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.
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.
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.
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.
Meanwhile my adventurous son loved his blueberry pancakes with a side of fries- not a surprise for a nearly 4 year-old boy.
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!
The menu at The Laughing Seed was so comprehensive, we’ll probably just go there every year now. They even serve brunch…
Like so many restaurants in Asheville, they don’t simply have vegetarian options, they are actually 100% vegetarian.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.