Raleigh Vegan Dining Guide
Welcome to the More Squash Please vegan dining guide to Raleigh, North Carolina. This is in no way a complete list; these are just some of my favorite places to eat. If you have a restaurant to add to this list, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just comment below, and I will be happy to add it.
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza
8511 Brier Creek Parkway
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza offers Daiya vegan cheese on top of any pizza you want. Try the Artichoke Pizza (minus the pesto which usually contains cheese), with herb-marinated artichokes, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and daiya mozzarella. This pizza place is more upscale than Mellow Mushroom, but I love their pizzas about evenly. I would say take a date/friends to Brixx, take your friends/family to Mellow Mushroom.
Unlike Panera Bread, the bagels at Bruegger’s are vegan, with a few exceptions. (The Asiago Parmesan, Chocolate Chip, and Egg bagels contain either egg or milk.) This is great news for a girl like me who works with wonderful people who are always bringing breakfast in. I keep a tub of Tofutti vegan cream cheese in the refrigerator here at work, so I can enjoy my cinnamon sugar bagel with everyone else.
Café Harmony *MSP favorite!*
5645 Creedmoor Road
Harmony Farms grocery store and its new café are a natural foods oasis amidst the stripmall-tastic North Raleigh dining scene. The lunch menu includes yummy vegan wraps and mock chicken salad. An organic smoothie bar offers add-ins like maca, flax, and hemp seed, all made with fresh fruit, almond butter and almond milk. At the coffee “fixins” station, you’ll find organic agave nectar and stevia instead of the typical stack of Sweet ‘n’ Low.
Delicious buffet-style fast-food Mexican. I heard a rumor that Chipotle might start serving seitan nationwide sometime soon. Until then, their vegetarian (vegan) crispy tacos are delicious loaded with rice, black beans, corn salsa, and guacamole.
4325 Glenwood Avenue (Located in the food court at Crabtree Valley Mall)
It’s kind of a cop-out to put a make-your-own salad restaurant on this list, but I love this place so I wanted to give it a shout-out. Their salads are monstrously huge and tasty.
901 West Morgan Street
This veg-friendly Raleigh institution has served meals made with local ingredients since 1975. Menus are updated daily and posted on the website, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. Winter menu vegan items might include the portabella polenta, wild tofu reuben, and acorn squash cassolette.
938 North Blount Street
You’ve gotta love a restaurant that’s “committed to serving whole, all-natural, unprocessed foods from local sources.” Market Restaurant is a west coast inspired eatery that offers vegan dishes such as blackened tofu and taco salad. For dessert, a slice of vegan cake features local chocolate from neighboring chocolatier Escazu. Market’s menu labels vegan items, so order with confidence.
601 West Peace Street, Raleigh
2125 South Main Street, Wake Forest
This hippie-inspired pizza chain has locations in downtown Raleigh, Wake Forest, and Durham, and offers Daiya vegan cheese on any of their pizzas, salads, and calzones. You can also get protein options like jerk tofu, bbq tofu, and tempeh. Just make sure to tell your waiter that you’re vegan, otherwise they will sprinkle a little butter and parm on the crust. Read my review.
Like Chipotle, Moe’s serves buffet-style Mexican fare, and the “create-your-own” meal setup is perfect for vegans who want to leave out the animal products. Unlike Chipotle, Moe’s offers marinated tofu as a “meat” option, which I usually get in my Triple Lindy burrito. And yes, their tortillas are vegan – I asked.
Neo-Asia *MSP favorite!*
6602-1 Glenwood Avenue
I have been a voracious Neo-Asia fan for at least 10 years, back when it was called Neo-China and didn’t offer its current Japanese and Thai entrees. I have confirmed with the management that the following dishes are vegan: Vegetable Delight, Broccoli in Garlic Sauce, Eggplant in Garlic Sauce, Home Style Tofu (my all-time favorite), Tofu and Mushroom Udon, and Sze-Chuan String Beans. You can also customize many of the Thai dishes to use tofu instead of meat, and omit egg in the fried rice. I love the sophisticated, yet casual atmosphere of this restaurant, and the servers are always friendly.
3817 Beryl Road, Raleigh NC
Neomonde cafe has been around for 30 years, serving fantastic Mediterranean food and selling traditional Mediterranean groceries. Try the stuffed grape leaves, hummus, roasted eggplant, and falafel.
Pei Wei Asian Diner
4408 Falls of Neuse Road
10251 Little Brier Creek Lane
With two locations in Raleigh, this Asian chain is an old standby for vegetarians and gluten-intolerant folks. In any of the “Signature Dish” entrees, you can order vegetables & tofu as your “meat.” You can also download comprehensive nutritional information from peiwei.com that lists which dishes contain milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, and other allergens. However, Pei Wei’s tofu dishes are technically not vegan, because they contain sugar processed using bone char, and the teriyaki sauce contains honey. I know that veganism means different things to different people. For me, it means staying away from milk, eggs, cheese, and gelatin; I draw the line at honey and bone char sugar, so I do enjoy their vegetable spring rolls and honey seared tofu and vegetables.
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
4325 Glenwood Avenue (Located near the Glenwood Ave. entrance to the upper level of Crabtree Valley Mall)
I’ve done extensive research on P.F. Chang’s vegan status, and I’ve come to the conclusion that everything on their vegetarian menu is also vegan. You can also ask for any of the meat entrees to be substituted with tofu; however, I can’t comment on the vegan status of those meals. Your best bet is just to chat with the waitstaff about it. Their Ma Po Tofu is incredible, and worth the nightmare of Crabtree Valley Mall parking.
Remedy Diner *MSP favorite!*
137 East Hargett Street
Downtown Raleigh’s divey mecca for veg folk offers a down to earth atmosphere and hearty vegan dining options. Menu highlights include vegan buffalo wings, tofu breakfast burrito, and a plethora of vegan sandwiches like the “Tempeh Tantrum” and vegan BBQ. If that’s not enough to whet your palate, the dessert menu boasts a vegan key lime pie.
137 S. Wilmington Street
An authentic Lebanese restaurant, Sitti offers delicious falafel, hummus, baba ghanouj, and tabouleh in an upscale downtown setting. Their menu clearly denotes which dishes are vegan – always appreciated.
Spring Rolls *MSP favorite!*
4361 Lassiter at North Hills
My review says it all. This Asian fusion restaurant has an upscale atmosphere and a veritable treasure trove of faux meat dishes. Their namesake appetizer is a must-order.
3540 Wade Avenue
The bakery and deli at Whole Foods features a bunch of vegan items, like the famous mock chicken salad, mock barbecue, and vegan chocolate chip cookies. For those of us in North Raleigh, a new location is now open at Six Forks Rd. and Strickland Rd. Try the Vegan Crabcake Grille Sandwich – it will blow your mind.
9630 Falls of the Neuse Road
421 Fayetteville Street
Like Mellow Mushroom and Brixx, Z Pizza serves Daiya vegan cheese when requested. Plus, their Berkeley Vegan pizza is topped with Daiya mozzarella, Gardein burger crumbles, and an assortment of veggies. The Z Pizza website even has a section in their FAQ, called “What are my vegan options?” Try their Thai pizza with Daiya mozzarella, and no chicken – it is wicked good.