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May 17, 2012 03:45 PM

Vegan Choices Asheville

Friends from California are coming to visit
The Vegans are coming
Where to take them in AVL

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    1. Almost all of Asheville is vegan friendly. If in doubt, call ahead. As mentioned, Plant is outstanding.....and save room for dessert!

      The Admiral offers an ever changing vegetarian might want to mention vegan when you make reservations.

      The Junction will do vegan..I was told by the owner to call one day in advance.

      Laughing Seed, Tupelo Honey, Early Girl, Posana, The Noodle Shop and pretty much any place downtown has vegan offerings. Mellow Mushroom will do vegan, ask for the vegan cheese and omit butter on crust. Two of my favorite vegan friendly downtown lunch buffets are Kathmandu (Himalayan) and Chai Pani (Indian street food).

      If you happen to be doing a day on the Biltmore estate, call ahead. I know that the restaurant next to the Winery has a vegan dish.

      Noi's Thai Kitchen guarantees that they will make a vegan dish without fish in the sauce.

      On the extreme casual side there is Rosetta's Kitchen..all vegan.

      Mile High has several vegan items on the menu.

      Green Light is a new vegan restaurant downtown. I have not been, but the local vegan meet-up group sometimes gathers there.

      If you want to go out for some southern BBQ try Luella's. They offer a vegan BBQ tempeh plate.

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      1. re: Windsor

        The Admiral's veg plate is not on the menu , is it? Can you give me an idea of what it's like? How do they price it? One issue we struggle with is getting enough carbs/vegetables at the Admiral (hell, most everywhere). If I could get a reasonably priced plate of veggies that weren't fat-laden, i'd be thrilled.

        1. re: danna

          Danna, I have never seen it on the menu. I just asked the waitress and she said the chef would accommodate. The plate would change daily, based on the evenings menu and chef's whim. It was hearty and good. My guess on the price range was $15-17.00. I will have to try it again soon and report back.

        1. Plant looks like everyone's choice.
          When I look at their Menu online it seems they have only six choices for Dinner Entrees
          Laughing Seed seems like more variety

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          1. re: mustardgirl

            Plant's menu changes daily according to seasonal availability. That's why they don't list much on their website. (FYI, for those who don't already know: Jason Sellers was the genius vegan chef at Laughing Seed before opening Plant.)

          2. Plant is by far your best choice, especially if you want a special meal. My second choice is Laughing Seed, they have amazing food including a fabulous sunday brunch.
            I also love Green Light Cafe for lunch or dinner. Green Sage is also good, but I usually only go there for breakfast.
            Also try Rosetta's if you want the more alternative ambiance that you can only find in places like Asheville. They have great options!
            I also recommend the worker-owned cafe called Firestorm. They have a light menu with sandwiches and pastries/desserts which are all vegan and delicious.
            If you want a cool treat of vegan ice cream - The Hop, just a short drive from downtown - has at least a couple vegan options at all times.
            and don't miss French Broad Chocolate Lounge - they always have several vegan truffle options, great with a glass of wine! There are 2 fast food options as well - VegHeads, and Veg In Out. For a nice cup of tea and pastry, try Dobra Tea - they always have a vegan pastry option.

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              1. re: Leepa

                Yep they are still open. Going strong from what I can tell hosting events and such. Check them out at

              2. re: veganturtle

                VegHeads is a great vegetarian drive through.

                The last I checked, Veg-in-out is a weekly vegan meal delivery or pick-up service. Wingbean is another vegan weekly meal delivery service in the area.

                1. re: Windsor

                  Oh right. I was confused - Veg-In-Out is a delivery service. Thanks for the correction.