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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:10 am 
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I recently moved back to Virginia Beach for awhile to get my life back together (long, long story...), and it would be great if I'm not the only vegan in this area! The vegetarian meetup group for the area hasn't been active in a long time, and googling "Virginia Beach vegan" turns up a small handful of restaurants which limited options and not much else. So... are there any PPKers from the area that would be up for a few potlucks?

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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:54 pm 
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I grew up in Virginia Beach, and my folks still live there. I'm elsewhere now, but plan on exploring some vegan places when I'm back home.

For VB, Heritage Market, Baladi Mediterranean Cafe (super vegan friendly menu), Azar's, and Saffron Indian Bistro.

Yorgo's Bageldashery in Norfolk has vegan cream cheese, fake egg salad, tempeh wraps, and a fake chicken salad as well. Also in Norfolk, Path, Quenna's Raw and Vegan, and Bella Pizza.

I haven't tried any of these places yet, but I thought I'd share my list!


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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:39 am 
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Thanks! Bella Pizza opened up another location within walking distance of where I'm living, which is super rad since they have vegan cheese. I'll definitely look up those other places!

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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
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i live in rva, but have heard awesome things about La Bella in Ghent (separate vegan menu!), Rajput (also a separate vegan menu), and San Antonio Sam's. i think they're all in Norfolk, but Rajput also has a location in VA Beach, i believe.


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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
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Hey KarmaLily, there are quite a few veg places around, especially since PETA HQ is in Norfolk! Here are some to check out:

Virginia Beach

The Yardhouse - they have a new gardein menu, be careful though I guess some of the dishes have dairy so you just need to ask http://www.yardhouse.com/menus/gardein.aspx
Living Foods Cafe - all raw menu - http://www.livingfoodscafevb.com/raw-foods-menu/
Gourment Gang - deli/sandwiches - http://www.gourmetgang.com/new/menus/menu


Norfolk

Other posters have hit on a few, although I must add that San Antonio Sam's is now closed, but here are some other great places!
Path - all vegan restaurant! http://www.altdaily.com/features/food/f ... agoda.html
Pelon's - awesome vegan burritos, tacos, nachos etc, they have veg meat & cheese. They have a VA restaurant as well but it doesn't have vegan items - http://www.pelonsbajagrill.com/menu-ghent.htm
Ynot - they have vegan pizza & pasta at the Norfolk location, not sure about the others - http://www.ynotpizza.com/
Red Dog Saloon - vegan pizza, burgers, other bar type food
Pasha's - Mediterranean food, the maiden cake is unbelievable! http://www.pashamezze.com/
Dragon City - chinese, they have faux chicken, beef & shrimp in addition to tofu, very cheap!
Kotobuki - japanese, one of the first places around to offer a vegan menu, they have amazing & interesting sushi, as well as variety of vegan bento box options. They even have a deepfried vegan cheesecake dessert!
Cogan's - pizza, have vegan cheese, chicken & beef - http://www.coganspizza.com/ordereze/Con ... mmary.aspx
Carolina Cupcakery - vegan cupcake options - http://carolinacupcakery.com/
Ten Top - a few vegan sandwiches & maybe some brunch items - http://www.thetentop.com/index.html
Bardo's - asian style tapas, a great wine bar - http://www.bardoeats.com/
Charlie's Cafe - vegan brunch items like tofu scramble & veggie sausages - http://www.charliesinnorfolk.com/ftp.fa ... RLIES.html
Tortilla West - some vegan mexican options, they have faux meat, but I don't think they carry faux dairy yet
Pho 79 - vegan vietnamese options
China Ocean - they only have tofu & no faux meat but they are incredibly nice & will happily veganize anything on the menu (and often throw in free appetizers because they are just that nice!)

This is not even an exhaustive list, there's a place downtown on Granby or Monticello I think that also has added vegan items to their menu. And I know I'm leaving some other places out, but this should keep you busy for a long, long while! Happy eating!


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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:02 pm 
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Also I must add that La Bella & Quenna's (as mentioned by another poster) are not to be missed! La Bella is pricey, but it's unbelievable & definitely a must for a special night. And Quenna's, which is 99% raw, is flat out the best restaurant around. Their food is so fresh & amazing (including their indulgent desserts) - if I could have Quenna prepare food for me daily I could easily live on an all raw diet! And Yorgo's has the best vegan sandwiches in Hampton Roads.


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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:47 pm 
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I can't wait to try some of these places on my next trip home! I'm for sure going to La Bella's!


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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
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My parents just moved to Virginia Beach, and my mom is vegan. I'll be sure to forward this thread to her... as I'm quite sure she's not a PPK'er... Thanks for posting!!

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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:34 pm 
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Do you guys know of any grocery stores in the Hampton Roads area, preferably VB, that stock vegan essentials? I'm hoping to stock my parents fridge when I visit, and wow them with all things vegan. I was hoping to find earth balance, follow your heart, and at least a good selection of Tofurky. Also, are there any asian markets that carry a good stock of wheat meats? Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:44 am 
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Heritage Market has vegan essentials and quite a few items that are not otherwise common around here. Best Tofurky selection I've found and only Follow Your Heart. Earth Balance is at quite a few different stores, but it does seem to depend on which one/city.

I really recommend trekking out to Norfolk for Path. It has great food, friendly staff, excellent location in the Pagoda, and often live events. It's easy to check on their Facebook page what is coming up. Don't miss out on the spring rolls, they are HUGE and delicious..I'm actually hoping to get something from them for my post-baby food treat. (They deliver to downtown Norfolk)

Ynot has vegan options at all locations. The Daiya very rarely runs out at some locations but you can always ask ahead and they do have plenty of other options. They're also very family-friendly if you ever need to take a little one somewhere or meet up with friends who have kids.

