Asheville, North Carolina has made quite a name for itself when it comes to vegan food. It’s consistently been rated as one of the best cities for vegan food and for good reason! Whether you’re craving southern comfort, Caribbean, raw, or if you want an elevated date night spot or a casual pizza and beer, Asheville is the city for you.
Asheville Brewing Company
Our first night in town, we wanted to grab a beer and a bite to eat after the long drive into town. Asheville Brewing Company was exactly what we needed. The extensive beer menu was amazing and the BBQ tofu pizza was delicious and HUGE! Pro tip: ask for the tofu coated in BBQ before they bake it to give it an extra hit of flavor. It was the perfect start to our culinary journey through this charming, southern town.
Bean Vegan Cuisine
We love a restaurant that doesn’t mess around and serves up comfort food. Bean Vegan Cuisine has some classics like deep fried pickles, buffalo wings, and the best Reuben we’ve ever had. Everything was incredible, but you must order something with the pimento “cheesish” dip, which took the cheeseburger to a completely new level. Leave room for dessert, like their “kit kat” cheesecake.
Laughing Seed Cafe
We met up with some friends for dinner at Laughing Seed Cafe, which is a bit more of an upscale restaurant and their dishes reflect this. Everything was bursting with flavor and had an overall wholesome, healthy, vibe. The menu features an array of salads, bowls, sandwiches, and amazing raw entrees like the spinach pesto manicotti stuffed with cashew ricotta. You will leave here feeling full of delicious, healthy food.
If you’re looking for Caribbean flavors, then look no further than the jerk tofu at 9 Mile in Asheville. The vegan options here are plentiful and full of Caribbean flair. They feature creative dish names like “Jamaican Me Thirsty” for a spicy dish and “Irie Ites” for creamy pesto pasta. There are gluten-free and raw noodles available too, so this one can be enjoyed by all!
Blue Dream Curry House
We were on the hunt to try out a restaurant that served the mock meats by No Evil Foods, which is local to the area. Blue Dream Curry House is known for its extensive international curry options and small plates. We went with yellow curry with vegan chicken, which had amazing texture and pulled in a lot of the flavor from the curry. Absolutely delicious!
Plant is the perfect restaurant for a nice meal out on the town. The interior is small and intimate, which allows the food and drinks to be handcrafted and elevated to perfection. The dishes are creative and plated beautifully. Try the fried plantains for a fun appetizer, or the cheese plate to try amazingly rich, creamy, vegan cheeses. The menu changes often, which will keep you coming back time after time.
You really can’t pass up a good vegan donut and Vortex offers some really delicious options. The selection changes daily and includes flavors like cinnamon sugar, raspberry, lemon, chocolate with sprinkles, apple fritters, and more. The icing is super thick, which gives these donuts a punch of flavor. Enjoy!
We squeezed one last stop into our Asheville trip and picked up a Yum-Yum wrap at Gypsy Queen. It’s a massive, burrito style wrap that has french fries, cauliflower, hummus, garlic, tomatoes, and hot sauce. It was SO big and had the perfect combination of flavors. French fries should be in every burrito if you ask us! It kept us full for hours on our road trip out of town and was the perfect way to end our Asheville trip.Don’t miss out on Asheville’s brewery scene! 7 Breweries You Have to Visit in Asheville