Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Diner - American Diner Food - Downtown Raleigh

Veggie or Black Bean burger offered

Monday, October 12, 2009

Bosphorus - Turkish Restaurant - Cary

Bosphorus Restaurant

329 N Harrison Ave # A
Cary, NC 27513-4560

Great little place with some veg. options. We like the sampler (hummus, baba ghannouj, those sorts of things). Phenomenally good bread that just keeps on coming!

Butternut Squash - All Veg - Chapel Hill

There's an all-vegetarian restuarant in Chapel Hill, right at University Square on Franklin Street!

Butternut Squash
133E West Franklin Street

They post their daily specials to Facebook.

One of the reviews:

Friday, May 15, 2009

Vegan Cake/Bakery Products (some Gluten Free) - Area Wide

Twin Cakes
A dedicated wheat, gluten free, egg, dairy, and peanut free facility. Everyone, including vegans and allergy sensitive people can enjoy our delectable desserts. We use organic, fair trade, and local ingredients when possible. Additional options are corn free, soy free, casein free, no refined sugar and RAW items. We bake things from cookies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, pies, breads, pizza crust, and much more. Everything is homemade and made in small batches to ensure quality.
Contact: Michelle Corso
919) 306-5304

We work with any dietary restrictions our customers may have. We have a variety of vegan cupcakes available and many gluten-free desserts too! All-organic cupcakes are also available.
Contact: Kim
(919) 395-8848

Flutterbye Cakes
(704) 258-8439. E-mail:

Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Cafe
Downtown Cary
VEGAN - Available only in chocolate, our vegan cake contains no egg or dairy products. Can be frosted with either vanilla or chocolate vegan icing.

Bliss Boutique Bakery
The Courtyard on Franklin Street
They always have one vegan cupcake everyday

Whole Foods
Carries Vegan Cookies/Muffins in the bakery case
Sometimes has vegan cherry or apple pies available
Have heard they will bake a vegan cake, upon request

Carries Vegan Cookies/Muffins in the bakery case
Has take and bake vegan cookie dough in the bakery section

Weaver Street Market
Carries Vegan Cookies/Muffins/Cake in the bakery case

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Chinese - Five Star - Downtown Raleigh

*Most Entrees Can Be Prepared Vegetarian
511 W Hargett St.
(919) 324-6597

Serving Dinner:
Monday thru Sunday 5:30pm-12:00am

Evos - "Healthy" Fast Food - Chapel Hill

Healthy and environmentally sound fast food chain, featuring soy, veggie, turkey, and salmon burgers, baked fries, and fruit smoothies.

I haven't eaten here but happened to see it last weekend while we were out. They have a veggie burger and some other veg. items on the menu, plus "healthier" fries.
1800 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 929-5867
(Next to Trader Joe's)
11am - 10 pm 7 Days a Week

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Remedy Diner - American - Downtown Raleigh

Menu has a specific vegetarian section as well as vegetarian bacon and sausage available at request for the breakfast items and you can add tofu to your salad as an option. They do mention vegan chicken salad a sandwich option, but I am not sure how much of the menu can be made vegan. For dessert, the offer vegan brownies and vegan cookies.

We are trying this restaurant this weekend and will update after that.

The Remedy Diner
137 E Hargett St
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 835-3553
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00am-10pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00am-12am

Trader Joe's new faux-chicken products

Trader Joe's (Cary location) has been carrying some of their own brand of vegan "chicken strips" and "beef strips", and they are both very good - comparable to the Morningstar Meal-Starters.

They have also introduced BBQ Pulled "chicken". I found it to be rubbery, a little slimy, and not very tasty. A Trader Joe's employee insisted that it is really good if you smother it in their own brand of BBQ sauce, but I just didn't like the texture. I think I'd rather spring for the Delight Soy version at the Whole Foods deli counter.

They also have a new Stuffed "Chicken" Breast product, which we liked a lot. The "Chicken" part of it is disturbingly convincing, it has a nice stuffing of corn and black beans, and a tomato-based sauce that is surprisingly spicy. We'll definitely get those again.

PF Changs Will Substitute Tofu

PF Chang's already has some good veggie options, but if you ask your waiter, they will substitute tofu into most of their other dishes too. We tried Kung Pao Chicken Tofu, which was extraordinary, and Sesame Chicken, which was good but not great.