Carolina Cupcakery has great cupcakes, the vegan selection on hand varies but you can always ask them to make a batch if you give notice ahead of time. They did my wedding cake.

I live in Chesapeake :P

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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
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I forgot to mention, My Vegan Sweet Tooth is a SAHM vegan bakery in Virginia Beach. It's out of her house but I know non-vegans who have bought her goods for allergy reasons and found it tasty. :) They only go to Hampton Roads. She can suit a variety of needs like raw, gluten-free, soy-free, etc..

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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
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Thanks for all the info! My mom just got a groupon for My vegan sweet tooth!


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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:06 am 
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+1 yummy to the above mentioned restaurants. My experience with My Vegan Sweet Tooth is nothing short of positive. The owner is very sweet and she has a wide variety of items - http://www.myvegansweettooth.com/

For groceries and staples - Whole Foods Market just opened up! It is across the street and down a stop light from the Trader Joe's on Laskin Road. Heritage Market is down the road towards the oceanfront and then there is Organic Food Depot, a small co-op.

Asian food stores - There is one at the corner of Laskin/First Colonial (I have not gone in this one since pregan days, so several years) and a Grand Mart International on Newtown rd. Grand Mart has lots of 'fu and faux meat.

zpizza - in the Landstown Commons area. Vegan crust and cheese options (daiya)
Baladi Mediterranean Cafe - mentioning again because it is awesome.
Bangkok Garden - great curry, pad thai, spring rolls, and several locations in the area.
Also for Mediterranean, there is Azar's and a small family owned place on Independence near town center called Mediterranean Cuisine if you are in that part of town. Great falafel there.

In Norfolk, +1 yummy to Pelon's, and Yorgo's. Also recommend Pasha Mezze. Pasha is Mediterranean, they have hummus, soups, wraps with fillings like lentil patties and kale salad, and a couple of desserts. They also sell some of their products through Heritage and the Food Depot, and they have a booth at the Old Beach farmer's market at Croc's Bistro sometimes with their products.


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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:21 am 
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I'm a native of Norfolk and I promise you Norfolk has more vegan options than a lot of larger cities. It's crazy! I definitely have more options when I come home to Norfolk than I ever did visiting RVA. If I had a shortlist, it would definitely be Yorgo's at the top of it. If they have vegan herb cream cheese, go for it. The BBQ chicken and philly steak wraps are also awesome (they use gardein and daiya products).

All of the Skinny Dip yogurt places (almost all) usually stock at least one vegan froyo flavor (usually vanilla or chocolate).

Also at the top of my lists are Kotobuki (amazing vegan sushi and Japanese food) as well as Cogan's pizza. They have daiya cheese now, though their spicy tomato sauce is not vegan. The regular marinara is.

I'm pretty sure San Antonio Sam's closed.

I also really like hitting up Tortilla West in West Ghent. They offer Mexican/Tex-Mex and lots of great drinks and beers. I don't believe they have vegan cheese, but they do have gardein and their black beans are amazing.

As for grocery stores, Virginia Beach has The Heritage Market (classic), Trader Joe's on Laskin Road and just recently opened a Whole Foods Market. So you'll have lots of options!

Hampton Roads is a vegan mecca, for sure. I miss home now!


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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
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Yes, San Antonio Sam's is closed, sadly. It's a Chipotle now.

Thanks for reminding me of Kotobuki pickledtreats, we ate there before and it's very good! Yeah it's pretty amazing how much is available around here now.


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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
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Over by Trader Joe's kinda there's Fruitive. Which is delicious! https://www.facebook.com/fruitive?fref=ts

We went there for our anniversary and I really was impressed. I would recommend checking it out.

We had the Chocolate Cherry Shake and Southwest Wrap.

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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
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I just moved to Norfolk about a month ago, and am looking for grocery shopping suggestions in the area. I'm looking for any type of health food store/bulk foods that would have some essentials fairly cheaply. Particularly bulk Nutritional Yeast and Vital Wheat Gluten (I haven't made seitan since I got here, and hadn't realized how much I rely on it). Let me know if you have any ideas!


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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
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hrhr89 wrote:
I just moved to Norfolk about a month ago, and am looking for grocery shopping suggestions in the area. I'm looking for any type of health food store/bulk foods that would have some essentials fairly cheaply. Particularly bulk Nutritional Yeast and Vital Wheat Gluten (I haven't made seitan since I got here, and hadn't realized how much I rely on it). Let me know if you have any ideas!


Check out organic food depot. You can do weekly orders and bulk stuff from them. When I lived in Norfolk I made orders often! They have a storefront on Granby behind Doumar's, but the bulk selection is small. For a bigger bulk bin experience, you will need to hike it to the Whole Foods or The Heritage (both on Laskin in Virginia Beach).


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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
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I went to La Bella Italia on Laskin Road with my family last weekend. They have a separate vegan menu.
http://www.labellaitalia.com/ordereze/C ... ?PageID=15
I had the gardein pollo parmigiana and it was really good! The omnis also loved what they ordered. They have some negative reviews online, but we thought the service and the food were both outstanding.

Also, there's a deli/grocery attached. I found the anelletti I've been looking for - now I can make the ppk spaghettios recipe!


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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
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I'm hoping to go to Va Beach for a weekend in October.

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 Post subject: Re: Virginia Beach
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I hope you are able to go, that's the perfect time of year to visit the beach. I'm really looking forward to another meal at La Bella Italia next time I'm in that area. I want to work my way through the entire vegan menu!


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Everyone must eat Yorgo's if they end up in Norfolk.


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