcarrboro RE: LulusMom Feb 16, 2011 10:49 PM

            Vimala's definitely has an abundance of vegan options. No need to call.
            And thanks for thinking of us!
            My sister Manju has been vegan for most of her life, so my Mom has plenty of experience preparing vegan food.
            On the dinner menu my favorites are the Vegan Thali (Rice, dal, veg curry, bhaji, chutney, salad in lieu of raita, vegan chappati, papadum) or the Vegan Samosa Chole Chaat (2 samosas over chickpea curry with some chopped veggies, chutneys, and chaat masala, no sweet yogurt). The kofta is also a favorite of many vegans. We use coconut milk instead of cream in the curry. Make sure to remind the cashier (probably me) that it's vegan, or there might be some raita served with it.

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            Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe
            431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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              Rory RE: rajeevofcarrboro Feb 17, 2011 05:27 PM

              Rajeev; thanks for posting that! I usually avoid creamy curries for just that reason. Now I have double reasons to enjoy.

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            bbqme RE: dfilpus Feb 14, 2011 04:36 PM

            Had dinner at Queen of Sheba a few weeks ago and loved it. That places needs more love on Chowhound. We got the seafood combo for two, which was one shrimp dish and two fish dishes and came with two veg sides-- and injira of course. The Ethiopian tea is to die for-- although I'll ask for it to be less sweet next time.

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            Queen of Sheba's
            1129 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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              BullCityChow RE: bbqme Feb 15, 2011 06:28 AM

              Based on this, we'll give it another shot! We had a so/so experience years ago at the old location - but this really makes me want to see what's new! I expect we caught them on an off night...

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                bbqme RE: BullCityChow Feb 15, 2011 06:55 AM

                The veg dish I really liked was called atkilt watt (sic). Definitely try that one.

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                  Naco RE: bbqme Feb 15, 2011 01:07 PM

                  IIRC "wat" is lamb.

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                    mpjmph RE: Naco Feb 15, 2011 02:14 PM

                    From the QoS website, atkilt watt is "green beans with sliced carrots, and potatoes
                    sautéed in a blend of Sheba’s exotic herbs and spices." It's listed as vegetarian, but not vegan.

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                      Naco RE: mpjmph Feb 15, 2011 02:52 PM

                      Hmm. I remember going over the menu at Abyssinia in Raleigh a few years ago and seeing various dishes with "wat" in the name- the only thing that they seemed to have in common was lamb.

                      Might could be time ta bust out tha 'ol Amharic dictionary...

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                        LulusMom RE: Naco Feb 15, 2011 03:03 PM

                        Doro wat is a chicken dish, and there is another one (brain not on 100 right now, sorry) that is lentils (maybe alisir kik wat - spelling totally off I'm sure), so I think wat refers more to something like a stew. I lived in a section of DC where there are something like 50 ethiopian restaurants, so i got very used to eating at them and their menu variations.

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                          LulusMom RE: Naco Feb 15, 2011 03:07 PM

                          Just did a quick google search, and indeed wat (or wot) means stew, and also it seems that usually butter is the base fat. I love the food, but it probably won't work for a vegan. Again, worth calling (or emailing) the restaurant to be sure. Wouldn't want to miss it if they use oil instead.

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                  rajeevofcarrboro RE: bbqme Feb 16, 2011 10:31 PM

                  Yes! I wanted to start a thread like this (in support of them) after I went the other night. I still need to. Queen of Sheba is one of my favorites. I wish she was still open for lunch. Her red lentils are amazing. I'm a meat lover, but I'd eat that every day. It's inexpensive too, the red lentil.

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                  Queen of Sheba's
                  1129 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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                    LulusMom RE: rajeevofcarrboro Feb 17, 2011 10:07 AM

                    The red lentil is my favorite too. Nice and spicy.

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                toby2006 RE: toby2006 Feb 15, 2011 09:46 AM

                Thanks for all these great suggestions - sounds like we will have some excellent options!

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                  Rory RE: toby2006 Feb 15, 2011 06:50 PM

                  Oh also Carrburitos on Tuesday night; it's vegan tofu mexicana & delicious! I 2nd Queen of Sheba; the food is delicious, but ask. Also if you are up for a drive The Tower in Morrisville has South Indian food, they cook in coconut oil & use coconut milk instead of dairy, but I'd call just to double check they don't cook with ghee.
                  You will have a great time; this is such a foodie town!

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                  Queen of Sheba's
                  1129 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

                  Carrburitos
                  711 W Rosemary St, Carrboro, NC 27510

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                  LindyD RE: toby2006 Feb 17, 2011 03:22 PM

                  Whole Foods has a new section in the hot bar/salad section that is all vegetarian.

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                    cornweasel RE: toby2006 Feb 18, 2011 08:15 AM

                    Weaver Street Market is a grocery store/eatery where you can find vegan food. Its a fun place to hang and grab a sandwich or something from the buffet. They have tables inside and outside and also a big grassy area outside. To find it, just follow Franklin Street into Carrboro.

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                    Weaver Street Market
                    101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510

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