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August 10, 2018

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC (Part 5)

by Anne Paddock

Asheville has an abundance of dining options including speciality places where plant-based devotees can enjoy a melt-in-your-mouth doughnut or a creamy, rich chocolate truffle, a piece of moist dark chocolate cake, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, chocolate chip cookies, homemade pies, freshly made soft pretzels, and more. Scroll through these culinary destination hot spots and then make some plans to taste the flavors of Asheville.

VORTEX DOUGHNUTS

  • Address:  32 Banks Avenue, Asheville
  • Phone Number:  828-552-3010
  • Website:  www.vortexdoughnuts.com
  • Hours:  Sunday to Friday:  7 am – 5 pm; Saturday:  7 am – 7 pm
  • Prices:  Most doughnuts are $2-$3
  • Reservations: No
  • Notable: The simple but perfect airy cinnamon sugar yeast raised vegan doughnut
  • Other Information: Go in the morning (or late morning) to get the best selection.

Vortex Doughnuts makes the best vegan doughnuts in North Carolina, the eastern seacoast and possibly the whole country (I haven’t tasted vegan doughnuts in every state yet). Light, airy, melt-in-your-mouth delicious, these doughnuts are positively addicting. I’ve given these doughnuts to non-vegans (and didn’t disclose they were vegan) who’ve offered me their firstborn for another (just kidding). 

FRENCH BROAD CHOCOLATES

  • Address: The Lounge: 10 S Pack Square, Asheville (downtown);  Chocolate Boutique: 10 S Pack Square, Asheville (downtown); Factory: 21 Buxton Avenue, Asheville (downtown)
  • Phone Number: The Lounge: 828-252-4181; Chocolate Boutique: 828-252-4181; Factory: 828-505-4996
  • Website:  www.frenchbroadchocolates.com
  • Hours: Lounge and Boutique: Sunday to Thursday: 11 am – 11 pm, Friday and Saturday: 11 am – midnight; Factory:  Factory Guided Tours every Saturday at 11 am; Short-guided walk through on Saturdays and Sundays between 2 pm – 5 pm on the hour and half four
  • Prices: Olive Oil Chocolate Cake: $6.50 per slice; Bars: $11 each; Vegan Chocolates: $2 each or collections (Buddha)  from $17-$60
  • Reservations: Reservations required for the Factory tours on Saturday at 11 am
  • Notable:  The Strawberry Balsamic Truffle
  • Other Information:  The vegan Buddha collection can be purchased on line and sent (there is a $6 flat rate shipping fee on all orders)

French Broad Chocolates is Asheville’s hometown chocolate maker. Stop downtown at the Chocolate Lounge for dessert and be sure to try the Olive Oil Chocolate Cake or a few truffles but don’t pass up the Strawberry Balsamic Truffle made with local strawberries during the summer season. The Chocolate Caramel is also rich and gooey and delicious. Next door to The Lounge is the Chocolate Boutique where a large selection of vegan chocolate bars are available along with vegan truffles.

MOUNTAIN JUICERY

  • Address:  1863 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC
  • Phone Number:  828-277-6006
  • Website:  www.mountainjuicery.com
  • Hours:  Monday to Friday:  8 am – 5 pm; Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm; Sunday: noon – 5 pm
  • Prices:  Most juices and smoothies are $7; shots and elixirs: $2-$8
  • Reservations:  No, but orders can be called in
  • Notable:  Cold-pressed Juices

Mountain Juicery is Asheville’s cold-pressed juicer and smoothie bar. With one location (a second is scheduled to open in Hendersonville, North Carolina soon), Mountain Juicery juices, smoothies, elixirs, shots, and light snacks.

DOBRÁ TEA

  • Address: Downtown: 78 N Lexington Avenue, Asheville: West Asheville:  707 Haywood Road, West Asheville
  • Phone Number:  Downtown:  828-575-2424; West Asheville:  828-505-4307
  • Website:  www.dobrateanc.com
  • Hours:  Downtown:  Mon-Thurs:9 am-10 pm; Fri-Sat: 9am-11pm; Sun: 11 am-9 pm; West Asheville: Mon-Fri: 9 am – 10 pm; Sat: 10 am – 9 pm; Sun: 10 am – 9 pm
  • Prices: Most teas are about $3-$4 while pots of tea are $5 and above
  • Reservations: No
  • Notable:  The perfectly steeped cup of herbal tea!
  • Other Information: Dobrá Tea also has a store in Black Mountain (see the website for more information)

Dobrá Tea has an international selection of teas from across the world. Choose a freshly steeped cup of tea or a full teapot.  In addition, there is a large selection of cookies, teacakes, savory snacks (i.e. hummus), biscuits, miso soup, and more. Vegans can choose from Superseed Amaranth Seed Cookie, the Almond Butter Pumpkin Seed and Cranberry Cookie, the Matcha Coconut Shortbread, the Mochi Daifuku (sweet rice cake filled with red bean paste), the locally made Medicine Ball (a raw organic chocolate truffle), the Hummus, the Lima Bean Hummus, a selection of olives, miso soup, pita Lebanon, mixed fruits, or dried nuts.

BAKED PIE COMPANY

  • Address: 4 Long Shoals Road, Arden, NC
  • Phone Number:  828-333-4366
  • Website:  www.bakedpiecompany.com
  • Hours:  Tuesday to Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm, Friday and Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm
  • Prices:  $5.40 per slice or $32 for a whole pie.
  • Reservations: No, but orders can be placed ahead.
  • Notable:  Each whole pie to go is wrapped in a pink box with a pretty bow.
  • Other Information:  Baked Pie Company takes special orders. Every once in a while, flash sales are posted on Facebook where pies will be half-price.

A homemade pie with a flaky crust is hard to beat but if you’re not into making your own crust, then the next best option is to get a pie at Baked Pie Company in Arden (which is really South Asheville). Although most of the pies are not vegan, there are vegan options every single day (the vegan pie flavors change daily and are posted by 10 am on their Facebook page).  Flavors include Apple, Blackberry Coconut, Strawberry Blueberry, Snickers, Raspberry Blackberry, Cherry, Cherry Limeade, Pumpkin, Mixed Berry, Blueberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Lemon Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, Mint Chip, Chocolate Chip, and more.

Chocolate Dream

BLUNT PRETZELS

  • Address: 133 S Main St, Marshall, NC (about 20 miles north of downtown Asheville)
  • Phone Number:  828-649-8370
  • Website:  www.bluntpretzels.com
  • Hours:  Tuesday to Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Prices: $3 each, 4 for $10, 12 for $25
  • Reservations: No, but orders can be placed ahead.
  • Notable: Their signature pretzel (take some home and enjoy with mustard)
  • Other Information:  It’s worth the drive!

Blunt Pretzels is not technically in Asheville, having been housed at 133 S Main Street in Marshall, North Carolina (about 20 miles north of downtown Asheville) since last November but if there’s an event going on in Asheville, then the chances are Blunt Pretzels will be selling their German-style hand rolled soft pretzels. Very lightly salted, Blunt Pretzels are slightly crunch on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.

The store is open four days during the week but on weekends, Blunt Pretzels is busy at Asheville area events (i.e. concerts, festivals, markets, etc).

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