Vegan Eats in the Research Triangle

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Having lived in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina for the past 12 years, I have come to enjoy the many restaurants in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. Once my diet changed to a more plant based focus, I looked all over for restaurants with a similar focus to mine. Of course you could always go to any of the regular spots, but veggie burgers and salads will only take you so far.

Below you will find a listing of the restaurants that I have personally eaten at and my thoughts on each of them.

Vegan Flava Cafe

We came across Vegan Flava at one of our local farmer’s markets and decided to get some of their meals. We picked up the Yuca Risotto and a vegetable lasagna which is definitely different than their current menu offerings. Either way, both of the items were delicious and it has definitely peaked our curiousity in going to the restaurant and trying some more dishes. If you ever find yourself in downtown Chapel Hill, be sure to give them a try and let us know your review in the comments below.

Soul Good Vegan Cafe

This restaurant advertised southern vegan soul food so we had to give them a try. My family and I have eaten there on a few occasions to try out the different dishes on the menu. From all the reviews we had seen, I had high expectations for the restaurant and unfortunately they did not live up to that. The service was slow and the food was bland and lacked soul. My son and his wife did give them another chance not too long ago and they mentioned that things have improved in terms of service, but the food still had a lot to be desired. Since this my personal opinion and review of the restaurant, I am not telling you to avoid the place. Just make sure that you set your expectations accordingly.

Earth to Us

We were out and about in Durham and found this place on Yelp so we decided to give them a try. I ordered the Beyond Burger and my wife ordered the Patacon Burger. We also ordered Loaded Nachos to go so the kids could give it a try. We both enjoyed the food, but it was the service that keeps us from going back. If you enjoy latin flavors and don’t mind the customer service then I would definitely give them a try.

New Hope Market

While this place is not exclusively vegan, it does offer a wide array vegan options for breakfast and lunch. We have eaten their breakfast burrito and Down South Grits bowl, substituting in vegan options. Both items were very tasty and it was good to see plant based options available. Feel free to check them out if you are in the area.

Saladelia Cafe

This restaurant is also a mixed menu establishment that offers quite a selection for vegetarians and vegans alike. The best item is the vegetarian platter where you can choose 3 vegetable items from their signature sides. For me, I typically get the rice & lentil pilaf, kale salad, and the Lebanese green beans. Though I have tried their other side items as well. The restaurant is more mainstream in atmosphere, but the food is great.



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