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Vegan Choices Asheville

mustardgirl May 17, 2012 03:45 PM

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

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    Leepa RE: mustardgirl May 17, 2012 04:05 PM

    Plant on Merrimon.

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      miss piggy RE: Leepa May 17, 2012 04:16 PM

      I second Plant. It's awesome.

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      Windsor RE: mustardgirl May 18, 2012 05:45 AM

      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 plate...you 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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        danna RE: Windsor May 18, 2012 05:49 AM

        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.

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          Windsor RE: danna May 18, 2012 06:54 PM

          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.

      2. Jeff C. RE: mustardgirl May 18, 2012 08:58 AM

        Plant. Hands down.

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          mustardgirl RE: mustardgirl May 18, 2012 07:14 PM

          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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            Jeff C. RE: mustardgirl May 19, 2012 04:54 AM

            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.)

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            veganturtle RE: mustardgirl May 23, 2012 08:50 AM

            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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              Leepa RE: veganturtle May 23, 2012 04:53 PM

              Has Firestorm reopened?

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                veganturtle RE: Leepa May 23, 2012 07:42 PM

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

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                Windsor RE: veganturtle May 23, 2012 07:11 PM

                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.

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                  veganturtle RE: Windsor May 23, 2012 07:39 PM

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

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                mustardgirl RE: mustardgirl May 26, 2012 06:34 AM

                Just a short report-
                Ate at both Plant and Laughing Seed
                Plant was ,in my opinion, really bad tasting food(inedible) and the Vegans agreed
                Laughing Seed,on the other hand, was FABULOUS
                Low Country roll ups was outstanding Very Ample portions More reasonable pricing then Plant
                All five of us LOVED Laughing Seed

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                  Jeff C. RE: mustardgirl May 26, 2012 08:29 AM

                  Re Plant: I'm wondering if you could be a little more specific about what dishes you had and why you felt they were bad?

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                    mustardgirl RE: Jeff C. May 26, 2012 03:54 PM

                    I had a veggie Burger-

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                      miss piggy RE: mustardgirl May 30, 2012 05:06 AM

                      Which was just selected by Southern Living mag as one of the 10 Best Burgers in NC (the only veg burger on the list). Interesting that you found it "inedible."

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                        mustardgirl RE: miss piggy May 30, 2012 02:58 PM

                        Something must be seriously wrong with me if I disagree with YOU and Southern Living.
                        Shame on me

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                          Leepa RE: mustardgirl May 30, 2012 05:20 PM

                          What was wrong with it?

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                            mustardgirl RE: Leepa May 30, 2012 05:54 PM

                            with the Veggie Burger?
                            IT tasted like old gasoline
                            bad bad bad

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                              Leepa RE: mustardgirl May 30, 2012 06:06 PM

                              Interesting. I wonder why that would happen?

                              Maybe if the gasoline had been fresher?

                              *just kidding*

                              : D

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                                danna RE: Leepa May 31, 2012 06:21 AM

                                you know....I had some French Toast w/ graham cracker crust this weekend at a place in Landrum. We shared it for dessert after brunch, and I could smell something weird about it when the waitress brought it. My husband got his "half" first...my thought from smelling it was maybe the graham crackers were stale, but after I tasted it, I came to the determination that the oil used to cook it had gone bad. My husband said it tasted like linseed oil (not a food product). I wonder if you could have the same issue there?

                                That dish was so foul I considered emailing the restaurant to tell them to change the oil, but I didn't.

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                                  Leepa RE: danna May 31, 2012 11:08 AM

                                  I thought the same thing, Danna. Several years ago I had brunch with a friend and had French toast that was very off. This was in her home though. Turns out her oil was bad plus she had a lingering smell of fish on her cast iron grill. Never ever make French toast on a griddle you cooked fish on the night before. I can still taste that in my food memory, unfortunately.

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