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 Post subject: food in Charlotte, NC
PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:21 pm 
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can anyone recommend a vegan and omni friendly place to eat in Charlotte, NC?

we're flying into Charlotte in a little over a week then driving to Asheville to stay a week with my SIL.
before we drive to Asheville we are meeting my BIL and his girlfriend and my niece for lunch in Charlotte.

is Charlotte like a big city?
looking at a map it looks like the airport is directly west of the city center and they live in the northern part of the city.

i assume like any city there will be junky touristy shops a plenty too? my daughter's name is Charlotte so i wanted to get her a Charlotte, NC t-shirt cause im that cheesy. they must have them at the airport?

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 Post subject: Re: food in Charlotte, NC
PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:29 pm 
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I recommend Zada Jane's (http://zadajanes.com) for good omni and vegan options. There are also several Brixx and Mellow Mushroom locations around Charlotte, which have Daiya cheese (and gluten-free crust that is vegan, if that's your jam). Charlotte is ridiculously sprawly and kind of a pain in the asparagus to navigate.

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 Post subject: Re: food in Charlotte, NC
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Fern is a pretty strictly vegetarian/vegan restaurant, but as I was omni when I went there, I have to say most people would be happy with the selection. And the chocolate cake is OMG-fracking-awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: food in Charlotte, NC
PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:31 pm 
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im bumping this thread back up. my in laws bought a house in Charlotte and now most of my husband's family will be in NC so i envision we will be visiting there a lot.

we are driving down to stay with them for about a week for Thanksgiving.

any other food recs? google is telling me there is a place called Bean Vegan somethingerother. is that good?
the webpage for Zada Jane's does not work.

any good touristy things to do in Charlotte? i like going places and seeing the sights when i travel.

according to tripadvisor the #1 tourist thing in Charlotte is the Billy Graham Library and #4 is the Nascar Hall of Fame.

it's almost like they have all the things i want to do the least.

we will have our daughter with us and she will be about 2.5 then. i see there is a place called Discovery Place that sounds pretty good. not sure if she's a bit young for it.

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 Post subject: Re: food in Charlotte, NC
PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:35 pm 
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Charlotte is fairly metropolitan, but it's still the south, so yeah...NASCAR.

There's some stuff there though:
Whitewater - http://usnwc.org/
Asheville is close-ish and worth checking out
Lake Norman is nice and you can do the whole boat rental thing if you like that.
Discovery Place - cool for kids http://www.discoveryplace.org/
Carowinds - cool for overgrown kids (aka adult-ish types) https://www.carowinds.com/


Yes, Bean is on Independence I think, east-ish Charlotte
My favorite vegan spot is Luna's though: http://www.lunaslivingkitchen.com/. It's a raw place, and the food is amazing. Lasagna, Burritos, burgery things. All raw. So good.

Also, if you happen to be a BJJ player, Lucas Lepri's gym is there, opened recently. For sure check that out.

This is all making me miss Charlotte. :(


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 Post subject: Re: food in Charlotte, NC
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awesome thanks!

my SIL and her boyfriend live in Asheville so we actually visited them last year and will probably again many times in the future though i dont think we will be driving out there for this next trip at Thanksgiving time. we really liked Asheville.

that Luna's place looks really good! thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: food in Charlotte, NC
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I just visited Charlotte and Asheville, and Charlotte really exceeded my expectations. They have a few vegan options at Amelie's Bakery, just ignore the gorgeous non-vegan items; the mushroom duxelle tartine and lavender lemonade were fantastic. I'd also recommended Bean, on top of the above suggestions. Oh, and Tupelo Honey Cafe in both Charlotte and Asheville; lots of veggie side dishes that they are happy to veganize, and the rest of the menu made my omni traveling partner ecstatic.

We went to a Knights game downtown, in the cheap green lawn seats...great for people-watching, even if you don't like baseball; but they probably won't be playing around Thanksgiving. Also, a lot of good breweries...but hit & miss on vegan availability. We were visiting my brother on the eastside, near Plaza Midwood(and Fern, Zada Janes)...if you keep driving east of Plaza Midwood off of Central Ave., you'll hit a ton of ethnic restaurants (especially Vietnamese and Mexican). I didn't have enough time to explore outside of the metro area.


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 Post subject: Re: food in Charlotte, NC
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those of you who have been to Bean in Charlotte can you explain to me how the hell you get there?
from where we came from it took you through the city and you were supposed to turn onto a road called Coliseum Dr and if you turned where google wanted you to turn it was an unmarked "road" that led to the back of a tv station and there was a big gate there so it was basically a dead end.

after a lot of fighting we took a roundabout way there back on the highway and found it but we never figured out what the fizzle was up with that road

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 Post subject: Re: food in Charlotte, NC
PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 4:29 pm 
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To get to Bean, get on 74 (aka E Independence Blvd). This is one of the largest thoroughfares in Charlotte so finding it is pretty easy. Make sure you are heading north towards downtown. After the Briar Creek exit, slow down and look for it on your right. It is one of the few remaining businesses directly accessible from the highway. My favorites are the fried mushrooms, fried tofu fingers and pimento cheese. I'm not going to lie - not everything is great. The meatloaf and veggie burgers are also good and I have never been disappointed by the desserts there. They have a little shop of vegan grocery items that has all the goodies.

Good luck! Hope you make it there.

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 Post subject: Re: food in Charlotte, NC
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It's a tiny place that we wouldn't have found without Yelp, but Zizi's Vegan Take Out was really delicious for sandwiches, etc. Also, Which Wich (a place that I've only run into in Charlotte but is probably a chain) has Beyond Meat strips as an option.

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 Post subject: Re: food in Charlotte, NC
PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2015 11:56 am 
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LisaPunk, if you haven't been, I highly recommend bringing BP to Discovery place. We brought the kids to that place and their toddler/preschool area is so much fun. There is also a Zoe's kitchen in Charlotte that is very vegan friendly.


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 Post subject: Re: food in Charlotte, NC
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we talked about going to Discovery place over thanksgiving and it didnt happen but we're going back in a couple weeks so we might go then. it depends on how much time we spend in Asheville vs Charlotte.

BP also got a membership to a local museum (here at home) and apparently it comes with discounts to 350 different museums nationwide and discovery place is on the list which is pretty cool.

glad to hear it's worth checking out

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