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Where to get your plant-based eats in Raleigh, NC

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#Asked

If you’ve been to a grocery store or a restaurant lately, you may have noticed that the phrase “plant-based” can now be found on pretty much every aisle and menu. In fact, US food + drink products mentioning the phrase “plant-based” grew 268% from 2012 to 2018. 🌱

But doesn’t plant-based just mean vegan? Because I simply cannot give up meat or cheese.

Plant-based vs. Vegan | Graphic via Forks Over Knives

No, not exactly. For most of us, the word vegan implies a permanent lifestyle dedicated to eating foods that do not use any animal products. For some vegans, this also includes animal advocacy + avoiding all products (e.g. clothes, shoes, and makeup) that contain animal products or are tested on animals. 

On the other hand, plant-based eating simply means that you prioritize to some degree maximizing the space on your plate with fruits, veggies, legumes, seeds, nuts, and the like.

See the chart at right for a more clear-cut view of the differences.

Did you know that 95% of people who eat vegan burgers aren’t vegan or vegetarian? They’re just curious omnivores, opting for more veg-friendly food choices or participating in trends like #MeatlessMonday

So whether you are plant-based, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, flexitarian, gluten-free, or just a foodie down to try it all, we want to know which local spots you go to for some plant-based goodness. 😋

Lettuce know which plant-based restaurants, food trucks, juice bars, or new-age sandwiches we should know about.🥕 And yes — you guessed it — we’re using your input to help build a Raleigh plant-based food guide, so stay tuned. 👀

#Answered

Today we are talking about plant-based mealsand no, we don’t mean a salad, even though those are good too. Raleigh is pretty diverse when it comes to food you might not have on your everyday menu. You just have to know where to look, and that’s why we’re here

Last month, we asked where to find the best plant-based dishes in the 919. 💚 Here’s what you recommended:

Anise Pho

📍 222 Glenwood Ave #113
⏰ 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily, closed on Tuesday
🥬 TryThis: Banh mi, pho noodle soup + bubble tea
🗣️ Recommended by: Mandy R.

Baba Ghannouj Meditteranean Bistro

📍 2468 Walnut Street, Cary
⏰ Sunday–Thursday 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
🥬 TryThis: Falafel, grape leaves + eggplant
🗣️ Recommended by: Quinn B.

Boss of Vegan

📍 Multiple locations in Raleigh and Durham
⏰ 12–7 p.m. daily
🥬 TryThis: Vegan chicken wings + chocolate chip cookies
🗣️ Recommended by: @thegreatgoldenboy

Bul Box

Bul Box Raleigh | Photo by @ncfoodjunkie

📍 500 E. Davie Street
⏰ Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
🥬 TryThis: Tofu bul box, poke + scallion pancakes
🗣️ Recommended by: @carlyinthetriangle

Cold Off the Press

📍 416 W. South Street
⏰ 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily
🥬 TryThis: Hydra juice, 24-hour cold brew + coconut water
🗣️ Recommended by: J.W.B. and Kaitlin L.

CoreLife Eatery

📍 200 Crossroads Blvd., Cary
⏰ 11 a.m.–8 p.m. daily, closed on Thursday
🥬 TryThis: Sriracha ginger tofu with ancient grains, tomato basil broth bowl + beet lemonade
🗣️ Recommended by: Emily M.

Falafel & Co.

📍 1000 Brookside Drive
⏰  Sunday–Thursday 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
🥬 TryThis: Moussaka, lentil soup + baklava
🗣️ Recommended by: Mandy R. and Renee F.

Fiction Kitchen

📍 428 S. Dawson Street
⏰ Wednesday–Thursday 3:30–7:30 p.m.
🥬 TryThis: NC peanut noodle bowl, sweet potato fries + ganache truffle pie
🗣️ Recommended by: Susan S., Hannah E., Anna R., Robert B., and Renee F.

Garland

📍 14 W. Martin Street
⏰ Wednesday–Saturday 5–9 p.m.
🥬  TryThis: Olive oil roasted autumn squash, tamarind hot and sour tofu noodle soup + rocky silk road pudding
🗣️ Recommended by: Renee F.

Good Day Good Night

From the rotating “dirt” list | Photo by Good Day Good Night

📍 603 W. Morgan Street — inside the Origin hotel
⏰ 4–10 p.m. daily | bar is open 2–11 p.m.
🥬 TryThis: Mushroom asada tacos, portobello Reuben + chickpea fries
🗣️ Recommended by: Sharon D., Grace L., Karlee T., and @alleyrogerz,

Gringo A Go Go

📍100 N. Person Street
⏰ Tuesday–Thursday 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.
🥬 TryThis: Veggie cheese enchiladas, vegan burrito + flan
🗣️ Recommended by: Anonymous reader

Happy + Hale

📍 Multiple locations in Raleigh and Durham
⏰ 8 a.m.–8 p.m. daily (check individual locations for COVID-19 closures)
🥬 TryThis: Avocado toast, Beyond Bulgogi bowl + City of Oats smoothie
🗣️ Recommended by: Abigail J., Kaitlin L., Emily M., and @katiefrazierr

Irregardless

📍 901 W. Morgan Street
⏰ Tuesday–Thursday + Sunday 4–9 p.m., Friday–Saturday 4–10 p.m. | Weekend brunch is served 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
🥬 TryThis: Vegan calamari, black bean burger wrap + cafe mocha cheesecake
🗣️ Recommended by: Mandy R., Hannah E., Anna R., and @the.veggie.feed

Juicekeys

📍 Multiple locations in Raleigh and Durham
⏰ Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. and weekends 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
🥬 TryThis: Blueberry Bliss Bowl + raw aloe shot
🗣️ Recommended by: Grace L. and Tina M.

