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August 8, 2018

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC (Part 4)

by Anne Paddock

The Asheville dining scene for plant-based or vegan eaters has never been better.  Years ago, I could write about the vegan options in virtually any town or city in one or two posts but not for Asheville, a city known for tolerance, compassion, and a deep respect for personal choice.  It’s not that Ashevillians eat less animal products then the rest of the population (they probably eat just as much, if not more); the vegan-friendly approach has more to do with tolerance, accommodation, and a desire to please the people sitting at a table in their restaurant.

This is the fourth installment of vegan dining options in Asheville and there’s still two to go. Enjoy. Read on and taste what Asheville has to offer in plant-based dining on your next visit.

TUPELO HONEY CAFE

  • Address: Downtown:  12 College Street, Asheville; South Asheville:  1829 Hendersonville Road, Asheville
  • Phone Number:  Downtown:  828-255-4863; South Asheville:  828-505-7676
  • Website:  www.tupelohoneycafe.com
  • Hours:  Downtown: Sunday to Thursday:  9 am – 9 pm; Friday and Saturday: 9 am – 10 pm; South Asheville:  Sunday to Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm;  Saturday and Sunday: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Prices: Appetizers, Sides, and Salads: $6-$12; Entrees: $13-$26
  • Reservations: Recommended on weekends or for large parties
  • Notable: The Cauliflower Steak and the Black Bean Burger

Tupelo Honey Cafe was started 18 years ago in the downtown location and has since grown to 15 locations in 7 states.  Immensely popular, Tupelo Honey Cafe has two Asheville locations:  downtown and in South Asheville. Both locations serve brunch (beginning at 9 am) daily, lunch, and dinner. Although Tupelo Honey Cafe does not offer a lot of vegan options, it’s hard to write about the vegan food scene in Asheville without including one of the city’s most popular casual restaurants that specializes in southern fare.Although Tupelo Honey Cafe is known for homemade biscuits (not vegan) served with honey and jam, there are vegan options including the Salt Roasted Beet Salad (minus the goat cheese), the Appalachian Spinach Salad (without the sweet potato puree and goat cheese), the Cauliflower Steak (without the parsnip puree), and the Grateful Veg Burger – a scratch made black bean burger with roasted red onions, and arugula (hold the lemon aioli) without the bun (contains egg according to the server).

ROSETTA’S KITCHEN AND THE BUCHI BAR

  • Address:  Downtown:  116 N. Lexington Avenue, Asheville; UNC Campus:  1 University Heights, Asheville
  • Phone Number:  Downtown:  828-232-0738 or 828-505-1327; UNC Campus:  828-232-5166
  • Website:  www.rosettaskitchen.com
  • Hours:  Downtown:  Monday to Saturday:  11 am – 11 pm; UNC Campus (during the school year): Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am – 6:30 pm; Friday:  7:30 am – 2 pm
  • Prices: Munchies: $5 – $10; Entrees: $9-12; Sandwiches: $4-$11; Soups and Salads: $3-$11; Small Plates: $6-$7
  • Reservations: No
  • Notable: Rosetta’s Kitchen believes food is a human right and offers an organic beans and brown rice plate with Southern Slaw (or tortilla chips) on a sliding scale of $2-$6.
  • Other Information: The Buchi Bar (downstairs of Rosetta’s Kitchen) has 6 different types of kombuccha on draft along with wine, beer, and creative cocktails. The UNC location is called Rosetta’s Kitchenette.

Rosetta’s Kitchen is a local restaurant in downtown Asheville serving creative vegetarian and vegan soul food food for lunch, dinner, and late night snacks. Using fresh whole foods (often local), Rosetta’s Kitchen seeks to nourish patrons with delicious homestyle cooking. 

With a wide selection of sandwiches, bowls, hot entrees, soups, salads, tacos, nachos, and more, Rosetta’s Kitchen has something for everyone.

WEST VILLAGE MARKET

  • Address:  771 Haywood Road, West Asheville, NC
  • Phone Number:  828-225-4949
  • Website:  www.westvillagemarket.com
  • Hours:   Monday to Saturday: 8 am – 10 pm; Sunday: 9 am – 10 pm; Juice Bar open from 10 am – 6 pm.
  • Prices:  Moderate
  • Reservations: Take Out
  • Other Information:  The West Village Market carries many locally made products.

The West Village Market is a a market that offers fresh, local, and organic produce, bulk and grocery items along with take out deli services and a juice bar. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the West Village Market offers creative and delicious sandwiches, soups, and salads all day long. Their signature Barley Corn Salad (vegan) is made with organic black beans, organic sweet potato, No Evil Foods vegan chorizo, organic salsa, and veganaise all wrapped in a flour tortilla.

Grab and Go Salads – House Tofu Salad, Kale Salad, Raw Slaw, Roasted Veggies, and a Cranberry Walnut Green Salad – are also offered.

The Pharmacy and Juice and Tonic Bar offers fresh organic juices, smoothies, soups, tonics, as well as classes, cleanse packages, and more.

In addition, wine, beer, soap, cards, and health supplements are sold in this neighborhood store.

THE BLOCK OFF BILTMORE

  • Address:  39 S Market Street , Asheville  (downtown)
  • Phone Number:  828-254-9277
  • Website:  www.blockoffbiltmore.com
  • Hours:  Monday: 5 pm-11 pm; Tuesday to Thursday: 5 pm – midnight; Friday and Saturday: 5 pm – 2 am; Sunday: Open from 12 pm
  • Prices: Very moderate
  • Reservations: No

The Block Off Biltmore is not just a bar that serves light vegan fare but also a gathering place and venue to see and listen to musicians, poets, authors, artists, filmmakers, students, activists, and more. Although food is not front and center at this locale, what they do offer (vegan fare) is consistent with their philosophy.  Menu items include salads and sandwiches by Eden Out and chocolate chip cookies by Mountain Juicery (another must go place in Asheville).  In addition, the Block Off Biltmore has pop-up vegan brunch on Sundays (usually once a month – check the event calendar).

PANERA BREAD

  • Address:  1843 Hendersonville Road, Asheville
  • Phone Number:  828-277-4042
  • Website:  www.panerasbreadasheville.com
  • Hours:  Monday to Thursday: 6:30 am – 9 pm; Friday: 6:30 am – 10 pm; Saturday: 7 am – 10 pm; Sunday: 7 am – 9 pm
  • Prices: Most sandwiches and salads are under $10
  • Reservations: No
  • Notable:  The Avocado Sandwich (on whole grain bread with added fresh spinach)

Panera Bread is one of the few national chains that provides decent options for plant-based eaters. One of the best kept secrets is the Avocado Sandwich (most servers don’t even know it’s on the menu; tell your cashier to look in the “off  menu” on the computer register, meaning menu choices that are not on the regular menu). The sandwich comes with lettuce, tomato and red onion. Ask for added fresh spinach and to put the sandwich on whole grain bread.

There are also an abundance of salads to choose from. Simply ask the cashier to hold the meat or cheese, and don’t be shy about asking for a substitute (i.e. avocado, spinach, or other veggies) for animal products.

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