They asked if we'd prefer the soft tofu or the textured kind. I asked for textured, and got the soft kind anyway, but it is still nice to have a choice if they get it right next time. This was at the SouthPoint location, but I think is available nationwide.

Friday, February 27, 2009

New Veg Parents MeetUp in the Triangle

Sangeeta Godbole and Dilip Barman of the Triangle Vegetarian Society have started a veg. parents MeetUp group!

You don't have to be vegan or even vegetarian to join, just interested in veg. parenting. They hope to meet monthly for outings, restaurant dinners, potlucks, playdates and whatever else might come up in town of interest.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Alladin's Eatery - Mediterranean - Raleigh

Large selection of veg. options. The service was excellent and the waiter was very helpful at helping us choose vegetarian options from the menu.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Men's shoes at Rack Room Shoes

For vegan casual and athletic shoes, there are plenty of options (such as many of the New Balance styles).

For men's dress shoes, though, it is a lot harder to find non-leather choices. I was happy to find some snazzy, all man-made material shoes at Rack Room in Cary yesterday: Borelli Mason shoes.

They are pretty nice looking, reasonably comfortable, and - hey - cheap too! I particularly like the brown ones.

Also, see the posts about women's shoes here and here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Simply Thai - Durham/RTP

This little restaurant opened in the always-depressing Big Lots strip at NC-54 & 55 near RTP. It was "Simply Thai and Sushi", but has since dropped the Sushi part. The menu at lunchtime had a lot of options in the $6-$7 dollar range, and almost all of them let you pick Beef, Chicken, Shrimp, Tofu, or Vegetables. So there are lots of vegetarian options! The waitress was careful to point out that one of the soups had chicken stock when she realized that several people were ordering tofu dishes. I tried Drunken Noodles with Tofu and it was very spicy (but not TOO spicy) and delicious.

Address: 4731 N.C. Hwy. 55, Durham
(Much nicer on the inside that in looks from the outside)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

CLOSED: All Vegetarian Asian Restaurant - Bright Palace - Cary, NC

Bright Palace
1207-J Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC

I ate here with friends tonight. It is an ALL veg. Asian restaurant. It is huge, nicely decorated and the menu has so many selections that it's a little overwhelming. They have faux meat and sushi, but also a large selection of vegetable dishes.

They are so new that they don't have a website yet. They will also eventually have dim sum, but do not offer that at this time either.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Abyssinia - Ethiopian - Raleigh

Pretty much the only Ethiopian restaurant in the Triangle, and certainly rated as the best, according to people I've talked to.

Get the Vegetarian Combo. It gives you a taste of everything.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Vegan Ranch Dip - In the Store!

This isn't a restaurant post, but I stumbled upon a vegan ranch dip mix and had to share it with other vegans looking for a decent ranch!

Lipton makes a vegan ranch powder that is in the Kosher section of the grocery store. I take a tub of Tofutti Sour Cream and mix in the packet of ranch. I found you only need about 1/2 a packet. You can adjust it to suit your taste, but I found that you don't need much of the ranch powder to make a flavorful dip.

Anyway, easy vegan ranch dip/dressing is not only a dream anymore! Yay!!!

P.S. Lipton makes several powdered soups that are vegan and can make great dips. The French Onion and even Beefy Onion are vegan. I believe most of the "Recipe Secrets" packets they have are vegan, but check the labels. Again, just dump it into a tub of Tofutti Sour Cream and you're on your way to easy party dips! No one will even notice they are vegan!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Belted Goat - Fearrington Village - Pittsboro

I will give them credit for offering a veggie wrap sandwich in their cafe (plus, they have cute cows, goats and a donkey to visit with at the village entrance).

I am surprised over and over again by the number of restaurants here in NC (even "rural" farming towns) that accomodate vegetarians and vegans....

It's a good sign for the future of dining in this area!

Carolina Brewery - Pittsboro and Chapel Hill

We went for a brewery tour and stayed for lunch.

They offer a black bean veggie burger as well as a good selection of other veggie items, all marked clearly with a carrot icon to signify that it is vegetarian.