Kabbabish Cafe

📍 201 W. Chatham Street, Cary
⏰ Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 4–9 p.m. and weekends 12–9 p.m.
🥬 TryThis: Falafel + onion pakora
🗣️ Recommended by: Stephanie G.

Mike’s Vegan Cookout

📍 Food truck, locations vary
⏰ Find this week’s schedule on their Facebook page
🥬 TryThis: Lo Maximo burger + Colombiana hotdog
🗣️ Recommended by: @thegreatgoldenboy

Neomonde Mediterranean

📍 Multiple locations in Raleigh, Morrisville, and Durham
⏰ 11 a.m.–8 p.m. daily, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (Durham location only)
🥬 TryThis: Quinoa tabouli, butternut chickpea salad + grape leaves
🗣️ Recommended by: Grace L.

Namu

📍 5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham
⏰ Monday–Saturday 11 a.m.– 9 p.m.
🥬 TryThis: Spicy edamame, kimchi + veggie Korean pancakes
🗣️ Recommended by: @the.veggie.feed

Plates Neighborhood Kitchen

📍 301 Glenwood Avenue
⏰ Serves breakfast or brunch, lunch, and dinner Wednesday–Sunday
🥬 TryThis: Local mushrooms and burrata, big veggie roast + housemade sorbet
🗣️ Recommended by: Hannah E.

Raleigh Raw

📍 7 W. Hargett Street
⏰ Weekdays 7 a.m.–7 p.m. and weekends 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
🥬 TryThis: Golden turmeric latte, blueberry bee pollen smoothie, steel cut oatmeal + the Maui Wowee bowl with pulled jackfruit
🗣️ Recommended by: Kaitlin L. and Emily M.

Sassool

📍 Multiple locations in Raleigh and Cary
⏰ Hours vary by location
🥬 TryThis: cilantro jalapeno hummus, vegetable lasagna, + baklava
🗣️ Recommended by: Robert B., Tina M., and Quinn B.

The Remedy Diner

Buffalo non-chicken wings | Photo by the Remedy Diner

📍 927 W. Morgan Street
⏰ Monday–Friday 3:30–7:30 p.m.
🥬 TryThis: Fried broccoli, non-chicken wings, Vegan Tempeh Tantrum + Vegan Philly Fakesteak
🗣️ Recommended by: Rachel P.

Sosta

📍 130 E. Davie Street
⏰ Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
🥬 TryThis: Dude Where’s My Chicken sandwich, Rebecca salad + the passionfruit and guava smoothie
🗣️ Recommended by: Hannah E. and Emily M.

Soul Cocina

📍 Online only — serving Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro
⏰ Order deadlines vary by pick-up location
🥬 TryThis: Tamales, yuca gnocchi + roasted plantains
🗣️ Recommended by: @trianglevegfest

Sushi O Bistro 

📍 222 Glenwood Avenue
⏰ Serves lunch and dinner Monday–Sunday
🥬 TryThis: Bunny roll, Zen roll + Veggie Dynamite roll
🗣️ Recommended by: @the.veggie.feed

Tazza Kitchen

📍 Multiple locations in Raleigh and Cary
⏰ Hours vary by location
🥬 TryThis: brick oven Brussels sprouts, kale and chilies salad + Margherita pizza
🗣️ Recommended by: Stephanie G.

Uninhibited Tapas Bar

📍 3048 Medlin Drive
⏰ Monday–Thursday 4–10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4–11 p.m.
🥬 TryThis: Giardiniera vegetables, local sweet potato croquettes, vegetable tempura + eggplant hummus
🗣️ Recommended by: Mandy R.

Vegan Community Kitchen

📍 803 E. Williams Street, Apex
⏰ Online ordering and curbside pickup only — Monday + Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (closed Tuesday)
🥬 TryThis: Mediterranean pita tacos + eggplant parmesan
🗣️ Recommended by: Gayle S. and Stella

Village Deli and Grill

📍 Multiple locations in Raleigh, Morrisville, and Wake Forest
⏰ Hours vary by location
🥬 TryThis: Homemade bean burger, veggie ciabatta + tempeh press
🗣️ Recommended by: Mandy R.

Vidrio

📍 500 Glenwood Avenue
⏰ Sunday–Thursday 5–10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5–11 p.m.
🥬 Citrus-cured olives and Marcona almonds, Tunisian harissa, roasted acorn squash, mushroom ragu + wood-oven roasted beets
🗣️ Recommended by: Hannah E.