Where to Find Vegan Food for a Vegan Diet in Charlotte

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Fern, Flavors from the Garden’s vegan Buddha Bowl.

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So your New Year’s resolution is to eat less meat, or maybe go meatless in 2022? You’re not alone. Many people around the world, including those in Charlotte, are choosing to ditch all animal-based food products and follow a vegan diet. But going vegan doesn’t mean giving up your favorite savory dishes for all-vegetarian meals.

Meat substitutes are everywhere – and they go beyond tofu. Seitan, a protein-rich food made from gluten, has been used as a vegan alternative to meat for centuries in China and Japan. Herbal alternatives include jackfruit, a tropical tree fruit grown in Asia, Africa, and South America. It contains fiber and protein and some say it tastes like pulled pork when cooked.

Restaurants in the Charlotte area use these ingredients daily to cater to plant-based diets. Whether you’ve been a lifelong vegan or are going on a diet for the new year, here are six dishes to try in Charlotte:

Alchemy

Site: 2517 Distribution St, Charlotte, North Carolina 28203

Neighbourhood: South End

Cuisine: Plant-based dinner with a neighboring art exhibition space, Galerie C3

Dish to try: Lion’s Mane Pot Pie, made with vegetables including broccolini, corn, peppers, potatoes and the titular lion’s mane mushroom, which tastes like meat when cooked, in a homemade pie crust.

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The lion’s mane pâté at Alchemy. Courtesy of Alchemy Restaurant

Fern, Garden Flavors

Site: 1419, boul. East Suite A, Charlotte, NC 28203

Neighbourhood: Dilworth

Cuisine: Plant-based from the South

Dish to try: Buddha Bowl (pictured above), made with a pickled vegetable of the day, carrots, red cabbage, avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, fried oyster mushrooms, togarashi rice, onions greens, gojuchang aioli, dashi ponzu and black sesame seeds.

Charlotte Love Shack

Site: 3024 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28205

Neighbourhood: Coliseum Drive

Cuisine: Vegan American

Dish to try: Do you miss the taste of creamy pasta? Try this vegan take on the classic Penne Alfredo, made with cashew alfredo sauce, capers, garlic, crushed red peppers, spinach, a choice of vegan chicken or chicken prawns and topped with parmesan cheese vegan and basil.

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Maharani Indian cuisine

Site: 901 S Kings Dr, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204

Neighbourhood: Myers Park

Cuisine: Indian

Dish to try: Chana masala, which is chickpeas cooked in a blend of North Indian spices.

Romeo’s Vegan Burgers

Site: 5518 South Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28217

Neighbourhood: Starmount

Type of cuisine: Vegan burgers

Food to try: Veggie burgers are the perfect way to indulge. Try the Where Art Thou Romeo burger, a vegan twist on a classic, served with lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions, cheese and homemade pickles. Or make a duplicate.

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The Where Art Thou Romeo Burger is one that can be enjoyed by everyone, even non-vegans. Romeo’s Vegan Burgers

Sanctuary Bistro

Site: 6414 Rea Road Suite C2, Charlotte, NC 28277

Neighbourhood: Piper Glen

Type of cuisine: French

Dish to try: Sweet potato, gnocchi and spinach gnocchi topped with a cashew, mushroom and thyme sauce with crispy tofu and a drizzle of chili oil.

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Sweet potato gnocchi from Sanctuary Bistro. Courtesy of Sanctuary Bistro

Want more? Check out our complete guide to vegan restaurants in Charlotte.

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Maddie Ellis is a reporting intern at CharlotteFive. She is studying English and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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