Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

Now that I’ve done a vegan friendly review of Squaw Valley (Lake Tahoe) and Atlanta, it’s time to add the enchanting city of Asheville, North Carolina to my collection.

 

It’s no secret that Asheville is known as one of America’s top vegan cities. So it only made sense that we chose Asheville as the destination point of our family’s fall road trip, while reviewing the 4G capabilities of the 2015 Buick LaCrosse.

Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

Our first stop on our trip was to Asheville Brewing Company, a pizza joint where it’s no stranger to order Daiya on your pizza as opposed to cow cheese.

Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

As the name implies, Asheville Brewing Company brews their own unique beers; available on tap. When I was there, they were experimenting on willing customers with their newest concoction: Ninja Bread Man, a gingerbread flavored beer.

Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

We also took a dive into the heart of downtown Asheville by checking out The Laughing Seed, a place that served me the best vegan burger I’ve ever had at a restaurant.

Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

Meanwhile my adventurous son loved his blueberry pancakes with a side of fries- not a surprise for a nearly 4 year-old boy.

Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

What I quickly learned upon our arrival in Asheville is that you can easily find any type of vegan food you want. It is absolutely the most vegan friendly city I have ever visited!

Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

The menu at The Laughing Seed was so comprehensive, we’ll probably just go there every year now. They even serve brunch…

Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

Like so many restaurants in Asheville, they don’t simply have vegetarian options, they are actually 100% vegetarian.

Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

With all that being said, I must now devote the rest of my vegan friendly review of Asheville to their brand new Whole Foods Market.

Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

Ah… seriously, I love that place!

I have visited many Whole Foods Markets in my day, but none compare to the glory of the one in Asheville, North Carolina.

Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

The Asheville Whole Foods is home of the “Mexi-QUE,” which allows you to fill up a huge bowl, or burrito, with dozens of options from their mini-bar, most of which are vegan. The price is just $8.

Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

That’s when my wife and I realized that the food budget for our Asheville trip was absolutely cheaper than it would have been had we been meat eaters… especially thanks the the $8 deal they have.

Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

So we ended up eating eat least 3 or 4 meals there at Whole Foods!

While there, I was able to sample Kite Hill’s brand mozzarella vegan cheese. I have no idea how they make it taste that much like mozzarella, despite containing no animal products. And it takes a lot to impress me.

Asheville’s Whole Foods even has a gelato bar featuring vegan sorbet, as featured in the very top picture of this post.

Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

So, in closing, go to Asheville and eat your vegan heart out. And if you never make it past the Whole Foods, I completely understand!

http://www.kite-hill.com/softfresh.html

P.S. I just happened to be there while Katie (who handles their social media) and Camille (who is one of their artsits); featured directly above.

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5 thoughts on “Vegan Friendly Review Of Asheville, North Carolina

  1. Great post on Asheville, and I surely share your appreciation for Whole Foods. They hosted a meetup of the Asheville Vegan Society upstairs in their pub area this past Thursday evening, and fifty of us turned out. There was a buzz in the room like you wouldn’t believe and we had a blast. But you missed the finest dining vegan-wise in Asheville and that is Plant Restaurant on Merrimon Avenue. It is totally vegan (vs. vegetarian/vegan as with Laughing Seed) and can compete with a fine dining restaurant of any kind anywhere. Their ice cream recipe was bought by Amy’s Kitchen and is now being marketed nationally. Any chance you’re still in the area? If so, go to Plant tomorrow evening, 5 to 9:00 p.m., for a special fundraiser hosted by Chef Jason Sellers for Tate MacQueen, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives fifth congressional district. It will be a “happening” event, to be sure! Best regards and thanks again for your enthusiastic post on veganism in Asheville.

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