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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.

I realize this is probably a little late.


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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
PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:23 pm 
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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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