General Store Cafe - Pittsboro

Who would have thought that in a little town like Pittsboro you can find a decent vegan meal? I was surprised and happy to find the General Store Cafe, which does have a nice variety of vegetarian and vegan items on their menu. (We tried them for dinner before a trip to the Carnivore Preservation Trust, which is another place I recommend in Pittsboro).

The General Store Cafe even offers tempeh in place of meat in any of their burritos! They also have a veggie BLT, but it is vegetarian and not vegan. (They sub smoked mozzarella in place of the bacon).

Serena Restaurant & Bar - Durham

Has several vegetarian options, including the "TAG" - Tomato, Avocado, Gardenburger

Open Monday - Friday
NOW OPEN ALL DAY! Come join us for an off-site meeting with the team, a late-late lunch or early break on the way home.
Lunch: 11 AM - 4 PM
Evening: 4 PM - 9:00 PM

Always Smoke-Free Dining
Outdoor patio dining (weather permitting)
Free Wireless Internet Access
A location central to Chapel Hill, Durham AND Raleigh guests within 1/4 mile of interstate 40.
Wheelchair accessable - no stairs or obvious obstacles for those with limited mobility.

Serena Restaurant and Bar is located at 5311 South Miami Blvd, Durham, NC 27703. Our location is within 1/4 mile of interstate 40. We're on the very southeast edge of Durham, the northern tip of Morrisville and the eastern edge of Research Triangle Park.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Abbey Road - Hamburgers etc. - Cary

Offers a few vegetarian (not vegan) menu items. A veggie burger can be substituted for any of their burgers.

Little Caesars Pizza - Nationwide

From their website:

Vegetarian Options at Little CaesarsLittle Caesars wants to help meet the growing needs of our vegetarian customers and offers them many appropriate menu choices. Vegetarian diets that allow dairy products can easily be planned to meet nutritional adequacy using any of the Little Caesars vegetarian-style pizzas. Little Caesars pizzas can be ordered with cheese-only or with any of our fresh vegetable toppings including onions, green peppers, and tomato slices. Mushrooms, ripe olives, and pineapples are also available toppings. Banana pepper rings can be added to give some "zip" to any vegetable-topped pizza.

Please note: Topping selection varies by location. Visit your local Little Caesars Pizza restaurant for topping availability.

For the Strict Vegetarian Diet (Vegan Diet) A strict vegetarian diet requires a little more planning for nutritional adequacy because it may require special conditions such as no animal by-products. Little Caesars' pizza crust is made with a quality, high-protein flour and contains no animal products or by-products. The sauce is made from crushed tomatoes and is seasoned with a special blend of herbs and spices - it also is made without animal by-products. This means that customers who are strict vegetarians can order a Little Caesars vegetable pizza, without cheese, and still fulfill their needs.

There are other items that can be special-ordered from our menu that are acceptable for a strict vegetarian diet. For example, Crazy Bread® can be ordered without Parmesan cheese along with an order of Crazy Sauce® on the side.

Announcing VegAsheville!

Everyone that is veg in NC knows that Asheville and surrounding areas are very veg friendly, but in trying to plan my own trip I found that there is no single dedicated website of vegetarian/vegan listings.

So that is why I've created VegAsheville - to aide other veg*ns in their travels to the mountains. This new blog will encompass all of Western North Carolina, as I dig up more info.

I hope everyone finds it helpful!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Blue Corn Cafe - Latin American - Durham (Ninth Street)

Too full from Twisted Noodles and Soy Cream from Francessca's, we were unable to try Blue Corn Cafe, but strolled by it and stopped to read the menu and were intrigued.

They have a separate Vegetarian section on the Dinner Menu, with the disclaimer that the items are not vegan, but that they can be prepared vegan. A few appetizers appear to vegan also, and any place with fresh Guacamole is worth a try to me.

It may just be a contender for our next Date Night.

Thai Spices & Sushi - Thai - Cary

This restaurant is the one that has gone into the space where Mama Wok was once located.

It looks like they've expanded the Vegetarian menu item selection since they first posted a basic menu before they opened.

We have yet to try it but it looks like they did a nice renovation to the interior and if they are as good as their website claims, hopefully we'll have a new favorite place in Cary for takeout (although it's still not Chinese and we're still, still searching - suggestions welcome!).

986 High House Rd.
Cary, NC
(919) 319-1818‎